Oma in Vienna!

It wouldn’t be September in Vienna without Oma coming to town to take in the last few days of sunshine before the “herbstliche Wetter” (cooler “fall-ish” weather) sets in. Well, we had a few days hours of sunshine but mostly made alternate plans to escape the rain and cold of fall in Vienna.

Staying indoors or not, the kids didn’t care as long as they had access to another play partner (Oma, willst du spielen? Oma, do you want to play?) and the contents of Oma’s suitcase (they walked her to her room when she came in and helped her “unpack” all those goodies she had been tempting them with during our Skype calls! Let this be a lesson to future visitors: our children will not forget any item promised to them prior to arrival – it seemed as if they kept a running log in their little heads of all the shirts, pants, DVDs, Legos, and Dora paraphernalia awaiting them inside that precious suitcase that Oma was schlepping around the world).

Story time
Story time
Dora, again, exploring the world ...
Dora, again, exploring the world …
Hello Kitty and matching PJs = happy Jules
Hello Kitty and matching PJs = happy Jules
Oma in charge while Mom and Dad feast on sushi....(and the kids feast on gummy bears)
Oma in charge while Mom and Dad feast on sushi….(and the kids feast on gummy bears and….Dora who was still exploring the world)
Opa came to town with a brand new jacket for his little guy....if you think Luca was excited about his look, you should have seen Opa's face!
Opa came to town with a brand new jacket for his little guy….if you think Luca was excited about his look, you should have seen Opa’s face!
Oh yeah, another trip to the Prater = another opportunity to ride ponys...
Oh yeah, another trip to the Prater = another opportunity to ride ponys…
Happy Jules
Happy Jules

In other news, the kids started a new preschool a few weeks ago and we are all so excited that they are loving it! I am much happier with this new school than the one they previously attended not just because of the close proximity and the family-type feel but also because they serve champagne at parent events …. I mean, how can you possibly go wrong with that?

With fall just around the corner, we are busy getting into the swing of sport activities – Kinderturnen/kids’ gymnastics specifically, a first class that the kids do entirely on their own. Luca is turning into the caretaker more and more, promising me every time I drop them off that he will keep an eye on Juliana for me and then giving me a full report on her when I pick them up. Ah, time sure flies when you let them out of the nest …. how many more years until college?

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