Friday, November 3, 2017

Pumpkin Farm Field Trip

We did this same field trip last year, but the kids all love it and they all get to pick out a pumpkin as big as they can carry as a free gift with admission.  Judah was less afraid of the animals this year, but he was still keeping his distance from the cattle.

Dairy Cows (Apparently, Judah is still wearing the same rain coat this year, but last year I remembered the galoshes too.)
 Here's an interesting fact, they let their dairy cows choose when they want to be milked.  They come up to the gate near the machine when they are  ready.  I guess they get them to cooperate by giving them a tasty treat while they get milked.  So funny!

Another funny thing is that they have air conditioning units in the barns for the cows.  A friend and I turned to each other with our mouths open because German people don't even have air conditioning in their homes.

Drew and one of his good friends

Petting the horses

Petting a chicken

We rode on a hay ride hitched up to a tractor down the road to the pumpkin patch.  Most of the pumpkins were too big, so Bobby, Judah, and I really had to search for reasonably small pumpkins for them.


Group photo
 It was so very super muddy in the pumpkin patch that most of the kids were covered in mud from slipping in it or from carrying their muddy pumpkin.  All our feet were wet because some crazy mom didn't remember to wear our galoshes this time.  I stripped the little boys form the waist down before letting them in my van.  The pile of muddy clothes, that I had fully intended to get right into the washing machine, was so big and so gross that I just couldn't do it.  I cleaned all the shoes right away, but the pile of muddy clothes sat there for 5 days before I could bring myself to deal with it.

Before we left they opened up their little store and we had cake and hot cider.  Always a fun and memorable day at the farm.

Hot cider and cake

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chestnut Festival

The very next weekend after our visitors left we met some friends at the Chestnut festival (about an hour from our house) after Mass on Sunday.  The children all have so much more fun at these things when there are friends to talk to.  

We ate amazing food, chestnut bratwurst, chestnut knodel (giant dumplings) with cream sauce, chestnut ice cream, and chestnut flammkuchen.  I couldn't even tell you which was the best!

Another fun festival in Germany!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Boss Baby

Somehow this post was written after getting back from the states, but I forgot to post it.

I have a theory.

I watched Boss Baby on the plane ride with Bobby, and I now have a theory that he is the "Boss Baby."  He is super cute and seriously running this house.  We would all do just about anything he asks because he is so stinkin' adorable.  Here are my supporting facts for my theory.

Supporting Fact #1
Bobby started saying, "Turn your face,"  when he wanted you to listen to him.  It was sometimes accompanied with actually turning your face with his cute tiny hands.  How can one resist such a request?

Supporting Fact #2
"I'm busy doin' som-in'" is another common phrase from him.  It sounds so grown up to be coming out of his cute mouth.  That one simple phrase has us "Ooohing and Aaahing" over him and we forget whatever it was we asked him to do.

Supporting Fact #3
Hannah wanted to carry him somewhere and get him out of his car seat and he wouldn't let her.  He insisted that "Mommy get me."  She said teasingly, "Shame on you!" with a wag of her finger and he replied without missing a beat, "No!  Shame on YOU!"  Laughter filled the van and he now loves to say, "Shame on you!" to wrap us all tighter and tighter around his little finger.  No wonder Judah has been throwing such fits!  His dethronement has been rather rough with such tough competition.  The big kids always favor the baby, but this may be a bit excessive.  It doesn't help that Judah's new plan to get negative attention has left him looking rather un-cute.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Five Finger Prayer

I have this laminated paper that has this cute "Five Finger Prayer" on it and sometimes when I am doing night prayers with just the littlest ones (usually if we get too late a start on family prayers I have to separate the little ones so I can get them in bed on time) I use this format.

Tried to get a close up, but it's laminated, so glare it is.

The other night when it was just Judah and Bobby and me praying in Judah's room, as is always the case on the thumb prayer, the one for "those closest to you," Judah doesn't pray for his family.  I always do pray for my husband and children for the thumb prayer, but Judah always prays for the same person.  He always prays for his friend, John.  I sighed and said, "You know I prayed for the people in this house that are actually physically close to me.  There are people close to your actual body that you could pray for on this one."  He immediately replied, "You are close to me, Mom, but John is close to my heart."  Ouch.  I guess I asked for that one.

Sometimes I think I can't figure this guy out, but he's adorable in a suit!  His longer hair looks nice when it's combed to the side, but it will not stay without a lot of hairspray.  He says he doesn't like it when it's stiff.  :(

Monday, October 30, 2017

Burg Eltz: A First for Everyone!

This was a castle not too far from here that everyone raves about and we had never made time to see.  It was an exciting first for us all together on our family's last day of their visit.  You park and hike to the castle through beautiful woods on a nice wide path around a hill.

It's like a fairy tale castle up on a hill out in the middle of nowhere.

We paid and went in first to satisfy the hunger of the wild children at one of the restaurants there.  They had soups, Flammkuchen, wursts, and such.  And after many trips to the bathrooms we finally headed out to find the guided tour.

Waiting on the English tour...

Judah has quite the personality, doesn't he?  He has been much better behavior-wise lately.  I hope it sticks!  We are trying out a little bit of hair on him again instead of shaving it all off.  

The tour was very interesting and the castle still had lots of the furniture in it.  My favorite part was the bedroom had an altar that was like a large closet with double doors that protruded out of the rest of the castle.  You had to step up into the altar because Jesus always had to be the highest in the house.  No room or anything could be level with or directly above Him.  Kind of cool, huh?

Would've made a great family picture if we could see Bob.  He's in the Ergo on my back, but all you can see is his hair peaking over Genevieve's head.

Selfie while hiking back to the van.

Love this hug!

Bob and I walking back to the van.  He always surprises me how far he can walk.  Once he asked to get out of the Ergo on the hike back, he never asked to go back in.  He can walk a long way now.
An epic finish to the epic trip!  We were sad to see them go, especially Isaac since that is his only cousin that is his age.  They were great buddies, and it gave me oodles of happiness.