Saturday, August 29, 2009

So where have I been?

Well life has been truly busy.

1. finishing off my Photography Class with Karen Russell. So sad that it has comet to an end. I have one more assignment to post and hope to do that tomorrow. I have learnt so much from this class, and know that when i take my time and go over the lessons I will learn so much more.

2. Back to school this past week. Both kids started at a new school this past week. We had to change from their old school as we had a major disagreement with them and there was no way i was sending my kids to a school i didnt trust. Anyway so the first day of school went without a hitch - both kids went well, even little Dylan.

3. I have been working on a new photography blog. Over the past weeks I have been taking a lot of photos and some have been turning out really well. So i wanted one spot to keep them all together, hence the new blog. You can check it out at Kristin Reinhard Photography It is still a work in progress though.

4. I was in Geneva and Nyon over the last two days. Putting in Dylan's Australian Passport Application and visiting some good friends. I had a lovely time!

I hope to get back to regular blogging soon

Monday, August 24, 2009

Proud of my Dad!

I am super proud of my Dad today!

The local animal aid shelter near him was attacked by vandals. I cannot imagine how anyone can do such a thing. Their van was also damaged.

My Dad went and donated a van to them. It was caught by Channel Nine News.
You can watch the video here

So proud of you Dad!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to School

Last Friday started our School year for 2009/2010! Alexandra started back at her Swiss playgroup with a new teacher! And without many tears. This week will be the big test as she starts her new English speaking School - in Pre Kindergarten

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Shades of Summer Update!!!

I am happy to report that the Shades of Summer has almost done it's way round Europe. I think, if my memory is correct there is only 2 people left on the list. Think that its great that everyone has kept it going. Once I get the last two photos in I will post all the pics!!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Some recent Photos

Yes, I said I would be back earlier this week, but the weather has just been too nice to stay inside. Plus we have had a lot going on getting ready for our first day back at school tomorrow. Alexandra's playgroup starts back up tomorrow.

Here are some recent photos I took of the kids: Alexandra Has to take a photo to school with her tomorrow and I think she choose the second one.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

One thing before i go

Check this post out if you are a Sassafras Fan!

Yes they are having their Warehouse sale - and are also sending out boxes too.
I have just emailed them to ask them if they will ship to Switzerland and what the damage would be if they can.

Taking a blog break

Well if you hadn't noticed I have been taking a blog break. I hadn't intended on it but this week has been busy. Swimming lessons every morning is taking it out of me.

So next week when things calm down a little I will get back to blogging!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Messing Around

Please excuse my Blog while I am trying out some new things.
It may look a little messy for a couple of days but will try and have things looking great before the weekend is over!

Wish I knew html!

I made my own frame today

And it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I actually was able to guess some of the steps before Jessica mentioned them on the video. She really is an amazing teacher and if you havent yet taken one of her classes you really should!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Brush Abilities

Day 2 of Brush Abilities - Today I was able to make a great background for a great quote.

I found my quote at and the quote is from Karen Ravn. I think I will be printing this out and framing it and putting it in my scraproom. Good inspiration!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Brush Abilities

Today is Day 1 of my Brush Abilities Class over at Jessica Sprague!

I want to stay on top of this class, so got to work straight away. Here is my finished project. Love how i learnt how to make those butterflies in the background almost disappear and love the big butterfly - think its called a clip mask?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Recap from the 1st August!

Yesterday we celebrated Swiss National Day. The weather was perfect, and we were up and ready by 8.30am to head out for brunch. A farm in Cham, a village about 20 mins from us, held the brunch. We met up with a lot of our friends and had a great time!

There was bacon, eggs, rösti (grated fried potato), cheeses, meats, breads, jogurts and then desserts. The kids were entertained by the animals. Here is Alexandra with a rabbit.

And Dylan loved the tractor. He kept heading over to where it was and wanting to sit up on it.
I got to catch up with a lot of my friends! Here is a photo of Kirsten and I!
And then a friend's father asked to use my camera to take a photo of Dylan and I, since i had been taking photos of everyone else all morning. How nice was that - and love how the photo turned out. Phyllis said i have to use this photo in the album about me I will be making with Cathy Z at BPS this September! I agree - despite Dylan not being too impressed.
Then at around 2pm we headed home and got ready for a little party. We had invited a couple of other friends over for dinner. We, the adults, had a lot of fun, and i think all the kids did too.
Then just after 8pm church bells, the alp horn was played down at the school below us and then the men with their cow bells walked down to the school from near our place (there was a village party down at the school) I got this photo from our balcony as they were walking past.

And of course there was cupcakes! Alexandra said that since it was Switzerland's birthday we have to make cupcakes. Love how they turned out. Thanks Phyllis for the cupcake holder - it works great!
Then finally it started to get dark and we were able to see some fireworks and some of the bonfires around the lake. They are the tiny dots on the Mountain.
The village across the lake had some great fireworks. Wish I had a better zoom lens cause they were great!

We had a great time! Loved spending time with all our friends, we are so lucky to have such great friends here in Switzerland!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

1st August

It's Swiss national day today!
Just getting into bed after an amazing day full of great friends!

Will blog tomorrow all about it - think I went a little overboard with the photos!