Monday, August 27, 2007

A new way to ride 

A couple weeks ago Jacob finally decided to try his bike without training wheels. It only took him a few tries and he was riding all around! Luckily I had my camera out there so I could take some video of his first ride. That day he rode his bike all day, and he really enjoys going for bike rides now. He has two bikes, an older, smaller one and a newer, bigger one. The video is of him on the older bike, the photo is on the bigger bike. He can't touch the ground as well with the bigger one, so he had been sticking with the little one. One day he tried the bigger one while he was outside alone, and I saw him ride by the kitchen window on it. The beginner wobbles are now gone and he likes to go "offroading" with his bike.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

On the move 

Jacob is helping out too, as we prepare to move. He was delivering some flower pots and flowers we no longer need to a friend a few streets over. We are very happy to finally have a moving date, as well as a place to move to. As most of you know, we thought we were moving to Mannheim, but now we are moving to Corpus Christi, Texas. Surprise! Where we are and where we are going changes quickly around here, sometimes I can barely keep up. As you can imagine, things are in high gear here at our house, as we sort, pack and throw out things we've acquired over these past 3 1/2 years. We also had to do the last minute purchases of things we had to have before we left Germany. Jacob's was a Playmobil toy, Kenny's was a German made pocket knife. Mine was .... a mop. Yes, a mop. This is not just any mop, it is a fine example of German engineering designed to clean floors so they gleam. I am hoping our house in Texas will have lots of tile, not wall-to-wall carpet! That would certainly make my purchase seem rather silly. Perhaps you can come visit and admire my mop sometime.

FYI, our email will remain the same, and I hope to continue the blog. The name will have to change, obviously. But I imagine Texas will be quite the adventure too!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Photo Album changes 

The site that I have our photo album on is not going to be around soon, the last day is September 27th. It's not a huge problem, I have all those pics on discs here so I won't lose anything. You just won't be able to view them anymore! So go now and check them all out for the last time!

I am in the process of setting up a new photo album on another site, "flickr". Here is a link to the new one, you can see pictures from Geiselwind and Garmisch on there. Just click on the album you want to view. Once you are on that page, you can choose "slideshow", "thumbnails", or "details". I recommend details as that will show any captions I have added to the pics.

For now the link on the left side of the blog will still take you to the old site, I will update it closer to the end of the month to take you to the replacement site.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Time Flies 

They say time flies when you are having fun -- so we must be having fun! Actually, just quite busy with lots of summer activities. Jacob is out of school for a few weeks so my usual blogging time is not available. We have been on the go, even before his school let out for the break.

One weekend we went to Playmobil Fun Park, all the life sized Playmobil toys you could ever want and more. They have added a minigolf course, and Jacob was very excited about that. It was a warm sunny day and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Jacob and Kenny pushed themselves around on raft in the pirate ship lagoon, and we visited most of the different areas. Searching for "gold" in the wild west and milking cows on the farm. (Playmobil cows - not real ones!) Then playing with all the toys, and finally off to the minigolf area. A fun day for everyone, and of course Jacob left with a new toy. He picked out a cowboy and indian set which is pretty cool. Teepees, horses, even a rattle snake to complete the scene. He has quite the collection of Playmobil toys now, almost enough to start our own Playmobil park at our house.

We also went to a park about an hour north of us called Geiselwind, it's an amusement park with some animals mixed in too. They had lots of fun rides for Jacob, and we also watched a diving show. The park has a bavarian theme, which made it pretty fun to read all the names of the rides. They even had a fest tent with plenty of beer and bratwurst, and a Bavarian Bear Music Show (like the Country Bear Jamboree at Disney, except in German). We had good weather, a few sprinkles but not too hot. The lines weren't too long, and we were able to see every bit of the park. It's really a nice little park, we had a really fun day.

Jacob also took a swimming course with some friends from school. They went Monday - Friday for two weeks, and Jacob really did well. I was a bit skeptical in the beginning, but it turned out okay. It appeared to be the "jump in and sink or swim" method, which I wasn't to sure of. The boys loved the teacher, he was really nice and let them have fun as well as learn. We were able to go on the last day and watch them show off their swimming skills which was fun. Everyone clapped and cheered each child on, and they all looked so proud.

So, that's what we've been up to. We also just got back from Garmisch and Mannheim, but I will have to save those pictures for another time.

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