Black Forest Getaway

A miracle happened. As you all know, Fil came home for a week around Halloween but was due to go back to the Norway. He was due to leave on a Sunday, and I somehow convinced him to come away with us to the Black Forest Friday through Saturday. Most of the day Friday I could tell he regretted it. At that point he still did not know where nor when to meet on Sunday for his flight and was anxious it would get moved up while we were 3 hours from home. Around 4 pm, just as we came down from the mountain waterfall, Fil got a call and relaxed. They had it covered and he could stay home with us! Now, fully relaxed we really enjoyed our little getaway to the land of smoked ham, chocolate cake, and cuckoo clocks.  Continue reading

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Neither Fil nor I grew up in families that made a big deal of Halloween. I always had a cool costume thanks to my mom and her sewing machine, but trick or treating was it for us. This year Brock was REALLY excited for Halloween. I don’t know where his excitement came from but he was all about it. We listened to Halloween music every time we got in the car during October and as the month went on we hung more and more decorations. Our living room and dining room are decorated to the max!  Continue reading

Our boy is 4!

I think that time actually flies quicker in Europe. It is hard to believe that when we boarded our first flight to Germany Brock was only 3 months old, and now, as of yesterday, he is 4 years old! It went too fast! The lead up to this birthday was chaos in our house. One of my oldest friends came for a 10 day visit, more on that later, that took us right up to Thursday. Friday was Fil’s Change of Command ceremony, Saturday was Brock’s Birthday party, Monday was the big day, his actual birthday, and today, Tuesday, Fil left bright and early for a well-deserved fishing trip before spending the next few months away on mission. I almost feel like I can catch my breath, but alas we have a busy week before flying to the States for my sister’s wedding. Whew! I am looking forward to September.  Continue reading

Is that the sun I see again?

Spring has sprung in Germany! The wild flowers are starting to pop up, bumble bees are busy at work, we can actually see and feel the sun AND we are jumping with both feet back into traveling around Europe. Our days are quite busy now with Brock’s schedule, but I am really feeling great! The better weather has encouraged Poppy, who is now 6 months old, to really enjoy walks so we go on a good 2 mile walk every day after putting Brock on the school bus. Oh, did I not mention that? My little 3 year old, well almost 4, takes the city bus to school and back 4 times a week! His teacher rides the bus and helps the kids buckle up and get on/off and he absolutely loves it! Here is a video of his first time getting on the bus:  Continue reading

Feuerwehr, Fire what???

For being three and a half years old Brock has quite the schedule. German Kindergarten 4 times a week, speech therapy 3 times a week, gymnastics on Tuesday, and possibly his favorite, Mini Feuerwehr (mini fire department) on Thursdays at the village firehouse. Every other week Brock gets to learn how to be a fireman thanks to a few volunteers who run the Mini’s program at our fire department. We are good friends with the fire chief, and he proudly told us that this program for the youngest kids is the only in our entire state, Rhineland-Pfalz.  Continue reading

A Disney dream come true

Any Disney fan can agree. If you only live 4 hours from a Disney park, you MUST go. For the last 2 years I have been waiting for the perfect timing for such a trip and it finally came true. Brock is at that sweet age where travel is a lot easier than it was even 6 months ago, and he is still young enough that he doesn’t require a ticket for admission. PLUS this time of year is the low season for Disneyland Paris which means shorter lines and a more enjoyable experience for a solo mom and toddler. So when Fil came home on Thursday saying he would be away Monday-Thursday of the following week, I jumped to book our hotel.   Continue reading

Year Two in the Books

Last week marked our second anniversary in Germany. If our first year over here was a year of exploration and excitement, our second could be said to be that of settling. More weekends than not we settled into the couch and stayed home, had bbq’s with friends, or took Brock to a local indoor playground, but I think that is an okay thing to do. This year was the year for our family to relax and enjoy each other.

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Antiquing we will go

Fil and I have drastically different hobbies. I have absolutely no interest in going fishing with him—and the few times I have gone, well let’s just say I may have set my hook in things other than fish, and likewise, he would rather do anything other than quilt or look at sewing supplies and projects. One thing we love to do together is go antiquing but it is way more fun in Europe than it was in the States! Continue reading