Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest! We drove into Munich, but parked near an Ubahn (subway) stop far away from the festival to avoid traffic and crowds. We never had to wonder which way to go on the train to get to the festival because we just followed the people wearing lederhosen and dirndls.Notice Elora in her cute lederhosen, which…

Salzburg – Day 1

Last week Chris said, Hey! We have to go to Oktoberfest! So we looked around and found an apartment to rent the day before we wanted to leave, rented a car, and off we went! We were actually staying near Salzburg, so the first day we went to the Mirabell Gardens (famously seen in The…

Stop Smoking Party

Our friend Om is trying to stop smoking, so we had him and some friends over for dinner to help him start a fifteen step program to stop smoking. Here is Chris in his new Austrian coat, cooking spaetzle. When Chris told a Viennese friend of ours that there were brown or green Austrian coats…

Cookie Time!

I started tutoring some students at the American International School,and Chris has been great about spending time with the kids so they don’t always have to go with me. One day he decided to make cookies, and documented the kids horking down the cookie dough. This is Oliver’s first experience with licking the beaters, and…

Karen’s Birthday!!! Part 1

This is title “Part 1” because Chris had to work on my birthday, and we had planned to celebrate my birthday in a couple weeks when Chris doesn’t have school or work. But some friends of mine wanted me to have a great birthday, so planned to take me out after the kids went to…

Schoenbrunn Zoo (again!)

We went to the zoo with Grace again. Elora and Grace had such a great time playing in the hippo house. Chris took all these pics of the girls, and I couldn’t decide which one I liked, so I made a collage. This is inside the house with aquariums, frogs, and butterflies. It is a…

Riegersburg – Karen & the Chocolate Factory

Last Saturday, there was a big activity for all the Relief Society ladies from church. We traveled about an hour and a half to a town called Riegersburg where there was a castle some of us hiked up to…I was a huge fan of this green swamp pond. It reminded me of Elora and made…

Elora says…

“The dinosaurs got sick and died because they ran out of food and water…But we have a sink with lots of cups of water so we can help them to feel healthy again.”————-Then we were at a friend’s house and I offered to take her to the bathroom. Elora: No! I don’t want to go…

Vienna Walking Tour with Nana

Vienna is such a wonderful city to walk around in we decided to spend the day walking with the kids and Nana. Here we are at one of Ollie’s favorite fountains. He likes the statues and running water. The merpeople statues around Vienna are unique because they show the mermen and mermaids as having two…

Schoenbrunn Labyrinth

The Labyrinth at the Vienna Schoenbrunn palace is a kids park with a small entry fee. Inside is a cool kids playground as well as several mazes. We had never been before so we decided to go with the kids and Nana. It was awesome!Before arriving at the park, Elora had to pose for us…

Reading with Nana and the Jagdhof

Since Elora’s Grampy couldn’t come on this trip, he left very specific instructions that we need to take a picture of Nana reading books to Elora. Elora is a book worm and will have you read her more books than you can imagine, if you let her. Fortunately, Nana hasn’t seen Elora for a year…

Visit to the Karlskirche

We took Mom (Nana) to visit the church at Karlsplatz. The outside is very beautiful, and you have to pay to go in. So we always wanted to wait until we had a nice clear day outside because there is a panorama look out that is supposed to give you a nice view of the…