A few weeks ago, D’s grandmother passed away. This comes only a few months after his grandfather passed away, so everyone got together in the wee town of Saalfelden to lay them both to rest. After my initial panic regarding what to do with the lads, we decided that everyone would go, but the boys would have a babysitter for the actual service and funeral. Though the reason for our trip was sad, Saalfelden surrounds are at their most glorious in the late autumn. I had totally forgotten (it’s been over a year since we were there last), and even though it had been rainy and gray earlier, by the time we arrived, and for the duration of our extended weekend, the sun shone, the foliage was a-turning (Birdcage!), the air was clean.
We visited friends, the kind that embellish the view (holy crap, did you see the view?), with a trampoline. A trampoline!
It was sunny and warm, just the right weather for exploring…
And when it was time to leave, both kids slept alllllll the way to Vienna. Success!
I’ve missed getting out of town. Even if it’s just for two nights, it’s good to get away and breathe again. Their cheeks are pink all day long, and when they fall asleep, it’s from the kind of exhaustion that you only get when you’ve been really active, in clean air, rolling around in grass, feeding the goats, and seeing family from far away. And though I have made the journey this past month from cold to flu, to various sinus infections and pneumonia, though I went there sick and nauseous, and returned sick and coughing, well, I’ve not felt so refreshed in ages. *cough* *hack* Hurray the country! Long live the Alps!