Family is here!

28 07 2012

Tobi, Mom, Jeff and Dad on the way home from the airport

My parents, my uncle Jeff and cousin Liz are finally here! They arrived early on Thursday morning and they were lucky to have 2 wonderful summer days with lots of sunshine for their first impression of Germany!

Now it’s back to rain for the weekend, which actually works pretty well because we were able to do lots of touristy stuff the past two days, and now we can work on folding wedding programs à la assembly line!

It’s nice having them here and showing them where I live! Jon, Jaimie and Abby arrive on Monday so then everyone who’s coming will be here! Should be fun.

(… WE GET MARRIED ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!! Starting to get nervous/excited!)

Happy weekend to you all!


7 months going on 17

21 05 2012

Look at this little red-headed cutie who’s sitting up all on her own now!

My niece Abigail is 7 months old now, and I got to Skype with her last week. (Well…mostly my sister-in-law, because Abby doesn’t say much yet.)

Gosh, they grow so fast! I can’t wait to see her in July when they come for the wedding!

Oberlandesgericht and a Leap Day Baby!

2 03 2012

I’m back!

Sorry for the silence this week. I have really missed writing here on my blog and am glad to be back!  This week there was just too much going on to update. Things were busy with work and then traveling for the funeral. I’m so glad I was able to be with the family, and though the circumstances were not really happy ones, it was nice to see everyone again. And as Tobias said, sometimes the more solemn celebrations knit family and friends closer together in a way that happier celebrations don’t necessarily do.

Well, it’s finally the weekend and things are a little bit back to normal. And we got some happy news from good friends of ours, Matthias and Ariane – their baby Émile was born on Leap Day! I can’t wait to meet him this weekend! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!

Wedding paperwork update

We got a letter from the court that our documents had arrived and I had to go pay the 50€ fee so that they could send it back to the Standesamt. They should receive it in about a week and then we can finally go in and set a date for the courthouse part of our wedding.

I had to go to two very big, impressive courthouse buildings at Sievekingplatz.  This one to pay the fee:

And to this second one to show the receipt so they could go ahead and send the documents to the Standesamt:


On life and death and everything in between

25 02 2012

We got news on Thursday evening that Tobi’s Oma had died. It’s sad news, although the family is really comforted in the fact that she died peacefully in her sleep, at the ripe old age of 100. It’s pretty amazing that she made it that long and was really quite fit all the way up until the end.

She saw a lot of things in her life – lived through both world wars, worked hard to provide for her children, and was a really wonderful grandmother.

This picture was from her 100th birthday celebration last August. She sure didn’t look that old in this picture, right!?

I’m sad that she’s gone. Tobias and I would have so loved for her to be around for our wedding. Or for our first child, who if it is a girl, we want to name after her. (We so wish we could have told our plans for that before she died. She would have been so honored and glad about that.) She was really such an incredible woman and I liked her a lot. I’m glad that I got the chance to meet her several times.

Rest in peace, Oma. You’ll be greatly missed.

Tobias and I are going to Fellbach, her hometown (near Stuttgart), to the funeral on Wednesday. It’s always good to be with family at times like this.

It’s hard to know what to say, really. Just that life is so precious, and it’s sad when it’s over.



1981 Wedding

9 02 2012

My parents got married in March 1981.

They had big hair and big glasses, as was the style back then. My dad wore an all-white tuxedo (with tails!), and my mom a lace dress with a hoop skirt underneath. They sat on big wicker peacock chairs at their reception like this:

I remember sitting on one of them as a kid…I think we had one in our house for a short while.

Fast forward to 2011

When we were home for Christmas this year, right after our engagement, Mom decided to pull out her wedding dress from the attic for me to try on. The gown had been preserved and had not been pulled out of the box for 30 years. So when we opened the first layer of the box and the dress looked blue, we were quite surprised!

But it was just the plastic cover that was blue though, not the dress.  Whew!

I never really imagined one day trying on my mother’s wedding dress, but it was so much fun! I am most definitely not wearing it at my wedding, but it was fun and we really had a lot of laughs. It is a pretty dress, and definitely a lot less crazy without the hoop, but it was really quite itchy with all that lace! Mom and I are both sure it has the potential to come back in style, but perhaps not until the next generation is ready to get married.

Despite its itchiness, I thought the lace detail on the top was really quite pretty! Perhaps if the dress were altered to get rid of the sleeves, it could be kind of pretty in an almost vintage sort of way!

And she even pulled out the bouquet she had for me to hold. It was made with silk flowers, and it has been sitting in their breakfront all these years!  It has yellowed a bit…. But look at that! It was such a nice mother-daughter moment.




3 02 2012

My love sent me this sweet video of a snoring dormouse:

It reminds me of my niece!

Poor thing was in the hospital this week after an episode of stopping breathing. She has reflux and that is apparently one of the (scary!) side effects. They kept her for a few days (and nights) and monitored her and did a bunch of tests, but it seems to just be the reflux. Hopefully that won’t happen again! It sure is a scary thing for the parents and the rest of the family. Poor babe! Glad she is doing better and that she is happy and home again.



Merry Christmas 2011

27 12 2011

Christmas with the family was so great this year. We had a big breakfast (including cinnamon rolls and orange rolls! yum!) and opened presents together. My aunt, uncle and cousins had to leave in the afternoon, so we just had the evening together to relax and play some card games together.

This one definitely stole the show, though! And rightfully so! Just look at this cutie in her My 1st Christmas pajamas!

It’s been so wonderful holding Abby and watching her. She’s so adorable! This morning I got to snuggle with her for quite a while after I got up, while she slept in my arms. I really treasure these moments!

Hope you all had a relaxing, wonderful Christmas too, however you happened to celebrate this year. I can’t believe it’s over already!


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