Wednesday, January 7, 2015

movie of our trip to Mexico

Simon made a video of our trip to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Since I haven't gotten around to posting about the rest of our trip (that happened a year ago), I am just going to post the link to the movie on youtube.  Hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mexico - Mayan ruins II

Simon's parents had to get back to their mission in Mexico City and we continued on our trip.  We saw a lot of ruins, 9 in total.  This is the next post of Mayan ruins.  It was actually great for the kids as well.  They could run around, climb and explore. It was interesting to see the differences at each sight.  The kids had their favorites by the end of the trip.  We also taught them a little bit about Mayan culture.


These well preserved carvings were great.


These were probably my favorite ruins.  It is set in the jungle and it felt very peaceful there. It is hard to believe that only 10 percent of the structures are actually uncovered.  The rest are still covered by the jungle.

some well preserved carvings

waterfalls in the middle of the ruins

The Palace

Temple of Inscription

The kids had a great time climbing up and exploring these temples.

We had a day of mostly driving and decided to stop at these ruins.  It was small, but really nice to explore.  They were a pleasant surprise.

These two just amaze me.  They are best friends.
 He is just cute!

 My handsome hubby
He somehow convinced met to climb the ruins behind him. 

 This little pumpkin.  
I think I held her for almost the entire three weeks and she loved it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mexico trip - part 1

I realize that I haven't posted in months and months.  We have been super busy with a new baby and two moves.  We have moved back to the USA!!!  We miss our friends in Germany but are excited about returning as well.  Simon had a little bit of time in between jobs and we were able to take an incredible vacation to Mexico.  I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about it.  We had a lot on our plate, but it ended up being awesome.  We spent three weeks exploring Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes and relaxing on the beach.  First stop, Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza
This is one of the wonders of the world.  It is not the largest Mayan site, but it is very well preserved.  The main temple is impressive.

Auburn posing as Chacmool
The Mayans would put offerings on a bowl of the belly of Chacmool.

 Simon's parents are serving a mission for our church in Mexico and we were able to meet up with them.

Sienna at Chichen Itza

Warming up to Grandma

Conley taking a break from running around all of the ruins.

The Uxmal ruins were the next stop.  The kids loved having Grandma and Grandpa with us.

We climbed up to get great views.

The detail on the buildings were really neat.  This one has a snake that goes across the building.

Auburn and Grandpa

Dzitnup Cenote
This was the first cenote that we saw.  A cenote is a natural sinkhole of limestone that is filled with water.  They are beautiful and so much fun to swim in.  We put out toes in these cenotes, but Daddy and Grandpa went swimming.

We spent a night in this great little town on our way to Palanque and saw this beautiful church and rows of these colorful houses.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We are sort of getting into a rhythm after a few weeks.  The kids love their little sister.  There has been no jealousy issues, which kind of surprised me.  
Conley doesn't really care to hold her, but he does come up to her and say "I'm Conley, your big brother" and "Don't cry, I'm here".  He also loves to show her his toys and got really excited this morning when she accidentally pushed his Thomas train.  He then tried to show her how to do it the right way.  
 Auburn is so motherly by nature.  She loves to hold and snuggle Sienna.  She reads to her and both kids sing to her when she cries.  She loves to come and just lay next to her.  She tells me "she is so beautiful". 

 I have to admit, the first time I saw this picture I teared up.  Love my little girls!

Sienna is starting to be more alert and likes to watch what her siblings are doing.

I feel seriously blessed to be the mom of these three sweet kids!

I could just eat her up!

One night Sienna was fussy, she turned her head next to Simon and feel asleep.  I am also grateful for a husband who is an awesome father. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yesterday was Sienna's due date.  She is already two weeks old.  These past two weeks have been a lot more exciting than I had planned for, but sometimes that happens.

Two weeks ago, I went to the hospital to be induced.  Everything was going well, but I stopped progressing and my water had already broken.  After 12 hours of no progress and 22 hours of labor (don't worry I had an epidural) the decision was made that I needed a c-section.  To be honest I was broken hearted and cried the whole way into the operating room, but I knew that it was the right decision to get our baby girl here safe and sound.  The operation went well, but that first week was a very painful recovery for me.  I lived from ibuprofen to ibuprofen.  Just when I was feeling like a person again, I got mastitis that put me back in bed for a couple of days.  Then Sienna had an infected belly button and the medicine they gave me took most of my milk away and I had to supplement for the first time with formula.

Simon has been Super Husband and Super Dad these past couple of weeks.  He has cleaned, cooked, done the grocery shopping and has taken care of the kids.  Auburn and Conley have also been amazing and have really helped me and let me rest when I need it.  I feel very blessed to have such a sweet little family.  I am feeling really good now.  I am grateful that we are all healthy.  Having a new baby around gives our home a special feeling.  Sienna is such a sweet little girl.  She sleeps a lot and likes to be held in the evening for some reason.  Here are a few more photos...

They wouldn't let Simon take pictures in the operating room.  He took this before.

 After she came, they took her and Simon out of the room to get cleaned up and he got some good snuggle time in with her.

First time holding my baby, it was really emotional.

 Auburn and Conley seeing their sister for the first time.  They are so in love with her. 

Coming home from the hospital.  The kids were so excited for us to be home.  They got some good snuggle time in with Sienna, but were a little disappointment that she slept so much.   

 Sienna sporting the awesome sleep sack from the hospital.  
We are so happy that you are here little girl!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sienna Corinne

Sienna Corinne was born at 8:02 am at the Rotkreuzklinikum in Munich.  
She weighed 3.7 kilos and was 52 cm long.  She is incredibly sweet and a very peaceful baby.  Auburn and Conley are in love with her. She has been smothered with kisses by them and everyone in the family wants to snuggle with her. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This summer is going to be a big one for us... new baby and move back to the US. 

We are looking forward to the arrival of our baby girl.  My stomach gets lots of loves and kisses from Auburn and Conley.  They have a plan on how to help me when she comes.  Auburn has offered to fold all of her clothes and help change diapers.  Conley is going to get me new diapers and throw away the dirty ones.  They both want to bring her toys and make sure she has her binkie.  I think it is very sweet how excited they are and hope their excitement will continue when she is here. 

I have been trying to get things done slowly for our move.  I have sorted through every closet and drawer and have gotten rid of a lot of things already.  I have mixed feelings about leaving.  Some days I cannot wait to go.  Those are probably the days that I have to walk to the grocery store in the pouring rain for the fourth time in a week.  Other days I think about all of the wonderful opportunities and growth that our family has had here in Munich and get sad that our time is over.  Auburn heard me comment to someone how I feel happy and sad that we are moving.  She asked, "why?" and I explained my feelings.  When I asked her how she felt, she said "only happy."  We have been talking up the USA to our kids for awhile now and they are so excited to move back, especially to visit libraries that have an endless supply of books in English.

As our time draws near, we took a day to be tourists again in Munich and see some things that we have never gotten around to visiting. 

Isar River
This river runs right through Munich.  I have taken the kids in summer, but Simon has never been.  The kids were thrilled to throw rocks in to the water.  This picture Conley is doing the no look throw.

Asam Kirche
We have been to this church before, but it was on our way to another place so we stopped to show the kids.

Alte Rathaus
I still can't believe that this is our "downtown".

There was a lot going on in at Marienplatz that day and they had a hard time looking at the camera.

We have walked past this church a million times, but have never gone inside.  Now we have.

The surfers at Englisher Garten.  There is a constant wave at this part of the river and there are surfers there year round.  Simon and the kids have never been.  The kids were fascinated, but asked why they weren't at the beach.