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!