Happy Birthday, Pauli!

There is just something about Germans and their “fests” that they take very seriously. And when they party…they party well! Of course most of you know that from my Oktoberfest survival. I mean…I’m almost 30 (eek!) and I can barely hang with the rest of them because now I think about the pain I will feel the next day. However, this particular party I let loose and had a great time…and paid for it the next day.

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It was the 60th Birthday Party of my father-in-law, Paul. Before I go any further, let me remind you quickly how birthdays work here in Germany. When it’s your birthday you are the one responsible to provide cake or breakfast to your colleagues. As well as host your own “kaffee und kuchen” at your home for your family and friends. Personally, I think thats CRAP. With a capital C-R-A-P.

Us American folks know how to get down on our birthdays! We order people around and expect that the world showers us with gifts and pays for all our drinks when we drink away our past years. Afterall, the best gift is that we were born into this world..so people should clearly thank the heavens for this amazing gift. I still can’t believe that my first birthday here in Germany I actually baked myself a cake and invited people over, German style. NEVER. AGAIN. Just….NO.

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In Germany when someone turns 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or 100…these are big years to celebrate. It was no different for my FIL (father-in-law). He planned a great birthday party in the party hall in his town. There was a lot of planning involved. From the invites, catering menu, decorations, table organization, and the events, he had planned it all perfectly. With a little help of course!

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His party was basically a concert. He’s big into music and belongs to three different bands. All three of them played a few songs each. All three bands were different from each other so it was a nice change up between each of them.

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Inbetween songs was of course dinner but also gifts were presented. Typically, at these parties a group of people say a funny poem, sing a song, or talk about the Birthday boy. At the end he is given a present that usually ties the whole skit together. Makes it a bit more fun!

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Approximately 130 people helped celebrate the 60th birthday of my beloved FIL. It was a great turnout and I think a really special time for him. Something he really deserved.

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I stayed and closed up shop with the last of the folks around 5am. I then woke up around 8:30am and cleaned up the mess that was leftover from the night before. And this of course…is the aftermath of no sleep. This 29 year old can NOT hang anymore. 🙂
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Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxo

Our Christmas Break In The US

We’ve made it back to Germany after spending 2 weeks in the US with family. It was INCREDIBLE! I don’t know what was so different this time but for some reason I was way more relaxed and not so stressed out. I was feeling like I had seen everyone enough and wasn’t rushing around trying to get things done like I usually am. I sort of just let it all happen the way it should. Maybe that is my queue to stop being such a organized snob and live a little bit more spontaneous like I used to do many moons ago!

Our trip was packed full of fun things! Even a surprise bridal shower for me!!! Naturally, I didn’t know about it so I didn’t bring the camera. Sadly, I don’t have many pictures to document it but I promise, it really happened!! It was great to have a few of my favorite people in one place. I felt like a princess!
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Christmas is for me the best when I am at home with my mom. I never want to have Christmas anywhere else. She just makes everything feel so homey and she’s the best gift giver!!

Christmas morning...or...afternoon actually!

Christmas morning…or…afternoon actually!

My stocking contents! Santa knows me well!

My stocking contents! Santa knows me well!

Tobes got Cape Cod Beer Tap Markers!

Tobes got Cape Cod Beer Tap Markers!

Hanging out in my penguin onesie!

Hanging out in my penguin onesie!

Entering nostalgia land, we went to see the Lights on the Lake (bunch of Christmas lights set up on a drive through portion of a park. Beautiful!) And it’s still as exciting as it was when I was a little girl.
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And mom got us all tickets to see DISNEY ON ICE!!!!! Freak out moment! I was so excited I wanted to curl up and cry! I used to LOVE going to see the Ice Capades when I was a little girl and I got to go again!

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We spent New Years at home drinking adult Rootbeer floats and playing monopoly which ended up being a great idea!
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And Toblerone got to hang out in the jacuzzi (just like home) and played soccer where the dude literally was smiling non-stop for 2 hours. Something I have never seen him do when he plays soccer in Germany. It was so sweet!
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All in all, we had a blast! We made a pact that we would fill each day with things to do no matter how minor and we did just that! I hope you all had a great Holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start 🙂

Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Valentine’s Day Aftermath

I do realize that posting about a holiday that has passed (5 days ago now as I’m writing this) is somewhat annoying especially to those that don’t particularly like that day (or run-on sentences) BUT I do feel it necessary to share with you anyways 🙂

I was up early at 5:45am for a busy day! While I was getting ready I heard Toblerone rumbling around downstairs which isn’t part of the every day routine. It’s usually something like he’s in the shower, I go downstairs to feed Harley and make Toblerone’s breakfast and lunch. Then Toblerone comes downstairs to take Harley out. Then that’s it! This all happens within 15 minutes or so. Today however was different. I go downstairs and find a tea and my FAVORITE breakfast (toast with egg) ready and waiting for me! *LOVE*

After breakfast I finished getting myself ready to go see the kids in the school again. I was SO excited for this. For some reason – when I see these kids, it absolutely makes my week so much better! Another reason why I should be a teacher…just need to get my butt back to school! Anywho, I did the usual with them. We talked about Valentine’s Day and how we celebrate it in the US, I passed around chocolate chip cookies for them to try (they aren’t popular here and certainly don’t taste like my family recipe!), then I had them make a Valentine for someone special.

After a few minutes they asked me to leave the room for a little bit and I was slightly confused. They guarded the door and when I was finally able to come back in they had for me a sweatshirt and mug signed by each of their names. Both items say, ” I *heart* Germany.” HOW DARLING! These kids are incredible! I mean, I’ve met with them now for the second time and this is how they thank me! Unbelievable! I’m starting to really question how children are raised in the US. These kids already learn at a young age to shower me with gifts?!?!?! SOLD!

So after I started to cry from the sweet gesture it was time to wrap up the class and head home. I had a VERY busy day ahead of me!

Harley helped me clean up the entire house and set up our V-Day Extravaganza for Toblerone. In the midst of the vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and the like I stopped to check my Facebook for a split second. That’s a lie….30 minutes maybe. I was doing my regular search through boring status updates and what not and I see that Toblerone posted something (which he NEVER does) with the caption “Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you!”

What was it do you ask?!?!?!…….. A TICKET HOME!!!!!!!!!!!! He posted my ticket itinerary and left it there for me to find! So as I sat there I tried to read the dates through blurry tear-filled eyes and figure out if that was real or not! I was FREAKING OUT and poor Harley is running back and forth looking for his toys to play with. He figured that I was happy so this was an opportune time to get some play time out of me!

Do I not have the most amazing boyfriend in the world?! Granted a giant sparkler for the ring finger would also be welcomed however this took the cake! So off I go for 10 days to great old US of A!

To finish the night I had a warm bath drawn with candles waiting upstairs for Toblerone. As soon as he got home he jumped in there, I put on a boy movie for him, handed him a whiskey, a little snack, and off I went to the Kitchen to make a special dinner! (Recipe comes later…DELISH!) I made linguine with a Dijon Cream Chicken with almonds, the cheddar biscuit just like the ones we love from Red Lobster, with chocolate covered frozen banana bits for after dinner 🙂 

I gave him a photobook of our year (I’ve done this for the past 3 years with him), a memory jar, and home-made cards from Harley and myself.

It was one of the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had…and I can’t wait to see what I get next year!!!! How does one top a ticket home?

Hope you all had a great day whether single or taken! Bon Voyage!

Until next time, Readers!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo