We've just about made it through another one of Pat's business trips. Everyone is excited that he arrives home tonight, just in time for Easter. Things felt pretty dismal at the beginning. The kids are out of school for two weeks for Easter vacation, all of our friends are away, and rain was forecasted for the week. But it turned out not to be so bad. It did rain, but not constantly, so we were able to get outside a bit.
Our friends, the Girardins, who live in the Jura, needed to get some stuff done in Lausanne, and stopped by for an afternoon.
We also got together one morning with a new American family that has moved into our building. They have a 5 year old girl, a 3 year-old boy, and a 1 year old girl (sound familiar?). No photos from that morning, but the kids all had a great time together. The next day I overheard Niamh signing to herself part of a song I sometimes sing to her and Rowan before bed. But instead of Niamh/Rowan she inserted the eldest girls' name: I love you, Fiona, I love you Fiona, I love you Fiona....
Another thing that really helped the week go by was the Elko Toy Library. Our neighbors, the Elkos, were away this week, and they left us their keys so we could borrow their toys while they were gone. What a lifesaver! We went over almost every day and got new toys to play with.
Here is a picture Rowan drew, inspired by their castle set. The king is standing on top, and the castle is surrounded by water, with sailboats on each side.