Thursday, June 25, 2009

An Assortment of fun...


Brock and I went to the Mercedes-Benz museum last Saturday. It is in Stuttgart and it was so awesome. It is probably one of the coolest museums I have ever been to. The museum has displays of world history along with the cars to give you a good idea of where all the cars and inventions fit into history.

Here is Brock with the first cars ever made.
These exhibits were awesome!
Wish you had one of these huh...
We toured the museums with some great audio devices that gave us the downlow on just about everything. You would just point them at the object you wanted to learn about to hear something.

There was so much to see in the museum. We spent over three hours there. So next time your in Stuttgart, this is one place we recommend

Europa Park

This last Monday we headed to the great theme park of Germany called "Europa Park." It is like their own Lagoon/DisneyLand. It was a really fun park with a lot of awesome rides. As you can see, I was very excited to get there!
This is Timo and Christina. She works with Brock as another intern at Bosch. We were happy that they came with us. They are both from Germany, but speak great English.

The rollercoasters were so awesome here! This is the largest drop on a rollercoaster that I have ever been on. Brock was trying to pull out the camera when we were at the top of the drop to try and get a good pic and I was freaking out and telling him to put the camera away!! Geez, as if I wasn't nervous enough already :)

I Love My Mom

My mom is currently on a Europe tour with my aunt, cousin, and a big group of others. It is the same trip that she and I took four years ago together. So on Tuesday I got a call that they would be in Munich that evening. I had totally forgot that my mom would be in Germany that day. I wasn't sure if I would get to see her because it is about three hours away to get there. I am also not to confident about traveling alone. But of course since I have such a wonderful husband he made it all happen! We found a carpool online to get us there at night. Brock got me to the hotel where my mom was and then had to turn right back around and go home with another carpool since he had to work the next morning. I was so excited to see my mom! We had so much fun together. Isn't she just so gorgeous! I always hope I look as good as my mom when I get older.
I tagged along with their tour group and we visited the Dachau Concentration camp. It is a very sobering experience to see it first hand. This is the memorial statue that they have there.

Here is my Aunt Cindy, me, my mom, and my cousin Jody. It was so fun to be with them. My mom and and aunt are quite funny when they are together so there were lots of laughs going on.
We also visited the BMW museum in Munich. So I really got my fair share of cars after being to two museums.
This is what my dad would have been doing if he were with us. So my mom was doing some great demonstrations for us on how the engines work (even though she has no idea)... it was quite hilarious and pretty much sounded like what my dad would say!
I was proud of myself because I had to lead the way home for my family after the museum since the whole tour group didn't go there. I was a little nervous because Brock usually just takes care of that, but with a little direction and a little of my German we made it back!
We had a great dinner after a great day of shopping, laughing, and sightseeing. It was so fun to meet up with my mom four years later on the same trip in the same places we had gone together. It was funny to think that four years ago I was in Europe wondering what would happen with Brock and I because he had just left on his mission. Now we are married and living here! So I guess all my day dreams came true from that trip.
I stayed with my mom for two nights and then their group was off on their next adventure. I was sad to say goodbye. Brock had everything set up easily for me so that I made my way home on the train without any problems.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Latest Adventures...

The past couple weeks have been filled with a TON of fun, family, and traveling. We were so excited to have Brock's parents come and visit us in Germany. I definitely lucked out the most because while Brock had to work throughout the weekdays, I got to travel all over with my fabulous in-laws. We had so many fun adventures throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. We wouldn't have been able to see so many awesome things if they hadn't come and I was so excited to spend time with family! Here are some highlights from our travels.

Brock and I celebrated on the day of our 1 year annivarsary by eating out in this beautiful little city called Esslingen.

While we were in Austria we hiked up these amazing gorges. We climed up a ton of stairs, but it was so worth it!

Brock giving us a good M.J. pose in the cave.

This was an awesome castle in Austria just sitting on the very top of the mountain.

We decided to visit the worlds largest ice cave and this is my face when I realize what we are doing and also realize what I am wearing....

I obviously didn't get the memo on the correct clothing to wear into an ice cave. I wasn't alone though because all four of us were in shorts and t-shirts, but luckily we did have very warm jackets. We quickly realized we were out of place when everyone else that was going were dressed like they were hitting the slopes. Every person that passed us also felt the need to stare us down, laugh, and even ask if we had other clothes hahah. But we toughed it out and were so glad we did because once we got inside the ice cave it really wasn't so bad.

This is what we had to climb up to get to the cave.

This is right before we went in... looks cold huh!

We stayed warm in the ice cave by going up and down the 700 stairs throughout the cave. We were so glad we did it. I have never seen anything like it. It was hard to get good pics of the inside because it was pretty dark.

I must say I was pretty happy to be out in the sun again after our hour in the cave. On our way down we didn't get as many stares because people knew we had just done it in shorts and all! So hah! I guess we are just built for the cold since we are from Utah.

Just stopping to smell the roses in an amazing rose garden in Vienna, Austria.

We also had a fun bus tour in the city.

This is Innsbruck where the winter Olympics were held a long time ago.

While we visited Salzburg, this was my favorite thing to see. There were a lot of shops with hundreds and hundreds of elaborately decorated eggs. They were so cool.

This was Brock's first visit to the infamous "Neuschwanstein" castle in Bavaria. Too bad part of it was under construction.

This is Lake Constance in Germany. It is huge and very pretty. There are no motor boats allowed on the lake which is a total waste of good skiing water as my family would say :)

Lucerne, Switzerland

We ended our fabulous trip back in Munich where we started. We had a great German buffet along with some fun entertainment.

Thanks Kris and Layne for all the great memories and adventures!