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!
The day before Mario began his school year we went to the Cologne Zoo. Mario was excited to wear his new bright yellow sneakers that he got for the new school year. Sadly, although the sneakers were cute Mario outgrew them in only 3 months. Here is Mario proudly wearing his new sneakers in front of some of the murals on the outside walls of the Cologne Zoo. In 2011 thirteen artists or artist groups beautified the walls which had previously been covered with a lot of random graffiti until then. Different murals are painted on the walls depicting zoo animals and a competition was even held to choose the best mural after they were completed. The murals still remain today and we love to look at them whenever we visit the zoo. I have to admit that some of my favorite art is street art; I love to discover beautiful art on walls of buildings when we are exploring cities and love sharing art of all mediums with Mario.
Today is Earth Day and it was another sunny & beautiful day in Düsseldorf - except for the 1/2 hour of a torrential downpour type of rain. Luckily we did not get caught in the downpour and we were able to enjoy the sun by taking a walk to Rheinstrand, a beach in Düsseldorf on the Rhein River. Just like Mario's T-shirt says, "Earth Day Every Day" - I am making a point to celebrate and respect our Earth Everyday! Planet Earth is our home and I can't help but be concerned on how population, climate change and economic pressures are affecting the world's resources - we need to take care of our Mother Earth and we are teaching Mario to respect, explore and love the Planet that is his Home!