Christmas, Christmas Time is Here!

We celebrated Christmas in Garmisch Germany in a nice hotel. We didn’t have room to pack our Christmas tree in the car, although we were tempted… Instead we spread the presents around the hotel ficus tree. When Elora woke up in the morning I asked her to wait in her bed for a minute until…

Trip to Munich

We drove up to Munich just before Christmas and went to the Christmas Market there. It was much bigger than anything in Vienna, although that makes sense because Vienna has dozens of markets, and Munich had this one sprawling one. This is the Glockenspiel, which I believe is the largest cuckoo clock in the world….

Meeting Santa!

We spent Christmas in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. On Christmas Eve at our hotel, Santa came to visit! We asked Elora what she wanted Santa to bring her for Christmas, and she said, “Cookies.” Very practical. When it was Elora and Oliver’s turn, we sat them both on Santa’s lap. Oliver was super excited as you can…

Vienna Christkindlmarkt (Adventsmarkt)

Decemember is Christmas Market season in Vienna. There are dozens of markets scattered all around the city. The tradition dates to the 1200s. The markets sell a huge assortment of items, but I really like seeing all the Christmas ornaments (which are way too expensive for the most part) but still beautiful. Elora likes the…

Wieners Know How to Party

Three More Fun Videos… So we showed up an hour late to our Church Christmas Party here in Vienna and it turns out they were waiting for us to show up to get started….(not really but they hadn’t started eating yet). After dinner, in addition to the typical awkwardly dressed up children as wisemen and…

Random photos

Okay, so this is a totally random post. I always carry a camera in my purse so that if we see something interesting while we are out I can take a picture… and some of these pictures deserve to be commented on, even if I don’t need to make a post for the whole day…

The First Snow

We had our first snow awhile back. It actually does not snow that much in Vienna, instead it just gets cold, but without all the fun fluffy stuff. We did get enough to scrape together a little snowman. By the time the snow man was complete most of the snow on the ground had already…

The Advent Calendar

I was really excited about this Advent Calendar we bought for Elora. We told her she could open up a new window each day and get a new present. It lasted about two days, but then she was so excited that she woke up early the next morning and opened them all. I went out…

Kidlet Videos – A Slice of Life, Sorta

Early one morning, Chris and I woke up to a whole lot of noise coming from the living room. We grabbed the camera, and walked into the dark room, turned on the light, and… found Elora jumping on the couch, in the dark, with toys all over the room. She apparently woke up Oliver and…

Bathtime Big Sister

Everytime Elora takes a bath Oliver crawls into the bathroom and howls at her through the shower door until we let him in. Elora also asks that he come in too because she likes to have company as you can see from these photos. The “bathtub” is actually a plastic bucket that you buy at…

The Bird’s Nest…

There is a little park across the street from our apartment Elora likes to play at. She is especially fond of a big tree that has a little cove underneath it. On this day Elora told me she was “in a bird’s nest!” She and (dirty) Teddy proceeded to laydown and “nap” in her bird’s…

Barcelona – Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

We spent a few days exploring the area around the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The building is absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately Winter is a terrible time of year to take a nice picture of the outside… the sun was just never in the right place. But here is a picture we got one evening…