A place for family and friends to keep up with the Carlson's!

The Carlson Family

The Carlson Family

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Carnival Parade in Arlon Belgium

On Sunday we drove about 30mn outside of Luxembourg city to Arlon Belgium for their Carnival Parade. There are many carnival celebrations throughout the month of February. The weather was beautiful and the girls had a good time and behaved throughout the whole 3 hour event!! The atmosphere was more crazy than our typical parades back home. People watching the parade and participants in the parade throw confetti at one one another and shoot silly string. The floats use machines to spray confetti all over the crowds as well. There was confetti everywhere...we are still cleaning up confetti we keep finding in our apartment. It was in Lauren's diaper, Mark's jeans and stuck in all of our hair! In addition, they throw candy out to the kids as well.

There was lots of music, floats, marching bands, and other acts to entertain everyone. There were live geese as you can see from one of the pictures posted that we still don't know how they kept them moving and prevented them from flying away. Ericka and Lauren were amazed by it all!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

February 10, 2008

Itwas a beautiful weekend in Luxembourg...sunny and about 50-52 degrees. We went down into the old town (The Grund) of Luxembourg on Sunday. You can walk along part of the wall of the old fortress that surrounded Luxembourg. The pictures of the girls are taken along here.

The last picture is of the Buurgbrennen festival. This is an annual tradition where they light big bonfires to officially say goodbye to winter and welcome in spring. The big brush pile and cross in the last picture were lit on fire after dark. (We did not stay to actually see this as the girls needed to get home! ) This is a social event for families with food and events taking place all throughout Luxembourg within the city and the many smaller villages.