Happy Birthday, James!

James had a birthday! We love this sweet energetic little boy. He brings so much joy to our family. James’ kindergarten had a whole special day for the birthday kids. James helped make a cake, got to sit in the center of the circle and be given birthday wishes and hugs from each member of…

School Begins!

This year all our kids will be attending school here in Austria. This is a big change for us. The kids are not fluent in German yet, so this will also be a big challenge for them as they adjust to school in a foreign language. Here in Austria it is a tradition to give…

Robinson Spielplatz

Our friends invited us to the Robinson Spielplatz today. This was our first time at this park and wow! We were super surprised by what we found. There is so much to explore. There are really big tree forts all over the place. The park looks small when you walk in, but once you start…

A Little City Wander

This afternoon we took a little wander about the city to show Christiana some of our favorite sights. We started off at Karlsplatz. The kids love this church (and the neighboring playground!) After enjoying the view of the outside (and explaining to Marion that the reflecting pool is NOT a swimming pool after she decided…

Salzburg – Sound of Music

We had intended to take a Sound of Music bus tour the last day. We had to check out of our apartment early and had a late night train home. That meant a whole day of carrying all our backpacks, halberds, and souvenirs before getting to the train. At the last minute we decided it…

Spring is Here!

Spring is here! We celebrated by enjoying the fountain that just got filled today at the Palais Lichtenstein. The kids had a great time walking around the fountain, looking at the ducks, and finding the hose that was currently filling the fountain. This is a beautiful park. We found signs of spring everywhere – budding…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

On Saturday we went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade! We dressed in green, but since it was raining and cold everyone had to wear coats and hats over their green clothes. I made little shamrocks out of felt for the kids to pin to their hats so we would feel like we had the…

More Ice Skating!

The ice skating at the Rathaus is winding down for the season. The weather has started to feel more like spring, and this is our last week of ice skating this year. The kids have really enjoyed our ice skating afternoons and we are a little sad to see them come to an end. We…

Daddy Days

Marion calls Saturdays, “Daddy Days” because it is the one day we all go out together with Daddy. Sometimes we just wander about the city and discover new places. Sometimes we go to the Naschmarkt and get kebabs (most of the time!) Sometimes we go to a new museum. Sometimes we have movie days at…

Oliver’s Birthday Celebration!

For his birthday this year, Oliver planned out a simple party – go to the park for cake and then see the Lego Batman Movie. He had seen the preview and knew it was coming out in February sometime. We talked to him about all kinds of different options just in case the movie wasn’t…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On Valentine’s Day we had a little party in the afternoon. We had heart shaped snacks, made valentine’s cards and played games. It was such a fun afternoon together. We got this awesome bead kit from our friends in Germany and the kids LOVE IT. I am amazed at how long James will spend placing…

Ice Skating at the Rathaus

After the Christmas Markets close down, Vienna sets up a big ice skating rink all around the Rathaus (city hall). We finally took the kids on Monday night after I saved upwards of 50 euros by hunting down used ice skates all across Vienna for two weeks. Not sure it was worth the effort, but…