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Swimming to the next stage...

I have been taking the boys to swimming lessons since they were babies, and we have finally reached the holy grail - both of them have lessons at the same time in the same pool :-) And, I don't have to stay wtih them, so I can do a sneaky 25 mins of lengths on a Monday evening!

Patrick finished level 5 of Masters with First Flow in May. He loved Alice and these lessons and was well ahead of the other kids...He could pretty much swim on his own, plus do a standing dive unaided into the water :-) The last ever lesson ended nearly 6 years of weekly lessons there at Triemli. They both learnt to love and play in the water with these lessons :-)

And they both know go to Hallenbad City on a Monday evening. Markus is in Level 3 lessons (he did level 1 this spring, then "jumped" level 2, as he was quite ahead already) and Patrick has his Level 1 lesson at the same time. They are both very proud of their new swimming caps...

I am looking forward to practising their swimming on holiday. Lots of splashing and diving and gliding to come...


Tweeting in the Gaps, May - July 2015

May 01, 2015 at 11:47AM: off up the uetliberg for my "walking therapy" - it's raining & misty & I am hardcore :-) http://t.co/jxjJcKXGEy

May 02, 2015 at 10:41AM: Raining in buckets, but I ran 5.42km in 0:42:49. That's 7:54 min/km http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 03, 2015 at 02:26PM: Hanging out blogging in my third space, kindly sponsored my dear friend J - thank you :-) How many blogs in 90 mins? http://t.co/VEjhn28ZAN

May 03, 2015 at 03:43PM: leaving my job, but not the company, nearly nine years of happy memories :-) http://t.co/NmTLYOpqYV

May 03, 2015 at 04:20PM: four blogs written, photos sorted, mind is free, now going home!

May 03, 2015 at 10:28PM: Back in bristol two weeks ago & I had to drive by the old house and have a look! House being reborn :-) #theanchorage http://t.co/O36AIyQ9LP

May 04, 2015 at 12:51PM: very effective :-) http://t.co/yTb1zSSFsR -- 60 second relaxation exercise #PixelMeditation

May 04, 2015 at 11:14PM: time for bed, said Zebedee, "Boing!" Big day tomorrow :-)

May 10, 2015 at 12:50PM: I ran 2.14km in 0:19:03. That's 8:54 min/km but it was 3 laps of my hill route. http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 11, 2015 at 11:49PM: I ran 8.28km in 1:04:43. That's 7:49 min/km & it was hot and i still have a cold. http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 14, 2015 at 09:10PM: Created in Moleskine Journal. #MoleskineJournal http://t.co/Z1dprNWgnq

May 16, 2015 at 05:07PM: My boys on bikes! Speedy :-) http://t.co/Bu8EMwab0C

May 16, 2015 at 05:08PM: Boys now collecting "surprises" for me in the "train park" http://t.co/PZtVl1lvOu

May 18, 2015 at 10:37PM: I ran 7.25km in 0:56:12. That's 7:45 min/km up and down hills. http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 19, 2015 at 10:31PM: I ran 6.65km in 0:52:04. That's 7:50 min/km http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 21, 2015 at 03:31AM: How To Swear Like A Brit http://t.co/7XvsSlry4x absolut-Loreley-bloody-brillant & Spot on! Carry on cursing :-)

May 21, 2015 at 08:11AM: I ran/walked 10.62km in 1:28:16 starting 5.30 this morning, that's 8:19 min/km http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 22, 2015 at 10:30PM: When the husband's Away for the Weekend, the wife ... Spends the evening defrosting the freezer!

May 24, 2015 at 11:27AM: I ran 6.63km in 0:51:25. That's 7:45 min/km http://t.co/oIEvkLSTVt

May 25, 2015 at 11:45AM: Small boy's bank holiday paradise - grubbing in the water & sand! http://t.co/ecqXXdg9zH

May 25, 2015 at 02:11PM: We love the #sbb family carriages, just a shame it's such a short train journey to the airport! http://t.co/0MXYun0vQg

May 30, 2015 at 11:49PM: Airport selfie waiting for Papi! http://t.co/QK5iwW6io0

June 02, 2015 at 10:34PM: RT @SoVeryBritish: Ending a call: "Okay, lovely, great, that's brilliant, okay then, speak soon, okay, cheers then, bye, bye... yep..."

June 26, 2015 at 10:41PM: I so Need this tshirt :-) Very British Problems - Bloody Hell Top https://t.co/vIXBot9qfV #Very British Problems

June 27, 2015 at 12:09PM: we have the first wobbly tooth situation - the tension is almost unbearable. One scared & excited M! #mgm

June 27, 2015 at 12:10PM: emailed @Hertz 7 days ago with a simple - still haven't had an answer. #worstcustomerservice ever....

June 27, 2015 at 02:48PM: we have been decluttering! Very proud of my 2 boys - they were very generous in the toys they donated :-) #mgm #pmm http://t.co/OAGKjjIHKr

June 27, 2015 at 11:12PM: First tooth out, Zahnfee on way! #mgm http://t.co/XlwHIL3JE5

June 28, 2015 at 07:16PM: Perfect sunny Sunday afternoon - three wild boys running free! http://t.co/8H5pActpjB

July 04, 2015 at 06:53PM: End of a lovely day in Wolfach. Boys happy in water :-) http://t.co/9zm94WHInh

July 08, 2015 at 08:57AM: Me: It's going to rain today. small boy M: Did you look at your phone? Me: No, I looked out the window! weather in the digital age! #mgm

July 10, 2015 at 06:13AM: leaving zurich for manchester then to the #rmr running retreat - can't wait :-) http://t.co/ID5cBmcjmR

July 10, 2015 at 12:28PM: safely landed in Manchester - now off to wander the aisles of the local Tesco superstore :-)

July 10, 2015 at 12:40PM: very happy that my fav rucksack (16yrs old) has been repaired by http://t.co/SM6Zi0vkVG. Perfect job! #craftsmanship http://t.co/nNjWXirGx8

July 11, 2015 at 02:23PM: tea and tweets - do we have to run again later? :-) #rmrretreat http://t.co/JdR81WqvkX

July 12, 2015 at 07:20PM: waiting to fly back to ZRH after wonderful #rmrretreat thank all for running, laughing, drinking & dancing! http://t.co/ke1oTW0nkF

July 13, 2015 at 11:16AM: Hopping across border basel to mulhouse (france) for quick spit if lunch with friends :-) http://t.co/O6KCvOoXv9

July 13, 2015 at 11:17AM: RT @_Kerry_Waller: Legs: not co-operating properly today. #RMRRetreat #DancingInHeels

July 13, 2015 at 04:32PM: Lunch, sunshine, gossip & friends in millhouse France! Now back in swiss land! http://t.co/m46w1AjpDl

July 13, 2015 at 04:47PM: Interesting article on email and work habits! https://t.co/lrdsZGYDKd

July 16, 2015 at 11:39PM: But birthday t-shirt complete for small boy P - tomorrow it's the cake. Can you guess the theme? http://t.co/RIsUfRRN8f

July 17, 2015 at 11:14PM: Chanelling my inner minion! http://t.co/BCxG0h2aAX

July 18, 2015 at 10:06AM: cake decorating about to commence - please send minion vibes !!! http://t.co/gsxFp624kI

July 18, 2015 at 11:53AM: Minion is getting dressed!! http://t.co/SD290o3Be2

July 18, 2015 at 12:45PM: Minion done and resting in fridge! http://t.co/Na8BmcejlI

July 18, 2015 at 11:03PM: Happy Birthday to small boy P "my party was lovely mummy" http://t.co/iZi3bUyfDR

July 19, 2015 at 06:12PM: My minions ready for the film! #mgm #mgm http://t.co/7Sp6ymsseJ

July 19, 2015 at 09:50PM: joy is being allowed to bounce on the bed to "mr brightside" #pmm http://t.co/SfnRqAhLRs

July 19, 2015 at 09:53PM: terrible customer service at Vapiano's Sihlcity, really disappointed #staffdontcare @Vapiano

July 20, 2015 at 07:58AM: @sabine_gori genius ideas! Thanks. Just in time for birthday party of my big minion in August :-)

July 20, 2015 at 08:44AM: "mummy, when the dinosaurs died, how did the peoples arrive in the world?" Any tips on how to explain theory of evolution to 5yr old? #mgm

July 20, 2015 at 02:31PM: just had the BEST facial ever at Labospa in Zurich - great way to enjoy my day off!

July 22, 2015 at 06:45PM: wild rain velo warriers! #isitraining? http://t.co/17MZM4q2lb

July 24, 2015 at 08:57AM: first day of summer holiday! chai latte & 5 mins peace at starbucks - bliss :-) #happyhep http://t.co/UOjlSEsesx

July 24, 2015 at 09:08AM: first year of kindergarten done! m was a raeupli (caterpilar) will return as schmetterling (butterfly) in aug! #mgm http://t.co/iuQRPIqveM

July 27, 2015 at 05:00PM: Sisters in the sun at Strandbad mythenquai! http://t.co/VARBbHMW5M

July 27, 2015 at 05:33PM: My little shark water baby #pmm http://t.co/dDxrTZtuCH

July 27, 2015 at 05:33PM: @nice_cup_of_tea: Have reached the holy nirvana - 2 boys who can swing themselves :-) only taken 6 years!! http://t.co/P5g8Vk5IG1 #pmm #mgm

July 28, 2015 at 05:46PM: Kids 1: adults 0 :-) 2 out of 3 adults in this house asleep!! http://t.co/rCpEVtX3qJ

July 30, 2015 at 08:27PM: Boy M on learning about holiday - "that sounds amazing! I want to go there straightaway...:" #mgm


July Resolutions

Here are my 2015 resolutions, how am I doing so far?

- 3 books

- 13 blogs

Dinner date on July 31st, Wagamamas then to RiffRaff to watch Taxi Teheran

but 3 training sessions at Run Mummy Run weekend!
- 0 runs
- 00 km
- 0:00:00
- Avg pace 0:00/ km

- Total KM this year: 133.43
- Total time this year: 16:15:10
- Avg pace this year: 7:19

Budding Photographer...

My cheeky boy Patrick has been taking photos with my iphone, found these two beauties yesterday when I was sorting my photos out :-)


Happy 1st August Switzerland :-)

We can hear fireworks (yes, even though it's daylight), so it must be the National Day of Switzerland. We've been here 11 years now and are seriously considering dual citizenship. It doesn't just feel like home, it is home!

view from boat across lake to Zürich

We're all going on our Summer Holidays!

I am so excited! In 3 days we are off on our very first proper family summer holiday! To the beach! To a resort with sun and sea and sand and a nice hotel. In Minorca - here, at the Grupotel Playa Club Son Xoriguer :-)

There is a big pool, the beach next door, the kids pool, a playground, kids club and we get half board. I cannot wait :-) And the weather forecast is great - 30 to 31 C.

The last few years we have done family holidays, but a bit last minute and sometimes not even in the summer!
2014 - Scenna, Südtirol & Annecy, France
2013 - Vienna in October
2012 - Malbun, Luxembourg in October

Schwarzwald Weekend, July 4th - 7th 2015

Two years ago we went to the Black Forest for the weekend to meet our friends Jane & Matthias and family. We hadn't seen them for 15 years, but our two families got on like a house on fire. Blog post here.

So in 2015 we did it again :-) Booked a holiday flat in the same complex and we all had a whale of a time. Their girls Abi (10) and Rebecca (7) played so nicely with our boys, and my boys adored the "big kids" - Patrick (our Charmer) would only sit with the girls :-) The holiday flats had big gardens, a trampoline, horses and their own free roaming pig!! The boys were in heaven. Wolfach in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) was very family friendly and easy to enjoy...

There was lots of time for eating, games, padding, swimming and more eating & drinking. Here's to our holiday together in the next 2 years...

Patrick at 4 years, 0 months

Months 48, 48

And the outtakes :-)

Oh our cheeky chappy is still making us laugh - just look at his outtakes!
His favourite colour is orange, "and black and red and white and blue..." (what isn't your favourite colour patrick?)

Nuggie fairy finally came on 8th May (2.5 months before 4 years) and he hasn't asked for his dummy since
25th July - finally learnt to swing himself - for Aunty Cake, even though I have been teaching him for months!

Phrases & Sayings
Close yours eyes
Daddy has a crunchy face (ie unshaved!)
Aaah? Is everything good? (when teeth cleaning)
I have a pur-rise from you... (surprise for you)
What is his name? (mixes up his/her, man/lady, he/she)
Now I've got a big problem! (said far too frequently)
Can you help mit me?
I need some help! (even though he never does!)
orange in orange (orange juice in his orange beaker)
Did you see that?

He is also my little house elf, and loves helping me clean on a Monday :-)


Markus at 5 years, 11 months

Months 71, 70

Our little lad soaks things up like a sponge! He is counting, adding and subtracting well and I have (reluctantly) just started the Jolly phonics workbooks with him, to at least get him writing and reading english before starting German school next August! He has done level 1 and level 2 at swimming and is now very proud to be in class 3. And he draws constantly and extremely well - I can't keep up with his murals and creations :-)

6th May, first black eye, bumped heads with August at Kindergarten
Started going into the kindergarten alone at end of May (but I occasionally still have to go in wit him
27th June, first wobbly tooth out (bottom), second tooth out (bottom) about 2 weeks later

Phrases & Sayings
I've got a worm in my tummy who eats everything
Skiing is my favourite thing to do in the mountains
Told me the other day he wanted us to have our own house with a garden and if we got a car, it must be orange
My first favourite toy is dog and my second is beaver and my dritter is Schildkröte

Vocab Swiss German / english
Is that okay?
I don't like kisses
I aten it
Daddy buyed it
Is everything good?
I can hardly not hear nothing

And his questions....
How did the people's get on the earth after the dinosaurs died?
Are you checking the weather on your phone? (no darling, I'm looking out the window?)
what does it feel like when you die? Does it hurt?


June Resolutions

Life and work ran away with me a bit in June- no running, only 1 blog, but I did get 2 dates with A. and I did read 8 books :-) Trying to regroup in July...

Here are my 2015 resolutions, how am I doing so far?

- 9 books

- 1 blog

dinner date with Alan (thanks to Katie), Fri 12th June
27th June, combined birthday dinner on 27th June, at Maison Manesse, v expensive but worth it! July

- 0 runs
- 00 km
- 0:00:00
- Avg pace 0:00/ km

- Total KM this year: 133.43
- Total time this year: 16:15:10
- Avg pace this year: 7:19

Who is nice-cup-of-tea?


I am tea-drinking, book-loving, gadget-girl, british expat, who writes about living, working, running and bringing up my family in Zurich.

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