Enough love for all the kids!
At 12:30 this afternoon, the Schackenborg tribe gathered at the base of the ski resort at Villars-sur-Ollon, the town in Switzerland where Marie's mother and stepfather have a chalet and where Marie's high school Beau Soleil is located. Beau Soleil is also where the Luxembourg royals sent their children to school. Quel bonheur!
All hail and praise to Prince Joachim and Princess Marie! They have managed what too many people find impossible: blending the children of the first wife with their half-siblings from the second wife and have the results work. Everyone has an important place in the heart of all parents and feels comfortable and loved, not to mention that this session seems well timed between feedings and naps for the best benefit to the children. Right on!
No one can miss the connection between mother and daughter here! Marie is just absolutely in love with little Athena. What a cutie patootie! Wearing what looks to be the same pink snowsuit that Izzy and Josie have both worn in the past, she is one cool cat in her new sunnies and woolen hat (with a regular pom-pon not the tail of a silver fox!). How nice of Mary to offer up the snowsuit to little Athena. Does she just need to purge things that are several seasons old, or too pink? Or did Izzy give it to her cousin?
Henrik has grown into a real little boy now, no longer a baby. What a thrill for him to be with his older brothers, who themselves look really happy to be on holiday in the snow for the first time in two years. Nice of Joachim to take all three boys off to the side for some fun while their little baby sister and her mother take it easy on the sidelines. And it looks like lille Henrik is steady on his skis for the first time. Good thing, because skiing will be a permanent fixture in this family's life - all six will be proficient once Athena is old enough to join them.
Nikolai and Felix seem to live fully in the knowledge that they are loved by their father as much as their younger half-siblings and that the same is true of their step-mother. What a relief for all parties, including Alexandra! Everyone looks relaxed and confident of their role and importance in their parents' lives. Considering that the family is staying with the French- and English-speaking Grassiot clan, the older boys are definitely showing that they are cared for and fully integrated into their Papa's new family - and practising their French, too! Love, strong self-esteem, no jealousy or competition: congratulations Joachim and Marie (and Alex), you've so far achieved the near impossible!
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