We had a wonderful visit with Gram and Pops this month. Thanks so much for coming!! Here they are headed to the chocolate factory with the girls. This is one of the many things we did while they were here.
Of course, Gram leaves us stocked with cookies (and spaghetti sauce--yay!)
This was our first year to enjoy the Pumpkin Festival that was nearby and we all loved it. What wonderful weather we had too! (Kate's enjoying it more than the rest, I think.)
This whole building was surrounded with pumpkins that had where they were grown and what they were called. It was so neat!
We also got to enjoy a friend's Superhero birthday party with Gram. Here's Ellie trying out her mad muscles!
And Kate enjoying some tasty cake.
Pops even got in on the action a LOT--he had to escape to his room quite a bit. :) What a trooper he was...especially when Jen had to go to a meeting at Kate's kindergarten and all the neighborhood kids descended upon Gram and Pops. Of course, they kept everyone happy!
Since the weather was so nice, we drove through the Schwarz Wald to Baden-Baden, which was a beautiful little resort town. Here's Jon and the kids enjoying the rose garden.
And walking along near the super-chic shops.
Enjoying lunch at a local Kebap place. Of course, Betsy busts out with her Turkish and the owner was so pleased that he gave us free Turkish tea and dessert. What a great lunch!
One morning while Jon went to work, the girls and I took Gram an d Pops to a nearby castle. While they took the tour, the girls and I enjoyed "lunch on the terrace." Not too shabby.
Definitely a highlight was being invited to our landlord's home for kaffe und kuchen. Their daughter, our friend Ellen, joined us and bridged the language barrier. It was such a wonderful experience and the conversation was lovely.
And certainly NOT to be forgotten...Gram and Pops escaped from our house for a few days and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Paris. Congratulations you two!! What an inspiration you are to us. Here are just a very few of their pictures of grand ole' Paris.
(The pipe, the Seine, the wine, and Rick Steves. Just what every traveler in Paris needs!)