January 11, 2017

Snow Day in Germany


 We finally got snow!!! 

It didn't snow at all last year and I couldn't wait for Vida to see snow for the first time.
We woke up on Tuesday morning to about 4 inches of snow (I know its not much but it didn't stop snowing all day) I think by 6pm we were up to 6inches. My parents who live in Ontario, Canada got 16 inches over night. That is crazy. I am happy we had enough to play in. Vida kept saying "I want to build a snowman" so we ate breakfast quickly and took about 30 minutes putting on our winter gear. 
She was a little unsure at first but once she stood in it for a while she picked up snow and made her first snowball.










me doing all the work and her posing for her dada

snow baby

baby brother joined us for a bit and fell asleep in my arms





After playing in the snow, we made hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream and spent the rest of the day being lazy and watching Disney movies.

It was the best snow day ever.

January 9, 2017

Strasbourg, France


We took a little day trip over to Strasbourg, France last week when my brother was visiting from Spain. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive from our home in Germany to Strasbourg, I was so happy both kids slept the entire way there and back.
It was a really cold and rainy day in France when we arrived. On the drive there, we had huge snowflakes falling and I was wishing they would be falling as soon as we arrived, sadly, we just got light rain and sleet. 

Here are a few snapshots of our day there.

This Gothic sandstone Cathedral is breathtaking. You can go in for free and stroller friendly 

My brother standing in front of the "Cathedral of Our Lady"

Catching snowflakes

every time we travel, we buy a postcard, and we send one to our parents in Canada.



Vida said this is Belle's Castle


Inside the Cathedral is this Astronomical Clock




Take a picture of me, posing like this lol

 We crossed over this bridge and made our way to "Petite France"
She hates being cold, but always wants to be outside


Maison des tanneurs



Baby Bear came out from hibernation

Palace Kleber


We stopped for chocolat chaud and macarons. You haven't had delicious hot chocolate, until you have had hot chocolate from France.


We have to thank Grandma for this perfect coat and hat

So happy they kept their Christmas lights on even though their Christmas market was over.


France will always have my heart, I feel so at home here. 
Since I was raised in Canada, I learned French from elementary school
 all the way to high school. 
It felt so nice to be able to communicate with everyone.
We didn't visit any parks or gardens because of the weather, but I hope to return when its warmer and do lots more sightseeing.


Thanks for stopping by.
 

December 30, 2016

Christmas 2016

I cannot believe Christmas came and went so fast. 
We had a beautiful Christmas surrounded by friends and my brother who came to visit us from Spain. 
Sharing a few snap shots of our weekend below :)




This little dress belonged to Anthony's cousin who is a teenager now, she passed it on to my niece and now it was Vida's year to wear it. 
I am so excited to start a little tradition with the girls in our family and 
seeing how far this dress goes. 
Vida loved the glitter on this dress and kept spinning in it all night. 





Of course after her little photo session with her dad,she didn't want to take a photo with us.


Christmas Morning was very quiet. I woke up early and the kids woke up at 11:30. I'm not even kidding. By the time we finished eating breakfast it was 1pm. 
I made Nutella Hot Chocolate and we watched the kids open their presents. 
Leo was ready to go. It was so cute to see him tearing up the paper 



A Frozen floor puzzle. 
helping, what are big sister's for?


so excited to open her Ariel make up
Uncle Matthew

big girl bike!! 

We also got her a wooden coffee maker by Melissa and Doug, a wooden sushi set and fake food for her kitchen 

               
Stocking stuffers are my favorite. I filled hers with a Dory snack holder, Frozen Utensils, stickers and play-doh. 

After presents we watched Home Alone 1&2, Jingle All the Way and Elf while eating left over turkey. After a short little nap for me we made a gingerbread house. 





time to build a Gingerbread House





she wanted her dad to do the sticky frosting, she didn't want any getting on her fingers lol









So delicious, Hanzel and Gretal wouldn't be able to resist

Not happy, next year buddy, I promise 
 
The final product, I really liked this Gingerbread House kit. The frosting was easy to work with and the house comes assembled, so it is ready to go.

      I still can't believe I had two babies to celebrate Christmas with this year
I hope you all a magical Christmas Day :)