Christmas 2018

donna cerca uomo Grosseto Christmas 2018 has come and gone, and lots of good memories with it. The kids have had their first hit of something addictive — a tablet of their own. We had a fantastic Christmas dinner, although Papa went a little overboard with 3 geese for 4 adults. One year, he’ll learn.

donna cerca uomo Marano di Napoli Together with the grandparents

donna cerca donna Trieste Entranced by the tablet

uomo cerca donna Novara How does this work?

uomo cerca donna Forlì Content with her tablet.

Puzzle!

That’s a pretty big Playmobil.

More Legos

Excitement 101.

Another child captured by a tablet

Christmas pose 2018. “Put your fingers down, Alexandre.” “Non, Papa.

3 geese for 4 adults was probably a little optimistic…

Tiny potato Christmas-tree forest

“A merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night!”

Juliette’s sixth birthday

The years are beginning to pass more quickly than Papa would prefer. It seems like we were just celebrating Juliette’s fifth birthday, and like that, it’s time to celebrate her sixth. She has grown up so much in the last year it’s hard to believe it’s the same little girl. She’s reading and writing, becoming more independent with a mind of her own.

She’s a little jealous that she hasn’t started losing her teeth yet (although it makes for nicer photos, Papa must admit), but I guarantee that by the time her seventh birthday rolls around she’ll be missing a few teeth and eating a lot of soup.

A very smiley, very happy birthday girl
Mom spared no expense on the candles this year. Everyone survived with eyebrows intact.
Having a good time!
Juliette’s checking out her cake.
Time to get started on the presents.
There are quite a few presents!
There are even a couple of presents for Alexandre.
Reading time.
Fairy princess.

Juliette’s 6th birthday party

Against their better judgement, Maman and Papa went along with Juliette’s idea to invite over a dozen of her friends to celebrate her sixth birthday. Papa had been lulled into a false sense of security with the relatively well-behaved group of kids that came for Alexandre’s birthday a few months earlier, and naively forgot to consider that Juliette’s birthday is in December, so we are stuck inside the house. He also failed to appreciate just quite how loud a dozen 6-year old girls can be. There’s no other noise quite like the screams of young girls full of excitement and high on sugar.

After a treasure hunt, pinata and plenty of cake, Papa decided to resort to the only trick he knew to get the girls calmed down — a Disney film in the cinema downstairs. It worked like magic.

This year’s theme was all about Rapunzel

“There are going to how many girls coming over?” asked a disappointed Alexandre.

“Oh, there’s going to be another boy as well? Game on!”

Time for the treasure hunt…

And the treasure? It’s a pinata filled with candy.

The party’s in full swing. Time for some cake!

Rapunzel cake, of course.

Blowing out the candles.

“Happy birthday to you!” in three languages.

Besties.

The three musketeers.

Time to cut the cake.

Looking like a happy bunch with a little sugar in their system!

When all else fails, a Disney film in the cinema works its magic

Saint Nicolas 2018

The feast of Saint Nicolas is pretty important here in France, and marks the main kick-off for the Christmas season. Each year, our village hosts activities for the children, including a coloring competition, a play, dancing, crepes and hot chocolate — capped off by the lighting of lanterns and the arrival of Saint Nicolas. The entire entourage of childrn and parents follow Saint Nicolas (and his donkey and Père Fouettard, on the lookout for any misbehaved children) from the top of the village to the town square at the bottom, where he hands out candy to all of the children.

We participate every year. This year had some of the best turnout in ages.

Juliette joins in the medieval dancing

Getting creative with his Saint Nicolas drawing

A little help from Maman

Getting serious now

Checking out what the competition is up to

Big boy bed

Time for Alexandre to graduate to a big-boy bed, quite an impressive one with a play area beneath (also good for sleep-overs) and jungle animal sheets. Not bad for a four-year old.

Alexandre is pretty impressed with his new bed

Our visit to Paris – Day 5

After five days, it was time for our visit to come to an end. Papa finally relented and we settled on a French bistro for lunch before our afternoon train back to Basel. It was a great visit, and by the end of their stay, the kids had really started to get used to the rhythm of the city: the Metro and busses, navigating the crowds, and taking in everything there was to see.

Still, it was good to be home.

A little French lunch to send us on our way

After almost a week in Paris, the kids were pros on the Metro.

Heading home

Home at last, to a nice omelette.