Saturday, September 27, 2008

Route de Vin (Take 2)

Since it rained on most of our Route de Vin trip a few weeks ago, we decided to head back for a day trip.

First stop: The Cité de l'Automobile, home of the Schlumpf Collection (one of the world's finest automobile collections).

Andrew with Luigi in the parking lot (not part of the collection, but very cool)

The pioneers

The classics

The sports cars

and the kids' favorite: the toy cars

Next stop: La Montagne des signes (Monkey Mountain)

Here our little monkeys fed some real monkeys popcorn (and animal crackers after one monkey wouldn't take no for an answer). Andrew was especially brave, chasing after monkeys with popcorn, Matthew was excited as long as the monkeys weren't too close, and Brooke just thought she was a monkey all day.

Final Stop: Eguisheim
Just as cute as last time

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Jucker Farms

We celebrated a friend's birthday and the coming of Fall at an amazing pumpkin patch / apple farm. The fresh apple cider alone made the trip well worth it.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fun with Popcorn

A very spontaneous photo shoot. They just all looked so cute and were so happy with the popcorn that I grabbed the camera and started snapping away. Some of my most favorite moments are just watching them enjoy each other's company.

Maybe F for Farmer is better?

Is this guy classic or what? He mows the hill right next to our house. I know it's out of focus, but you should click on it anyway to truly appreciate the beauty.

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Knight in Shining Armor

He's been killing all the monsters in our house the last two days, and today after having a conversation with the green monster he told me this: "Mom, the green monster said to me, "cool sword" and then I turned around and he said, "Wow, that's a beautiful cape!"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Route de Vin

The charming streets of Eguisheim, France

Colmar, France: The Unterlinden Museum
This museum was such a great mix of modern and medieval art. The kid's loved the Picassos, the huge wine presses (that's a lot of grape juice) and the audio guide headsets. I loved seeing art through their eyes.

Andrew's Favorite:
Knights, swords, shields and guns. Can you see the awe in his face? He's not this reverent at church!

Driving the Route de Vin: Matthew, too tired to even enjoy his balloon and sucker. Sweet boy.

Strasbourg, France and the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame (and a high class Merry-go-round with a motorcycle)

The Black Forrest, Germany: Schloss Ortenberg
We actually slept in this castle on Saturday night. It has been made into a youth hostel and the kids could not have been more excited. They kept saying things like, "Who put these bunk beds in this castle? That's so silly!" and "Are we going to sleep with the Knights?" We ventured around Sunday morning and picked a few grapes right off the vine...I'm not sure if I've ever tasted such incredible grapes before.

Freiburg, Germany and the Freiburg Minster

It was a great weekend. It felt like we hadn't done a trip with the kids in a while and this was a perfect short getaway that was not too far away. I have a feeling we'll be visiting "too cute" Enguisheim again.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

More Backyard Fun

We enjoyed the most perfect week of fall weather, and then skipped right to winter. These are the last pictures of backyard fun before we had to break out the hats and gloves: swimming pool and bathing suits, and light hoodies. Emma and Brooke are the dynamic duo on their Bobby Cars, racing down and then yelling, "Again!?" Both Brooke and Andrew are getting more into the scooter too, and can pick up some serious speed on the little hilly sidewalk.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

One Year Old! (plus three months)

Words: Daddy, Mama, uh-oh, more, "vroom" for car, "moo" for cow, spits for the elephant sound, ball, hi (or "hello" when talking on the phone), no-no, yea, this, and up
Loves: Dancing, being tickled, playing peek-a-boo, reading stories, baths, and his blanket ("deet-deet")
Favorite foods: Hot dogs and anything sweet (especially ice cream, chocolate, and suckers)
Favorite toys: Cars, balls, Little People school bus, and the sand box
Wants: Anything Brooke or Andrew have
Teeth: 8 plus incoming molars (not so fun)
Skills: Throwing a ball, waving goodnight, snuggling, and (most recently) walking!

He's still a little wobbly, and although late for his age, he beat Brooke by 2 weeks!