200th post and a giveaway!

Salut, tout le monde! C'est moi, Sabine!
Today is the day I make my 200th post on this blog, and I can't thank my readers enough for putting up with me this long. Hopefully, I'll be able to continue writing and share more of my adventures and experiences with everyone. Oh, and I also hope to let more of my friends write on this blog, too. You'll just have to wait for that. ;)

To celebrate, I thought I'd share some more about me and a little bit about why I started this blog. As the founder of this blog, I thought I'd go ahead and answer the questions.

Tell your readers why you started a blog and why you keep doing it. 
When I started this blog back in October of 2008, I was going through a rough time in my life. I had just discovered some devastating news relating to my sister that explained events that happened to me during the school year. I was still in France at the time and was having difficulties with my mom and people at school, so I felt the need to write. Writing has always been an escape of mine, and I have kept journals since I was at least six. I thought I might as well taking the journaling digital, and since I knew I'd be heading to an American boarding school in December of 2008, I thought I'd practice my English some. I still keep a handwritten journal, too, and that is usually for more personal things. 

Describe a usual day in your life. 
During the school year:
I wake up at 6:15, wash my face, and eat breakfast. Breakfast for me is usually an Americanized version of a tartine and some orange juice. If I'm feeling like Lilly, I'll gorge on donut holes. Then, I get dressed and put on makeup and walk to the school building with Lilly and Malorie. My schedule for next year is as follows- I have Algebra II first period (I'm on the advanced track, which is why I'm in Algebra II as a 9th grader p), 2nd period Honors English, 3rd period Spanish III, 4th period AP Biology, homeroom, lunch (I usually eat a salad, some cheese and crackers, and a muffin for dessert), 5th period AP US History, 6th period phys. ed., and 7th period psychology. School ends at 3:15, and Melanie and I usually meet Lilly in the library if she needs homework help. If not, we head back to our dorm rooms to study and do homework. After homework and studying, we have free time. I hang out with my friends, but if I want quiet time, I read, write in my journal, email or Skype my friends back in France (if they're awake, that is!), and definitely listen to music. I oftentimes listen to Miley Cyrus or the latest French pop. I head to dinner around six, eat with friends, come back to the dorms and shower, and do whatever I feel like doing before bed. Sometimes that's more studying, sometimes that isn't. I go to bed around 10, and I always listen to music before falling asleep because it relaxes me. I also sometimes talk to Lilly before I go to sleep, but she keeps me up!

During vacation periods:
I have the same morning and evening routines, but in the day, I do various things with friends or do some stuff alone. We can also go home during summer break, but I choose not to for obvious reasons.

Explain what your blog means to you. 
This blog definitely means a lot to me. It became more than a way to practice my English and get my feelings out- it became a way to meet new friends, to learn about other cultures, and to explore the daily lives of others. I'm grateful for all of the friends I made, and I hope to make many more. If you haven't commented on my blog before, don't be afraid to drop in and say "hello"! I'd love to meet you.


Bonjour, tous ceux qui lisent ce blog! C'est Sandrine! I'm going to tell you about the giveaway. Oui, this is the first giveaway that we have done on this blog, and it is kind-of my idea. To celebrate 200 posts and almost four years of blogging, I am being nice for once and giving away part of my wardrobe.
Do you like the shirt I'm wearing? If so, it could be yours! Here's how the giveaway works. Pay attention and read the following! Don't ask questions until you do!!!
1. Leave a comment on this blog post, and tell us your favorite post and why you like our blog.
2. Come back on August 17th and see if you are the winner.

Winners are chosen at random. Only enter once. PLEASE REMEMBER to ask parental permission if you are under 18 because if you are the winner, we will need your address so we can send your prize to you! We will provide our email address on the 17th so the winner can contact us.

Here are some additional photos of the shirt. It is made of a white and blue knit and closes in the back with snaps.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and enter!


Jess said...

Awesome! I'd like to enter! :)
I love your blog because I like how you tell the story of your life and you also take really nice pictures.
~ Jess :)

Godsgirl6153 said...

Hello, My favorite posts are the behind the scenes photos from LMPT. I like your blog because it is well written. :)

AGMarket ;) said...

Hello I would love to enter! :)I like the post: The Surprise in the morning. :) Your photos are amazing, and the blog is so well put together!

Reese said...

Hi Sabine and Sandrine! Congratulations on 200 posts and I am so glad that you blog! I enjoy reading your posts very much. (Julien as well. ;))

My favorite posts must be the LMPT Behind-the-Scenes. In theater, I love being behind-the-scenes and seeing what happens not just on stage, or in this case, not just the finished photo. I love your blog because it combines the beautiful language of French with English. I can also relate to some of the things you post about. Merci!

Congrats again! :)

Reese <3

Madeline said...

I like LMPT posts best. I like your blog because your pictures are beautiful, of the use of French words, and the exciting things that happen in your life!

Emma Meows said...

I like the post :The Surprise in the Morning. I also like your pictures that go with the post and your french words. Congrats on 200!

Sara said...

I loved the LMPT series. I love this blog because your photos are so clear and vivid. Plus, your writing is good and uses proper grammar and punctuation. Merci for doing a giveaway.


Tom said...

I would LOVE to enter!!!!!! My favorite posts are: Etre Libre AND La Boum!!!!! They were AWESOME!!!!!!! I love the pictures on this blog!!!!!!!!

~Juliet Albright~

Tom said...

Merci tellement du don!!!!!

Unknown said...


I always enjoy your new outfit posts...Tu robes est tres belle! And, I enjoy the fact the there is a lot of French "spoken" on your blog! :) (I took my first year of French...So it's always good to brush-up!)

Benny said...

I LOVE your blog. I only started reading it a week or so ago but I have read MANY of your posts. My favorite post is the one where you give Christelle that little jewelry box. It just inspired me to do something nice for someone that I am not on good terms with. I love the photos that you take by the way. You are an AMAZING photographer.

Sayoko Tachibana said...

Konnichiwa, Sabine!
I've only been reading your blog for a couple of days, and I absolutely love it! It helps with my French skills, and you take some vraiment génial pictures! My favorite posts are the LMPT posts and Playing Santa :)

Sore iko, Sayoko