Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Winter came late this year.  We had a pretty mild winter until the beginning of February and then the temperature dropped to highs in the teens.  It was pretty miserable.  I was so happy when the temperature finally reached thirty degrees.  We also didn't get a lot of snow that stuck until this month.  The kids have loved being able to go sledding and playing in the snow.  We have built a few snowman and made lots of snow angels and snow cakes.


Today is Fashing Deinstag (or Fat Tuesday in the US).  Simon actually gets this day off of work.  We spent the morning at the Natural History museum here in Munich.  It is modest, but the kids loved it.  Conley kept saying "more more" and Auburn wanted to know what everything was.  They have also loved having Daddy home on a Tuesday.  Apparently there are lots of carnival celebrations downtown, but we decided that taking naps this afternoon was a better choice.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Simon's Mom offered to watch the kids for us while she was visiting.  We thought about taking a trip to Lisbon for a couple of days, but Simon had to work.  I thought that was the end of it, but apparently Simon somehow figured out a way to make it work without telling me.  The night before the trip he told me, although he had planned on telling me the morning of.  He had worked it out with his Mom.  They were sneaky and spoke Spanish while I was in the kitchen.  This is the very first time that Simon and I have been away alone since we have had children.  I have to admit, I teared up a little when we left, but I knew that they were in very good hands.  They loved spending time with Grandma and she loved spending time with the kids, but I think they wore her out a little bit.  The kids didn't really even seem to miss us.

This to me is Lisbon.  It really is a town that is a feeling.

So of course we had to go to a soccer game.  It just so happens that there were two soccer games while we were in Lisbon.  Here we are at Benfica.  

A lot of the buildings in Lisbon are covered in tiles like this one.

We went to an art museum.  It was wonderful because we actually got to wander around and take as long as we wanted to read descriptions.  It had a few interesting exhibits in addition to their modern art collections.  They had one on WWII propaganda.  It was very interesting, most of the of the propaganda came from the US and Germany (very helpful that we can read German now).  The middle picture made us laugh pretty hard.

Peanut butter and Jelly Mona Lisas 

Tower of Belem

me on the old school tram

These lovely little pastries are called Pastel de Belem.  This little bakery has been making these since 1837 and no matter the time of day you have to stand in line to get one.  They are delicious! 

Here we are at Sporting Lisbon.  We cheered on the American Onyewu.  

Our last night we wandered around the city and climbed up one of the hills for this view of the city.  
Thanks honey for a wonderful little get away!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

grandma comes to visit

Grandma Hill came to visit us in January.  She stayed for two weeks and the kids loved it.  They were completely spoiled.  Simon and I were even able to get away for a few days (that is for another post).  Here are some of the pictures from her visit.

We went to the zoo.  It was actually a really warm winter day for us and turned out to be a great day.  Although I totally forgot bears hibernate in winter and my sweet little Auburn was a little upset that there were no brown bears.  We made up for it by seeing polar bears instead.  Here she is trying to be like a monkey.  The funny thing is I didn't even ask her to make that face, it was all on her own.

Conley is watching the rhino.

We went to BMW Welt and they had a motorcyclist doing stunts in the building.  The kids like seeing it, but it was a little loud for them.

We went sledding.  This is the pre-sledding photo.  The pictures didn't really turn out during the sledding, but I think it was our most successful outing so far, no one fell or cried the whole time.  

One Sunday afternoon we took some pictures.  He is just too cute.  Grandma brought him this doggie sweater and he loves it.  So much that he gets made when I try to take it off.

Auburn is now the owner of a princess dress thanks to Grandma and Grandpa.  She loves it and now can dress up for princess parties with her friend.

Thanks for coming to visit Grandma.  Hope to see you again soon!