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- made our advent posters
- made mincemeat
- made the christmas pudding
- stirred and made our wishes!
- made the christmas cake
- and I bought a advent themed box of tea!
I have already designed, ordered and received the christmas cards, and have done quite a bit of christmas online shopping already, plus some new clothes for boys and got some ski-ing bits and pieces. I feel a bit further ahead than I normally do, but I know how busy work is like to be running up to Christmas...
And like in 2014 and 2015, I want to set myself an Advent challenge to blog every day (catch up on those gaps) and run/walk every day. Let's see :-)
Son M on listening to Prodigy's Run with the wolves - “Mummy, I like crazy songs like that one!” :-) #mgm
September 04, 2016 at 09:53PM:
Sunday night power cut in wiedikon! Candles, whisky, kindle :-) https://t.co/dKZZ5Dv0Yb
September 04, 2016 at 09:55PM:
RT @Women5050: Picture on the left - in today's press. Picture on the right - never appeared in any media. Ever. #everydaysexism https://t.co/8SD3W7Vfve
September 07, 2016 at 03:56PM:
RT @SoVeryBritish: Can you put it in an email? - Translation: Can you stop talking please?
September 10, 2016 at 05:09PM:
Kindergarten output - football match between Schwiiz and Daddy land - patrick is perfectly integrated :-) #pmm https://t.co/deAfqmYeXo
September 10, 2016 at 09:16PM:
Finished Run with #runmeter, on a new route, time 1:31:54, distance 10.32 km, average 8:54.
September 11, 2016 at 05:26PM:
Held captive in the boys' bedroom for unknown crimes! jailers have kindly brought me cup of tea and iPad! #mgm #pmm https://t.co/j0GVyYM0Na
September 14, 2016 at 08:24PM:
Finished Run with #runmeter, on *maneggbruecke & ... route, time 1:30:11, distance 10.04 km, ahead of median run 1:43, average 8:59.
September 17, 2016 at 01:15PM:
Waiting for 10k greifenseelauf to start!! https://t.co/LirRsk2Z4v
September 17, 2016 at 03:37PM:
We did it! Stolz auf uns!!! https://t.co/ZkbnbdjH3V
September 18, 2016 at 07:35PM:
It's only taken me a month & 220GB but my onedrive and laptop hard drive are now finally synced!
September 20, 2016 at 02:01PM:
23 beautiful to-do lists from people WAY more organised than you | https://t.co/hcUuVa34ry
September 25, 2016 at 11:55AM:
Sun. morning conversations with my boys: P “Numbers never end Mummy, but I don't know why”. M “Because you can always add one!” #speechless
September 25, 2016 at 12:05PM:
Mr.nice_cup_of_tea (phd in maths) now fesses up that he's taught them the concept of countable infinity :-)
September 25, 2016 at 02:15PM:
Backup strategy for my new laptop is now finally in place & implemented!
September 25, 2016 at 03:34PM:
My little artist :-) #pmm https://t.co/PvFsqlTUCT
September 27, 2016 at 07:51PM:
what my boys say when they can't get my attention ... Mummy? Mummy? Helen? Helen Palmer? for some reason my proper name makes them laugh!
October 02, 2016 at 11:14AM:
we are offically having a slobby Sunday - we are all still in our jimjams, we are playing lego or pottering around the flat!
October 02, 2016 at 12:45PM:
when two tribes go to war...But why is the battleground always my desk? :-) #pmm #mgm https://t.co/tDmSLRvuWI
October 06, 2016 at 07:34PM: $
quote of the day from M. Even though we do fight, I do like my brother #mgm
October 08, 2016 at 10:28AM:
Back in blighty & having a nice cup of tea at cafe Nero! Lovely. Pick up car, next stop Peak District :-) https://t.co/enUxNii3g2
October 10, 2016 at 12:30PM:
Having a perfect family holiday at #wheeldontreesfarm @Peak_District animals, playroom, sunshine, WiFi!! https://t.co/PrOvgBJbXO
October 12, 2016 at 06:43PM:
Gutted but not surprised - didn't get a ballot place for #vlm2017
October 13, 2016 at 08:44PM:
Having a lovely time in London - my iPhone 4s has died but I am actually enjoying each moment without photos or social media!
October 13, 2016 at 08:47PM:
We are in a lovely hotel in London. M's highlight? Mummy, the toilet flush is amazing, it goes whoosh! Glad my children appreciate London!
October 13, 2016 at 08:52PM:
Patrick's highlight is also toilet related - I love the toilets that you wave it & then they flush
October 13, 2016 at 09:23PM:
Fav thing ever? Sound of A chatting to boys to get them to sleep, M answering, P giggling uproariously & knowing we will miss these days :-)
October 18, 2016 at 06:56PM:
things we say in our house - stop hitting each other with the minipics - processed meat based weapons!
October 18, 2016 at 08:16PM:
RT @C_Hendrick: Victorian edu bloggers: Ten ways to use hoop rolling to engage kids! https://t.co/EMLrqZLWSd
October 23, 2016 at 10:38PM:
it's time to make a change, enough! joined @slimmingworld today! 10 weeks to christmas, how much can I change?
October 26, 2016 at 09:35PM:
very happy to be united again with my repaired iphone 4S after 16 long days! #retrogadgetgeek
October 29, 2016 at 08:49PM:
hallowe'en in our house - my two skeletons properly scared me by jumping out at me! #mgm #pmm https://t.co/7GTwzFmHUP
It made me smile in recognition and nod in agreement. I am lucky enough to have the wonderful Claire Pearson take photos of our family from when Markus was a very small bump. I was so thrilled to be pregnant against the odds, that I wanted to document everything. We have had the luxury of Claire following our family across the years, capturing us, our happiness, our playing together. Capturing the moments behind the scenes, the outtakes...
The next one is coming up soon, but I have been putting it off. I am at my heaviest yet, don't feel good in my skin. Feel old, tired, heavy, middle aged. Don't want the photographic evidence, wish I could hide behind a costume, hide the fact I am getting old. But I read the article and the final photo made me cry. Don't we all want to escape our gorilla outer and unmask ourselves?
And I remember that my boys argue to sit next to me, that they poke me slightly wobbly tummy, but then come in for a cuddle, that they (mostly) light up when I come home from work. And I remember that there is a value in document all our phases and stages. I am sure I will look back at myself at 43 and tut and say "silly girl, you were so young and full of energy and loved and beautiful". So I will channel my grumpy 80 year old self, book our next shoot and embrace where I find myself and my family.
And on a gorilla related note - my boys have been singing song constantly about a gorilla with sunglasses - I thought they were sort of making it up, but it appears to be a real song and everything. Go figure :-)
"Der Gorilla mit der Sonnenbrille" Lyrics
I'm hoping that at 5 and 7 they are old enough (and with enough stamina!) to really enjoy London. We will certainly visit the Natural History Museum (especially since it features in the Paddington film!) and probably do Changing of the Guard, Planetarium etc. Also very excited to be staying with and catching up with Sal, Amit, Ish and Jay!
Before we get to London we will spend a few nights at Wheeldon Trees Farm - we've been there a couple of times before (2011 and 2014) and will spend the day with Kate and her lovely boys!
Oh, and I have finally written a blog about our summer holidays in Ireland! Better late than never...
I knew that we were doing our kids a favour by bringing them up bilingual in Switzerland, even if their english sounds a bit swiss and their word order is positively germanic! This guardian article explains why being bilingual is good for your brain and your mental health! It's really interesting - also explains why the culture of the country can have an impact on what you actually say in that language ie by impacting on the grammar and syntax of the language. There are several German / English examples!
This week I took a chance and brought Markus to an evening apero to celebrate the publication of "Lucky, ein Gecko auf Reisen" (Lucky the Gecko goes travelling , which was written by my friend's husband). I had sold the event to Markus by telling him that he woudl get to go with Mummy on an adventure to a bookshop, where there would be a reading from a kids book about a Gecko, and he could stay up late. He was sold.
When he found out it wasn't to be held in a bookshop, he was a bit put out (I think there had been a commercial side to his reckoning ie mummy will buy me some books!). But we sat on the tram and googled 20 amazing facts about Geckos and order was restored. He was particularly taken with the fact that Geckos can lose their tails at will, that the detached tail gets wriggling, which distracts the attacker, so the gecko can get away. The gecko often returns to his tail and eats it (excess nutrients stored their as backup!)
But I digress. I was so impressed by my mini Networker. He shook hands with many adults, introduced himself, talked to people in english or swiss german depending. And i looked at him and realized he is growing up fast. He was thrilled to get Coca cola to drink (a BIG treat!) and we read the book together before the actual reading. We bought both the author's books and came home together happy. Markus' last words? "Mummy, that was 10'000 times better than a bookshop! When is the third book about Lucky coming out?"
A bookworm and introverted networker after his Mother's heart!
So, on Saturday, we went to Uster and Anita ran it in 1:07:42 and was happy to get in under 1:10 and I did it in 1:24:16 and was very happy to be under 1:30. I did my 1 min running, 1 min walking and got round. I enjoyed the countryside, the atmosphere and the crowds who towards the end, cheer us on by name. I love the swiss :-) And I am amazed by how fit everyone is - i was overtaken by a lot of speed walkers, nordic walkers and participants who probably had a good 20 - 30 years on me!! We were both tired but happy and really enjoyed the superb organization. Oh, and I quite liked my finisher clip!
I was thinking about it on the way back. I have run 10ks faster, but if I had waited now to get back up to fitness, I wouldn't have taken part. In the last couple of weeks, I did 10km "runs" in 1:44:57, then 1:31:54, then 1:30:11 then 1:24:16. And now I have a base to work from and a new challenge of the Silvesterlauf 10k in December. I want to be able to run longer without walking breaks. I want to get fitter, lost some weight. Feel better. Silvesterlauf, here I come!
Greifenseelauf 2016 with Anita, 1:24:16
Greifenseelauf 2012 with Sal, 1:14:30
Greifenseelauf 2006 with Corinne, 1:03:06