Signs of Spring and Easter Prep

I love watching the transformation from dreary, grey winter to blooming, blue-sky Spring. So do the girls..

spending more time at the playground


sending down lots of “picnic bags” full of snacks and a blanket so the girls and their friends can picnic in the park..

Wild daffodils grow in the park every Spring. The girls sometimes pick a few for me,,

favorite fruits are finally in season..

and favorite flowers too (I love the scent of Hyacinth!)

everything blossoming everywhere

signs of Easter too..

in the train station

in a shopping plaza

the girls made these planters in school

making Easter crafts and decorations..

coloring Easter eggs with Grandma

they came out great!

We usually have an Easter egg hunt every year for the girls and their friends (that aren’t already away on vacation). This year we had two since some of their best friends couldn’t make it to the first hunt. That’s a lot of eggs to fill and hide!

So glad my Mom was there to help!

1st hunt- so excited!

chowing on candy (I filled them with small toys and stickers too)

2nd hunt- getting ready to run..

this pic cracks me up

opening the eggs at home (it was wet and rainy outside)

Every year we make our traditional Easter Bunny cake. My Mom started this tradition when I was a kid, so it was nice to have her here making it with the 2nd generation.


Kirmes with Grandma

Every Fall and Spring vacation we see advertisements for this Kirmes (Fair), but have never gone. We thought it would be a fun thing to do with Grandma while she was here…

Dom in background

It may look like they’re checking out the awesome Ferris Wheel, but I’m betting it’s the cotton candy..


I was seriously worried I was going to have to ask the guy to stop the ride. Kiera tuned very pale and looked terrified for most of the ride. When she got off she said it was fun, though.

We had fun for the afternoon, but it was definitely a “one and done” sort of experience (overpriced too). The best part of the day BY FAR was seeing the views from the top of the Ferris Wheel..

Kirmes from above

beautiful Köln