Friday, August 27, 2010

Batman and Robin

Today Silus and Toben cleaned up the mountain of Lego's and in exchange I got down the overflowing basket of Stuffed Animals and dress up stuff. Dressed in record time. It's a Batman outfit for Silus that is 3 sizes small. Toben it's a Spiderman costume, but he is convinced it's Robin. At least 3 sizes big. Old warn out Halloween costumes. I've patched them and re sewn them, and tried to convince them to at least switch. No, they wont even consider.

They play with the animals and some little puppets. Throw them, dress them, and fight over them. All in a few minutes, but this entertains them for hours. It's fun to watch. There is screaming, laughing, joking and fighting. The house is a disaster. Eyan and Naomi will be home from school not long after, and so let the Wild Rompus begin.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School

Time to pack up and head back to school. The morning went off without a hitch. All of the new books were accounted for and everything was labeled with permanent marker. The kids were all a bit nervous and could hardly sit through breakfast. That surprised me since they have the same teacher, same class room and they know all the kids, but I guess it's still the first day back.

(My camera had a accident with a sand pile over the summer, so a lot of my picture quality just isn't the same. So sorry they are a little blurry, but that's all I have for now.)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Black Forest

Winding roads lead into the famous Black Forest in southern Germany. There you will find Coocoo clocks galore, Germany's largest waterfall, Cows that actually wear bells and the sweet town of Freiburg. Our first stop was the Treiburg where we made a quick stop to see the clocks, then ate lunch and onto the waterfall. There was a marked dirt path leading to the top with a beautiful over look. Large birds flew down and ate peanuts from visitors who payed for a 1 euro bag. Which of course we did. A forest surrounds the area with tall dark trees for as far as you can see.

After our journey to the waterfall we made out way to the hotel in a lazy little town and had some down time. Sitting on our balcony we heard cow in a meadow and the bells around their necks clinging, a school band practicing and the hum of bees.

Up bright and early and onto Freiburg. One of the most beautiful cities we have seen thus far. There is a small waterway that runs adjacent to the sidewalk through the entire downtown. It is about 12 inches wide and maybe 6 inches deep. Eyan made a very unlucky step and had a very wet shoe, but we trudged onward. It was a dreary Saturday, but the market was in full swing. Booths tempted us with flowers, honey, and a variety of cheese, meet and olives. There were several museums that we went into and saw some interesting paintings and statues some dating back over 500 years. We ended the day at a little Pizzeria, and a long drive home. But well worth the trip. Yet another charming city that I hope to visit again.

The Crucifixion Painted in Germany between 1440-50

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Mainz is a beautiful city on the Rhine river.
We spent the day exploring and enjoying the sights.

Our first stop was the Gutenberg Museum. A 3 story building with several types of printing machines as well as a lithograph machine. There were many books dating back hundreds of years and one of the original Gutenberg 42 lined Bibles. (Pictures were not allowed to be taken inside)

Next was lunch in the square. We had Schnitzel which is a traditional German meal. A thin cut of pork, lightly breaded and then fried. YUMMM. After out long lunch we headed over to a mini train ride. The ride was about 45 minutes long and took us to the historical highlights. We ended the day with Nana spitting in the Rhine and the kids soaking wet from a fountain. A good day was had by all.