Bonjour Vacation Days 4 & 5: The hills are alive…

So day four was one of my very favorite days:).
We drove from Bern to Interlaken and then went up in the mountains.  It was gorgeous.  I mean…hands down, the prettiest place I’ve ever been.  It was so gorgeous that it didn’t even look real…it looked like a backdrop.  God is the master artist and in my opinion, he did his best work in Interlaken, Switzerland :).
This was basically me all day.
Side note: we love, love, love The Sound of Music over at our house.  A few times a year, we even have The Sound of Music nights where we order pizza and watch it as a family.  Any of us could belt out a tune from the movie if asked…we’re pretty obsessed.  So, even though that was Salzburg, Austria and we were in Switzerland…the setting looked similar and we sang many a tune on this day.  The funny part is when I got back home and Erika asked me what my favorite part was and I told her about this day, she said, “I bet you sang a lot of Sound of Music songs.”. #sheknowsmesowell #noshame #thehillsarealive
When we arrived in Interlaken, we stopped at a grocery store to get picnic stuff. Love these girls!


The Shulls at the base of the mountain.  Interlaken is the city at the base and then you take big gondolas or funiculars up to the cities on the side (there were four).


I mean, gorgeous, right?


I looked down in one of the gondolas and saw this.  Look at her arm around her big brother.  Melt my heart.


Lots of fun!!  We stopped in each city and walked around.  They are amazing built up there on the side of the mountain.  Just spectacular!  We enjoyed our picnic and the view :).


When you’re as high as the clouds…


Each little town had a park and we stopped to play at each of them.  I love their big grins here.


This girl had a BLAST!


Park zip lining :).


The mountain behind Kensington is the tallest mountain in the Swiss Alps.


They had this map right there to prove it :).  It’s the Jungfrau.


To get to the top town, we had to take a funicular (like a train going straight up a mountain).  This is our decent down…a-mazing!


The girls got matching sister necklaces in one town :).  It was just the nicest day outside with my people.
We left Interlaken around 5:30 and drove back to Bern for dinner…


…my handsome men at dinner.
I mean…how could you not love you some Ashby?!


Walking back to the hotel, we saw kids playing in this fountain area where the water sprayed up from the ground.  My kiddos had a blast playing in the freezing cold water!


And that was Day Four :).
Day Five…


We spent Day Five in Lucerne, Switzerland!


Just another day enjoying a lovely Swiss town…eating lots of Swiss food…touring lots of Swiss churches/museums/stores/activities…with my loves.


Lucerne is home to one of the largest wooden bridges in all of Europe, so of course, we walked across it and took in the view!


The big kids got Swiss watches…Swatch Watches :).  One child learned how to tell time quickly and the other child just wanted a pretty accessory…you decide which is which…


Andrew and I knew we wanted a cuckoo clock on this trip to bring home…and we found the perfect one.  Smith was super pumped about this clock :).


Hey Lucerne!  We loved you!
We went back tired and ready for bed.  The next day, we moved to the other side of Switzerland and checked out Lake Geneva.
If you missed Days 1-3, you can see them here.
On my foodie blog today…
…a Lemon Berry Trifle for your Wednesday.  Simple and delicious…my two favorite things!
, Bonjour Vacation Days 4 & 5: The hills are alive…
  • Ashley L. August 19, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful, your trip looks amazing!

  • Erika Slaughter August 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Gorgeous views!!! I could totally get behind these two days. Those mountains are breathtaking. Next time you visit, we wanna a singing reenactment video. #thehillsarealive

  • Andrea Nicole August 19, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Is it crazy that I want to be a Shull so I can go on your family vacations? It looks so beautiful.

  • Johannah August 19, 2015 at 10:56 am

    What an amazing experience for the kids! And such a beautiful place =)

  • Stacy P. August 19, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Gorgeous pictures! Makes me want to go back and visit Switzerland again! Thanks for sharing…

  • Narci August 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Oh my goodness!! Beautiful!! Also, I want a matching turquoise swatch watch!! So pretty!!

  • Tara G. August 19, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I remember my first Swatch watch! Such a big deal! We stayed at Lake Eibse for a week while my husband had a conference when we lived in Europe. I felt the same way about the mountains.

  • Beautifully Seaside // Formerly Chic Coastal Living August 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    How fun Shay! Now you;re making me want to visit Switzerland! My MIL visited there and a cuckoo clock and we love it! XO

  • Unknown August 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I like Erika's comment but to take it a step further can we just go with you to see it for ourselves? The singing and the gorgeous views. This recap should be good for your business…sign me up! lol

  • Caravan Sonnet August 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Oh my goodness these pictures are so beautiful! I am loving following along on your adventures!! Thank you for sharing!!
    Blessings, Rebecca 🙂

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} August 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I had a blast from the past when you talked about the Swatch watches! I had to BEG for one for months, but I finally broke my parents down! 🙂 The pic of Ashby with her arm around Smith is just the sweetest thing EVER. And the pics from today are absolutely gorgeous.

  • JeanCaroline August 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    The Jungfrau is actually only the tallest in the Swiss Alps. There are others taller throughout Europe. Just wanted to share. 🙂

  • Janelle Klosterman August 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I love these Switzerland posts! When our oldest, who will be 7 mext month, was a baby we lived in Zurich. We hope to go back in a few years when our youngest is a bit older.
    Such a beautiful country!

  • Rachel Embery August 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    We went to Germany and Switzerland two years ago and I love your pictures!!! My ancestors are Swiss, Eggiwil. A tiny little mountain town:-) We stayed there for 4 days and loved it! We also brought home two cuckoo clocks:-) Your pictures take me back to my trip and how I can't wait to go back!

  • SarahN August 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Your pics today brought me back to our visit to Switzerland and Interlaken. It's literally one of the prettiest places on earth! We paraglided off a mountain when we were there 🙂 Did you stop in the town of Grindewald? That's the town we stayed in and it's the prettiest little town ever.

  • Lauren August 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Wouldn't it be great if they had slides on the way down the mountains!?

    This is such a beautiful vacation!

  • Blu and Darbi August 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    We are on furlough from our work in Zambia at New Day Orphanage and my husband and I stopped for a 4 day trip in Switzerland on our way home! (Aug 6-10). We did Zurich, Bregenz, Austria, and Lindau, Germany. We will definitely have to go back with our kids and do Interlaken!! Your post made me laugh because when we were in Austria I sang The Sound of Music all day long and called my husband "Gey-org" all day. 😉

  • Robyn Marrie August 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Love the pics! And I was brought back in time with the swatches too! I think I had one…and it was a hand-me- down! All the rage back in the day!

  • TorontoSAM August 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    We went to Interlaken on our honeymoon. I sang Edelweiss when I saw it growing out of the side of a rock wall. Love me some Sound of Music!

  • Jenny August 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, I love your new clock! How fun! Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip. Love all the pictures! 🙂

  • Molly Middleton August 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Put your beautiful family in front of beautiful Switzerland and you've got the PERFECT photo. Who should I call…People? Travel and Leisure? National Geographic?? Someone get these pictures in a darn magazine!!! 🙂

  • Three Gals and a Guy August 19, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Shay, WOW! Breathtaking photos! It looks like a wonderful trip; love seeing all the photos!!

  • Jane @ August 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Your photos brought back so many memories for me. My family and I visited Switzerland when I was younger. I distinctly remembered Lucerne because of the wooden bridge. I had a wonderful time and look forward to bringing my own family there some day.
    Smith and Kensington are so cute with their watches. My two little ones are the same way. One picked up on telling time quickly while the other just like it for the bling 🙂

  • Amy McCown August 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    We lived in Zurich for 2 years when out boys were babies and it really is a beautiful country. I hope you had a chance the try Sprungli and movenpick.

  • SH August 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Not the point of your post, but where is K's dress from? So adorable!

  • Angela Ellingson August 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    So beautiful! What a dream! I LOVE your day five outfit? Details? 😉

  • Leigh Clark August 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    So so pretty! Your pictures captured the surroundings so beautifully! We love Sound of Music too – and periodically try to get our kids to come by "whistling" but they never have embraced it. 🙂

  • Charity August 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Ok I HAVE to know where you got Smith's firetruck T-shirt! My 4 yr old nephew is obsessed with firemen and he would LOVE that shirt!!!

  • Janice Shin August 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    What lipstick are you using?! It looks great on you!

  • Lori August 19, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Love your vacation posts! Switzerland is on my bucket list. Will you be doing a blog on how you travel with a family of 5 and advice on how you do it? We took planes and trains through Europe and you're driving. I would be terrified. I was hoping you could give details on how you travel, pack, where to stay, and the logistics of traveling between countries. I want to explore more, but doing with the whole family scares me.

    • Mix and Match Mama August 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Driving is really pretty simple! We rented a car from Enterprise (so a US company), paid a little extra for their navigation and three carseats/booster seats and took off. Streets, exits, road sign are all clearly marked. As for Switzerland, it was just like driving in the US. We've also rented cars in The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Austria without any problems. This way, we can go at our own pace and see exactly what we want to see.

    • Cristin August 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      I am also interested in the car rental/crossing the borders/reading the signs portion of your trip. Its the way we like to travel, but it sounds intimidating.

  • skmanning August 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    You must show us where you hung the clock in your home!

  • Mix and Match Mama August 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I've already taken like 20 pictures of my kids standing in front of it! Every hour when it goes off, they go bananas over it! I'll post a pic!

  • Janet August 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Gorgeous mountains. The hills are alive for sure.

  • Tracy August 19, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Love your vacation recap posts! Looks like a great trip! 🙂

  • Kristin McGeeney August 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I want to go to Switzerland so bad! Did you make all hotel arrangements yourself have an idea where you wanted to go while there/etc? Or wing it? Looks amazing!

  • Courtney August 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    WOW–what gorgeous pictures! And once I saw the cuckoo clock, all I could sing was "And up in the bedroom, an absurd little bird is popping up to say–Cuckoo! Cuckoo!" We're huge Sound of Music movie lovers as well! Did you get one of those awesome puppet theaters by chance while you were there too?!?

  • Keri August 19, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    The Berner Oberland is my favorite part of the world! I am glad to see you went to Gimmelwald and Murren. We spent four nights in Lauterbrunnen exploring both sides of the valley with many hikes and stops for drinks. The cliffs in Lauterbrunnen with all of the waterfalls are simply breathtaking! We loved Lucerne as well. It is such a gorgeous city.

  • Caroline @ In Due Time August 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Interlaken is THE best!!!

  • Mix and Match Mama August 19, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    We rented them as well! They were just like the US ones and fit nicely in our car (we happened to have rented a Volkswagon). We requested them when we made our rental car reservations.

  • Lisa Berkley August 19, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Can you please adopt me and my family? 🙂 Your vacations look anazing!!

  • Karen August 20, 2015 at 12:10 am

    I love your pictures. I love Kensingtons denim dress on day 4. Where did you find it? My older daughter loves dresses like that!

  • Eman S August 20, 2015 at 2:09 am

    My family and I were there in the same town exactly when you were!!! It was amazing just like you're describing!!!

  • Mama Of Boys August 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

    We spent summers here when I was about Kensington's age, beautiful place. Glad you enjoyed it so much xx

  • Clareio August 20, 2015 at 7:55 am

    My heart skipped a beat when you mentioned Interlaken, the one and only time i've visited switzerland that is where we stayed and i want to go back every year! It is quite honestly my favourite place on earth! the Jungfrau is an amazing experience too, it really feels like the top of the world (although the queue for the last train down was more like a cattle market). I need to go back, a quick weekend anniversary trip to Vienna, Austria for the Christmas markets will have to give me my sound of music fix for now!

  • Morgan August 20, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    It's so gorgeous there! You're definitely inspiring me to plan a Europe trip sooner than later. I'll have to reference your older posts about traveling to Europe with toddlers! I have to say – I just love it that you guys brought a cuckoo clock home! Something we'd totally do.

  • Denise Ross August 21, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Loving travelling vicariously through you. Travelling through Europe is on my bucket list too, and I've always wanted a cuckoo clock too. My parents had one and I loved hearing it every hour.

  • Amanda & Jerrod Carpenter August 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Would you recommend the chicco stroller thats in your pictures?

  • Aubrey August 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I love Interlaken! It's definitely one of the most beautiful places I've been too. Your cuckoo clock made me laugh. They say when you live in Germany you either leave with a cuckoo clock or a baby. Let's just say I don't have a cuckoo clock. 🙂

  • Dale Docken August 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    What a wonderful vacation. The Sound of Music is my favorite film of all time. Switzerland is beautiful. It's on our bucket list. You have been truly blessed by God. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

  • Kate July 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time, but now that my husband and I are going to London, Munich and Zurich in a few weeks, I re-visited this post. We are going for our 10 year anniversary without our 3 small children, so I may have a nervous breakdown! Anyway, I have a quick question – we are debating doing only a carry-on. But what about our souvenirs?? Did you have that awesome clock shipped home or did you carefully pack it in your luggage? Thank you!