Tuesday, 25 May 2010


The weekend started with beautiful weather. We were having a nice lie-in when at 9 am the phone rang. Even though the person on the other end said his name, I didn't register who it was. After two attempts of "who's on the phone?" I realised that it was our friend, Niggi H.!
He and his wife, Sarah and their family also used to live in Münchenstein (they moved away not long after we did) and we were members of the Reinach Branch. Two of their five girls are the same age as Jordan and Daniel and we used to do a lot together.
Anyway back to Niggi - he and his friend Gilbert (who apparantly lives in Münchenstein) were in Heiden (10 km away from us) staying at a hotel and were here in eastern Switzerland for a weekend of mountain biking and wanted to know if they could pop by and say "Hi". Of course, we said yes!
They came, we gave them some refreshments, showed them the house and our lovely view which they were duly impressed with (the view I mean) and after about an hour of chit-chat they left, taking Roland with them. Roland had offered to show them a route that he knows and off the went.

Roland, Niggi & Gilbi

While the hubster was out, Jordan and I went grocery shopping for the weekend and for the bank holiday on Monday. We'd planned to go on a picnic with Renée and Wolfgang and kids so we needed to get some stuff for that.  It was t-shirt weather - finally!!!
I have so much more energy when the weather is nice. 

Sunday was uplifting. The hubster gave a talk about the Holy Ghost in sacrament meeting which I thought was really good and I gave sharing time in primary, also about the Holy Ghost! 
It made me realise that I don't pay enough attention to the whisperings of the spirit. I could receive a lot more guidance if I invited Him into my daily life. We, as members of the church, have a wonderful gift available to us and I'm sure we could decrease some heartache if we applied more faith and attenttion to listening to the spirit. I want to improve that part of my life. Why should I take the hard road when there is somebody there willing to guide me to my destination? I'll let you know how I progress.....

A lot of the young single adults were missing at church as they were attending a camp/convention, and Melissa was one of them. I missed her! Krystyna and Curdin went to attend the YSA Sunday meetings (Curdin is our stake pres.) so we took their two youngest boys home with us and fed them. As we all got out of the car I realised that it was 6 boys to 1 girl - me! Where's my Melissa!! I'm soo glad I have at least one girl!
Aaron was with Samuel and Jordan with Elias. The weather, as I mentioned, was great so we decided to have to have the first mini barbecue of the season. Mr D, Jordan and Elias got to work in the garden while I started making the rest of the food.

Jordan lighting up

The hubster and Jordan

Elias and Jordan

Our marinated meat - it looked disgusting -  but was actually really tasty

For me, the highlight of the day was sitting outside in the garden with Roland. The kids were all busy and it was just the two of us. I really love one-on-one time together where we can just talk. We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary on the 20th and we didn't get to go out and really celebrate it, so the time spent in the garden together kind of made up for that. In his talk he said the best thing he'd ever done was marry me; wasn't that really sweet of him?

On Monday we went to Obersee in Näfels (Glarus) with friends of ours. They were minus one (Eric) and we were minus two (Melissa and Aaron). Aaron decided not to come with us but spend the day with Samuel and Eric instead. At the moment, our family activities are only with two of our four children. I guess that is part of them growing up and leaving, although I must say I don't like it! It's happening far too quickly!

Anway......we made the hour drive to Obersee and were greeted with fantastic views of the lake and mountains. Why anybody would want to leave this country, I don't know!
The lake wasn't overly large and the signs told us that it would take 90 minutes to walk around. Well, we were in no hurry......
We stopped off in two places - once to make a fire and barbecue our sausages and meat and secondly to let the kids swim in the lake. We spent a lovely afternoon there and came home feeling rather lazy and a little sunburnt! We had good food, good company and wonderful weather!


A wind-swept me with Renée

There was still a mound of snow on one of the hillsides which attracted the kids like bees to honey.

 Joel, Jordan, Noemi and me

Me, Renée, Noemi, Jordan, Wolfgang and Honey, the dog

The hubster collecting wood for the fire

Jordan cutting a stick to be able to grill his sausage with

Our humble fire

Jordan playing with the fire when he knows he shouldn't ....tut tut Jordan!!

Daniel, Joel and Jordan freezing their butts off!

The view from where the kids were swimming

The view on through the valley

Jordan with a wise old man....

Well that was our weekend! It was busy but good. Now everyone is back to school and work. Melissa is happy as she now has a new boyfriend (they got together over the weekend) so she is on cloud 9!
Have a lovely week!

Hugs all,


The wanderer returns

I'm back! I don't exactly know where I went to but I'm back :)

I had a weird week last week  - Daniel was sick with a sore throat and high temperature and was home for the entire week, and Jordan was away on a school sports camp. My normal routine was disrupted and it felt like I was on a different planet. Daniel "forced" me to play Spongebob Monopoly twice (I beat him both times) and not much housework was done. We all missed Jordan and it was unnaturally quiet, which was strange as Jordan isn't really a noisy person. He had a fun time - he got a little sunburnt and came home with muscle ache from so much sport. They went wind-surfing, canoeing, hiking, they played soccer, uni-hockey, went roller blading and other "tiring" activities :)

Ahh bless - look how tired he looks !

On Wednesday I came into the office where Daniel was watching an episode on Yugioh on YouTube and found him cutting a hole in his pyjamas with some scissors. I called out to him to stop and he hilariously answered, "it's the scissors - take them away from me - it's their fault - they just make me want to cut!!"
He was using my Fiskars scissors and he is drawn to them as the handles are so soft. I thought it was so funny. Luckily he was wearing old and outgrown pyjamas!!

On Thursday and Friday I made a countdown calendar for a friend of mine whose son has just gone on his mission. This took a lot of time and concentration but I was really happy with the result. I'd seen one on a blog and thought that the idea was great. I'd asked Ann if she'd seen anything like it in any of the shops in Utah but she hadn't so I thought "why not make one myself!". So I did! 

I'll be back soon to tell about our weekend.

Hugs all,


Saturday, 8 May 2010

Update - Change

I have to make an update regarding Josua. We went to a baptism at the chapel on Thursday evening and Josua was there and he kindly informed me that my blog entry wasn't correct - "tonight", he said "would be the last time we (or Melissa) would see him!" So I stand corrected and am glad that we were able to see him before he left and to snap a few shots of him with some of his friends.


Benjamin, Susanna, Melissa and Josua

The pictures I took of them turned out blurry so I asked Samuel, Benjamin's brother for a copy of his photos. Susanna and Josua are actually looking at me while Melissa and Benjamin are looking at Samuel ! :)

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


Melissa had another afternoon at the hair stylist in preparation for the exam next week (she is a hair model for her friend) and came home with another hair colour. It's so much better than the black-brown she tried out in New Zealand. I've lost count how many different colours she has had in the last year but she is having fun!

(I apologize for the bad quality of the photo. We still haven't got the auto-focus fixed on Roland's camera and I'm still waiting for the new battery recharger that I ordered for mine)

This is actually Melissa's natural hair colour - a dark blonde/light brown/goldenish colour - and I like it! :)
(this picture was taken 2 years ago)

Talking about other changes:
  • "Congratulations Aaron!" Aaron passed the road theory exam this morning (finally!) and can now get his plates for his motor bike which has been sitting in the garage since last October (he got it for his 17th birthday). He can hardly wait to be independant and have his own set of wheels, even if there are only two of them! I'm off to buy him a helmet tomorrow. I hope he doesn't smash his bike within the first week!!!
  • Melissa's friend, Josua leaves for his mission on Friday and tonight at Institute is the last time she will see him for two years. He's going to the Germany Berlin Mission and is the first of their group (those born in 1990/1991) to leave. How did our kids get so old so quickly? His girlfriend, Roseanne is going to find it really tough but we are all glad that he has made the choice to serve. If Aaron does decide to serve a mission then the earliest date that he could leave would be in 2013. I know that seems a long time away but I imagine it will come quicker than we expect.
  • This coming Friday morning will be the last time to get up at 05.15 for early morning seminary until it starts again at the end of August! What a lovely thought! I sooo love my sleep......
  • Since hurting my arm I realise that I took my body for granted. I have been blessed with a healthy body and have never had anything seriously wrong with me. (Except for childbirth, I've only ever stayed overnight in a hospital twice.) I don't like the limitations this injury has on my body, I don't like the pain and I'm sick of moaning about it. (I suppose Roland is sick and tired too!) Change isn't always good.....

Just a thought while writing this......someone had better take these almonds away from me, otherwise my body will be doing some"changing" into a larger clothes size!! ;)

Hugs all,