S: 2011 with the Guilloud Famoily
FC: 2011 | With much love from, Burt, Carrie, Nathan, and Mary Hurner
1: Our 5 days in DC were jam packed with cultural and pedagogical activities. It was an important time to get to know each other. What a great group of people! | The American teachers going to France | I finally get to meet Sandrine! | Teacher Exchange Program Orientation
2: So we finally arrive at our home for the year in Crest! We can now see for ourselves how we will live and meet the people here. Thierry and Pascale, who have been taking care of the house all summer, come to show us around and answer questions. They've taken on a big job! Little by little we meet everyone, including a nice group of teacher friends who welcomed us with a raspberry tarte (Joelle), some beautiful vegetables (Laurence), and grapes (Véro). | Bienvenue!
4: Le javelin | Jules, Emile, and Nate | Mary invites her girlfriends to swim in the pool (Estelle, Océane, et Emilie) | Long jump | Armorin handball team | Mary's school Ecole Georges Brassens | 6e First day of school | Nate's books | My emploi du temps | Nate's emploi du temps | Mary's agenda and trousse | A gift my student Antoine Fauré made for me
5: Our first day of school. Mary goes to Ecole Georges Brassens and her teacher is Mme. Juillet. Nathan goes to College Armorin and is in 6e3 but later changes to 6e2. | La rentrée 2011-2012
6: Pascale is here showing Mary les murs while we waited for Nate's soccer practice to end. This is Crest at the very beginning of our year here....the marché, the Tour, Mary and I's after market meal, the stade, our hérisson eating the cat food, the train that goes by the house 6 times a day, the car with la vitesse, le topinambour.....
7: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” "Le véritable voyage de découverte ne consiste pas chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais avoir de nouveaux yeux." Marcel Proust | Life in Crest
8: The Drome, a river in southeastern France, has a length of 110 km long and forms a left tributary of the Rhone River. Its source is in the western foothills of the Alps, near the village Valdrome. It flows into the Rhone near Loriol-sur-Drome, between Valence and Montélimar. | The River
9: Corinne's birthday
10: Party at our house!
11: Happy 12th birthday Nathan! | Tete de la Dame - A little hike with Fatima, Bruno, Ghais, and Matheo
12: Halloween at the Tour de Crest was a busy day, but we were very happy to visit it for the first time! | La Tour en chocolat | La Tour De Crest
13: The Tour had a drawing contest for Halloween and my student Adrian was a winner!
14: Introducing our new friends to pumpkin carving While Halloween isn't celebrated much in France, it's gained popularity in the last 5-10 years. That said, trick or treating happens in a different way. Kids beg for candy or cookies and wait for (nice) people to find something for them or get turned away. It's not part of the culture or a tradition. November 1st is their day for respecting the dead with flowers at the cemetery. A friend had organized a party so I offered to do some pumpkin carving with the kids at our house to start things off. None of them had done it before so it was lots of fun. Weren't we surprised when the pumpkins cost around $13 (and up) at the store! We put together a little soup so as to not waste our precious pumpkins.
18: The bird | Thierry carving the turkey | I'm so thankful for all of these new people in our lives. | Fat's amazing pie! | Thierry and his western shirt. The gang's all here! | Mary's table decorations | Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust
19: In sharing my American heritage, it would only be right to introduce my new friends to Thanksgiving. After a brief talk with a friend, one thing led to another and I was preparing to welcome 28 people for this ever-important fest! While Burt and I have cooked turkeys together, I've never singlehandedly prepared the turkey, stuffing, and gravy...let alone for such a crowd! First, I ordered the turkey from the local farm (Ferme des Blaches). Next, I bought one additional gourmet frozen turkey from my favorite frozen food store, Picard. Just to make sure we'd have enough, I also bought two chickens. No worries about the oven being too small the 52 euro turkey was under 11 pounds! It also came with a neck and head (but not feathers-phew!) Now all I had to do was pull off a brine and honey glaze with a perfect gravy and I think I actually did! Thankfully, the friends all contributed everything else (except the pie, I made one) which was a huge relief. More stress than actual work, we had a great time. My friend Thierry was so honored to be the designated turkey carver and made a really cute speech about how thankful he was to celebrate his first Thanksgiving with us. Explaining the history of Thanksgiving in French became much easier after enjoying the lovely wine that Corinne brought!
20: Christmas eve with Thierry, Pascale, and Corto Guilloud | The program: Oeufs de Caille Fois Gras Turkey Buche de Noel Mary's version of the Christmas story Singing!!!
21: Fete de lumieres in Valence | with the Guilloud Family
22: NEW YEAR | HAPPY | 2012
23: BONNE ANNÉE!