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Welcome Back to the USA

WOW, Steve and I are back in France after a five week visit to Southern California to see our kids and precious grandsons Isaac and Oliver.

This time I left for America healthy and returned to France healthy TG. On the previous two such trips, I returned to France very ill. So I believe that I have broken the cycle and will continue to be healthy and stay healthy, especially while traveling back and forth to Southern California a few times a year.

It is safe to say that “Max is Back”!! I am finally feeling back to myself after two years of not being well. It has been a year since I finished my six-month course of chemotherapy and four months since I fully recuperated from a lung infection that I contracted on our October 2018 visit to Southern California.

I am very happy to say that the results from all of my recent tests, scans, exams and blood tests show that I am in “Full Remission”!!

I got my life back!! It is like an earthquake. (I am from California and was brought up experiencing them throughout my life – in fact there was a substantial one in June while we were in California). You make it through the initial earthquake and it is not until afterwards that you realize what happened and could have happened. Then you feel a bit shaky wondering when the aftershocks are going to hit. However, I continue to think positive and live in the now, enjoying and appreciating every moment. I am grateful and thankful for all of the blessings in my life. I live every day to the fullest, love many people and laugh a lot. I look to touch peoples’ lives in a positive way and to make a difference in the world. That keeps me going.

It is amazing how fast time goes by and how fast babies grow and change. We were actually watching our grandsons growing up right in front of us.

They say that “Home is where the Heart is” Well my heart is at home with my kids and grandsons. So for me going “Home” is when I arrive in Southern California.

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There’s No Place Like Home

So many exciting things happened on our five week visit with our family:

Our grandson Isaac began pre-school shortly after we arrived. He goes three mornings a week. It was hard to let go and accept the fact that he is growing up so fast and no longer a baby – he is a toddler now.

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Isaac Excited to be Starting Pre-School
Isaac Having Fun on the Playground

On June 18th we celebrated Isaac’s 3 year birthday. Bubbie and Papa(Steve & I)took him for breakfast for home made pancakes at a special restaurant near our house called Flappy Jack’s. Isaac enjoyed a plate of pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse with chocolate chips and whipped cream for the eyes and mouth.

Bubbie and Isaac

We had a birthday party at the house on the Saturday before Isaac’s “Actual” Birthday (Isaac’s words!). You can see by the photos that is was a fun filled day with all of the family and  friends.

Toy Story Themed Birthday
Isaac Enjoying His Birthday Cake
The Family Celebrating with Isaac
Mommy and Daddy and Isaac

There was Papa time with Isaac as he learned French from books that we brought for him from France. He is doing so well and learning new words all of the time.

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Papa Time with Isaac

Bubbie Time with Isaac consists of playing on the floor with his cars, monster trucks and other toys with wheels. We had story time –

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Bubbie and Isaac after Bath Time
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Isaac with His Cars and Trucks

Isaac loves to have stories read to him – and then there is bath time. He also loves to go shopping with Bubbie and Papa to Costco, Trader Joe’s and Target. It’s the everyday things that I like most and miss the most – out to dinner with the family,

Out  to Dinner with “My Boys”

homemade meals together, shopping, going to the park, special time with each of them and babysitting.

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Bubbie, Isaac and Papa “Welcome Home”
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Bubbie and Oliver

Isaac took Swimming Lessons for two weeks and Bubbie and Papa got to go watch him learning to swim.

Isaac with His Swim Instructor

We spent time with Oliver playing on the floor with his baby toys and watching him learning to crawl.

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Happy Baby Oliver

He practiced rocking back and forth on both hands and legs for a few weeks and then all of a sudden he put his legs into full gear and took off crawling all over the place. Then there was no stopping him.

Oliver Getting Ready to Crawl

We were there to celebrate 4th of July. You can see USA Flags everywhere.

Quite Patriotic in the Supermarket

Bubbie and Papa took Isaac to a Car Museum.

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Bubbie and Isaac. Notice the name “Max”on the car

Needless to say that he loved every minute of it, walking up and down the rows of race cars and antique cars and big engines too.

Isaac Loves Cars
Isaac in the Driver’s Seat

We had a beautiful day out with Joshua & Lupe. They took us to The Huntington Library Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens near Pasadena. We walked for hours through the many gardens, all from different parts of the world. Mid-day we stopped in at the food court and had some drinks and snacks. 

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Lupe, Mom and Joshua

After a wonderful day, we took them for a delicious dinner at a Japanese Dumpling Restaurant.

We were able to squeeze in a visit with Steve’s Mom. We picked her up in Arizona and drove her back to California to stay with us for a few days. Steve’s brother Scott & sister-in-law Patty drove down from Northern California. It was nice to have the family together for the day.

Family Day
“The Boys”
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Steve and Scott with their Mom

My hematologist in France says that I can go back and forth to Southern California as long as I pace myself. I take that very seriously and considering everything that I have been through with my health, I am not taking any chances. That means that I take a rest when Isaac & Oliver take their nap, I eat sensibly and healthy, I get my 8 hours of sleep every night and I spend 90% of the time with the kids and grand kids at home and limit myself to spending 10% of the time with our friends. Most of them come to us and to see our family and then we go out to eat in our area. Otherwise we would be schlepping all over Southern California to see all of our friends. They are all so respectful, caring and understanding of my situation.

Steve and I live a good life in France. We have lots of good friends that we spend time with eating, drinking wine and traveling around France together. However, there is nothing that compares to “Being Home with Our Kids & Grand Kids”.

Mommy Time
Daddy Time

Dorothy says it best in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home”.

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Steve, Jonathan, Oliver, Isaac, Liz and Joshua

We spend a great deal of quality time and share many special moments with Jonathan, Liz, Isaac & Oliver and Joshua & Lupe. I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words so I have shared with you my favorites of this visit to Southern California.

Happy is how I feel when I am Home with Our Family

5 thoughts on “Max is Back!

  1. Lovely to read your blog and see the photos of your adorable grandchildren… do right Seeing them as much as you can in these early years when they are so responsive. All too Soon they start school and their lives change! I’m so pleased you are over the worst of your health issues….good health as one ages is such A precious thing. I know you will soon be in the UK for Rosh Hashanah and we wish you the ver Very best and hope you have fun reconnecting with your friends in Lincoln. Hopefully we can get together this year at some point as I would still like to visit you in France so let me know when is a good time for you to come. Alex told me about your recent phone conversation and that you will be coming to Harrison‘s bar mitzvah in June so that will be really something to look forward to.Happy New Year from both of us to you and good health for the future lots of love Doreen

    Sent from my iPad


  2. It’s an unexplained feeling that we all hope to find
    That wonderful feeling that seems to boggle the mind
    It makes your eyes hazy
    It can make you carefree and lazy
    It can make you or break you
    It can make you happy or blue
    Giddy, like a child at play
    Looking for that feeling every single day
    Love is an unexplained feeling
    Something that leaves ones heart reeling
    A special kiss, hug or smile
    A kind word that goes the extra mile
    A beautiful voice on the end of the line
    It’s wonderful to know love so divine
    Soaring up and down on the wings of a dove
    That’s the unexplained feeling of love.


  3. Maxine, thanks for letting us share your blog. It was really nice to see you and Steve in Nottingham. Hopefully next time in the south of France.

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