Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Everett was pretty devastated that they do not celebrate Halloween in Austria with trick-or-treating (or trunk-or-treating for that matter). It is an American rite of passage to dress up as whatever you want. Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity to let Everett dress up this year for Fasnacht. Which originates from the period of fasting before the Catholic Lent, where certain foods and activities were historically frowned upon (or even forbidden in certain time periods). So people would dress up and go crazy before Lent began. These days, it is just a whole bunch of fun, with music, festivals, and food. For kids, they allow them to dress up as whatever they wanted. Everett chose to be a ninja. And boy did he look great. He was the talk of his class, and his sword was a winning touch.
Here is Everett posing with his classmates... can you find the ninja?
As a father, this is one of my favorite pictures of Everett of all time... he really looks like he knows how to handle that thing... and I have a few bruises on my hand to prove that he does!
A master at rest, look how he blends into his surroundings!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
|Everett and Mommy are helping Liam to find every single animal in the antique Noah's Ark collection.|
|Yup, those are some vintage Star Wars toys along with some newer ones.|
|Some New Kids on the Block dolls. This picture is mostly for those who remember the NKOTB (especially Dawn)|
|Everett pushes a button on an interactive display. Liam is entranced... at least for 1.39 nanoseconds.|
|These soldiers remind me of the setups at Grandpa Timpson's house. He would have loved this museum!|
|Liam and Everett marveling in front of the antique toys under the careful eye of Darth Vader.|
|Mommy and a huge Christmas pyramid.|
|Here is Daddy leaning against the Franz Kafka memorial in the Jewish Quarter. This was not too far from where he was born.|
Saturday, March 12, 2011
We decided to visit the Prague Branch while we were here on Sunday, and it was awesome. The Church building was on a prominent corner, between the Israeli and Indian embassies. (The Israeli guard outside looked really cold). The building serves as the mission office, the home of the mission president, and the meeting house. We asked the missionaries which embassy did the building serve as before being bought by the Church, and learned that it was a famous bar before the Church bought it. The ward has a whole bunch of American ex-pats, and we spent the majority of the time with a whole bunch of American kids in nursery with Liam. Everett went to English-speaking primary, and later reported that it was his favorite part of our visit to Prague.
We also visited Prague castle, which is the largest castle in the world. It was MASSIVE, and we only spent a couple of hours up there and didn't even get to see 1/10th of the place. The cathedral dominates the scene up there, and it is totally Gothic. This is where royalty, including Czech royalty and the Habsburgs spent their time. It was spectacular! The view of the city below is marvelous, but as the pictures show, there is certainly enough to see up on the top of this hill. Pushing the double-stroller up the long cobblestone road was well worth it.
These pictures below do not capture how flippin' cold it was on this day!
|Delaine and the boys in front of the LDS meetinghouse|
|Liam and the Everett squaring off in front of a random old door we found.|
|Liam loves rice... he ate almost this whole plate, while Mommy and Daddy ate local fare... Everett ate french fries.|
|Liam and Daddy in front of the city of 100 spires|
|Mommy and Prague (can you see the Czech blood coursing through her veins? She really does have a lot of family connections to CZ)|
|Liam and Mommy tried to make this guy laugh to no avail|
|One of the Gothic statues overhanging the cathedral on the castle grounds|
|Liam walked around this circle several times before moving on to the next thing.|
|There is not a set of stairs in this world that Liam will not attempt to climb|
|Another angle on this gorgeous city!|