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How I fell in love with American Girl all over again…

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This weird thing happened when I laid my eyes on my old American Girl doll last year while visiting my family… Her little face looked just as I remembered, I felt a blush of shame as I touched her trimmed hair. Yes, I gave my doll a hair cut, whoops. Her outfit still intact. She had lived on my mother’s mantel for quite a few years. For a long time I kind of rolled my eyes at her the way a newly blossomed young miss does at all her old “toys”. But this year, for the first time I looked at her and realized, I was about to become a child myself again. I grabbed her, brushed her hair with my fingers, and hurried to show her to my daughter, Little Lue, who at the time was just over the age of 2.

Her eyes light up as she reached for the doll, and she attempted to grab her by her hand as she would a playmate. And of course, my poor doll was dragged around by one arm as her body awkwardly flopped around. My daughter made exaggerated struggling sounds as if she were trying to carry a cinder block around. Obviously, she was still much too young to play with my old Josefina.

After that visit, I asked my mother to mail me my doll. Josefina would then adorn Little Lue’s room… Much as she did in my mother’s home. But this time, this time I would look at her with the eagerness of a child waiting for Christmas. I knew Little Lue would soon be making that leap that often comes at 3 years of age where they are suddenly so much more incredibly  child like.

And between pregnancy and a new baby and temporarily moving to Florida and Christmas and… Wow! How did all that happen so fast?!

Well between all that Little Lue has indeed grown.

And then… The giant Facebook marketing train ran me over LOL!!!

FB started flashing on the top of my screen that an American Girl store was opening in Orlando. A measly 1 hour drive from where we are staying. And damn it all to hell… I had to go.

Memories of me and my neighbor, who had quite the collection, started swimming around in my head. I cursed the fact that I had no way to retrieve my Josefina, who is still waiting patiently for our return. Little Lue will be nearly four once we return.

So we went. With Christmas in the air, we visited the store and walked out with some Bitty Twins and accesorries.

And something kind of magical unfolded. Little Lue had never really shown much interest in dolls… Heck she rarely shows much interest in anything… But she had started to play pretend, coming up with her own stories and games and she had shown some immensely motherly instincts towards her new sister. I knew she would enjoy a doll in a way she hadn’t before… And perhaps most importantly… I wanted to play with the dolls.

Perhaps Little Lue wasn’t enchanted by the adorable little faces as I was, but she was ecstatic at me playing pretend with her. She wanted me to make the voices for her new dolls, make them dance, make them sing, make them eat, and run, and play. And it was incredibly easy for me to enjoy myself doing so.

I would find myself brushing the doll’s delicate hair and styling it, changing their tiny clothes…

But I digress.

The point is… These dolls have a small amount of magic in them. They made me time travel to memories long forgotten. They made me feel like a little girl again. They made me want to be a little girl again. And they made me realize that I have a little girl now. Not a baby, or a toddler, but rather a full blown child, a tiny person, a kid.

Goodness where did the time go?

When did I wake up and stop playing pretend?

When did I wake up and become a mother?

And suddenly it’s my own daughter who has just blossomed into that magical time… childhood.

And in this day and age where dolls are made to look like… well… this…

 

And (for variety?) this…

 

And, of course, this…

(I was quite the Barbie lover myself as a kid, but as an adult, it’s difficult to bring myself to look at them as fondly as I once did.)

And then there’s the American Girls…

Just look at them! Not even a hint of puberty on them.

I have become enamored at the beautiful child like faces of these dolls. Dolls that look like little girls. Dolls that do little girl things. Dolls that are beautiful without a face plastered full of make up, or wearing questionable clothing choices.

Somehow between my nostalgia and my new found apreciaton for the doll line, I found myself falling down that rabbit hole that is American Girl. And I’m ok with that!

I’ve yet to be reunited with my Josefina, who I’m excited to reclaim and share with my daughter now that she is old enough to get it. I’ve also slowly acquired a few Craigslist finds (did I mention the rabbit hole?). A Bitty Baby for the Littlest Princess, who I must confess seems to like dolls more than I thought infants could like dolls.

And just this week, I couldn’t help myself when we saw this sweet dolly up for sale…

I was hoping my Josefina would end up being Lue’s first “big girl doll”, but let’s face it, I suck at waiting.

As we were getting in the car to go pick her up I showed her to Little Lue and asked her what her name should be. She immediately decided her name was Ariel.

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Much to our stuffed Donatello’s dismay, Ariel has been toted around ever since she arrived. Her hair silky smooth as if she were brand new and her clothes that can only be described as a late 90’s explosion (Hello long jean skirt with cargo pockets! HA!), but she’s just gorgeous and endearing. I can’t help but smile at the sight of Little Lue clutching Ariel to her chest, telling me how she needs her shoes and jacket to go out.

Ahhhh… Let the magic commence!

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I’m a summer time creature

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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…

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Away we go.

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Oh hey look… I have another baby now… Just in case you missed that part…. LOL

 

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Ready for exploring with her monocular (I’m not totally convinced that’s an actual word)

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Mommy vision… Sometimes big sis wants to ride too…

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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…

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Which I guess are also better than baby “why you stop pushing my vibrating chair” faces… LOL

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**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**

Thank Goodness for SPRING!

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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!!

Sunglasses!! 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!

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Puppies in the sunshine :)

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The wheelbarrow made everything more fun!

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Oh look! My swing! :)

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Picked some flowers to make a garden… I think we need to start our real garden now :)

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Thurdays = Library & Dance

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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!

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This is one of the songs they sang, goes to the “Row row row your boat” song music. Pretty cute.

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Actually sitting down for a story, progress!

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Stickers!

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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.

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Kiss your knees!

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Wrangling up the dance crew LOL!

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We always have fun props…

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Dancing with a scarf :)

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So fun <3

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Can we start the New Year supporting instead of complaining?

Happy New Year!!! Wow, is it already 2014?! Craziness!

I want to start blogging on some different topics this year. So what better time to start than now? So here’s it goes. No photos, just words :)

To start with I want to address something that I’ve noticed to be quite trendy in the mommy blogging world that is sometimes needed… but starting to get a little old…

So yeah… am I the only one who is pretty much done with the “complaining mom bloggers” fad? Here’s my take on this.

Motherhood is hard… Super draining… Life sucking… But for even those horrid days, those days where the house is destroyed, you ate total garbage, you vegged on the TV, and couch surfed for hours because you are so flipping exhausted of the same thing day in day out, your child(rend) decided to scream for what seems like most of the day, they tick, throw, bite, you cry in a conner wondering what you are doing wrong… Even on THOSE days, no mother will say they will trade that for anything else (well… not say it and mean it! LOL).

Why? Because the love we feel for our children is so immensely powerful that it becomes the air we breathe, the light in our day, the reason to get up and keep going. Because that love alone can sustain us. Because that love alone, is simply ENOUGH to make it all worth it. Because that love, and those small moments of bliss when you look at them sleeping, or playing nicely, or doing something new for themselves, those moment when your heart could explode with pride and aw and love, make even those bad days worth it.

Now mommies, lets rally together. Find friends, find family, find support! We are all in this together trying to survive the hard days. And we are all looking for a shoulder to lean on. I suspect that our worse days are days where we feel alone in this land of toys, dirty diapers, and messy faces. But let’s try and look at those faces we love and remember WHY every day we make the choice to get up and keep going.

And let’s go ahead and try to keep the complaining in check, yeah? It’s just unflattering. I hate doing it myself, even if we do HAVE to get it out. How about we get it out between friends over a cup of coffee instead of blasting the internet with so much negative energy that gets passed around over and over and over. I promise you, talking with a couple of close friends feels a WHOLE lot better than ranting on a blog (been there done both!). Let’s spread some positive mojo on the internet! Spread the stories about the moments that keep us going, the things that make us feel good about the work we have been given.

All of you, us, moms are so incredibly strong. Whether you stay at home all day with little ones and diapers and puke, or have to wrangle up kids to daycare and school and gymnastics and then yourself to work, you are an INCREDIBLY STRONG AND WONDERFUL MOTHER. Your children LOVE YOU and think you are FLIPPIN AMAZING and you ARE. Not only that, their innocent eyes that only see who you TRULY are see the most BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, MOST PERFECT FEMALE FIGURE ON THIS PLANET. They do! So not only are you the BEST mother ever, the most AMAZING human ever, you are also the most BEAUTIFUL creature they could lay their young eyes on.

So keep on trucking through, momma… You got this. You are amazing. You are working SO hard to do what you do with little thanks or appreciation (heck, sometimes it feels like all we hear is how we are doing it wrong!). But I am a fellow mom. And I KNOW how hard you are working. Hats off to you. I support you, I think you are amazing, and I give you a HUGE thank you! Thank you for doing what is best for you and your family. Thank you for raising the children that will be my daughter’s coworkers, teammates, friends, lovers, family. Thank you for doing the best you can every single day. And if you need a shoulder to lean on, I am here for you, close friend or total stranger.

 

Now, ladies, let’s act like moms. And not like any mom, but like super moms. Because that’s what we all are, supper moms. Don’t get me started on the mommy wars. It’s not about HOW you do it, it’s about getting it DONE. You, we, are ALL amazing and doing the best we can for the children we are raising. No divisions! Just connections, support and understanding.

So let’s do it! Let’s fill the cyber space with some positive mommy vibes. Let’s talk about the things that connect us, make us strong and give us hope. Let’s gather and celebrate our strengths and not linger on our weaknesses. Yeah? Who’s with me?

Little Lue’s FIRST Snow

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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?

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RAW Apple Cider

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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!

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Next, you had to press the apples… HARD!

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Trier

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Wondering around Trier with some awesome company :)

I seriously can’t wait to get my new lens. I have been patiently waiting to purchase a nice wide angle lens to take with me when we go to new places and it’s finally going to happen this weekend. I really want to start working on some scenic and architecture photography. Scenic photography really speaks to my soul. I still wish we could have invested in some Peter Lik art work before leaving Key West (he has a gallery there) I really think he is my photography inspiration. Hoping to really focus on this part of photography while living in Europe and taking advantage of these amazing places that we will be visiting. So so excited on working on a new skill! Always learning, never stop!!

So here we are wondering around Trier. I almost wanted to leave the camera in my bag and just enjoy the day… But I simply couldn’t… Trier is the first older city we got to visit and it was pretty amazing. We are actually planning to go back very soon since I feel like I need to see it all AGAIN lol.

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Gymnastics Class!

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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.

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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***

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Decided to do a little stretching while we waited…

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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)

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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.

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Evening Photo Walk

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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…

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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 :)

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Treasures from the Flohmart “flea market”

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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.

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Labor Day Weekend Adeventures- Wine Festival!

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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!

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

 

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

Labor Day Weekend Adventures- Viking Festival!

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

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

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. lilianabeatriz.com

 

I can Swing!

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So I was minding my own business getting busy taking photos for you guys of my lovely backyard… Yes I know, I can’t stop talking about it, but that’s because #1 it really is that awesome, #2 I haven’t had one in 3 years ad I’m as excited about it as I will be about the first snow fall, #3 I really haven’t met that many people who are interested in talking about my backyard.  So yeah, this is my blog right?!?! You faithful readers shall listen to my ramble! Thank YOU. LOL!!!

Ok so yeah… outside, perfect day, dogs running around like wild animals scavenging (scratch that, that’s just Luna, Bongo is sitting in the sun like a big potato), Little Lue is playing with her little slide and what not and I’m trying to be all creative with my photos. And then… It happens…

I completely forget what I’m doing because Littele Lue is being way too cute and I end up with a bunch of photos of her instead! (This actually happens quite often, can you tell?)

But this isn’t just ANY old cuteness, this is first-time-EVER-swinging-HERSELF-on-the-swing CUTENESS. Considering my daughter is only two (shameless brag) this was pretty impressive to me. :) I think the secret was extra low swings, which seems to be very common out here as we had seem them like that on a couple of play grounds.

This is her process. She sits her little tush on the seat *without falling or needing help* (honestly I was pretty happy with THAT accomplishment) and then she tiptoes herself as far back as she can and BOOM she lets go, feet pulled up high in front of her and she enjoys her swing all by herself! At first she started with “One, two, THREE! Weeeeee!” But somehow this morphed into “Eeeeeeeeyyyyy, Princess! Weeee!” Which sounds way funnier to be honest. LOL

So yeah, so much for photos of my swings, trees, and dogs. I have photos of Little Lue in her swing instead LOL.

And for those keeping track of me on FB, the Basil Plant LIVES!!! lol

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-meisau. www.LilianaBeatriz.com

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