So that lucky wee babe. She had two first birthdays (that she’s not going to remember). One in Switzerland and one in Canada.
The one in Switzerland was held on her actual birthday at Maminou and Papinou’s house in the afternoon. It was considered a “Canadian Dinner” which translates to a potluck (I have no idea why we coined the phrase but I guess it’s probably like French fries.) There were many of our friends and family there. We shared wine, cake, presents and good food. The wee babe did great. It also served as a bit of a going away party for us as it as 2 days before we left the country after being there for 5 months.
To be honest, it was a nice transition because as we said goodbye with a birthday party to one part of our lives, we came back to Canada and said hello to the family and friends we had been missing.
After a couple of weeks, we celebrated again at the Lion’s Hall just down the road from us with another potluck. Colleen had made the wee babe’s first birthday cake (It was only fitting since she made our wedding cake – and she did a fabulous job too by the way). We ate food, cake, opened presents and George snuck a beer (even though there was to be absolutely no alcohol in the building – there’s one in every bunch). And again, the wee babe did great.
After the party, a few of us went back to our house and had some fondue! I was all fondued out but it was nice to see our friends coming together under our house and celebrating with us.
The video captures moments from Switzerland and moments from Canada’s goodbye and hello parties.
And with this post, I think I’ve finally captured all the Swiss stories I wanted before movin’ on back to Canadian soil.
And thanks to Scott Rose for this video clip as well.