August 11, 2014

Hindsight has the best views

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there were so many beautiful views of this lake, but as jake had to stop on the side of a rather windy road this was the best I could do... next time friends I will have so many lovely photos of the amazing landscape, I need to work on my landscapes anyway!  



Are we really in the last month of summer!? School starts in a few weeks and my days of life unscheduled come to an end.

This summer I had hopes and dreams, I dreamed I would get out of the house more, go on day trips with the children, enjoy my freedom. flash to reality... i have children, tired children who spent their days split between two places, in their mind out of the house. I realized very early that I should take it by ear, read between the emotional lines, this prevented many a melt down but also prevented many an outing, most outings, nearly all of them. trying to get them out of the house took nearly all day,  i think he was recuperating from scheduled life all summer! We still haven't had Jaime's birthday party yet and his birthday was July 2nd! all the boy wanted to do was play legos and read, with occasional(when mummy remembered) school work and game of checkers or chess while Adeline napped, and on weekends we sometimes hang out with friends but mostly, he was gone in a land of books, legos, Pokemon, dragons, outer space,  and Star Wars.

MUMMY HAS CABIN FEVER!!!
I WANT TO GET OUT!
I NEED TO EXPORE!
I WANT TO TAKE PHOTOS OUTSIDE!!!

"Jake lets go to Garmisch next weekend, your always talking about how beautiful it is, lets just hop in the car and go"
Flabbergasted at his unadventurous wife's adventurous suggestion, Jake made reservations Immidiately. But then it looked like we wouldn't go because he had to work, however on  friday he was in the clear, we had one night reserved and planned to spend the day. After six hours in a car(traffic, but the kids were awesome and little miss adeline has stayed dry since) and not the best nights sleep for anyone, we lasted only the morning. We had a sweet walk in the darling town (I wished we had brought our bicycles) before deciding to head home early(1-ish). at first glance this sounds horrible, buti shall choose to see the bright side! This was a safe and productive test run for us traveling with two young children novices (outside of moving, I rock that, but traveling is so much different).


  Things learned

1. Never travel on a sunday(what heathens, I know!). People are heading home from weekends away on saturday afternoons, traffic is a nightmare.
2. Taking your own food on the road may seem like a hassle, but it saved us tons of money and no one had to eat things that don't agree with them, saving us from the wondrous "I ate junk food and now I feel like junk" moment, though we did out of the ordinary snacks that still had us feeling like we were eating "fun stuff".
3. taking a potty may seem like over kill but my tiny little girl didn't sit on nastiness and in between rest stops we simply pulled over, poured out the business put the whips in a bag to throw away and wiped out with lysol wipes, easy peasy fresh and clean... do it! (we used they are seriously awesome and easy to travel with 5 euro Nuc potties)
4. We need at least four days, two to travel, and two to relax.
5. We all prefer the country to town, simply the city isn't relaxing for us with little ones, "don't touch this" "don't go there" "hold my hand""stop yelling", no fun at all!

Jake now has a big list of things he is to get for me while he is there for work, pottery, wooden bowls and little toys, yarn/wool, shoes, thick socks... and he is happy to oblige so he can go in to these places without over tired whiny children. These same children were brilliant on the ride home, no joke, we told them we were going home and their little halos came out! The drive home was simply beautiful, now we know where to go next time we go! "And Knowing is half the battle!"

August 3, 2014

Taking the long way up

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Remember that time that Jake got lost on the way to the trolly that brings you up the mountain(or gigantic hill) to the Russian orthodox church and we had to walk the entire way up!?

Jake's natural sense of direction was marred by his lack of German, we didn't get lost but we took the long "healthy way" up, mom and I rewarded ourselves with a radler at the tower cafe, it was just a bit of a walk up from the church. the kids got to play in the park while we enjoyed sitting and we were very nice on our much shorter walk to the car. Thankfully we took the trolly down and walked through a beautiful park, and everyone slept beautifully that night.


August 1, 2014

With her Grandma

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These are probably my favorite pictures from Jake's parents visit, going places was so much fun but even if we were rained in the entire time, they would have been so excited to simply spend time with their wonderful grandparents.

July 31, 2014

On the stony river banks

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What is it about kids, rocks and water? Put three of  them together, add a sprinkling of grandparent magic, and you have hours of entertainment. Watching boats, chucking sticks and stones and watching the splash, so much fun, totally free, and the two year old wasn't too terrifying. Just watch your footing or you'll end up with a wellie full of water.

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