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


The next morning an accident forced a special bath


We love fresh bread


But Max was under the weather


Intigued by Zion’s Daughter


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


Big tears because papa walked outside with the trash


Helping papa with the tag for mama’s new car


That pumpkin bread from Camino Bakery is very popular



A walk with papa downtown 


After a run with papa


Helping out to clean up the new lot


Max working intently with Sarah



Yeah, mama is home 





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


Shopping for a tree a few days before Christmas


Breakfast out with papa before going to the dentist


Good times and good teeth at the dentist


Oh no, that papa is so mean


Sampling candy canes for the first time


And yes, those German gingerbread cookies


Team sledding


Finally in Columbia, SC and helping GiCi out.


Freshly bathed and styled enjoying a milk before bed


Gift exchange at GiCi’s house


From Germany with love


Monkeys at the front door of GiCi


Good times at the Columbia Zoo


Riding lions


And the carousel is always popular


Opa showing the boys how to play pinball


Bathing at Opa’s house


The gift exchange assistants hard at work


Entertainment at the Columbia Mall


A snack on the road to Macon


Fun times with Dodad and Bear


Entertainment for all


And a hug for Nana


A monster slide in Macon


A surprisingly adept climber


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


Time to punt the Christmas tree – well, recycle it


Back to school in reasonably mild temperatures


Potty training in earnest


But Max first embraced underpants


It is always great when mama comes home from work


Helping papa to convert the cribs to toddler beds


Hard at work building steps with Legos


A very worn out young man


The bike is loaded for a big trip


Shenanigans with the bike not loaded


Bottle feeding a lamb on Jan and Maria’s farm


The little lambs were super cute


Driving the tractor was an extra bonus


Ready for Valentine’s Day


Good friends send great gifts


Oh yes, this is good


So happy sliding in the park


Electric hair


Tandem sliding


But brrr it turned cold


And then there was snow


Good for sledding


This was fun for sure


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.


Playing ball with Opa in the mountains on Sunday before Thanksgiving


Grilled cheese and ham at the mountain house


On the drive to Philly on Wednesday we had favorable traffic


Oh boy, snow in West Virginia


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


Finishing that cereal milk


When in Philly, eating a cheesesteak is a must


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


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


Bread with strawberry jam hits the spot here


Max also approves of the food


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


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


Captain Simon piloting s mighty ship


Max was fascinated with this music box


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


The diggers were great fun



A very tired 18-year old


There was time for another cheesesteak


All good things must end