So with the days in the U.S. dwindling down I’ve been doing my best to say good-bye to everyone I can. I went back to my hometown earlier this week to see some family and some friends that I won’t be seeing again until July. It was really great to see them all, the only one I didn’t get to see was my newest niece…because she still hasn’t been born!!! I’ve been really hoping my sister would have the baby before I left but sadly that just isn’t going to happen. She’s soo close but still so far, I have a sneaky suspiscion she’ll go into labor on Monday around 2 pm (my flight time). I did get to see my 4 year-old niece graduate from pre-school though and I’m getting to spend a lot of time with my 3 year-old nephew and my nine month-old niece before I go.

Another exciting thing that’s happened in the past few days was the email I received from my host mother. Now I have a much better idea of what the family I’ll be living with for the next 8 weeks is like, the Chalufours have four children and live in a very “dynamic” neighborhood with lots of shopping. The coolest thing about M. et Mme. Chalufour, in my opinion, is the fact that both are editors! After Googling the company on Mme. Chalufour’s signature line I think she and her husband must be children’s book editors. I can’t wait to see what that’s like!

48 hours until I head to StL to meet Katie and Jaclyn and 72 until we all board the plane for Paris!