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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Splish Splash I was....

Splish, Splash I was taking a bath. The best fun is had in the tub everyday here at our house.
The boys love taking a bath together. This is where they have their adventures. Today they are a one eyed monster and Captain Mohawk.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kinderfest 08















Today, Harris participated in Kinderfest. It is a festival for the children of this region. It takes place every three years. All of the classes participate by performing a dance. Some of the dances are pretty good. The children all wear matching outfits. They also have the typical booths of Bratwurst, drinks, ice cream, etc. The only thing that was missing were the inflatables. My 6 year old was a little bored. However, he was appeased by the ice cream and cotton candy. Despite coming home with a sunburn and my pockets empty. I think Kinderfest is a pretty good idea. It gives the children a sense of community and pride.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Family Fun at Ludwigburg Castle

Located in Ludwigburg, Germany north of Stuttgart is a really fun place to take your children. It is apart of the grounds for the Ludwigsburg Castle called Maerchen Park. We have been there now two times and we still haven't seen everything. There is a really fun mini train to ride or a little mini boat ride. Children can explore the park at their own pace while learning the famous fairy tales that we have all grew up with. You can even climb to the top of Rapunzel's tower. Low on cash, then no worries there is a really fabulous play ground located adjacent to the grounds near the parking lot. Even my nine year old boy had fun and I thought he would be too old to enjoy it.

A Day of Celebrations!

Today we celebrated my sister-in-laws 40th birthday. Happy Birthday Martina! The party was located north of Stuttgart in a beautiful little town surrounded by vineyards and along the Nekar River . The food was fabulous and the company even better. It was just so nice be apart of the celebrations for once. Today was also the one year anniversary of Roman's open heart surgery. We feel so blessed! What more can you ask for in life.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mt. Santis and the Rheinfalls

Mt. Santis is the tallest peak in this region. From the top you are promised a view of six countries, but this is on a none cloudy day. Despite the clouds, the view takes your breath away you can't help but feel closer to God. We enjoyed are little adventure though some in our group had their doubts. I will not name names. The picnic was yummy; especially, the egg salad sandwiches. The price just about killed us and put the rest of the days plans on hold for another day ($120). We still haven't gotten over how expensive everything is. On the way to the Mountain we also saw a group of Alp singers practicing in the parking lot of the Arizona Bikers Bar. This gave us a good laugh. I am not sure if they could have worn those clothes in the parking lot of any biker bars in the United States.


5/25/08
Rheinfalls is a must see! This waterfall located in Switzerland near the town of Schafhausen it is the largest waterfall in Europe. Though it is not tall it is wide. The flow and power of the water is pretty impressive. I think this is one stop you will not regret making.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Winston


Happy Birthday!I can't believe my little Winston is 6 years old today. He is such a sweet boy with a funny sense of humor. He loves playing on the computer, watching cartoon network, playing outside. His favorite color is blue, he loves pizza and pasta, and is a good reader.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Roman and the Boden See

Today after church we took a walk along the Bodensee. It was a wonderful Mother's Day! The boys had fun walking along the lake and playing on the play equipment. It was a nice way to burn off some energy; especially, when you are living in an apartment. The hardest part was not buying any icecream. The weather was gorgeous and here in Switzerland you just never know when you are going to have a nice day.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Nordkettern-Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria




This weekend we took a trip to Innsbruck. Innsbruck is about a 2 hour drive from St. Gallen. Located in the city along the river is the station to the Nordketten, which is a mountain above the city, from there you take the gondola up. We had a great time! Afterwards, we visited with our friend Nadja who lived with us for two summers. Nadja made us a really yummy spaghetti dinner. It was so great seeing her again.

May 7, 2008 Adjustments
This week we have had a few adjustments. The first is two parking tickets in the same day because we didn't know we needed a parking permit. There were no signs posted. While I was paying the first and getting the pass we got the second ticket. Ugh! The second is climbing up several flights of stairs with a stroller. I thought this was great at first, but I am over it now. I would rather get a work out another way. Third is separating the garbage. Not only do you separate the paper, but the glass (green and white), plastic, aluminum, tin cans, they all must go in separate containers. I have piles of trash sitting around our apartment. Go environment! I know it is a good thing, but I am a lazy American with three children and the husband is away enjoying yummy meals in Italy under the banner of work while I protect the home front. Sorry sweet heart if I am just a little bit jealous.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ouch!

Today was a holiday here in Switzerland-May Day or maybe some church holiday. I am not sure, but everything was closed down. We took the boys to a Animal Park/Forest (Peter and Paul WildTier Park) just a few minutes away from our apartment. The weather started out bad with down pouring rain and we almost had to go home, but we waited about 10 minutes and the sun came out. Inside the park are a dozen or so animals in caged off areas. We saw a bobcat, rams, mountain goats, and a few variety of deers. What is nice about the park is that it is located on a hill above the city, so you get a fantastic few. You can also see the Bodensee which is a really large lake about 5 miles down the road. When we were done we had worked up a good hunger and we were hungry for Bratwurst on rolls. You can find these everywhere in Germany; especially, near the train station or pedestrian areas. We first looked at the train station. Nothing. We knew some restaurants were open because we could see the people sitting outside enjoying their meals. We started to walk into town; and that is when the children saw McDonald's. We really didn't want to go because we can go to McDonald's anytime when we are home. We knew we lost the battle though because by this time the children were really hungry. The children wanted Happy Meals. We went inside and were shocked by the prices. We ordered 2 kids meal and a Medium drink. The total-hold on for this it was $18.60. Ouch! Almost double the price at home. Actually, we have really been shocked this time at how expensive everything is. With the dollar being so week it is even worse. I bought a package of 60 diapers on Wednesday and that cost $26. 12 eggs cost around $2.60 and that is for the budget eggs not organic. Along with walking everywhere, climbing three flights of steps to our apartment, and the food prices being so high. I think I am going to lose some weight this summer.