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Lot of days when Ella queues up to get into the classroom, Rhys gives her big hug and kiss on the mouth. The other day Ella was standing right behind hurricane Alize. When Alize saw Rhys she was like ewww no kiss! So Ella then starts avoiding Rhys’s hugs and kiss. Rhys, in turn, starts trying to kiss her wherever he can get his mouth on. When he finally kissed her arm, he celebrates with a dance: oh yeah, oh yeah,8 for Ella, oh yeah…


Sledding adventure

When Tim got sick in Austria, I decided I’d take the kids sledding in the Elfa mountain, something the hotel had told tim would be fun.

And of course, when they say it takes 5 min to walk to the gondola, that means it’ll take you 20-25 min. After getting there, I paid for a sled rental and asked for a round trip gondola ride. You mean “up,” the guy clarified. I said no, “hin und zurück.” The guy corrected again, but when I ignored him, he reciprocated and ignored me right back.

So up we went to the top of the mountain. We got off and I asked an attendant where the sledding hill was. He said I could go right by the gondola hill (super steep) or walk down to the track. So we follows the sledding sign, and I noticed that only adults were carrying sleds, some of them wearing goggles and helmets.

I saw the start of the track and since I couldn’t see the end of it, assumed that it stopped just after the switchback. I released the kids down the hill and ran along side them. That soon became we even running after them, which in turn became me screaming and shouting to Ella to throw herself to the side to stop the sled!

Ella did exactly that, though she claimed she couldn’t hear me and that she came up with the idea of throwing herself off to the side to stop the sled, but the important part was that it did stop.

So I asked a passing family if the track was steep all the way down, and I finally understood that one is supposed to sled all the way down (all 8 km down, I later found out). The lady also hinted that it was not a good idea to take two kids down one sled by myself.

It was then that an older Austrian man passed by and again I asked him about the track. Sensing my desperation, he offered to take one of the kids with him down the steepest hundred meters. We stopped at a pit stop and he offered to take down another kid. Then, he told me how to really brake and wished me good luck. With no other choice, I put Rhys in the front, backpack in top of him and Ella on my back. We sledded down and started to have fun. I was scared and couldn’t really brake very well, but of course I never told the kids. Instead, I just prayed we made it down safely.

There was laughter and fun until our first crash when Rhys fell down and re-emerged with his face all covered in snow. From that point on, he no longer asked me to go faster; instead, he asked me why we weren’t slowing down.

There was another crash, this time on a band, when a German woman with her daughter repeated scheisse, scheisse, and Rhys and the girl were crying. We lingered there a bit but we had to continue.

It wasn’t much longer until we reached the bottom (I didn’t know that then) and had to walk another mile (me pulling the kids on the sled half the way). It turned out, we had taken a wrong turn because we should have finished by the gondola.

I later found out that the hotel people had told tim that sledding on the Elfa was dangerous. Later that week, when we stopped at a skialm and I told some German folks I had sledded down that hill with my kids, the first word out of the man wearing lederhosen was “gefährlich” or “dangerous.”

The littlest

There’s been some drama amidst the girls, with Charlotte and Isla becoming very cliquey and not letting anybody else (except for Mia, sometimes) play with them.

When we asked Ella why she thought they didn’t let her play, she convincingly declared: it’s because I’m small. I’m small and that’s the only reason why I can’t play!

Then in the car, she told Avery: Avery, I think it’s Isla because before she came, Charlotte used to really love me…


Rhys went to the toilet and came back whining because there was wee in his underwear. I told him it was almost time for a bath, so he could just wear the same pair for a bit and he could change after his bath. He said no. So I told him to go to his room and put on new underwear. He came back carrying socks.

Liar, liar

Rhys has been lying quiet a bit. Yesterday morning I smelled chocolate in his breath. When I asked him if he had eaten choc (at 7:30am, mind you), he denied it. He denied it repeatedly and emphatically.

I told him to open his mouth and there it was, at least 8 little teeth all stained with chocolate. I asked him again and he finally just nodded his head.

Then, in the afternoon before lunch he said he had to go wee wee. I asked him if e was done (he was taking an unusually long time) and he said he did; in fact, he had actually pooped.

“Then who wiped you?”

“Daddy did.”

“Daddy’s not even here, he’s traveling.”

He looked at me, smiled and said:

“Well, I was in the bathroom and there was magic and daddy was there and he wiped me, and then he was gone.”

Popular guy

I now know what it’s like to be the parent of a popular kid. Parents talking about how their children love your kid, how the big boys is him, how he’s he leader and inviting him to play dates, which he unfortunately can rarely attend during to his demanding nap schedule.

Rhys says…

“Don’t be scared, Ella. It’s just a bunny.” As they watch the movie Hop.

In the car: “Ells bells, Ells Bells, you’re my bootylicious.”