The Bread Lady Exists!!!!!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The Bread Lady Exists!!!!!
We actually got 2 boxes of presents. One containing 5 bottles of a selection of KC BBQ sauces and Vienna Sausages! Phillip squealed when we saw the Vienna Sausages. I wanted to open the Cow Town sauce and stick my finger in, but Phillip wouldn't let me. SO EXCITED!!
The other box contained more presents, mostly consisting of food from Bob and Amber and socks from my parents. Well, we forgot to put the socks away, leaving them instead out on a chair in the living room. Clara had a great time the next day playing in our socks! Though she didn't try to get any of the food sitting on the kitchen table.
THANK YOU FOR OUR PRESENTS!!!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Doesn't Phillip look nice! And look, he is now up to 3 medals on his uniform with his recent Meritorious Service Medal just being added.
I also got to go, so I got all spiffied up too. Thank goodness we checked the mail today because the jacket I am wearing (which I actually ordered for Bob's wedding) came in today!
Here we are at the end of the evening. We had Prime Rib for dinner, but it did not even come close to what we are used to from Kansas. Unfortunately, no one from Phillip's squadron won the awards. But one of my substitute teacher friends did win Volunteer of the Year, so that was pretty cool.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Yours truly ran the child race numerous times, taking first and third places! I still have my trophies!! And of course one of the best parts of winning is riding on a float during the parade.
This year we are actually closer to Olney, England!! It is only 1 hour north of London. We couldn't make it to Pancake Day this year, but we hope to next year. Wouldn't that be cool, to say we've actually been to Pancake Day in both Liberal and Olney!!
Pancake Day, 1968.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It's Fasctnacht here in Germany, aka Carnival! The festival started on Thursday where the women of the town storm the courthouse and demand the key to the city. The women are then in charge, and can cut off any men's ties if they see them wearing one. Children are also allowed to stop cars in the street and demand candy. All kinds of partying takes place culminating with a big parade on Rose Monday.
It has actually been pretty quiet here in our town, but Bitburg and Trier have been busy throwing their parties. We'll be going to some of the parades on Monday! We think this band was just trying to get in some practice time before the big day. They were so cute!! Mind you, it was only about 20 degrees outside!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Please...will you please make me a peanut butter Kong?!" The picture obviously does not show all the nudging and sitting and begging that went on (but it does show my dirty floors, just ignore that; we've been having very long OM practices this week)!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
And then we found our little house, and here is our heating system! :)
Our heating system is a lot different from most other Germans. We have what you can consider a heat pump, which essentially sucks the warmness out of the air and pumps it into the house (through radiant floor heating, which I love!). It's new technology that initially is much more expensive to install than regular heating, but over the long run saves you a ton of money!
Here's the funny thing. We live in a very small city, so everyone is always noticing what is going on with everyone else. Thus, the little Germans are wondering if we are staying warm or not! :) Within the last week 2 Germans asked Phillip while he was out with Clara how our heating system was doing! They are all very interested, especially since this system will likely save us a ton of money! About a month ago we had our landlord check our usage and compare it to what we are paying monthly and so far it looks like we are paying in more than what we are using!!
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The day that we adopted her.
Picture from the just the other day where Phillip wrapped her in his sweatshirt before heading to work. She loved it and didn't move for most the day!
Happy girl! I think she's also pretty happy that we adopted her.
She didn't do too much today. Got to play with her puppy friend Gabby, a little yellow lab who used to be smaller than her, but over the winter has now passed her in size. She just loves Gabby, but hadn't seen her since the start of winter. She also got to go for a car ride. Pretty good day for her!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Funny story though, I was talking to one of the German locals who works at the Shopette on base, asking if their kids are also out of school. Her response, "Psssh, they rarely ever get out!" Haha! And its true, we see the little kids walking to school through the snow each day.
The view out the back of our house. Pretty non the less.
Phillip spending his day reading. We're pretty sick of the t.v already. Cabin fever is really starting to set in!
Clara playing in the snow! She just loves to bound through it. She's been pretty spoiled too having us at home so many days this last week!
Her little bunny feet as she jumps our retaining wall, haha!! The snow on the wall pretty much tells you how much accumulation we've gotten. Unfortunately, Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow today, so I guess we have 6 more weeks of winter to go! Did you know though that the tradition held on Feb. 2 is German, which is the Christian holiday of Candlemas?!