Christmas Eve or Christkind is helping Santa






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This year we were invited for Christmas dinner to our friends’ house.

It was our first Austrian traditional Christmas.The Christkind (german “The Christ-child”) is the traditional Christmas gift-bringer in Austria, so we had to explain to Maya that since Santa has a long way to come over to see us, his helper, the Christkind, will start bringing presents to children. So she will get a couple of gifts on the 24th of December at night and will hopefully find some more in the morning of the 25th.

We sang some Christmas songs followed by some Christmas stories.

After which Ryan and Christian put the sparklers on the tree while the kids were in the bedroom playing.

Once everything was set up, Christian rang a small bell to announce that the Christkind was seen by adults but he just dropped the presents and left quickly.

The kids were so excited to see the sparkling Christmas tree and so many presents under it.
They couldn’t wait to open the gifts.
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Santa is coming…






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Maya was so looking forward to this Christmas.
She wrote a wish list for Santa and even baked Santa cookies to welcome him to our home.

Here are some photos from our preparations:


Special Santa cookies


Just in case Santa is hungry

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Hectic Monday or how we went to bake cookies.






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Since the weather was very nice and sunny today, mommy decided to take her girlies outside to one of the best Viennese Christmas markets.
Lots of special present-making and cookie-baking workshops for kids take place in the Volkshalle of the town hall.
It is never an easy thing to take both of my princesses out, especially that I have to take a stroller for Maya and put Alexa in the baby bjoern. I love the looks everyone gives me: some with “OMG” and lots of smiles.

I had to fight my way into the baking workshop, as we came exactly at the time reserved for school children, but the chef took a pity on me and let my little munchkin in.

She was having a lot of fun making cookies for her daddy and Santa.


rolling that dough wasn’t easy


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Christmas Carol Event






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We just came back from a wonderful Christmas Carol signing at Musical Munchkins school, which Maya so much enjoys going to.
There were lots of kids and parents singing, dancing and enjoying each other’s company and hot chocolate and cookies. :))

Maya saw Santa for the first time and he gave her a terrific musical present because she was such a good girl this year.

Here are some highlights of the evening:


Jingle jingle jingle…..lalalala


Christmas story…


Ho ho ho


my beautiful family

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I am 4 months old




Our Lexi turned four months old a few days ago.
It seems like only yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital and look at her now:

She is such an amazing baby: so easy going, calm and lets me take her everywhere.
She is super happy and blabbing a ton! Our little one now likes to play with dangly toys and books. It is so fun to watch her grow.
Alexa is so sweet and it is great to wake up to her smile. There is no better feeling in the world.

I am so proud of her. She started rolling over and holds her head nicely.

She is already interested in food, so I will probably start her on solids in a month or so. She is growing so fast. Dr. Balluch saw her yesterday and couldn’t believe how big she has become. Maya’s 6 month clothes are already getting too small for her. My chubby princess is the love of my life and I can’t imagine how we lived without our two little cuties before.

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Anicia’s Birthday Party






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On Saturday morning we went to one of Maya’s kindergarten friends’ birthday party. It was a lot of fun for kids and adults.
I enjoyed meeting many new people: mommies and daddies with lots of kiddies. My new colleague also happened to be there…what a small world that it.

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I am the princess of my own castle




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Maya has started playing various role games.
This picture in particular shows her sleeping in her self built castle.

Playing mommy is among her favorite things to do. Maya cooks for her babies, feeds them, puts them to bed while singing to them and does all sorts of stuff I do with her. It is so funny to watch her..I kinda see a little picture of myself in her game.:))

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