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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer ABC Hunt

I came across the idea when I read Candice's blog: 

Summer Bucket List

and thought that at this point of time it was a little late to start a summer bucket list, but we could certainly go for a summer ABC Hunt! Colin is very interested in letters and becoming increasingly proficient in reading single words or short sentences. 
Side note: I need an idea on where to send the letter to Santa this year. So far we mailed it to "Santa @ Daddy's office", but somehow I don't think I am going to get away with it in the future. Input, anyone?

Back to our ABC hunt. He took his H for helmet and off we went - he climbed on his B for bicycle.

On our way we took many pictures from A for Audi, B for bobby car to - well U for umbrella. 

Later on, my mom joined us, and that's when the real fun started:

We ended up at the train station around 11 am and boarded a B for bus to get home in time to make lunch.

I thought it was a great project and will definitely do one again in fall. Would you like to contribute? Add "Alphabet Hunt" as a friend in Facebook and post your pictures:

Alphabet Hunt on Facebook

In the meantime watch how we did:

While I am writing this I am thinking of a little 2.5 years old boy suffering from leukemia. He is a client's son undergoing chemo therapy for several months. He has to take a dozen different meds throughout a day. The meds make him tired, cranky and weak, he can't walk anymore. His immune system is down, so if they go out (and they only do when they have to) he has to wear a mask. 

This makes me feel even more blessed. Being able to work part time and having the chance to do stuff with the little guy is a reason to be grateful. I am. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

a day at Conny Land

For many kids it was the first day of kindergarten or school. It occurred to me that Colin and I would only have one year of freedom left. The kind that allows us to do stuff on the spur of a moment.

I heard on the news that Scott Mckenzie has passed away. 
My mind wandered. San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, Fishermen's Wharf, Pier 39, the seals. 

God I miss California! What to do?

A little more than an hour later we arrived in the middle of nowhere - in Lipperswil in Eastern Switzerland. Originally a dolphinarium, Conny Land has faced a lot of pressure from animal protection organizations and may have to remove the remaining three dolphins in 2013. Therefore the place has become a fairground with some animal shows on the side; dolphins, seals, parrots - and goats. Some of the rides are limited to kids taller than 1.20m or older than 8. Still there's a lot you can do with smaller / younger kids.

This is my first try of a slideshow using iPhoto. I am pretty proud of how it turned out - However Youtube is telling me now I am not allowed to publish it because the Huey Lewis song I purchased belongs to EMI. So I had to remove this really uplifting tune.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Paper Mama's Photo Challenge

I came across the Paper Mama's Photo Challenge by coincidence and decided to give it a try - are you going to join me? Learn about the rules here

So this week's theme is GREEN. 

This made me think of a project Colin's daycare did Last year. Every week they talked about a color, did stuff related to that color, and the kids were invited to wear clothes in the color of the week.

Check out Colin and the Rainbow Colors:

Wish me luck - It's not easy being green ;-)