Friday, January 29, 2016

Rounding out July

I thought I would do a quick round-up of July, until I found out everything we did.  We are animals!
 We went strawberry picking
 And swimming
 We enjoyed the 4th of July celebration at Patch that Emma can't remember about 6 months later.  
 I did so bad on these segways when I tried to turn.  I actually ended up in the grass tripping over myself.

 We tried to keep cool any way we could.  It was an especially hot year and when you live on the 4th floor of an apartment building with no AC it gets hot!
 I finished up my year of German class with the immigrants.  I ended up doing one more semester before I quit all together.
 More swimming
 A trip down to Europa park
 A little fun at the park
 More swimming- this one had a rapids slide that would never in a million years be allowed in the US.  It sucked you under the water right here and then farther down again.  The last one took all the strength I had to get out of!  I learned to avoid that spot.  We played great games on this slide.  It had two pools at different turns and we would try to dive into one of them.  You had to push off at just the right time to make it into the calm pools.  Once we learned how to do it, we started playing a game where half of us were in the pool and half on the slides and we tried to see who would win by getting all of the group in one area.  The Pool people had to drag the Slide people into the pool and the Slide people had to drag the Pool people onto the slide.  Lots of bruises and scrapes from that game, but it was super fun!
 And some raspberry picking!

But that's not all!  No not by a long shot!

Emma and I went to Girls camp as leaders.  This is the flag I made for our cabin.
Our hike. I convinced newbie Eden to take the longer hike.  We ended up doing 6 miles or so.
 And where would you end up on your hike in Germany other than a castle ruins??

 It was wicked hot, so some water games were definitely in the mix.  I made sponge balls and we threw them at each other.
 Then we played relay games with the squirt bottles- I didn't have the best squirt bottles and no Target to run to in order to get new ones- boo!

 What a crew!
And finally we ran over to see Prague.
Beautiful Prague
Haha- I thought that was pretty funny- Czechpoint!  Emma got a sweatshirt when she came with the Model United Nations that said, "Czech me out!"

 The Fred and Ginger Dancing house
 Taking the steps up to the castle.  They made us stay half way up while they filmed part of a movie- it took a really long time and people just stopped listening to them and went anyway, so they had to take a break.  If I ever see a movie with a bunch of kids playing soccer around steps that has an indian looking market on them, I'll know I was there!

 We walked from our hotel everywhere- mostly along the river.  It was about 2-3 miles to the Charles bridge.

 On the Charles Bridge
 Not sure why this man was hanging out

 On the bridge watching the paddle boats.  They had lots that looked like swans!
 On our last day there we head to one of the most fun parts of the trip- to the indoor water park.  It was huge with 3 different rooms and a lazy river through it all. They had the pirate ship, regular swimming and hot tubbing, a wave pool and 
 A whole room of slides. 
This one had you going super fast when you came out of the lightless tube and then spun you in a circle and spit you out the bottom!  It was crazy!

 Traditional Czech pastry

 Of course we had to stop and eat at the Hard Rock Cafe.  It's our little bit of Americana wherever we go!