Way back in May, we took a trip to Croatia and Slovenia. I realized that this happened months ago, but late is better than never. This is actually the third attempt to take this trip and we finally made it happen. The first attempt was last year. Simon's uncle was a mission president for our church in the region. We had plans to head down while we were already visiting Austria. Our sweet little Auburn because ill, and was in the hospital, so we didn't make it. Last fall, we had the trip completely planned out with reservations and then the tickets prices to Indonesia (that we had been watching for over a year) dropped. So we canceled the trip, without any charges - how awesome is that? This year we finally managed to get this trip to work out and everyone was healthy. We were sad that we missed Uncle Dave and Aunt Dana, but we will have meet up in the states.
This is an area that we really had no plans to see when we moved here, but all of our German friends vacation here, and now we see why. It is a part of Europe with lots of outdoor beauty. We also had the awesome bonus of Sasha, Scott and Brandon joining up with us for part of the trip.
Our first stop was Hochosterwitz castle in Austria. We saw it on our way to Slovenia.
The dragon is the symbol of the city.
There was a soccer game in Ljubljana while we were there. Okay, it wasn't a coincident, it was planned of course. We showed up at the ticket office, and for some reason tickets were free that evening! It is a brand new stadium and a great game.
The next day we headed to Lake Bled and did some hiking around the lake.
I just can't get enough of their cuteness.
This little hiker right here hiked all the way up this hill. We really couldn't believe that she did it. It was a long way and every time I asked if she needed me to carry her, she said no. I was tired by the time we got there. We were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the lake and couldn't of had better weather.
One thing that our kids loved to do throughout this trip was to put their feet in every body of water that we came across. This was the very first. The water was freezing, but they were so excited about putting their toes in the water they really didn't care.
Our kids logged lots of hours in the car. For them riding in the car is still only for trips, but after the first few days the novelty wore off. I realized that there are a ton of pictures of my kids, but they were just so adorable I couldn't help it. They, like always, were amazing on this trip. We drove a lot, and only had one day with complaining. They really are buddies and enjoy hanging out with each other, I think that made it easier for them.