Mario went back to school a few weeks ago and was very excited! He was especially excited to start Grade 1; to see his friends; and, to get a Schultüte. I made Mario a Schultüte the first year we moved to Germany; however, this large cone-shaped surprise is traditionally given to children on their first day of 1st Grade, to make the first day of primary school a little sweeter. Since Mario officially entered the first grade this year, I made him a very special Plankton Schultüte filled with toys, popcorn, candy and school supplies. Mario is currently obsessed with Spongebob Square Pants, specifically Plankton, so a Plankton Schultüte is exactly what he wanted. I couldn’t find a Plankton Schultüte for inspiration, so I looked to Plankton himself and was able to create Mario a Schultüte he said was “perfect” and one which he will never forget! It truly was a special treat for his first day of first grade! I love the German tradition of making and giving a Schultüte on the first day of school. Do you have any traditions for your little ones when they go back to school? Whether you do or not, I hope your little ones have a Great School Year!
Since we are counting down the days to our upcoming summer vacation in Spain, I decided to share some photos of Mario enjoying Spain last summer. We can't wait to relax with friends, soak up the sun, hike in the mountains and swim in waterholes and at the beach. Mario asks everyday "How many more days until Spain Mama?" Soon Mario; very soon!
Last summer we spent ten days at a friend's home in Catalonia, Spain in the province of Terra Alta (High Land) in the mountains. We had such a perfect relaxing summer escape, that our family has decided to return again this summer. Mario can't wait to go back to Spain and see my husband's best friend, go swimming in water holes, hiking in the mountains and to soak up the sun! Here are some photos of Mario enjoying Spain last summer - I really can't wait to return in a few weeks time!
While we were in Denmark (Billund) for Spring Break with Mario's best friend and his family, we visited LEGO® House - a newly opened experience house. LEGO® House is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks, giving LEGO fans of all ages the ultimate LEGO experience; my husband and I loved it as much as Mario did because it is truly amazing! We all had an awe-inspiring experience in this world of creative experiences building DUPLO® Bricks under a Lego rainbow; creating our own unique LEGO® minifigures in Character Creator; building sea creatures in Fish Designer; building critters and flowers in Critter Creator & Flower Artist; programing robots in Robo Lab; planning cities in City Architect; building vehicles in Test Driver; and exploring the Masterpiece Gallery with mind boggling original works of art created from LEGO® by artists - a.k.a master builders.
Last month our family had an extra special Spring Break with Mario's best friend's family at the Original Legoland in Billund, Denmark. We planned a trip together to surprise Mario and his best friend because his family just recently moved to China and we wanted to do something special with the boys before their move. Our family went to the Original Legoland last year as well, since Mario requests to go to Legoland for his birthday every year, which falls during Spring Break, and he was of course extra-excited when he discovered that his best friend was there too this year! We told Mario that he needed to pick something up at the cabin next to ours, and when he knocked on the door imagine his joy and excitement when his best friend was there! The boys had a blast exploring Legoland together and they both agreed that they liked the Ninjago area of the park the best.
After a full day of exploring the entire park, Mario and his best friend had a slumber party at our cabin; it was the first sleep over for both boys so they were up half the night talking about their adventures and playing Legos together. Enjoy these photos of Mario having a blast with his best friend at Legoland, and I can't wait to share more photos with you from our family's adventures. Besides Legoland we also went to the awe-inspiring Lego House and Copenhagen together - what an unforgettable Spring Break Mario had with his Best Friend!