Thursday, May 15, 2014

Zachary is Blessed!

We feel very blessed to have had family in town for Zachary's blessing.  We were able to have friends from our short time in Wiesbaden join us for the blessing.  The Mouritsens, and the Blakemans, and then the Larsons joined Andrew and Peter in the circle.    

After sitting in church for an hour the boys were DONE.  This is what it looked like trying to get a family picture.  Instead, we decided to go for one with the adults.

This was our second attempt... 
We love Zach and he is such a wonderful addition to our family!  

Baron Visit: Part 2

 We hit Trier and visited the Roman arena there.  It was fascinating to imagine all of the shows and battles that occurred there.  The little guys thought it was pretty cool.  Unfortunately, the ticket shop only had the information sheet in French.  Thankfully, Peter's still got some good french language skills.  
 Austin and Tyler sitting on one entrance to the amphitheater.  
 Zach was there too.  
 Austin and Tyler acting like statues for Grandma in front of the Imperial Roman bath.  

Later that day we drove through Luxembourg City, and then on to Metz, France.  3 countries in one day isn't too bad!  We ate dinner in Metz at a restaurant that served all kinds of potatoes.  It was interesting and pretty good!  As we were walking back to the car we came across the Metz Cathedral.  It was breathtaking!  

 We have Manchester United love at our house.  We have pictures from all the kids at this age with grandpa wearing their jerseys.  

The next day we traveled down to Bavaria to see the Neuschwanstein castle.  It was about a 6 hour drive and so beautiful!  At this point in all of our travels- Zachy was done with the car and cried for 5 out of the 6 hour drive.  Awesome.  The joys of having little kids and traveling.   
 The views were worth all the crying!  

 We stayed in Garmisch Germany at an army hotel there.  It was fantastic!  We got a suite and had the most beautiful views!  

 Here are the little guys getting a special Poe story from Grandpa.  

 Our sunrise view from our room.  The camera just didn't do it justice! 

 Looking out our other window in the room.  All the leaves were beginning to change.  
 The following day we headed to the Zugspitze- the tallest mountain peak in Germany.  We took a mountain train (Andrew will be ashamed that I can't remember what it's called)  It went up through a tunnel in the mountain and spit you out at the top.  It took about 45 minutes and had some pretty incredible views!
 At the top there was a small chapel, a sledding hill, and a gondola up to even higher ground.  
 My mountain climbers!

 We were a little ill prepared for the weather, but we all survived and had a great time!

Last but not least- the mountain sheep.  We inspired a few older couples (who I suspect had a little too much to drink) to also get pictures on these. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baron Visit: Part 1

 We were very excited to have Grandma and Grandpa Baron come to Germany!  The day they flew in we tried very hard to keep them busy with grandkids and going to the wild animal park by our house.

This Elk was huge!  Tyler wasn't sure what to think of him, but the elk sure wanted the food Tyler had!  

Two things here that I don't like- spiders and wild pigs.  I guess these pigs run wild around our area and I have been lucky enough to never encounter them.  I hope I never do.  

 The following day we traveled up to Rudesheim on the Rhine river.  The day started out wonderfully when I locked my keys in the car and made Andrew come home from work to unlock it for us.  I also seem to have a problem remembering to pack diapers when we go on day trips.  A big thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for setting out to find some for us!

It was somewhat of a miracle to get this picture. They were mostly spastic ninjas.  

The Niederwalddenkmal monument that was constructed after to represent the German union after the Franco-Prussian war.  

We had a lovely lunch in one of the Cafes there.  

Vineyards overlooking the Rhine.  

After exploring we went up to Mainz to meet Andrew after work and went downtown Wiesbaden for dinner.  We ate at the Rathaus that serves traditional German food.  I am not a very adventurous eater, but the food was good.  Zach wasn't too happy about being out, but some loves from Grandma fixed that.  

On our way home around 11 at night Peter and Rinda got stuck on the autobahn.  (they were helping drive one of the cars home because I detest driving here)  The funny thing is that there are no lights on the highways here, so I bet it was a really dark wait!  After about a half hour they were able to get going and meet us.  

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Strasbourg, France

 My Mom's 70th birthday happened while she was here.  We decided to venture out to Strasbourg for the day with our 3 monkeys.  Hardly relaxing, but we had a great time.

On the drive there.  We are SO mature and had a good laugh at the sign.  I was having a particularly  hormonal-I just had a baby- day and suggested that I stand under the sign for a photo.  At some point we will go to Bitche, France and then I will get the photo.  Ha!   

The Germans and French are very serious about their gardening.  This was a roundabout just off the highway.  

 The Strasbourg train station.  We started by parking here and visiting the tourism shop.  I'm grateful to have taken french because they can't *ahem* won't speak very much english.  

La Petite France

She wanted to push the stroller so she could do "the old lady lean."  Ok, just kidding.  

 Our lunch place "La Petite Venise" in La Petite France.  It was delicious!  We must have looked like a circus, because there was another table of ladies who kept staring at us.  I told myself it was because of my cute 3 week old baby, but who knows.  The older women here stop and stare.  Maybe next time I should strike a pose? 

Zachy, or "Whosit," as affectionately named by Grandma, trying to burp.  
Tyler unhappy because the french Limonade wasn't lemonade... or because it was nap time.  

Charming city.  

 On the drive home we decided to drive up through Baden Baden, Germany.  I put it in the GPS and we ended up an hour and a half south of where we were trying to go.  Blonde moment, sleep deprived, any excuse?  So this is Baden street- somewhere.  At least I got a beautiful picture for all the trouble, right?

When we finally made it home we were too worn out to make a cake.  So we ate left over cake and sang to Grandma.  Classy, huh?