Ok y’all, so I just realized that I haven’t updated this since February when we went to my first hockey game. So much has happened. Here’s a little to catch you up.
2 weeks after I posted this, we left for spring vacation at Modřín where we usually for skiing. Sadly, this year was a little sparce for snow, but we made it work. Karin had to go back for court early on so it was just Klárka and I. Klárka started snowboarding to go along with her regular ski lessons. She caught on fast and seems to love it. She loved her instructors Radek and Ludska, though like most kids, she hated having to work harder once the insrtuctors realized how well she could do when pushed. Now, we already know I can’t ski at all, Klárka did try to convince me to try snowboarding, but the snow was mostly ice and this Texas girl doesn’t own ski pants. Snow is a bit unforgiving on jeans, haha. So most of the week was spent with me attempting to take iPads away from Klárka, Sarah, and Davidek while Andrea (Sarah’s mom) and Eva (Davidek’s mom) gossiped while ignoring the kids. By the end of the first night I had enough gossip to last a lifetime and was practically begging Karin to come back with “Why did you leave me here alone??” and more Hurvínek than I ever wanted. That puppet still creeps me out. Got my flirt on with her instructor, though he’s taken, that doesn’t stop his from being cute and actually reads. We chatted a lot over the books we read since he found me hidden away reading on Nook. When Karin did return, I took some long walks for some alone time and actually ended up at the pub at the bottom of the mountain which turned out to be jam packed with instructors. Beer and fooseball, the fun of people my age when you’re stuck in the mountains 😀
This is also where I brought up the subject of my stay with Karin. For those of you who don’t know (which is probably most of you), I’ve decided to leave Prague. While I’ll most def miss this family, I love them so much, but I really need to get out on my own again. I’ve never stayed in one place longer than 6 months so this was a totally different experience. By the time I leave here, I’ll have been apart of this family for nearly 2 years.
March’s trips were all about castles (which is a lot of the time). Karin and I visited Kutna Hora finally. Originally a mining town, it’s mostly just the home to St. Barbara’s Cathedral and the Bone Ossuary.. Bone Chapel. The town is small, but it’s nice. Gorgeous view from the cathedral and cafes. Even got some rosary to add to my collection. Of course we also stopped in at a museum for Karin since we were going to the chapel later. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutn%C3%A1_Hora
The chapel was best part of that day. Though kind of creepy to some, the chapel holds 40,000 bodies. They’ve all been cleaned and most had been crafted into original pieces like a family crest and chandelier.
April was all about Easter of course. Visited a glass blowing factory and we able to make our own pieces. Karin blew two large eggs. I blew another large egg and my own beer mug. Did you think I’d make anything else?? It’s pretty awesome. Only drank out of it once so far, but that’s not the point. We met Petra’s new aupair, Kasandra (unfortunately she only lasted 3 months) with kids, Kubik and Ani. While the kids didn’t participate in the glass blowing, they had a ton of fun running around and going down by the pond.
We also took a class with Romana and learned to decorate eggs with wax. Some of those ladies had AMAZING decorations… I on the other hand was completely lost, but still had fun, haha.
Klárka’s school had a teach your parent’s day. All the parents came to the school in the morning to see how the kids learned. They were to show us how they learned and the teaching methods that the class followed. While confusing for me (I’m much better with the more traditional ways), Karin loved that Klárka was able to teach her and understood what she was learning. Montessori is all about learning at your own pace. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders then the 4th and 5th graders are all mixed into the same classes so they can teach each other. Peer learning is a basis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education
The next day (a Sunday) Sofie and I visited Kost Castle, a medieval castle. Then Monday Karin and I took a quick trip to Orlík.
It being April, yup, you guessed it… hiking!! My most hated passion. To me, hiking is torture… but I do it because Karin and Klárka love it. We went to Modřín so Klárka could play with Simona (11) and Adamek (9), the children of the Aron Sport owners. We ALWAYS rent from Aron Sport and Karin seems to have struck up a friendship with the wife, Evetta. She’s a sweet lady and they’re trading handme-downs from Simona to Klárka to Evetta’s youngest (4). Evetta’s oldest just turned 18 and I’ve been helping prepare them for him possibly coming to America to work as an aupair by providing all the info they need and giving them an idea what he can expect. We spent a Saturday hiking with the kids and going down the msot awesome cart track you’ve ever seen. It’s a handbrake ride so you go at your own speed. OMG it was sooo much fun!! The ride, not the hiking, haha.
From hiking at Modřín to a zoo and safari in Dvůr Králové. We took the safari drive twice because it was fun. Klárka had fun sticking her whole body out the sun roof. Zebras, giraffes, elephants, tons of animals. All around the car. I got my very own lemur and Klárka wanted a leopard. Then a side trip to Rock Panská skála.
Alright y’all, this concludes the end of February, March, and April. Get ready for the madness that is May. My calendar was so full.