Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cousins, Camp and Castles!!!!

This past week was a week of hanging out with cousins, visiting castles, going to camp and having fun.  The "big kids" got to go to camp this past week and during camp they played games, did crafts, went on a field trip to an amusement park and very nicely told us moms to NOT pick them up early because they didn't want to leave.  Meredith and the "little ones" did a few day trips and we signed them up for 2 days of hourly care - aka camp.  We have eaten  Belgium waffles, tons of chocolate and even be able to see a few historical sites.  Today's adventure was Eftling - the Netherlands version of a fairy tales amusement park.  It was AWESOME!!!!!  The lines were not to long, the fairy tales were not just the few we are used to and they did not have many restrictions on the rides so we all got to ride them together.   One tale we got to see a "show" of was The Emperors New Clothes were they had a very large unsightly mannequin parade in front of you in nothing but his birthday suit - yep no clothes (that was fun to explain). 
Please note the pictures did not upload in any order and I am to tired to go through and fight to rearrange them.  

Brad and I with our kids in the Grand Place

Standing in a very old mall

The littles on a day trip with the moms - only a little bit of whining

Carppacio - otherwise known as thinly sliced raw meat that you will be sad you ordered over Brushetta 

Littles at one of our park adventures


Hanging out and trying to translate the French and Dutch WW 1 facts



Uncle Brad trying to herd the cats for a chocolate photo

World Fair site

Littles crashed after another adventure with the moms

Luxury resort - or just girls playing in the bathtub at home

Belgium waffle on a kid free day so I got to eat the whole thing!!!

The awesome stroller at Eftling


Nephews geocaching -one was disappointed by the "treasure"

Meredith and I on a kid free day to Lille France

Camping in the house because well they are little and who wants to move things at 10pm when the start to cry its cold

Madonna and child on our day trip to \Brugg

Eftling - Kelly had left her stroller to get away from the troll in the tree

sleepy and not willing to let go of her chocolate

Father's day away from daddy - It was all good until one realized we didn't get to see him.

My sister in law even got to geocache with me.

Day trip to Antwerp - all little peoples legs stopped functioning this day.

Shopping before a park lunch.  Everyone got their own cart - oh and legs worked this day.

Rides at Eftling - Uncle Brad having fun while others watched on.

Girls at the old mall!
The girls at Eftling in their matching outfits

Watch out crazy drivers.
They might have stopped the ride after I encourage my nephew to drive like a maniac - whoops.

6 wide on a ride - why not?

Dinner time fun

Sure this is safe for all sized kids!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

McP girls take on Europe

Earlier this year we realized that Jon would be traveling a lot this summer and I got the itch to travel so we talked about me going and visiting family.  We are lucky enough to have family all over the world and I thought why not take advantage of the passports we have and visit those in Europe.  After a little talking and convincing Jon said go for it if you think you can handle the girls - why not!  So I called up my brother and asked if we could crash with them for a few weeks and use them as a home base since Jon has a sister here and we know lots of friends.  With all the big decisions made I booked tickets for Brussels which is actually cheaper than going back to America and am spending the summer traveling with the girls.  We landed and spent one day with my brothers family and then got on a train and went to visit friends in Germany for a week.  Oh and we convinced some other friends to come here since this is a mid point between America and Japan!!!!  We had a week reunion of laughing, playing and staying up super late just to chat.  Yesterday we got back on the train and are back with my brother and his family and today we start our adventures in Brussels.
Saying good bye to daddy for the summer

Traveling with my little friends!

Cousins have Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the basement!!

Relaxing with family before we train to Germany

On the road again!

Seeing friends - one came by on her way to the Ball

Picking up Tina

Just like AK - ladies and littles why the guys are away!!

Water fun!!

Me going a little crazy because fruit is so cheap!!!!


Tea time

Kids playing

Girls vs. Boys

Picnic with lots of friends

a swing at Kaiserslatern

the inside

Park time

Dino park

Best 2 euro spent - all the kids entertained

Group pic at the dino park

Geocache in Germany

Girls and I visiting where Jon and I did our ATS outreach 11 years ago

Selfie tmie

Hanging with the boys

Train ride up the mountain


Train ride down

World's largest coo coo clock

walking back from the metro

kinder egg

schnitzel while eating outside on a patio

train ride back to family

relaxing with cousins - boys have been held down for make up and now one got nails painted.
Girls out number the boys!