Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The boy in the bubble

Tonight I feel like we should have spent this week inside of the plastic anti-snow bubble. Perhaps we could have avoided the last of the winter germs that are making another loop through the city.

Just take a look at how sweet Townes normally looks when he wakes up from a nap. And now picture him covered in puke. Yep, I walked in when I heard him stir this afternoon and he looked up at me like it was no big deal.

We've had another few episodes of tummy trouble this evening that have involved outfit changes for both the boy and me. Definitely a time when I wish we had a washing machine. Oh, I hope we make it through the night without much excitement.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This morning's cheerfulness was brought to you by

Schwarzenbach, a cool old-timey shop that has been selling tea, coffee, dried fruit and sweets by the gram for more than a hundred years in the Neiderdorf. I love strolling into this old shop with its glass jars and wicker baskets.

Townes is usually so busy looking at all the bright colors that he almost forgets to flirt shamelessly with the people around him. This is his favorite way to pass the time while riding in trams, buses, and shopping carts. He smiles and makes faces until the stranger acknowledges his adorableness by smiling back. If a stranger makes the mistake of smiling before the flirtation begins, Townes will have zero interest in interacting. Luckily, this is Switzerland and Townes usually gets to work hard to crack the serious expressions.

You may wonder why I would need caffeine to bring good cheer when my mornings are spent with such a charming boy. Here's the reason:

Snow, be gone! This kid is ready to play outside.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Fondue Pong

Stephen Colbert visited the Swiss House during the Winter Olympics. A mild form of hilarity ensued.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

So what's new?

Spring has sprung, my friends. Townes and I had a picnic by the lake yesterday while watching the swans fight, a man play the bongos, and teenagers make out on their lunch break from school. The sunshine was the highlight- ah, glorious Vitamin D.

Last week, we joined Coy in Germany. He had been shipped off to Mannheim the week before and we missed him terribly so we rented apartments in Heidelberg for the week with the Macdonald family who have a three and almost one-year old. Heidelberg was a cool small city- we explored the old town and made it to the castle despite a series of blunders that delayed us for hours and involved standing in the rain in the middle of nowhere. We also hauled two strollers up about 150 steps in order to enjoy the Philosopher's Walk which provided two things: 1. spectacular views of the city and the Neckar River 2. an excuse to return to the tiny chocolate shop filled with unusual chocolates and the thickest hot chocolate I've ever drunk.

I have no pictures to share at the moment but will try to snag some from Meghan who was the photographer and chauffeur for our adventure. I wish we had captured on video some of the interactions between Townes, Marion, and Betti. Marion is an extremely exuberant kiddo who taught us that Townes needs to toughen up a bit. She had him in tears with her boisterous outbursts and tickling whereas Betti could be wrestled to the ground without even noticing. I guess it's time for Coy to kick the roughhousing up a notch!

Hey- have you seen how much hair Townes has these days?

My dad says that over Skype it looks like a rat tail but I don't know what he's talking about: