Thursday, June 30, 2011

road trip - the last part

Switzerland is famous for cheese. They have these Show Dairies in different parts of the country and we were able to visit a couple of them. This is the Emmentaler Schaukäserie. We got to see the cheese being made the old fashion way. Simon and and I both got to stir the cheese with the huge wooden spoon.

This is the cheese after he pulled it out of the pot and let it sit in the mold. The taste is really bland until they salt it. Afterwards we enjoyed some locally made yogurt and bought some cheese for some seriously delicious grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

There were four different castles on the Thunersee (the lake). These were my two favorite ones. I think royal life would of suited me well.

We stayed three nights in a city called Lauterbrunnen. This is Staubach falls. We could see this from the balcony of our hotel.

Chateau de Chillon

We got to tour this medieval castle on our own.

Hiking with two little kids is not particularly convenient, but we were in the Swiss Alps and we just had to. I don't have the words to describe the beauty of this place. I carried Conley in the wrap and Simon carried Auburn on his shoulders. We drove up to Grindelwald and hiked up to the base of the Oberer Gletscher (higher glacier). It was a good hour hike. From there you can take 900 stairs up to the glacier. Well, we did it. It doesn't seem like 900 stairs would be that bad, but when you have an extra 25 lbs, it is. We made it though.

Later that same day we decided to hike to at little lake called Oeschinensee. It was literally uphill the entire hour and a half. I thought I was going to die right there on the mountain, seriously. It really wouldn't have been so bad if we hadn't already hiked in the morning. I kept going and made it to the top. I know that I am out of shape, but Simon even admitted that was rough after our morning. Well it was worth.

Geissbach Falls

We spent a couple of nights with our friends Emily and Joseph. They lived in Munich and moved just outside Zurich last year. We were so exhausted we got there (and probably smelled from hiking all day) so I totally forgot to take pictures. Auburn and Conley loved playing with their kids. We enjoyed wonderful conversation and delicious food, thanks guys!

We stopped at another Show Dairy that happened to be at a monestary.

Again, more delicious cheese.

We spent the afternoon wandering around Zurich.

On the way back to Munich we stopped at a really cool city (Stein am Rhein). I forgot to put a picture up, but it was really cool. We also stopped at another gorge called Rappenlochschult. We hiked almost all the way to the lake, but apparently there was some damage to the path and we couldn't make it the rest of the way.

I just had to add Conley chowing down on a hamburger.

We are so grateful that Auburn recovered quickly and that the rest of our trip went so well!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

road trip - II

After our little stay in the hospital, we decided to head home to Munich to regroup and see how Auburn was doing. We came home and Auburn played, so we did laundry, and made plans to continue in the morning. Well, Auburn jumped out of bed so we headed onward ... to Switzerland. We just prayed that the second part of our trip would be better than the first, (which it was).

While Auburn and I were in the hospital, Simon had to find ways to keep Conley and himself entertained. Conley was allowed to stay at the hospital very long. Luckily we were in the Eisenstadt which is about one hour from Vienna and the same to Bratislava. One day they headed to Vienna. This is St. Stephens Cathedral inside. Simon said it was really psychedelic with the lights.

The next day they headed to Bratislava and caught the Slovakia v. Andorra game. Apparently it was poorly attended, but Conley had a blast !

We spent our first morning at Achensee. It is a beautiful lake in western Austria. We all stuck our toes in, but it was a little too cold for a swim.

Daddy and his boy

(I love Conley's chubbiness)

I just threw this in because I thougth he looked handsome in this picture.


Then we headed to the Swarovski Kristallwelten. The headquarters for Swarovski is in Wattens, Austria and they have an exhibit there.

Swarovski Christmas tree

walls of crystals

We stayed in this awesome hostel in Feldkirch, close to Switzerland and Leichtenstein. This building is 700 years old and it served many purposes back in the day, including a hospital.

The next morning we headed to Leichtenstein, because, well, I wanted to say that I had been there. We stopped and eat found the best playground ever. We ate breakfast and let our kids play for a little bit before heading on. Oh, and we got stopped by the border patrol on our way into Leichtenstein. It is the only time that we have ever been stopped in Europe.

We drove to Camasee in Switzerland. Do you see that water? It is so beautiful! We hiked down, ate lunch and Simon and I took turns swimming.

We then headed to the Italian part of Switzerland to the city of Lavertezzo. This place was so amazing that I almost felt like I was on a movie set. Pictures don't do it justice, so if you are ever in Switzerland go to Lavertezzo, you won't regret it.

Auburn is driving and Conley is navigating with the atlas.

We have some pretty awesome kids.
We spent the morning in Bern. When I was in college, my friend Lyndsey and I went to Bern to go to the temple and to see the sights. That was seven years ago, unbelieveable. It was great to go back and wander around the city. I think the highlight for our kids was bears that they have in the city.

Monday, June 20, 2011

road trip - part I

Simon and I planned this super awesome two week road trip. We were going mainly be in Austria and Switzerland with a little bit of time in Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia to see his Uncle Dave. We thought it would be such a shame to be so close to these countries and not really see them. Well, the first week turned out to have a lot more unexpected excitement than we would of like. A brand new rental car breaking down on us in the middle of nowhere, a sick kid, a trip to the hospital... Not fun stuff.

The second week was awesome. I decided to blog about the first week first and then end on a good note

We started out by driving to Austria and Conley and Auburn both threw up. My stomach couldn't handle the clean up because I was car sick myself, so Simon got clean up duty.
We cleaned up and then went for a beautiful walk around this Gosausee. Breathtaking.

We then headed to Hallstatt where we ate lunch, walked around the city, and visited the Beinhaus.

We then drove to Liechtensteinklamm. Liechtensteinklamm is one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alps. The Prince of Liechtenstein help funded the project to create walkways so people could enjoy it. It really cool.

After this, our car broke down somewhere in Austria. Yep, a brand new rental car breaking down. Unbelieveable. After lots of waiting, a tow truck ride, a taxi ride, more waiting, we finally had our new wheels and were able to continue.

The next day Auburn was sick, but not too bad, so we kept going. We drove through some beautiful country. We stopped in Vienna. We have been there before, but it was pretty quick so we saw some new things. This is the car that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was riding in. That event triggered WWI.

We stopped in Bratislava, Slovakia for night and explored the town for a day.

Once we were in Bratislava, we realized that Auburn was not getting better. She started refusing to eat. The next morning we drove back to Austria to a city called Eisenstadt. We took Auburn to the hospital where we were told that she needed to spend a night to have an IV infusion and to do some tests. It turns out that she had an intestinal infection. We, nor the doctors, have no idea what it came from. The doctors where very confused that Auburn was sick and not Conley. The poor little girl was sick. It was so heartbreaking to see her hooked up to an IV and just feeling awful. That is the worst thing ever as a parent to see your child suffer. She ended up staying for three nights. I was able to stay with her the entire time. Simon came once a day and spent a few hours with her, while I took Conley out for some fresh air. Simon also had to keep Conley busy while Auburn was in the hospital.

She recovered quickly after the antibiotics and IV. She had to be on a strict diet for a week after, but when we left the hospital she was happy, but still a little tired. We headed back to Munich that night to regroup and decide on the rest of our vacation plans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This happened way back in May, but I am trying to catch up....

My favorite sister Carrie has had quite the adventure. She graduated from BYU Idaho in December and then went to Mexico for four months to teach English. After being home for only a few days she hopped on a plane and headed to Germany with her friend Wendy to see Europe for three weeks. That is my way to party after you graduate! We loved having her here with us. She was able to travel all over, Salzburg, Florence, Rome, Venice, Paris and London. I was able to fly out to London for a short weekend to meet up with her. (Thanks Simon for watching the kids). It was my very first time away from the kids. I cried when I left, and I missed them, but it was great. We stayed with my friends the Zabriskies, thanks!
We spent the day at musuems, went to a musical and just walked around the city. Thanks for letting me hang with you Carrie!

me and Buckingham Palace

National Gallery

My sister Carrie

Us enjoying Jersey Boys

(I am not so good at taking my own like my husband and I look a little weird)