A few snaps

The kids are getting bigger, and it’s been a while since Papa has pulled out his camera to take a few photos. He’s making up for lost time…

Alexandre does his impression of the Easter bunny

That’s definitely the face of someone up to no good…

Easter Sunday

Time for Easter with the kids, who are still filled with the magic of the Easter bunny. Juliette has it all worked out.

“How does the Easter bunny get into the house?” she asked. “Oh, I know,” she said, “he uses the same magic key as Santa Claus and Saint Nicolas. They all live in the same village – I know, because I saw it from the window of our Kinderhotel.” She described to Papa how how the three would pass the keys back and forth as needed, and how all three were always on the lookout and knew whether the children were being naughty or nice.

The kids woke up to Easter baskets filled with chocolates and some wonderful presents from Alexandre’s godfather. After a traditional lunch of roast lamb, potatoes and flageolets, we decided to spend the afternoon decorating eggs.

Toilet training

There are many fond moments that I will remember in parenthood, but toilet training is not one of them. Papa will be very happy when this stage is behind us. Alexandre has a remarkable ability to deny the need to use the toilet until the second you put a diaper on him. Then he puts on his “deep thinking” face and delivers us a little present…

Life with a toddler

Margot l’escargot

This was Alexandre’s weekend with Margot l’escargot. Margot is the French-speaking cousin of Kaptain Blaubaer and die Maus. These class mascots come home with the children for one weekend a year, and we record what we do in their scrapbook. It gives the chance for the kids to tell their stories to the rest of the class and helps them practice speaking in public.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great weekend for Alexandre. He spent half of the weekend sick with a gastro and a fever. Luckily, he recovered — he was able to get out to enjoy a pizza, get his hair cut, play in the unexpected late spring snow, and have a day out at Centerkids, the kids’ indoor play center. Not a bad weekend, after all…

The weekend didn’t start off too welll…

…but it got better as time went on!

Kaptain Blaubaer

This was Alexandre’s weekend to bring home Kaptain Blaubaer, the class mascot. Each child gets to bring the mascot home one weekend a year, and they get to fill his scrapbook with pictures of their weekend together. Luckily, Papa’s uncle Bob was in town from the US, so there was plenty to write about.

Great uncle Bob was in town for lots of fun

Nutella crepes!