Justin and I sat at Place Verte today for a nice Sunday lunch. Somehow I managed to knock the fries off of my plate, while the dishes collided with one another making a loud clashing noise. I dropped my silverware on the ground making another loud clanging sound and then had to reach way under Maisie’s stroller to get them. I then dropped my silverware on my plate making an even louder sound. Then, when the waitress came over to see if we wanted dessert I looked up at her to have my sunglasses fall off my head and to the ground (she shook her head at me and sort of laughed, which is actually quite polite for a French person). I didn’t even mention yet the little things I did, like my food somehow falling off my fork right before I go to take a bite, all of Maisie’s things that ended up on the dirty ground (including: toys, baguettes, straws etc.), and dropping the ketchup bottle on the ground. I am normally clumsy, but today was a little over the top. Justin just politely smiled at me and then told me I had a huge piece of lettuce in my teeth. Great.

We took these pictures of us with Maisie at the cafe today.



  1. Mom on August 5, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Mama’s little clumsy girl! It makes for a great blog post though! Okay…seriously. Have you ever noticed how Maisie looks like the parent that is holding her? In the pix with you, Jen, her eyes are right there with yours and she has that feminine prettiness. In the one with Justin, look at the curl of her mouth, just like her daddy’s! So funny! She is a little precious!

  2. Jen Braun on August 6, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Hey Jen, this is Joe Braun’s wife(Justin’s old roommate for college) I found your blog when Joe and I were reading Justin’s blog, just trying to keep up with you Powell’s. I just wanted to encourage you with the fact that I think you and Justin are doing a great job with Maise especially being so far from family. I am now 3 months pregnant and have been grieving the fact that I live across the country from all our family, and then I read your blog and am reminded that you guys live in another country and it is possible to raise a child far from family-especially with all the cool technology we have today. Although it’s sad I know both of our distances from our familes is kingdom mind set and that makes it possible to get throught he sad days (or hormonal days!). OK, now that I have written a book I must go! Just wanted to tell you I enjoy your blog and the courage you have! Jen

  3. Jen Braun on August 6, 2007 at 9:22 am

    sorry just saw i spelled your girls name wrong! I am so sorry…Maisie!

  4. Jen on August 6, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Thanks Jen for your comment and encouragement! I think I needed it today! Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! Keep us posted on how you are doing and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

    Mom, a couple days ago somebody ACTUALLY told me that Maisie looked like me!!! The first time ever. Justin wasn’t with us of course or it would never have been said, but still! I was so excited!

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