Where the hell are you?

If you happen to follow this blog – yes, all three of you – I have been known to go long spans of time without writing.  Enter the crazy holiday busyness, birthdays, traveling, and laziness, and you end up here.  It’s January 20, 2014, and it has been nearly two months since I have written.  GASP! <insert sarcasm>  The important thing is that I am here now, and writing you from my new Mac computer ( a Christmas gift from the fantastic husband. He spoils me rotten, although to be fair, the old yellow Dell is literally falling apart).  I LOVE it.  I never want anything else!  Anyways, here are the new tidbits in our lives:

 – we went back to America.  Ah, America!  We have not been back in about 2.5 years, so it was due.  If you serve two consecutive overseas tours, the government will give you a trip back to your home of record.  Even better, right?  We had such a great time back in Iowa/Illinois with our family.  Christmas is so awesome here in Germany, but nothing is as great as being with the whole family.  All my cousins on my side were home for the first time in forever, so it was extra special.  We did Christmas, an early birthday party for Anya, movies, American food (Buffalo Wild Wings and Panera rank top on my list), sister nights, bromances, and tons of snow time in the nineteen days we were there.  One of my favorites was spending my mom’s birthday at the Princess Diana exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.  I was obsessed ( to put it mildly) with Princess Di in my youth, and the obsession with the British royal family has extended into my adult years.  It was such a wonderful exhibit, and to spend it with my mom and girls was even better.  Here are a few pics from our time in AMERICA!!!

My niece Juliet and I at one of the several Christmas celebrations were had.  This was the first time I had met her in person!
My niece Juliet and I at one of the several Christmas celebrations we had. This was the first time I had met her in person!
Uncle Noah and Addie.  This is my youngest brother at 16 years old.
Uncle Noah and Addie. This is my youngest brother at 16 years old.
Isaac, Juliet, and Addie.  Isaac is my other brother and is Juliet's daddy.
Isaac, Juliet, and Addie. Isaac is my other brother and is Juliet’s daddy.
Addie and Elizabeth, my middlest sister, outside at her house.  It snowed soooo much while we were back there!  This is at her and her husband's house, where we stayed while back home.
Addie and Elizabeth, my middlest sister, outside at her house. It snowed soooo much while we were back there! This is at her and her husband’s house, where we stayed while back home.
Andy and Gavin, my nephew!  Andy was so excited to have someone to play Legos with.
Andy and Gavin, my nephew! Andy was so excited to have someone to play Legos with.
Princess Diana's wedding dress - DREAM COME TRUE!
Princess Diana’s wedding dress – DREAM COME TRUE!
Andy's grandma with the girls.
Andy’s grandma with the girls.
All of my cousins, siblings, and offspring.  We are all home!
All of my cousins, siblings, and offspring. We are all home!
My sisters and I.  Jessica and Elizabeth are some of my favorite people in the world :)
My sisters and I. Jessica and Elizabeth are some of my favorite people in the world 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Anya started cheerleading.  I have been so damn proud, I could burst.  There are moments during practices where I want to fix motions or tell them not to sing cheers, but I have been happy to stay on the sidelines and be the proud momma.  She is growing so fast and doing so much…

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 – Speaking of Anya, did you realize that she turned ten recently?  It’s amazing how fast she has grown up.  Most days, I do not feel like it is possible that I have a pre-teen – then again, if you saw the attitude I did, you may be inclined to point this fact out.  She is beautiful, smart, and talented at nearly everything she attempts.  I love this little girl, who is really a big girl, so much it hurts sometimes.  Why was year ten so hard?  I cannot imagine how those other milestone ages are going to feel!

 – I’ve officially begun the job search here.  I waited until after we had made our adventure to the states before I started applying for jobs, but now I have had no excuse.  I love working.  The job search, especially for a military spouse, is exhausting.  I updated my resume and couldn’t believe how short the time frames I had been at my previous jobs, not to mention the number of jobs I have held in the last five years.  It was not my fault but at the expense of multiple PCS moves.  Anyways, keep your fingers crossed for me!  I applied for four jobs alone today, so hopefully that yields some positive results.

 – We tried and sort of successfully attended Christmas markets/Weinachtsmarkts here.  Another post of these is in the works!

 – In another big mushy post, I LOVE GERMANY!  Andy and I were talking about this in the car today to Regensburg, and what we found is that there is no singular attribute of Germany that I can pinpoint that makes me love it.  I could go on and on about the advantages of it here, but after being back in the states, I can confirm my love of this country.  Do not get me wrong; there are many aspects of America that I love, including my close proximity to family.  However, it is very telling when you land in Nuremberg and you instantly feel BETTER.  I still need to learn more of the language, as evidenced by our trip to IKEA today.  The weather is grey and cloudy.  However, I am still in love with living here.

I cannot think of anything new right now – America was the biggest news we had so far.  It is only the third week of January, but 2014 has been pretty good to us so far.  I hope your new year has been good as well.  Auf wiedesehen and guten nacht!

P.S.  Teal or Tiffany blue is my new color – I even bought that color fabric in the states to make new curtains in the living room.  I love it, thus the text color 🙂

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