Winter break 2016

Dear Kids,

 

Well here we are the first of March. We broke through the first two cold, gloomy months of the year. Although I believe winter is important for the soul, there’s a certain satisfaction that comes from knowing we are in late winter, and spring is just a few weeks away again. Walking home at 6pm, and not having it be pitch black, but a velvety marine blue as the light fades in the horizon, the cold needling our cheeks.

 

We’ve been doing some nice activities this vacation. We went to Germany the first week, and enjoyed more trips to the the wild animal park, feeding goats, seeing pigs and cows and sheep out in the countryside. And sleeping wolves too. Waking up in the morning to feed the cousins’ chickens in the back yards. We spent a lot of time in the country in Bavaria, and I have a little secret to confess: you did not take a bath for nine whole days. Mainly because in Germany many people believe it’s not healthy to bathe too much, especially in winter, a sentiment shared by my Bavarian family, but I confess that you smelled like chévre on the TGV ride back to Paris. (I love a nice ripe chévre so it wasn’t a problem for me, can’t speak for our neighbors though).

You also did a cooking class at the Kinder Museum where you made potato soup, and of course we visited the Kinderreich at the Deutsches museum again, which is one of our favorite places. And the zoo.

This week you are doing an English theatre camp. You are both doing it together, as it’s for ages 4-8. I was curious how it would be to have you do an activity together, since you have a tendancy of, well, having a lot of disputes, shall we say. The books you are reading and then acting out during the camp are The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child, The Day The Crayons Came Home, and Grandfather Twilight.

We will go ice skating in the afternoon and try to visit the Galerie d’evolution, which I’ve been wanting to take you to for years. We’ve also been shopping for new rain boots, since you’ve both grown out of yours, staying faithful to the Aigle Lollypops in classic marine blue for you Son, and the “botte magique” for Daughter. Along with your Petit Bateau pink “ciré” rain coat that I picked up for you recently, rainy days have never been so much fun, and perhaps a stroll on a windswept Atlantic coast may be in our future this spring.

I’m glad you’ve both been working hard in school and I’m happy you are able to have an enjoyable little break, from the overload of activities…

 

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