Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Shawn's home after spending the last twelve days in the US for work and I can't tell you how happy the three of us were to see him.
He returned with a suitcase full of gifts and some of our favorite American products that we can't get here.  After a shower and a nap, he was up and ready to go so we headed into what has become my favorite part of Luxembourg City, The Grund.

Shawn carried Finn in the backpack and he kept patting Shawn's back saying, "Aww...Daaa-eee."



We hiked down to the Petrusse Valley Park to see the miniature trains.


Miniature (and not-so-miniature) passengers are welcome to take a ride.


These boys loved the trains.  Can you tell?


We hiked back up out of the Grund, grabbed some sandwiches for dinner (fancy, I know) and headed home.


This Thursday is a national holiday so Shawn's off work and Hannah's off school.  We've got some visitors coming late next week so we're going to spend the day getting ready for them.

And also, Happy Memorial Day, America!  I've said it before and I'll say it again: living abroad has given me a whole different appreciation for my country.  I love and miss so many things about it.

Every week or so, my aunt sends a postcard to Hannah and it doesn't really matter what's on it because she just gets so excited when there's something for her in the mailbox.
Appropriately, this week's postcard was an oversized collage of America's First Ladies up to Hillary Clinton.  
I handed the postcard to Hannah in the backseat.
She studied it for a minute.

"Mom?  Where's Michelle Bama?"

God Bless America.

Monday, May 19, 2014

At The Weekend, I...

Every Monday, Hannah's class starts the morning with "At the weekend, I..."
Each kid has a notebook and they write all about the things they did over the weekend.
(I really hope that we get to keep hers because not only are the things she chooses to write about hilarious, but the way she spells is priceless.)

Shawn's been in 'Merica for work since early last week and while we're used to him working long hours during the week, I always hate when his business travel keeps him away over a weekend.

But we made the most of the time and the weather was just perfect!

On Saturday morning we went to Trier, Germany to do a little shopping.  We stocked up on essentials because Germany is way cheaper than Luxembourg.



We found a great little playground so we ate some sandwiches and played for a few hours.




He stays so neat and tidy when he plays outside.


On Sunday all of the museums and castles in Luxembourg were open with free admission, so I took the kids to the Natural History Museum in the Grund, which is one of the oldest parts of Luxembourg City.




It was too beautiful of a day to go back home, so we spent the rest of the afternoon walking along the Alzette river.



I struggled a bit with the stroller on some of the stairs, but people were so kind to assist.  One woman asked me (in English) if she could help and when I told her that I'd appreciate it, she said, "Your English is excellent."
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm, you know, American.
It turns out that she was from Denver, here on vacation.
Holla American tourist in Luxembourg.


I think Hannah had some good material for her notebook.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Way Back in February We Went Skiing

After my little break, I’m finally getting caught up on things on the old blog.
Let’s go back to February, shall we?
It was the half term school break in Europe, which is also known as QUICK! EVERYONE GET TO THE MOUNTAINS FOR SKIING.
Shawn had been in the US for work and returned to Luxembourg on a Sunday, just as we were saying goodbye to my sister who was going back to Los Angeles.

On Monday afternoon, we loaded up the car and headed to a precious little chalet in Les Gets (pronounced LAY ZSHAY) in the French Alps.

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(He LOVES his car top carrier.)

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Finley spent the entire week trying to figure out how to get outside to the snow.

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And Hannah and Shawn spent nearly all of their time on the slopes.  
Hannah took lessons with a French ski instructor named Marco, and every time she said his name she pronounced it with a French accent.

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Now, I know that the title of this post leads one to believe that we, as in all of us went skiing, but the truth is that only Shawn and Hannah skied.  You see, in the days prior to leaving I was feeling a cold coming on and by the time we arrived at Les Gets, I had a full case of tonsillitis.  We’re talking sore throat, fever, and tonsils the size of golf balls.  It was delightful.

Since I wasn’t out on the slopes, I only have a few pictures of this trip, and I think this has to be my favorite:

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I’ll be doing some more catching up when we return from this weekend’s adventure.
We’re heading to Germany (with three other families) to Phantasialand, which is a theme/amusement park.  My friend sent me a text this afternoon saying that she’d been looking on the park’s website and read that The Black Mamba rollercoaster has restrictions for “guests with particularly large thighs.”

I have no idea what the Germans consider “particularly large thighs.”
So I guess I should bring some Spanx.

And don’t worry, Shawn’s already packing up the car top carrier.