November 6, 2015

Friday I'm in Love

Hello friends! I'm still around, just never finding a way to get on and blog these days. What are your plans for the weekend? This weekend, we'll be going to the house of our friends for dinner one night (they just moved in this week), and hopefully climbing outside the whole day Sunday. Guess it all depends on the weather.

In other news, Cooper is about to lose his very first tooth. One on the bottom. I feel like I need to take a zillion photos this weekend before that tooth falls out! I never want to forget his adorable spacey toothed smile from this age. In this photo above I asked him to give me a big toothy grin. 

Friday Fun Links:
What are your random turn ons?
I loved this book so much!
Oh Yum! A coworker brought in a ton of apples, so I'd love to make this pie.
Love this IKEA Christmas Ad. Made me teary. Watch it.
An interesting read about the AI revolution.
A cool makeup commercial.

October 16, 2015

Friday I'm in Love

Hey Friends! How was your week? Ours was a busy one, but a good one. This whole month has been flying by and I'm all full of randomness today.

1. My sister Missy fell from her horse a few weeks ago and BROKE her back in 4 places. I was so terrified when I heard the news I couldn't sleep a wink. She is okay and at home and can walk with a walker, but in a lot of pain. So thankful she is okay and can walk but so sorry that this happened to her!

2. Last weekend we visited Leipzig! They have such an awesome zoo, one of the best if not the best I've ever been to. Worth a trip to Leipzig just for the zoo, but the city is pretty nice too.

3. Last Friday, I went for a Volksmarch (German for people's march/walk) with Cooper and his school for 5km. We had an awesome time even with the rain. In the picture above you can see the kids in Cooper's class swarming under his umbrella for fun downtown.

4. Feeling like soups and chili and pumpkin pies for the weekend. The cold has come, and along with it, the damp foggy skies. I feel like wrapping up on the couch in blankets and watching a movie tonight.

Here are some interesting finds from the web... Enjoy!

September 28, 2015

Have Courage and Be Kind

Have you all seen the new Cinderella? I just loved it, and so did Lily. Anyway, I can't stop thinking about the line the mother says to her daughter before dying. She must always remember to "have courage and be kind". 

Last week, Cooper received a Kiwi Crate with the essentials for creating a Lemonade stand. He wanted to go out and give away lemonade last week, but we're down into crisp fall temperatures now, and Germans are not quite crazy about lemonade like Americans. So, last night, he begged for me to make cookies that he could bring to all our neighbors. His plan was to push them on a cart and go up and down the street offering them up. He settled with plates full of warm gooey cookies and ran to each house so happy. He didn't want me to come with him. He wanted to give them all by himself, and that's just what he did.

Have courage and be kind. Pass it on.

September 15, 2015

Summer Vacation - Mallorca August 2015


So, this blog has taken the backseat for me this summer you might have noticed. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the time to post in ages! Hoping to find the time again this fall. We had an awesome summer, with two trips to Mallorca, one to Garmisch, and a whole lot of swimming and climbing around home. Cooper learned to dive and front flip in the pool, and swim! It was awesome. This jump was the highlight of Cooper's trip to Mallorca. One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to GO!

July 11, 2015

Vacation Tradition - Mallorca Spain

As tradition would have it, we took our third 4th of July trip in a row to Mallorca, Spain (here are trips 1 and 2 if you are interested). And as tradition goes, we didn't plan ahead for this trip. It was super hard to decide this year between going somewhere new to climb (Magic Woods, Switzerland), or Mallorca. But Frank left it up to me to decide, and the thought of warm beaches and ocean beat out the mountains. Magic Woods, you'll have to wait.

Once again, I tried to book our agriturismo from 2013 or our awesome chalet apartment from 2014, but both were booked solid for July and August. I think I shouldn't leave such good reviews on tripadvisor and anymore! So, we were left the night before our flight to find a place. We'd had luck with Airbnb in the past, so we tried our luck again. The location of the apartment we booked was awesome, right in Mondrago National park on the southeast coast, the part we like with all the deep water soloing and awesome calas (bays) for swimming. The apartment wasn't my favorite or one I'd book again, but it was just fine and had everything we needed.

While looking back at photos from 2013 I noticed how incredibly calm the water was the whole trip. Skip forward to 2015 and we had MASSIVE waves the first two days. So massive, deep water soloing was not a possibility, but Cooper had a grand ol time jumping waves with Frank for hours. On Sunday, the wind died down and we decided to go all out and rent a boat to ourselves for the WHOLE day. Best.decision.ever.  We took that boat all over the calas and saw so much of the island coastline! We'd anchor in, swim to the beach, grab some ice cream and picnic, then head back to go repeat at another cala. And the best part is, Cooper learned to snorkel! Once he got the hang of it, he wouldn't stop and loved it. We figured out that apparently fish LOVE olives. Really, they do. We'd drop an olive in and 30 fish would attach and nibble. Lily learned that she actually does really love the ocean and pretended to dive in the water like a mermaid a hundred times saying "want to see me do it again" each and every time. Plus, she'd pour water in her bucket, add sand, and wash my feet over and over as well.

As for me? Well, I thoroughly enjoyed watching my kids happy and playing in the sun every day from dawn til dusk and lazed about on the beach and in the water catching hermit crabs, fish and sea snails. Something so calming and therapeutic about the sea. Three days was not enough. Frank and I have decided we need a good week at least next time :) So goodbye until then Mallorca. We already miss you!