Friday, August 28, 2009

Caro

Ok, back to our Switzerland program =). I'm having a very hard time blogging about it all... there's simply too much to share. I know I've said it before... so excuse my repetitiveness (is that a word?).

Caro is my best friend ever. We met when I was six and lived next door to each other until we moved out of our parent's houses. Our parents are still neighbors to this day. Next year Caro and I will celebrate our 30 year friendship anniversary! Pretty amazing, he? Best friend doesn't seem like a good enough word, she really is more like a sister to me. We saw each other every day growing up, we shared good times and bad... we fought like sisters as well!

Caro is the first person I visit when I get to Switzerland. She owns a pottery store in our village.... gosh, she is such a talented thing! She started out by painting pottery, then decided to learn how to make her own pottery. By now pretty much everything in her store is made by her... from scratch.

Caro is also my girl's hero. They simply adore her! She has saved the day many times during our many visits to Switzerland. One of my favorite stories. Erina was about three years old, it was a Sunday and all of a sudden Erina was just miserable, crying that she wanted to go home. It was BAD. I had no idea what brought this on, usually she was this happy-go-lucky little girl!!! When I calmed her down, I asked her why she wanted to go home so badly. She sniffled "I want to play with my playdoh." A-ha! Bad thing was that this all happened on a Sunday. Stores are closed on Sundays!! It just happened that Caro called and heard Erina crying in the background. So I told her the whys and whats. Believe it or not, an hour later Caro rang our doorbell with a playdoh set in her hands. She drove thirty minutes each way to a random store that was open (it was a highway rest area with restaurant and STORE). Pretty amazing, right?

Caro also takes us on a shopping spree each year. It's a tradition by now and the girls are always super excited when the day comes. Caro spoils them rotten!!! But her argument is that she only gets to see them once a year. So it's like birthday & Christmas all tossed in one.

Here's Caro with my girls after this year's shopping. This is the reason why I came home with an additional suitcase, lol!!
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We also had a fun day with clay at her store. First they each made something for Daddy the old-fashioned way... rolling little clay snakes (what they call them, lol) and stacking them up.
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Grace's cigar ashtray!
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Erina's pencil holder!
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Then it was time to try the pottery wheel! Caro showed them how it's done first.

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She went from this...
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to this in a matter of seconds! And it looked SO easy!
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Then it was the girl's turn... and they realized pretty fast that it is NOT easy to do. But it was fun! And messy!!!
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I tried it too... and I can't tell you how relaxing it felt. Seriously, if I ever need another hobby I know what it'll be. Of course we had to take our crooked cups home and we giggle every time we use one =).

Last but not least, Caro also supplies the girls with scooters every year. I don't think she even knows how thankful I am. Those scooters keep my girls entertained for hours.
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I'm sorry this post is so long! And Caro, if you ever read this, please know how much we love you and appreciate all the things you do for us! Danke vielmol!

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