Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Oktoberfest! - the Paulaner tent
Another huge beer tent
The Paulaner horses
I believe this is where the group ate lunch
I know it looks like Brian is on a kiddie ride, I mean he is sitting on a SWING after all...
but THIS is the crazy, terrifyingly high ride that he is on. ACK!
In addition to the Oktoberfest fun, Brian came home from work last night with a special surprise for Luke. Luke and I were in the baby's room trying to hang stuff on the walls when Brian called up that he bought Luke a present. Luke looked at me and said "a present!?!" I told him to go downstairs to see what it is. I heard his little feet thumping down the stairs and all of a sudden I heard him take the biggest inhalation of surprise and heard him exclaim "oh! what is it?!?" Brian laughed and asked him what it is and Luke exclaims "It's a PUM-KIN!" Luke was so excited - he sat by it for at least 15 minutes, trying to pick it up and just checking it out. He kept exclaiming "mommy! mommy! is a pum-kin!" Brian is talking about carving it this weekend (I know, a little early) but he said that we can always buy another one later in October. Here are some pics of Luke and his prize pumpkin.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Okay, so Bunco is an excuse to get together with all the girls and have a great time, I sew fun totes and super cute baby stuff, I read mystery (and sometimes trashy) novels, and my "shows" consist of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Project Runway. And crocheting is actually a cool skill to have under my belt. So far I have made a super cool and hip thin crocheted red scarf, a great baby blanket and I have started a cotton washcloth with a new stitch I learned and am working on yet another blanket for my crochet-loving child, Luke. (He's been attached to crocheted blankets ever since he was an infant.) I'm digging it. Not only does it result in something pretty cool, but it is relaxing to do and I am starting to be able to do it while watching TV - very cool. I live in Germany for Pete's sake! It's cold 7 or 7 months out of the year so I can make us a bunch of cozy scarves and blankies (and eventually hats! I have to learn that stitch first), and it gives me something (else) to do for those days we are stuck inside all day due to weather. Anyhoo - wanted to show off my latest creation and give you a 23 week preggo picture.
Monday, September 22, 2008
The appointment was fast and easy. The doctors here are pretty laid back. I gained a ridiculous amount of weight over the past 6 weeks (more than the first 16 weeks combined!) and the nurses and doctor just smile and say "Oh, es gut!" The doctor said she is measuring perfectly and my belly looks great (isn't that a funny thing to say?) Oh, and she is very long. The sonogram machine predicted my due date at January 15th, going on the size of the baby, but since we are a TALL family and Luke was 22 inches when he was born the doctor said that my due date (the 24th of January) is pretty accurate and he won't be changing it. We'll just have a tall little girl, just like her brother.
I also got permission to fly to the states in November. He put the last date safe air travel at December 14th and since we are planning on returning sometime the first week of December, I'm in the clear.
Four more months of pregnancy to go - complete with heart burn, weight gain, oh, and the all new treat that I was graced with last night - CHARLEY HORSES! Oh my gosh I thought I was going to die, my calf had seized up and there was nothing I could do to ease the pain. My doctor said magnesium should help. We'll see. :)
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Information on Prague taken from Wikipedia - "Prague is is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Its official name is Hlavní město Praha, meaning Prague, the Capital City. Situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million. Prague is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with preserved examples from all periods of its history and is among the most visited cities on the continent. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. "
Driving into Prague
Luke is ready for lunch! This is the outdoor table we sat at in the middle of Wenceslaus Square for our delicious Bohemian skillet - medallions of pork and lamb along with chicken breast strips covered in thinly sliced potatoes, chunks of onion and bacon, a generous amount of cream and tons of cheese. Check out the skillet in one of the photos below! Luke and I waiting for lunch.
There's the skillet! We all loved it and ate a ton although we couldn't finish it. :( Luke in front of a souvenir shop
Astronomical Clock - This clock has been ticking since 1490. The clock tracks the zodiac, the sun, the moon, Christian holidays and the calendar. The legend behind the clock is that the Czech government was so impressed with the clock and didn't want the clock maker to ever make such a masterpiece for anyone else that they blinded him. The clock maker was so distraught over being blinded that he threw himself into the clock gears to kill himself and simultaneously ruin the workings of the gears. This legend is supposedly false.
Old Town Square - Church of Our Lady before Tyn is in the background
Old Town Square
Close Up of the Astronomical Clock
Brian and Luke in Old Town Square
Luke LOVED this clock - see him pointing to it? After we found this clock he was on a mission to point out all the clocks he saw on our long walk.
Old Town Hall - this side of town hall is the original from 1338. The other side of the hall was blown up by the Nazi's at the end of WWII
The horses and carriages lined up throughout the Old Town ready to give passengers a nice ride through town. We almost took Luke on a carriage ride but decided to keep exploring on foot. Maybe next time.
Jan Hus Monument - Jan Hus was a religious reformer that was burned at the stake for his beliefs. The monument was erected on July 6, 1915 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death.
Looking over the river - We walked along the river to the Charles Bridge
He's so strong. Holding up that bridge with 1 hand.
And what is that in the palm of his hand? It is Prague Castle!
Me and Luke - that is the Charles Bridge behind us - the famous bridge that crosses the Vltava River whose construction started in 1357. Taken from Wikipedia.org - "The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700." The bridge is FULL of vendors selling paintings, jewelry and other art work, along with musicians and tons of tourists making their way back and forth along the bridge. There are many stories about the bridge and people who have been tossed to their death, as was the case with John of Nepomuk, who was tossed to his death on March 20, 1393 by Wenceslaus because he refused to divulge the secrets told to him in confessional by the king's wife. Old Town side Charles Bridge Tower
The Clementium - right across the street from the Charles Bridge on the Old Town side. It is the current National Library for the Czech Republic. It started out as a monastery in the medieval period, was transformed to a Jesuit college in 1556 and then to an observatory and library in 1773.
One of the 30 statues along the Charles Bridge. The statues that we see on the bridge are replicas - the originals are in a protected museum to protect them from the elements as well as vandals.
Can't you tell he was excited to see me? :)
Brian had to get a picture of the Elisabetha statue. :)
Statue of the Crucifiction
The Prague Castle - taken from the Charles Bridge
Mala Strana (Lesser Town) with the Prague Castle at the top of the hill
Crossing Charles Bridge
The Mala Strana side of town - where we stopped for coffee and crepes. We also were only a couple blocks away from the John Lennon Wall but didn't consult our maps so we missed it! We'll find it next time.
The Czech National Museum
A rainy and gross Monday - this is the courtyard of the castle
Luke not happy in the courtyard. And he wouldn't keep his hood on - see his wet hair? Oh well. We had a GREAT first day in Prague and we will try again sometime soon to see the historical Mala Strana side of town. And I can't wait to go back and explore even more shops for Prague treasures.