School photos

We got Juliette all dressed up for her school photos on Friday, but they were cancelled due to bad weather. So Friday was just a dress rehearsal for Monday, where we were greeted with a glorious spring morning. Papa couldn’t resist the chance to grab his camera and take a few shots before Juliette headed off to school.

I can’t believe how much she’s grown since this time last year.

Smiling for the camera

A little more reflective

Alexandre discovers make-up

There are a number of clues that your kids are up to no good. Too much silence is usual a bad sign, ones that set any parents’ radar onto alert. The other is the sound of small children giggling uncontrollably. Children’s humor isn’t sophisticated, so the laughter isn’t the result of witty repartee. It means someone’s doing something silly.

In our case, the giggling from upstairs was Alex discovering make-up.

Maybe he’s born with it? Maybe it’s Maybelline!

Dance recital

Getting ready to head out the door for Juliette’s dance recital, Papa took the time to heed an age-old rule for parents: when the kids are dressed up and before they get a chance to get dirty, get out the camera! So here are a few pictures we snapped of Juliette before she headed out the door for the big show.

Our cutie

Ready to go

Easter Sunday

Even the cold, wet, grey start to Easter morning couldn’t wipe the smiles off the kids’ faces when they discovered their Easter baskets. Mama and Papa had already been a little generous with the candy this year, and when the grandparents arrived with even more chocolates, their little baskets overfloweth. They weren’t complaining, though.

Easter chick.

Alexandre decided to give his bunny a lick from top-to-bottom to avoid any ownership disputes later on. That’s one way to avoid sharing with your sister.

Has anyone seen an Easter bunny?

Happy kiddo

A beautiful spring day

Today was a perfect spring day. Cloudless skies, warm sunshine and just the right weather to be outside in shirt sleeves. We took the opportunity to make the most of it — all morning playing outside, lunch on the terrace, a quick afternoon siesta, then back outside to enjoy spring sunshine.

Days like these are rare. Best to enjoy them while we can.

The cheeky is strong with this one

Enjoying the sunshine

In parenting circles, this is technically known as “monkey see, monkey do”

Ice Cream

With the warmer weather coming, it’s time for ice cream after lunch. Eat a little bit, wear a little bit.

What a hipster, with his chocolate goatee

Give her a pair of glasses and we’ve got Groucho Marx

Meanwhile, in Basel….

While Maman and Alex stayed at home and did some gardening, Papa went into Basel with Juliette to have lunch with an old friend from Hong Kong who was in town for the BaselWorld watch fair. We’re fairly wed to our country lifestyle these days and it’s very rare that we venture into the “big city” unless someone special is in town.

But with an hour to kill before lunch, we did get to visit a big park with a BIG toy for Juliette to play on.

Playing on the Big Toy

And sliding down the big slide