Previous Thursday Jan's godchild was celebrating his first communion. So it was time for a big family gathering and party with delicious catering, bouncing castles and toys, presents, .... but first the church service.
a reception outside the church
Presents presents presents...as the lucky boy exclaimed all of a sudden "I lost count!!"
Reception while the first kids were testing the bouncing castle
The traditional cutting of an ice lamb
Some family pictures
More playing in the garden or harassing the chickens
It was a great relax day to enjoy and the predicted rain waited until we got back in the car to drive home. Just perfect.
Daycare was closed today and Jan took a day off while I went to the office. Then I got these pictures...I must say they very weren't beneficial for my concentration and motivation to work ;). These pictures fill me with such joy.
At one point our group got split and we lost each other...Jan and Kabouter explored the monkey island longer than I did and Kabouter had had the pleasure of getting to feed a monkey. Bummer that I missed that.
The temple of Délices
What impressed me most at Pairi Daiza was the landscaping and the excellent replica's of buildings from different continents. The biggest is a very big hill with a hindu temple. From our experience from Bali, Jan and I thought this multi-level temple was very very "real" and I wonder if it's not in religious use. The flowers, the flags, the masks, ...it looked so real. And its size was amazing.
(I googled and I was right: it's a Balinese styled temple that they've transfered to the Belgian Hindu community and it is in active religious use).
Back to the animals
The elephants house in a gorgeous building dedicated to Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god
I was getting Kabouter ready for bed in the bathroom when Jan came by to give him a good night kiss.
J: "Bye bye baby"
K: "BYE BYE BABY"
(we start laughing....Kabouter starts laughing)
J: "No you are the baby, not me. You have to say 'Bye bye daddy'"
K: "Bye bye daddy"
J: "Bye bye baby"
K: "Bye bye baby"
J: "No no, you silly, you have to say bye daddy"
J: "ok my darling, bye bye, goodnight"
Our contribution for this years Eurovision songcontest . in this schizofrenic culturally split up country, I had to use google to find out our contesting song as it is the Wallonian region's turn to send someone to the contest...and so it's hardly at all covered in Flemish media.
The men of the year 72 don't only walk along in parades. Previous Saturday they went with their families to Pairi Daiza, a very nice zoo in the middle of nowhere in the South of Belgium (seriously....you need some tiny roads to get there and you pass villages you've never heard of before). The middle of nowhere has the advantage that this zoo has room to make very nice developments and they are still enlarging. They've started with a child farm around the ruins of a former abbey and an impressive bird center. But they've slowly enlarged and transformed into a real zoo and they even managed to get a contract with China last year to obtain 2 Panda's for the next decades on loan...something the official "Zoo" in Antwerp couldn't. The latter caused a lot of media fuss and even some political tension between the North and South of this country.
Anyway, we went to Pairi Daiza and the predicted showers stayed at a minimum so Kabouter could enjoy all the animals again. 3 zoo's in 3 months for him...spoiled boy!