Wednesday, September 17, 2014

While I Was Visiting Castles and Climbing Trees

The boys got to visit Grandma's art room.  This is something they look forward to every time we step foot in Texas. I'm not sure how they will manage when my mom retires and that becomes someone else's art room.

 They started with some clay.  They had to roll the clay and coil it to make little bowls.

 Anders looks like he had a good time putting holes in his clay.

 John did his bowl all by himself.

 Gus had fun making snakes.

 After they assembled their bowls they got to paint.  Grandma is a whole lot nicer than Mom.  She gives them each their own paint and other supplies.  I generally host a free for all.  This is much better.

 Anders abandoned the painting before his brothers did so he could play with the blocks.

 As if clay and paint weren't enough they also got to make a fun rock/clay creation with the hunks of left over clay.

Then they went home and had blueberry pancakes and bacon.  At this point I'm sure they were hoping I would never come home.

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Travels Abroad: Hainich Tree Top Walk

After our 2 castle tours we made our way to the Hainich Nationalpark for the Canopy Walk.

 There were two rope bridges.  My mother in-law and I went right through.  If I was a better person I would have lost money thinking Hans wouldn't step foot on the bridge.

 Boy was I wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised.

 This is a peek at one of the bridges.

 There was tower in the center of the trees that hosted the highest viewpoint of the park.  At a mere 131 feet high you got to see a lot.  The viewing tower shown here is probably 70 feet high.

So, the center viewing tower's open top floor had a 4.5-5ft wall surrounding the top.  They just wanted to make sure no one was accidentally going to fall.  This did make it a little difficult to see the landscape below.  One of the kids on the trip was clearly not thinking about what was on the other side of the wall and hoisted himself up on the wall to take a peek.  I thought Hans was going to have a heart attack! As Hans says, he is not afraid of heights, but depths.  We were not up there long.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Travels Abroad: Haineck Castle

After a big, heavy, and delicious lunch we headed out for our second castle of the day.
We all wished this castle had only 150 steps to the top.  But it had a mile and a half uphill hike to the top.

It was nice to hike up the countryside.

 After the trek uphill we finally made it!

 Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.

The view from the top of the tower.

Just beautiful.

After this wonderful hike, we had to make the mile and half track down the hill.  Going down is much harder than going up.  We got a great workout this day!