Our Family’s (2nd) Year in the South of France
Kids and Castles - Our year with kids in the South of France

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jog

We are back in California.  The luggage is unpacked. The kids are in school. We are back to “normal”.

We spent our weekend having a very American experience: YMCA Family Camp. Three days of wholesome outdoor family fun including two nights sleeping in a cabin with 8 creaky bunk beds and no lock on the door. All this plus a toilet that required a flashlight to find in the dark. We loved it!

There were constant reminders that we aren’t in France anymore:

  • The pile of forms we needed to sign promising not to sue anybody
  • The vat of fruit cocktail masquerading as “fruit”
  • No smokers or lingering cigarette smoke anywhere
  • Super peppy and smiley camp staff
  • Referring to tie-dye shirts as “art”
  • Dinner started at 6, ended at 7, and kids were in bed by 10 – on a Saturday
  • No drivers tailgating us on the way there, but plenty of passing on the right
  • No wine…

While every place has its good points, no place is “better” – at least not for us. It was great to go to France. I’m so glad we did it. But it is also good to be back home!

A huge thanks to all the readers and commenters who took this journey with us. It enriched our adventure to be able to share it with you.

3 Responses to “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jog”

  1. Lise says:

    It was lovely to follow you through that year in France. Best wishes for your life “back home”, or at least in your current location.

  2. Mary Ann says:

    Can’t believe your year is already over! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts, and admire your family for your adventurous spirit. Travel, and learning about other cultures is one of the best educations we can give our children. Welcome home, and savor the memories.
    Mary Ann

  3. Dianne King says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your year in France with us, Diane. I loved following along! And welcome home…