Monday, April 30, 2012

last week in pictures (overload)


At Ryli's first soccer game. I didn't get any actions shots, except of her being a good big sister.
 And at the same soccer game, Ty being a not-so-good of brother, scaring the bejeezus out of his baby brother...YOU WILL SLIDE!!!
 (just kidding. Ty is very caring when it comes to Theo, for the most part.)


Our first family bike ride. Theo screamed for the first 10 minutes. I only had my iPhone, so this is the best I got.


The science fair at Patrick Henry Elementary. 
Shane and Cannon making a "tornado".
Ryli made a lava lamp.
Ty checking out a sand dollar in the scope.
These are pig insides. I was the one gagging behind the camera. Not at the sight, but at the smell. If you look close you can see that kid is blowing into a straw which is inside the lungs. He's blowing up pig lungs. At the table on the left they had the digestive track of the pig. The stomach had been torn open and it was the most horrifying smell EVER. It still makes me nauseous. The end.


Cannon's first soccer game, in Mannheim.
He is a rock star on the field.
 A fantastic expression from my little guy. I love that chin.
 Love this one, it's so Cannon.
 They won.


 Ryli's 2nd game.
 This was the first warm day we'd had in Germany...and it was kind of a shock to the system.
 Both Cannon and Ryli are #2. They did not win. But she had fun.

 Same day...

 Family bike ride #2
 My sweet ride, and sweet partner. He's coming around...
 We love our little trailer for Cannon...
 Germans have these garden plots that they rent/own. When Shane and I first saw the little sheds we were worried that it was some sort of homeless camp...we were pleasantly surprised. You see them near the highways everywhere. In the warmer months they will sometimes spend the weekends in their little garden cabins. I think it's very charming...
 A path near our house, also Shane's route to work.
 Racing the train. Theo was unsure.
 Turning around to head home.
 We rode about 5 miles. I was impressed with zero complaints from the littles.
They left me in the dust so I could take pics...
Coming to the end of an era, in July he will be in his own bed. In the meantime I'm cherishing our snuggily time together.
Finally- this morning I left the room for 3 minutes...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

ryli lost two teeth today, and...

this is what she looked like before she got in the shower-
See that left one hanging by a was only a matter of time.
 After the shower she let me "floss" it and it popped right out!
 She is so excited, and I love a little snaggle-toothed girl!
And because this boy is expressing so much love these days, I had to get it video-ed!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 6: Exploring Amsterdam

First we went to the Albert Cuyp Market. It's a place that I really wanted to go before we left, and we had tried to go twice before. The first time was "Easter Monday" and it was closed and the second time it was too late in the day and the vendors were closing down. 

 It felt like an authentic farmers market type. They were selling everything from fresh flowers to fresh seafood, there were fabric booths and of course the souvenir booths. We also had a chance to try the Dutch "stroopwafel", which is a very thin cinnamon waffle with a thick honey-like syrup pressed between two. It was very rich, but yummy. Shane could eat only one, which says a lot. He has an unusually high sugar tolerance.
I was able to find some neat fabric and ribbon. Cannon and Ryli spent their Easter money on some wooden shoe slippers. Cannon also got a harmonica and Ryli got a matryoshka set. Surprisingly, Tyler just held on to his money. 

Cannon wanted to play around with this boxer, next thing we know this guy popped out of nowhere and wanted to play too
(one of the things I will always remember, strolling the streets of Amsterdam to Cannon's sweet tunes. he had a lot of lookers)

We stopped and got the kids some pizza, Shane and I wanted to hold out from something different. We caught a tram down to the south end of town and found the Miffy shop and a few other shops that had come recommended by a few different blogs. 

We caught another tram over to the Vondelpark area. We wanted to try out the Kinderkook Kafe. The kids slid down a slide into a sweet little cafe that lets children cook the food that they eat. The selection is limited (obviously) to pizza, sausages, cupcakes and cookies. They opted for cookies since they had already had lunch. They were able to roll out cookie dough, use cookie cutters, ready them on a pan, then play on the playground out back while they baked. It is a novel idea, and I think it was a nice way to mix it up for the kids.

Afterward we went to Vondelpark to let them get some energy out on the playground. I love these European playgrounds. The equipment is so unique. The kids shared a swing with two Dutch children and their grandparents pushed them. I love those simple experiences that allow them to be up close and personal with different cultures…even if only to swing.

(isn't that little boy a doll?!!)
After the park we decided to call it a night a little early. We were all pretty burnt out. We made it back up to Centraal Station and managed to hop on the metro that had the right sign, but decided after everyone had boarded to change the route. The driver let everyone know what was happening…in Dutch. We were oblivious. Once we realized it we were one stop away from the end of the line and a nice lady helped us figure out how to get to the 54. So that set us back a bit, and confirmed how burnt out we all really were.

We survived it, found the car, and made it back to the farm just before bedtime.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 5 (con't): Meanwhile back at the farm

We stopped at the store on the way back to pick up a few groceries. Then Shane kept the kids busy on the farm for a bit so I could whip up a birthday dinner and get all the presents wrapped.

 Ryli wasn't expecting to come in and find a little surprise party, even if only for the six of us.
These are called Petit Fondants and they just sell them pre-packaged in the grocery stores. The owners had some waiting on us when we arrived. They are have jam inside and are positively scrumptious! They also made a fabulous faux birthday cake, and Ryli loves them...PERFECT!

 She had a pile of presents from friends and family from near and far....

 She got rollerblades, she's been asking for quite sometime.
 and a Schulranzen...or a fancy German backpack.

I'm so glad to have this little girl in my life. I'm grateful that we benefit from her persistence often. We would surely miss out so many things without her.

And Liliana gets to go to bed in style, thanks to Cannon and Ty!