Thursday, April 22, 2010

Germany road trip - part 1

We have traveled all over while we have lived here, but haven't really seen Germany. So we decided that a road trip would be easier with one than with two. So, we rented a car and drove all over Germany. I was a little bit worried considering that we were within 7 weeks of my delivery date when we started, but everything worked out great

Our first stop was Hamburg


Of course, if you know us, you know that we stopped at a few soccer games. Here we are at Hamburg Europa League game. Simon finally saw his favorite player of all time, Van Nisterooyl. It only took him 4 times and 3 different teams.



Lüdbeck
It is now a little city, but it was once home to the Hanseatic League, which is a huge trading alliance during medieval times.




Schloss Schwerin
You can't tell from this picture because of our cute Auburn, but it surrounded by water and just takes your breathe away when you first see it.




Cologne
This is the enormous Cologne Dom in the downtown. It is the largest church in Germany.




Our little Auby at the Cologne game. On this trip she learned how to say "game" and "soccer".




Cochem
We walked around this charming little city on a Sunday afternoon. Simon and his Aunt climbed up to the top of a hill where there was a castle, but Auburn and I decided to admire it from below.




It isn't a fablous picture of me, but this is the first time that I ever tried currywurst. It is a sausage with curry and very popular in Germany. It was so good that I had some more in Berlin.

Simon's Aunt Kathleen was very adventurous and joined us for a few days on our trip. We enjoyed having her with us. This is all of us at Berg Eltz, a secluded castle in the Rhineland.







Landschaft Duisberg
This is an industrial site that has been converted into a park. They had some playgrounds and a petting zoo for Auburn, which she just loved. Simon and I actually climbed up to the very, very top. It took me a little while longer than Simon, but I am proud to say that I did it!






Düsseldorf
It had a really cool pier with some very interesting buildings. We spent the evening walking around the town and eating a delicious Italian dinner. Thanks Aunt Kathleen!





On my birthday we went to the chocolate museum in Cologne. Auburn loved the chocolate bunnies and we loved the free samples! We also went to a really cool cave (we couldn't take any pictures inside), then to a little city called Celle. There is a picture in the previous post of Auburn and I walking around there. We topped off the night with a yummy Turkish dinner in Hannover. Thanks Simon for another wonderful birthday!



Quedlinburg
This was a really picturesque city to walk through. We stopped and ate a delicious German lunch at a little resturant.




We also stopped by the Gutenberg museum in Mainz where we saw a real Gutenberg bible among some other cool things. I also went to the Beethoven Haus in Bonn, which I just loved.

preparing for baby

I guess I had forgotten all of the things that need to be done to prepare for a new baby. We have also been trying to prepare Auburn for the the baby as well. Auburn now refers to herself as "big girl" (she also calls herself Auby). We took her "bink" away a few months ago. She was only using it for sleep. The first night she was furious, but then that was it. She asked for it at naptime for the next few weeks and then, nothing, no more bink. She started sleeping in her big girl bed last week. There has been no problems with that transition either. Simon asked her the other day if she wanted to sleep in the crib of the bed and she said "big girl bed". I know that there will be some jealousy, but so far so good. I started buying newborn diapers, washing all of his clothes, moved the crib up to newborn and put boy sheets on and packed my bag for the hospital. I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone. We are only 3 weeks away....
This is the best picture to show just how large I am. This was taken two weeks ago on our trip to northern Germany. (Hopefully I will get that post up soon)
Here is a picture of our cute big girl! I can't believe how time flies.