Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sites of Germany: Fasching

Have you ever heard of Fasching or Karneval? It is a celebratory time here in Germany. I've heard it compared to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I wasn't sure of the reason they celebrated it, but I knew I wanted to get a glimpse of what it was all about. A town near us called Wolframs Eschenbach had their own parade and celebration so went over to a friend's house and enjoyed the craziness of "Fasching!"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Road trip to the Bavarian Alps (Northern Romantic Road)

A couple of weekends ago we had a spare couple of days and wanted to do something cool. Sam wanted to use his new snowboard and so we decided on Garmsich. Garmisch is a place we have been so many times, but we love it a lot! The place we usually stay at was booked most the weekend but they did have openings on Sunday night. We decided Sam would head down early with a friend who already had a room booked and the kids and I would head down on Sunday.

I so enjoyed my road trip with Londyn and Trip. Our GPS took me a random way. For a while I was concerned but when I double checked the route with my phone GPS I realized we were good to go. We took our time, made some stops and soaked it all in. The new route ended up being part of the Northern Romantic Road, so I was super excited!
The courtyard and well of Schloss Harburg. We pulled into this amazing castle and I had no idea where we were. It just came out of nowhere. The castle has a biergarten (restaurant) and it was even open. Because we were slightly excited to see Sam we didn't stay and eat. I do plan on taking the family back to eat there because it is situated above a river and it is absolutely breathtaking. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Munich Zoo, Germany

Back in October we decided to take a quick weekend trip to Munich. We were able to go to the Munich Aquarium, a Munich vs. Malaga basketball game and also the Tierpark Hellabrunn (zoo). We had so much fun that weekend. I realized how much I loved Munich. We had never actually stayed in Munich. Munich is an amazing city and has a ton to do. The excitement and energy during the basketball game was so contagious. Sam has a friend that plays for the Malaga, Spain team, so it was especially fun to watch him play. We took the kids with us and we were out late with all the drunk and excited Germans and Spaniards.

The Aquarium (we felt) was a bit of a let down. It was a little overpriced and super tiny. It took us like 20 minutes to walk through the whole thing. If the kids had like it, it would have made it totally worth it (as usual)! But, Londyn was afraid of the dark, "tunnel-y," scary aquarium and wanted out of the place as soon as we walked in. Trip enjoyed it a bit more which was nice. 
 Heading to the zoo from the parking lot.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Old Town, Prague

You aren't sick of Prague posts yet, are you? Our last post of our weekend in Prague is finally here!

 An entrance to Charles Bridge from the Old Town side of Prague. This is definitely one of my favorite photos!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards (Free Printable!)

Is anyone else having a hard time believing it is already February? I know I am. Well, we all know what February means! Valentine's Day. The day we celebrate love. Love for our friends, love for our classmates, love for our teachers, love for our colleagues, siblings, significant others, children, etc. It is so exciting, right?!

This year I decided to have some fun making my own homemade Valentine's Day cards. I brainstormed a few cheesy tag lines and went for it. I had so much fun that I decided to share them with you. They are so simple. Near the end of the post you can download the blank cards in a PDF doc. Happy creating!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Romance on Charles Bridge, Prague

While Sam and I were in Prague we were able to sneak away and spend about an hour and a half together ALONE! I am telling you it was so romantic! We walked from our apartment on Karlova in Old Town and just strolled on and across the Charles Bridge. We got starbucks and a rolled/donut pastry thing (trdlo) and then headed back. I was able to get lots of pics!

The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge. The construction started in 1357. The Charles Bridge is actually a replacement for the Judith Bridge which was damaged by a flood in 1342. It crosses the Vltava River and connects Old Town to the Prague Castle (among other sites).

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kids in Prague

Of all the sites and sounds in Prague (and there were many) my very favorite may have been these kids. People may say (and they aren't fibbing) that traveling is harder with kids. But, it also makes it so much fun! Don't get me wrong, there is nothing like going out without kids. It is refreshing and rejuvenating. But, I love the dynamic they add to the craziness of travel.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Say Goodbye to Sugar (in 2014 and forever)!

I know food is a touchy subject. It is a sensitive topic. Because, let’s face it, food is tradition. Food is comfort. Food is cultural. Food is so much apart of our lives. So, sometimes cutting something out.. like sugar.. feels impossible!

Well, I am here to encourage you to give it up. Yes, the substance we have grown up loving. The substance that has us smiling when we think of our favorite Christmas treats or a spoonful of that yummy, oh-so-addicting cookie dough. The substance that adorns all the grocery isles in all the most exciting and colorful packages. The stuff we can hardly keep from our children and loved ones… and OURSELVES!!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

An Ordinary Day

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sam Turned Super Old on Christmas Eve!!

What can I say about Christmas Eve in our house?! It is a busy day. Sam was born on the 24th. Meaning, since I have married him I have made a huge effort to really focus on him for the day! Growing up I think he felt like his birthday got looked over. (Which would be really easy to do because Christmas Eve is such a fun, exciting part of Christmas!) So, we decided the first half of the day is his birthday, and the second half is Christmas Eve!!