Sunday, August 29, 2004
We mowed our yard that afternoon and thought that it would have been nice to have the sheep over instead. We shouldn't have to mow much more, it is cooling down enough that the grass is slowing down.
Friday, Jacob and I went to the Playmobil Park again, Jacob had a blast. We went with some friends from bible study, it was a fun trip. If you remember, we had gone when my Mom was here back in May. It was warmer this time so Jacob was able to do some more, plus he is a little bigger. He climbs much higher now, and wants to go to the top of everything. And he loves to play in their giant sand pit!
This week Kenny's Mom arrives, Jacob is very excited. We will be traveling for a few days and then back home the rest of the time, so I will post when I can. Just thought I would let everyone know in case I didn't put up a new post for a while.
Monday, August 23, 2004
- Jacob has decided he wants to sleep in his bed now, instead of his crib. This was all on his own, and he seems quite happy about it. Now the dogs keep trying to jump in with him, and that is just not going to work.
- Summer is over... we are staying around 70 degrees each day. I'm not complaining, it's great weather with lots of sunshine. But too cool for the outside pools for sure. So we are going to try out some of the indoor ones soon. There are plenty of those around.
- Two little neighbor boys came over today and were rattling on to me in German. I finally got them to slow down and discovered they wanted to see the dogs. So they came in the back yard and played with the dogs for a while. Then they started playing with some other stuff and having a great time. I realized I had no idea how to tell them to leave... so I threw together some words and they seemed to get the point. Hopefully I wasn't rude, they were having a good time.
- We drove through the vineyard region up to Wurzburg yesterday, it was very beautiful. The vines are thriving right now, and it is so green. Combined with the blue skies it was great scenery for the drive.
- Cuban pork, black beans and rice for dinner tonight...our commissary actually sells the "mojo" marinade by GOYA that makes the pork "cuban style". We have to be resourceful to try and replicate our favorite things here. I guess this is how the settlers in covered wagons did it too, although they probably had it a little harder. No indians, harsh elements and diseases to deal with here LOL
- I took the truck to have the oil changed on Friday to the local Toyota dealer. This is no quickie 30 min lube place to be sure. It requires an appt usually a week or so in advance, and a couple hours of time. Plus I bring my own oil (purchased on the military base) which saves some on the price also. Luckily the Toyota dealer is about a 15 minute walk from downtown Ansbach so Jacob and I spent the morning down there to pass the time.
I could ramble on all day with these minor things but it's time to go outside and enjoy the weather. It won't be too long and I will be writing that it is snowing and cold, and I will have plenty of time to mess with the computer.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
I'm sure he was thrilled to hear that start up outside his window while he's home trying to have some R&R....
Monday, August 16, 2004
We went to Wildpark Bad Mergentheim on Friday with some friends from my bible study. It was about an hours drive from the house and was really great. Not too big and lots for the kids to do. All the animals were in natural settings, seemed like you were walking through the woods the whole time. In the picture, Jacob was trying to climb the fence to go see some chickens that were running around in the woods. They had a petting zoo and a nice playground, we all brought lunch and had a picnic. We had a big rainstorm while we were there, but luckily it only lasted about 15 minutes. Then the skies cleared up again. I will post some pictures on the photo site of the zoo a little later. Kenny has been working all weekend, they had a project that needed to get finished over the weekend. We did find time to go to the Kirchweih fest here in Wolframs-Eschenbach, it was very small but had all the things a fest normally has. A few rides, food and a beer tent with music. We saw most of our neighbors, it appeared that everyone in town was there. It was just outside the old city walls, so we were able to walk down to it and hang out for a little while.
On a happier note, quite a few of the deployed soldiers have been able to come home for their R&R trips. At church on Sunday a friend had her husband with her, and one of Jacob's playmates has his Dad home right now. I don't think everyone gets the R&R but it is really great for the ones that do. Hopefully most will be able to get the 2 weeks at home with their families.
The weather has been hot, then we had one cold day (high of about 60) and now it is just nice! Not too hot and not too cold, and lots of sunshine. Hope this hangs around for more than today!
Monday, August 09, 2004
Today we met some kids at the playground on post, and then had some lunch. On the way home Jacob and I stopped at the "self-cut" flower field and got some gladiolas for the house. They had a lot of sunflowers, Jacob liked running around in them. They towered over him so he thought that was cool. We have some that we grew in our garden at home, but just a few. And he's not allowed to run through our flower garden LOL. There are more photos of the flower field adventure on the photo site if you want to check them out. This week should be busy, nothing special but lots of small activities all week long. We are looking forward to a trip to an animal park on Friday with the ladies group from church, as long as it's not raining. We've got to get out and do as much as possible before winter gets here, and so far we haven't wasted a single sunny minute!
Friday, August 06, 2004
The next morning we woke up and had breakfast, then checked out and headed for
Munich Zoo. It's a really big and sprawling zoo, and got very crowded as the day went on. I can't think of anything that made it stand out from other zoos, although the "American animal" section was interesting. Never really thought about America having a section at the zoo. There were bison and longhorn steer, animals like that. There was a goat feeding area, and like all goat feeding areas the goats were very pushy. But friendly, I think Jacob touched every single one in the pen. It got really hot, so we finished up and headed for home. Of course, the dreaded "STAU" signs were flashing again so we had a slow ride home, but at least we were in the comfortable a/c. It was a great weekend, weather was good, we did so many fun things.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Saturday morning we woke up and the weather looked great, so we decided to splurge and go to the top of the Zugspitze.It is the highest mountain in Germany, and we have always wanted to go, but we wanted to wait until the weather was clear so we could fully enjoy the views. Saturday appeared to be the perfect day for it so we headed over to the Eibsee ( a beautiful lake at the base of the Zugspitze) to start our ascent. We got our tickets (43Euros for Kenny and I, and Jacob was free) and decided to take the cable car up the summit. It is about a 10 minute ride straight up, with amazing views of the lake and the surrounding area. At the top we stopped to layer up our clothes, it was much cooler up there. But with the sun it was very pleasant, not too cold at all. There was a little guy at the top playing one of those alpine horns, you can click here to hear it. The quality may not be the best, and hopefully it won't take to long to download. But at least you get the idea of the music. The views from all around are awesome, and it's possible to scale the last little bit out to the actual highest point. Kenny decided to do that, Jacob and I watched from the safety of the observation deck. You can check out pics of him out there on the photo site. Once he made it back safely we went to an inside observation deck to enjoy the view and plan our return trip down the summit. Jacob was coloring and of course wearing his little hat from the Black Forest, apparently he looks quite Bavarian. A lady came up and was asking us something, all we could figure out was "photograph" and she had her camera. I thought she wanted us to take a picture of her and her companions, but then she clarified in English. She wanted to take a picture of Jacob, to show her family and friends back in Russia. But once she realized we were American she said "Oh, I thought he was a real Bavarian child" I said, "well, he lives in Bavaria, but he's not Bavarian". She replied "Well, I just won't tell the people in Russia that" and took his photo. We had a good laugh over that.
We decided to take a different cable car down to the Zugspitzeplatt, an area just a little below the summit. This is the area that is the center for skiing in cooler months and also home to Germany's highest church. It is only a few minutes in the cable car to that area. We wandered around there for a bit, Jacob enjoyed playing in the snow. Then we caught the cog-wheel train that took us back to the base, although half of the ride was inside the mountain. It was beautiful once we came out of the tunnel, and we arrived right back where we started. After that we headed back to the hotel so Jacob could have a nap, and then went back out for more fun when he woke up. Next post I will finish up the remainder of our trip!