ECHO, ECHo, ECho, Echo, echo…..

First off, today’s post is dedicated to Lafemmeroar and her CCC for inspiring me to add drop-down menus options. I hadn’t honestly thought of it/knew I could do it until she added them on her blog and then I realized – yet again – how much I don’t know about what’s all possible on a blog. I’m hoping that by utilizing this option it will make it easier for those readers who only have time to stop by once in a while and are just interested in exciting things like when I go visit castle ruins or cruise along a subterranean river or other “touristy” things like that. They’ll even have the option of choosing which country they want to read about! This will hopefully also help in finding those such posts, you know, just in case they want to show someone else or something ;). I’m also playing around with categories and of course I’m trying to remember to include tags, but I never did that when I started and I think I’ve managed on all of two posts so far so it’s a slow process there.

For those of you who are regulars, you’ll notice I’ve changed my theme yet again. I really am sorry, but I can’t help it. It’s like OCD  a little compulsion of mine similar to when I have to change my furniture around. I get that honestly from my Mother, God Bless her. Love you Mom!

Now on with the actual post! Let’s hope I can remember what I all wanted to say because I had some good stuff going on…

This morning it was to be both boys and me while Adeline and Greg went shopping for new floor tiles for the play room. There are a couple broken one’s in there now so (as I’ve mentioned before) they’re tearing up the floor and putting a new one in. The room is completely empty now and it echos something fierce. Before they left Bastien said he wanted to go with them. Eventually it was decided he would, so that just left me and Sylvain. Greg had to move our cars (actually, I think mine and Adeline’s are still in the bank parking lot) because someone was going to be dropping off a big waste container and it needed to go where the cars are normally parked. Greg didn’t know exactly when it was coming so I had to be prepared to explain where we wanted it. Sylvain and I played for a bit then he went up for a nap. I wasn’t sure if he would sleep or not, but he did. When he got up I made us lunch. At one point (because he was crying from being alone in the other room) I brought him into the kitchen with me. The last time he was in the kitchen he tried to eat cat food. And he did that again today. This time I got to him before he actually got any in his mouth. Silly Sylvain.

Have I ever mentioned he has a thing for glasses? Like the one’s on your face so you can see. He always tries to grab them. And if you take them off and try to put them somewhere he’ll just try to go to where you put them so he can grab them. And do what, I don’t know, but I bet it involves his mouth and a lot of drool. The others ate when they got home. *I totally just killed a fly with my bare hands. Speedy like a ninja!* Eventually Sylvain went down again and we tried to get Bastien to go to sleep, but he wouldn’t do it. He had slept for about an hour in the car, but that’s a short nap for him. He sort of helped us clear out some last things in the play room, but he kept asking to watch a cartoon or eat ice cream and so he was sent to his room and told to lie down. After a little bit of quiet I heard through the baby phone (which was in my room from this morning) that Sylvain was awake. Since they’re still sharing a room right now this meant that Bastien was awake now as well (if he had even fallen asleep, which I doubt). So I went up to get them.

Then it was time for the make-shift pool! Sylvain had a gay old-time in there today. Well, he has a blast when he’s in water. Like a fish that one. We got some awesome pics of him with his swimming cap and sunglasses. Bastien has new sunglasses…he left his other pair on Mt. Fort in Verbier.  Adeline also set up the slide with the water hose so water would come out the top and run down. This made it really slick! Bastien just flew down and off every time. Speaking of Bastien; you know his way of saying ‘I have a secret for you: I love you’? Well, he likes to do that just after he’s gotten in trouble. Like it will make everything better. Sometimes it’s just ‘I love you’, but either way you know he’s trying to suck up. It’s cute, but after a while you just want him to understand that doing that doesn’t automatically make everything better. That’s just a side note/observation.

I think Sylvain really likes slides as well. I took him down the other one yesterday and today he kept climbing out of the pool to try to get on the slide. I took him down it a few times and he seemed to really enjoy himself. He adores his swing as well. While on his swing is actually when I find he laughs/smiles the most. Oh, he does that other times as well, but while on his swing he’s having a blast.

After supper Bastien decided he was going to have one last ‘play’ in his play room (for three weeks or so). He had a great time in there just making noise. He kept saying ‘C’est pas vrai, no, no, no, no et no’ (It’s not true, no…..and no). It says this a lot, but because of the echo he just kept saying it and saying it and saying it and say… get the picture. It was cute at first, but then it got to be a little much. Finally, the boys were ready for bed. Although Sylvain (the little turd :P) decided that just after I removed his diaper would be the best possible time to go pee. So I had to get him new pj’s and wipe him down and he just smiled and gurgled at me as if it was the funniest thing in the world to be covered in one’s urine. Well, not covered, just his lower back and one leg, but still.

I’ve come to the realization that I have yet to write about our little jaunt to Amsterdam! I can’t believe I’ve neglected it, but the harsh truth is that I’ve simply forgotten about it this last week. Stay tuned for that post, it’ll be a long one ^_^.


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.

What sound does a … make?

Tonight Adeline, Bastien, Sylvain, and I went to Sybille’s for supper. Jean-Go and Valerie were there as well. We had salmon and leeks in pasta. Very tasty. I even helped cut up the leeks. Go me. 😛 When we were finished eating (all except Bastien who didn’t eat much) Jean-Go was making a bird with his hand and asking Bastien what it was. This started a round of what sound does a bird make? An owl?  A duck? A rooster? A little bird? A chicken? Bastien didn’t have a sound for a chicken. He said he doesn’t know what sound they make. So Jean made a sound…the sound of chicken being cooked in a pan! I got it right away and we all had a good laugh over it. It was nice to see Jean and Valerie again.

Saturday Adeline bought sunglasses for Bastien for when we go to Switzerland. I might get another pair as well, because I don’t think the one’s I have are going to protect me enough from the strong sun on the mountains!

There’s a couple of things I’ve been meaning to post about that I keep forgetting. First, Bastien apparently is either often confused or indecisive. What I mean by this is he usually changes his mind to ‘oui’ half way through saying ‘no’. So it comes out ‘n-oui’. He does this a lot. It can be quite amusing. The other night he also had a ‘kids say the darndest things’ moment; Adeline and Greg have one of those things that helps you do sit-ups and/or crunches and they brought it out (I can’t remember why), Greg laid down on it and Bastien said ‘oh, it’s a relax!’ (a ‘relax’ is a baby car seat/carrier). We laughed very hard. Adeline than took one of the toys that wraps around the handle on Sylvain’s baby carrier and put it on the sit-up machine. I still chuckle thinking about it now. I guess it was sort of a ‘you had to be there’ kind of thing, but I still wanted to share it with all of you.

I know people want to know some differences between Canada and Belgium so I have one here. This is totally random and not the kind of difference you all care about, but it’s a difference so I’m going to post about it! Dishwashers. They’re basically the same except for one thing; the cutlery rack. Instead of being a basket that goes on the bottom drawer of the machine, it is its own level! It’s at the very top and it has little dividers for the cutlery, and for big spoons and knives and things. They lie flat instead of standing up like at home. Maybe I’ll take a picture so I remember :P. Just thought you all should know. I think a picture would be good because I’m not very good at word-painting!!

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