A May update

In this update you will find a bunch of items of the last few weeks. In no particular order, well – roughly in the timeline it occurred.

Simon and Max are now the proud owners of this American Flyer off-road wagon. But it is likely a better snack cart versus being loaded with two 30 plus pound boys.

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The boys on the way to school, and there is so much to see.

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Simon after sampling Mama’s kale smoothie.

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One young man has graduated to a toddler bed, and we are waiting for the other conversion side to arrive.

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We went to the mountains to spend a week with GiCi and grandmama.

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Grandmama brought clay for Simon and Max and here everyone is hard at work behind the mountain house.

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Simon quickly figured out how this works.

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Hiking around with the whole group on Grandfather Mountain

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Simon on the final climb to the very top of the mountain.

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We all had to chase hard to keep up.

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Crossing the bridge on top of Grandfather Mountain.

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The boys love the Chris Van Dusen books and this gift from Grandmama was a big hit.

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We had seen a bear, read a story about a bear, and that night a bear came visiting us.

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Hanging out near a creek not to far from the mountain house outside of Boone, NC.

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We all had a great time out there.

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Playing bedtime in the middle of the day.

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The boys had read about marshmallows and now they got to enjoy some. But this is a very rare treat.

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It is very cute how Simon often assist Max. Here he helps his brother get the socks off.

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Max enjoying breakfast with Papa at Cagney’s before a standard dentist appointment.

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The crew at the dentist was in awe what a good patient Max was during his first professional cleaning.

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And Papa was very proud of little Max.

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The boys and Mama supported Papa during a recent sprint triathlon.

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And Papa brought home the goods thanks to the great support crew.

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A stroll through the neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon.

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Early career moves

Simon seems to have decide on his career early on.  He seems to either be on the acrobat or cat (cake) burglar path.



His brother Max on the other hand appears focused on the pilot path.

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Easter discoveries

Simon and Max stumbled upon a few new things this morning. 

Afterwards off to church

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Actually not an egg hunt in the park after church

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Self sufficient at Whole Foods

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Same with Max

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One or more bunnies died tragically

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And some Easter flowers

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Deutschland 2014 part 2

We are already back in the USA and Simon and Max are back in school, below though are images from the second half of our trip to Germany.

Papa’s sister Sandra came to see the boys and brought them a gift.

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We went to Bad Saulgau to hang out.

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Simon went manhole and air vent exploring

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Max with Papa

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Reversed roles in the fire truck



And a wild ride in a helicopter



Fleischkäse is clearly appreciated here

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And Max liked it too.

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Climbing is so much fun

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Simon decided he no longer was afraid of heights.


But men who work hard sleep well

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Oma came along to see the Fasnet parade in Aulendorf

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There were many masks and the boys were scared at times.

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Many bands were marching too

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And more masks

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But the scariest are clearly the witches

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Max decided he had enough and balled

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This was a bit too loud, but Max was just startled.

Good times in Sigmaringen

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Hello there

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Holding hands

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We got to see the Rottweiler Fasnet and many relatives on Fat Tuesday.

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