Archive for February, 2011

25th February
written by bob

Guilliana is just itching to get into the Information Technology world; so much so that she’s already decided to start giving mommy a hand with her duties at work. G is blazing fast and puts daddy to shame from a perspective of how much (and how quick) she gets “everything” completed! Watch her send out email and faxes…check her out in action! That keyboard is about to light on fire!

4th February
written by katherine

Well, there have been a LOT of hiccups along the way (and more seem to come up daily) but it looks like we are finally pulling the trigger on a major life change: we are relocating to the French Riviera the first week of March 2011! We have secured a place to live as well as a nanny for Guilliana and are incredibly excited to start this 2-year journey of living and working abroad.

From and To

The main software development department for Amadeus, the company I have been working with for the past 19 months, is located between Nice and Cannes in the South of France. I will be taking a newly created and very unique position as the liaison between the divisions in Nice and the division in Tucson.

The “apartment” we are renting was built in the early 1900’s and is a converted mansion in the center of Antibes, within a few blocks of the ocean. We have the entire 1st floor (in Europe the floors start at 0…so most of us would consider this the 2nd floor) and it is simply amazing! It is 155m2 which roughly translates to 1480sqft…simply MASSIVE for Europe, especially for the price!

How is this for location?

It is simply beautiful and historic, with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms along with a giant formal living room and dining room. One of the best things is that it is a single floor, so no stairs inside for our new little walker to get in trouble with! I have quite a few pictures that we’re including here.

There is so much to say and to tell everyone and quite honestly I can’t remember more than half of it because we have been “living” with this for quite a while now and haven’t been able to share it with everyone!

Bob will be working for Amadeus as well, most likely as a contractor…unfortunately we couldn’t get them to just double my salary so that he could enjoy being a stay at home dad.

Our new Apartment

This is an amazing and exciting new chapter in our lives. I am so thankful for my amazing husband who is effectively uprooting his whole life to move to a place that he has never even visited where they speak a language he’s not exactly fluent in to live in a home he has never seen and taking a job he knows very little about!

Other than all that, this should be a cinch…right?

Here are some more pics of our new home…

2nd February
written by bob

Well…Katherine and I knew this day would come. We find it both a blessing and a curse but obviously inevitable. Miss Guilliana decided she has had enough futz-ing around and this past weekend showed us that she is ready to walk – on her own!

Guilliana has never had any patience for that crawling shenanigans, she just refused to do it and has been walking around for the past 2 months holding onto our hands. Next to getting married & Guilliana’s birth, this is one of the proudest moments of my life. It is truly amazing to watch G grow up and learn the various “skills” she will need throughout the rest of her life. Katherine and I are truly blessed (I’m sure most parents feel the same)!

We took Miss G-Monkey out for a lakeside walk at Tempe Beach Park this past weekend and found a nice “green” patch of grass to play in. I don’t think “antsy-pants” could have stayed in her stroller much longer. So we got out and walked around holding onto mommy and daddy’s hand, one-handed even! Walking never gets boring for G, she is ALWAYS ready to get up and GO! Since the ground was soft and lush, we decided to see if Guilliana could walk between Katherine and I. Heck, what’s the worst that could happen even if she fell, it was a soft landing as opposed to the hardwood floors in the condo.

So without further adieu, I give you the amazing G-Monkey…

We are so in trouble…