|Carnivale costumes in San Marco Piazza|
|It was a beautiful, sunny day, but very chilly! Charis and Lucan pose on a bridge overlooking the Grand Canal.|
|Zaden and Lucan and a lion...close to St. Mark's.|
|It was a "stretch," but Ted made it to the top!|
|This was a street...with a name...and addresses...and even Kenna could touch both sides!|
Since we had planned this part of our vacation to meet up with a couple of families from Naples, it actually WAS better than being at home! I was thankful to be able to rest and just hang out with Shauna and Carla at various times, and our kids enjoyed spending time together playing games, watching movies, or swimming.
|Tick one off Ted's bucket list: snowboarding the Alps!|
|Kenna's first time on skis...she loved it!|
|Charis, Jasmine, and Faith in the hotel pool|
|Tobin and Zaden|
For one of the days, the B family and we drove to Dachau to tour the concentration camp, a difficult but (I think) important experience. The younger kids were young enough that things pretty much went over their heads...they weren't too happy about walking around the outside portion, as it was bitterly cold despite the sun. But the museum part was at least warm, although definitely sobering and sad. It's hard to imagine such unspeakable cruelty...and yet so many forms of injustice and oppression still exist all over the world. A good reminder for us to "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute" (Proverbs 31:8).
|Walking through the entrance/guard house|
|A reconstructed bunker...hard to imagine how many bodies would have had to share this space for sleeping.|
On a happier note, Ted decided to spend our last full day in Germany taking the kids sledding so that the non-skiers could enjoy some snow time! I stayed in the lodge with Seanin and was perfectly happy with that arrangement, but I'm so glad the kids got to enjoy the day on the mountain with Dad!
|Charis & Zaden!|
|Time for hot drinks!!|