Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

I know yesterday that I said I was beginning to think the weather was always great in these mountains. Today we went up the mountain for the last time. We got some pictures taken with a Saint Bernard puppy. An 8 month old, who I think is actually bigger than Sara, our Golden Retriever who is around 13 years or so. The day started out all sun-shiny and warm, but after being up there for about an hour or so it started snowing. Lightly at first and then it really started coming down. It stopped after a while and then would snow very lightly on an off again. Of course, down in the town it was nice. I guess, by the time I got back down it was nice, I don’t know what it was like when it was snowing up top. Anyway…I was very excited because I love the snow and I love when it snows.

That is the 8 month old Saint Bernard....

Because it was my last chance to go up, after lunch I stayed up for a while, while the others went down to put the kids down for their nap. I had a map and I could have gone for a walk again where Adeline and I went the other day, but instead I just stayed where I was and took in the view. Because I was by myself I could take as much time as I wanted there. I used that time to get more pictures….that pretty much look the same as all my other ones. Except that today there was less sun so the lighting was different and the clouds cast more shadows. I also took a lot of pictures of Freddy and I. It was fun, although a few times I thought I might have put him (and myself) too close to the edge. At one point I was sitting close to an edge and the entire time I was a little freaked out because I was scared I’d slip and fall!

Freddy likes looking for shapes in the clouds...

So, other than that the day was uneventful. Although I feel bad for Adeline because she has an earache :(. She has a doctor’s appointment again tomorrow at 10:15, so we’ll be leaving later than planned. And I’ll be driving down the mountain! It won’t be that bad, it’s easier than going up. I just need to take my time, especially around the tight curves.

Careful! It's a long way down.

So I’m not sure exactly when tomorrow my post will be up, but it will get up eventually! One other thing I thought of; you know how it’s a stereotype that all Canadians are really nice/polite? I’m not saying we aren’t, but one thing that is interesting to note here is how much you greet people. If you’re walking down the street and you pass someone, you say ‘bonjour’. If you’re riding in the same cable car up a mountain with someone you don’t know, you say ‘bonjour’. If you’re hiking on said mountain and you pass someone, you say ‘bonjour’! I think you get the point. It’s common courtesy to greet people as you pass them which is something we don’t do in Canada…at least I don’t. I guess it’s different if you’re in a big city, lots of people it would be hard. I don’t know. I don’t know why I haven’t mentioned it before. I guess sometimes I would nod as I passed by someone, but I never said hello. And this isn’t just here in Verbier, I first noticed it back ‘home’ in Wasseiges I just never wrote about it.

I just love this picture! This was taken before it started snowing.

Freddy and I taking a catnap.

Here we go!

Our last trip down.

I know it's random, but...a car elevator? It would be interesting to take!

Tee hee hee. All the chalet's have names...this one is on the same road as Sybille's.

It's actually really hard to take a good picture of yourself and the scenery...

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So…much….food.

I’ve eaten so much bread, cheese, and all manner of carbohydrates this week that I feel like I’ve gained at least 10 pounds. Then again, maybe that was just tonight. On the other hand, all the walking up and down steep hills that I’ve done is bound to have some sort of balancing effect. And I think I’ve drank more water this week than I have in the last month! These mountains make me thirsty. I do know that I’m just dehydrated in general and don’t drink enough water, but I can’t get enough of it this week. Again, maybe it’s all that walking. Maybe there’s something addictive about Swiss mountain water….I just keep filling up a water bottle from my bathroom sink! And yet they always serve water from bottles at restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with the tap water here!!!

Let me back up a little. I feel like I have so much to say today and already I’ve forgotten half of it as I sit here typing and trying to remember. I guess the beginning of the day would be a good starting point.

5:50am: I have issues waking up and I wanted to try and get up to get some sunrise pictures. Sunrise was supposed to be at 6:30, but like I said, problems getting up. Now, last night I was in Sybille’s apartment where Adeline was usually sleeping because when she picked Greg up from the airport they got a hotel to have some time alone. Thankfully, Sylvain didn’t make a peep all night. In fact, it kind of scared me a bit and early this morning I went to check on him to make sure he was still there! Oh, I have to back up further…midnight last night; I hear a cry, I think it’s Sylvain, but no, it’s Clémence. She couldn’t find her soother. I went in there and asked them what was wrong (they told me), we looked for the soother and Clémence was quickly victorious in finding it. All was well and her and Bastien went back to sleep.

So I’m up to take early mourning pictures…the sun looked really neat just frosting the tips of the mountains, but other than that it wasn’t that special. I sort of suspected, but I wanted to see what I could get anyway. I got a couple neat pictures of the moon though, so that was cool.

Incredible...

This was taken at about 6am.

Wow

6:20

Lovely, wouldn't you say?

Around 6:50.

Not too bad for the location.

I don’t actually know for this one…I have written down a picture at 7:55 and I think this might be it because it’s my last ‘sunrise’ picture.

6:20/30am: I hear talking. It’s Clémence and Bastien. I ask myself why they’re awake so very early…then I realize that their blinds were left open, so it was pretty light in their room. I go in there, close the blinds and let them know I’m taking some pictures. I go out and take a few more before getting them up to go to the washroom and get dressed. Now, I tried to keep them quiet because I didn’t want them waking Sylvain or anyone else up. But, they must have been loud enough because Sybille came in to help.

When we were done with them, Sylvain woke up and I took him out. Now, I could have decided to get him dressed and then feed him, but something said just to wait until after he’d eaten. Thank goodness I did. He was just mowing down, drinking his bottle, when all of a sudden he stops and up comes pretty much everything he had just drank. Which was almost all of the bottle. Now, this may be gross or too much information, but it was a part of my day and it was crazy so it needs telling. Think projectile movie vomit…that’s what it was like, except it was just formula. On my arm, leg, the couch, Sylvain…the floor. In a way it was kind of funny just because it was so spastic. The first launch was a result of him coughing and some actually sprayed on my glasses…yum. After he was finished he just looked at me and smiled that winning smile of his. I couldn’t be mad or upset, just a little grossed out and wet. Poor couch though. Then Granny took over and got him ready while I changed; luckily I was still in my pajamas at this time and it was just my pj pants and hoodie that got dirty.

I had another first today (the first first being the baby projectile vomit); I went with Sybille and Jeff to take the kids to their day care and I got to carry Sylvain in his – baby carrier thing. Ugh, I have no idea what to call it, that’s how tired I am. I know everyone is just as tired as I am, but I just don’t handle it well. I’m also so full, I’m a little sick to my stomach. Thankfully, both will pass. Excuse me, I have to go refill my water bottle.

I can't imagine it's very comfortable in there...

Tortellini with cooked ham, and oil and white truffle sauce.

After dropping the kids off, Jeff and I went back to the chalet. Greg and Adeline were going to be back for lunch, so I took some time to straighten my hair. Which I know is a crucial fact that you all care so much about. We went to this restaurant further up the mountain (by car) called le Sonalon. Of course, we ate outside again. I’m beginning to think the weather’s never bad on this mountain! I had the Tortellini with cooked ham, and oil and white truffle sauce. Or something like that. It was very good. As you can tell just by looking at it. I also had some white wine. I had some at dinner too…..twice in one day, what is happening to me?!?!? And I’m starting to really type like I talk. Which is crazy and not very coherent. I know the great thing about writing as opposed to talking is that you can edit what you say till it’s exactly the way you want it; the thing is, by the time I’m done writing the last thing I want to do is edit! Of course, the website goes through the obvious things and I either ignore them or change them, and sometimes once I publish it I read it through and realize some mistakes and fix them, but mostly I don’t double check. I know you were all just dying to know that. We also got dessert. I had the Coupe Denmark – vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce and whipped cream. The best ice cream sundae ever. Maybe just because of where I am?

Vanilla ice cream with hot chocolate sauce and whipped cream. So awesome.

I loved how I could drizzle as much or as little chocolate as I wanted.

After lunch we went for a ‘little’ hike. I say little because it was just a loop and I’ve hiked a lot longer before. But I also say ‘little’ because although it wasn’t that long, it was hard! At least the beginning…you know, all up hill. The end was great. I’m sure it took us twice as long as it should have because we stopped to take pictures. Mostly me, but Aurore too, and Adeline a bit. Plus I just walk slow to begin with. What can I say,  I was admiring the beauty of the mountains. When you think about it, I’ve been looking at these same mountains all week. Except that everyday we go somewhere different and I get a different vantage point. I honestly can’t begin to describe with words how it feels to look at them. Especially when you’re high up and looking down on the town. Maybe it’s silly, but at times I almost teared up because of their beauty and majesty. I’m tearing up right now just thinking about it. But maybe that’s because I’m tired and sometimes (ok, most times) when I’m this tired I get oddly emotional and will cry at anything. I don’t know how anyone can not believe in some sort of creator when they look at places like this.

I love the light in this one!

Just look at that view! (what you can and can't see)

I swear these are slightly different mountains....

I just...these pictures really don't do the place justice.

Freddy likes to live on the edge. It gives him a rush.

I realize that my pictures might be a little repetitive…but when you’re here, all the different angles and spots I’ve seen theses mountains from has something special about them. A little different every time. It’s hard to convey that with my pictures, it’s something you have to experience. I try to make sure there’s something of interest in all of them…mostly that ends up being Freddy ;).

Also, I’ve come to the realization that Freddy is a lover of the limelight. He’s stealing my show! Jeff made a joke about how this is Freddy’s blog. He appears in way more photos than I do. Well Freddy, who got to go to Carnaval in Binche? And who got to go to the original Waterloo? Not you. 😛 He also likes to stop and smell the flowers once in a while (which kind of makes up for all the attention hogging he does).

They smell good Freddy?

What next? Hmmm…..Ok, so we came back to the chalet. Aurore and I stayed in the apartment while the rest of the gang went for a drink. Aurore and I joined them later decked out in our snow gear because they were sledding with Bastien and Clémence. Once we were finished doing that, we went to pick up the babies and headed back to the chalet. Babies were fed, people changed, Winnie the Pooh was watched, and then we headed out for dinner.

I just love the shadows the clouds make on the mountains.

Sybille stayed back with the two youngest munch-kins while the rest of us went to this restaurant (of which I can’t actually remember the name). We went to it specifically because of the Raclette. I didn’t get a picture of the actual machine, but it’s basically this big heated stand with blocks of cheese under it. The top layer of cheese it heated and sliced off onto a plate where it’s handed out to the customer and eaten with bread, or potatoes or whatever else you want (or ordered). The plates have numbers on them and whenever you finish with one slice someone takes your plate and gets you another. When the bring it back they yell out your plate number so you know it’s yours. The raclette is right out in the middle of the restaurant. I should have got a picture, I’m no good at describing it.

Now, I didn’t get the raclette (I’ve actually had it on a smaller scale before. Greg and Adeline have one at home…but you use pre-sliced cheese in these dishes and heat them.), but Greg, Jeff, and Adeline did. Aurore and I got fondue! I’m not sure which one Aurore got, but I got cheese fondue with tomato. It was really good. But I’m SO full now! I remember when we entered the restaurant Greg made a comment about the entry being a hobbit door. I didn’t think of it like that until he said it, but I totally agree!

Front door to the restaurant. Hereby referred to as The Hobbit Door.

Am I in a barrel or what?

This is the entry way. This was taken from inside the restaurant, that is the outside door. After this mini-hallway there are curtains and then a place to hang coats and then the restaurant.

The place mat. Cool eh?

Personal fondue pots!!!

What a great idea.

This is a bucket with potatoes. Sybille told me that in Switzerland it’s common for potatoes to be put in bucket/dish of some sort wrapped in a cloth like this to keep them warm for everyone. Great idea!

Stow away. Aurore found him and took his picture. Of course he just loved that!

On the way home I was walking with Clémence (Aurore and Jeff went to go have a drink) and Adeline and Greg with Bastien. Now, you all know I walk slow. Plus we were walking uphill. Plus I was so full. Plus I’m not in shape. Plus I was walking with an almost 3 year old who will walk slow if you let her. Needless to say the others were far ahead of us most of the time. Not so far they were out of sight or hearing distance, but I would say about 4 or 5 car lengths? Maybe less, give or take. I can’t even remember whose idea it was (I think it might have been mine, boy how it backfired), but we decided to run to catch up to them. We catch them and walk again…then we’d get behind and Clémence would want to run again. This happened many times. One time I said I was tired and didn’t want to run, but she insisted, she really wanted to run with me. I’m actually surprised that we made it home!

So, after that I brought Maëline downstairs and started writing this post. This is one of those days when I’m in a writing mood. I start and I just don’t want to stop! The words just flow and it doesn’t take that long. I mean, maybe it takes a little longer than it feels like….I think I’ve been going at it for over an hour. It doesn’t seem that long. The last time I looked at the clock it was 9:18. I probably started writing about 10-15 minutes later. Now it’s almost 11. This takes a lot longer than it seems. I need more water.

I feel like I’m forgetting something I wanted to say. When I’m taking pictures sometimes I’ll think of a way of phrasing something or just something I want to say, but I forget a lot because I don’t carry a notebook with me everywhere (that would be cumbersome, time consuming, and kind of annoying) and typing it into my iPod takes way too much effort. So I rely on my memory which fails me daily. Oh well.

Thanks SO much to everyone who reads this. It’s fun to recall my day and to tell you all about my shenanigans. I hope that with the help of my pictures you can all at least sort of feel like you’re here with me. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity!

Super Freddy!

He just can't get enough of that view.

And neither can I.

All I can say is wow.

There he is!

Just wow. For those of you who have never been in any mountains and who might not ever get to any, I hope my pictures do them justice and give you a little taste of just how awe-inspiring they really are. Today Adeline, Aurore and I went up higher into the mountains! We went where all the skiers and snowboarders go and where they also have walking trails. Again, today was so beautiful. Looking back at some of my pictures I’m surprised. Pretty much I never knew what I was going to get because the sun was so bright. At one point I was trying to take pictures of this person, ummm….air gliding? I’m not sure exactly what they call it, but they were floating and gliding through the sky. There was only one picture where all I got was sky, but the rest I got what I wanted! Woohoo!

We met Sybille and Jeff (who were skiing) for lunch. It was so expensive, but when you think about it, it takes a lot to get food and drinks up a mountain!! I will admit that on the cabin rides up (and down) I was a little freaked out, but I didn’t let it get to me and got some pretty good pictures out of it.

One thing I forgot to mention from yesterday; as we were riding one of the buses we met this older gentleman who said he was from Waterloo (Belgium, of course). He talked with Aurore and Adeline and made a comment that I didn’t say much. They explained that I was an Au Pair from Canada, close to Waterloo actually. We had a good laugh at that. I thought it was neat.

Also, Adeline gave me some really great photo taking tips. She has faith that I’ll be a lot better at taking really interesting pictures by the end of the year! Since I don’t really have the words at this time to describe today to you, I’m going to show you with pictures:

Yes. It looks just like every other hoodie you've ever seen.

At least is more interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know this is random, but this is the new hoodie I got! It took a lot of searching – because I’m picky – but we finally found one that had what I wanted; which was Verbier and Switzerland.

Most of these are self-explanatory….

It was actually really warm. The hood was just up because I was making a snow angel and didn’t want my hair to get all wet.

Below are pictures from the walking trail we took. We had to go down a pretty steep hill from where Adeline is standing (we had gone to look at the snow jump they had…otherwise no steep hill) and the easiest way down was to slide. So we did. I braced my self with my boots quite a bit and part of me wished I hadn’t, but if I hadn’t I might have kept going right off the trail! Adeline took a video of me going down. Who needs toboggans when the snow is that slippery!

Freddy and I enjoying the view.

Yeah, it works! Sort of. (Updated version w/ pictures)

I was worried there for, hmmmm, about an hour I guess. I tried to get to this page to write my post, but it wouldn’t work! Small systems error it said. I did what they said and refreshed, but no dice. I tried about 30 seconds ago and the same thing happened! I was about to give up when I thought I would try one more time. Thankfully I did because this time it worked. 😀

 

 

 

 

I know it seems obvious, you know, because we’re in the mountains and all, but walking around is hard work! Especially when you’re overdressed for the weather. At one point we passed a store that had a sign which read +12. It sure felt warmer than that! Adeline, Aurore, and I walked around town looking for a shop where I could buy a decently priced sweater that says ‘Verbier’ or Switzerland on it. So far, not much luck. I did find one that I kind of like, but it’s 119 Francs. Yikes.

Today for lunch we went to this little restaurant that only serves crêpes. I had one with ham, egg, and cheese, and then a sugar and cinnamon crêpe for dessert. All that walking up hill certainly helped wear off lunch! The last leg up to the chalet we took a detour…I’m not sure if it’s shorter, but it’s certainly steeper and harder, not flat like the road.

After all this I had a nap. I think I got a little too much sun. I forgot about sunscreen (I put some on at lunch) and I didn’t have my sunglasses because I didn’t put my contacts in this morning and then before I had a chance to we had to leave and I just forgot I was wearing my glasses until we got outside. I’m fine now and it really was another exceptionally beautiful day.

Mmmm...Swiss Chocolate.


Playing in (what is left of) the snow.

Today was another extremely beautiful day! As I put on my Facebook status; the sun is shining, the breeze is just right, and the view is breathtaking. Unfortunately because of the high temperatures it means that the snow is melting fast.

Sybille told me earlier today that normally the snow would stay until April. As you might have been able to see in some of my pictures from yesterday – or the one’s from today – there are spots higher up than we are that are void of snow. I think that normally even where we are there would be snow until April.

They have buses that are constantly going up the mountain for all the skiers and snowboarders so we took one up a little higher to where the beginners learn. We were going to try and do a little tobogganing, but it didn’t work very well. We went over to this little area away from the hill and the kids played for a bit. It was Sybille, Adeline and I, with Bastien, Clémence, and Sylvain. Of course we all had sunglasses on and Sylvain looked so adorable (all the kids did, but you know how it is with babies). And it was Bastien’s first time on a bus!

We met Aurore, Jeff, and Maëline for lunch at this restaurant; Le Rouge and we ate outside! It was really neat. Some of the chairs had blankets over the back and they had benches with fur coverings. And the entire time I had this incredible view of the mountains.

Tonight after the big kids were in bed we brought out the game ‘Sushi Bar’. We played it last year in Canada when they visited us, but I needed a small refresher. So you have these – I don’t know what to call them…they’re like dominoes – some with good sushi (blue +points) and others with bad, smelly sushi (red -points). There are 5 die; one side good sushi, one side bad sushi, one side blue chop sticks, one side red chop sticks. You get three roles per turn. After each role you have to keep at least one that you don’t role again. Obviously if you get bad sushi you pick up a bad sushi, good sushi = good sushi.

The points go from 1 to 6 and -1 to -6. If at the end of your three rolls you end up with say, 3 good sushi, a bad sushi, and red chop sticks you would pick up the 3rd good sushi, and so on each turn. You stack the ‘dominoes’ on top of each other because you don’t want the other players to remember what you have! That’s where the chop sticks come in. You need three of one colour to steal the top number from someone’s pile (you can choose who); blue for good sushi and +points, red for bad sushi -points. If you get 4 or 5 chop sticks you can choose any ‘domino’ from anyone’s pile.

So if you remember that someone has a +6 hiding somewhere you’re in luck. Or a -1, that’s good too. Scoring is simple, you add up the +points, take away for the – and see what you have left. The highest I got tonight was +7. Jeff beat everyone all the time with +11 (twice, I believe) and a +10. I feel like my explanation is kind of confusing…I hope the pictures help a little.

And that was my day! Also, despite the sunscreen I put on, I think my cheeks got a little burnt…my scalp also, where my hair was parted because of my braids. Fun! Maybe I should go tanning……ha ha ha ha ha.

*The last two are the late afternoon sun on the mountains, and what I could get of the sun setting. I’ve also decided that this is a good size for pictures. I might go back and edit my other posts, who knows!

From Belgium to Switzerland (ATTENTION: EXTREMELY LONG POST AHEAD)

Have I ever mentioned that I love hills? Big rolling hills swathed in emerald cloaks reminiscent of a sea of Green Riders racing across the land with messages of the utmost importance. Ha ha ha. Ok. I try to be all poetic and it just comes out pathetic. The green riders is a reference to a book with the same name by Kristen Britain. Her 4th book of the series comes out this summer I believe…this was all for VG – she introduced the books to me. ^_^ In France we saw a lot of hills like this, dotted with farms and trees, but mostly just a sea of green. It was overcast and grey for the entire day, with a little bit of rain, but that was ok. When we finally did get to Verbier, the trip up the mountain was a bit difficult because it was getting dark and very foggy. Let me back up a bit…

I’ve included a link with our route. We drove through Belgium and into Luxembourg – through France and finally Switzerland. After we stopped for an early lunch in Luxembourg I got behind the wheel. I wasn’t driving more than 10 minutes (maybe closer to 5) when we reached the Luxembourg/France border. I drove for about 2.5 hours, through Strasbourg when we stopped again and Adeline took over. (I just thought that lion in front of us looked funny so I took a picture of it. That’s all, nothing special.)

We would have switched again, but that would’ve meant me driving the last leg of our journey and seeing as how I’ve never driven in mountains before that would have been tricky. After doing it last night I can safely say you would not want to get stuck behind me if I had to drive up on my own. Lots of very sharp turns. We did get passed by someone gunning it pretty fast. You can tell who lives here and who doesn’t! The closest thing I’ve come to the trip up was when my family went out East a few years back. We drove the Cabot Trail and that’s a pretty big hill and can get a little steep. Just looking over the edge from the car freaked me out. Maybe it was my Dad’s driving ;P.

While in France we drove through the Alsace region. My ancestors are from the Alsace-Lorraine area (some from both sides of my family I believe) and when Lisa and my parents come this summer there’s a homestead we want to go to. One thing I noticed about all the little villages in France that we passed was that most of the roofs were orange…. For the most part the driving was easy, with little traffic. There were a few areas the got a little hectic, but I made it through with no problems. There was one time when I pressed on the break a little hard *sorry*. There was also a time when we were sort of close to getting side swiped because this little white car cut in front of me to get around a truck…without using their turn signal!!! It only surprised me a little, I was actually kind of expecting it to do something like that based on the way it came off the on ramp. One thing that bugged me was that every time I would want to go in the left lane to make room for people coming onto the highway there was always someone in that lane slowly making their way past me…they just never did it fast enough for me to move over (or I just didn’t get over soon enough). And I couldn’t cut in front of them without making them angry because I wouldn’t have been able to speed up fast enough to get out of their way! I tried to be observant and considerate, but some people just made it difficult for me. 😛 So now I’ve driven in 3 European countries. I don’t know if I’ll drive a bit in Switzerland or not…Maybe until the border…than Adeline can take over to get us across, :P.

The boys did well. Although poor Sylvain was sick of his seat by the end. He didn’t eat well during the day either. Every time we would stop and try to feed him he wouldn’t eat very much. Once we were here though he guzzled his bottle right down! Bastien didn’t even scream that much in the car. There were a couple of times, but it wasn’t that bad. We stopped at this car park area with picnic tables (in France) for Adeline and I to switch and to stretch and stuff and Bastien was able to run around. At this point it was colder and windy, so the boys had their jackets on (and Sylvain was also wrapped in his blanket). I chased Bastien around for a while, and he chased me. He has this great screech/laugh going on when he’s really excited. It’s nice when we’re outside and he can be as loud as he wants.

It’s the France/Switzerland border!  Freddie and me parked just               across the border in Switzerland.

As we got closer to Verbier we passed a lot of places on the mountain side that grow grapes for wine. It looks really interesting when an entire hillside is dotted with these orchards (right now it just looks like big sticks in the ground). I tried to get some pictures, but I’m not sure how they turned out. We drove passed a really big lake as well and the sun came out for a bit over it. I got a couple of pictures of that, and one turned out really nice.

These are just some random landscape pictures.

It was raining off and on in Switzerland and I remember thinking ‘wouldn’t it be neat if it was snowing when we got up there?’. Well, it was. Just a little, but as we drove higher we saw a few flakes. The view on the way up of the town at the bottom was magnificent, I don’t think I was able to do it justice. It was getting dark so there were all these lights on and except for the fact that there was no snow down there it sort of looked like a Christmas card. I wasn’t able to use the flash because of the car window, so a bunch of the picture are blurry. Everyone was walking around in their snow suits with skis and bags. It was crazy because it was so foggy and there were so many people walking around, I couldn’t really tell where we were going. I was especially glad then that I wasn’t driving.

This is not our chalet.

The chalet/condo conveniently has a garage so we didn’t even have to put our jackets on to transfer everything from the car to inside. Nice. I went to take a picture of the fireplace when we got inside and wouldn’t you know it, my camera was dead. Convenient timing.

I did take a bunch of pictures today, inside, and on the walk we took down to the town center. We got boots for Bastien, sunglass and a snow suit for Clémence and a winter jacket for Adeline. Keeping up with those two (the children) inside sports stores is quite the job. In the first store they ended up going up all the stairs; I’m pretty sure the top floor was just storage and we weren’t supposed to be up there – there was a rope to block it off, but it was down. I quickly did what I could to make them descend. In the next store they hid under coat racks. At one point Clémence accidentally knocked some snow pants off their hanger and then they were going to other parts of the store where the potential for damage was high, but I managed to get them back to their mothers without incident.

It says ‘Canada Goose™ Arctic Program’ I thought that was neat.

I had on my winter jacket, scarf, and mitts and I was so warm! The sun is so bright today, completely different from yesterday. A perfect day for a walk. Of course being inside the stores didn’t help and on the way back there were no mitts, and my jacket and scarf were open. I wanted to buy a hoodie in the first store (it says Verbier on it), but it was 119 francs (I think…it was up there anyway). I’m not sure I want to spend that much on a hoodie. 1 Euro=1.2 Francs, so either way it was expensive! That was in a sports store so maybe somewhere else it won’t be so bad.

*********A few hours later*********

After lunch Sybille and I put the kids down for their nap. Aurore, Jeff, and Adeline went to a concert. I would have went with them, but their friend only gave them 3 passes. That was totally fine because I knew this post would take a while. By the way; the past couple days Verbier has been host to the Freeride World Tour 2011. This is extreme free-style skiing and snowboarding and this is not the first time the finale has been held here. Something about a 500 foot jagged edged rock drop or something. I might have that wrong. I read it in the pamphlet upstairs, but now I’m not sure! Anyway, yesterday was the last day of competition and there are some evening events going on until Wednesday…movie nights and such. So, I came down to where I’m staying (in the Chalet, Sybille owns 2 apartments – one is being rented out this week – and her brother has one right below hers. I’m staying in her brother’s with Aurore, Jeff, and Maëline) and started on this post. She came down to get me after a bit because all the kids were up and the babies were both crying….very loudly! So, we got them settled down eventually. That was around 2:30 when she called me up; it’s 12:15am Monday now.

After supper we sang through some choral music. Well, they all sang and I listened. I chimed in if I knew it, but they were singing from memory and I didn’t know most of the music! It was really cool, with harmony and everything. I came down here around, hmmmm, 9:30/9:45? I took a bath and it was so nice I stayed in there for a while! Was that too much information? Sorry :P. So now I’m finishing up with this post which is so long it might as well be a short story!!!!

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures! I know some of them are too small and far away to really see, but I hope you like them anyway.

This is the chalet.

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