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Labor Day Weekend Adventures- Viking Festival!

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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

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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.Β  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

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

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

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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

Cassian’s Birthday and reflections on friendship :)

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

When you’re a military wife, you sometimes get in the mentality that you will never have life-long friends. You know, the one who’s your next door neighbor for 30 years and you have coffee every Sunday morning with, and your kids are the same age and go to the same schools and your husbands are good buddies and you just hang out. And then one day you will live together in a house and be just like the Golden Girls and it will be epically awesome.

Well… you know… In my imagination, it would totally be like that.

But the reality of moving every 3 years kind of puts a kink into my friendship fantasy. And it’s a kind of a total downer when you’re the type of person that enjoys hanging out with other humans with common interests.

But for all you military wives out there, I’ve got some news for you, you really CAN have some good long time lasting friends. The magic of the internet and facebook has seriously facilitated keeping up with friends at a distance in a creepy sort of stalkerish way. But every now and then, you realize that the friend you have been so oddly attentive to you over the internet, has also been attentive to you. Why? Because, perhaps, somehow even if they are a billion miles away, they connect with you and want to actually still keep in touch, and hope you will meet again on a faithful day. They really ARE a friend. Awesome!

More good news for military wives, turns out there are only a hand full of bases for people to go to. And chances are, that faithful day really does come!

So when it came time for our big move to Germany, was delighted to know that one of the friends I had made over 4 years ago in Oklahoma was happily waiting to meet up with me again in Germany. Despite being over an hour away from where we were, Lucie made no hesitation to welcome us to Germany the first week we were there! Even took us house hunting to our now new home. Thank you, Lucie, for making this transition feeling like coming back home. At least a little! :)

This past weekend was her younger son’s 1st birthday! Our families have obviously changed since the last time we met. We now have a 2 year old daughter, and their own daughter is now 3, we met her as just a tiny little infant. Now she is a big sister! It’s just really neat to see how we have both grown. I loved seeing her new home and family. It all feels so new and so familiar all at once. It was also great to see our husbands meet again. :)

Anyhow… CASSIAN! This post was supposed to be all about you… LOL!!

Cassian is such a little man! OMG he’s so big, just like Little Lue was. Extra chunky and just a doll. He’s still not walking, but watch out, it’s coming up. He’s going to be chasing after Lexie pretty soon! I love his little foe hauk, by the way.

Of course we had lots of fun at the party. Little Lue surprised me by being a tad shy at first, but it wasn’t long before she was asking for cupcakes and trying to steal the birthday boy’s gifts.

And I think this is probably enough rambling, you’re totally ready for the photos. Right?

For more photos of Cassian’s Birthday HERE! :)

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle Photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Little Lue’s Room

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

I kind of love this tiny play room.

It’s kind of an odd set up. This room is at the end of our hallway on the third floor. You have to walk into it to get to our bed room. And it has the only closet on that floor. So it functions as Lucy’s room, and our bedroom closet LOL! But it’s nice that it’s SO close, because one day… one far away non foreseeable day… when Lucy sleeps in her own bed and room, she will be RIGHT there. And that makes me happy. LOL The room is also down the hall form the sewing/office so it will be nice that while she sleeps I can hang out in my editing/blogging/sewing/general awesomeness room. :)

So anyhow, this is the room! It’s one of the few rooms that’s done being set up (only others that are mostly done are the kitchen and dinning/play room). I really wanted to get her toys out quickly so I could entertain her more so it just got done the fastest. I still need to get some little bins to put in the closet for her clothes. Hoping that we will buy some this weekend.

Everything fit like a glove here! And that giant window mixed with the room’s white walls is just so lovely. Talk about a photo studio huh?

Oh! And check out the little tea set I got her from the Polish Pottery store at the BX! It’s so adorable and she LOVES IT. She’s been doing tea parties (well, in our tea parties we drink coffee LOL) every morning and every evening. So far she’s been very gentle and I don’t think she will break it. I do have 2 spare cups and plates just in case haha. But she really does love it, she will try and sneak them to other rooms, but since they are so tiny I’d rather they only stay in this room so we don’t loose them! For some reason she’s been hiding them inside the book shelf for safekeeping. LOL

So yeah! This is it :) I love being in that room because it has no boxes haha. But you have to be prepared to drink a LOT of pretend coffee πŸ˜›

Oh… And there is something totally magical about seeing those Toy Story characters on the shelves… I’m not sure why, but it just feels like they are totally alive like the movie :) I think I might need to go shopping for a Woody. I can’t help it, I’m a Disney Kid!

 

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Before the boxes came

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

So I wanted to document life in our new empty German home, but it turns out just 24 hours later we got the email that our stuff would be delivered the very next day! So I really didn’t get much of anything LOL.

But here are a few shots of what I did manage to capture…

I kind of loved having an empty house. Like I could completely start over from scratch. When you start building your home young, you don’t really go out and buy your “dream” furniture LOL. Heck, I was too young to know what my “dream” furniture would look like. Now I have a better idea πŸ˜‰ And it’s nice to know that we did a huge house cleansing before leaving Key West to give ourselves some room to collect some things that were more “us”. Hello European Furniture!! πŸ˜€

So yeah, I totally enjoyed daydreaming about how I would decorate and reorganize everything here… We bought an awesome dinning set off a yard sale page that I’m completely in love with. And this funky expandable desk (also yard sale) which I’m guessing will be the perfect sewing helper for larger projects.

Cant forget the lovely flower vase we needed for our freshly picked sun flowers. Need to pick more this week as they are finally starting to wilt.

Yay for new stuff!! Now to see how it would all merge with our other stuff coming in!!

But yeah, life just felt a little simpler those first few days. No internet, no furniture, just the family poking around the house and yard.

And oh that yard… I adore it… I do… It’s simply amazing to feel like I can enjoy being outside under some gorgeous pines and get this super cozy woodsy feeling right in my back yard. LOVE!

Decided to go cherry picking. Not sure if we used the proper technique, but a daddy thought a rake would suffice LOL.

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach, Germany. Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Sundays in Germany

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Ok… so this is what it’s all REALLY about right here…

The Sunday stroll. This is usually a day reserved for relaxation and indulging in the simple pleasures of being a family. It was nice to actually have a car this weekend and be able to get around.

We decided to try and find a bakery that was open for breakfast (not the easiest task, since almost everything is closed on Sundays here!) and we were happy to find one where the waitress wasn’t completely fluent in English. Why is this something good you ask? Well, we can’t really practice our German if everyone speaks English!!! We had fun trying to decipher the menu and ended up ordering 3 boiled eggs that came with some bread and butter.

On our way back we saw a flower picking field so decided to stop and pick a couple of sunflowers. I love sunflowers. And I love that there are flower picking fields!

Basically there’s a sigh with the prices for the type of flowers with a little can attached to it where you put in the money for the flowers you take. There’s also some little knives there for you to cut the flowers with.

Headed back to our temporary home, we decided it was imperative that we buy a flower vase for our freshly picked flowers. So we stopped at the “mall” on base hoping to find one at the polish pottery store. We did!

Back at the hotel we made sandwiches with the bread we brought at the bakery for lunch.

Perfection. :)

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Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

We made it to Germany!!!

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Yes! Finally! We are HERE!!

Hours of driving, weeks of hotel hopping, horrible junk food, packing, unpacking, packing, last minute flat rate boxes filled with our overflow of stuff, doggy paper work back and forth, driving across 6 states, 7 hours at the air port with a mountain of bags and 2 giant pet kennels, and one 7 hour flight…..

WE. FREAKING. MADE ITTTTTTTTTT!!!! Β All 5 of us!!!

Surprisingly Bongo took it the worse, the big baby. Wouldn’t stop crying while we all waited at the airport.

Whooooooooo… So glad it’s done with!!!

 

First impressions of Germany?

It’s pretty cool here during the summer, but it can also be pretty hot!

Note, I’m scared of the winter now lol.

I have to get used to calling “towns” villages, but once you visit them they really do look like villages.

They actually do serve a lot of sausage (we’ve yet to eat at a German restaurant).

The houses are all gorgeous and cool looking.

A lot more woodsy that I pictured.

I want to learn German.

Learning German seems impossible to me. Words are too long. Not enough vowels.

Still want to learn German.

SO PET FRIENDLY. People take their dogs everywhere!

 

Yup… I think that covers all my first impressions… Here are a few photos from our exploring yesterday :)

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Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Family Vacation Disney 2013

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So in the middle of all the moving craziness we decided to take a little leave in route and spend some time in Disney with the family. My parents, brother and his girl friend joined us, as well as my husband’s mother. It was just a nice opportunity to get together before we hopped over the ocean to our new home in Germany.

To make things a little fun for me, I decided to rent a lens I have been lusting after, the Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8. That thing was NO FUN lugging around Disney World LOL that thing is HEAVY! But it was great to be able to see what it could do and capture some great family shots while we were out there. And I LOVE the results :) Yay! For pretty family photos!!!

It was such a wonderful break from all the stress of moving. To just enjoy some family time and just have something fun to do all day. I wont lie, I was pretty eager to just get the vacation time over with and finish this hotel bouncing and get rid of all the moving jitters. But we really needed that family time. To just see each other and talk and be close. I know travel will be more difficult for everyone in the future, so it was nice to take advantage of that proximity one more time.

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Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

 

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in bruchmuhlbach-meisau

 

Happy Birthday Little Lue!!

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My little Princess is 2 years old!!! Wow!!!

I can’t believe we almost missed it. Somewhere mixed into all the moving stress, my beautiful little baby girl turned 2 years old.

2 has been a hard age for us. Lue wont sit still at restaurants, she knows how to ask for all the things she shouldn’t have with the cutest most irresistible voice ever, she tells daddy to “stop it” when he’s crowding her with too many kisses, and goes limp on the floor when she doesn’t quite get what she’s been asking. Mommy’s patience seems to be pushed to the limit half the time and I find myself taking deeps breaths a lot more often. But goodness it’s hard not to feel completely in love with this child. Such an amazingly perfect mixture of baby cuteness and intriguing child like behaviors. Despite the difficulties, I know I will miss this age SO MUCH.

Ahh… My little princess… I wish you would never grow up…

Just stay like this forever <3

 

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lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

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Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Liliana Beatriz Fotografia lifestyle photographer in Bruchmuhlbach-Meisau

Good bye Key West… You will be missed…

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It’s been a couple of weeks since we left our home in Key West. It was definitely very difficult to say goodbye to a place that has been so good to us. We all grew so much there.

The husband rediscovered his interest in bicycling. He would do a little mountain biking here and there in OK, but living in a small town where bicycle commuting was practically a given, he really got into cycling. Which lead him to meeting up with a bunch of triathletes and really getting into all this workout stuff.

Which in turn inspired me to start running. Go me! Did my first 5K and a few others and then somehow pushed my butt across the 7 Mile Bridge Run. You can read about that on THIS blog post.

We both turned a new leaf and switched to a vegetarian diet. We’ve been eating a less processed, mostly organic diet for well over a year now and there are no signs of us looking back. We both feel pretty proud of those changes.

Of course it goes without saying that our family has grown too! Little Lue is 100% Conch. She was born a little over a year after we moved to Key West. It’s pretty amazing how having a little human to take care of really shakes you and makes you examine how you are living your life. The process of child proofing my home had a lot less to do with hiding knives and outlets, and a lot more cleansing of a different type. We wanted less TV, more family time. Less junk food, more fruits. More coloring, more reading, more quiet time, more home cooked meals, more time spent in parks, more singing, more dancing, more smiling… You get my drift. πŸ˜‰

We also adopted Luna, our wacky little husky! Life with 2 dogs has been full of new challenges and new adventures. I definitely don’t see myself adding anymore pets to the family any time soon, but with Luna I definitely feel like my fur-mommy heart is full. I love the way Bongo and Luna have bonded, they are such a great team. It just seems right.

So yeah! That’s a WHOLE lot of growing! And of course I started getting more into photography the last few months too. Hoping to keep that ball rolling once we arrive in Germany and restart my business there. Excited and terrified all at once about that. I loved working with Say Yes to Key West and shooting weddings. It really opened my eyes to a profession that is really calling my name. We will see what happens…

With all this going on you can imagine there’s been a lot of soul searching and even some spiritual growth. I got a lot more interested in Yoga and finding ways to re-connect with The Powers that Be in this universe. It’s kind of amazing to me how this awesome life force (or should I say Love Force?) that we tend to refer to as God is literally hollering at you every which way you turn screaming I’M HERE FOR YOU. And we just go on our merry way thinking “Oh my, what a lovely sunset.” I think I know better now and that’s a good thing :) I’m truing to wave back a little now…

I feel so incredibly blessed to have found such a wonderful family on this Earth. I’ve met such great friends along the way in Key West. It will be really difficult being away and knowing that this part of my life is part of my past instead of my present. But I hope the friendships we’ve made and the lessons we’ve learned will continue to grow in the years to come. It’s like my heart keeps getting bigger and bigger every time we move. Each home we’ve had is a like a new family and by the time we have to move; our family has double in size.

Now I can say that we have family in Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, and Key West! And it’s only going to keep getting bigger!!

So I will try and leave this on a happy note. I’m not very good at goodbyes… I’d rather just run out the door with a quick hug and try and focus on what’s to come. We will keep growing. We will keep learning. We will keep bouncing from one place to another. But we will most definitely miss every single part of Key West and every home we have to leave behind… That’s just part of our life.

So sending out some hugs and kisses to Key West. To the amazing mommies and kids that turned into amazing friendships for both me and Little Lue. For the incredible athletes out there running in the sun every day that inspired both Duvi and I to get off the couch and out the door. For the amazing foods and restaurants we found that inspired new diets and new blogs! For the incredible artists and small business owners that captured our imagination and dreams and reminded us of how important it is to do what you love each and every day.

Yup, you will be missed. Until next time, you rocky little island you…

 

 

Finishing up with a single image from our last day at the house.

The house empty, but our hearts full.

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The Captain’s Going-Away

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We had my husband’s going away work party at our favorite vegetarian restaurant, The Cafe. It was a nice time for him to see a lot of his coworkers and just get together for some good food. If this sounds surprising to you, many of them had never been to this awesome restaurant and were quite scared of the dreaded tofu LOL. Thankfully, The Cafe serves fish as well as shrimp if a plate without any meat was truly too offensive haha. The hubs had been telling the coworkers he was going to feed them ONE vegetarian meal before leaving, so I guess this was it!

The Cafe’s manager Sam was so incredibly helpful, as always, they have such great service there. They made sure we got some yummy entries that seemed popular with everyone and bid us farewell with a delicious carrot cake!

We might pay The Cafe just one more visit before we made our grand exit from Key West. This place shall be missed deeply…

As for the husband, he got some really lovely gifts from his office. They gave him a flag for his unit that had been flown over Puerto Rico in a nice in scripted shadow box, as well as a nice sighed-by-everyone plaque. I know he really liked those gifts and will happily hang them in our next home.

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The going-away was last week. I am currently sitting in a hotel room enjoying being DONE with all the moving stress. Little Lue and I are cuddled up in bed watching The Tigger Movie as I update the blog and my new business website… I’m so so glad to be done with the house!! So as I get the chance write something up as well as edit my photos from the last few days I will have a few more “moving away” posts… Stay tuned for more “We’re moving to Germany!” ADVENTURES :)

Little Lue’s last Music Together class :(

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So last week was our last class of the Music Together semester. This would be the last semester we would be participating as our move to Germany is fast (too fast) approaching. We had started going before Little Lue’s first birthday and it had quickly turned into our Tuesday ritual. On the few weeks that the class was not going on I felt utterly lost… Little Lue and I (and daddy and Nana on the occasional class) really enjoyed our time there. The teachers, Miss Sandra and Miss Molly, were awesome, the company (mostly our closest friends) was exceptional. And music class was often followed by coffee dates and park visits.

Ok… so I just teared up a little…

Seriously… I can’t believe we are leaving our amazing Key West family. Going to our last class was kind of the first real marker that our time here is almost over.

I tried to take a few photos… but evidently my heart wasn’t in it. As they are all blurry and gloomy looking. I don’t want to say good bye. :( Don’t let the lackluster photos deter you. Music Together is AWESOME and worth it. I enjoy the music, the singing, dancing, and all their fun props and instruments. Little Lue loves it and I got to really see her grow in it as she started to learn how to talk, sing, follow directions, and just everything. It has been really great… I wish we could stay and enjoy it a little longer…

Sorry for being such a downer today. On a more positive note, I’ve been really busy with the photography business! Lots of weddings to edit and a few fun events as well! Go check that out over on my Photography Services page. πŸ˜€ All the action over there has been cutting my personal blogging time a bit short. But I promise Camera Latte is here to stay and I can’t wait to share all of the adventures that await us in Europe!

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The Sunday Stroll

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Nothing says end of the week in the Hernandez house like a Sunday stroll.

You know the drill, Little Lue gets all buckled up in her bike bench, mom and dad grab the helmets, and away we go.

This Sunday morning we decided to go to Sippin, and we were happily surprised by how empty it was. It’s quite difficult to go anywhere these days with Little Lue as she is getting quite unpredictable when it comes to restaurants. So an empty restaurant is a welcomed sight; less people to upset by the ornery toddler. Although it seems no one has noticed the floor tantrums, or given much thought to a little head pocking around the back of the register because Little Lue is always a welcomed and cherished customer at Sippin. I love that place.

After breakfast it was off to our favorite park on the corner of Whitehead and Caroline St. We only stayed a few minutes and then decided to wonder around down town.

I was kind of leaning towards riding the Conch Train again, but decided against it as I think that stuff is free for locals for the month of June. (Anyone want to double check for me??)

We just walked around the boardwalk and wondered into the Art Museum. Did you know that’s free for Active Duty Military and family? (it may be a temporary thing, but still nice that it was free! Go check that out!).

Back outside we had the pleasure of sitting in some shade Β by an adorable puppy! Her name was “Coqueta” and she certainly lived up to her name. She was so cute and friendly. Where can I find more puppies to take pictures of?!!?!

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Conch Train!!

Ok, so what started out what sounded like a totally dorky idea turned out to be so much fun!

My good friend Kelly has a lot of connections with the city’s Conch Train Tour so she suggested we go on a ride as a play date. I thought it would be a great idea since Little Lue loves rides and this train definitely looked like a ride! It just so happens that it “rides” around town hehe.

Turns out that the tour was 90 minutes long (split into a 50 minute portion and another 2 smaller portions, divided by short stops). I was a tad nervous that this would test Little Lue’s attention span, but it actually worked out great! It was 90 minutes of sitting *mostly* in the same place and just taking in the sights. And the information about the history and architecture of Key West was really cool too.

It was really nice and the girls LOVED it. Little Lue was excited all morning because I kept telling her we were going on the choo-choo and she couldn’t wait to get on the train once we got to the “station”.

Little Lue and Miss O got to check out the engine and even pulled on it’s bell! They got some cute little engineer paper hats, but the little stinkers wouldn’t keep them on.

Oh! And at the little gift shop we got a cute little train whistle. I also grabbed some popcorn to maximize toddler compliancy for the remainder of the ride.

It was great. I kept joking with Kelly that I’d pay to ride it again… me in one car with my Kindle, and the hubby and Little Lue in another… he he he

 

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No more

So the last few days I’ve been trying to focus on putting away the iPhone, the iPad, the Kindle Fire… All those glowing fun little screens we’ve all come to love and can’t seem to remember what life was like without them. It’s hard.

After trying to keep these things away from Little Lue as a baby, there was no way Little Lue the toddler was going to ignore them. If mommy was playing with her phone all day long, what do you think she wanted to do?

So the fights over who gets to play with the phone started. This turned into swapping my phone for “her” iPad which I filled with fun games. This worked out well for a while. She would play her puzzle games for a reasonable amount of time and then move on to the next activity on her own… It didn’t feel so dangerous. And so we got more and more comfortable letting Little Lue handle the glowing magical mirrors…but something changed.

Of course the joy had to end somewhere. Little Lue discovered that these gadgets had something else hidden inside them, something far more… well… fun… Little Lue found the YouTube app as well as the Netflix app. And what started off as a fun game time on these little computers was slowly turning into more time spent watching TV.

In this house there is no TV until the end of the day. And it’s not even cable, it’s movies. Come evening time, when mommy and daddy are feeling pretty spent, we put on a couple of Disney movies and call it a day. Not exactly proud of how much I look forward to 6:30 pm, but it feels like a reasonable arrangement.

So you can imagine how frustrating it is to realize that Little Lue’s already pretty extended amount of tube time (2-3 hours) was having another hour or more added from letting her play with the iPads/Kindle. It seemed fun and great at first. A portable entertainment center that could be used for a few minutes while mommy does dishes, or folds laundry, or plays on her own phone (guilty!). But then I hear that little voice in my head telling me WAKE UP! and get Little Lue off the mini tube, and the kid’s happy fantasy world comes to an end.

What follows is a concert of tears, screams, and begging for her favorite shows. “Broom, broom!!!” (Cars), “Honey!!!” (Whiney the Pooh), “Bumbo!!!” (well at least she got one of them). Her tears go on and on for what seems forever, but I image is more like 30 minutes. But if you’ve been in the same room as a screaming toddler, you know that 30 minutes is a LONG time. Long enough to completely drain up mommy’s patience and sanity. Long enough to induce a horrid migraine for the rest of the day. And long enough to completely sabotage whatever it is that needed to be done in those 30 minutes and drain a large portion of the motivation you had to get anything done around the house for that day.

You start to pray for naptime. Or helplessly hope that the husband is on his way home a bit early. You try giving options of activities that could be enticing enough to forget about crying. You offer up water play, or markers, or whatever it is that’s supper fun but you don’t do so often because it becomes way too mesy… And eventually Little Lue settles down enough to nurse and God bless boobs and their mystical powers to calm down a screaming baby.

And Little Lue is calm and starts to wonder around the house. And you exhale a sigh of relief for the worsts has passed.

And then…

And then my sweet innocent daughter comes over to me, grabs my hand, and quite calmly starts to pull me and say “Come on… Honey.”

Cue mommy tears.

So no more. No more. NO. MORE.

I’ve come to realize that as soon as I pull out my phone to check emails/facebook/blog stats (ha!) Little Lue is reaching for the phone as well and starts asking to watch one of her shows. As if what I’m watching isn’t cool enough. I’ve come to realize that any time Little Lue finds the iPad laying around the couch and starts playing with it, instead of trading it for a more appropriate toy I look away. I look away and relish in a few minutes of not having to entertain/watch her (but you already saw the results of that!).

BUT. NO. MORE.

I’ve put my iPhone in a shelf on the desk. The iPad is hiding on top of a dresser. Daddy’s Kindle Fire is charging out of sight. And I have promised myself to limit MY computer time to “desk” computer time. Simply put, if I don’t have time to sit at the computer desk with my back turned to the living room, I certainly have no business playing on my phone. Playing on my phone while sitting next to a pile of unfolded laundry is not multi-tasking. Playing on my phone while Little Lue builds with blocks is not watching her. Getting minute by minute status updates from friends on facebook is not really a social life and I need to stop pretending it is.

I know that if I put my magical glowing mirror away and do other activities Little Lue will join me. I know that it is really me who is aggravating the situation by constantly having my phone out as she watches me. And I know that, just like her, I have no real “need” to play on my phone as often as I do.

I’ve decided that if I must have a distraction during the day it will be limited to the reading Kindle (original non colorful/internet friendly version). If I have some moments to spare they can be spent reading books or a news paper. Seems more enriching than FB and Little Lue hardly has interest or understanding of what I look at a gray screen filled with letters for.

 

So… This blog is supposed to be about pictures, correct? LOL

Weekends and family outings are usually the most tech free in this home. We make an effort to not pull out our phones while out for dinner, or being at the park, or whatever else. Here are a few pictures I took Sunday while wondering about Mallory Square. We wanted to kill some time before returning home after dinner, so we just walked around looking at the ocean, the buildings, the people. Eventually I pulled out my camera, because lets face it, that’s what I do. Yesterday the hubby asked about the pictures and I was almost embarrassed to say that I had yet to give them a look! So here are a few for your enjoyment.

May my days be filled with more quality family time and less magical glowing screen time.

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Just another day

I often wonder how anything around the house gets done… Seriously, it’s such a constant battle.

One moment I am beaming staring at this lovely relatively organized living room/kitchen. The laundry is folded, the dishes are clean, the toys are corralled in their little homes around the house, and I can pretend my house is perfectly clean if I ignore a few scattered piles of dog hair that persistently reaper no matter how recently I vacuumed. And then… maybe 30 minutes after this moment of cleanly satisfaction, it’s like everything has been undone.

Little Lue is pulling the piles of clean folded laundry onto the floor (why, oh, WHY did I not put them away faster?!). The kitchen is once again messy form… you know… that thing you have to constantly do… cooking and eating. The living room suddenly has the same scattered look it did from this morning’s play time. And my husband has lovingly left his boots, socks, and uniform top sitting on random areas around the house as he unwinds from work.

Ahh… And look… the mess is back…

Well… I guess I should be glad, or else, what on earth would I do all day, right??

Here is Little Lue helping with sorting socks. As you can see from the pictures, this task was kind of boring, so she decided to liven it up a bit by using the sock as a twirling/dancing partner. When that got too boring she tried dragging me over to the “forbidden room” as we like to call it (ie the TV room) but I managed to get her looking at a book instead. But mom was taking pictures, so she wants to join in. So mommy says go get your camera!

Ah… This is daily living here…. What’s your day like? :)

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