a few words about miss chelsea elizabeth...

she likes: making kites, dancing in the rain, adventures, little-while friends, letters, whole-leaf tea, crayons, bare feet, jumping in rivers/streams/creeks/waterfalls, language, catching the clock as it changes numbers, sleepovers, trains (big or small), cuddling & waking up before the sun rises, among other random things.

oregon-born, seattle-raised, bellingham-bred and franco-refined, she had moved back to the states from her affairs across the atlantic & now resides in columbia city with french husband & love of her life rémy. they spend most of their time taming the garden, taking care of their three chickens & two cats, and preparing the urban homestead for a new little chick of their own.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

madame coutarel

well, quite a lot has happened in only three months. let's bullet-point the main events.

-i now live in chamalières, france, in a quaint apartment with a large back yard where i've planted plenty of vegetables & can hang my laundry to dry in the summer sun. our neighbors have a modest castle complete with a moat & drawbridge & i get to wake up to see baby swans swimming around under the bridge.

we've modified the garden since this picture, but just to give you a main idea of our backyard.

the castle. if you look close you can see water, but i don't think there are any swans in this picture.

our bedroom. i'll take more apartment pictures soon & post them for you to see.

-i'm learning spanish, chinese & arabic. hopefully these will help with my travels in the future.

-oh, and how could i forget? i got married.

no ceremony (for now). just married at the city hall.

first dance (no music).

the new coutarel family.

first time back at the apartment as a married couple!!

we are now officially mr. & mrs. rémy andré coutarel. pretty frightening. i am a madame now, which makes me feel very very old.

we went on a makeshift honeymoon, which was really just riding our bikes around the region for two days, but we saw a lot of beauty in those 150km.

for now we're settling into our life in france. i'm hoping to be able to work soon enough so we can really start saving up for our big bike trip. i miss everyone back home a lot, but life here is really good, too. i can't wait to have a big ceremony in a few years where everyone can celebrate our love together!!!

hope all is well back home! ;) love from both of us in france...