Maminette and Papy arrived for the school holidays, bearing gifts of cheap jewellery for Juliette. It’s amazing how quick the transformation was between un enfant BCBG and full-on gypsy.
We had a good weekend with die Maus, and it was a great chance to do lots of activities together. Juliette and Mom made quince jelly, die Maus joined us for lunch, and then Juliette, Papa and die Maus visited the firefighters’ museum nearby.
Juliette’s class has a mascot — Die Maus. Each weekend, Die Maus goes home with another student to share in their adventures. They document their adventures in different ways — drawings, photographs, stories — and then they re-tell their story on Monday.
This weekend, it was Juliette’s turn to bring Die Maus home. It was a great excuse to go to the Firefighter’s museum with Papa, and to spend time making quince jelly with Mom. Die Maus got to see quite a lot of things.
Then we had to fill our two pages (strictly limited!) with photos and drawings of what we did. We opted for a comic-book theme on one page, and a scrapbook theme on the second. Juliette might have received a little help with her pages. 🙂
Alex loves to unpack things. One item at a time. I think his favorite part of the week is a Saturday morning, when Juliette is at school and Papa brings home the shopping. He gets to have the shopping all to himself, and he takes each item out one-by-one. Which would be an enormous help if he actually knew where everything went, but he doesn’t.
So you end up with frozen peas next to the flour. And beer cans nestled in among the pots and pans. Most of the time, though, he just hands you things and let’s you do the hard work of putting them where they actually belong.
Today, friends sent over a big bag of quinces from their tree. Alex was in heaven.
(as an aside: sometimes it feels to us like Alex lives his whole life at the speed of this video!)
Geez, you get out of bed for two minutes and someone steals your place!
Some days, you just need to be surrounded by your friends. Alex must have been feeling lonely this morning, because he curled up in Juliette’s bed with every one of her stuffed toys.
Faced with a rainy Saturday afternoon, we headed to the local indoor play center with the kids, where Alex discovered the giant legos.
Normally, Alex’s favorite activity is simply to dump every one of his toys on the ground. Today, however, he thought it would be more fun to put every toy he owns on the sofa. He looks pretty pleased with himself!
Summer vacation may officially be over, but the weather has turned unseasonably warm and sunny, so it still feels a little bit like vacation. The kids decided to spend their weekend playing outside. So much for Papa’s dreams of a prize lawn!
September has started out beautifully, with warm, sunny weather. What better way to start the school year?