Spring Break fun in Florida

During Spring Break Simon and Max got to spend a few days on the Florida Keys and everyone had a great time.

The whole family in the pool.

Max slowly got more confident and Simon was pretty much off swimming by himself.

We also got to meet dolphins and that was very cute, but we all had to get suited up first.

Max was all in.

Simon liked the dolphin but was not fully thrilled.

So he got out early but warmed up again

Amy got a kiss ­čÖé

Max and Amy went on a kayaking tour too.

Fun in the snow

We took the boys skiing in West Virginia and we all had a great time.

Below Amy spent quite some time with Simon who picked it up very fast.

But Simon first had a private lesson

Max worked with the amazing crew of the Challenged Athletes of WV to get his bearings on skis

The temps were quite cold

Here is Simon in action

And Max

On the last day it was bitter cold but Amy went out to ski

This is downtown Snowshoe

And the sun finally came out

Christmas 2018

This year we stayed at home and put up a 12 foot tree – that is 3.65 meters. The boys were super excited and so were the parents.

The Christmas card image from this year

On Christmas Eve the boys performed in church

And later that night the presents for family and friends went under the tree

In the morning the boys raided their stockings

And checked out in awe the gifts

The boys then went with Amy to feed the homeless at The Porch Cantina. Then breakfast with GiCi and Grandmama and then action.

Oh joy

No one was left out

And the adults were busy too

Very busy

Afterwards there was cleaning action

The summer of 2018

Good times by all.

Simon and Max very GQ at Easter

Simon is on the Sherwood Sharks swim team

With his fellow shark Finn under water at Sherwood

But you do not have to be an official shark to enjoy underwater time as Max clearly demonstrates.

The boys together in the pool.

Max enjoying a Landj├Ąger at home.

Simon riding around Salem Lake with his dad running along.

Max prefers his motorized Powerwheels

A shark tattoo at the City Meet

Fresh haircuts before the big trip to Germany

Currywurst und Pommes at the Eichb├╝hlfest in Ostrach

Taking in the beauty of the Bodensee while hanging out in ├ťberlingen

Walking to the Bannwaldturm in Ostrach

At the end of the summer on the special way home from Brunson School


Another long summer – 2015┬á

The boys are growing like weeds and we all had lots of fun this summer, and here are a few impressions. 

 Entertaining themselves more and more these days.

   
Fresh haircut for the younger boy

  
Good times at the pool

   
Comfortable like a fish 

  

Swim lessons at Sherwood Pool 

 
Meanwhile the new house is coming along nicely. 

   

The boys assisting papa shopping at Lowe’s

  

There is always time for the pool, and the little one is still good for fun. 

  
Small construction toys from Grandmama Georgia look mighty in front of the new house.


Horsing around with David.   

  
A kiss for brother in the tub

 

Simon also was due for a haircut.

   
Ready for summer weather and fun.

 

More progress at the new house.

   
Skateboarding with David.

 

A confident walk during the vacation at the beach.
   
With GiCi and lots of sand to explore 

 

Opa was also there and hung out with Simon and Max.
  
The big truck in action at the beach.

 

Riding time at the beach.
 

  
A morning walk with Mama

 

Focused on the task at hand.
   
Captain Simon putting a big ship.

 

Max also spent time at the helm.

   
Big family dinner after the boat trip.

 

A house with a view was our home for a week. 

   
Shopping at Litchfield Beach.

 

Firefighter Max is learning about the important job.

   

Morning walks with Mama are fun indeed.

 

Simon also checked out being a firefighter. 
   
A big construction project called a Stairway To Heaven. 

 

Max fell hard during quiet time and the bandaid is the lame work of the father.  
 

  
More Lego work – The Clover Gate 

 

The souvenir Max received when he fell against the edge of the bed. 

   
Max Cool 

Lawn mowing assistants at the new lot.

 
On the roof deck at the new house.

  

Simon is modeling near the Porch restaurant. 
  

Giving the brother a ride. No Uber needed. 
  

Hard work for Max with Emmie.
  

Fun times on a slide 

So many sweet delights and Papa says no.
  

More work at the new house.
  

Going on a train ride.

   

Summer is approaching 

Max loves the new harmonica 

 

Simon also joined in the concert  

 

The cherries were clearly very yummy

  
Mama and papa escaped to Europe for a few days

  

Good times with papa at the Lighthouse

  
Meanwhile the new house is taking shape 

 

Ready for horseback riding lessons

  
Giddy up

 
Max was not fully into it on that day 

  

Shanigans at home 

   
A summer haircut for Max

  
Hard at work with chalk 


Raspberries and yogurt

Testing papa’s aero helmet

  
Good times at Sherwood – yeah for summer

  
Max is loving the water too

  
Simon has turned into a fish

  
Official swim class

 

Yes, the house. 

   

While mama was gone 

Mama was away on business but we were busy.

Hair stylists in the tub

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The next morning an accident forced a special bath

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We love fresh bread

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But Max was under the weather

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Intigued by Zion’s Daughter

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Simon got to be a big boy and walk to class on his own 

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Big tears because papa walked outside with the trash

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Helping papa with the tag for mama’s new car

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That pumpkin bread from Camino Bakery is very popular

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A walk with papa downtown 

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After a run with papa

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Helping out to clean up the new lot

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Max working intently with Sarah

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Yeah, mama is home 

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A February update

We have been tardy with updates recently but can promise that the boys are well and growing like weeds. We simply have been too busy otherwise, but here is what happened the last few months.

Hanging out at the farmer’s market downtown in early December

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Shopping for a tree a few days before Christmas

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Breakfast out with papa before going to the dentist

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Good times and good teeth at the dentist

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Oh no, that papa is so mean

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Sampling candy canes for the first time

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And yes, those German gingerbread cookies

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Team sledding

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Finally in Columbia, SC and helping GiCi out.

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Freshly bathed and styled enjoying a milk before bed

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Gift exchange at GiCi’s house

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From Germany with love

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Monkeys at the front door of GiCi

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Good times at the Columbia Zoo

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Riding lions

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And the carousel is always popular

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Opa showing the boys how to play pinball

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Bathing at Opa’s house

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The gift exchange assistants hard at work

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Entertainment at the Columbia Mall

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A snack on the road to Macon

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Fun times with Dodad and Bear

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Entertainment for all

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And a hug for Nana

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A monster slide in Macon

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A surprisingly adept climber

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Back at home enjoying the new bath colors that came from David

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Time to punt the Christmas tree – well, recycle it

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Back to school in reasonably mild temperatures

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Potty training in earnest

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But Max first embraced underpants

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It is always great when mama comes home from work

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Helping papa to convert the cribs to toddler beds

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Hard at work building steps with Legos

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A very worn out young man

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The bike is loaded for a big trip

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Shenanigans with the bike not loaded

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Bottle feeding a lamb on Jan and Maria’s farm

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The little lambs were super cute

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Driving the tractor was an extra bonus

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Ready for Valentine’s Day

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Good friends send great gifts

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Oh yes, this is good

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So happy sliding in the park

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Electric hair

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Tandem sliding

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But brrr it turned cold

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And then there was snow

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Good for sledding

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This was fun for sure

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Thanksgiving 2014

This year we drove to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving and good times were had by all. We spent time with Vinnie and Beverly where Simon and Max’s dad was an AuPair from 1987 to 1991.

The weather has certainly gotten colder, thankfully not every day.

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Playing ball with Opa in the mountains on Sunday before Thanksgiving

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Grilled cheese and ham at the mountain house

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On the drive to Philly on Wednesday we had favorable traffic

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Oh boy, snow in West Virginia

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Walking with the boys in suburban Philly. Narberth to be precise

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Finishing that cereal milk

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When in Philly, eating a cheesesteak is a must

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Drinking milk before going to bed and the wood floor is just fine

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The day after Thanksgiving we played a fun game with Beverly’s mum

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Bread with strawberry jam hits the spot here

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Max also approves of the food

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Simon and Max got to meet a little lamb in the Please Touch Museum

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The piano was the perfect size for Max, but the interest was there for just a few seconds

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Captain Simon piloting s mighty ship

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Max was fascinated with this music box

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Dr Simon checking out a patient in the hospital of the Please Touch Museum

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The diggers were great fun

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A very tired 18-year old

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There was time for another cheesesteak

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All good things must end

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