Mom and Dad celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary today, as well as the 10th anniversary of their arrival in Australia !
Here is an extract from Mom and and Dad's new book Dear France, sweet country of my childhood in which Dad describes how he met Mom :
At the age of 24 years, like many young Australians, I took my backpack and I travelled Europe by train and that's where I rediscovered the land of my childhood with new eyes. The following year I took a one-way ticket to France to live there, also with the hope of finding my soul mate.
I moved to Grenoble, finding not only my hometown but its majestic mountains that surrounded it. Finding a good pair of hiking boots, I went to discover the mountains by joining hiking clubs. One day, a colleague advised me to go to the club Montagne Amitié Soleil (Friendship Sun Mountain) because they were going to the Dent de Crolles (tooth of Crolles) the following weekend and it is a hike that interested me because my mother had lived at the foot of this peak that has such a characteristic appearance. The following week there was a hike in the Belledonne Mountains opposite the Tooth of Crolles. The stormy weather was not ideal for walking, but as lightning was falling around us, I had a coup de foudre (stroke of lightning), a French expression meaning love at first sight, because that's when I saw Isabelle, the love of my life, for the first time. We went on some wonderful walks, all while learning to know each other, and we were married the following year at the foot of the mountains where we first met.
To celebrate, they went to a theatre restaurant "Tivoli" and had a great time, it was a long time since they had been able to go out on a date, so they really enjoyed it. There was some great music from the 50s and 60s and some funny jokes.
We love Mum and Dad's wedding outfits and wanted to play bride and groom so mom found us some really nice outfits.
"Here comes the bride..."
"Will you take Bella westie as your lawful wedded bride ?"
"You may kiss the bride..."
"Enough of this, I'm hungry, let's find something to eat.Mom, Mom, we're hungry !!!"
"It's so good to be a little baby, much better than being a bride"
"I couldn't agree more Bella !"
In case you are wondering, these are liquid yogurts that Mom buys for Anais and Matthew and we get to finish them, so we wait for them to drink their yogurts so we can have some !
Spring is just around the corner, we love beautiful flowers.
We are starting to work on our next book Smile every day with Bella, Ollie and friends.
If you send us a funny or cute photo of you or a piece of art or craft your Mom made, a favourite quotation or poem or anything else you like that we can put in our next book, we will send you a copy when it's published (we will only ask you to pay for the postage).