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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Deutschland 2014 part 1

We decided to go to Germany so Simon and Max could see family there and timed it so that they could experience Southwest German traditional carnival here. Below are some impressions from the first few days there.

The boys checking out the Greensboro Airport after a canceled flight.

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Simon on board of the plane to Atlanta

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With only 20 minutes to spare in Atlanta we have no pics from that airport as we were too busy running with the boys from D terminal to E terminal but you can surely imagine the picture.

Once dinner was served on the flight to Zürich and we went through the typical nighttime routine it didn’t take the boys very long to fall asleep. Here Simon on Papa’s lap.

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And Max on the lap and next to Sara.

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Sara passed out a bit too.

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Max looked very happy in the morning

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And Simon slept until it was time to land.

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We waited for our suitcases and car seats in Zürich, but knew that they likely did not “run” as fast in the Atlanta airport as we did and thus did not make it.

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None of our stuff arrived and eventually the kind folks at Hertz let us use 2 car seats so we could continue our trip. Sara then flew on to Hannover to see her family and Papa and the boys drove on to Germany. As soon as we crossed the border to Germany we stopped at a bakery in Stockach.

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And the butcher shop next door

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The weather was mild enough to enjoy a little snack outside.

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After a nap we went to Ravensburg to pick up Mama from the train station.

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A very happy reunion at the train station

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The next day we went to Bad Saulgau and the boys got to play firefighters.

We also walked around a bit and the boys liked the sculptures surrounding a fountain.

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Lunch in Bad Saulgau at Cafe Kostbar

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This is our rental car and it is unclear why wagons aren’t popular in the USA.

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The weather was quite nice for February and here the boys played in Oma’s gravel driveway.

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The boys slept very well during their naps, too well actually because of the cumulative missed sleep from the trip.

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Both boys were totally out and had to be woken up.

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On Wednesday we went to Ravensburg.

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Berliners (German jelly donuts) for the boys.

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Simon worked very hard on his

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That night the witches were freed in Ostrach

Fasnet in Germany allows the boys to re-use their Halloween costumes

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That night Mama and Papa went out and were pretty much the only folks not dressed up.

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Below are a few of the costume groups we encountered. And these are just groups of friends who decide to have a theme.

Owls

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Mickey Mice

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And…

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Oma worked very hard on the laundry and the weather obliged.

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Children’s surprise eggs for the boys

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That is yummy chocolate

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Oh yeah, dig in.

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On one of the playgrounds in Ostrach

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Yeehaa

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This is a very cool playground

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Our friend Maria was also there with her 2 daughters.

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Simon made friends

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Checking out the Narrenbrunnen in Ostrach

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Mama is the best

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Winter in Winston-Salem

As we are uploading the pictures today from the 2014 Snowmaggedon in the South, most of the snow has already melted but it stayed long enough for the boys to enjoy it.

Downtown was almost empty as the snow accumulated on Wednesday.

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We moved the Ford to a side street to avoid out of control downhill car issues

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The snow came down hard and fast

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This is what our street looked like

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Simon and Max were playing inside most of the time

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But we had to take them out as these conditions are rare.

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They really seemed to enjoy the experience and kept their gloves on for most of the outing.

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Sara came along and mostly made sure that no child was left behind

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Good times and red cheeks

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In full flight

A few days later in front of snow mountains at the Thruway Center

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One of the few dry paths to go for a walk with the boys

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Oh look there is Micky.

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Art projects at home

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Hair trimming time

The boys started to look like hippies so we took them to get their hair cut. Simon and Max initially protested loudly but eventually played along nicely. The end result – stunningly handsome

On the way to the Hairbomb Salon

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Max took a ride on Papa’s arm

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And after some tears Simon was ready for Nina

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Almost done

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Max early on

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A master work

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Simon showing off the new haircut

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Max at play

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The rascals in the morning

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Let it snow

It indeed snowed today and it was the first opportunity for Simon and Max to see and experience the big white beauty. So after their nap we bundled them up and Sara and I took them for a walk. It hadn’t snowed a ton but enough to get a feel.

The boys looking around in Hanes Park

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Simon loved it

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Max was a bit more apprehensive

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They walked with Sara across the bridge

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Simon conquered the snowy steps

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And Max also got to the top

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Afterwards it was time for warm hot chocolate

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Christmas 2013

It was a very busy time for the boys at Christmas time and now we finally have time to update this blog.

We drove to Columbia, SC a few days before Christmas and stopped at a Cracker Barrel for lunch

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Followed later by a very messy and fun dinner at GiCi’s house

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One on one time with GiCi

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Our annual Christmas card was meanwhile well received

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One of the boys tried to taste this mandarin

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The anticipation was big, but both boys were pretty much hands off until told otherwise

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But finally the big unveiling at GiCi’s house

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So much joy and so many toys

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The blanket from Granddaddy and Dorothy found Simon well

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Hard at work

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Everybody was busy

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A bit later at Opa and Mimi’s house a bit of peace and quiet while the boys were napping and adults exchanged gifts.

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But before too long, more gifts for the boys. Including the very popular suitcases from Opa and Mimi.

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At play

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We also went to the zoo the day after Christmas

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Lots to see and explore

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Wow, they are big

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Good times with the giraffes

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Santa also visited the boys right in the new year and brought them a kitchen

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And the kitchen was well received the next morning

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