Pobanz Family Christmas Greeting 2008

Here are some of our favorite pictures from throughout the year!

January - Adam had his braces put on and celebrated his 10th birthday!

February - We celebrated Fastnacht again in Balsthal in efforts to scare away winter. Boo! We also took a lovely trip to France and hit the hot spots along the Normandy coast and visited Paris for the kids.

March - Jolyn went back to the US to see her little sister get married! Jolyn also got the kids excited to run in a local race called the Kerzerslauf. We also celebrated Easter and took a trip to Budapest, Hungary.

April - We took a cruise to the Western Mediterranean with stops in Monaco, Spain, Tunisia, Malta & Italy.

May -  We made a trip to the Tulips! We saw beautiful parts of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. The kids also managed to surprise Jo with flowers on Mother's Day.

June - We celebrated Ally's 4th birthday.

July - Mustard anyone? We took a trip to Dijon, France for Jolyn's birthday. Later in the month, we were able to go see DaVinci's Last Supper and the amazing city of Milano, Italy.

August - Our trip to the US was lots of fun with family and perfect timing for Bret to attend his 20-year high school reunion. After returning to Switzerland, we enjoyed some lazy summer days before Adam went back to school.

September - Jolyn ran the Berlin marathon.

October - We cheered on Roger Federer at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. We also took a cruise to the Black Sea & the Holy Lands.

November - Jolyn ran in the NY marathon and recorded her best time of 3 hours and 17 minutes!

December - We celebrated one of our favorite times of year together, Samichlaus Tag. Samichlaus visits all the children. He shares a short little story in Swiss German and then depending on if the child has been good or bad, he will either leave them with gifts, nuts, and chocolates or his helper, Schmutzli, will leave the whip with the parents to teach that kid a lesson. Ouch!

We hope that you are well and are enjoying the holidays with family and friends.

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Bret, Jolyn, Adam, and Allyson