One of our first opportunities to use a holiday was Ascension day. The holiday fell on a Wednesday so it felt really odd for K to have a break in the middle of the work week, but hey, it's time off...
Our newly found Luxembourg friends invited us to celebrate like the locals do and have a barbecue with them. It really felt like Labor day to us. Anyways, we had a great time trying to speak with everyone, unfortunately our French still isn't all there, but hand gestures obviously go a long way. Plus it helps that our friend speaks six languages! Yeah you should hear him in church with all the different members.
Our friend cooking the traditional meats for a barbecue here, sausages, red and white ones. They also cooked some really good marinated pork chops. The barbecue was amazing. One thing that we really like about living here is that there are parks EVERYWHERE! So of course there was a park right next to the place where we were barbecuing. The kids definitely had a great time.
We still haven't got our shipment from the USA although it's supposed to be coming this week, cross our fingers! As such, the kids are dying for every chance they get to play with new toys. Someone brought some little bikes and both A & L jumped all over them, and dominated them until we finally made them get off...
Once we were all full, we went on a walk around the forest we were in. There was a close by farm that the city runs and you are able to just walk through and look at all the animals and equipment. The kids loved playing hide and go seek, and just looking at everything on the farm.
Cute way that they had all their gates decorated.
Miss A, with our friend just checking things out.
Mr. L was in heaven on the tractor. He said, "I need to go drive some corn dad!"
Miss H, just took it all in very slowly.
Another fun thing that we've discovered here is that any fruit on public property is up for grabs. There are huge apple trees next to our house, apple sauce anyone? But on the farm there were these wild strawberry plants that of course we all had to stop and enjoy!
By the end of the barbecue, park, and farm we were all tired and hot. It was 95 degrees outside! Miss H was letting us know in her own way that she was ready to go :)
It was a great way to spend the our first Ascension day! We are really surprised how easily accustomed to living here we are becoming. Of course, we miss home, but we're starting to feel comfortable and very happy here.
Happy Ascension day everyone!
-K & E