Happy Fourth

4 07 2012

Today I dressed up in red, white and blue and wore my Maryland necklace to show pride for my home country (and state!). As I think about my [church] wedding just one month from today (!!!!), I am a little bit more introspective about this year’s Independence Day. Of course no one knows exactly what the future may hold, but I am faced with the decision that I have made, that I am making, that Germany is the place where I will be setting up residence for the long haul. We may decide to live in the States at some point, for a few years, but I think Germany will be the place we’ll keep coming back to.

Germany has changed me in many ways, of course. I think I certainly would have been a bit different had I stayed in the States. Not bad, but…different. But I will always cherish my American upbringing. That feeling of independence that we so celebrate today, that pride for our country and for our nation and the values it stands for. A lot of people ask me if I’ll get “my German citizenship” when I get married, which is not really such an obvious assumption. As far as I know, the only way for me to get a German passport is to give up my American nationality, and there is no way in hell I would do such a thing. (Sorry, Germany. It’s not you, it’s me.)

Of course America is not perfect, and neither is Germany. There are good things and bad things about both countries, and I would be happy living in either one! But luckily Germany feels enough like home to me that I feel well here.

I think most of the reason I feel so at home here because I’ve got a man who loves and appreciates me for who I am, who takes cultural differences in stride and has never once made me feel bad for being an American. (Although he does joke lightheartedly about the fact that I like to eat cereal as a meal…)

And my guy really made today special. I came in to get dressed after my shower this morning and Tobias, still in bed, immediately started whistling the Star-Spangled Banner. Made me laugh. And then he wished me a happy Fourth as I was leaving for work. For lunch, he crafted this beautiful yogurt and fruit snack, but not before putting on a YouTube recording of the US national anthem to accompany as background music. (The anthem generally puts tears to my eyes, but today even more because of Tobias’s sweet soul!) And then he pulled out the yogurt and presented me with this very patriotic dessert.

So thank you, my love, for making me feel special today and for bringing a little bit of America to my Fourth of July here in Germany.

Now I’ll just have to go watch some fireworks (online!) to finish off a perfect Independence Day…not quite like the real thing, but Fourth of July without fireworks is a bit like Christmas without a Christmas tree. Happy Fourth!


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.


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!


In the good old US of A

2 07 2011

It’s been so great being back with my family in the States.  I’ve gotten to see several friends as well.

So far I have experienced…

  • DC with Jon & Jaimie, then with Peter, Sarah and Caitlin and some other friends
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, and Chipotle
  • Baltimore with Laura
  • lunch with my Gram & Jaimie
  • family dinners at home
  • lots of shopping!
And I’ve been taking tons of photos.  Like this one above that says “We ❤ our tourist” which made me laugh because that makes it sound like DC only has one tourist.
Ahh, America.  It’s good to be back for a visit.
Posting will likely be sparse until I return.  There’s just so much to do and experience, and I want to take it all in.

One month from now…

4 06 2011

It’s crazy to think that one month from now, it’ll be July 4th…and I’ll be at home in the States with my family…

Tobias will be in NYC, doing some awesome photo shoots.

It will be 5 days until Jon & Jaimie’s wedding.  (!!!)

I hopefully will have found a perfect pair of shoes for the aforementioned wedding by then.  They have to be white, and will be worn with this bridesmaid dress, which is awesome because it has pockets!

And we’ll be celebrating 4th of July with the family, and hopefully going to see the fireworks.  That’s my favorite.  And hopefully eating some barbecued ribs, because I’ve been craving that for about 3 weeks now, and isn’t that just the perfect thing for 4th of July?

I’m getting excited!  Exactly 3 weeks (21 days) before we leave.  Crazy.


Still in Transit

2 08 2010

T and I are still on our way to Hamburg as you read this.  I have scheduled this post for your enjoyment while I’m away.

Last week on vacation, we ate out one night at a crab house called Bahama Mama’s.  They had neon decorations, and among them were these bright orange crab silhouettes painted on the window.  I took a picture of our whole family in front of it.

So of course I had to put it all together in an animated gif.  Hopefully it’s not too fast and won’t trigger anyone’s seizures.  😉

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Good times in Ocean City

31 07 2010

We just got back home today from vacation.  As is always the case with vacations, the week went by too quickly!  I would have loved to spend one more week there with everyone.  But we did a lot during our one week, and we enjoyed it to the fullest.  It was  really nice to hang out with my family, and even nicer because Tobias got to join us there this year.

My family has been going to Ocean City, Maryland, ever since I was 2 years old.  It’s a familiar place for me, but still just as exciting every year.  I love the beach.  We spent a lot of time out there this week.  And guess what?  I didn’t get sunburned at all this year!  If you know how fair-skinned I am, you know that’s quite an accomplishment.

Here’s a day-to-day summary with a few photos, if you’re interested.  Don’t be too jealous!

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