Meet The Family

Welcome to a new kind of travel and lifestyle site for anyone who dreams about spending a year in France.

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Meet The Family:

We are a blended family of five. My two boys are from my previous marriage but Blake has pretty much raised my boys with me since they were 5 and 7 years old. Between us, we have three different last names.  Other than that, other than the fact that we are raising our family in France, we’re pretty much a normal family with our fare share of ups and downs.

The Parents

My name is Annie André and my husband’s name is Blake Elder. We met while working for the same company in silicon valley California. Blake was the director of software QA and I worked as a database marketing analyst and we traffic optimizer.

Blake and I having champagne in La Garde France.

 Meet the kids

All three of my children were born in Mountain view California. My boys spoke no French when we first came to France but now speak fluently. I always regretted that I did not speak French to my boys when they were younger so when Catherine was born, I spoke only French to her while Blake spoke English to her. So when we arrived in France, she had no language barriers whatsoever.

all three of our children


 Catherine is the baby of the family. Just don’t let her hear you call her baby. Her two older brothers absolutely adore her.

Kieran is our oldest. He is now 18 years old.

Kieran is 18 and he is the oldest. He had his first legal beer with me in Montreal the day after he turned 18. For the moment he is not living with us in France but will most likely return so he can attend University.

Andre is the middle child and 17 .

André is the middle child. He is an extremely tall 17 year old measuring over 6ft 4 inches tall / 1 metre 95. It is rare that I can get a picture of André smiling so I truly cherish this photo of him squatting in front of a poisonous mushroom while we were mushroom foraging near Cannes France.