A good day

miehen haluttomuus hoito It’s been a while since Papa has updated the kids’ blog. Life gets busy and it’s hard to find the time to mark down all the memories you’d like to. There are photographs set to one side, ready to be eventually uploaded with their commentary when the fullness of time allows.

крем за повдигане на бюста But there are also the fleeting memories. These, if not captured when they’re fresh, are likely to be lost over time. But they’re some of the best memories of parenthood, some of the happiest moments, and it would be a shame if they were lost without so much as a footnote.

hormonio para crescer mama Alexandre started school two weeks ago. It’s been tough-going. Potty-training has been coming along more slowly than we’d like, meaning that most days are marked with an accident or two.

επιμηκυνση πεουσ με εγχειρηση Yesterday, Alexandre came home with a sticker. This is a big moment. Stickers are given out with strict moderation, reserved for children who have done something particularly exceptional that day. In this case, Alex came home with a sticker for having an overall good day, but also for coming home without having an accident. I’m not sure who was more proud, Papa or Alex.

възбуждане I watched Alex go into his bedroom tonight. On one hand, he’s a little boy, not yet sure of himself and with so much to learn. On the other hand, he’s getting tall and independent, and it’s clear that our toddler years are over.

One of the saddest things I ever read was this: one day, you’ll pick up your child and put them down again. And that will be the last time you ever pick your child up. You can’t say exactly when it will be, but it will happen, and then that chapter will be finished.

We aren’t there yet, and I’m immensely proud of my children growing up. But I’m also a little bit sad about the part of them that’s being left behind. This is the part of parenthood they warn you about, but you have to live through to really appreciate.

3 years old

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that we were marking Alex’s first steps and watching him toddle across the floor; now he’s celebrating his third birthday and getting ready to start school.

Make a wish!

Happy birthday, Sylvette

It’s a special birthday for the kids’ grandmother, and she decided to spend it celebrating with us.

Juliette, in princess costume, helps Maminette

A happy birthday lunch

The local supermarket was out of ‘zero’ candles, so we improvised

A happy birthday present. ‘Reine de neige’ decorations courtesy of Juliette

My favvorite! A picture of the grandchildren

Enjoying the sunshine

It’s a beautiful, warm spring day with summer just around the corner. After lunch on the terrace at a local restaurant, where the kids devoured a pizza as well as most of the fries of Papa’s plate, we headed home for some ice cream and some play time on our terrace. Juliette’s learned how to put Alexandre to work, pushing the tricycle while she steers. Big sisters, eh?

Juliette’s learned how to make Alex do the hard work

Got enough toys, kids?

“Faster! Faster!”

Alex seems like he’s having fun

Like father, like son

Kids love to imitate adults. Through a combination of misfortune and his own incompetence, Papa managed to mangle the tractor last weekend. While it’s in the shop being repaired, Papa had to tackle the lawn on the side of the house the old-fashioned way, with a hand mower. Well, no sooner did the kids see Papa doing this than wanting to join in themselves. Juliette was too quick for Papa to grab the camera, but he was in time to catch Alex trimming the lawn.

Alex is cutting the grass

Pool time

The weather’s getting warm, and it’s time to pull out the pool. The kids had fun cooling off in the hot sunshine!

Juliette’s trying out her ‘innocent’ smile

Just brushing our koala…

Summertime… and the living is easy!

Alexandre is working on his beach body

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