Tuesday, November 27, 2012


While in London, we found Halloween costumes for this year. Chelsea decided to be a Lalaloopsy and Cade was thrilled to be a knight with a sword. Sadly, we couldn't find a baby costume for Logan! I guess Europeans don't know why babies would dress up. 
 Our kids had plenty of trick or treating opportunities this year. We began at the McLendon's party, where they were so smart to allow the kids to trick or treat at the front door, then back door, then repeat until the had loads of candy. So fun.  Chelsea and Cade loved it!

 I came up with a semi-homemade bear costume for Logan, but he hated the hat and just wanted to play. No good Halloween pics of him. Oh well.
The next day, we got to trick or treat with some friends at one of the American Embassy compounds. That was super fun, with lots of good American candy!
Finally, on Halloween, the school had a carnival followed by a trunk-or-treat that night. It was a fun, but LONG day as I was in charge of the carnival. Poor Logan was with me all day, and I brought the pack and play and toys to help keep him occupied. At one point, a kid came up and asked me if there was a prize at the babysitting booth.

At the end of the day, I think we had all had enough Halloween to last us until next year! We also had a 4 day weekend, which meant another trip!

Monday, November 26, 2012

First Recital

 Just after we returned from London, Chelsea had her first ballet recital at school. The performance was Vivaldi: Four Seasons and included ballerinas of all ages. Chelsea was a bumblebee and watered some flowers.
Lots of bumblebees!
The cutest little bumblebee!

Her next performance is in 2 weeks as a snowflake in the Nutcracker. Can't wait!

More London

We began our second day in London with a leaf fight...the leaves were huge!!!
We followed that with the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour.

We hopped off at Buckingham Palace to fight the crowd and try to glimpse the changing of the guard.

We later hopped off for a trip on the London Eye, a giant ferris wheel. It was great because it wasn't crowded, so we had our own pod.  When it is super busy, they told us they can fit 30 people in each one. I don't think that would be very enjoyable!

Logan is sporting "jacket-pants" due to a diaper blow out. You do what you gotta do when traveling!

 We stayed in a cute apartment in Notting Hill. 

Chelsea always knew she was royalty - now she has proof. 

Fun London trip! We will definitely go back!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

London and Legoland

After visiting the circus, we went home, grabbed our bags, and headed for the airport to spend part of  Fall Break in London. 

I love the European school schedule. We don't have a lot of single days off, but rather whole weeks at a time - perfect for our love of travelling! We had a late flight, which ended up being delayed, so we didn't arrive in London until almost midnight. Thankfully, we were staying at a hotel near the airport that night. We were a sight as we trekked through Heathrow to find the bus terminal, then waited in the rain for the right bus, then lugged all of our bags onto the bus, then finally made it to our hotel. As we were going through this whole bus process, we made an immediate observation that a.) it was nice to be in an English speaking country, and b.) people were so nice and friendly and helpful. Ahhhh...

The next morning, we headed out to Legoland Windsor  This was one of our most fun days. The kids were so happy and the rides were perfect for their ages. It was a little cold, but not too bad. 
Not too many rides for this guy, but he was (mostly) a happy camper.

The spinning crew 

Cade was so excited to drive his own car!

Up high in the helicopter

I would recommend Legoland Windsor if you have young kids and if you find a coupon online. I don't think I would pay full price, but with a discount it is good for a days worth of fun!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Circus, Round 2

We loved our last visit to the circus, so we decided to go again when Geney and Wilbron came to visit. 

Balancing jugglers
We were all mesmerized watching the guy on the "Wheel of Death" as he jump-roped on a giant spinning wheel very high in the air....I could hardly watch. 

The goats jumping over the donkey were equally mesmerizing, but perhaps a little less death defying. The Hungarian circus is always entertaining!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Random October Pics

 Posing with trees in Slovenia

Date night
Big bread
 First time in shopping cart
 First cheerios!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Trip to the Skanzen

A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to the Skanzen museum in nearby Szentendre. It was a beautiful day and gave us the chance to see what life was like in Hungary in the 18th and 19th centuries. The whole place was much bigger than I imagined, so we only visited a few of the exhibits. 

Fun windmill to climb.

Lots of Hungarian animals to say hello to. 

An old school room

The highlight of the day for the kids was riding the train around the property.  

All aboard!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vintgar Gorge

The poor blog has been sorely neglected for the last several weeks. We have been crazy busy with normal activities and trips to Slovenia, London, and Spain. Now, we are finished travelling for a little while and I can catch up on the blog!

We will rewind back to Slovenia in the beginning of October....

Our favorite part of Slovenia was the beauty and nature at every turn. Vintgar Gorge was no exception!  It was tricky to find, but in the end we got lucky and stumbled upon the end rather than the beginning. This allowed us to see the best part first and only hike until the kids got tired. It was beautiful!

We loved Slovenia!