19 June, 2013

Father's Day (16 June)

Today I woke up with the kids (normally I'm the one to sleep a little later and Courtney gets up with the sun). All three of them were so excited to give Courtney his Father's Day gifts!

First off, cards and peanut butter. Did you know that the French and German's do not stock millions of brands of peanut butter in their super markets? In each country (at least where we were) there was only one brand - one single, solitary row of peanut butter on the shelf next to all the Nutella and cookie spreads. Courtney's been a little sad about not having peanut butter since New Zealand.  So you can imagine how happy he was to see his gift!

Then came a real surprise: a keychain toy of Shaun the Sheeps fluffy friend. I'm not sure what his name is - he's the one that doesn't talk, but eats EVERYTHING. 


And then Chayton couldn't hold it in any longer. It was time for his special surprise. He's been raiding the recycling for a week and built this amazing cardboard house for Daddy. Complete with dust bunnies in the attic!


After that, it was off to the Cafe Steihl for a Sunday breakfast brunch, German Style. It was delicious! Courtney and I finally got a good sized cup of coffee while the girls drank a wonderfully large cup of hot chocolate. Since Chayton doesn't like tea or hot chocolate (he likes chocolate, just doesn't like regular milk; he's a soy milk kinda guy) he indulged in apple juice. We all enjoyed the different meats, cheeses, breads, yogurt and musli. Yum.

Next up, it was a trip to Rheinstein Castle that has been around in some form since the early 1300s. Prince Friedrich of Prussia, Princess Wilhelmine Luise and their son Georg are buried here.





Finally, it was time for a good walk. Halfway up a mountain towards the castle, then down a very sleep slope to walk over to the vineyards and climb up and down that, too!