Wednesday, November 16, 2011

18 months

Conley is now 18 months old.  Where did that time go?  He loves cars.  He usually carries one in each hand all over the house.  He also loves anything that moves, trains, boats, tractors, etc.  He loves books.  He will pull all of the books off the shelf and read them one by one (just like his sister).  He like animals, but particularly horses and dogs.  Simon started playing the horse game with the kids and now Conley sits on anything and calls it a horse.  He calls Simon on the phone.  He likes pretty much all kinds of foods, but particularly fruits and cheese.  When he gets excited he does a little dance.  He loves his blanket.  We are bink free!  We took it away a couple weeks ago, He only had it in his crib, so going to sleep was a little difficult for a few nights.  He is talking like crazy!  Everyday he learns a new word.  He is mainly speaking English, but has started speaking some Spanish with Simon.  There is something adorable about him saying "leche" (milk in Spanish).  I counted a month ago and his vocabulary was around 50 words, but he knows a lot more than that now.  He is full of energy and a very happy little boy!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Auburn!

Our little girl is 3!!!  So, her birthday was in September while we were in Indonesia.  We, as in Simon and me, decided that her birthday would be in October when we returned.  Crazy, I know, but how do you explain to a three year old that they don't get to open presents or eat cake on their birthday?  So, we planned it for the weekend that we returned.  Honestly, she didn't know the difference.  I figure later on in life she will figure it out, but hopefully she won't care.  We still did all the birthday stuff, just on a different day.  Plus she was in Indonesia, how cool is that?  We didn't do a big fancy party, maybe one day we will.  We had French toast for breakfast and her favorite tortellini with broccoli for dinner, went to the park and just had a day all for her.  She wanted a pink chocolate cake.  

She was really excited about the candles and when we started singing to her.

Conley enjoyed the cake as well!


showing off her new Hello Kitty shirt and her kitchen.  

I really can't believe my little girl is already three.  She loves Hello Kitty, reading books, her baby, bubbles, animals, Sesame Street, puzzles, stickers and all things princesses.  She has know the letters for awhile now and loves reading her preschool books.  She recognizes numbers up to 100 and can count to over ten, but how far depends on the day and language.  She can write some of her letters and loves playing the "what letter does this word start with" game. She is definitely in the "why" stage.  She is avoiding speaking Spanish right now, but Simon still speaks to her.  I hope that this will change.  She has always been my big helper, she sets the table, helps fold and put away laundry, swiffers the floor, and cleans up her toys.  She always has to be the one to pick out a diaper for Conley.  She also loves picking out her and Conley's clothes everyday.  Her favorite color is currently purple, but pink is a close second.  She is so loving and mothering.  She reads books to Conley and tries to teach him the alphabet and new words, which is pretty adorable.  She remembers everything, I mean everything you say and can usually repeat verbatim weeks later.  She will still let us snuggle with her sometimes, which we love.  We just love you our little Auby Aubs!!!  You make us so happy and I can't believe that you are already three!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bali - part II

This is the very last post from our trip.  Our kids did really well traveling.  They slept on the long flights and adjusted to the time changes coming and going very quickly.  We choose a place like Indonesia because we thought it would appeal to us and our kids, we were right.  Auburn is a piece of cake to travel with now and loved pretty much everything we did.  Conley was a little more difficult, but slept like a champ every night even though he had three new teeth come in on our trip.  It was nice to have so much Daddy time, especially since he is traveling so much right now.  Auburn really bonded with Simon and when he is home he has to help her with everything.  We feel so blessed to have good little travelers and to have these opportunities to travel and see the world.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace
We were really excited to walk through some rice paddies while we were in Bali.  It was so much more beautiful than in pictures, especially the terraces.

A couple was taking some pictures with balloons and gave our kids some when they were done.  What an awesome place to have your engagement pictures taken at!

Sayan Terrace

Sacred Monkey Forest
This is in Ubud, just a short walk from where we were staying.  There are monkeys everywhere.  Our kids were pretty excited about this.  We saw the monkeys fighting over food, grooming each other.  Auburn was especially excited about the baby monkeys.   On monkey jumped on Simon's back trying to get food out of our backpack.  Luckily, the monkey realized that he couldn't get to the food and jumped off quickly, but it was sure exciting for a few minutes.

This is the mother temple for the Balinese Hindu.  It is right at the base of Mt. Agung and is really quite spectacular.  It is actually a complex of temples that you can walk through and explore.

Taman Tirta Gangga
This is a water palace.  The pools were filled with fish, much to the delight of our children.  It was also fun to walk on the stones in the pool.  

Around Tirta Gangga we walked through a few more rice paddies.

At the end of our trip we had to head back to Java to fly back home.  We had a day in Surabaya to kill so we went to the zoo.  There were tons of Komodo dragons.

In the morning they were taking these Orangutans for a walk.  They didn't actually touch our kids, but it was fun to see them walking around.  Auburn thought it was so funny that now she walks like an orangutan around our house.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Gili Islands

Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are a group of three islands off of the bigger island Lombok.  Lombok is about a few hours by ferry from Bali.  The islands are all quite small.  In fact we walked around one of the islands in just under a few hours one day.  That was first for me, walk around an entire island in a day.  We stayed on Gili Trawangan, and then spent a day on Gili Meno.  We swam, played in the sand, took long walks and naps, ate delicious food and relaxed!  It was bliss, pure bliss!  It was a little difficult to come back to reality after the Gilis, especially as I look outside at the forty degree weather here in Munich.  I think the beach was a highlight for our kids.


The kids were hanging outside of our bungalow eating snacks.  Simon is taking this picture from the hammock.

We took one of these boats from Lombok to the Gilis.

We met this little guy on one of our walks.

Hot Sauce
Conley always found this bottles and little packages of hot sauce at every restaurant.  He thought it was so funny to say "hot sauce".  We have since called him our little "hot sauce" and he loves it.  That was his first two word combination.

Simon and I think that Auburn looks like she is conducting the sunset.

 We found this urchin for our Christmas tree.  We have a tradition that we collect Christmas ornaments on all of our trips.  We have had to be very creative with some.  It was so fragile that it unfortuantely didn't even make it to the airplane.
You can't really tell from this picture, but at sunset you could see the volcanos from Bali.