Sunday, August 28, 2011

Surprise party...

My friends threw me a surprise party last night on my birthday eve.  I was very surprised and deeply touched.  In such a short time we have made incredible friends, I am so blessed.  Thank you everyone for all the birthday wishes and cards!  Here's to my 35th year:)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Vacation in the Ardennes

We just got back from a 4-night vacation in the Ardennes, no phone, no computer, no Victaulic:)  We rented a cottage in Hampteau right between Durbuy and La Roche with a yard for the kids, a bbq for us, and trails into the forest right out our front door.  We experienced one of the fiercest most frightening storms I've ever seen (even Steve was a little spooked) but we all survived.  We had a very relaxing time mixed with many adventures for the kids. 

Picking blackberries by our cottage...



Wild animal park near La Roche with native animals in their natural habitat..

so excited!!

feeding deer

amazing!

A wolf, I've always wanted to see one.

relaxing in the yard

La Roche

La Roche

cooling off in the fountain in La Roche

human size hamster ball, love it!

I forgot to take a picture, but this plaque is on what is left of a tank.  La Roche was devasted during the battle of the bulge. 
Durbuy

Durbuy

river near Durbuy

Walking into the woods from our cottage


Grottes de Hotton, an impressive cave in the Ardennes

Alex was so impressed :)

love this picture Steve captured of B and I


Friday, August 19, 2011

Pukkelpop

Tragedy struck yesterday at pukkelpop, an outdoor music festival with Foo fighters, Eminem, and the Offspring as headliners. It sounds like it may have been a micro burst or something like it. The weather was sunny and warm and out of no where this crazy storm struck.  Our friends were there and fortunately were in a tent that did not collapse but are shaken up none-the-less.

So sad...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027607/Pukkelpop-stage-collapse-Belgian-music-festival-cancelled-5-deaths.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bbq in the country...

Our friends, Robyn and Gino, invited us to a bbq at their house in the country. They are restoring an 1800's farm house in an incredibly beautiful country side. Their immediate neighbors on either side are cows and they own sheep as well. It was a very memorable evening with live accordion music, awesome food (Gino bbq'd awesome meat and the neighbors brought all of the side dishes and desserts), and a bon fire in the pasture to top the evening off.


First arrived in "the country"

kids mooing at the cows

The cows lined up at the fence when we started bbqing, made eating the steak a little uncomfortable:(

Friends, neighbors, family (Robyn's sister was visiting from the states)...

Awesome surprise musical guest

Diana, Emilio, and Bronwen dancing
video

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Busy, busy week...

Good friend, Diana is on "holiday" this week so we have been busy taking our kinderen out on fun little adventures...wish she didn't have to go back to work:)

New bike (for me), seats, and helmets...


 Beach day ( I got to body surf:)

 New park...


 Another new park...
New workout regimen for Steve...
 New favorite lunch spot (my two favorite buildings in background)...
 Same old, same old...