Our little family took off in two separate directions last week – Ryan and his dad took off to Germany (they flew into Frankfurt and stayed in a small village an hour away). I traveled with Henry and my mother-in-law to visit family in Tennessee.
With the house building in full-swing, I think these were much-needed breaks. It would have been easy to put off traveling, but I think it was actually good timing. And everything was still here when we got back.
We were in different worlds – along with a 7-hour time difference! But we all had a blast! We are still trying to readjust to real life, but I thought I’d share a few photos.
When Ryan left, I asked him to try to remember to take a few photos. Unlike me, he doesn’t care or think to do it. But I think it was a pretty special trip – to go somewhere across the world with your dad to celebrate retirement!
The guys did a great job and took lots of photos.
They spent a lot of time with Fritz and Ana, who my father-in-law worked with in a past job. They had visited the States a few years back and were wonderful hosts.
I get the impression that the guys spent a lot of time on the Rhine River and a lot of time drinking. But their secrets are safe with me.
They had a chance to take a sightseeing river cruise on the Rhine, a 50 km bike ride along the river, and several walking tours.
The photos they took looked like something out of a fairytale.
But, let’s get real. Tennessee was pretty fun, too. And bonus – no jet lag.
We got to spend lots of time with family, which doesn’t happen often enough.
And Henry got to do his favorite things – swimming …
And spending time with his cousin Shelby.
We also got to go to Tennessee Safari Park, which was a riot. I’ll spare you the video with my cackling laughs.
You can also imagine me cackling right here when that long tongue came out.
He also got to visit some fun train locations, which he was a fan of.
Ryan’s aunt Joanell was the hostess with the mostess, and took having us visit (along with a toddler) in stride.
She immediately won Henry’s heart with a counter full of minions she collected for him.
Truly lucky to have a nice little getaway while the guys were out of town. Henry was super good – considering we had a couple 8 hour drives and lots of schedule adjustments. He was a trooper and charmed everyone he met.
Now, it’s back to reality. And house building for Ryan. Updates coming soon.