Another day…another batch of vacation pictures. #sosorry
I have to post these…my mom, mother-in-law and grandmother insist :).
Random vacation facts:
1. At one point, we considered legally changing Smith’s name to Smith Stop Shull…because we kept saying the phrase “Smith, stop” over and over again. Smith was the one running ahead, the one eager to explore on his own, the one who likes to pester his sisters, touch their dolls, touch them…you know…be that only boy/middle child that we love so much. Smith Stop Shull or Smith William Shull? They both have such a nice ring :).
2. I’m currently experiencing carb withdrawal. Back here in normal life, every meal isn’t served with French fries and crepes and washed down with wine. Boo.
3. We had our sound machine on one night (just an app from our phone) to drown out the hotel noise/five sleeping people noises/etc and someone apparently heard it and thought there was some sort of gas leak and instead of calling us…the hotel management opened our hotel room door in the middle of the night. Yeah…that kind of startled us. Nothing like being sound asleep and then realizing people are in your room. #eeks
4. I went into the bathroom in the middle of the night and someone had left the glass shower door halfway open, but because it was pitch black, I didn’t see it and ran right into the side (not the flat part…the edge) of the door. I had a bruise that ran from my forehead down my face to my chin. My kids thought this was hysterical. #sigh
So…those are some random facts and here are some random pictures from days 6-8. I’m at home right now currently soaking up the last few days of summer with my crew. We’ve been swimming, playing outside, staying up late, sleeping in and savoring the final days. Man…I’m going to miss them when school starts! #someoneholdme
Well hello Lausanne, Switzerland. We’re here to check you out. (Side note, Kensington needed sunglasses on this trip…she has 456 pairs at home and forgot them all.)
I think one out of three are looking at the camera??? I’ll take it though :). We explored Lausanne all afternoon and let the kiddos play at the park. The weather was beautiful and they had a blast!
The kids played and Andrew read his tourist guide for Lausanne. I took selfies of us :).
We stopped for a crepe. Please note this is our first batch of crepes…but will not be our last. I’m pretty sure we ate two crepes a day from here on out. Nutella is always the favorite for a Shull. Bern is located on the German side of Switzerland, so we indulged in our favorite German food over there…but Lausanne is on the French side, so not only was everything in French (it was all in German around Bern), but the food is French too. #hellocrepes #hellofries #helloheaven
My kiddos all love sampling mommy and daddy’s coffee. Ashby was into my cappuccino foam…
…foam mustache :).
From here we took the subway to the top of Lausanne to visit their Old Town. The subway system here was free if you stayed in a local hotel and super, super convenient for families (easy for strollers!). Old Town is all up hill. I kept thinking “surely, we’ll eventually go down a hill”…but no, it kept going up and up and up and up. My kiddos had fun exploring.
This picture really doesn’t capture it…but Andrew and I were laughing so hard that he’s crying here. We kept walking in circles…it was all up hill…the two big kids were both fighting for the stroller…it was just one of those moments when you have to laugh. We would be so determined we were heading in the right direction and then walk right back to where we started. I’m so glad I get to laugh through life with him :).
After we (kind of ) figured out where we were going, we stopped for dinner upstairs at a really neat restaurant.
Love these two.
We spent the first half of Day 7 touring Chateau de Chillon.
The best thing we did when touring museums/castles and such was giving our kiddos the audio guide in English (sometimes, they would even have a kid version). They took great pride in listening really well so that they could report back to Andrew and me (who were reading along as we went from room to room).
In the chateau with my crew!
She’s always up for a picture :).
They love having a staring contest. This is them prepping…
…and now, they’re competing. Ashby lasts about 4 seconds :).
The second half of our day was spent here…
…on paddle boats on Lake Geneva.
My kids really, really wanted to do this and I’m so glad we did because I know it was one of their highlights. I was nervous because I can pretty much get seasick in the bathtub…but since I was able to get out of the boat and into the lake when I needed, I never felt sick. #thankyouJesus
We rented a paddle boat with a slide off the back…and it was BLAST!
Lake Geneva is at the foot of the mountains, nestled between France and Switzerland. It was beautiful.
One last picture before I put away my phone for the rest of the day. The boat was super wet and the five of us were climbing in and out and jumping and sliding off constantly, so I didn’t want it getting wet. It was a wonderful way to spend the rest of our day.
This was so much fun!!! We went to the Olympic Museum! Eeks! Andrew and I are Olympic junkies…so this museum was totally awesome! Since Switzerland is nice and neutral, it’s the headquarters of the Olympics and has the official Olympic Museum.
The steps leading up to the museum have the dates and cities where games have been held. Here the three kiddos are sitting on Los Angeles :). #proudtobeAmericans
And here little miss is sitting on Beijing :). #proudtobeChinese
I won’t bore you to death…but honestly, this museum was amazing. Both inside and out were filled with not only memorabilia, but interactive games, trivia, movies…it was fabulous. The three kiddos are watching a little movie on Opening Ceremonies here.
As you can see, Smith was unhappy to be receiving the silver medal (probably like most silver medalists…).
We said that if Andrew ever wins the gold, this is seriously how he would behave. The three of us were laughing so hard. #becasueitssotrue #ultimatewinner #soreloser
Andrew and I feel like we won three gold medals in life :).
Outside the boys raced and tried some other outdoor events. Super fun!
Later in the afternoon, we wrapped up day 8 in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Our little carouseling cutie.
Dinner with my girl.
Whew. That’s days 6 through 8! To see Days 9-12, click here.
To see Days 1-3, click here.
Days 4 & 5, click here.
If you need a quick lunch or side dish…
…my Cucumber and Dill Pasta Salad is for you!
I love dill.
I love cucumbers.
I love pasta salads.
See the recipe here.
Happy Thursday! See you tomorrow for my Friday Favorites!