Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Day at the Park

Wednesday afternoon we decided to head out to a park in K-town with some friends. The park has streams that lead into a pond, play equipment, ice cream, and sunshine! The boys LOVE to build dams and play in the streams. The play equipment is pretty cool, too. They also have these swings that are shaped like a hollowed out onion dome. The pictures below are of the kids inside the swing. As we were were leaving the park all sandy, muddy, wet, ice cream faced, worn out, and tired I had the kids pose for this picture. They were so patient and all smiled even though they were all ready to go HOME!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sarah's 14th Birthday

Sarah's 14th birthday was a fun, friend filled weekend. Noah went to spend the weekend at the Phillips in Spanghalem and we took Jadi for the weekend for the party.
The party started on Friday with her sleepover. The girls (Sarah, Jadi, Corienna, Sarah D., Hannah, and Grace) played a game sort of like "Iron Chef". They broke into 2 teams and got a bag of mystery ingredients. They then had one hour to plan an entire meal from the ingredients in the bag, They had to try and use everything in the bag and would have points deducted for things they left out, or substitutions they made. Mom and Dad then judged them their creations. After the competition we handed out prizes and then sang happy birthday (using the pies that they made in the contest instead of cake) Then for dinner they sampled their own, and each others, creations. After dinner we opened presents. Then the girls went to hang out downstairs. They watched movies, played around on the Internet, listened to music, and giggled.... BOY did they GIGGLE!
The next morning they invented their own smoothies. The girls began to get picked up and go home, but the remaining 2 girls, Jadi and Corienna, went to see a movie at the same theater we took Micah and 2 of his friends to. Micah and his friends went to see Monsters vs. Aliens and the girls went to see Confessions of a Shopaholic. We dropped Corienna off and came home to put Jadi and Sarah to bed.
After church on Sunday (Sarah's REAL birthday) we met the Phillips at a local restaurant for lunch. Then they came back to our house for Sarah's family birthday party. Sarah got to open her presents from her grandparents and mom and dad. Then we had cake and ice cream. The Phillips then took Jadi home and we all settled in, exhausted, and watched a movie. What a GREAT weekend!! It was so much fun and Sarah had an amazing time!

The girls all wearing the aprons that Sarah made for them before they started their iron chef game. Grace, Hannah, Jadi, Corienna, Sarah, and Sarah. Holding the prizes they received after the competition. They're standing in front of all their culinary creations. YUMMYThe last picture I took in the evening. After this the girls were on their own!Saturday morning smoothie bar.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bike Inn Walk

The weather has been unseasonably warm and sunny for spring in Germany. We have been taking advantage of the afternoons. Today we met some friends on the "bike inn" path. This path starts in my village (about .5 miles from my house). It has a little imbiss (which is a food stall) that opens in nice weather. We walked a mile out on the path, then turned around and walked back to the bike inn. We hung out there for a couple of hours and enjoyed some ice cream and play time. Here is our crowd starting off on the walk. We all staggered after this, so I don't have any more pictures of the walk. Sarah and Hannah enjoying their ice creamNoah, Noah, and EJ.All the kids that were on the walk. The Mamas in the shadeMicah on the rodelbahn slide thingie, WHAT a HAM!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Can you believe I didn't bring my camera with my on Easter Sunday? So, even though we had a lovely day with worship, friends, food, fun, and a hike I have no pictures of anything.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Enjoying the Weather

We traveled toa nearby forest to take a walk with some friends. The paths are in a gorge that follow a pretty river with bridges criss-crossing over it every 100 yards or so. It is a great walk and we had a fabulous time. Everyone took their shoes off and dipped their toes in the freezing water. The boys had a great time climbing the hills, scaling fallen trees, and exploring caves. Phantom loved running up and down the hills and along the trails.FIND PHANTOM