Settling Back In To America

It’s been a minute since I actually found some time to sit down and write. Toblerone and I have been slowly re-acclimating to all things American and the process has been fun so far!

We no longer are in the company apartment (THANK THE LAWD!), purchased a new home, and moved in! Everything happened so fast – literally 2 weeks time. Check out our new digs:



The neighborhood we are in looks like Wisteria Lane (for you Desperate Housewives fans).  The people wave and are friendly and our direct neighbors are just incredible. It makes the world of difference to just feel like we would have someone to help us if something was wrong. In Germany, the neighbors wouldn’t even return a “Good Morning” until after 3 years! It was crazy.

I’ve already stored our Thanksgiving turkey in someone’s freezer while we waited for our fridge to arrive, and another one brought over her carbon monoxide detector after she learned we were having potential issues with our fireplace. We also got a quick visit and a bottle of wine on Thanksgiving from our other neighbors. I mean, where am I? Oh yeah…America! 🙂 But seriously, Michiganians (say that ten times fast!) are reallllllllllly nice people. We got so lucky!

I worked frantically to get two of the guest bedrooms finished for our very special guests (THE PARENTS!) I learned I forgot how to paint on walls here in the US so that took me a little bit longer than I expected! But they are mostly done. Need a few more things like end tables for one room and more pictures for both, etc. But we are ready for unexpected and expected guests alike!




Thanksgiving was great! My parents and Toblerone’s mom came to visit us and we had a small yet very festive Turkey Day! It was so fun to host my first Thanksgiving here in the states in our new home. I wish the entire family could have been with us but some year we will host everyone. This was definitely a scale down from doing it in Germany for 15+ people!


We went to a Christmas tree farm with my parents in search of the perfect tree. As you know, previously, my experience with Christmas trees wasn’t exactly easy for me to adjust to! At the farm we went to we didn’t bring any cameras, just our memories and it was the greatest memory I’ve had in a long time!

We put the tree together and it was really wonderful to have our parents here to be apart of the first Xmas in Michigan.


Harley is adjusting and after going through a little bit of Reactivity (Fear Aggression) from being in a completely new place, he is finally starting to be more like himself.  We are all adjusting just fine and although we miss parts of Germany, I think we are happy where we are in this moment. We are where we are supposed to be. Which reminds me of my favorite quote from Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata”

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

The universe is unfolding as it should…profound if you can just believe it and let it.

Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo




30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 24

Day 24- A letter to your parents

Dear Mom & Tom, Dear Dad & Helen,

I was going to write to you a very heart-felt letter however, I’m saving that for another special day – and I would prefer that you get to read it without the public reading it first!

So! I’m currently here on vacation with Toblerone in the middle of the alps! It’s super nice and for once the weather has kept it’s promise of sun and no rain! It’s been in the 90’s here! Nothing compared to what you guys are getting I’m sure!

I’m sitting here with an overly stuffed belly on my balcony looking straight into the mountains. They look almost pink colored due to the sunset. In these moments I am homesick. Its in these moments I want to share the memory with you! It makes it difficult, but at the same time… I’m happier now than I have been in years before so it’s bittersweet!

I can’t wait to show you all the pictures and fun things we’ve been up to here! Busy busy bee! I’ve been swimming like crazy and have a hard time being told I should get out. The raisin fingers don’t scare me. Some things never change, huh? There’s just something about the water!

Toblerone is ready to head to a bar for an hour or so then it’s to bed early! Big day tomorrow full of massages, swimming(again), famous castle, and musicals on ice. It’s my birthday celebration day tomorrow – a girl’s dream! Castles and musical icecapades!!!

Can’t believe I’m going to be 27 on Monday! Finally catching up to you guys!! 😉

Love you and miss you more than words can say!!!!


To the readers…. You should write letters to your parents.. An email or a snail mail letter is good too. Everyone likes to get mail other than junk mail!!

Until next time, Readers!!! Xoxoxoxo