Spring has finally Sprung!!!

Yes it’s true!! We’ve had a wonderful week of warm weather with sun shining! i waited a week to post this just to make sure that it has finally happened!

Here’s a picture of Tobi playing in the sandpit (his 1st play in the sandpit), with the neighbour’s granddaughter:

This was taken on the 1st sunny day of the week – so the wind was still kinda cold, & accounts for them wearing their windbreakers.

Today was a most wonderful, warm, sunny day – & our 1st family day in a long long time – we’ve just been so busy over weekends during the past months. We took the little red train from our village up to a place called Moutier (in the French part of Switzerland). It turned out that it wasn’t a very pretty town – it had lots of buildings of interest to look at but Tobias wasn’t too interested & it involved a lot of walking so we came back after lunch. It wasn’t too exciting but it was a nice family time.
Here’s a pic of Tobi waiting for the train:



An Unfortunate Incident & A Fun Day

My wallet was stolen at the supermarket on Thursday (just before Good Friday).
Partly my fault (now that i’m looking back) – i normally hang my backpack at the back of Tobi’s stroller & my wallet is in the front pocket of the backpack. i’ve always done this as i have always felt it was really safe in Switzerland – i’ve never had any problems with it – till….
It was very crowded in the supermarket as everyone was buying stuff for the long Easter weekend – so there was a couple of times i had to leave the stroller at the start of an aisle & walk down a few steps to get what i needed – BIG MISTAKE! (now i know). When it was time to pay, my wallet wasn’t there!!! Panic – searched the whole supermarket – went to Lost & Found, nothing, nothing!! Sob!Sob!! Rang Walter on my mobile (get this they took the wallet & not the HP!) – he came & paid for the groceries & then we went home had a quick lunch (sobbed more over lunch) & then off to make a police report.
Lesson learnt – i’ll definately be more careful with my wallet from now on!!
This is not the 1st time i’ve lost my wallet but more certainly hurts the most as we were so trying to save money to get by a tight financial situation at the moment – sigh!
No use crying over spilled milk!! Now just be more careful & get on with replacing all the lost cards! 

Good Friday (yesterday) was a very very beautiful Spring day – it was cool in the morning but by the afternoon, the sun was out in full force & it was warm & nice. We had people over – it was fun despite the unfortunate incident above. i think we had about 16 adults & 3 kids here for the day. i set up a “Do-It-Yourself” Veggie Sushi Table. Walter cooked chicken curry, which everyone loved. There were 3x different types of salad & chicken wings & cute little baked puffs with cheese & spinach fillings. Top that with bread & rice, plus desserts of fruits & cake – it was a very very satisfying meal for all. Then some stayed for dinner too – it was great.
Here’s a little pic of some of the people who came:

Here’s a pic of some of the guys playing basketball – look carefully for the one brave lady who played with them & the new bride watching on:

Here’s one of Tobi having fun in the bath with his 2 little friends!

Today the weather is crabby again – sigh! Warmth & Sun please come soon.
So we went to the supermarket to get milk & bread & then came home for some lunch. Tobi actually fell asleep in his high-chair so we put him to bed & then we cleaned up the whole house. All 3 of us are feeling the effects of an oncoming flu – me more than the 2 boys who are asleep at the moment – which is what i should be doing after this gets posted.

A Wondeful French Wedding

We went to our 1st French wedding over the weekend.
Francis from France married Marie-Jo from Belgium.
We started out at about 10am from our home, stopped to get Euros, then stopped again to try & find lunch (unsuccessful), finally got to Saulxures at about 1.30pm. Checked in. We were so hungry so went into town to find lunch – it was a Saturday & after the normal lunchtime so most places were closed. Found a restaurant that was willing to serve us lunch even though they had just closed the kitchen. It was a big lunch of baked potatoes with cheese & a large salad with smoked ham & bacon. Even with sharing with Tobias, we finished only 2/3 of it. Then it was back to the hotel to change & off to the church (in Cornimont) for the wedding. The weather was absolutely beautiful for a wedding. It was cold when the wind blew but it was cloudless & the sun was shining! We went to the civil service 1st (which was in the building next to the church), then to the church service. It was strange to sit in a wedding & not understand what was said. (It was all in French.) Songs were sang both in French & English at the same time – you picked the language you wished to sing in – quite interesting to hear. On the way back to the hotel, one of the wedding party parked his car across the road to stop traffic & allow the wedding convoy to pass, some tooting their horns. (Only in a little village in France can you do such a thing!)
Back at the hotel for the reception. Then photos were taken & finally dinner at about 8pm. It was a really filling dinner of salad, fish, main course (steak), cheese plate & cake. It was all great but so so much to eat. But a French wedding as we have now learnt is very very long drawn. i think we finally finished the cheese plate at about midnight. There were introductions & games & singing in between each course. Interesting but again we didn’t understand everything that was said – only when Francis was able to translate for us. There was also more singing & dancing after the dinner but i didn’t stay for that. i had my dessert & went to bed at about 2am, mostly because Tobias was sleeping by himself in our room & the dancing was in the building next door.
Tobias had a great time! He slept on the way there while we were looking for lunch (hence the very late lunch). Was very restless during the service. Had fun showing off his MacDoddle to his new-found little friends at the reception. Ate only a little at dinner. Went to bed at 9.30pm. Was up at 7.45pm the next morning all ready to go again. We had wanted to stop at some nice French town on the way back but the weather on Sunday was terrible, plus Tobi fell asleep again at lunchtime so we drove straight back to Switzerland & had lunch at the 1st rest stop here.
Here’s a photo of the happy couple & people from ICL (International Church of Luzern):