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Choosing is the thing ….

Choosing is the thing ….

  Last month Bill and I happened upon the “love lock” bridges while we were visiting Paris. As soon as we saw the locks I remembered that a friend said one of the “must do’s” in the city was for you and your love to put a lock on the bridge and then throw the key over into the Seine River. Throwing the key away symbolized that your love would be “locked” forever. The bridge was covered in locks! Thankfully…

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Fiat Lux … “Let there be Light”.

Fiat Lux … “Let there be Light”.

One of the big jokes in our family has to do with Bill and his travel “guide books”. He buys a new book for every trip we take and keeps it in his hands as we travel around. He reads it incessantly (often to our chagrin). Sometimes we mouth to each other “are you listening?” and we all realize Bill is reading out loud to only himself. We think it is hysterical, but the truth of it is we’d probably…

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Bonjour Paris!

Bonjour Paris!

Just a couple more things to share about our trip.  We took the train over from Switzerland to Paris … because “Paris is always a good idea”. On the train over I planned out each of our days while everyone else slept.  It turned out to be a perfect schedule and we quickly checked off the things we wanted to do. I even made a rain plan and guess what?  It rained! The first day we saw the Louvre which…

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Sometimes you just need a little reminder …

Sometimes you just need a little reminder …

After an amazing lunch here … we packed up and headed out for our last Swiss adventure. We were going to a place called Schynige Platte, otherwise known as one of the most beautiful places on earth. We arrived at the train station there about 4:00. They said by the time we took the train up (the rack railroad the train runs on has been operating since 1893) we would only have 11 or 12 minutes to be there before…

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Swiss-tas-tik

Swiss-tas-tik

So much of Switzerland seemed like a real life Disney World. Several times I told Bill that I felt like we were on the Truman show except it was set in Switzerland and everyone around us knew all the scenery was fake but we thought it was real. It was just that perfect. The second day was cloudy but we never got caught in any rain. Every now and then the clouds would break but even in the clouds we…

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Swiss-wonder-land

Swiss-wonder-land

I still haven’t really gotten over the beauty of Switzerland.  I don’t think there are words to really describe it.  Just a few highlights from our days there: On Day One we decided to do Grindelwald First Mountain.  It said it was an “adventure mountain” and it lived up to its name.  We first took a gondola ride to the top of the mountain.  We then began by walking on a “cliff walk” which was a walkway built right on…

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HHHEELLLLOOO

HHHEELLLLOOO

Could you hear the echo? I’ve missed being on the blog but have just returned from a fabulous trip visiting the Swiss Alps and Paris, France. I’ve gotten kind of used to echos because if Bill wasn’t singing “Edelweiss” while we were hiking up and down mountains, he was calling “RICOLA” (or as it sounded … RIIIICOOOOLAAAA) through the valleys. It was hilarious. Caroline finished her study abroad at the University of Lausanne and had ten or so days before she…

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Lord, Make Us Pink Sparkly Chickens

Lord, Make Us Pink Sparkly Chickens

Last spring as I looked for things to fill my kids Easter baskets I found some plastic chickens in the dollar section. They were fun to squish around in your hands and when you hit a certain spot they would light up. I bought  pink, green and blue chickens … one for each of my children. Easter came and went and one day I realized those chickens were still in my desk drawer. I had forgotten to include them in…

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Welcome to the Carnival!

Welcome to the Carnival!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since we dropped our oldest daughter Caroline off for her freshman year in college. Preparing for her departure was a mixture of excitement and emotions. Early in that week Savannah (who was headed to eighth grade) asked if she could have a “back to school” swim party that Friday night at our house for her friends. I told her that I absolutely could not think about a party that week. I explained that…

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