Grand-parents in Austria!

Whew, we are coming back up for air after a super fun visit with ALL the grand-parents who were not stopped one bit by lost luggage, missed connections, jet lag, lost sleep, small coffee sizes, or the many mountains and hills we made them climb!

Our fun activities included a trip to beautiful Salzburg, countless hours of playing games (Uno!) and making messes (in the form of playdough and sand), eating way too much ice cream, many visits to beer gardens, riding rides at amusement parks, and climbing the many hills of Vienna!

Oh, and there was also a very memorable night at a local Heuriger but more on that later and a certain little someone turned 4 years old and had one of the funnest (multiple day-long) celebrations! But why use  words when there are pictures to do all the talking?

Salzburg - I never tire of the mountains there!
Salzburg – I never tire of the mountains there!
Yes, if you loose your luggage on your way to Austria, you will receive a tacky touristy shirt as your only clean clothes to wear, Oma. You're welcome!
Yes, if you loose your luggage on your way to Austria, you will receive a tacky touristy shirt as your only clean clothes to wear, Oma. You’re welcome!
Prost!
Prost!
First "meal" in Salzburg....how do people survive without all these Eis cafes?
First “meal” in Salzburg….how do people survive without all these Eis cafes?

Forget the Ferris Wheel, when you are coming to Vienna, you are taking the miniature train at the Prater!

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Can you see the excitement?
Can you feel the excitement?

 

Bumper car giddiness!
Bumper car giddiness!
Oh yeah, there was a not very well thought-through combination of chocolate ice cream and a white shirt...
Oh yeah, there was a not very well thought-through combination of chocolate ice cream and a white shirt…

And then there was …. a night where we left the kids behind and headed out to a Heuriger (winery) show – and entertaining it was. I would like to highlight that according to my drinking crew, “only the fun people come here” as well as that “old [white hair] people know how to have fun.”

And no matter what my mother-in-law will tell you, no, the traditional Viennese songs do not resemble (or even sound close) to “Shoo fly don’t bother me” – no matter how loudly you sing along to the music 🙂 . I’ll let the pictures show you how much fun we had (and store the videos I took carefully away for the time being….check your youtube feed regularly :-))

The "before" shot
The “before” shot

 

The "good thing we didn't set the table on fire" shot
The “good thing we didn’t set the table on fire” shot
The "getting rowdy" shot
The “getting rowdy” shot
The "too late, she already started singing "shoo fly"" shot
The “too late, she already started singing “shoo fly”” shot

And then there was Luca’s birthday! The little guy didn’t know what to do with all that attention and excitement so we upped it a bit and took everyone to a children’s amusement park about an hour’s drive away….and what a blast we had there!

First ride of the day
First ride of the day
Super long slides
Super long slides
Even Oma hopped on a ride or two
Even Oma hopped on a ride or two
And at one point, Juliana also discovered the fun of kids' rides
And at one point, Juliana also discovered the fun of kids’ rides
And what's a birthday without a cake featuring Trains, Planes, and a Snake....?
And what’s a birthday without a cake featuring Trains, Planes, and a Snake….?

And what’s a birthday in our household without the obligatory game of “Schokoladenessen” – only one of the best kids’ birthday games ever invented!

Jules got into game mode pretty early!
Jules got into game mode pretty early!

 

Oma followed suit
Oma followed suit

 

And Luca got some well-deserved chocolate too!
And Luca got some well-deserved chocolate too!

See? It was a busy few weeks with lots of fun – thanks again to all the grand-parents for making the journey to spend some time with us! Next up? Some rest and relaxation for everyone!

 

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