As usual, life has kept me busy, and my energy and brain cells are sapped trying to outsmart a toddler. Oh well!
Recently, I had two opportunities to go blueberry picking with my closest friends here in Switzerland (both of whom are also mommies).
I haven’t gone berry picking since I was a kid living on the east coast of the US, so this was a real treat. Both times we went, we were threatened with rain, but had a lot of fun anyway. The kids explored and ate blueberries right off the bush, and met a very friendly Bernese Mountain dog (very popular Swiss dog, and originally bred here by monks in the mountains).
The blueberries were huge and delicious, and just falling off the branches. Edward ate whatever he could reach, whether they were ripe or not. Back at our flat, my husband and son were pigs over the blueberries (hence the second trip), but I managed to stow away several parcels of blueberries in the future. We’ve had blueberry pancakes, blueberry muffins (Nigella Lawson’s recipe is excellent, btw), and I’ve got another bag left that I’m going to use on a recipe for blueberry sweet buns (like cinnamon buns, only filled with blueberries instead of raisins). Continue reading
I’ve already lauded the impressive Swiss train system for it’s accuracy, cleanliness, and ease of use. Another unique feature is the Family Car. It is only available on a few trains, and depending on how long the train is, you can’t always run to that end of the train in time to board the car. But when you can snag a Family Car, it is a lot of fun for the kiddos. The upper level of the car has the seats removed and replaced with a small playground! Totally cool!
I happened to have my camera with me recently when we managed to catch a Family Car. My visiting friend, Sydney, was helping Edward on the slide.
I think this picture is hilarious – notice how the other little girl is trying to forcefully guide Edward off the slide.
Unfortunately, I just realized that I only took pictures of Edward on the slide, and none of the rest of the car. You can see more pictures related to our adventures on trains here.
We went to see what the buzz was about Albanifest here in Switzerland. It is the largest annual festival in a historic town in Switzerland, is named after St Alban, one of the city’s four saints. Mostly, it is an excuse for all the area restaurants to showcase their menus and to have fun on the carnival rides. Don’t get me wrong – the food was great – hundreds of booths. But it got a little old after a bit. It was pretty hot and crowded, so we took a short break in a city park behind the festival area, and Heath took a bunch of pictures of Edward and I.
Here’s some chicks from the Swiss Lotto.
And a cute picture of Edward in the park.
A few more pictures can be found here.
Earlier this week, I got word that my grandmother was ill in hospital. We had recently picked up a small photo printer, and I’d been meaning to print some photos anyway of my son to send to my grandparents, as they’re not really whizzes on the internet. As I wanted to get the pictures in the mail quickly, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of Eddie during the course of one day, and then print the best ones and mail them the next day. After snapping pictures all day, and putting the baby down to bed, I printed out about a dozen pictures, attached them to colored paper, and made captions. I got busy the next day, and didn’t make it to the post office.
And that evening I got word that my grandmother had passed away. The pain is still fresh, but I thought I should share the pictures. I hope to finish binding up the book and get it in the mail to my grandfather next week.
The rest of the pictures can be found here.
I have a funny story to relay about our son that happened earlier this week. One of my friends here has a daughter that is just a month younger than Edward. We’ve gotten them together a few times for playdates, and I really think Edward gets a lot out of his time with this little girl.
One day this week his playmate came over, and they were both rolling and scooting around, playing with books and toys and staring at each other. They started to take toys from each other, each one wanting the toy the other one had. At one point, the little girl had one of those canisters that “moo” when you turn it over. Eddie leaned over and tried to swipe it from her. The little girl let out a loud sinister shriek. Eddie stopped, completely shocked by the sound (even though he’s well-known for his own loud shrieks). His jaw fell open in utter surprise and he just stared at the little girl for probably about half a minute with his mouth wide open in a perfect “O.”
My friend and I were laughing so hard we were crying.
Well, we’re zooming right along with Edward and he’s nearly 11 months old. Last month we realized that he was too big for the Bumbo seat when he leaned forward too far and fell out of it. So now it is down in storage until we have a second child. It was definitely a great seat – we just probably used it a little too long. Here’s Eddie the last time he spent some time in the chair.
Eddie is still not crawling, but that doesn’t stop him from rolling and scooting around the living room at lightening speed, leaving a path of destruction wherever he goes. He loves to rip apart his foam puzzle playmat and mommy and daddy spend a lot of time putting it back together.
Eddie also isn’t walking yet, but he’ll stand with help, and can lean against the coffee table or the back door while standing. He seems to have no interest in moving his feet to walk, and just stands still grinning. Continue reading
I know I’m long overdue for updating our travelogue here, and I hope to find time in the next two weeks to play catch up. Heath will be home from work and can help out more with the baby and stuff.
For now, I’ll leave you with a few little tidbits about our son. First, Eddie finally has said “da”! I’ve yet to catch it on video. So, the sounds he’s making now are “ma,” “ba,” “da,” “thhh,” “fff,” and “sss.” Also, while Eddie isn’t crawling yet, we think he’s very close. He does just about everything but crawling. He can move from sitting to laying down, and he’s almost figured out how to go from laying down to sitting on his own. He loves ripping apart his playmat (it is a giant dinosaur puzzle), and practices putting things in and out of a big plastic bowl.
Speaking of… I think he just woke up from his nap!