Monday, November 27, 2006

Franklin County, at the farm, VA

Franklin County, VA, originally uploaded by manueb.

We are finally home in Virginia, visiting all the family, for the first time for me!
On our first day we got to see the family farm, and Hub (one of Shad's great uncles) let us borrow his 4 wheels in the forest and all around. The weather was (still is) beautiful, and it was an awesome day, meeting lots of good people :)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Hello Kitty is travelling

Hello Kitty is travelling, originally uploaded by manueb.

Here we are in Austin, and Laure and Ian's Hello Kitty's decided to come with us. Sorry this strip is in french...
It's a joke we play on Laure and Ian: we take things from their home, put them in other people's places, and wait and see how long it takes them to realize that their stuff is gone.. can seem a bit mean, but really is fun! hehehe

It's not my fault, Hello Kitty begged me to take her with me! :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Last weekend at my brother's for a while

At my brother's, originally uploaded by manueb.

I spent a few days with Hugo, Lucas, Tom and Bea to say goodbye temporarly before moving to Austin. These little guys are -with Shad :)- the loves of my life!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Crazy Norway

I'll never ever stop being surprised by this country:

Here's an article from Aftenposten (Norway's most "serious" newspaper) about animal bordellos and Norway and Danemark having no laws against those... "animals with years of experience", etc...

And it's not even a hoax!

Boy, oh boy!! I am almost gone! phwewwww

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Doesn't Lucas make you go to sleep?

Nantes-sept06, originally uploaded by manueb.

He looks so peaceful!

Meeting my family with Shad

Nantes-sept06, originally uploaded by manueb.

Last week we were in Vigneux (near Nantes in France) at my brother's. It was the first time that Shad got to meet with Tom and Bea, and my BEAUTIFUL nephews Hugo and Lucas.
As I "suspected", Shad and Tom hit it off pretty quickly, realizing how much they had in common :) internet, games, computers, me, hehehe... And Hugo seemed happy to have a new uncle!
As for Lucas... I totally fell in love with this handsome, delicate little guy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Photo Booth Madness

Photo Booth Madness, originally uploaded by manueb.

Who are these people??
Apple's got this great software called Photobooth which allows taking distorted pitures..
My plan is to take as many as possible before leaving Oslo, and Paris. To have a good photobook of all our friends :)

Answer: Shad, Kev and Sul... scary

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Visa immigration interview at the american embassy in Oslo

That was pretty easy! $1000 later, lots of paperwork and travels (going to Madrid to get in person a police certificate...!), we showed up yesterday morning and were interviewed by the nicest consular agent ever!
I don't think it would have been that easy in any other country. Somehow in Norway, when all the paperwork is ready, it's just a very simple formality!
We were basically asked how and where we met. And that was it!

It is now official that I am Mrs. Reynolds, as it is the name I put in my application form and am also having my passport renewed :) NICE!

Monday, August 21, 2006

On line for Shad's birthday

On line for Shad's birthday, originally uploaded by manueb.

My family called us for Shad's birthday with iChat... when it works, it works really well, and I got all these screen shots of my family.

Greetings from Belle Isle

From Belle Ile, originally uploaded by manueb.

We received this awesome greeting card from my best friend's family. They all spend the summer vacation in Belle Ile in France, and often I am there with them, but didn't get to go this year "because" of the wedding :)
I missed all of them a lot, but got a great long phone call from everybody on our wedding day.
Introducing on the pictures: Lise, Josephine, Victor, Emile, Gaspard, and the youngest: Celeste and Rose.
I am sure you guys had a blast doing this. Thank you so much for your warm thoughts!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Our wedding

Our wedding ceremony, originally uploaded by manueb.

We made it, we've now been Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds for over 48 hours :)
It was a beautiful day (no rain), the ceremony at Tinghuset was really moving, and we had an amazing laid back time at the hytte near RĂ¥de.
All the people who couldn't make it were in our hearts.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Bachelorette party

Bachelor party, originally uploaded by manueb.

Oh boy...
I am still recovering (it's monday, 4pm, didn't make it to work)
So Saturday morning, I got up a little before 9, started running erands when the door rang...
I hear, "Hello, is this Emmanuelle Bourgue? There's a leak in your flat and we must come to check it".
I open the door and see all my friends "Surprise!" I really wasn't expecting that! And Sul and Torstein woke Shad up playing some tune on the ukulele (quite pathetic).
I had to dress up as this cowgirl, frankly, quite vulgar, as "Shad's bitch" but fun!!!
We had a nice breakfast with champagne (hmm hmm) in Vigelandspark, took a few pics with tourists, then took off. I was blindfolded, in the bus, in the train, or is it the other way around?
We ended up after some time in Tusenfryd, a water theme park not far from Oslo, and had a great day on the roller costers and stuff.
In the mean time, I was supposed to write a song, one verse every 30 min, to perform on stage later on in the evening, in some bar...
So I worked on that as well.
We left the park around 6:30 to go to the bar, I was blindfolded again..
Finally, we ended up in... Stephane's place, where I had to perform my song to Shad in front of everybody. After all I had done during the day, it was almost easy :) hehehe.
The party was awesome and we got to know what the guys did during the day, painful paintball (huh Kev?), and some swimming in the harbour for Shad. We ate so much good food and drank so much: OUCH!
But what an unforgettable day! Thanks a lot :)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Trying on my wedding dress

Trying on my wedding dress, originally uploaded by manueb.

So you'd honestly think I'd give anything away?
Introducing Isa on the left, and Sophie on the right.

I know, I am E-V-I-L :)


Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Hugo & Lucas, First contact

Hugo & Lucas, premier contact, originally uploaded by akatomy66.

Man am I proud!
This is too cute :) Can't look at this picture without starting to shed tears...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Medical check-up for US immigration

So yesterday I went to this supposed-to-be very thorough medical check-up here in Oslo, requested by the US immigration.. After freaking out about it for a few days, as I HATE going to the doctor's, turns out that for the modest price of 2700kr (340€,$440), I was just asked: "Are you healthy?". What kind of an idiot would say no!
So the "doctor" replied: "Yeah, you look pretty healthy to me", checked on my application that everything was "normal", and that was it, I was done.
Doctors in Norway... when originally, I was to be asked if I smoke, drink, am on any drug, if I have any kind of disease.. Nothing at all. Guess they just trust you on your smile here. Hope it will be that easy for the interview at the American Embassy!

Introducing my beautiful nephew Lucas, born July 30th.

Look how cute Lucas is. Lucas was born July 30th, and today he should be meeting his brother Hugo (2 years old). Can't wait to know what it was like!
I just wish I was there to share these moments with my brother and Bea!

Our wedding announcement

Our wedding announcement, originally uploaded by manueb.

Shad and I finally found out a week ago that we're getting married in Oslo on Aug 12th. 2006 at 11:20am in Tinghuset.

Finally we got our mariage certificate, I think I will post later on what it takes to immigrate to USA when you're french and living in Norway...