We were just pulling in the driveway after our appointment with the electrician when one of the twins from downstairs came running, asking if we wanted to go out to one of the local beer gardens. After being annoyed royally, this was just what I needed, so I changed into something comfortable really quick and headed out a few minutes later. We had such a great time, enjoying good food and just hanging out while the girls all went to play at the playground there. A great way to de-compress. On the way home we stopped by the building site, as our neighbors wanted to see the house, and we inspected the newly-built ground floor. I am about to get excited about the whole thing again I think! We took the girls to bed long after their usual bed time and relaxed for the res of the night.
|Proof: Even I can be found outside after dark ;-)|
I got up around 8:30 to get ready for a run with my new running partner. I pushed the distance by about a mile while she managed to improve her time; and we both had a lot of fun, even though my legs hurt quite a bit afterward. Once I was back home and showered, the girls and I baked a large batch of muffins for the birthday party that afternoon. After a quick lunch we all headed out; arriving at my friend’s house, they were just about to leave for the wildlife park where the kids would go on a guided “Stone Age” tour. A quite adventurous short drive later, we parked and rounded all the kids up for the tour; I volunteered to go with them. The guide first took us to a house to start the introduction and show the kids a number of tools the stone age people used. After the rain shower stopped, we moved on to the late Stone Age long house, from where the kids headed out to collect nuts and grains to make food. The next hour was spent peeling wheat kernels from the ear, making brushes by crushing one end of little twigs with stones, painting the walls of the long house. The tour ended with the kids sharpening small branches to spears and having a little throwing contest. On the way back to the meeting point, we got to feed the goats, boars, and sheep with hazelnut branches. Once we got back to where the cake and other snacks were set up, I quickly confiscated all the spears (seriously, which sane person considers it a great idea to let seven mostly 6 to 8-year olds sharpen branches to spears and let them run around with it?) and we all had cake, doughnuts, muffins, and soft pretzels, yummie! The kids went on to play at the huge playground for a few more hours until the party drew to a close. After the other kids were picked up by their parents, we stopped by at my friend’s house for a little bit before heading back home. The girls were exhausted and couldn’t wait getting into bed after a quick shower. We spend the evening putting our feet up and relaxing after a busy day.
|Violet painting the wall with earth paint and a self-made brush|
We started our day around 9:00 to get ourselves ready and the houses cleaned up a little. Around 10:00, the girls from downstairs came up for practicing some English. An hour and a half later, I prepared lunch for the girls and picked up some more before heading out for a visit with my grandparents. We had a great time talking to my grandparents while the girls played in the yard. My grandma made home-made plum cake for us, and we all pigged out. Unfortunately, we had to cut our visit short because in all the excitement, Violet peed through her outfit twice and due to a lack of more clothes, we headed home around 5:30. Back home we prepared dinner and after the girls went to bed we enjoyed a quiet evening hanging out and doing a whole lot of nothing.
After this weekend, I'm not really surprised I overslept today, flex time is awesome! Note to self: check the alarm clock tonight!