Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mt Timpanogos

On Thursday, Frank and Harris flew out to Salt Lake City so that Harris could attend a religious youth conference for teens at BYU called EFY.  I can't believe my boy is old enough to attend.  I remember my friends attending this conference as a teen.  It seems like yesterday he was a baby and now he is 14. Before I know it he will be 18 and leaving the nest!  I am not sure if I am ready for that!  Anyhoo, their first stop was Temple Square where they said hello to a friends of ours daughter who is serving a mission.  She was so excited to see Frank and Harris.  Afterwards, they headed to Siegfrieds for some good old German food.  Siegfrieds has been around for forever.  I went their with my collage German class to have a taste of traditional German food.  Then with full bellies the boys headed to Mt. Timpanogos to see the caves.  Harris is the same age I was when I went to the caves with my friend Allison who I met in Alaska at Girls Camp.  I stayed with her family for a week when I was 14.  The following day Harris met with a college counselor to talk about expectation of getting into BYU or any good University.  He starts high school in the fall and we wanted him to start of on a good foot by really understanding what it takes to get into a good school here in the United States.  Afterwards, the went to Five Guys and went swimming in the hotel pool.  Saturday, the hiked the Y which is a trail on the Mountain behind BYU that leads to a Giant Y.  Today they went to church and went to dinner at a friends house.  The conference begins in today.  Frank will drop him off and fly back to Atlanta while I am off to Colorado!  Harris will come home on Saturday. Have a great week! 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Story of Bacon

I can't believe summer is almost over or at least for us who live in Georgia!  Schools starts in two weeks.  There are still so many things I want to do with the kids before they go back to school.  Today we are just hanging out at the house.  It was a beautiful morning and we spent it in the pool.  Addy is now sleeping and the house is kind of quiet.  Roman is playing club penguin and Winston is packing his backpack for his camping trip tomorrow with the Boy Scouts.  They are sleeping out somewhere in the forest.  He is so excited.  We bought him a pack on Tuesday at REI.  Frank and Harris are in Utah.  Harris will be attending EFY at BYU!  What is EFY (Especially for Youth).  It is for children ages 14-18 and is a week long conference where they get to know others with the same religious beliefs, come closer to God, and most importantly have fun; however, before Frank drops him off on Monday they are going to do some hiking.  I have already received an e-mail showing me what they had for lunch (German), so it looks like they are off to a good start.  Now you are probably wondering what is the story with Bacon.  My family minus Frank loves bacon!  I had some left over from the other night when I made spaghetti carbonara  and so I cooked it up.  Winston exclaims, "If you can't say it with words, than say it with Bacon."  I am assuming this might be some phrase from a TV commercial.  It cracked me up though.  He was drooling like the golden retriever in the commercial who runs around saying, "Bacon, Bacon, Bacon."  I took the leftovers and chopped them up and threw them in the chocolate chip cookie dough I was making.  The results were as I suspected-delicious!  Well, I am off to go back the rest of the gangs suitcases.  We are off to Colorado to hang with family and my best friend of 27 years.  I am so excited.  Have a great weekend!  What is on your agenda?  Do your kids go back to school soon and if not do you have any summer trips still in the works?  Do tell me!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer in Germany

Winston is home !  After a long wait at the international airport, Winston walked through the automatic glass doors with a smile on his face and his suitcase in hand.  I gave him a big hug and we headed home.  It was so good to have  my "winner" in my arms again.  Addy was the first to see him.  She smiled and then ran into his arms.  These two have a special bond.  Roman was next to see him and he wanted to show him something on Mindcraft.  Harris didn't wait long to engage him in some brotherly wrestling.
So you are probably wondering what did he do while he was in Germany?  He swam at the local swim hole which involved diving off the diving board multiple times, played Uno and Monopoly, hung out with his friends Noah and Nicolai, ate ice cream and gelato, ate sausage at the city festival, helped his Oma out at the church celebration, went to a concert with his cousin Marc, saw Monsters University and Despicable Me 2, went to the Frankfurt Zoo, went rock climbing and zip lining,  went to the American and German Friendship picnic, went to soccer camp, and went swimming some more!  He had a blast!  Thank you Oma and Opa for such a fantastic summer!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Detour "Mexico"

Shortly after getting back on the ship our captain made an announcement that we would not be going to Jamaica the next day.  I guess there was a large storm heading our way and he was concerned for our safety.  I was totally bummed because that was the main reason I had picked that cruise was because I wanted to go to Jamaica.  We were detoured to Cozumel.  This was kind of funny because the very first cruise we went on we were suppose to go to Cozumel, but that was the year of Hurricane Ivan and the dock was washed away, so we were detoured to Costa Maya.  We choose to take a tour to Tullum which is on the main island.  Once we arrived in Cozumel, we took a high speed ferry boat to Playa de Carmel (Beautiful), and from there we took a tour bus 45 minutes south to the ruins.  The Mayans sure knew how to pick a good spot.  Just below the ruins is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.  It was so hot!  Our tour guide kept the tour quick and simple.  Afterwards, Frank and I ate at one of the local restaurants adjacent to the sight.  The plate may not have been very pretty, but the food was delicious.  We had fish tacos!   So while I didn't get to go to Jamaica, we still had a great day in Mexico.  That pretty much wraps up our cruise.  The next day we spent on the sea and then it was back to Ft. Lauderdale and back to Atlanta for the two of us where our children were sitting by the door waiting for us.  Addy wasn't so sure though what to think.  She gave us a little bit of a cold shoulder for an hour or so in protest of us going away.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Grand Cayman


Grand Cayman was our next stop on our cruise.  It was my first time on Grand Cayman Island!  The island is not very big, but is clean and has plenty of restaurants.  The beaches are beautiful!  We choose to go to islands national park via a jeep tour.  I don't think it was worth it!  I wish I had just chosen to stay at the beach.  We drove in a caravan of jeeps across the island about 8 miles to just see mangrove trees and more beach.  There were no birds and no iguanas like the brochure promised.  Afterwards, we were taken to a rum store where they pushed the sale of rum (I don't drink) and then from there taken to a bar called Hell.  The best part of the tour was our beginning location (the beach).  The water was warm and we were served a fantastic BBQ lunch of jerk chicken, hamburgers, potato salad, fruit salad, and baked beans. Well, it is a beautiful day here in Atlanta, I am off to make some Tortilla Soup  and then go pick up Winston from the airport.  I am so excited to see my boy!  He has had a blast in Germany, but it is time for him to come home.  Our family just isn't the same without him.  Yeah!  Winston is coming home!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Key West on Foot


Getting around Key West is Easy!  One can do it by foot like we did, though you really have to be use to the heat and the humidity to not collapse from exhaustion and I don't think I would recommend this method with little kids.  Other options are the Hop on Hop of Trolley, mopeds, or these really fun small cars that look like glorified golf carts.  Just right off the dock is a fun art museum and not to far from Hemingway's house is a light house, but I didn't think it was really worth the money because their isn't to much to see when you get to the top.  Key West is famous for it's key lime hence Key Lime Pie similar to cheese cake, but made with lime juice and not cream cheese but condensed milk.  So yummy!  Try the chocolate dipped pie on a stick!  One would not think chocolate and lime go together, but they are a fantastic combination. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Butterfly Conservatory Key West "Snapshot Sunday"

I think I missed my calling in life. The other day on TV I was watching a program on the shooting of Sports Illustrated and I came to the realization that I should have been a photographer. I don't want to be a model because you have to starve yourself and be half naked in temperatures less than desirable, but it is the photographer who has the good deal because they get to travel to locations all over the world. The more I travel the more I want to travel. This planet we live on is truly amazing! So beautiful! Our first stop on our cruise was Key West. I have been to Key West before when one of our cruises stopped there 8 years ago. Frank and I went snorkeling. This time we wanted to see some of the tourist attractions. Our first stop was the Butterfly Conservatory, where we saw one of the best collection of live butterflies. Butterflies are truly amazing. Before we saw the butterflies we watched a short film on their life and transformation from egg, caterpillar, and finally to butterfly. The conservatory also has a nice Koi pond and collection of birds. It is definitely worth visiting if you are in Key West.


Saturday, July 13, 2013

At Sea

Ft. Lauderdale

Hi!  I am home!  I can't even begin to tell you what a fantastic time I had!  It was so relaxing!  While I love my children dearly, it was so nice to just get away with my husband.  We had adult conversations that didn't involve getting someone from point a-b, Addy needing a diaper change, or what was for dinner.  The second best thing about getting away was that I didn't have to worry about cooking for one whole week!  The third and fourth best things were being able to sleep in and finally being able to read.  I finished four books on my trip! Well, there is so much to share, but my children need me, the laundry needs to be done, and I have been traveling all day, so I am tired.  Stay tuned!  Up Next, Key West!