Tuesday, January 7, 2014

An American...

...in Paris

Bon Annee 2014

Oh My Goodness did Frankie give me the ultimate 50th birthday present...

...Paris baby!

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine for so-many-years. 
The trip was perfect, from beginning to end.
All I knew was that I needed a coat and to pack for cold weather, rain and possible snow for 4 days. I didn't have a winter coat & had one day to find one. (for those of you that don't know, I had JUST returned from visiting my dad in Fla.) I lucked out finding one that I loved this late in the season.
 We were laying in bed the night before & Frankie had asked me did I want to know where I was going. I said, "absolutely NOT because I'd fret about what I'd pack." I trusted him as I was showing him what was going in my suitcase. It wasn't until our drive &  half way to the airport when he told me.

 I cried.

My heart and head are still there and I can't wait to go back. We packed in as much as two people possibly could in those four days. We got back on the 5th. Jet lag and laundry purgatory kept me from being here the last few days.
 I will stagger my stories & photos in the coming weeks.
 I wanted to be here...with you all and share over at
before the day got away with me.

tour eiffel

Now, we're waiting on pins and needles for our grand baby, Erik, to make his entrance into the world.

Happy (2014) snapping


  1. a very happy birthday to you my friend! and this image is just perfection. can't wait to hear your stories!

  2. How wonderful! So happy for you... Xoxo

  3. I am so happy for you. Paris is a fabulous place. Your husband is somethin' else - what a great gift and to keep it a secret - oh my!

  4. Oh my gosh!!! I've been eagerly awaiting to see where you guys went. What a huge surprise! I've never been to Paris but of course always dreamed of it, so I will enjoy hearing more about your trip. I'm so happy for you! Love these photos :)

  5. I believe this may have been just what the doctor ordered... happy for you and look forward to seeing your new grandbaby (if you will be sharing photos.)

    PS -- the soap has to cure for a couple of more weeks, but I'll be putting something in my sidebar to sell it after that. Thanks for asking. :)

  6. Oh, oh, oh....so fun and happy for you! Was wondering when I would start to see some of these picture from your adventure. That last one is gorgeous. Not only was my hubby out of town, but I didn't even get a card :/ (that's a mad face)...can I throw myself on the floor now, haha! xo

  7. Wow! What an awesome hubby and an amazing birthday present!! Can't wait to see more photos :)

  8. Sounds like you are having a very eventful 2014!! How exciting!

  9. How exciting - Paris and a new grandchild! Love your pictures - the second one is fabulous!

  10. Oh my goodness, Kelly, what an amazing surprise!
    Cannot wait to see the photos you took.

  11. Eeeeeeee!
    I am still so freakin' excited for you over this trip!
    Love those shots!
    And Erik!!!! Erik is coming!!!
    What a year awaiting you my sweet!
    Mwah! xoxo **hugs** ♥

  12. A trip to Paris ... such a great surprise, Kelly !
    Happy Birthday !
    And a wonderful 2014 !

  13. oh my goodness!! What a wonderful surprise!

  14. Stunning shots! and congrats on the new baby coming!!

  15. My goodness what a wonderful surprise and what a gift to you to go to Paris. Such a treat indeed. Love the perspective of the tower.

  16. Oh Paris....what a wonderful & dear & loving husband you have to treat you to such a fantabulous birthday trip. Paris wheeee!!!

  17. Sooo looking forward to seeing your photos!

  18. Paris! What a way to celebrate your milestone birthday! I love your enthusiasm and I'm sure you got tons of stunning photos. Happy birthday!

  19. Oh fantastic shot.....I feel like I could touch those steel frames on the Tower. Looking forward to your stories.

  20. Happy 50th birthday! It sounds like you have some exciting things happening. A trip to Paris sounds like the trip of a lifetime. Looking forward to a new grandson is exciting.
    Thanks for visiting me. Have a wonderful trip!

  21. What a totally awesome surprise! So happy for you. Loving that last shot with the texture.

  22. WOW! Now that is some man. I'd hold on to him ;-)! We lived in Germany for several years, and Paris, oh my! I miss it dearly, it gets under your skin in a fabulous way. Visiting from Texture Tuesday.

  23. WOWOWOW!!! What a wonderful surprise! Paris AND a grandbaby- life is GOOD! Beautiful iconic photos as well!

  24. Wow! Just fabulous! Can't wait to see all your wonderful captures!


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