Zora is now 2.5 and Axel is 4.5, getting close to 5 years old, so it’s time for an update.
These two are partners in crime, and the crime rate has risen dramatically in these parts. Naughty, naughty.
Axel loves to get a rise out of his sister and succeeds beautifully in getting her to wail and shriek as he laughs maniacally. Zora knows how to push buttons too. Both can dish it out; neither can take it. Zora wants everything that he has and she constantly weighs what each one has received, be it treats or kisses, with a hawk’s eye.
After a blessed 18 months where we had no bedtime struggles whatsoever, Axel has recently started to turn into a Tasmanian Devil when it’s time for bed and we’re in for our now-routine, half-hour of yappy noises and complaints emanating from their bedroom, as we’re trying to eat our dinner.
Other than this unfortunate phase (let’s hope that’s what it is), they have been fun to be around, and their germafrenglish conversations are frequently hilarious. French is unfortunately still lagging behind German and English (as is to be expected since it’s the minority language) but they are both definitely on track now. Zora in particular is quite verbal and speaks very well, using correct pronouns, prepositions etc.
They tend to speak German the most when they are playing, but also when they fight:
“Mamaaaa! Zora hat mich geärgert! Neeeeein! Zora hat mich geschubst! Böse Zora!”
Both of them can be exceedingly polite and formal, saying things like “Thank you Mama that is very nice of you!” and they like setting the table and clearing dishes after a meal.
Axel has systems in place to preserve order and harmony around him: a certain method when taking off his clothes ensures that they are never inside out. And if his comforter cover gets rumpled he declares his bed “broken” and immediately tidies it up so the corners are squared away. A future career as a military drill sergeant perhaps? Axel further wins the good citizen award with his fondness for clean surfaces throughout the home. He loves to vacuum, swiffer and squeegee the shower. And enthusiastically puts away toys.
It’s a good balance as his sister has a knack for making messes and destroying things but that’s the way most 2.5 year olds are, so we’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. She is a very charming and affectionate little girl, who loves all things girly. But make no mistake, she is no shrinking violet.
She loves to sing Alouette and Wheels on the Bus and the Darth Vader (“Dark Later” and once “Dark Elevator”) theme and dances — perhaps we’ll try ballet classes next fall. Axel is interested in music as well, he likes Moonshadow by Cat Stevens and classical music. He loves going to the swimming pool and has his eye on the highest diving board. The “bouncy castle,” an indoor playground that we go to when the weather is bad, is always in extremely high demand as well. Baking is also always fun:
Another passion of the moment is puzzles. He is very fast and quite gifted in this department. He is starting to write his name and likes to draw some neat, precise faces such as this one:
Favorite movies include Star Wars (the original) still, and Ponyo.
We finally have a new car and both kids are very excited. Axel chastises his sister when she wipes her boots on the back of the driver’s seat.
We went to the beach twice last week-end, and the kids promptly stripped and waded in the water while some bundled up locals looked on.