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the hunts in prague

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One of my favorite adventures of the summer was a ferry boat ride to Detsky Ostrov (“Children’s Island”). Our city is packed with fun opportunities for kids, and this one was perfect for a summer afternoon.
We traveled with our teammates, the Stewarts, and our church friends, the Ilincevs.

Walking to the tram is half the fun!

Waiting for the ferry (a better description might be ‘glorified rowboat.’)
Joanna, Izaak, Sasha, Foard, Sam, Elisha, Simon, Laira & Noah.
No, we didn’t get to ride the swan boat in the back. Maybe next time.

On the boat!

Glad I wasn’t a part of this conversation.

Arriving at our destination- such anticipation!

Detsky Ostrov is basically a giant playground. We climbed, hung, ran, and fought yellow jackets (they go ballistic here in August… must be the upcoming football season) all afternoon. Another great Praha adventure!



Holiday is a big thing in Prague. Many Czechs go away every weekend to a family cottage outside the city, and even more expats return to their home countries for the entire summer.
So last month when the Ortegas invited us to stay a couple of nights with them at a country house outside Prague, we were excited to go and see what it was like.

We traveled about two hours, to the northeast. The drive alone was awe-inspiring. We passed at least 5 castles on that short trip– each representing a little kingdom that had once stood there.
The countryside was gorgeous– so refreshing to see wild berries and dirt paths when we’re used to so much concrete.

This was the little cottage where we stayed.

The gorgeous garden.

The cottage shared a garden with another home behind it. Pavla tore up some ping pong with the grandad. She’s humble, but I’m pretty sure she won her game.

They had this set up in the back, too– tether ball-meets-bowling. Definitely addictive.

The house was near a small lake town. There’s was lots to do– boating, swimming, hiking, a little water park(!!!)– it’s on my list of places to visit again.

We have a new admiration for people here.
When it’s summer, you swim, and Czechs will swim in water I would’ve run from in the past. This is as far as the Hunts ventured in this time. We’ll toughen up eventually.

Asleep at the restaurant. A good sign of a fun day.

Thanks for our first Czech-cation, Ortegas!

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…And the Livin’ is Easy

We’re wrapping up our summer in a sudden (read: cold & rainy) way here.
The season was different than what we’re used to in terms of weather (read: pasty, white, tanless bodies), but it was still a lovely time to dig our roots a little deeper into our new city and grow grow grow!

Sam took some major strides into Big Kid World

Lots and LOTS of playground time….

….and wishing-we-were-a-little-older time.

Some good naps

A precious few hours at the pool.

and lots of “Plan Bs” when we couldn’t get there.

Fun packages from several sweet friends.

This little gardenia from IKEA bloomed and reminded me of summers in the States. Ahhhh…

Lots of reading… as usual.

We continued to learn about giving others personal space

Some chill time.

General fun & silliness.

Sam started school yesterday and life gets busy again next week for the rest of us. We’re thankful for this sweet summer.