A perfect Saturday

Our Saturdays are typically pretty good.  It is the one day a week where we spend it 100% as a family.  It is the day where no matter what has happened during the week or what crazy things we have going on the week after, everything gets forgotten.  It is the day we wake up early, get ready and head out - rain or shine!  We always have breakfast at the same place and what started out as a tradition between Cornel and I has evolved into our little family and friends.

This Saturday, Christmas was in full effect in Clermont-Ferrand.  The tree was up at Centre Jaude (the big shopping center here), and the big tree was up in the plaza outside.  They had also set up the giant ferris wheel and the Christmas market that they have every year (Marché de Noël).  It had snowed the night before, so all of the trees where covered with snow.  It truly was starting to look like those fairy tale Christmases in the movies!

After breakfast we decided to take a walk around and enjoy some of the Christmas festivities (and of course do some shopping).  Nathan passed out about five minutes into our excursion, so we took advantage to stop and have some lunch.

Now, let me say that the best part about the Christmas market is the food!  They always have the typical Auvergnat Truffade and Aligot - which are both essentially potatoes with cheese, onions and ham (one in chunks and one is mashed) and both are {DELICIOUS}!  They are not at all diet friendly so we try to only eat these during Christmas time!  This and a little hot spiced wine (vin chaud) made the {PERFECT} lunch!

When Nathan finally woke up, we went to go see Santa who sadly was also out to lunch.  Such is life here in France.  So we decided to walk down the hill and go back towards Place Jaude.  We where on our way back to the car, when we saw the Michelin Man (Mr. Bib as I like to call him) at some sort of exhibition.  We decided it was the perfect time for Nathan to meet Mommy & Daddy's boss!

He was in awe.  All he wanted to do was touch him and he had the biggest smile on his face.  I can only imagine what he was thinking when he was looking at this giant white man in front of him.  It was hysterical.

We also took time to stop and smell the Christmas trees.  I don't know what Nathan loved about them so much, but he was loving every second of it!

Later that evening we took Nathan to Toys R' Us to use up his 30 euro gift card that we received from work.  We decided to let him out of the stroller to determine what we should buy him.  What came later was chaos.  He was running around everywhere, touching everything!  He was literally in kid heaven.  He kicked and screamed when we tried to put him back in the stroller.  What were we thinking!  We spent our 30 euros, got back in the car and headed back home.  Less than five minutes into the car ride - Nathan passed out!

It is what I call - a perfect Saturday.  I loved everything about the day!  There are so few days that from beginning to end are just perfect.  I was almost sad when it ended.
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Jessie Szmanda said...

This looks like so much fun! makes me want to go to France so bad!

va_grown said...

Family time is so precious!

The market looks like so much fun! I don't think anything compares to that...of course, we try to stay away from the mall and stuff during Christmas because they're so packed. Being outside would be more fun too!

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