Thursday, November 14, 2013

To to zoo!

Last weekend, we took Charlie to the zoo. We've done this a couple of times already. The first time, he was 6 months old and he slept through the entire thing in his stroller. The last time, we were with the in-laws and we had fun but Charlie was not really into the animals, he really just wanted to pick up rocks and splash in puddles (and at the petting zoo he wanted to pick up and eat the goat poo. Because yes. We prevented this, thankfully).

But this time, THIS TIME, he was so into it. It helped that we took the "correct" route which means not the one that goes by the gazillion intresting animal habitats but the one that leads DIRECTLY to the petting zoo with goats (because, you know, we can't see GOATS anywhere else for 12 Euros a person) and then passes a couple of cool animals before a fantastic PLAYGROUND that also sells coffee and pizza (see: happy parents equal happy child) and then continues on to the FARM ANIMALS area with rabbits and horses and even a guinea pig habitat with a little maypole and other fake tiny bavarian village accoutrements.

This area also has rides, which are cheap and awesome. We took Charlie on the vintage car ride (we rode with him, each of us once, a particularly harrowing experience at Oktoberfest this year taught us to never let him ride a ride alone again. Ever.) We then continued past a few more animals (Charlie could have watched the alpacas and the pigs for ages. He was most impressed that the pigs had a ball. Whenever we talk about those zoo pigs, he makes his snorting pig sound and says "dall!" (charlish for ball).

What comes next at the zoo is the things about Germany that I will always always love and will never understand why more countries don't do things this way. Because, there is, of course, a Biergarten. And not some overly priced hokey zoo Biergarten but a real, authentic, sprawling Bavarian Biergarten where you are, as tradition dictates, allowed to bring your own food as long as you purchase beverages. And the best part, past the delicious beer, is the beautiful and sprawling playground right next to said Biergarten. Happiness for all involved.

After going down the slide of happiness  (as I think Charlie would have named this metal tunnel slide that had him shrieking with joy time after time) we proceeded out past the penguins and the sea otters, and headed home. PERFECT.

So if you are in Munich, and even if you don't have kids. GO. TO. THE. ZOO. (and follow that sign to the Biergarten).

Thursday, May 2, 2013


A holiday in the middle of the week is such a treat. We took advantage by finally dusting off our bikes, strapping Charlie into the new seat, and heading off to the Flaucher Biergarten.

we call this one "Peek-a-Beer"

Beer, playground, sand, baby Lederhosen and Blasmusik. What's not to love?

Monday, April 29, 2013

What a weekend

Saturday marked the kick-off of the neighborhood flea market season in Munich, one of my all time favorite parts of the summer. After a leisurely breakfast of coffee and muffins, we spent the entire day wandering through Haidhausen and snapping up deal after deal.

We bought an infant bike seat, a hiking pack, a whole bunch of toys and shoes for charlie, a couple of records, shoes for me... and we also snapped up a bunch of free things like a crawling tunnel for C. And the weather, which was predicted to be cold and rainy, turned out to be beautiful, so we spent our free time between markets lounging in the neighborhood's many roundels and plazas. Beautiful.

We ended our adventure at the Biergarten/Beer Hall Hofbräukeller, which amazingly has a HUGE indoor play area for kids. We will definitely be going back.

Sunday was more leisurely but we did manage to get out of the house to go to the playground. C takes his Kid O car with him wherever he goes.

What a fantastic weekend! And next week... vacation!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

More Projects

Well I am on a crafty roll. I sewed this sweatshirt from Sewing for Boys

and reupholstered our dining room chairs with a (wipe-able) laminated cotton. Hooray!

(sorry about the dark photos. It was 1am. The only time I have to craft...)

Monday, April 22, 2013


I love to craft and knit, but boy am I horrible at finishing up projects. Which is why I am so proud to present this sweater, which I just finished yesterday, which is the from the Purl Soho book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts".

The buttons have his initials!

After spending Sunday at the infamous "Fabric Market Holland" I am armed and ready to tackle even more crafty projects. Let's hope I can keep the momentum going.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Almost like summer

Yesterday was a spectactularly beautiful day, and since today is a bit gloomy and rainy and it looks like it will stay that way through the weekend, I wanted to post some pictures to remind myself that spring really is right around the corner (really! really!).

We went to two different playgrounds. Needless to say, C was exhausted, but it was a wonderful time. And he discovered the joy of wiggling his bare feet in the air.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oh, you know, just walking

Charlie has been walking for a couple of weeks now, but it never ceases to amaze me. I love to watch him toddle around.
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