Friday, June 29, 2012

Good Bye Heidelberg

Not far from the train stain here in Heidelberg you will see this large statue of a horse.  Love it!  Can't believe we have been here for two months and we only haveonly three weeks before we are back in the states.  Tomorrow we will leave for Bern, Switzerland where I will see a good friend from my high school years and his wife.  He was a exchange student in the states.  We have kept in contact all these years.  We have visited him and his wife multiple times over the years.  One might think it would be akward for my husband, but he enjoys getting together with them as much as I do.

This week my husband and  I were treated to a very yummy picnic along the river by these two amazing woman and their families.  They are the best!  Thanks!

Sadly, Germany lost against Italy.  Boo hoo!  We had one sad ten year old on our hands.  He was really hoping they would win.  Then Italians celebrated way after midnight.  It was slightly annoying.  The loss didn't stop Winston from getting his hair cut like Marco Reus.  He went to his Oma and Opa's house today where he will spend the next three weeks.  He is on cloud 9.  When he went to the soccer field today a man told him he looked like Marco Reus.   Winston beamed from ear to ear according to the report his Oma gave us.

Tonight I witnessed the weirdest art peformance.  Actually, it has been going on all week.  A group of performers have been running around town all week.  They dress in bright colored sweat clothes and at the drop of a hat they contort themselves into weird shapes and stay in the position for a few minutes.  Tonight  4  of them were on top of the telephone booth stacked on top of each other.  However, tonight they were followed by a crowed of people who clapped and took pictures.  The other day when we were at the park we saw a group of guys seperated into two teams playing this game that looked like something in medival times.  They ran after each other and then hit each other with these sword like pieces only larger and then some of them would drop to the ground and freeze.  We also witnessed a colony of wild paraqeets in the trees by the river.  At first I didn't believe my eyes when Roman pointed them out to me because how could they be living along the river.  He thought they were parrots. There is no shortage of entertainment here in Heidelberg.  My life is going to seem pretty boring when I get back to the states after living here the last two months.
                                                 Auf Weidersehen Heidelberg!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bircher Museli "Corner view Mineral"

In honor of our departure to Switzerland on Saturday, I thought I would post a picture of Bircher Museli jammed packed full of minerals.  A perfect way to start your day.  My husband has a bowl just about everyday.  Bircher Museli originated around the turn of the 20th century.  The orginial recipe did not include yogurt, but today in Switzerland  you will mostly see it with yogurt.  Today their are as many recipes for Bircher Museli as your imagination can come up with different combinations.  My bowl included berry yogurt, a quarter cup oatmeal, and a handful of Johannisbeeren (red currents).  Did you know these little berries are apart of the gooseberry family?  In the states you usually see these in their dried version and are either black or white.  I had never had them until coming to Europe.  They taste a little tart similar to pomegrante.  On Saturday, we leave for on a three week road trip that will take us to Lusanne, Zurich, Zermatt, Milan, and Sicily.  Then it is back home to the states.  Well, I better be going.  I need to get cleaning supplies and then it is off to have a picnic by the river with some new friends I made while here in Heidelberg.   Have a great day!

Monday, June 25, 2012


 My husband and his nephew
Addy with her Aunt

 Our family on the old bridge in Heidelberg
 Winston with his Oma and cousin
                                                                     Addy and I
 Strawberry Roll! 
Addy turned 1 this week!  I can't believe how fast the year has gone by.  Way to fast!!! Soon she will be a toddler and the thought of never having a baby in the house again or at least my baby kind of makes me sad, but at the same time we are at peace that our family is complete.  At one she is really starting to show her personality and while most times she is a complete angel,  I have to say she is a very determined little girl.  When she wants something she goes for it.  I guess she had to be this way in order to survive in my belly for almost 2 weeks with a placenta that was not giving her nourishment.  The thought that she almost died is very humbling.  I can't imagine our family without her.  She makes my boys softer.  They are very gentle with her.  I like that and I hope it will make them better husbands and fathers.  At one she is standing like a pro and walks around the furniture.  She gives kisses and says da da and ba ba, but no real words as of yet.  If she is anything like her brothers it might take a while before she really starts to talk since they were all late bloomers and we are a bi-lingual family.  She is a talker though.  She loves squealing and hearing her voice.  Often when we get in the elevator here at our apartment complex she will chat away because it makes an echo and she loves that.  She loves other babies, but has not mastered the art of being gentle.  Happy Birthday Addy!  We love you so much and are so grateful you came to our family.  May you always have joy and happiness throughout your life.
Oh, and if you missed the photos from our day at Europa Park don't forget to scroll down and take a look.  We had a blast!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Observation on Lusanne

Sunday the heavens opened and the rain came down like you have never seen.  Then we should have none something was up when Roman was quiet.  He is never quiet.  He started throwing up.  Our plans changed from that point.  Touring the city was just not going to be possible.

*We stayed in Hotel Aulac located in Ouchy on Lake Genevieve in Lusanne.
* Thankfully, we did not have to pay for it.  It was paid by my husbands work.
*The Hotel while it's furniture is a little outdated like most  European hotels has an awesome bed, pillows, and linens along with a fantastic view of the lake.
* Lusanne jets out of the lake and is situated on the side of a mountain.  A total bear to walk.  Thankfully they have an awesome metro which means you don't to walk the hill.
* The city has an awesome Olympic museum, but we opted not to see it with the children.  Maybe another day.
In front of our hotel is the waterfront and it has a playground for children.
*I have never seen so many swans in one place.

Next stop Montreux!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Europa Park

 Silver Star Could have done without this roller coaster.
I felt sick afterwards, but the boys had a great time.

 street performer
 Roman, myself, and Harris on the tea cups
 Frank and Addy on the jungle boat ride

 We went on the tea cups a couple of times
 Go Germany!
 Roman riding the Red Barron
 Spidey oh no I mean Roman
 Entrance to Europa Park
The gang

 Roman and Winston sitting on a Harley for charity
The money collected is used for heart operations for children
in countries that can't afford them.

 Seriously, I am having way to much fun!
 Frank sees us
 Wodan the coolest roller coaster, but the wait was really long

Europa Park was seriously worth the visit.  I actually liked it better than Disneyland, and the reason being it is a lot cheaper and except for the roller coasters the wait time to get on rides was almost
non-existent.  I had heard about Europa Park from friends, but was a little worried that it might be outdated and not as good as Disney.  I mean it does have it's knock off mouse, but that is about the only similarity.  The park is perfect for both adults and children as it has rides for everyone.  Everyone was happy.  My older boys have  outgrown Disney.  Not enough action in terms of roller coasters.  This park did not disappoint.  While Silver Star was a little too much for  me, I liked riding the Bob Bahn coaster and Wodan which is a wooden roller coaster and the newest addition the park.  The only bad thing was is that one day was not enough.  We needed at least two days.  The boys would love to go back and either stay in a hotel or in their camp park resort where you can either sleep in a chuck wagon, a cabin, or a tee pee.  I know most people don't bring their children to Europe, but I would highly recommend if they do to break up their visits of monuments and museums with a visit to the amusement park.  Well, it has been a long day!  I am tired but happy.  Hope you have a great Sunday!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Weekend!

Roman and his friend Silvia

It's Friday!  Hooray!  My man is back from the states and I couldn't be happier.  We are heading to Europa Park tomorrow.  The boys are so excited.  They can't wait to ride the roller coasters.  Then on Sunday we will celebrate Addy's birthday with our family.  I purchased a Strawberry Roll cake for her at the bakery and will pick it up later today.  Tonight Germany will play against Greece in the quarter finals.  I am a little nervous for them.  I hope they win at least for my sons sake who has loved watching every games.    Well, I am off to the city.  I want to go try on a dress at Esprit.  Wishing you a fantastic weekend!  What are your plans for the weekend!  Do tell me!  I would love to hear!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Uri's Potato Salad "Vegetable Corner View"

The first time I had German potato salad I wasn't completely sold.  I had grown up eating potato salad with mayo and oil and vinegar seemed so strange.  Today I love it and am glad there is no mayo because it makes it easy transport and be outside without giving anyone food poisoning.  On Saturday, we went to a children's celebration day at the church in Kaiserlautern.  The boys had fun Geo caching despite that they didn't find anything. 

Uri's Potato Salad
500 grams of potatoes
250 ml of chicken broth or vegetable broth
3 EL if vinegar
2-3 EL oil
1 onion
Salt and Pepper
I pinch of sugar

Boil potatoes until soft then peel the skins off an let cool down.  Then cut in half and slice.  Cut the piece into smaller quarter moon sizes.  Add oil, vinegar, broth, and salt and pepper to taste.  Then add the diced onion and let the pieces marry.  Add a pinch of sugar if the vinegar is too strong.  Enjoy!  It is a perfect summer time picnic dish.  You can also add a little bacon or a little parsley.  However, this recipe seems to be the traditional German recipe from what I have seen around at restaurants.

To Remember

We have been here in Germany for almost two months now and have another week and a half before we leave for Switzerland and Italy.  Besides sitting on the couch and watching the European Soccer Championships and hearing my son scream Tor  as a team he is rooting for scores a goal, the new friendships I made at church like Conny, Tasia and Beth, I would like to remember all the wild flowers.  Everyday as I walk along the river I have the opportunity to drink in the smell of wild flowers.  The air is delicious!  We have had a good time here in Germany.  The boys have improved their German.   We have gotten to spend time with Oma and Opa, and had experiences that I just can't put into words.   Life is busy, but are you talking the time to smell the flowers and to savor each experience.  When I was younger I was always counting down to the next adventure.  Now, I try to be present and aware of each moment and the gift it has to give. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

All in a week!

The week began like this all cloudy and raining, and end up with a gorgeous sun. Thank you!  We needed some sun!  I spent most of the week in bed with a cold. Still feel horrible. I tried to work out this morning, but got kicked in the butt with a coughing attack that sent me home on the bus. I guess it is going to take a few more days to get over this cold. Thankfully, I was able to get into the city today and get party supplies and order a cake  for Addy's birthday next week. Can you believe she is going to be one?  Not me! We attended a celebration today. They put on a pretty good shin dig that included live music, a magician, face painting, and great food. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of the food because I was too busy eating it! You will just have to believe me when I tell you it was great! The food line up included grilled sausages, grilled steak and chicken skewers, grilled vegetables, a variety of cold salads, cheese cake and ice cream for the children. Winston still excited about Germany's win last night over Netherlands had his face painted in honor of the German National soccer team. Roman couldn't wait to have his picture taken with Simona his teacher. He has really grown to love her.

Aren't these clouds something dreamed up in Hollywood in a Doomsday movie?

Boys and their Swords
Go Germany!
The event!

Roman waiting his turn and happy with the results.
Hope you have a Happy Friday and a great weekend!!! We are off to a children's day with our church in a another city. It should be fun! Hopefully, the sun will stick around.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Holiday Park "A Day of Fun"

The children went back to school.  I can't say I am sad.  I have my first cold in years and I feel terrible.  I have eaten way to much these last two weeks and have not been able to exercise since the children were home all day and it has been raining like crazy.  My nose is running like someone opened the flood gates to the Hoover Dam, and I have no idea what to take to help me out nor do I know if I could get anything here in Germany to help.  Most medications here are by prescription only.  I will head to the Pharmacy tomorrow though and see what they can do for me, so that I can take care of my children.  On top of that, my husband is back in the states this week for his job.  Years ago I would have been terrified, but I am confident enough now that I think I can make even though I do miss him terribly.  I feel a little lost without him.  Anyway, Saturday the sun graced us with it's presence and we headed to Holiday Park with our good friend Nadja.  Holiday Park is amusement park located just south of Mannheim and west of Heidelberg.  I wasn't too sure what to expect since I have never been to an amusement park here in Germany.  The park is built around Junior TV characters such as Biene Mia, Tabaluga, and Wicki.  Winston was pretty excitied about the roller coasters and Roman had a blast in their new addition Biene Mia land. I have to say the park was pretty good for it's price.  $25 euros per perspn isn't to bad when you compare it to Disneyland or Sea World prices.  As you can see Addy was exhausted by the end of the day even though she wasn't able to go on any of the rides.  Thank you Nadja for your visit and for coming with us to Holiday Park.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Well, I am off to bed.  Let's hope this cold doesn't last too long.