Monday, August 31, 2009
While I was taking the above photo, I turned around and noticed Niamh engaged in some rather interesting stroller antics:
A zoom lens sure makes it easier to spy on your children.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hooray! We're looking forward to a lot of things this fall: Muriel's first birthday, Rowan's fifth birthday, Pat's...um, birthday (we'll just leave it at that), a visit from Uncle Patrick, Halloween, Thanksgiving (I hope to actually cook this year), cows in St. Cergue, and a trip to the Mosel River Valley. Not to mention all the little things like cool mornings, sweaters and jackets, roasted chestnuts, and Vacherin Mont d'Or.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today Rowan and Muriel and I (Niamh was already snoozing) were hanging out in the book room before quiet time (Rowan)/snooze (Muriel). Our conversation went like this:
Rowan: "Muriel is my best friend."
Me: "Oh? I thought Sam was your best friend."
Rowan: "Super best friend."
Me: "Oh, so Muriel is your super best friend?"
Rowan: "No, Sam is my super best friend. Muriel is my best friend."
Me: "What about Neevie?"
Rowan (without even stopping to think about it): "Niamh is my husband and I am her wife because I'm the mama who takes care of my dinosaurs."
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
- t-shirt and shorts for gym
- bag for gym clothes
- soft shoes for gym
- slippers for class
- paint smock
- felt tip markers
- glue bottle
- small notebook
- plastic paper holder
Monday, August 24, 2009
This first day the parents stayed for about thirty minutes or so. We then we left and returned to pick the children up after about an hour and a half. There are two years of kindergarten here, and this morning there were only new kids--or first year kids. Tomorrow will be a normal day, for the full time, and with the whole class (first and second year is all in one class).
There was one boy he knew who attended Jardin d'Enfants with him the past two years. And out of six new kids in the class, four were English speakers. Good for his comfort level, not so good for the learning french. Rowan told me he did not have a very good day because I didn't stay with him. I suspect that he did okay. There were no tears so it must not have been too bad!
As for me, I met three moms who are native English speakers. Which, as with Rowan, was nice for my comfort level, but perhaps not so nice for improving my french. Anyway, we all went out for coffee while waiting to pick up the kids. Pat has been saying for a while that he thinks things will get better here (I've been quite homesick and lonely lately) once Rowan starts school. If this first day is any indication, I think he's right.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Works: Swiss National Day in Au
Fun on a Budgeté Rheintal and Locarno Regions of Switzerland
Laid Off in Switzerland? What to do first.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The above photo was taken yesterday--Katie loves how Muriel often behaves like a little puppy, carrying things in her mouth as well as burrowing, wiggling, kicking, and rolling gleefully in a pile of blankets and pillows. Need to get a video of that, because it really is darling.
Thank you Katie for everything! We will miss you!
Monday, August 10, 2009
It was a pretty good trip overall, though there were a few hang-ups:
-In Morges we accidentally got onto the sleeping coaches (first time I've seen sleeping coaches on a Swiss train), and the door to the regular coaches was locked so we were stuck standing for the entire ride to Nyon. Somewhat ironically we couldn't get the door out of the sleeping coach to close, so it was nice and noisy--just what Rowan likes best.
-Niamh had an allergic reaction to the "sorbet" we got her in Yvoire. Perhaps those crazy French put egg in their sorbet. Perhaps some ice cream was left on the scoop, and that minute trace of egg made her sick. Perhaps it wasn't egg at all, but something else. Who knows. At any rate, that's when we decided to go home after only being in Yvoire an hour or so. Thankfully she'd only had a couple of licks and we got Benadryl in her right away, so she didn't actually throw up.
-In Nyon I completely spaced out a red light while crossing the street in front of a police car and got reprimanded for putting my children in danger. A little embarassing. Hey, I looked both ways before crossing, and determined that the police car was far enough away that I didn't need to wait....if only it had been a normal crosswalk.
Anyway, Yvoire is a very picturesque village, but there's not much to do there other than shop, which was disappointing. Even the castle was closed to the public.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
The picture below shows the ace and face cards from the shields suit.
We have not played yet, but I hope to play soon.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The trip definitely went much better than it did last year--we had enough water, I wasn't pregnant, we didn't bring a stroller, and we didn't lose an alleegah (more pictures from that trip here, on the left hand side under late June photos). We also ended up doing some unexpected shopping--trains for Pat, souvenirs for Auntie Katie, and a couple of new cheeses from the Valais region for everyone!
Here are a few of the photos I took from the day, I think I'll probably put more up on Flickr.
All of the above pictures were taken inside the beautiful church at Château de Valère.
Ro and Pat hiking up to Château de Tourbillon.
Group shot at the doorway of Château de Tourbillon, with Château de Valère in the background.
View from Château de Tourbillon
Poor Niamh was also the most tired! Luckily on the way back home we were in a fairly empty car so she could take a little snooze more comfortably. Or at least as comfortably as possible inside a sweltering train car.