Well, Hi There!

26 Oct

Hello! OK, I’m about to the point where I have no more excuses for not keeping you guys way more in the loop! And that’s such a good thing- writing here is one of my favorite things, so having more time to do it has been at the top of my list all along! I can’t believe we’ve already been in this house almost a month now. Crazy, right?!

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Our view from bed…

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Sitting amongst the chaos, reading her book from Ms. Sue with pictures of all her friends at home…

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These last four weeks have been a whirlwind of boxes, paper, furniture arranging, rearranging, buying closets and light fixtures, installing them…I kid you not, we’ve been maxed out over here! Thankfully, it’s finally all coming together! The house is looking so good if I do say so myself. We started at the ground floor and have been working our way up to the second and then the third. The biggest challenges by far have been the closets (there were ZERO) and the lights (there were ZERO), so before we could really get rolling with our unpacking, we had to go shop for them and get them here and installed. We ended up with 16 wardrobes and 20ish light fixtures. Yep, that’s alot of carrying and alot of installation! Ha! Anyhoo, I’ll get back to the house once I get ‘after’ pictures in the next few days.

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For now, I just wanted to fill you in on all the fun stuff that’s been happening! I’ll start by saying that we are absolutely loving it here. From the moment we made the decision to give this whole Germany a whirl, I prayed that I’d be able to write that sentence, at least at some point within our first year. So to be able to say it after less than two months is just such an awesome, awesome thing. But it’s true. We have always loved Europe and it’s still so true. We’re loving Stuttgart, we’re loving our new house, we’re loving the friends we’re making and the life we’re building. We came here committed to starting fresh, to learning new ways of doing things, to being open, to learning and experiencing and accepting, to saying yes…And that’s what we’re doing. And it makes me…full. And excited. And proud. We see each other growing, both individually and with each other. We are changing and we can feel it.

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Alright, enough with the mush- onto some pictures! We’ve yet to travel again since our trek to Sweden and Copenhagen, so all of our fun this month has been had right here in our own backyard. We’ve taken full advantage of living downtown- walking to dinner, exploring farmers markets, training to the suburbs…

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She prefers if we could all think of her as more of a Director of Unpacking...

She prefers if we could all think of her as more of a Director of Unpacking…

Found the International Movie theatre! Sunday Afternoon Girly Day with friends <3

Found the International Movie theatre! Sunday Afternoon Girly Day with friends ❤

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Training back into the city from our movie date…

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Day out of school means exploring new places with friends! Sensapolis is like the biggest indoor playground/children's museum/amusement park I've ever seen!

Day out of school means exploring new places with friends! Sensapolis is like the biggest indoor playground/children’s museum/amusement park I’ve ever seen!

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Because who doesn’t like wearing two tutus to dinner?

FaceTiming Cousins

FaceTiming Cousins

Meeting halfway across downtown (they live on the other side) for dinner...

Meeting halfway across downtown (they live on the other side) for dinner…

View from our dinner table one night...

View from our dinner table one night…

, we’ve been to two of the big fests since we got here. The first was Pumpkin Fest that you saw last week. The second was Volksfest, Stuttgart’s Oktoberfest. It’s considered THE festival of the year. And for good reason. It’s HUGE- picture the Texas State Fair combined with huge beer tents. Lots and lots of beer! It’s one giant party for a few weeks and has something for everyone. And before you fret: yes, we took the train so there’d be no issues whatsoever with us driving and yes, kids are welcome (have to be out of the tents by dark) 🙂 We had the best time!

Training with friends to Volksfest...

Training with friends to Volksfest…

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Still not sure how they call those ‘tents…’

Inside the Dinkelacker tent...That's a live band in the distance...

Inside the Dinkelacker tent…That’s a live band in the distance…

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She was determined to do the BIG swings. This mama was a nervous wreck. Our girl had a BLAST! Never stopped laughing!

She was determined to do the BIG swings. This mama was a nervous wreck. Our girl had a BLAST! Never stopped laughing!

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Dinner is served!

Volksfest from the top of the Ferris Wheel

Volksfest from the top of the Ferris Wheel

John celebrated his 33rd birthday last Saturday. All he wanted was a legit date night, gourmet burgers and beer…What baby wants, baby gets! Ha! It was lovely, though. Neve’s teacher, Ms. Rachel, came to the house to hang out with her so we could try an upscale burger spot called The Meatery- ’twas delish. We finished the night at a little jazz bar with gelato and cappuccinos 🙂 Saved cake for when we got home with our girl.

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My baking assistant for Daddy's cake <3

My baking assistant for Daddy’s cake ❤

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The weather here has actually been pretty darn good considering that the last time we were here this time of year, I had a get a SAD light! Ha! The leaves are gorgeous and other than some dreary days, the temperatures have been holding strong in the 40s and even 50s sometimes! No, not by bag, but it all goes back to that embracing it ALL that I was talking about 🙂

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We spent this last Saturday enjoying the warm sunshine…Just from our front door, we found 3 farmers markets, a flower market and a flea market. We also found a wonderful little brunch cafe.

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Look who is swinging all by herself now!

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Whew! Thanks for sticking that out with me- getting all caught up on a month’s worth of tidbits isn’t an easy feat! Ha! But now at least we’re all on the same page again and hopefully I can get my act together now and keep things moving along at a more steady pace! My next post I will try to get some good shots of the house now that it’s looking like a home. Past that, we’re just gearing up for an awesome holiday season. My parents and grandmother will be here in just a few weeks! EEEEKKK! I’m so pumped- we all are. So we’re in the planning stages now for lots of fun while they’re here during the absolute BEST time of the year ❤ *tingles*

And on that high note, I leave you with this…

let go

3 Responses to “Well, Hi There!”

  1. Georgia November 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM #

    Enjoyment as I look at pictures & read about Thomas Wonderings

  2. Eleanor October 26, 2015 at 8:12 PM #

    Love this blog and all the pictures. The house looks great (as I knew it would) with John’s knowledge of putting things together. Thanks for keeping us in the loop! Love you, El-

  3. Lori October 26, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

    Love reading your blog posts…sending big hugs your way ❤

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