J'ai une Petite Surprise

• 31 March 2009



































I left for Paris yesterday (and arrived this morning) for a birthday vacation with one of my sisters. My sister always wanted to go to Paris, to France in general, but wasn't sure when she'd ever get there. So I suggested a birthday trip to her husband awhile back. He was totally on board so we started planning, scheming and saving {for a looooooong time}. Basically, we did what Jordan is doing now :)

Luckily her birthday falls in one of the best months to visit Paris cost-wise (airline prices are slashed). To further cut costs (and to have more fun) we are going to stay at my in-laws' apartment, which also makes it possible for us to cook our own meals too. Basically we are going to put Gourmet's "Paris on a Budget" to the test. With 6 kids between us, heading on this type of trip is a rare opportunity; so, we will just have to have the time of our lives don't you think?

I love this quote by Thoreau. He sums up so nicely what inspired this trip:

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

Grab life by the reins! Live your dreams...even if it means saving up those birthday and Christmas gifts for a couple of years. You'll never regret forgoing that cute new outfit several times in a row if it means you can finally do that one thing you've always wanted to do, whatever it may be.

xoxo

You can find this dreamy picture of a Paris metro station here...and the rest of her amazing Etsy shop here.



22 comments:

Sam and Josh said...

Good for you. I hope you and Cher have a fabulous time.

Alison said...

Have a wonderful time - I love Paris!

Heather said...

Oh, I am envious, but inspired. Enjoy! Enjoy!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Have a marvelous time, Steph! Can't wait to hear the report when you get back.

Lisa said...

Good for you!! Thanks for sharing that quote, that's just what I needed to read and coming from you in Paris makes it even more inspiring. Have a great time!!

the girls of gt said...

I hope you have a truly fabulous time! Nothing like a good adventure in the spring, especially in Paris. Can't wait for details upon your return!

.caroline armelle. said...

good for you!! i need a sister like you to convince my husband to do that for my birthday!

say hello to paris for me!

Virginia said...

How exciting and inspiring to the rest of us! My husband and I have a little tiny travel savings account that grows bit-by-bit.

Stephanie said...

Have fun in Paris! I've never been before, but I have heard that's it's wonderfully romantic.

Joslyn said...

i love this. love it. you guys will have a splendid time...i cant wait to hear all the details!

LobotoME said...

LOVE IT! Have a wonderful time! And yes, our whole philosophy is TRIPS instead of GIFTS!

xo, j :)

Travelin'Oma said...

A trip is an investment in your future. You can draw upon the memories forever and they'll always be a source of joy. Have fun!!!

Birdie in DC said...

So FUN!! Enjoy.

lynne said...

Yipee you!!! Have a GREAT time and I love that philosophy. Way better than a couple of cute outfits!!

jen jafarzadeh said...

I hope you all have the best time! It's so true that you just have to make things happen. What a sweet birthday gift. Ah, Paris.

edith said...

Have a great time in Paris!

Love this saying: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

It is now one of my favorites.

{lovely little things} said...

How wonderful, have a fabulous time!

emily said...

Oh my GOSH! What a birthday surprise! I'm so jealous...and totally stealing the idea for myself. Have a great time!

John & Jennifer Savage said...

What I love about your blog is instead of making us all totally green with envy, you turn it into something inspiring that we could all do if we put our minds to it. Love it stephmodo, hope you have a wonderful time!

the sweet life with olives said...

great quote. have the time of your life! sounds like a dream come true... can't wait to read all about it!

Heather said...

Lucky girl! Have a great time.

melissa said...

Lynne and I were talking about what a cool sister trip you're having. We'd love to do that some time too! Bon voyage!

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