Monday Mash-Up

28 Mar

By now, y’all know I love me a good hodgepodge of pictures and stories! Ha! No seriously- I think it’s important to share the normal, the day to day, the routine…The life we’re living here in Stuttgart between adventures. Heck, living here is an adventure in itself!

For starters, PROOF OF SPRING! Not only have they put water back in all the fountains, but we have buds on our tree and green leaves on the bushes around our house!

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So here is the remainder of our week, in pictures. We played tourist, tried a new restaurant or two, played on playgrounds…

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At the Brauhaus across the street from us…

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Always a highlight of our day ❤

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Just a typical walk to school 😉

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They made candles at school as part of their Easter celebrations. Then wrapped them to prevent drips and learned to light them and blow them out on their own.

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Ladies, this fella is single! 

And we finally made it to the famous Wilhelma Zoo here in Stuttgart…It’s HUGE and probably the prettiest zoo I’ve ever seen. So organized, so well-kept, so diverse…My favorite part was the botanicals- building after building, green space after green space of different enviroscapes, terrain and indigenous plants. I LOVED the warm weather houses- the rainforests, the deserts- obvs. What I didn’t love were the spaces allocated for the animals themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the zoo has a wonderful reputation for animal care and I saw no evidence that any were unhappy, but it just seemed to me that with all the land they have, it could’ve been put to better use where the animals were concerned. Less decorative landscapes, more animal spaces. So you’ll see that I wasn’t near as inspired to take pictures in those areas…

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My absolute favorite part of the entire zoo was the Azalea House. Yes, it’s a real thing. And no, it couldn’t have come at a better time. These last few weeks, despite all the fun we’ve been having and despite having one of my best friends here, have been a bit rough for me on the homesick front. I’ve really been missing home- the people, my town, the familiarity…I love spring in the Lowcountry of South Carolina- the days getting longer, the temps getting warmer, the tourists starting to arrive for the season, my hometown in bloom, the Flowertown Festival (where I’ve had a booth for the last 17 years), all of our birthdays…Being away right now is hard. Well, the day before we visited the zoo, I had a mini pity party with John about the matter. Then lo and behold, not even 24 hours later, I stepped into a balmy 80F ginormous glass house filled to the brim with Summerville. Every color and smell of azalea right there in front of my face. Even Neve immediately shouted, ‘It’s like home!’ The Universe knew, once again, what my soul needed and it provided. And I was thankful.

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One of my favorite pieces of artwork- it hangs in our entryway as a reminder always.

And before Uncle Andy had to leave us, we made sure to kick-off the Easter festivities because…eggs. 😉

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No Easter Bunny this year, so we had to make due with a giant LED egg in the mall below us 😉

Which brings me to Easter. This was definitely a different Easter than years past, and even with some awesome planning, it still didn’t work out the way we’d envisioned. We had plans for a giant, multi-family Easter Egg Hunt in one of the local parks. Everyone was bringing stuffed plastic eggs and food. Except last week, the plague struck (ie. the pukes) several of the families and before we knew it, we were down to just us and our neighbor besties. So we improvised and all worked out beautifully. Thanks again, Universe, for providing what we need. Our two girls ended up hunting for eggs on our own terrace followed by a lowkey lunch across the street. And during that lunch, we all realized that what we were missing was ‘tradition,’ so we made a last minute decision to cook a big meal and enjoy the day just as we would have at home- at home with family and fellowship and togetherness. Yes it was different, but it was soul food and we ended the day full.

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Checking out their loot 😉

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First egg she spotted was hidden under a bench. She went running for it and tripped about 2 feet before the bench. Had she hit two inches to the right, it would’ve been a metal corner rather than wood. Very lucky to only have a knot, a bloody spot and a cute bandage.

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The Easter Bunny came!! (Funny side note: John and I hate marshmallows. Neve loves them. We don’t know how or why. But we just knew she’d love Peeps, so we looked high and low for them. We were right. Yuck.

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And there’s our week! Told you we were busy! And yes, we’re missing Andy already. So I’ll leave you with my new absolute favorite picture of Neve and her Daddy, taken one night when nothing would do but stopping for a scoop of ice cream. ❤

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One Response to “Monday Mash-Up”

  1. Eleanor March 28, 2016 at 8:19 PM #

    Pictures are awesome. Yea for azaleas! Of all the great pictures, I have to say that the last one of John looking at Neve. A million thoughts have gone thru by head trying to imagine what was in his mind!!! Quite a picture!!!

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