Wednesday, July 17, 2013

We are sort of getting into a rhythm after a few weeks.  The kids love their little sister.  There has been no jealousy issues, which kind of surprised me.  
Conley doesn't really care to hold her, but he does come up to her and say "I'm Conley, your big brother" and "Don't cry, I'm here".  He also loves to show her his toys and got really excited this morning when she accidentally pushed his Thomas train.  He then tried to show her how to do it the right way.  
 Auburn is so motherly by nature.  She loves to hold and snuggle Sienna.  She reads to her and both kids sing to her when she cries.  She loves to come and just lay next to her.  She tells me "she is so beautiful". 

 I have to admit, the first time I saw this picture I teared up.  Love my little girls!

Sienna is starting to be more alert and likes to watch what her siblings are doing.

I feel seriously blessed to be the mom of these three sweet kids!

I could just eat her up!

One night Sienna was fussy, she turned her head next to Simon and feel asleep.  I am also grateful for a husband who is an awesome father. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yesterday was Sienna's due date.  She is already two weeks old.  These past two weeks have been a lot more exciting than I had planned for, but sometimes that happens.

Two weeks ago, I went to the hospital to be induced.  Everything was going well, but I stopped progressing and my water had already broken.  After 12 hours of no progress and 22 hours of labor (don't worry I had an epidural) the decision was made that I needed a c-section.  To be honest I was broken hearted and cried the whole way into the operating room, but I knew that it was the right decision to get our baby girl here safe and sound.  The operation went well, but that first week was a very painful recovery for me.  I lived from ibuprofen to ibuprofen.  Just when I was feeling like a person again, I got mastitis that put me back in bed for a couple of days.  Then Sienna had an infected belly button and the medicine they gave me took most of my milk away and I had to supplement for the first time with formula.

Simon has been Super Husband and Super Dad these past couple of weeks.  He has cleaned, cooked, done the grocery shopping and has taken care of the kids.  Auburn and Conley have also been amazing and have really helped me and let me rest when I need it.  I feel very blessed to have such a sweet little family.  I am feeling really good now.  I am grateful that we are all healthy.  Having a new baby around gives our home a special feeling.  Sienna is such a sweet little girl.  She sleeps a lot and likes to be held in the evening for some reason.  Here are a few more photos...

They wouldn't let Simon take pictures in the operating room.  He took this before.

 After she came, they took her and Simon out of the room to get cleaned up and he got some good snuggle time in with her.

First time holding my baby, it was really emotional.

 Auburn and Conley seeing their sister for the first time.  They are so in love with her. 

Coming home from the hospital.  The kids were so excited for us to be home.  They got some good snuggle time in with Sienna, but were a little disappointment that she slept so much.   

 Sienna sporting the awesome sleep sack from the hospital.  
We are so happy that you are here little girl!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sienna Corinne

Sienna Corinne was born at 8:02 am at the Rotkreuzklinikum in Munich.  
She weighed 3.7 kilos and was 52 cm long.  She is incredibly sweet and a very peaceful baby.  Auburn and Conley are in love with her. She has been smothered with kisses by them and everyone in the family wants to snuggle with her. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This summer is going to be a big one for us... new baby and move back to the US. 

We are looking forward to the arrival of our baby girl.  My stomach gets lots of loves and kisses from Auburn and Conley.  They have a plan on how to help me when she comes.  Auburn has offered to fold all of her clothes and help change diapers.  Conley is going to get me new diapers and throw away the dirty ones.  They both want to bring her toys and make sure she has her binkie.  I think it is very sweet how excited they are and hope their excitement will continue when she is here. 

I have been trying to get things done slowly for our move.  I have sorted through every closet and drawer and have gotten rid of a lot of things already.  I have mixed feelings about leaving.  Some days I cannot wait to go.  Those are probably the days that I have to walk to the grocery store in the pouring rain for the fourth time in a week.  Other days I think about all of the wonderful opportunities and growth that our family has had here in Munich and get sad that our time is over.  Auburn heard me comment to someone how I feel happy and sad that we are moving.  She asked, "why?" and I explained my feelings.  When I asked her how she felt, she said "only happy."  We have been talking up the USA to our kids for awhile now and they are so excited to move back, especially to visit libraries that have an endless supply of books in English.

As our time draws near, we took a day to be tourists again in Munich and see some things that we have never gotten around to visiting. 

Isar River
This river runs right through Munich.  I have taken the kids in summer, but Simon has never been.  The kids were thrilled to throw rocks in to the water.  This picture Conley is doing the no look throw.

Asam Kirche
We have been to this church before, but it was on our way to another place so we stopped to show the kids.

Alte Rathaus
I still can't believe that this is our "downtown".

There was a lot going on in at Marienplatz that day and they had a hard time looking at the camera.

We have walked past this church a million times, but have never gone inside.  Now we have.

The surfers at Englisher Garten.  There is a constant wave at this part of the river and there are surfers there year round.  Simon and the kids have never been.  The kids were fascinated, but asked why they weren't at the beach.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Schliersee - for the last time

A few weeks ago during church, Simon nonchalantly leans over and tells me "Oh, by the way, we are taking a long weekend to Schliersee.  We are leaving Wednesday and coming home Sunday morning".  He knew for weeks, and I was totally surprised.  I love when my husband surprises me.
  Schliersee is normally where we spend Christmas, but we missed it this year due to our long Miami trip.  We are really lucky that Simon's company has such great accommodations there. 
The first two days we had incredible weather.  We took the boat out on the lake and did some hiking.  The third day, Simon had to go back to Munich for work.  It rained the entire day he was gone.  The kids and I spent a lot of time in the playroom and I convinced them to take naps that day as well.  The last night we suffered from some food poisoning.  I am still not sure how or what was the culprit, but it was brutal.  Simon did not get sick for some reason.  He told me it was because he got sick while we were in Morocco.  Luckily it passed quickly, but I spent Mother's Day in bed recovering. 

The row boat on Lake Schliersee.  We even got a rainbow.

The next day we hiked up to get a view of the lake.  
Simon at the top.

Auburn and Conley along the way.

I am really grateful that they enjoying hiking and being outdoors.

Days like these make me very sentimental and sad about leaving this beautiful place.  It was really nice to be able to visit one last time before we leave.  Besides the sickness, it was a great weekend spent with my loved ones in an incredible setting.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Conley!

Conley had his third birthday a few weeks ago.  I took the kids to the dinosaur museum and their favorite park in Munich during the day.  We had birthday celebrations when Daddy got home from work.  The other celebrations came later.  We went swimming, out for ice cream and watched Cars 2.
 He was so excited we couldn't really get him to look at the camera.  He requested a chocolate cake.  Simon told me that I was lazy this year with his cake.  Probably, but I am very pregnant and we are moving soon.  It is okay, he loved it, especially since he got a new bulldozer.

I am pretty sure that Auburn was just as excited about Conley's birthday as he was.  We had a countdown going for sometime.

Lightening McQueen and Cars are a big deal right now.  

Three year old stats:
Height: 39 inches (88th percentile)
Weight: 37.5 pounds (90th percentile)
I think it is safe to say that he will be a football player.

He loves cars, trucks, diggers, tractors, and trains.
His favorite colors are orange, brown, blue and black.
He is OCD about his things being in order.
He doesn't like messes.
He loves riding his bike and playing outside.
He will sit for a good hour "reading" his books or having his sister read to him.
He loves Metallica and music that is "fuerte" (strong and fast).
He has a pretend guitar that he totally rocks out with and makes the guitar sounds with his mouth just like his Daddy.
 He likes to dress like his Dad.
He is still pretty attached to his blanket, although it did not come on our month long adventure and he was fine.
He has a great imagination.
He can tell you what different car models are already.
He says "I love you" at random moments of the day.

We love you Conley!  Happy Birthday big guy!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


This just might be my favorite city in Europe.  Simon and I went to England as newlyweds for our first Christmas and we have loved the place ever since.  Since we were flying in and out of London for this entire trip, we decided to take a few days at the end to enjoy a little bit of the city.  We also have some good friends from Munich that moved there and it was a great chance to catch up with them.  I am glad that we were able to share London with Auburn and Conley before we head back to the US.
We tried to take them to our favorite spots, but also add a few new things to our list.

 Big Ben
The kids were thrilled when they saw this again in the Cars 2 movie.

 Tate Modern
We have never been to this museum.  The kids did surprising well.  They would find their favorite piece of art in every room.  They then insisted that Simon take their picture in front of it.

St. Paul's Cathedral
Even though it is the biggest church in London and second biggest in the UK, Simon and I had never been here. 

 Trafalgar Square

We also walked to a bridge (that I can't remember the name of) to get the view of Big Ben and the Parliament buildings.

Westminster Abbey
We didn't go inside this time, but it is one of my favorite churches in Europe.

 Tower Bridge
It was unseasonably cold while we were in London.  The kids did really well with the cold especially since we just came from Morocco.  They liked this bridge a lot.

 We went to the National History Museum to see the dinosaur exhibit.  It was very impressive and a highlight for the kids.

 Simon managed to get in a Premiership game while we were in town.  We opted out because tickets are kind of pricey, but did go with our friend Daniel.

We happened to be there over Easter weekend.  Our sweet friends planned an Easter egg hunt in Hyde Park for our kids and some other friends that were in town.  The kids still talk about it.  Thank you again to our good friends for such a wonderful morning!

After this got our eighth and final airplane of the trip to head back to Munich.  It was an incredible trip filled with lots of memories.  I hope Auburn and Conley can remember at least some of it.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Morocco - part II

After our amazing camel trip into the dunes, we packed up and headed out for the long, long drive to Fez.  The kids did amazing well.  On our way we drove some good looking country and at one point found these little guys on the side of the road.

 This city has the largest living medieval city in the world.  In the medina there are no cars, only donkeys and carts to transport goods.  It is full of little side streets, dead ends, and narrow streets.  The guide books all say that part of the fun is getting lost, which we did.  Luckily there are plenty of locals that are willing to point you in the right direction.

Some spices in the medina

 Morocco is famous for leather products.   These tanneries are were they prepare and dye the leather.  You have to pay a little "tip" to the people and they will take you up to their store fronts so you can get a view.  The smell is quite strong, but it is very interesting to watch.

Medersa Attarin

Medersa Bou Inania

Auburn waiting for our meal.

On our way out of town, we stopped at Moulay Idriss.  This is a holy city for Moroccans.  Non-Muslims were not allowed to spend the night in the city up until 2005.  This is where Moulay Idriss arrived bringing the religion on Islam.

About five minutes by car is the abandoned Roman City of Volubilis.  There are some very well preserved mosaics.  We thought they would be covered, but they are out in the open.  We spent a very raining afternoon wandering through the ruins.

After Volubilis, we headed for Marrakech.  It was a long drive and we rewarded ourselves with victory couscous at our favorite restaurant in the market.