Highlight – Spring Break 2018…

Once again, this post is weeks late. But it’s ok.

So Spring break for us was back in the middle of April. We had a quiet one this time.

We mainly stayed home, got some things done, went to watch a movie and visited friends. I had to work one day and we got in a couple of rounds of squash as well.

The highlight for us was going to one of the largest labyrinths in Switzerland. It’s in the French part of Switzerland is called Labyrinth Aventure.

It was a long drive from where we are but it was fine with the beautiful scenery along the way and we had good fun there.

We got there just before lunch and got started with the actual maze first. You are given a list of 10 boards/treasures to find in the maze, which was great, otherwise, we would have been wandering around aimlessly. There is no real reward, like a chocolate or something; just a sense of achievement which, i think, is super! Not everything needs a tangible reward; feeling happy about something you have done is also a fantastic reward.

highlightspringbreak_20180516aThen it was lunch. The restaurant serves very simple food but it’s enough for kids and parents. They do have lots of ice cream, snacks, and sweets.

After lunch, we explored the rest of the place. It is not huge but big enough for a good day out. There is a play area for little ones, there are many swings to try, they have lots of game tables with lots of interesting wooden games, there are also pool tables and table tennis. We tried out some pedal cars and the boys did the giant slides. We also did some jousting and the boys had tons of fun on this crazy spinning disc. They also have giant hamster wheels and some chess tables.

And all these in an amazing mountain setting!

highlightspringbreak_20180616bTired out, we made the drive home.

If you are in the area, and are looking for something to do with your kids, do check out this place. Apparently, they have a sister amusement park nearby too.

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Spring Hols 2017…

So it’s back to school for us this week, after 2 weeks of Spring holidays.

We didn’t do very much this holiday. Our big thing was building a garden seat out of 2 pallets which we saved off the sidewalk last year.

 

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Here’s a picture summary of the process: sawing, sanding, gluing, varnishing and assembly. It took us about 4 to 5 hours in total but we waited in between for better weather and for the glue and varnish to dry. Tobias’ friend came over to help us twice 🙂
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The finished product! And it cost about CHF45 for additional support planks, glue, varnish, hinges, and screws. We have 2 different heights for the back support so you can choose a more upright position or a more laidback one 😉

Then there was the Ferienpass (holiday programs from the parent association in our village) in the first week. Tobias visited a bus factory and made a model bus out of metal. He got to spray-paint it and it is a useful pencil-holder. There were other programs he was interested in but they were full. I helped out again at the playgroup Ferienpass program, where we made bunny bags and sang bunny songs (the theme was bunnies because of Easter).

 

During the second week, we went over to a friend’s and played games for an afternoon, which was great fun. On another day, Tobias went for a movie with his friend, by themselves. i dropped them off and picked them up. They loved it! We got in some squash practice. And of course, Tobias cooked 2 lovely dinners as he always does during holidays.

 

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He cooked his favourite sushi and spaghetti carbonara.

So although it has been a rather quiet-type holiday, compared to our usual, we enjoyed it. Now onto finishing the school year in style 😉

 

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Spring Hols Revisited…

We have been back at school for 2 weeks now and as usual, only now am i looking back on the recent Spring holidays we have had, in April.

Quite unusually, the Spring holidays for our village did not follow immediately after Easter, instead, the kids go back to school for 2 weeks after Easter Monday and then we had the holidays. Which i think is good, because it makes the last term of school less of a marathon term (usually it lasts 12 to 13 weeks).

So what did we do this holiday time? Well, i think we took it fairly easy; i had just planned on one thing we would do each day.

The housework, such as cleaning, vacuuming, washing etc, still had to be done; as i am teaching Tobias to do these things (i think it is important for him to learn to be independent and these contribute towards that), we spent both Mondays of the holidays doing that.

We did go and catch a movie, Zoomania/Zootopia (depending on which language). It was a fun little movie and we liked it lots. Even better was having the entire cinema to ourselves! See how all those empty seats!

springholsreview20160506aThen we also got in some squash practice and Tobias had some friends over on another day.

The big thing we did do was going over to Alasce, France with a couple of good friends. We visited the Memorial of Le Linge, a World War I memorial site, which 17,000 men gave their lives. There were trenches still existing at this mountain location in the village of Orbey.

It has quite a nicely done small museum with artifacts and displays showing what the soldiers wore and had to go through. They even have a little film show telling you the history in a language of your choice.

i thought it was lovely that the museum was taken care of by some retired people, to whom i wish i could have spoken to (my french is unfortunately non-existent) because i am sure they would have stories to tell of fathers, brothers, uncles who lived through the war.

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We had lunch at a little French restaurant, and of course, i ordered snails 😉 The food was good but took a while to get to our table…
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This is the entrance to the trenches, the German ones were better built and therefore better preserved. On the right,That’s what it looke like through one of the “gun-holes”.
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Left: French cemetery, Right: German cemetery
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It is an amazing view from the top of the trenches.
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On the way back, we stopped off at Eguisheim, a cute little French village which has these cute timber-framed houses with these lovely Hobbit-like doors. i loved it!
We had dinner at another little French restaurant and look at the flaming dessert i ordered ;)
We had dinner at another little French restaurant and look at the flaming dessert i ordered 😉

Oh, we even got to geocache while we were at this memorial site. 😉

Then it was the weekend and the second week of holidays started.

i had planned to do either a small building project with Tobias or a garden project; since his class did the topic of plants and nature, he decided we should plant some tree/plants in our little garden. Which we did.

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Left: Tobias removing the wild flowers/weeds so we can start planting. Right: All planted; a blue cedar and some campanula and dahlias (which you can not see yet, cos they are just still tubers in the ground).

Our village offers a Ferienpass each Spring holiday, where kids can sign up for lots of different activities such as visiting the Migros to see the inner workings, or visiting the local butcher, or the bakery, or inline skating, or going to look for beavers or spending an afternoon with the hairdresser and tons of other interesting activities.

This year Tobias was only interested in canoeing so that’s what he did on that Thursday afternoon. And while he was canoeing, i volunteered to help out with the playgroup kids afternoon. So it worked out well.

Tobias tipping out the water from the canoe after the afternoon's ride.
Tobias tipping out the water from the canoe after the afternoon’s ride.

Then a very exciting visit from my Primary 6 classmate, whom i have not seen in almost 30 years! We picked her up after Tobias’ canoeing and went for dinner at our local restaurant in our village.

Tobias had his best friend came stay over Thursday night and he spent the day with us on Friday. Which left me free to catch up with my friend 🙂

We went up to the Weissenstein, in the new (well, new to me because i have not gone up in it since they opened this new and bigger one) gondola. Tobias’ friend suggested a different restaurant from the one i normally would go to at the top of the mountain. It was a fair walk, but we had great weather and it was a good way to work up an appetite. Plus, i discovered a place i had never been to.

Going up in the gondola... look at the amazing view!
Going up in the gondola… look at the amazing view!
Left: Walking to lunch. Right: Tobias stopping to read one of the signs along the Planet Way walk.
Left: Walking to lunch. Right: Tobias stopping to read one of the signs along the Planet Way walk.

After lunch and a short walk back to the gondola, we came down and rode the bus into town. It started to rain so we stopped at a cafe for a snack and waited out the rain. Then we headed home as the boys seemed tired and relaxed a bit before getting ready for dinner.

My friend took the morning train to Basel for her next meeting and we had friends come and visit in the afternoon. And for dinner, Tobias decided to try his hand at cooking his favourite food of all time, sushi! It was a nice way to end the holidays.

He has never been more excited about cooking something ;)
He has never been more excited about cooking something 😉

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