I've been reluctant to say it out loud, but now that we've done the pre-departure consultation with the moving company, here it is:
We're leaving Vienna.
Overall we're very happy to be heading back closer to friends and family (in time for several exciting weddings!) and saying goodbye to a few annoyances of living here, but we have had a wonderful time and you're going to have to put up with some anticipatory nostalgia over the next few weeks.
When we were getting ready to move to Vienna two years ago, lots of people warned us that Austria is not child-friendly. Then we arrived and found a gem of a playground hidden around every corner, each one with its own quirky creative touches, but nearly all of them with sand boxes, really BIG sandboxes, and water pumps.
Playgrounds at home haven't been this much messy fun in 50 years. And I say messy fun is child-friendly.