Saturday, October 31, 2009
The boys did not have a chance to show off their new birthday present (the Wii) to their friends, so after all the family left we invited their friends over for snacks and game time. We had hot dogs, burgers, decorating cupcakes, and caramel apples. The boys had a Lego building contest and lots and lots of time on the Wii. It was a great day!
Sarah's best friend, Hannah, is celebrating her birthday tomorrow - so since she was at our house Sarah took the opportunity to give Hannah the birthday present she bought for her. They are really long socks that look like converse tennis shoes.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
One of the requirments to earn the Tiger rank is to visit a farm - the boys had a great time seeing the cows, the fields, and the rest of the farm. They made butter from cream and ate it on muffins. One of their favorite parts was seeing the big pile of poop getting shoveled out of the barn.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sarah is taking a biology course this year. She has a DVD course, but does the labs on her own. She usually waits for Saturdays so that Rob can be here while I hide out in the basement. Ewwwwwwww. On today's cutting board: a Sheep's BRAIN..... I am not going to post every dissection lab she has, but thought I would at least show off her mad cutting skills at least once. Plus, she looks SO cute in goggles, how could I resist? The boys were ALL over a brain being cut up on our kitchen table. It was good for Sarah, too, having to explain to them what she was doing helped enforce what she was learning.
Rob came on the seen and said, "OOOOOO, let's poke it!"
All done! Brain cut up? CHECK!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Today we took Rolfy to Burg Eltz, one of the most picturesque castles and only about and hour and a half from our house. We took the castle tour and ducked into the little snack shop for french fries and hot chocolate during a rain shower. We had a great time hiking to and from the castle along the paths.
the castle sit along the Eltz river and we took a walk down to the river to skip stones for a while.
Silliness with Uncle Rolf.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I think this was our favorite day trip! This castle is AMAZING! It has huge ruins, underground tunnels, hiding places, lookouts, towers, EVERYTHING, including unlimited access! There are some places (underground mine tunnels) that are pitch black and can only be walked through in a hunched over position. Daddy, Uncle Rolf, and the 3 kids braved their way into these tunnels while Mom sat outside with Phantom. Dad and Rolf were a little worried down there because it is pitch black and winding, turning, and full of dead ends. They didn't make it "through", but they were able to turn around and find their way back out the same way they came even though they got a little turned around down there.
Sword fighting in the castle court yard
Rolfy posing on the highest tower, with his faithful Rick Steves book in his hand. We went no where without it, although it wasn't too helpful in the pitch black mine tunnels.
cool castle photos
We ate at the restaurant on the castle grounds. This is the platter my brother ordered (YUMMM!!) Noah also ate an adult size portion of spaghetti (the waiter said, "are you sure you don't want the kiddie size?", Noah said, "Exploring makes you HUNGRY!")
Before heading home we traveled down the Rhine looking at all the other castles that can be seen on this particular stretch of road. We stopped in the VERY picturesque village of Bacharach, famous for their wine, to sample and walk around the quaint little town.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The Porta Nigra
For my brother, he knows why. Get it?