Back in 2006 we had the privilege to visit Germany during the 2006 World Cup. We didn’t go to any of the matches, but we did pick up a German Soccer uniform. Emma wore it in Germany for her 6th month picture, but she even wore it when she was older. We wanted to get a picture with Kenny in it also, so here he is.
Kenny 23 months old.
Emma 6 months old.
Emma at 2.5 years old.
Over the course of the summer, both Emma and Kenny made stepping stones.
The weather was great for another monarch butterfly release. You can complain about short sleeve weather during the last few days of September.
We had a total of 3 monarchs and 2 of them emerged during Emma’s preschool class. The odds of that are not very high.
Kenny enjoyed the butterfly as much as Emma and he did a good job of being gentle with it.
We got up early on Monday, took the train to Paris, saw the Eiffel Tower and spent some time at Disneyland Paris, and came back on Tuesday night. It was a whirlwind trip, but full of great memories.
Though the trains go fast, the ride from Frankfurt to Paris still takes about 4 hours.
First stop, the Eiffel Tower.
Very excited to make it to Disneyland Paris.
Day 2 at Disneyland Paris.
Emma had so much fun running around waiting for her turn to see Minnie.
Then tradgedy struck. She fell and scrapped her knee. The only good thing was that she got a little longer turn with Minnie.
Seeing Princess Mulan was a highlight as Emma hadn’t met her before.
The next day we flew home. What a special trip with my little girl.
Lot’s of the trip worked out so amazingly. We didn’t plan ahead, but here we are in Munich during the first days of the 200th anniversary Oktoberfest.
Getting ready for the opening day parade.
It was a little hard to see, but still lots of fun.
Decorated cookies seem to be part of the Oktoberfest tradition.
“You are sweet”
Lots of carnival rides at Oktoberfest. Emma is in the second row.
Emma didn’t want to leave and she didn’t want to get a picture with Georg.
Neuschwanstein is probably the most famous castle in the world. Emma’s interest in princesses made the visit all the more fun.
Emma had actually been up this hill before in her mom’s tummy. Here her good friend Georg is giving her a much more scenic ride up the hill.
Back in Wisconsin, we had a monarch emerge from its crysalis. Kenny was the first one to actually notice that it was hanging in its jar.
The main reason for heading over to Germany was for the wedding of Megan and Martin. The drive from Frankfurt to Velburg in Bavaria allowed us to stop and visit some friends from Oklahoma. We attended some of the wedding festivities the night before and did a little sight seeing the morning of the wedding. We then had the amazing honor of helping Megan get ready for the wedding. Emma just loved it. The wedding was wonderful and we were so glad that it was possible for the two of us to attend.
Another day trip took us to Aschaffenburg to see its palaces.
Thomas and Maria and their family are dear friends of ours. Thomas was a foreign exchange student with Dana’s family back in the 90s. They are some of the most hospitable and caring people that we know. Thanks for opening your house to us.
On Opel Zoo just outside of Frankfurt was the first adventure of the trip.
Waiting for the bus.
Riding on the U-bahn (metro train) in Frankfurt.
Emma loved using public transportation.
Emma and Lenny didn’t speak the same language, but they still enjoyed there time together.
The weather was good for playing outside.
Family picture time!
Emma is back in preschool for another year. She is at a new school, and had a great first day.
Her teacher, Mrs. Lien.
Right after the pictures they both felt the need to work on my bike.
Emma still has her good clothes on, but they got the bike all tuned up for me.
Emma was able to see her cousin off for her first day of Kindergarten. It is a little scary that in one year we will be sending Emma off to Kindergarten.