Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'm just not gonna look. They forced me to sit here with Dino and I'm not gonna look at anyone.
Here's Mrs. Sharon trying to help him with his snack... (Sorry Mrs. Sharon!)
Well, it's not SO bad, these Legos have EYES!
Wish us luck next week! xoxoxo
Friday, August 29, 2008
There isn't much I can tell you about our evening except for a couple photos, and one or two videos I took when we got home.
Addie is so silly sometimes....
Ok I DID have to bribe them. They had to sit still on the CURB of Chuck E Cheese and take a picture together (and Zach had to put his arms around his sisters) and THEN we could go in. NOT that great, but closest I've gotten in awhile. At least Addie and Zach are smiling!
Makin' music (not music to our ears Addie, sorry...) LOL
Here's Addie with Chuck E Cheemins! (We're not making fun of you Addie, we're laughing WITH you! ...smile!! I'm going to hate it when we really have to make her say the words correctly....she sounds so cute with her lisp and her "cr" instead of "tr")
Ok Zach you can have a turn..., I guess....
Here's Addie telling you where she was tonight...Chuck E. Cheemins.
And here's her telling you how to say Elephant trunk. Crunk.
Um, Zach - did anyone tell you you're not old enough for a scooter thing yet? (And no helmet?) Jeez!
I love seeing Zach playing with his sisters ...
Picking the flowers in Miss Jen's yard......I have to say that Jen and Kurt are teaching Brody and Seth good.....they will come over - flowers from this bush in hand and knock on the door and say these are for Addison, and these are for Avery! (HOW CUTE IS THAT!?!?!)
The Ballance Court Moms........some of them anyway. Jen's on camera duty .... And Sam's mixing up the flykillers......
While Kurt's manning the grill...
Here's some pictures of the kids getting ready for the movie....Sam brought home a projector and screen. It was great.
Ahhh, movie started. Look at them all sitting there - there was a whole other group behind this one (look at my three - all watching in the front row - INTENTLY!)
Well, have a great night. I was going to blog Notre Dame, but having some computer troubles, it's moving a bit...slow. I'm going to have to work on that another night. Thought I'd do this first. Watch out next for Zach's Teddy Bear Tea (his introduction to pre-school) and our trip to Chuck E. Cheemins from this evening.
Let me back up for a second --- the other day we saw these two boys, and all of their friends --- had rigged up a zip line type of thing where they have this rope tied onto a tree branch and a swing seat tied to the rope ... and then someone sits on the swing seat ... and three or four other kids (with gloves!) pull the other end of the rope so the kid in the seat gets lifted in the air 15-20 feet high. Sam was watching this the other night and he was laughing .... and he said oh, that's something I SO would have done when I was their age.
WELL......................................I go over and here is my SOON TO BE FOUR YEAR OLD having the TIME OF HIS LIFE. Yes, he thought this contraption was awesome - he had a blast, and he kept wanting to go, but he did wait to take his turn. The kids were ALL so good with him and they helped him on and they didn't pull it too hard, but he wanted to go higher, and higher, and higher! Thank GOD someone had the sense to have him put on a helmet (Nanny Debbie, I'm sure!!) LOL!!!
How high do you think he is there??
See that smile on his face????
The boys helping him off...
Now he's helping the kids get the next person in line up...LOL!
Monday, August 25, 2008
The lobby / bar
Different part of the bar area
The room. Literally - that was it, besides the bathroom....LOL. But it sure was nice! (I don't figure you all want to see pictures of the bathroom here!)
We spent about two hours in the Louvre - it was SOOOOOOOOOO crowded. I mean, panic attack over crowded. (At least I thought so anyway.) We saw the Mona Lisa, which amazingly is extremely small! Everything else in the room(s) where the Mona Lisa sits is huge ... but then there is this tiny painting. It's obviously the most coveted item there - there were tons of people taking pictures and standing in line to see it. It was an incredible feeling, though, to be standing just a few feet from it. I couldn't believe that they let you take pictures inside the Louvre. I thought flashes and such ruined the quality of the art, etc. (Note, the only painting we saw that was protected (in about 5 inches of glass) was the Mona Lisa.) Everything else was right out in the open, you could pretty much walk up and touch it. (Well, I'm sure if you did you'd set off an alarm of some type but it was all within arms reach). Other than the Mona Lisa, we saw a few other notable pieces of art, but that was about it. You could spend probably full weeks there and not see everything - the museum is huge.
Oh and the Louvre brings me to the story of getting ........... taken for a ride, I guess would be a good term.
See this picture? I took this picture as we were walking up to the museum and I thought oh, look, these artists are out there selling there wares - this is truly Paris. (Ah, the romantic in me.) The word " SUCKER" was blinking in NEON lights on my forehead, let me tell you. So take a look at the guy in the blue shirt - you may need to click on the picture (and if you're reading this through an e-mail update and not directly through our blog ----go to our blog (http://www.tramontanamemories.blogspot.com/) so you can click on the picture.)
Here's some pictures we took at/inside the Lourve.
Well from the Louvre, we headed to Notre Dame ... and I'll work on that post next. Nortre Dame Cathedral was......stunning. We lit candles in prayer and it was just amazing being inside. I have to try to edit some of the photos because they all come out so dark (from the inside) - I hope my pictures will be able to describe in *some* detail just how beautiful all the stained glass and architecture is.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Here's some pictures from that:
The cemetery ... click on the next photo to see what that grave with the flowers reads.
Click on this photo ... it'll give you goosebumps ...
Inside the chapel.
Picture of the tree lined walkway.
Another little town...if you click the picture, it looks better.
After the visit to the Cemetery, we got back on track and headed into Paris. The little detour cost us a little time, but saved us a few Euros ... it's a pretty expensive tollway going up to Paris!
I've decided to blog France in pieces, because it's where we took the most photos (can't imagine why!) This way you're not stuck reading a thirty page blog, you can just stop now and wait for Part Deux! :)
Have a good night!
...Speaking of Nanny Debbie - just to give her a few KUDOS - she's been doing a really great job over the past few months with our family. She's not only acclimated to us but she's gained a genuine LOVE for our kids that is more than we could have hoped for. She is seriously hoping to stay until the kids are in kindergarten and that is more important to us than anything (stability). She works on her "off time" and she gives her 110%. I am not sure if she reads our blogs all the way down, but I hope so because we think she's doing a GREAT job and I hope she knows how we feel about her. It is obvious that our kids love her to pieces and that - to us - is more important than anything. We want our kids to love the person who takes care of them during the days and it's clear that "Miss Debbie" is a constant and important part of their lives already. We were find her...she's definitely part of family already!
I believe this is called the Nekkar River (Someone correct me if I'm wrong)
This was such a pretty bridge, with the arches and the boats ...
The Castle in Heidelberg...very beautiful. Unfortunately, we didn't take the tour.
The downtown part of Heidelberg ... it was really great. There was even a modern mall ... we should have stopped here first after the airline lost our luggage!
The houses along this river were so gorgeous.....and what a view!
After 3 days in Heidelberg, we packed up and said Good-bye to Germany ... and headed to France. We'll see you there! ..........