Norah and Luca spend the last two days in Switzerland asking to "go home." So they were pretty happy when the day actually came to go home! Here's Norah getting some energy out on the shores of Lake Geneva before we hopped on our train to Milano.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
My kids look so little next to the castle tower!
All in all, we had a good time. Norah's favorite was seeing where the "king" (Lord Savoy) had his bathtub. It reminded her of the book, "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub." Luke liked the outside the best, and I liked the paintings on the walls in the dining rooms and the massive fireplaces in each living area.
We went down into the underbelly of the castle, and saw where the prison was. Norah and Luca were entranced by this window, which overlooks Lake Geneva. I later found out from one of James' colleagues that this window was most likely used for pitching prisoners into the lake after their executions...ewww....
The kids and I took the bus to this very famous castle, Chateau Chillon, which was built somewhere in the 1200s. Yikes! Old takes on a whole new meaning in Europe!
We went into the castle and explored for a while. Here's one note for those of you who are secretly wishing you could be princes or princesses and live in a castle: in the wintertime, castles are darn-tootin' COLD!!!!! We were FREEZING in there! We kept searching for patches of sunlight in which to stand to warm up!
The Family Band had a chance to go with James to Switzerland for 1 week. We rented a house up on the mountains above Vevey, Switzerland. Vevey is situated on Lake Geneva, and is home to Nestle's headquarters, which is where James is currently working.
The house we rented was beautiful. This was the view from the deck. We had 4 days of sunshine, and 2 days of snow. All in all, it was a really fun time, but I think it would be even better in the summer--the kids would have more to do. We just might have to go back!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
In Italy, Lent is kicked off with a week or so of "Carnivale," in which all the kids (and quite a few adults) dress up and throw confetti, eat sweets, and have lots of parties. Norah got to wear this beautiful, handmade princess outfit that we borrowed. She was very excited to wear it, and she insisted on wearing the mask that we bought in Venice, too.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A.K.A.: Suzy Q, Susannah Banana, Zoozy-Coo Coo Coo (Luca)
I like: Bathtime, playing with paper (see photo), watching my big brother and big sister play, being cuddled, sweet potatoes, playing with non-toy items like remotes, phones, etc., reading books with Mommy
I don't like: having my nose cleaned, wearing hats, getting dressed, spinach, and not being held
I can: pull hats off, wave "Ciao, Ciao!", roll over and scoot around a room, and *maybe* say "Mama,"
Friday, February 8, 2013
Luke loves to wear his sunglasses: inside, outside, sunny day, cloudy day, night time, daytime, whenever. Here he is being a cool dude at home. I told him to say, "Too cool for school!" and he said, "Too cool for cool!" Love this kid's inability to say S's and F's!