Today was a rainy day and was ideal to do some indoor activities. I was very eager to make a video recording of Azure practicing her violin. Also, I always wanted to read to Azure from the French children’s book ‘Le Petit Nicolas’. We were fortunate this morning that we found Azure completely cooperative. I admit though that I made use of a little bribery by offering a piece of chocolate as a reward. When she was done with the performance she was so proud of her success that she almost forgot to collect her prize. In the afternoon there was a little break in the weather and we went down to the beach to give the kids a chance to catch some fresh air and play in the sand.
The time went so fast. Tomorrow morning Richard and his sweet little daughters are heading back to Kelowna to catch the plane back to Montreal. We are a little sad, but there will always be a next, God willing.
In spite of threatening rain clouds, we journeyed to Taite Creek Camp Site to spend the afternoon at the beautiful Arrow Lake. Richard and Azure went swimming in the ice-cold waters and received a lot of cheers for their daring plunge. Later we warmed up at the campfire and the children had fun singing, dancing and listening to Opa’s melodies he played on the harmonica. It is all recorded on the one-minute video below.
Today Richard was very tired. Last night after he had settled down Azure and Emeline and got them to sleep, he sat down at his laptop to do some important work for his college in Montreal. This morning he went down to the lake to provide some strenuous exercise for his kids. As it turned, when they came back, he was very tired and his daughters were not. He had hoped that the little ones would have a long afternoon nap to give him a chance to recover.
While I was napping in the front room, I heard some noises coming from the living room, which were getting louder by the minute. I concluded that Papa had fallen asleep and the girls had slipped out and were beginning to make their presence known by playing the toy piano. So I decided to interrupt my precious nap time and supervise the little ones, while Richard was sleeping. I turned out to be quite a bit of fun watching them dance and pose for me for quite a few nice pictures. Besides I learned quite a few new French words that Azure taught me while we were playing.
Whatever else of importance is going to happen today, I will publish it in tomorrow’s post.
Today our youngest son Stefan took Richard, Azure and Emeline to the Nakusp Hot Springs. When they came back, they had some practice on Stefan’s Slackline. There is a video that will show how they were handling the challenge each in his or her own way.
Click on the link below.
Practice for Richard, Azure and Emeline on the Slackline.
Our son Richard and our two little granddaughters Azure and Emeline are coming for a visit this coming Monday. Then I will depart from my weekly blogging routine and dedicate all posts to our visitors. I will give short reports about their daily activities with lots of pictures to boot. My wife and I are looking forward to seeing our loved ones, who are coming all the way from Montreal. Stefan, our youngest son, will be joining them, and perhaps Michael and Angie, if they can get away from their busy work schedule. The last time we were together, we had a big family reunion at Taite Creek Campsite close to the beach of the beautiful Arrow Lake. So before our guests arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few pictures of our wonderful family from last August.
At our family reunion in August 2014 the entire Peter and Gertrud Klopp family was present. At the first picture in the top gallery, the family members from left to right are Michael and his wife Angie, Richard and Youki with Emeline on the arm and Azure standing, Mateo, Robert, Biene (Gertrud), Peter (myself) and Stefan, thirteen people in all.