A very special Holiday

When I found out some years ago that I was going to have an Autumn baby I was over the moon!
Not only because it is my favourite time of the year but also because it is such a great time to celebrate a birthday.
You can have a bonfire, bbq with marshmallows, Autumn camp out, adventure treasure hunts in the woods, fancy dress or halloween parties, book night sleepovers with cozy blankets … the list goes on …

A few days ago my little baby girl turned 3

First of all – wow … I can not believe how my little miracle baby has grown and developed into such a confident, bright little lady…
But anyway – this year we decided to celebrate her birthday by taking her on holiday to Germany to bond with my side of our ever extending family…

But Autumn is also a time in Germany where all sorts of harvest festivals are being held. You probably heard of the Oktoberfest – which is the largest and most well known example of a German harvest festival.
In the Rhine valley – the prominent wine region of Germany – those harvest festivals heavily feature wine. The Oktoberfest is best known for beer …

Weimar – where I was born and raised celebrated its 361st zwiebelmarkt (onionmarket) this Autumn … where the humble onion is the star of the harvest show…
It’s a huge event in this region and it is usually held on the second weekend of Oktober …this year this happened to fall exactly on Winry’s 3rd birthday.

http://www.weimar.de/en/tourismus/culture-leisure/markets-festivals/onion-market/

https://www.facebook.com/zwiebelmarktweimar.kulturstadt
When I lived in Weimar I experienced this every year of course, but since moving to England I have only managed to come back for the market once in 2007 when my now husband proposed to me… ooooh the memories 😉 …
We had planned to go in 2011 but instead I gave birth to my amazing little Girl …

So for many reasons this was a very special Holiday for us …
It was also the first time my eldest brother Sven got to meet Sameth in the flesh and the first time we met my other brother Steve’s little baby girl Smilla, who was only born a few months ago …

We all had a wonderful time!
Of course it was exhausting and stressfull at times with two very young children not being able to have regular naps and sensible bed times…
Wenever we visit we do struggle to manage our time in such a way as to be able to spend some quality time with everyone, and this is even more of an issue when travelling with children of course … but one week really does go by in the blink of an eye … and when you get to spend so little time with beloved family members, bedtimes and no chocolate for breakfast and all sorts of other rules can be bent or even left at home for one short week …
It certainly was not a holiday to recharge energy levels and get some rest and quiet time – In fact I am so glad that Craig has another few days holiday so we can get some down time together…

But, having said that, I truly could not be more pleased with how amazing this holiday has been … I can not explain how much it means to me to see my nieces and nephews play with their (half)british cousins, to see the sheer love in my brothers eyes when they look at my precious children…

The physical batteries might be empty but the emotional ones are full to the brim …

Saying good bye at the airport is always hard – but this time my heart really broke a little… to see how upset winry got at having to say good bye to all the new friends and family members she had bonded with .in the space of a few days …

It truly was a holiday to remember !!!

I will leave you with the “holiday snaps” now … enjoy …

Tuesday

(unpacking, walk through weimar, buying froggy shoes, catch up with anja)

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Wednesday

(Breakfast with anja, playground, afternoon at Omi’s)

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Thursday

(meet Smilla, BBQ at the Baumgartens’)

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Friday

(spot of birthday shopping, quick walk over onion market, catch up with uncle steve, Girls night out)

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Saturday

(Horseriding with cousin Carlo, Chinese food, Onion market)

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Sunday

(Breakfast with uncle Sven, Ice cream, Onion market)

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Monday

(packing & bye bye)

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Until next time …

Ta da

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