Happy Pioneer Day!

Elora really wanted to have a Pioneer Day Party, so she planned lots of great activities and invited some friends to join in. We had planned to have the party at the park, but due to the rainy weather we decided to have dinner at our place and hope for the rain to depart in…

Lainzer Tiergarten Stick Forts

We headed back into the Lainzer Tiergarten today with friends for a nice hike and some fort building fun. This was the first time I have ever managed to get by children out of the house by 8:30 am in the summer. They all got up, made and packed sandwiches and water, and were ready…

Hermesvilla and Lainzer Tiergarten

My kids call the Lainzer Tiergarten “Sherwood Forest” and they were so excited to go spend the afternoon there. We also stopped by the Hermesvilla – Sisi’s Castle of Dreams. The Hermesvilla is a little palace that the Emperor Franz Josef built for his wife Elizabeth in the Lainzer Tiergarten, which used to be in…

Saying Goodbye to Good Friends

Our first summer here two years ago, we got invited by our friend Elodie to meet up with a bunch of moms at the Wasserturm Wasserspielplatz. It was our first friend outing in Vienna after our move here, and the day I met a lot of new great friends. On the tram on the way…

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…

Tiergarten Schönbrunn

We spent a beautiful morning at the Tiergarten Schönbrunn this week. It was a bit cloudy and the weather forecast called for thunderstorms, which meant there were very few people at the zoo! We stayed mostly in the forest to stay cool on a warm day and it turned out to be the perfect zoo morning….

Wasserturm Wasserspielplatz

We met our friends at the Wasserturm Wasserspielplatz. I love this water playground, it is such a beautiful place to spend the day. On the way to the playground the kids always get sidetracked by the exercise machines. We worked out for a bit before heading to the playground. The water is super dooper cold….

Albertina

A friend of mine is moving soon and she has not been to all the art museums yet, so we joined her for a short trip to the Albertina this week. Elora and Oliver enjoyed exploring the roof while waiting for our friend to join us. I love the outside of the Albertina building. We…

More Firsts for Christiana

Chris took Christiana and the younger three kids to the Neuberg Museums while Elora played with a friend. We love the inside of the building. It is beautiful just to walk around. The museums inside are great, with musical instruments, armor, and archeological finds from Ephesus. First trip to Prater Park! It is a beautiful…

Christiana Comes to Visit!

Our niece Christiana is staying with us for the summer! We are excited to have her visit and show her around the city. There are some important firsts that Christiana has to experience while staying with us. She had her first kebab within the first week. Good food is a must while staying in Vienna….

Oliver’s Hospital Adventure

Oliver caught the flu and spent the morning sick on the couch. He fell asleep and as he slept I noticed he wasn’t breathing well. I am well versed in asthmatic kids at this point and could tell that he needed a doctor and probably a dose of steroids. I tried to call the doctor…

What is Home School Really Like?

As a home schooling mom, these are the most common conversations I have about my life: “How is home schooling going?” “I don’t know how you do it!” “Wow, you home school? That is amazing. I could never do that.” To answer those questions: “How is it going? Um… aaaaah! How many spring breaks are…