Saturday, September 26, 2009

Day Trip - Poland

We headed to Poland yesterday morning around 8:30am. By the time we filled the car with gas and got coffee, we were on the road by 9am. We arrived in Poland around 2pm and had right around 3-4 hours to shop. Not much time according to Polish Pottery shopping standards and we cut it even shorter by taking a break around 3:30pm for a late lunch. The lunch took up about an hour of my precious shopping time but it was so worth it. Check out the pictures to see the beautiful and charming place we ate at. Brian ordered a traditional Polish dish - meat and rice wrapped up in cabbage (like a huge burrito) and covered in a light tomato sauce. It was amazing! I ordered potato pancakes with sour cream and fried apple pancakes for Luke and I and they were so, so, so, so stinking good. That was one of the best lunches I've ever had and it made the trip entirely worth it. :) We resumed shopping for another hour and then headed home. Yup, we drove home that night and were back in our own bed by 11:15pm.  Hmmm, I wonder if I can make it there one more time before we head back to the states.  :) 


Saturday, September 19, 2009

A lesson from Luke

Today while driving home from the Flohmarkts we visited in Nurnberg, Luke was singing songs to Hannah and somehow we all started talking about bugs, critters and animals.  It started out with Luke calling out an animal and me making the sound. He called out butterfly and since I have no idea what noise a butterfly makes, I asked him if he knew what caterpillars turned into. Since he just learned all about caterpillars last month, he shouted out "butterflies!" He then informed us that they also turn into bumblebees. I said, no, they don't turn into bumblebees but that bumblebees have stingers. Luke told us that bumblebees AND wasps have stingers but they don't sting him! So I told him that bees make honey. "Honey?!?" he exclaimed and went back to singing. "The chickens give us eggs, the chickens give us eggs, high ho the dairy oh, the chickens give us eggs!" "That's right!", I said, "bees give us honey, chickens give us eggs and do you know what cows give us?"  "Cows?" Luke repeated, "POOP!" Cows give us POOP!"  Umm, not exactly the answer I was looking for but I can't argue!  :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My birthday!

The 15th was my birthday so Brian, the kids and I headed to our favorite restaurant - the Winklerbrau - for dinner. It was delicious! And after our meal, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and snapped some pictures outdoors.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

What we do on beautiful 65 degree Sunday afternoons...

We go to Weltenburg! Weltenburg is an old monastery located on a river's edge. We've been there a few times (I blogged about it last February - click here to revisit) and today, since Brian just finished a month long rotation, and I just finished a month of single parenting, we wanted to get out of the house and have a lazy day of enjoying the sunshine on this early fall day. We headed to Weltenburg to take pictures and throw rocks in the water (woohoo!) and when we arrived, we realized the hundreds of other people had the same idea. We also discovered that in the courtyard of the monastery, they serve lunch and dinner so after we walked around a bit, we sat at a fest table with some of our closest German friends (I kid, I kid, we had no idea who they were) and enjoyed some delicious food. And on the way home, 3 out of 4 of us enjoyed a leisurely nap. Here are all the pictures - notice how difficult it is to get a decent picture of Luke - he was trying to enjoy the water, watch the boats and throw rocks and I kept bugging him. :) And Hannah scratched the heck out of her little cheek this morning playing with a toy - we have no idea what toy caused the damage but geez! nice baby toy, huh? Hope you all are enjoying YOUR Sunday.

A little old man with a HUGE paddle pushes this barge back and forth across the river.  There are people just chilling in the car as they get transported across.  Call me crazy but I just don't like the look of that!  lol

Perfect rocks for skipping!

Beautiful, no? We couldn't have asked for a better day.

See the huge riverboat behind them?  Very cool.

Awwwww....who's her daddy???  Little twins, even the expressions on their faces, just watching the water.  :)  (Click the picture to enlarge)

The courtyard!  Fun!

They entertain each other quite well.  lol
Hannah in the cool German high chair.