Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Not far from our house there is a small playground. For the most part it is a playground much like the ones we have at home. There is a metal slide, sand galore and a tunnel that the kids can run through or hide in. It has one very unusual feature and that is a swing that looks like a gigantic birds nest. The nest is big enough for all 3 boys to lay down and get pushed. Naomi gets a great running start and pushes her heart out. The boys scream with delight and the afternoon is passes with lots of fun.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Naomi has been helping Eyan read a German book for school. They read a few pages each night and go over what the book is about. It's a lot of work reading it and then translating , but they have been very diligent and finished.
Good Job Guys!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


The sun is shinning and it's time to pack up and see what's out there. We hit the road and went to Heidleburg. This trip was more planned out, but that's not to say things went as planned. After driving around without finding the entrance TO the castle we fed the ducks and walked by the river. Blessed are the flexible. The river was full of pattleboats and barges.

On Saturday we got actually found the castle and found parking and ventured in. A beautiful place to spend the morning. The castle was the biggest one we have been to so far, it's hard to put all of it into words. And I guess I really don't have to I can just upload pictures. One of the most interesting things was not the castle, but a small salamander that had lost his way in a freezing pool. The kids with help from Dad rescued this little guy who was pretty waterlogged.

Monday, March 15, 2010

An Itch

We have the itch. The itch to travel. On Saturday we loaded up the car. Snacks. Kids. GPS. Gas. Coats. And so on... We left with only one objective. To see what we could see. I am a planner by nature, so this was a bit foreign. It worked though and we all had a great time.

We didn't wander too far. About an hour away. We visited one of the oldest cities in Germany. Trier. We had a great time. One of the highlights was a Roman Bath House. The kids got to run in and out of ancient ruins, pretending to be lost in a world long long ago.

This little journey only fueled the flame and the itch has begun to grow. Grow. Growing. Growing. AND GROWING!
Plans for a long weekend. Castles. Museums. Cobblestone Streets......

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ramstein Aquatic Center

Ramstein Air Force Base is about 25 minutes from our house. It is a really nice base. On Ramstein you can find a Chili's, Burger King , Gyms AND the world's largest PX. Impressive I know. They also have a great pool with slides and the water isn't freezing. It does make me miss Ft.Bliss and our long summer days at the pool, but we did like swimming while the outside temperatures are still freezing.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Loose Tooth

Eyan ran up the stairs this morning with very exiting news. He has a loose tooth. He is almost 8, but this is his first tooth to come out. When he was in 1st grade it was pretty tough being the only kid with ALL his teeth. In the next days he will earn bragging rights. He has been wiggling and turning his tooth as much as he can. Pictures of the empty space to fallow.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sunny Afternoon

It's Wednesday March 3rd at 2:30 in the afternoon. The sun is shinning. We all sit in the living room letting the sun warm us. We are reading. Books about bears and bratty kids, books about cowboys and farms. It is quiet, until a book is exchanged. Toben whines about a book that someone is actually reading. It is passed over to him, and once again there is only the sound of turning pages. A very wonderful sound.

Monday, March 1, 2010

An Update

It's been awhile. Life just gets busy, and things get put aside. I do love blogging, but I'm afraid it was one of the first to go. I would have much rather skip out on laundry or lunch maybe cleaning the bathroom, but it was the blog.
In the last month we had a newly wed couple stay with us for 2 weeks. They just moved here and we helped find them a houses, showed them around town and everything else that goes with moving to Germany.

I had a birthday and went on a lovely trip to Switzerland. I joined a quilt guild and have also been learning about German history.

Martin had a field exercises and has been away much of the time. He also took the computer with him, so that did make it a little harder to blog. We have decided to take a few trips as a family before he leaves for Poland in about 6 weeks.

Naomi has been keeping her room clean and has made excellent grades in school. Can't even say how proud I am of her!

Eyan had fallen out of a tree and tripped up our stone stairs, so at the moment he is a little scrapped up. He also got a very good report from his teacher and is doing excellent in school.

Silus has ridden his little tricycle to school as the weather is starting to warm up. Funny when at 45 it's a real heat wave.

Toben is still 2. He stopped drinking out of a bottle, and is showing a new interest on walking around town. He stands just under me and repeatedly wines "a walk, a walk, a walk" until I either give in or distract him. I'd say it's about 1/2 the time he wins. I do love walking in the woods here.

SO, that's it in a nut shell. I am hoping to be better this month and get some pictures of the kids up.