January – April 2013

Winter 2012/13 was very long with lots of snow and long very cold periods. It was good for the ski resorts, even the once on lower altitude had a good season. Nora and the kids enjoyed the outing with the TSH (former Jungwacht leaders), as we went snow shoe hiking…(German text or photos on club website). We were not ready for skiing this year, but went three days to the mountains and enjoyed hikes and sledging in Sedrun/Disentis.

Nora fine-tuned her baking and she enjoys creating Sunday bread in variations, especially the flower bread. We had as well some visitors for Asian/Malay food and enjoyed evenings/lunches with friends and family. We have uncle Juerg and parents over on weekends and did celebrate Easter at my sister house. Carnival was in February and the kids were dressing up for school and we went to some special events downtown. One night, all the marching bands played and we enjoyed this evening with uncle Juerg. Nora got a nice surprise, as her sister Nor had to pass in London for a business trip. They spent a short weekend shopping and catching up. The weekend with Papi alone was no issues for the kids…..

30th of March we celebrated one year Switzerland. Nora got a special Easter bunny “Ich bin ein Wiler”…I am a Wiler. She did a great job getting the kids and family settled. As Stefan predicted: “Kids will adjust fine and fast, Nora will get used, and I will have most issues”.

Sarah enjoys Kindergarten and we got the green light from the teacher for first grade. She made big progress in German (mainly high German…must be the TV!) and understands all instructions. She speaks freely, but grammar is bumpy…..but she communicates well with the kids. Nadiah enjyos her playgroup and can not wait to go to Kindergarten. Sarah did as well start her 3rd swimming course, already swimming with help in the very deep water….Nadiah enjoys playing in the water or the long slide with Papi during the lessons.

In April we hosted the TSH at our house after a hike. Nora did cook a popular Swiss dish and the group liked to hang out at our place. (Text / Photos) We did some outings, as Stefan could not take a full week off due to busy Givaudan schedule. We enjoyed going to Konstanz, visiting Circus or movie theater.

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