The house is feeling a little empty without the children. It's strange not to be woken up at 6 on a Sunday. Having a tidy house. Not having to stop squabbling children several times a day. Cooking for two. Still being in bed at 10.40!! Before the children left they asked for a swimming pool, but instead we bought a water slide and it's turned out to be the perfect choice. Friends have been to play most weekends and even after school. Even without a squirt of washing-up liquid, they almost fly down the 10 meters so fast. I tidied the slide away yesterday and mowed the lawn which took hours ( our battery-powered lawn mower hates long grass). Alexis and MK arrive back next Saturday, Alexis at 13h and MK at 20h. For our last night before they get back, we have reserved a super suite in a Parisian hotel and a great restaurant. I'm looking forward to this, but I'm looking forward to Saturday and seeing A and MK a million times more.
Alexis really didn't want to go on his summer camp, his first ever summer camp, and it took a lot of persuasion, I mean really a lot and a fews promises about which phone he could chose when he came back home.... he is an extremely good negotiator, so you can imagine the phone he's going to get! His camp is in La Creuse and we can catch up with what they have been doing via a blog (photo taken from there). Alexis is on the photo, he's the one with the green t-shirt on. We had a call two days ago from the camp leader, Gabrielle took a confusing message about Alexis that had been bitten or stung something beginning by a T. We phoned straight back after returning from work. It turned out that he'd been bitten by a tick and he had to go and have it removed by a doctor. He's on antibiotics and he's fine, in fact it turns out after speaking with Alexis on the telephone that he is loving his camp. I thought he'd beg us to pick him up...what a pessimist I am! We are use so happy that he's having fun and making new friends whilst sailing, cabin building. And for the next two nights he is going to sleep à la belle étoile.
watching the children take part in their end of year concert
waiting for the visa that never came (A was supposed to go to Angola)
wrapping up the last term at school before the holiday's. Alexis enters college in September (he came out top of his class this year and had 98% for national exam all CM2' sit!
shopping for summer camps
Seeing Oliver leave for England for an internship...three months without no dirty laundry being left in the middle of the bathroom and a tidy room that smells kind-of fresh for once
On a beach a long bike ride
I could go on but I won't. Now it's the 12th July. We have one of five children at home which is weird but ok. Charlotte is here, she goes to India on a humanitarian holiday (half of the time) and the other half sightseeing. She will visit the Taj-Mahal, visit the town of the Dalai Lama (meet him if he's there). Help make a new classroom...she's going to take lots of stationary for the school over there.
In our big house boat in Amsterdam
Where are the other four? Well you know that Oliver is in the UK getting some work experience.
Alexis and Marie-Kate left last Sunday for their summer camps. Alexis is on a "Survivor's" theme camp. More to come in another post
Marie-Kate is on a "Graine de Veto" camp. Basically, she's getting a first look at what it's like to be a Vet; More later on her camp.
Our house boat at night
Gabrielle left at the crack of dawn yesterday (we were at CDG and 5 in the morning!) She's off on a Scandinavian tour, where she'll visit Denmark, Norway and Sweden). Once again more later.
Finally, us, two parents, with one 17 year old who is capable of looking after herself. We are off on a hiking holiday, a short one, and we'll leave when the pile of clothes have been ironed, and the house is tidy, the grass has been cut and the plants watered.
Two more photos and then I have to tidy
We didn't really find the food that great in Amsterdam, however in Haarlem we ate a small organic café and the children loved the hamburgers they served.
Bye bye house boat. Last day before catching the plane to come back home
This is one of two floating house boats that have been transformed into a super playground that the children loved.