Sunday, November 20, 2011

Looking Back at Life Before Kids

Looking Back at Life Before Kids

I lived in France in college but after two kids, two dogs, Medical School and Residency, sometimes it feels so long ago that I can barely remember it.  However, my three year old found my old journal from France in a box in the basement and has been carrying it around ever since. 

I opened it up and was amazed at how much I'd forgotten and how easy life was back then.  You would think it would've been hard.  I lived with a family that didn't speak a word of English, my bathroom at my host parents house was OUTSIDE so I had to trudge through gravel in the middle of the night if I wanted to pee, and I didn't know a soul when I moved there.  Yet, it was so fun and so incredibly easy.  For example, look at my financial worries. 

This particuluar weekend in February of 2001, I did nothing on Saturday except spent a large amount of monthly budget (Francs back then) at the Irish Pub, then I didn't spend a single penny on Sunday...I'm pretty sure that was the day I stayed in bed all day reading Thornbirds

This is another one of my favorite pages:

In case you can't read this, my host parents served fish one night then left it in the fridge.  I found it the next morning and it's spiky teeth really freaked me out!  It's fun to look back on the days when I had zero responsibility.  I floated through life looking for fun things to do and interesting people to meet.  Now, I'm responsible for this:

and this:

On the other hand, I guess life was pretty bland without kids, a husband, and a house to take care of.  The days I spent in France laying in bed reading a book while it rained seem pretty boring compared to my rainy days now:

Wrestling is a fun way to pass our rainy days now.  Munchkin Girl won that round, but Little Buddy is starting to be able to figure out how to beat his Big Sister.  And that's when the fun will really begin.
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  1. was definitely more simple without kids but it was totally selfish.

    I'm a lot happier now that I spend my time serving other people (even if I do it begrudgingly sometimes). :)

    College in France....AWESOME!

  2. Wow - college in France to cleaning up dog poo and vomit. You go girl! Bet those French didn't make you feel nearly as important as Little Buddy and Munchkin.

  3. I lived abroad for part of college, it was a great experience! It's always fun finding old memories and looking at them! New follower from bloggy moms, have a great evening! You can find me at
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  5. It's late Sunday night, but I'm finally finding time to hop with Lucy and Sam! I'm a follower!

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