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This is a blog about our life. I started the blog because we lived overseas for my husbands job. That meant it was hard to keep family, back in The States, in the loop about what we were up to. It also became a great way to share my sons birth story with everyone who we wish could have been there. I slowly got busy with life & stopped blogging. Here we are in 2014, living back in the good ol' USA & as we make life changes I find this to be a great way to share my thoughts and save them for my son to look back on someday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas World!
It is hard to believe that Christmas is already here. Once again we are having a white Christmas. The snow is pretty deep outside still. The roads are still icy and not very safe. I am writing this while I take a break from cooking. The Mr is in the other room playing with his new toy so I probably won't see him until the food is ready. Already made his potato salad, but still need to make his rice. Yes, potato salad and rice. It is his favorite combo and we have it with all major meals. Good thing we both like it and can eat it for a couple days as left overs. He even lets me know when he is out of rice so I can make another batch. I think this will be one of the traditions that we carry on for many years.
Speaking of traditions, we really don't have a lot. We try to buy a new ornament for each of us every year. This year we bought a beautiful Mickey ornament from Disneyland Paris. What an important day that was for us. Not only did we get to travel to Paris and The Mr had his first Disney experience but it marked him coming home from his first deployment. Our other new ornament this year is a hand painted Texas shaped ornament. It sits proudly near the very top of the tree. Whenever I see it I think of family back in Texas and wish we could be there celebrating with them. Maybe one day they will all get to see the ornament because our tree will be up in Texas, I can wish can't I? Another tradition we have is opening one small gift on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning. This year we didn't do the small one on Christmas Eve but hopefully we will keep that tradition.
This brings me to my next ramble. Are we the only ones left that open presents Christmas morning? It seems like everyone was opening gifts all week long or on Christmas Eve. I love opening gifts Christmas morning. DUH, Santa comes the night before so how can you open gifts before then. HAHA, I know its not that serious but I just hope we can keep our traditions year in and year out. I look forward to many many years of traditions.
We haven't really started a tradition in regards to Christmas meals. I think though that I want to start doing a Christmas breakfast and big Christmas dinner. Neither of us eat ham so it will always be turkey but tradition none the less. I had planned on making tamales this Christmas but I dont have masa. So I won't be making them until this week sometime, no big deal because I didn't make them until New Years last year. A friend is sending me a recipe for bunuelos, so I think I will be making those for New Years as well.
The hardest part of the holidays this year is being so far from family. We were away last year too but had just been home for Thanksgiving so I think it was a little easier. The Mr hasn't been home in over a year now. It would just be nice to hang out, laugh and enjoy some amazing food with everyone. Hopefully next year we can back to the States and spend Christmas with everyone. Until then, we are there in spirit!
Well, I better get back to cooking. Luckily I am not making everything this year as we decided to just go with the basics but it still takes time. 
Merry Christmas All!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snow Snow Snow

The snow just keeps coming. I just braved the cold to go out and measure. We have 6.5in in the back yard. It is really beautiful out but I really do not like the snow. It is messy, gets tracked in the house and I always manage to step in wet spots in my socks. It makes me crazy. The roads worry me as well. I dont mind snow on the road but I worry about ice on the roads. The roads usually get slushy and wet but I worry about that turning to ice overnight when the temperature drops. We just stay in and avoid the roads.
I think I have pretty much kicked my cold. Finally got a full night of sleep last night. Well not all night because I stay up pretty late. Im pretty sure The Mr is over his cold. He back to being full of energy and making me crazy. He just graduated a class Friday night. I am glad that is over because he was always doing homework for that class and never had time to just relax. Now hopefully he can relax and enjoy his weekends!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Okay, where do I start. This weekend we went to London England. It was AMAZING. It is officially my favorite place in Europe. We managed to fill the memory card on the camera to capacity and run the battery out. Both of which we have never done. So we must have really been having a good time. It was a little cold out so we stayed on the tour bus as much as possible. I have to say the shopping in London is AWESOME. I would love to win the lottery and go back and do nothing but shop. I think they had just about every store I could possibly want to shop in. London also has many American Restaurants which I was excited to see because I miss good ol American restaurants. London must have an abundance of wealthy people as well. I saw more Aston Martins, Bentley's, Audi's, Lamborghini's etc than I even knew existed.  It was pretty cool to see all those cars that you normally only see on TV. 
For a few weeks now I have been craving a maple bar (donut). I was super excited when we saw Krispy Kreme. I was able to get a maple donut. I was so happy. It was the perfect ending to an awesome trip.
The ONLY part of London I didn't like was the exchange rate. Highway robbery. 
The Mr has had a cold for a while now and we decided to stop in a little drug store to get him some medicine for the ride home. Well, it was SO nice to be able to walk into the store and read all the labels and know what we were buying. It was especially nice that we even recognized brands that are sold in the US. Not something that happens very often here in Germany and probably would have stressed me out. 
Sorry, this is just a bunch of randomness. I really enjoyed London!! Okay, I LOVED London :) 
-The Mrs

Friday, December 10, 2010


I happen to really like Fridays. 1) Friday means that the The Mr will be home with me for the weekend and I won't have to talk to myself all day. 2) I do not cook on Fridays. This is a big deal for me. I try to cook us a good dinner the rest of the week. However, dinner on Friday is my day off. Take Out Fridays we like to call it. The Mr usually picks us up something on his way home from work. Most Fridays I pick what I want but occasionally he just surprises me. Even though we don't really have a big selection of restaurants to get take out from, I really like not cooking. This is probably because I am a super messy cook and not cooking = no mess to clean up. 3)Friday usually also means we are getting out of the house at least one day for the weekend. Okay, so some weekends we just head to up the bigger base nearby and do a little shopping or my fav, enjoy a strawberry lemonade at Chilis. At least we are out of the house. So yes I am happy today is Friday. 
This weekend we have a little trip planned. I feel a little bad because The Mr has a slight cold. I hate for him to get even more sick while we are out sightseeing. However, the trip is booked and he says he is fine to go. Someday he will learn to bundle up better and not catch these colds he seems to always get in the winter. I guess that is what happens when you think shorts are appropriate for winter. Oh I just remembered another reason I like Fridays. Most of the time I have my school work all done for the week and don't have to worry about it again until Monday and some weeks I even wait until Tuesdays to start working on it.I can't believe that next week I have midterms already for my current classes. School goes by so quick some weeks. This was the hardest week of work so far this semester. I am glad it is almost over. 
It snowed a lot here yesterday. I am not a fan of snow but The Mr loves it. It is really beautiful outside our kitchen window. Lots of Pine Trees covered in snow. It is so beautiful to see all the chimneys with smoke coming out, with snow covered trees as a backdrop. Almost looks like a photograph.
Until Next Time, The Mrs. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Today I decided to make a blog for us. I say US but I am sure The Mr. wont really write anything very often. I however, have nothing better to do and will probably write a lot of random things. I am not totally sure what all I will include in this blog. I just wanted to make one place that the family and friends back in the states can check up on us. Being so far away from family. Also, once I get the nerve up I will probably do some video blogs. We shall see how that goes. For now though, I have to figure out all the settings etc to make this run smooth. Lots of love, The Mrs.