Tuesday, August 29, 2006

On top of the Kreuzeck Mountain

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Hello from Garmisch! 

I am blogging from Garmisch, we are on our last full day here. Tomorrow around lunch we will head back to Wolframs-Eschenbach. We have had a great time, and the weather has cooperated. We went into Austria one day, and another day we hiked down the Kreuzeck mountain. We also took a boat ride and spent some time in the "downtown" of Garmisch, which is very cute. So, I will try to get the pictures and more details of our fun here up on the blog this coming week!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Kindergarten Fest 

This is something from over a month ago that I never got around to blogging. At the end of June Jacob's school has a sommerfest that is a fundraiser for the school, as well as a great show by the kids. Last year Jacob had been practicing and getting ready, and ended up with chicken pox a couple days before. Needless to say we missed out, so we were even more excited this year! The theme this year was how time flies, and each room had something from the olden days, and something modern. Jacob's class had a group of kids washing clothes on old washboards to a nice song, and then Jacob was part of the group that were dressed as washing machines. They had the cutest song all about washing machines, and they did a dance on the stage and waved soap bottles. It was really cute, and Jacob was not shy at all on the stage. We of course taped it, and I have a DVD but it is "german spec" so you can only watch it on our DVD player here. Our pictures came out okay, but not too great just due to the way the stage is set up. Here he is starting to perform. He really looked happier than the picture makes him look!

The menu had bratwurst, pork steaks, gyros, salad plates for lunch. Plenty of beer and soda, and dessert. There is a huge sign up sheet and everyone is expected to help out. I worked at the cake and coffee stand for 1 1/2 hours, mistakenly thinking that would be pretty easy. I know the words for coffee and cake in german, right? Well I didn't think about the fact there would be 20-30 cakes, homemade and all different kinds. Also, people came up and started talking about who knows what, I just wanted them to point at which cake they wanted. There were plenty of us working, so I put myself over by the coffee pouring area, that was much easier. Amazingly people wanted coffee, it was absolutely sweltering that day.

They had a few activities for the children to do, a bouncing house and face painting. (Jacob will not get his face painted, he has been asked so many times and always says no. During the World Cup festivities the teachers were painting the children's faces with flags or team colors and he never wanted it.) There was also a "museum" set up with all kinds of antique items that people brought in. I helped set it up the day before, and there were so many neat things in there. Some of the old photos were really cool too, I enjoyed looking through everything as we set it up.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


Summer break has started, so I wanted to take Jacob somewhere fun while he was out of school. We decided to go to Playmobil Fun Park, which is close to our home. We went with two other Mom's and their children, giving us a total of 6 kids and 3 Moms. When we arrived at the park it was already very crowded at 10:30, and people just kept pouring in. I have been in August before, and have never seen it this crowded! It was absolutely crazy! Our children of course had a great time, they didn't seem bothered by all the people. Each child had a wristband on, with their name and our cell phone number, so in case we were separated we could be contacted. We thought we were going to have to use it a few times but luckily one mom or the other would have sight of everyone. The highlights for the kids were the farm area, where they could "milk" the life size Playmobil cows and of course climbing up in the barn and coming down the slide. They also enjoyed the indoor play area that has different sections with all the Playmobil toys. Where can you play with 6 Playmobil castles and accessories at the same time?

Then it was time to exit the park, which can only be done through the shop, which holds every Playmobil toy you can think of, plus bins of extra parts. Jacob had decided on a dragon, to go with some of his Vikings and Knights. But as usual there was just too much to look at. He really wanted something from the new "Roman" set, but couldn't settle for a smaller toy. He only wanted this, the arena so we had to move on to something else. It's really cool but who has room for an arena, not to mention the price! Finally he came upon this, a forest guy in a tree stand, with a lot of animals to play with. We made our escape from the crowds and headed home after that. We are planning to go back again in a few weeks and hopefully the crowds will have died down a bit!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Picking Flowers 

The self pick flower fields are blooming right now, so Jacob and I stopped by to get a bundle for the house. It's done on the honor system, and is very cheap! We got some sunflowers and some gladiola. I remember posting about this and if you click here you can go back to the old post. Look how much he has grown!

The weather really cooled off for the past week, last night we were wearing slippers because our feet were cold. And a couple of the radiators were on this morning. I thought I had checked that they were all turned off, but a few were mysteriously turned back up. Probably Jacob trying to figure out how they worked. At least he didn't try to take them apart. Hopefully we will get a couple more pool days before the end of summer, but it will have to warm up quite a bit.

Today was Jacob's last day of kindergarten, they have 3 weeks off for summer break. We are planning some trips to Playmobil and the zoo with friends, and then a 5 day trip to Garmisch and Austria during the last week.

We are excited, Kenny is off both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. That has become pretty rare! We aren't sure what we are doing but it will be nice for him to have a rest from work.

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