Bikers!

Bikers of Erfurt

The boys and I went on a biking adventure‚Ķ¬†we went places we hadn’t been before‚Ķ we used muscles we didn’t know we had. How fun having a couple of boys to do this with! Enjoying a European May 1st holiday! Apparently it originated in Chicago!?

Christmas brings out the best in everyone… sort of.

December was a full month. Kristen had students over to bake Christmas cookies, Gram and Papa B came from halfway across the world to experience a German Christmas for the first time, presents were unwrapped over a 10 day period, and the boys were the somewhat disreputable shepherds in a Kindergarten Christmas play. All in all a great time, despite what some of facial expressions would suggest. ūüėÄ

We wish you all a Merry Christmas… may it be as adventurous as ours was.

Characters, every single one of them!

The kids wanted a picture of the workers decorating the main train station for Christmas.
The kids wanted a picture of the workers decorating the main train station for Christmas.

Don’t be fooled by the cuteness. Its a ploy, a plot, a clever disguise to fool the innocent and ignorant. They are characters, every one of them.

Ever since our little girl started wearing undies, she has decided that she get’s to decided whether she wears pull-ups for her nap times or not. The other day mom looks into her room and discovers that she had gone #2 in her pull-ups, and she figured she’d change herself. Let’s just say that not a few of her blankets ended up in the wash as her attempts to clean herself weren’t all that successful.

Our boy Who-scowls-at-cameras (as you can see in the pictures above) is well practiced in scowling. When there’s no camera he’s generally quite happy. Here’s a few more scowling pictures for your enjoyment.

scowl2scowl1Eye-drops are yuck

And then there’s the innocent looking one. Don’t let that innocent look fool you, though. He’ll use that look to negotiate someone else’s piece to be knocked off the board instead of his while playing Sorry!, and he tends to tangle with big steel doors and getting his finger broke in the process.

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So, keep a watch out for them! You never know when they’re about to fool ya!

Welp! The Packers spanked the Bears, and the boys have glasses.

At the last physical for the boys the doctor discovered that they both seemed to have poor sight in one of their eyes. So, an eye-doctor appointment was scheduled, and sure enough, identifying anything over a few feet away seemed to be a major hurdle. As a father of two mischievous boys, I hoped they were being serious, but all evidence seemed to point to a genuine lack of 20/20. Glasses were chosen, ordered, paid for, and today they came.

Eye-drops are no fun
My eyes feel funny
Eye-drops are yuck
Eye-drops are yuck
So many choices
So many choices
How do these look?
How do these look?
Glasses-R-Us!
Glasses-R-Us!

When Mom’s away‚Ķ¬†

What do you do when Mom’s away? Build paper airplanes, of course. According to one of the builders: “They are cool and good. They fly easy and fast. Rockets are faster than airplanes. Helicopters can go very loud motor, and when you hike you see an airplane. You can build paper airplanes, too!”

So, without further ado, here are the airplanes!

First, the bulldog:

From the top.
From the top.
From the bottom.
From the bottom.

Second, the harrier:

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And, lastly, the hammer:

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Thanks to The Art of Manliness website.

Its also been fun going on walks with Nana this morning. We weren’t quite sure what the weather would be like, so Matthias decided to dress for all occasions.

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Slug hunt

We’re going on a slug hunt.

In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.
In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.

We’re going to catch a big one.

Our fearless leader - stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.
Our fearless leader – stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.

What a beautiful day!

Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy's back.
Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy’s back.

We’re not afraid.

"Kings of the mountain!"
“Kings of the mountain!”

Uh-oh. Ewwee-gooey!

Slug!!!
Slug!!!

We found one. (Or two.)

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