The boys are almost halfway into their fall-break today and we got our first rainy day, not too bad for Belgium, so I made a bit of an effort after my finished working-day and after I had taken delivery of lots of nice oak wood for our fireplace this winter:

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For lunch I had made the guys some Åland Pancake – their favourite Wednesday Pancakes [normally I just give them Belgian crepes]:

…with raspberry-strawberry jam…

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…with apple-sauce…

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Later in the afternoon I took them to our local swimming-pool, but so were the rest of the children stuck in our commune this week, so we got no access to the main attraction for the boys: the trampoline – and all lanes except two were closed for different “holiday-activities” that you had had to sign up for for the whole week like a holiday-school or such… So we were stuck in the shallow part with “a million” other [younger] kids and in the two open lanes which were swarming with adult swimmers…

Thus we tried making the best of the visit, but I doubt we lasted there more than an hour… The boys were so disappointed that I could not even tempt them with a quick snack at a nearby place; they even preferred walking home on their own in the rain while I ran an errand:

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But luckily I had put the timer on for the sauna before we left for the swimming-pool, so that is where I found both boys chatting away, when I shortly afterwards came home…

For those of you who still are not familiar with Belgian swimming-pools they leave a lot to ask for when it comes to hygiene. There is of course no saunas to warm up in after going swimming – and the showers are mixed for both men and women, so you HAVE TO wear your swimming-suit, so you can imagine how easy it is [NOT] to use both shampoo and shower-gel and feel really clean afterwards… Thus we always just get dressed directly after a quick soapfree shower and hit our own sauna and shower at home directly after the visit to the local pool. Thus the same procedure as when I got to aquagym twice a week…