8.15.2010

Baseball Genes

My dad sent me this picture of my great-grandfather (his side) who played in the minor leagues. And with Kevin playing D1 Baseball for BYU maybe we'll have some little Baseball players. Here is the man!!! I think old pictures are the best.

8.14.2010

Helsinki, Finland

We docked in Helsinki, Finland on July 8th, 2010.  This day was very fun even though we didn't have as much time to go look around the city! The crazy thing about Scandinavia is that it doesn't get dark at night until like 2 in the morning so it is hard to sleep with the sun coming in the rooms so we were experiencing this for the past few days!
Quick picture as we exited the ship!
We went into a Finnish grocery store and it was sure a sweet store. Not only did they have chocolate (behind us in the picture) but they had like 5 other levels...including a Ralph Lauren Polo section,  jewelry, grocery store, pharmacy, coffee shop, shoe sections, makeup, basically everything you need. Kind of crazy!
We were exploring when we came across the <3 Helsinki on the side of a building made out of trash! Pretty cool though!
Some amazing building we saw! Actually I think it is a church.
Kevin is obsessed with this building!
Oh Kevin loves everything Italian! Here is a little restaurant!
Incase you didn't know my brother Zach is a sponsored yo-yoer and so we had him yo-yo in all of the countries and sometimes he made money! He can make pretty good money yo-yoing, not kidding, I think he should do it more often! He is actually just getting back from Worlds Yo-Yo Competition in Orlando. He placed 2nd in the world his age, 8th in the US, and 29th in the world overall. He is legit. Youtube him.
Here is a couple watching him.  By the way, EVERYONE in Europe has these baby strollers...bassinet style! I think they are fun and more stylish than the American ones...but the American ones are probably easier to steer, swivel around, and fold down to put in your car.
The family- Zach, Kelsi, Hunter, me, Kev, & Patrick
We did do a little shopping in Finland, Hallelujah! We went into H&M and I got this black and white cardigan with crazy arms. I tried on a few other things and I was going to give them back to the girl who worked in the dressing rooms and she said "Go get your number", meaning the number of items you have in the room, which US companies do sometimes. So I grabbed the number and was going to hand it to her and she said, "Put it back." And I said, "Where? Like is there a rack around here?" And she said, "Put it back where you got it." What the heck? I had to put away my own clothes! Who even remembers where they grab the random shirt or shorts in a huge H&M store? So I thought that was kind of crazy haha.
Every night we would go to the show after dinner. And here is Patrick playing on his iPhone probably playing Doodlejump. Any DoodleJumpers out there? Man that game is insane. Patrick made the high scores on the internet hahaha which means he has to play for like 3 hours straight and can only have 3 pauses in the game. Yes, we are freaks. But the shows were AWESOME! They had some dancers and singers and the dancers were okay...and the singers were good...but got old after awhile lol. 













Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden was so much fun! I would love to go back! We went on a tour to the Vasa museum and then got to explore the city and look around at random shops!
Gotta love the tour stickers and the audio necklaces/ear pieces that just scream tourists!
Seriously who can say those names of the streets? I love how they look!
This is the Vasa Museum. The Vasa Museum was a building built around the Vasa ship which was a ship that sunk and was restored.  The ship is 95% preserved.
 This ship was amazing! It was so big and the building was cold and had dim lighting in order to preserve it better.
 Zach & I at the museum. Too bad we don't have an amazing camera where you could actually see the ship!
Kevin and one of the sailors.
 I think I'm with one of the only women on the ship, that's why I picked this skeleton!
 Smaller replica of what the ship looked like!
And then Kevin messed with the settings on my camera so now the pictures are all light!!! Kind of artsy I guess! We thought our camera was broke the whole day until we got on the cruise and realized it haha.  And we were thinking we would definitely buy a new one! So funny.
I absolutely love the multi-colored buildings in Europe! SO FUN!
 Back on the bus back to the boat.
Dinner. LOVED dinner on the cruise :) You would get dressed up (sometimes more fancier than others) and eat a big meal. Fresh bread and butter, appetizer, main course, and dessert! Kevin sure was a fan of these dinners! He would get escargo, caprese salad, and shrimp every meal just for his appetizers!

I LOVE Deutschland (Part 2)

Here is also what I loved about Warnemunde and Berlin, Germany!!!
I love:
hanging out at Checkpoint Charlie...
seeing a cute WURST stand...little Bratwursts...
hanging out in front of Dem Deutschen Volke and taking way too long taking pictures and jumping pictures that our tour bus was waiting on us...and then we ran out of time to go shopping because of it haha...
being very tired on the bus...
going to the Allierten Museum...
and posing next to more pieces of the Berlin Wall...and by the way this is a famous part of the Berlin wall...there are even shirts of the little dudes with big lips in the background...
Kevin posing with the airplane...
and me catching a candid of Kevin (isn't he the best looking husband ever? Sorry, he's mine!) as we make our way back from the tour bus to the train...
It was a long day but a very fun one nonetheless!

I LOVE Deutschland (Part 1)

Who doesn't love Germany?
But really. [I am OBSESSED.]

I love:
watching the boat dock and seeing the beautiful German docks...
waiting with my family to get off the cruise and enter Warnemunde, Germany for our tour...
riding in the German train with no air-conditioning on our way to Berlin eating authentic German food: Orangensaft (OJ) and Schokolade (chocolate)...
hanging out with Hunter on the train...
 sticking our faces out the window...
riding the tour bus checking out Berlin...and Kevin...
getting off the tour bus to attempt to climb over the Berlin Wall, which didn't work, and seeing all of the different parts of the Berlin Wall that were painted...
seeing the grocery store where Kevin shopped on his mission, called LIDL, only he visited it in Italy...
seeing cool German buildings...
driving by Humboldt Universitaet...
seeing the Hotel Adlon in downtown Berlin where Michael Jackson held his son, Blanket out of the 3rd story window of his hotel suite...
in front of the big gate (I think Brandenburg Gate, but I forgot! So don't judge if I'm wrong)...
eating authentic German cuisine...
To be continued... in Part 2...
PS. Who has gone to Germany?
PPS. Sorry this is kind of a lame post but I cannot explain the whole trip (which I feel like I need to do because I am a perfectionist about EVERYTHING) so I have lots of pictures!