Family Vacation 2016: [Parks & Outdoors, Germany]

Monday, May 23, 2016

Our first couple and a few other low-key days consisted of bakery visits, going on walks, playing at parks, and simply soaking in the fresh outdoors. My SIL and her family live in a conveniently located, quaint, little town so it was ideal for being able to enjoy the countryside, yet close enough to all sorts of other entertainment and activities.
5 under 5.
The outdoors are of great importance in Germany so their 'amenities' are top-notch - the parks, trails, and pathways are impressive and beautiful amongst the lush, green scenery. 

Most parks consist of unique, wood, play equipment (not much, if any, bright colors or plastic). Homegirl found a love of sand; and I noticed Tyson really stepping out of his comfort zone and trying new things as he explored the new places and played with his cousins, on their 'turf'. 
During the trip, I made a conscious effort, and had the chance to really watch the kids. On many occasions, I was overwhelmed with the realization they're NOT babies anymore (I know, duh!) - I think I have a condition that makes it hard for me to let go of their baby-selves. :p 
Maybe it was seeing them in such unique and special-opportunity places and situations, or the impending 4th birthday and start of an official pre-K that's got me all emotional.. Either way, gratitude, amazement, and even teary-eyes brought me down from the common chaos of the day-to-day activities, and really helped me to continue working on 'letting go' and giving these little 'kids' more and more independence.
We loved having great weather, checking out new parks, and being able to take in the beauty of Germany, not to mention getting a new favorite family picture..!!!!

6 comments:

  1. Those parks and playgrounds look like a blast. Love that they are made out of wood. So different from playgrounds here at this point. Glad you guys had great weather and enjoyed so much time outside. That's the best.

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  2. Bakeries, walks, & parks?! What fun! My mouth is watering just thinking of the treats you must have devoured.

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  3. Oh how great that you were able to incorporate parks and playgrounds to your vacation. I bet it helped a lot with adjusting to the new time zone to have some low key days at the beginning!

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  4. Such a great family picture!

    I also love the picture of the boys on the play bridge.

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  5. These are gorgeous pictures! I wish there was more wooden play structures around here.

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  6. LOVE these pictures! Those kids look to be having the best time. That last picture is a total framer. So good!!

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