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…

Salzburg – Hellbrunn and Salt Mines

We went out to Hellbrunn, an estate just outside of Salzburg where the archbishop used to bring guests to entertain them on summer days. The best part of Hellbrunn is the trick water fountains in the gardens. We enjoyed a tour of the gardens and the kids loved the fountains. There are beautiful fountains all…

Salzburg – City of Mozart

Oliver scouted out all the places we needed to visit to find out about Mozart as we walked around the city and then we had a great “day of Mozart” where we visited all the places Oliver wanted to go. Our first stop was the Mozart Wohnhaus, the house Mozart grew up in. Just in…

Trip to Salzburg

Oliver has been asking to visit Salzburg since the day he found out Mozart was born there, so a couple weeks ago we decided to plan a trip! We stayed in Salzburg for five days, and lucked out with a pretty great airbnb apartment that was near the train station and just a short walk…

Skiing in Rauris

We went skiing right after Christmas at the resort in Rauris, just outside Salzburg. The first day we got there, it was nothing but a strip of ice and lots of green hills and mountains. Luckily after lots of prayers from James for snow, a snow storm blew in that night and left more snow…

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert!

We got tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert – it has been a lifelong dream of our little boy to attend one of these concerts! Both sets of grandparents and my sister’s family also got tickets and we had enough spare tickets for another sister to come with her boys too. This led…

The Stuff We Do in Utah

We got to spend about three weeks in our Utah home. It was so nice to be home, and so different from our Vienna life. Here is a little glimpse of what we enjoyed during our vacation. First of all, we loved having our fireplace! There is no better spot than that place on the…

Thanksgiving in Brian Head

This year we got to spend Thanksgiving in Brian Head, Utah! We love it there. It is a beautiful ski resort in the mountains near our Utah home. We have a condo there and spent the week enjoying lots of outdoor fun. When we first got there, there was very little snow on the ground,…

Orlando Science Center

We have some wonderful friends that we visit whenever we head to Florida. This time they took us to the Orlando Science Center, a really great hands on science museum for kids. The kids had a great time with their friends in the water play area. I wasn’t sure if we would go see anything…

Clearwater Beach, Florida

We spent most of our time in Florida hanging out by the pool in the backyard of the house we rented, but I really wanted to spend a day at the beach. After researching where to go, I read that the most amazing beach is Clearwater Beach, near Tampa, the opposite coast that I usually…

Legoland Florida!

In October we headed to the USA for a long vacation. Chris works in Florida every fall, so we stopped there for a couple weeks to enjoy the warm weather. We were so excited to visit Legoland for “Brick or Treat”. The kids wore their Halloween costumes and we enjoyed a really beautiful day at…

Paris by Bus

On our last day we asked the kids what they would like to do, and they all said they wanted to ride in one of the big hop on/off buses for a bus tour. They had been seeing them all week and wanted to ride one and also I think everyone was pretty tired of…