As of tomorrow, my family will be moving in with my inlaws. It has been two years since we moved out of their house six months after our arrival in France. We really don’t have another option at this point with four children to feed. My inlaws are wonderful and the village that they live in is breathtaking. Our girls will go to a smaller school which makes me happy. I think living with my inlaws will help my children in French and more importantly…it will help me learn French. I will try to go to the university to learn French when the girls start school in the fall. Boy Blue will stay with my inlaws or a babysitter. I am not sure of alot right now. I, however, know it will all work out for the better.
My husband’s company he was working for refuses to pay him overtime nor have they reimbursed him for the drive to Dijon for training some months back. He was working up 12 hours a day (sometimes more) five days a week. Then, it was six days a week and in the end seven days a week. I don’t want to go into it too much because it is not over. He is going to take action against the company if we don’t get the money within the next few weeks. The bad thing is that this is the second company to do this to my husband since returning to France. The first company forked up the overtime money after my husband sent a certified letter demanding the payment of his overtime with the dates and times noted. I hope that this current company does the same.
It is sad that these companies just work people like crazy trying to take advantage of them. It happens in America as well. My first job out of college worked me over 60 hours in one week telling me that I would be given time off later that month as compensation. Well, it never happened. So, the next time I was expected to stay over I made sure that it was understood that I was to be paid overtime for it or I was simply going to go home. I was paid my overtime for that week. However, I never saw the overtime for the 20 hours I had worked over the time before.
My husband is looking into training programs for jobs that are in high demand and sending out resumes daily. I would really like to work, too. But, since my French is still basic not many companies are interested in me even with my background. I need to have a job that pays well because of the fact that the babies would need to be watched while I am at work and even in France that is not free :) .
I will try to upkeep my blogs while living with my inlaws. I won’t be able to post as often. I hope that if nothing else my posts will be more interesting as I am moving out of my English bubble back into the French world. My inlaws speak English very well. Lately, we have been talking more in French than ever before. I hope that after a year I will be bilingual.
I am tired of living in France and not being able to understand everything. It is hard. I want to understand. Period.
Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are all ok and my children are beside themselves with happiness. They adore their grandparents.