Archive | February, 2013

Big but Busy week

20 Feb

Where to begin?? It’s been such a busy week around here.  Henry started school yesterday and it was a total success!! We have enrolled him into the Ecole Privee Bilingue or the Private Bilingual School here in Lausanne called Club Alpha, and he is in what they call the Educative Kindergarten.  The youngest you can start is 30 months or 2 1/2 years and Henry hit that milestone on Saturday.  Another must is that the child must be fully potty trained.  This has been an ongoing issue for us.  I’ve always heard boys are harder, but we were taking two steps forward one step back.  I’m sure all the moving back and forth from Switzerland didn’t help but we are fully potty trained at this point – Yay Henry!  Both yesterday and today he stayed dry for the 5 1/2 hours he was at school.  School starts between 8-8:30am, they can play until 9 and that is when the lessons begin.  They start each day off with an English lesson taught by a native English teacher, and they do puppet shows, sing songs, read fairytales, etc.  After this the majority of the day is in French.  They have recess from 10:30 – 11:00 am and lunch as a class at noon.  At the school the children have a private chef and they will never eat the same thing twice.  They also abide by the Swill nutritional system, meaning they will never have french fries or any fatty foods on their plate, it must always be balanced.

For instance, yesterday Henry had:

Le tortellini au jambon cru
Et asperges vert
Emulsion mousseuse d’artichauts
Salad de saison
*****
Compote de pommes
Et crunchy au chocolat

or in English:

Tortellini with ham
And green asparagus
Foamy emulsion artichoke
Salad of the season
*****
Applesauce
And crunchy chocolate

I guess I’m going to have to amp up my cooking abilities if I’m going to have to hold to that standard 🙂

After lunch they play outside if it’s nice or in their gym for 30 minutes before being picked up at 1pm.  I’m very happy with the school.  Henry will be learning to read in French and they guarantee it by age 5-6.

Yesterday I finished my 12th hour of French tutoring and I’m really loving the language.  My tutor is a very good teacher and really pushes me.

Tomorrow is our 4th wedding anniversary.  We will be spending it very romantically with a 9 hour daytime flight with 2 kiddos 🙂  That’s what love is about right??

Tomorrow morning we leave very early in the morning for the Zurich airport.  Our flight isn’t until 10:15am but with the kiddos, the carseats, the bags and how massive the airport is, we have to allow for ample time.  It’s also a 2 1/2 hour drive there but it’s totally worth it for the direct flight to Philadelphia.  We land in Philly at 1:45 pm EST and then we drive to Camp Hill, after the customs process, getting our bags and picking up the rental car.  We’ll probably arrive in Camp Hill around 5pm, just in time for dinner with the families, running around for the boys, bath time for the boys and then an early bedtime (or to them very late with the time difference!).

Saturday is my sister-in-law Asia’s baby shower and I’m thrilled to be able to be home to attend.  The shower is outside Philadelphia, so I’m leaving Henry with the boys, Asia’s hubby Thomas (or Henry’s brother) is coming to Camp Hill to spend the day with the boys, Henry will drop the boys off at my parents place Saturday afternoon and then we’re all meeting at Thomas and Asia’s house Saturday evening where we will stay.  We have an early flight to catch Sunday morning so staying at their place takes off about 1 1/2 hours in the car that we won’t have to do Sunday morning.  Sunday, Henry and I are headed to St. Peter’s Island…alone!

With Henry’s newest promotion, he has been invited to the Awards trip which takes place in St. Peter’s Island, which is in the British Virgin Islands.  It’s a small island near Tortola (where we will be flying into), about a 15 minute yacht ride.  The hotel has around 35 rooms and his company will have 26 of them.  It’s going to be such a fun trip.  I’m close with many of the wives and many of the couples were at our wedding.

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St Peter’s Island

The trip doesn’t start until Tuesday, however Henry and I going 2 days early and will be there from a Sunday to a Sunday.  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  I’ve been through a lot in the past 6 months with Henry’s travel, our family’s move, the move back to the US and now the move back to Switzerland.  I would rarely say this, but I do indeed think I deserve this.  Henry and I really need some time to ourselves.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to miss the boys like crazy, but they will be having the time of their life with both sets of grandparents and all the cousins.

So in just 3 short days we’ll be trading our very beautiful snow views for this:

Beach

Insert Henry and I into this photo with a few cocktails in hand

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Absolutely breathtaking

Another big accomplishment to note: Thomas is finally walking!  He’s been taking steps to and from the couch to the coffee table (2 max) but last night he just started standing in one place for a long time.  Then today all he wants me to do is when I put him down, he wants to be in the standing position.  Since then he has take 3-4 steps a couple of times.  We are getting there slowly but surely.  He just crawls so quickly  and chasing after Henry is just so much easier that way!  Henry walked around 11 months and Thomas looks like he’ll be there in just a week or so…probably right when we leave.  I keep trying to upload the video here but it’s not letting me…oh well.

Well I best get back to the unfun (is that a word???) of vacationing and pack for all of us….tomorrow will be here before we know it!

 

 

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International Balloon Festival

6 Feb

This past weekend we decided not to go to our chalet in the mountains due to the fact that Henry had 3 stitches in his chin and our luck something would have happened to them.  It’s alway high activity up at the chalet 🙂  It was a great weekend with a lot of family time, walks, parks and sunshine!  On Saturday we discovered a park that’s not even a 10 minute walk away.  It’s such a great one too with a little toddler pool for summertime, swings, wooden train house with slide, a fun merry go round, a few more playground toys and it also has a little fenced in zoo.  It’s amazing what you find at the parks here.  The park we had been going to (Park Mon Repos) is a bird park and has over 6 huge bird cages with a variety of beautiful birds.  We always visit it before and after the playground.  Anyway, Saturday was just an all around great day.  The hubby and I ended the evening with our first fire in the living room, the glass doors open and the snow falling outside – perfection!

On Sunday we walked to a new church that was about 20 minutes away, grabbed a few chocolate croissants at the neighborhood bakery on the way home, had a little lunch and playtime and packed the car for a fun afternoon!  The balloon festival was about 1 hour 20 minutes away which was perfect for the boys to catch a nice nap.  The town the festival was held in was the balloon capital of Switzerland and absolutely beautiful.  The event was cancelled on Saturday due to heavy snow, which made a great day for us on Sunday.  They had a couple huge sledding hills for the kiddos with some nice new powder 🙂  We arrived just in time for the air show and then next was the colorful balloon flight along with helicopter rides.  We had a great spot to watch all the action, right in between the helicopter pad and the pad where the balloons took off from.  It was like a huge carnival, all with food from all over Europe, beer, you name it.

 

Here are few of the photos we captured.

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Such a beautiful day

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Paragliders and Balloons

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The balloons getting ready for take off

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Just hanging out

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Looking high in the sky

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Watching the balloons take off

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My love bug

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The old town church

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Picturesque

Oh Internet…how you’ve been missed

3 Feb

It’s actually bittersweet, but yes we now officially have internet here in Switzerland.  It’s a whole process of getting registered within the Canton (kind of like a county), then waiting for the official paperwork and cards to come in the mail, then you are able to go and get a phone and Internet.  By saying this, we are officially legit here too!

Stay tuned for many posts to catch you all up on our past 3 weeks here.

 

Here are some photos of last weekend and this following week!  We celebrated Thomas’s 1st Birthday at the Chalet with the other family that’s here from Colorado.  On Sunday we did our first day of ski school – and we had so much fun!

On Wednesday we went to the park and when we got back I took Henry’s shoes and socks off and he was taking his coat off while I took Thomas out of the stroller, and while running and taking his coat off, he got caught up in his coat, tripped and split his chin open on our tile floor.  I took him to the Children’s Hospital here in Lausanne and 3 stitches later, you’d never know anything happened to him!

Okay, we’re off to the International Balloon Festival, more updates to come!!

Enjoy some photos 🙂

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Happy 1 year Birthday to the sweetest boy!

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Not quite sure of his new car

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Birthday Cupcake – Swiss Style

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Henry loving the snow – he looks so innocent

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T and I with the Dents du Midi in the background

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Flying with Daddy

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Love my boys

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Family Photo – of course with the sled too

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Henry, Thomas and Wyatt playing at the chalet

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Trucks

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The trucks always make them happy

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Henry post 3 stitches