Sunday, November 29, 2009


We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year gathered as a family. We invited two other families to join us plus four missionaries! We had lots of helping hands in the kitchen too.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Villa D'Este

We stayed at Villa D'Este on Lake Como in Italy. It was a quaint hotel and has been around for a long time. What makes this place so special is the large piece of ground that the hotel is on. The mountains that surround the lake just go straight down to the lake, but this property had quite a bit of flat space around the hotel grounds. The hotel closes down during the winters, but is quite the place to be and be seen during the summer months. The original owner was in the military ( a long time ago!) and his wife thought he would be bored, so she had a fortress carved into the hillside so her husband could play military games! Villa D'Este also had a floating swimming pool. The grounds were beautiful and had this large mosaic "piece" as part of the hotel.

More adventures

When we left Innsbruck, Austria our final destination for the day was to be Lake Como in Italy. As we drove across Austria we "bumped" into Lichenstein (teeny weeny country in Europe). Then we drove through Switzerland and finally got to Italy. Four countries in one day..pretty impressive...but only in Europe! Here's some pics of some beautiful countryside.


From Munich we drove to Innsbruck, Austria and explored the town and the surrounding countryside. It was beautiful and very quaint.

only in Europe

Kirk had a great time driving his nice, new car all over Europe. His favorite part, driving the Autobahn at any speed you desire; least favorite--driving through some incredibly long tunnels.

Have you ever....?

Used a car elevator? Our first time and it was pretty scary! After we got Kirk's car, we had to park it somewhere and we weren't real keen about parking on the street. Our hotel had a small parking garage (only 6 stalls!) underground. So, with much trepidation, we stuck our hotel key card in the slot and the doors opened and there was enough room for one car. I got out of the car to make sure it was going to be big enough and that the doors wouldn't close too soon. It was CRAZY!

more BMW museum pics

We loved walking around this very modern space and seeing all the cool cars and motorcycles built by BMW.

BMW--Bayarin Motor Werks

BMW museum was very modern

BMW is BIG in Munich, Germany. The BMW museum is next to the main office and the factory. Across the street is the BMW Welt. One purpose of the Welt is for the European delivery of cars to their owners. The factory tour was very interesting and the museum was incredible and VERY ultra modern.

European Delivery

BMW Welt in Munich, Germany

Kirk's new baby