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!
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 😛
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!
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 😉 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!! 😀
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.
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.
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!!!! 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