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Born in the tropics, I never realized how crucial the sun was to my existence… Until I left them…
We’ve lived in Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, Florida, and now Germany. And we hadn’t realized we had been taking the gorgeous sunshine for granted. Even Oklahoma is blessed with sunny days practically year round. Germany, not so much. We’ve now been here an entire year and it seems the sun has been hiding at least two thirds of that time. For a creature like myself, cloudy days are for cuddling in bed, reading books, relaxing, ignoring chores, sometimes being a little gloomier and melancholy. We don’t go out on cloudy days, we hide, we hibernate, and we come back out when the sun returns. This is a serious problem when the sun goes away for several days, weeks, months at a time…
So here I am, multiple days have passed since the sun graced us with it’s full presence. And OMG I’m loosing my mind. What to do with little ones cooped up inside over rain and unpredictable weather?! We paint, we do puzzles, we play games, but most of all… we watch lots of TV (supper :/)… There’s really not a whole lot to do indoors people! (At least not that keeps a 3yo entertained for much longer than 15 minutes).
So what’s this? The sun?! After all the clouds and rain and cold (why is it 50some degrees outside already?! COME BACK SUMMER!) We decided to sneak out of the house for a quick walk while it all lasted…
Buggy here photo bombing my flower shot…
Away we go.
Oh hey look… I have another baby now… Just in case you missed that part…. LOL
Ready for exploring with her monocular (I’m not totally convinced that’s an actual word)
Mommy vision… Sometimes big sis wants to ride too…
The now 3 year old is into “silly faces”. Which I guess are better than her “smile” faces… You know the one… Crazy not sure that’s a smile, smile, eyes closed…
Which I guess are also better than baby “why you stop pushing my vibrating chair” faces… LOL
**Side note… Cel pics will always have a date stamped on them 😉 I want to remember when I took them, so I do that in the phone. Sorry if it’s distracting hehe**
It feels like forever since I was able to walk outside without a coat or jacket… And this past week I think it’s safe to say the weather is turning and Spring is HERE!! Sunshine and 50 degree weather, what more could I ask for?! (ok ok… so 80’s and a beach would be nice, but I will take the 50’s over 30-40 any day!!)
No jackets!!! YEAH!!
Butterflies and bees!!! YEAH!!!
Windows open all day!!! YEAH!!!
I am a happy camper…
Oh and look… Remember that huge chunk of land out behind the kitchen, that’s called a BACK YARD!! YES!!! lol
Digging in the dirt… Seriously I think this is the first time Lucy has ever actually PLAYED with dirt (and not sand) LOL!
Puppies in the sunshine
The wheelbarrow made everything more fun!
Oh look! My swing!
Picked some flowers to make a garden… I think we need to start our real garden now
Decided to bring the camera along this Thursday to our little activities. I have been traveling “light” lately and leaving the camera at home for most outings, but this doesn’t make for many opportunities for taking a few pics! So going to try a little harder to bring it along more often, specially now that the weather is starting to turn. Woot!
Thursdays is Dance Class day! We had taken a little break from dance class as well as gymnastics for a couple of months since Little Lue had been a little uncooperative in the mornings. But it wasn’t long before she started asking about dance class. So I decided to reenroll her and see if this time she would be a little more appreciative. We haven’t resumed the gymnastics though, I figured we would ease back in, and dance seemed to be more in tune with this child. She LOVES to DANCE.
So dance class is at 11am and only 30 minutes. So I have been also hitting up the library story time right before at 10am. Sometimes we make it in time, others, not so much. Thursday mornings is also Stroller Warriors! A new running club on base that my friend leads. But since I am getting pretty big now (woot woot 3rd trimester!) I haven’t been attending. I might try to make some meetings anyhow and do some mostly walking haha. We will see The weather has been so nice this past couple of weeks! It’s hard not to want to be outside. If you are local and want to get out running with a great group, go check them out!
But yeah, THIS particular morning we went to story time. And we were actually on time! Yeah!
This is one of the songs they sang, goes to the “Row row row your boat” song music. Pretty cute.
Actually sitting down for a story, progress!
And now we’re off to dance class!!
I seriously love Miss Kate, she does a fantastic job and is SO incredibly age appropriate. I really appreciate her.
Kiss your knees!
Wrangling up the dance crew LOL!
We always have fun props…
Dancing with a scarf
So fun <3
So since we went to the husband’s Christmas party where Santa came and handed out gifts Little Lue finally made a connection she had previously missed. The boxes under the tree are GIFTS!
We had been keeping a few boxes under the tree that we knew were gifts under the tree… They were still in their mailing packaging, so Little Lue really hadn’t given them much attention the few days they were there. But after the party… She realized what they were… So she grabbed a box, brought it over to us and said “Christmas present!” in the most adorable toddler voice eva. “Open the door!”
I’m not very good at waiting myself… so what the heck… Let’s open one.
Well… This turned into opening a box every day LOL!! There are now no more boxes under the tree and we have saved the rest of the gifts for tomorrow morning, Christmas Day, but it was still fun to have her open a few things so that it’s not totally overwhelming Christmas morning. I’m glad she got to enjoy a few things without the craziness of opening 10 things at once haha.
So since most of these gifts came from Nana’s house and she MUST have pictures. I decided to document as best I could. 😉
Yessss! A car or “Brum brum”
I was a bit worried about all the tiny pieces, but she loves them! Fine motor skills 😉
Luna’s turn for a random portrait
And mommy playing with her camera again… haha
We finally found a neat place to buy our tree from!
For whatever reason, I vividly remember going out to pick out our Christmas tree. Our family always had a live tree and I so loved the smell and specialness of the Christmas tree. It was always an exciting and special day. And because I feel like just picking the tree is supposed to feel special, I really didn’t want to go to just anywhere to get it. I was hoping to find a local something to get a tree form other than Toom (German version of Home Depot/Lowes)… Although for a moment there it was looking like the best option!
Anyhow, I went out for a walk around the village and finally (I do say finally because this place was right on the main road) noticed this house that had a small sign that read “Weihnachten Baüme” Now… I had no idea what this meant, but it had a Christmas Tree picture, and I knew baum had something to do with plants, LOL, so I figured I’d walk into the drive way for a look. And sure enough right around the corner were a bunch of trees! Yay! It was pretty cool, the drive way snaked around his yard so it was like a little tree maze. He even had some smaller trees in pots, which I thought was pretty cool. The owner didn’t speak much english and unfortunately my German vocabulary is still quite small (minuscule really), but I was still able to get an average price and the times he was open. So later that evening we came back and picked out our tree!
Somehow I managed to pick out a massive tree… When it was laid down to be wrapped up I was tempted to say we needed a different one because, OMG, it looked HUGE. But it was too late. So we took our massive tree. The owner told us he has been selling trees in the village for 40 years! We happily told him we would come back next year. Lucy got a cookie and Duvi was not able to refuse the “schnapps”, haha, and away we went.
Back home is when I finally pulled out the camera. So here are some X-mas decorating photos <3
Soooo… Yeah, we had to chop off some trunk off the bottom to make it fit LOL!!! Glad we have a strong and persistent daddy 😉
A little ambience… 😉
I’m telling you, this thing was just massive. But it’s grown on me hahaha…
Everyone waiting patiently haha
Random Bongo portrait <3 My baby is so cute!
Aha! He did it! Go daddy!!!
Open up the treeeee…
Putting up the star… Can anyone find the very first ornament on the tree? 😉
The lights were quite exciting!
All done!! It’s a little wonky looking… But I still love it Definitely grown on me since we put it up hahaha
And yes… I do see that random empty layer… I think that’s how German Christmas Trees are supposed to look… Right? LOL
Anddddd…. Mommy playing with the camera LOL
Ok… Now this may have been more exciting for mommy than for Little Lue LOL!
Last week we had lots of precipitation forecasted, along with lower temperatures, and everyone (and by everyone, I mean that hand full of child like adults who still think snow is like magic falling for the sky) was hoping for snow… But sadly, all we got was some cold cloudy weather along with a few drizzles of rain. A little snow dusting one night (mostly on roof tops), only to melt by midday… That was it… Quite disappointing!
So you can image my dismay when the whole forecast for the upcoming weeks is clear/cloudy with 10-20% chance of precipitation… BOOOOOO!
Well, we were pleasantly surprised yesterday with the first snow fall! It snowed for about 3 hours and honestly I was just glued to the window staring at it. It would slow down and be nothing more than tiny specs of white, and them suddenly downpour with big chunky clumps of snow! So pretty…. Non of it stuck to the ground though… So it was just mostly fun to see. And of course as soon as I saw it I started dancing around like a kid, grabbed Lucy and the camera, threw on some coats and ran outside. (Quite impressive, as I’ve been avoiding the outside as much as possible the past month!)
So because we went out when it first started snowing, it wasn’t really very much coming down… and it was SO hard to photograph… But whatever, here are the pics I got.
It was so so SO pretty. I wish I could have captured it better. Oh well… at least Little Lue looked cute, right?
Adventures in Germany Continued
So a couple of weekends ago we were wondering what to do. I think that for daddy and I, our time in Key West had us soooo spoiled. We didn’t ever had to take long drives to do stuff, and it always felt like we had plenty to do. So here in Germany we hear of all these amazing cities and things to see, only to realize many of these spots are 2-4 hours away. Sure… It’s definitely a doable distance, but alas… We just loath being in the car for so long on… So our solution has been to scour the newspapers and anything we can get our hands on looking for random activities we could do closer to home. I’m not sure if it’s the upcoming holiday season, but there seems to always be a craft show or festival happening somewhere!
This weekend we spotted something a little more random… The yard sale page had an add for someone making Raw Apple Juice! Seemed interesting enough, so we decided to check it out.
It was actually really cool.
First you put the apples in a shredder!
Then you put the apple grinds into this giant pressor. Sure there are tiny ones you can use at home, but this one was much more impressive LOL.
If you are wondering… Yes, it did smell quite amazing!
Next, you had to press the apples… HARD!
And BAMMMM… Juice! Lots and lots of juice! Well… Cider, really
Did I mention it smelled amazing?
Little Lue decided we needed lots more…
Can’t really get more organic than that!
Better late than never… Yes?
A few shots from our visit with Nana and Papo mid October <3
I know I have been quite neglectful of my little blog lately, but it’s only because I’m extra tired, extra cranky, and totally freezing my buttie. Why so tired? If you haven’t heard, I’m pregnant!
Yes, those are the big news I shared with my family as they arrived for their first visit to Germany. And between pregnancy naps, senseless emotional roller coastering, trying to play catch up with the house cleaning, and chasing around a not so compliant toddler, I’ve had little time for the fun stuff… But thankfully the 2nd trimester is finally here, and I’m starting to feel a little more like myself… Sort of…
Enough chit chat… Here are a few shots from the visit!!
It was my mom’s birthday (any excuse to come visit us!) and that evening my dad had Lucy walk into the room with a cake in the wagon, it was a pretty cute idea. My mom was so surprised
So today was Little Lue’s second gymnastics class and I totally love it. I mean… she loves it? Can it be both?
It’s just so much fun to see her in a different setting, taking directions from her teacher, and having SO much fun doing it. I love the teacher Miss Kate, she makes the class super fun and appropriate for their age. I hope Little Lue gets to be in her classes a lot while we’re here! (She’s the same teacher for her dance class, yay!)
Little Lue is pretty good at following directions, but still gets a bit side tracked haha. Still, I can tell she’s totally engaged in everything that’s going on.
So this morning we tried on our new leotards! Yes, both of them… Because mommy was too excited to wait for Little Lue to go potty after she had woken up before trying the first one on, and Little Lue was too excited wearing her gymnastics clothes to remember to tell me she needed to pee.
So off with that one and on to the other!
We were so very excited to get to class… Little Lue couldn’t wait to take off all her clothes and just have her gymnastics outfit. Glad it’s pretty warm in there! (Did I mention it was in the 40’s this morning!?)
When is it our turn?!?!?! ***waiting for the door to open***
Decided to do a little stretching while we waited…
I think my favorite part about today’s class was when Little Lue used to bar to swing! She did it all by herself and loved every second of it. (So did mommy!!! You can tell by the disproportionate amount of photos LOL)
And just like that it was over… I think it’s cute that they get little stamps on their hands once they are done We always talk about showing daddy her gymnastics stamps.
So after a day of treasure hunting at the flea market, wondering around Ramstein-Meisenbach through their little shops, and spending some time on the base BX searching for tiny dance leotards, there was still no nap.
At this point I figured Little Lue would just crash at 7pm or something… So instead of trying to force on sleep at 4pm, we decided to go on a walk.
Heading out the door I decided to grab my camera and make it a little photo walk. I’m glad I did. I kind of love some of these…
And this particular photo just spoke to me so much. It’s of this really young couple… I didn’t want to disturb them when we passed them, but I had to look back and take one shot. They were very blushy as we walked by, like they were meeting in secret. One of them had come in a motor cross bike, probably from another village… It just gave me that young love rushing feeling; crazy, forbidden, new, and exciting. Any how, I love how this photo came out. I want to make more artful pieces like this in the future
So you obviously know about my love for photography. But if you’ve only recently met me, then maybe you didn’t know that I also love all things sewing! While pregnant with Little Lue I pulled out my sewing machine (which had been collecting a lot of dust since it had been purchased about a year prior), dusted it off, and dragged it to The Seam Shoppe in Key West (where we were living) to a quilting class. And it was here that I rediscovered WHY I had purchased a sewing machine in the first place; I LOVE TO SEW.
As much as I love it, it’s quite difficult with a toddler running wild. Specially when all my me time has been so full of blogging and photo editing recently. So my motivation for sewing the new quilt I had been dreaming up for quite a few months has simply not been there. I’ve been quietly hoping that I would find a big beautiful quilt to purchase at some garage sale or flea market. And also praying that I could afford said gorgeous quilt.
As we headed out to the local flohmart “flea market” in the village (one that had been announced all week in a hand painted sign hanging over an old storage barn and for some reason had caught my attention) I voiced my desire for a quilt to my husband. I hopelessly ranted about how expensive hand made quilts are and how I new I would have to sew one myself if I really wanted one… or get really really lucky…
Guess what? I got LUCKY!
The flea market was looking pretty bare. It was already close to noon and had probably been picked over all morning. Old toys, some used clothes, and just little trinkets, were laying around. And then, I saw it. Like diamonds and rubies poring out of a treasure chest, this large and fluffy quilt was neatly folded and hung on a wooden crate. I picked it up and it was just so soft from years of use. As I inspected it, it seemed to have a few stains, but the stitching was strong and perfect. You could tell this was made by a very experienced quilter. As I imagined a grandmother lovingly piecing this quilt together I wondered if I would be able to take this little treasure home…
I obviously was lusting after this thing, because a few moments later a young girl asked me if I needed help. I asked how much for the quilt… *held my breath*… “15 euro”.
That’s it?! I thought… I made a little happy dance in my head as an older woman walked by and told the girl something I couldn’t follow in German. Uh-oh, maybe she was giving her a different number…
“12 euro” She said.
“I’ll take it!”
Ha! I was so happy! I bundled it up in my arms and gingerly walked over to my husband who was busy paying for a DVD for my daughter (of course she can’t leave empty handed!).
As I inspected it in the car I found a patch on the back that reads “Made by Peacemakers Quilt Club Albermarle, NC 2007”
How incredibly special is that?! This quilt bought in a flea market in Germany came from a group of quilters in North Carolina! And I also know that it is 6 years old! I wonder if it was a gift to a family in need? Or many auctioned off at an event? I’ve found some contact information for the club, and I’m tempted to email them and just say hello… I would want them to know their quilt made it to a very appreciative home where it will be given much love and use! That I promise.
Finally at home, I got to unwrap my quilt bundle. And it is BIG! OMG I love it so very much! And I can’t believe it was such a steal, not even 20 dollars?!
It’s pretty cold outside tonight and you can bet I am all wrapped up in this beautiful quilt cuddling with my princess while we relax and watch a movie.
So last weekend while at a festival in Landstuhl, we finally walked into the antique shop that I had been eying. It’s front window had several vintage cameras that were calling my name! While I have never worked with film, I am deeply intrigued and would love to give it a shot. I will probably experiment with that in the future. But for now, I was just looking a fun little toys. Well, like any kid in a toy store there was bound to be something that called my name and screamed “TAKE ME HOMEEEE!!”.
I didn’t have cash that day, and I wasn’t really sure if this was something I actually “needed”… So I decided to wave goodbye and figured I could come back for it if I really wanted it.
I guess I did… LOL!
Went by the shop again today with a friend who thankfully spoke German and was able to better communicate with the shop owner. He told us the camera was from the 1930’s would likely work if I could find film for it. I had already done a little digging on Google, and I have found a bit of info on what film it takes. So you bet I will try it out if I can find where to buy it!
I kind of wish I had photos of the store and rest of the cameras, they were so neat. And he showed us a box of old unused film! It was pretty cool. I will probably pay them another visit some time soon. I loved all small (and large!) treasures in that store.
So I brought my little toy home and propped it up next to the best light in the house (the balcony door in my office/sewing room, I love this space!!) and did a little photo shoot.
Many thanks to the lovely model. lol
And me geeking out
Sorry… that spot is already taken 😉
Seriously though… Toddler sized drum set?! EPIC WIN!!!
Side note, I’ve been trying to find it on sale online, but no luck. I bought this drum set on the Ramstain Base at MOMS. In case anyone was wondering.
Here is part two of out weekend adventures! The Wine Festival
The next day we decided to check out the wine festival! Now THAT was fun. Granted it was a pretty small “festival” just a bunch of tables, and a little food stand. But there was an awesome band of what I can only guess were the members of a local Music Studio right in that same plaza. They were fantastic! We ordered a couple of glasses of wine, some plates of cheeses, as well as some sauerkraut with bread (seemed like the only vegetarian option LOL). We couldnt quite finish the sauerkraut, too sourer; ha! We arrive towards the evening, so it was just nice to relax and enjoy some music and food. It was also COLD! haha Ok.. so not super cold, but yeah, we were feeling it!
Monday I finally marched into the village’s “city hall” and got my business license! Woot Woot!! I am now a totally legit photography business and I feel pretty proud of myself for getting it all together in a timely manner. If you are currious about that, go check out my photography site Liliana Beatriz Fotografia at lilianabeatriz.com.
So yeah! That was our weekend! 😀
It was exciting to feel like we had so much to do, as it turns out the next coming weekends are filled with festivals and what not. So I’m excited to see more!
Decided to split this post into two parts, so it’s not a total overload LOL!! So this is part 1! The Viking Festival and more
So I know I’m a little late to be blogging about Labor Day Weekend festivities, but as many of you have been aware. I was in the process of changing my blog’s URL. I promise I will probably never do that again!! LOL It was a huge pain in the buttie and I’m so glad that’s all done. *Pat myself on the back* For figuring it out.
So yay for Labor Day! Not that anyone cares about that here in Germany, but we got to enjoy an extra long weekend. So we planned a trip to Ikea, checking out the Viking Festival in the neighboring village, and the wine festival in our village! Plenty to keep us busy.
So Ikea! Sorry, no photos of the shopping! But I made out with some furniture for my sewing/editing room that I’m sure I will blog about soon. It was kind of far, so not sure if we will be back soon… But it was nice to get a few pieces for the house and Lucy made out like a bandit. With a new kid’s table chair, a race car rug, and a train set. Daddy got a little storage for his garage too. So we all got something!
The Viking Festival definitely caught our curiosity and imagination. But sadly, it seemed no one spoke much English (ok ok… so maybe we were just being shy lol) and we had no idea what was going on… Talk about Adventures in Germany! From what we could gather… Large groups of what I can only describe as “professional viking campers” set up camp with huge fire pits and seating. These areas were roped off and each camp had their name and flag and what not. People were dressed in authentic costumes. Including children and babies!! I was kind of expecting they would break out into a sword fight between clans, but since we didn’t want to spend the entire day waiting around for “something” to happen, after exploring all the camps and finally getting Little Lue a turn on the swing, we decided to head back home. Even driving back and forth to the Viking Festival was an adventure though. You had to drive straight through a field and then some random dirt path through the woods. It was pretty funky. Weird, but funky. LOL