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Published: April 18th 2016
Our last school holidays “visiting” Dad in France. Next long holidays we will be living here, gulp! The emotional ups and downs of leaving Kenya have been eased by seeing 3 families who are ex-Nariobites. First up was the Halls, I taught their youngest daughter last year, also friends from church, who are now living in Austria. It was great to play in the snow with them, and see the kids sledging down the mountain near our house, La Faucelle. A lovely afternoon-evening with them before they continued on their tour.
Next up was the Aubreys, friends we caught up with in Egypt last year. We tagged along for the weekend of their week long ski holiday at La Caroz. Hayley and Charlotte are now both confident skiers and enjoyed skiing with Josh and Evie. Emma only started to learn this weekend due to watching her hero Josh zoom down the mountain. Unfortunately, Emma didn’t listen to Dads instruction about learning how to stop and instead prefers to crash at the bottom. A bit frustrating after Murray taught C and H no problem to have this determined little so and so not listening. It was great to catch up and
see the kids reconnect on the mountain. Carys even got on skis and my highlight of the weekend was taking her on her first run down the beginners slope, she was so pleased with herself she gave me a kiss! Lucky me! We prayed a lot for Carys as a baby, and the word that kept coming up in prayer times for her was “amazing”. She continues to amaze me every time we see her and what a pleasure to see her exceed our expectations on the snow. Jo and Duv were key in encouraging us not to complicate things when we were considering doing the church plant in Nairobi, always a fantastic encouragement to see them. We look forward to seeing you guys again soon.
Last mountain of the holiday was Val d’isere with the Phayres. All girls, all good friends, we were pretty excited to get these girls back together. Not to mention an old mummy friend/ex-colleague/teacher buddy and her lovely husband. I wished I had videoed their reunion on the side of the road, they all came out of the cars and hugged each other and didn’t want to let go. And that was the weekend,
they were always within a metre of their friend, and sometimes that meant a few more crashes on the slopes as they were too close together. The girls were off happily skiing together. Emma tried to play catch up only having had 1 morning on skis before. But it didn’t go well with her, we started bribing her with lollies/sweets to actually listen and had to threaten to have her skis removed if she continued to launch herself off the top of slopes without knowing how to stop properly. After 12 years of no snowboarding for myself (apart from one fateful run after Emma was born), I was starting to get a little worried I couldn’t do it anymore. I managed a few runs, easing my way back into it, definitely not very fit, but enjoying being back on my board. Next season I’ll start ski lessons to keep up with Emma, chasing her on my board didn’t go well. All in all a lovely weekend reunited with friends 😊 Special thanks to Robs sister who helped with our crazy Ems. At the end of their trip we managed a dinner out in Ferney in celebration of Js birthday, the
day before our Hayley’s.
The rest of the holiday Murray was at work, I was doing endless amounts of washing, supermarket food shopping, spring cleaning and house hunting. I managed a house tour in French and understood more than I realised, but couldn’t really respond. The cool thing was the man realised Charlotte could understand him and asked what school she went to, then didn’t really believe I was saying Kenya, in Africa. Well done Charlotte’s French teachers!! 😊
We have been well looked after by Murray’s colleagues and their friends, making sure we had play dates and answered my many questions. Special thanks to them.
Our last day we celebrated Hayley's 7th birthday by going to the Masion Callier for a tour of their chocolate making process and history. It included a much enjoyed chocolate tasting section. For more info on tours https://cailler.ch/en/maison-cailler/la-chocolaterie-suisse/
The kids and I head back to Kenya now to complete the last term at school and close up the house, sell furniture, cars and pack up our remaining belongings. The next time we come here, it’s for real. Murray heads off to Jordan for work.
As always we’d welcome visitors
once we are set up in France after August. We will hopefully have a house sorted and space by then. As for Kenya, the spare bed has been sold, sorry!
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