Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Fest

Each fall, the Blühendes Barock in the town of Ludwigsburg hosts an impressive pumpkin festival during the months of September and October. We are hoping to visit the fest again this year, but these photos are from our day trip there in 2015. Each year the fest has a theme and in 2015 it was “Fliegen”, or “flight”. It was fun to walk around and see all the neat pumpkin displays, and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Blühendes Barock. I may be two years late in sharing these photos, but at least they are seasonal!




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Summer & Fall 2015

Late in the summer of 2015, I brought the boys out to a small clearing in the woods near our house for a short photo session. I loved these photos when I took them, but it is even more of a treat to look back on their baby faces. Caleb especially has grown and changed so much since these were taken.
The second set of photos were taken a couple months later, when the golden leaves had begun to fall. I was hoping to get a good photo of all three kiddos as a part of our Christmas card that year, but it turned out to be quite a challenge. Now that I look back however, I think these images are just right, because life with three little ones is always a bit crazy. 🙂


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Kinderbürgerfest & Tohuwabohu

The day after our trip to the Flossenbürg castle ruins, we headed to downtown Weiden for the Children’s Festival. The boys enjoyed playing on the bouncy castle and dinosaur, especially Caleb. He climbed up into the dinosaur’s mouth and did a somersault down each time! Then, the boys got their faces painted. Meanwhile, baby Piper hung out in the stroller.
The last three photos show Ezra & Caleb wearing the cute shirts they made at their kindergarten, Tohuwabohu.


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Burgruine Flossenbürg

Hey all! It has been a long time. I have decided it is high time that I work through the significant back-up of photos I have stored on my computer. So, get ready for some throwback posts! Here is the first (and oldest) in the lineup. These photos are from our day trip to the Flossenbürg castle ruins in July of 2015. Tyler & Antje were visiting for the weekend, and this was during MiKela’s three month stay with us. It would have been ideal to get these photos posted, say, TWO YEARS AGO, but on the other hand, it is fun to look back on how itty-bitty the kiddos were.
Flossenbürg castle dates back to the year 1100, when it was founded by Count Berengar von Sulzbach. Over the centuries, the castle’s owner changed many times. In 1634, during the Thirty Years’ War, the castle and surrounding land was set on fire and never repaired. I took the first photo below at the top of the castle ruins, which sits 745 meters above sea level.


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Paris in Summer

Now that my photo-a-day series is over, I am focusing on all of my neglected travel photos from the last year and a half. Here are photos from our weekend in Paris in August, 2015.  Thanks to Tyler & Antje, who watched the boys for us, Jason, MiKela, Piper, and I drove to Paris for a three day/two night trip. The weather was beautiful and we had a great time. This trip doesn’t feel like it is 1 1/2 years behind us, but when I see how tiny Piper was and how much my hair has grown, well there’s no arguing.

-Eiffel Tower-
We took a combination of stairs and the lift to get up to the first and second levels of the tower. It was neat to see the view of the city from up there.

The sun was just beginning to set when we arrived at this famous avenue. We walked around and looked for a place to eat dinner. After dinner, we walked around a bit more and waited for the blinking lights of the Eiffel Tower to turn on.

-The Catacombs-
We waited a good two hours to get into the Catacombs. MiKela kept our spot in line while Jason, Piper, and I sat outside at a nearby cafe. Jason then took a turn in line, while MiKela and I walked around a bit and then grabbed lunch for us all. I’m glad we decided to wait out the line, because the Catacombs were quite the experience!

-Notre Dame-
The line here was enormous as well, so we decided to just walk around the cathedral and enjoy it from the outside.

-The Louvre-
We didn’t have time to explore this massive museum, but we enjoyed walking through the courtyard.

-Chez Mademoiselle-
This photo is from MiKela’s phone. We got all dressed up to go out to dinner, but the first two places we walked to were closed! Apparently, it was a popular vacation time for the particular Arrondissement that we were in. However, the third place we walked into turned out to be amazing. Chez Mademoiselle is a quaint restaurant that prepares dishes from Kazakhstan and Russia. We were served by the owner himself and we asked him to choose our meals and wine. We loved the dishes he picked for us and followed it up with a yummy dessert.

Once again, super long lines meant we did not go inside the Palace of Versailles. However, we bought tickets to see the gardens behind the palace, which were beautiful and massive.

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