We Did…

… there were a couple of posts i had intended to write in the second half of December but life and Christmas took over. They have been given mention in our Christmas letter but here they are combined into one long, picture summary.

On December 15th 2012, Tobias took his Judo yellow belt test and …

… he passed! (no photos of the actual test, parents were not allowed in)

He's being goofy with his brand new yellow belt.
He’s being goofy with his brand new yellow belt.

And 3 days after that, Tobias and Mummy had their 1st ever recital. It was the Music School’s piano recital but the piano teacher had a slot to fill so she asked the violin teacher who asked us to play 😀 We had missed the violin class recital because Tobias had his Judo test. Tobias was calm and played like he always did, which is well. But Mummy was a nervous wreck!

Here’s a photo (not the most flattering but the light was low and my point & shoot camera is just crappy in low light conditions):

Here we are playing the 5th (last piece) with the piano teacher accompanying us.
Here we are playing the 5th (last piece) with the piano teacher accompanying us.

Here are 2 of the 5 videos which Daddy shot:


Oh, this was not mentioned in our Christmas letter but i would like to showcase it too. We had a couple of international students with us over Christmas and enjoyed the joys of ripping away wrapping paper together on Christmas morning.

All proudly displaying their presents ;)
All proudly displaying their presents 😉

Then we sought out the fresh cool Christmas air after a big Christmas lunch (oops… sorry, no picture of Christmas lunch – i forgot to take a picture, that’s what happens when i do the cooking).

We took a nice walk in the nearby forest.
We took a nice walk in the nearby forest.

We also had some good o’ playground fun.

We had played lots of Wii table tennis and thought we should give the real thing a go as well :)
We had played lots of Wii table tennis and thought we give the real thing a go as well 🙂
Of course, the see-saw is the classic playground, not to be missed.
Of course, the see-saw is the classic playground, not to be missed.

And we went up to Zermatt as they wanted to see the famous Matterhorn. We stayed in a nice little hotel at the foot of the mountain for one night and went up the second day and this is what we saw:

We were at the lookout point at Gornergrat, hoping for a view of the Matterhorn.
We were at the lookout point at Gornergrat, hoping for a view of the Matterhorn.

Yep, pretty much snow in our faces. It was just bad luck or more like bad timing but we had fun sledding!

Thanks for the fun, laughter and great company, Jon & Joyce! Wishing you both all the best as you step into the next chapter of your lives.

That’s it for now.

syc

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9 thoughts on “We Did…

  1. Looks like so much fun! And congrats to T on the yellow belt, and to you both on the recital. Did I tell you my kidlet switched to recorder?

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      1. She had learned it at home and been playing for about a year, so we knew it had long-term appeal (will tell you more about the violin stuff when we meet up). She loves it – it comes very naturally to her. And she got an ocarina for Christmas that she is really enjoying as well.

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      2. Nice that she has found something she likes… the ocarina makes a lovely sound – i like it 🙂 yes will talk when we meet – will reply u today…

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  2. wowww gd job mummy yoong!! (to playing at a recital) haha just catching up with all the posts i haven’t read for some time.. how you enjoying the violin so far?

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    1. Thanks. Love it! i just wish i could sight-read faster… & play as fast. T is much better at that than me & i’m having to put in extra practices on my own to catch up with him…

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