Hope all is going well out there. We had a "fun" morning of chores and cleaning (I detest all the dog hair here - I have certainly asked myself why did I ever get a Golden Retriever - and then of course see how good he is with Brenna especially when she drags him all over the apartment...). Anyway, at least Brenna enjoys our cleaning - she loves helping with the dusting, sweeping (a.k.a - stealing my broom and taking back to her room), and especially cleaning the windows - that is her favorite. We also managed to get some laundry done (yeah- I'm finally caught up from our trip!)
Since I didn't post over the weekend, I forgot to put up that Dustin completed his first half-marathon over here. He ran the Heidelberg half-marathon on Sunday morning. I know that he was just glad to finish - he was very drained by the time he got home! Brenna and I had worked on laundry and scrapbooking on Sunday morning - it is amazing how far behind I am on that book! Where did my time go! She didn't quiet understand the difference between mommy's stickers and her stickers - who can blaim her (mine are pretty cool, lol)! Anyway, the Heidelberg race has a disclaimer on it that it is not a good race for beginners - the hills are especially brutal, but Dustin said the race was still packed - he had never seen so many runners (and the whole course had spectators).
I always feel bummed when I don't post a picture with my post - we will try to get something for tomorrow. Dustin has Friday off for a holiday - I'm really looking forward to the long weekend and the weather is supposed to be nice too :-) Dustin has to travel to England next week (bummer that he couldn't go after my mom was already here), but hopefully the days won't go to slow waiting for him to come home and my mom to get here.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Can you believe that there are only 2 more days of April left?? Where did the month go? The weather here has been really nice this month - which we have enjoyed with more walking. I am not enjoying the number of ticks in our area - this area is evidently extremely high with the buggers...How do you effectively check a fur covered dog for these things?? I checked him yesterday after our walk and didn't find any (and I am so paranoid I try to keep him away from all the high grass and bushes on our walks, but to no avail), but he had one today :-( We are really going to have to be diligent to check everyone each time we come in from our walk (something we were not used to in our old neighborhood of few trees and no bushes - what happened to my subburbia??(is that a word)). The birds and water are also sounds that we are getting used to - it almost seems like we are in the country when we are so much closer to the stores here - kind of crazy. We have a deer in our backyard that Brenna calls her Reindeer (can you tell she has been influenced by Dustin's Santa Claus addiction).
It was a rainy day here today - Brenna and I stayed inside and did yoga and just played inside.
Well, that is about it for today!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hope all is well out there. I looked at the dates and almost couldn't figure out how I missed posting yesterday - I'm sure it assisted in my confusion on which day of the week it was today, lol :-)
Brenna and I worked on housework today (why is it that I dread it and she seems to enjoy it - thanks for the clean-up song, Dora - if you want to hear what I am talking about find the Dora saves the Mermaid DVD, lol). It is not much fun sharing a washer after having your own (and I miss my dryer something terrible...), but some day we will be back to those "luxuries" again... I know that I am bound to miss my air conditioning this summer.
I must have burnt myself out on the camera after our trip - even I haven't felt like taking any pictures!! Maybe we will get out and get some tomorrow, it is amazing that I miss pictures on the blog when there aren't any...
Well, that is it for today!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We had another sun filled day here today (I know for anyone in the rain and cold how jealous you are!!). We took about an hour long walk this afternoon which was great since Dustin worked until after 8 - at least it made the afternoon not seem so long.
We had German class again this morning - it is going to seem weird to not have class on Thursday as usual...We have kinder group tomorrow so that should be fun for Brenna - hopefully I can get myself (and Brenna) moving on time (but not too early either - how do you find just the right balance??)... We went to the store twice today - it was a good time "killer" and being such a short walk - why not (although going when hungry didn't work out so great for my diet - especially since on the first trip we came home with cheese puffs!!).
I feel bad that there aren't any pictures so far this week, but I didn't want to put Brenna into picture overload (o.k., when isn't she on picture overload, but I thought a break might be good for both of us). Maybe tomorrow I will try to get some flower pictures for you all - they have some beautiful ones in the neighborhood right now... I wanted to get a picture of Brenna today in her overalls, but didn't push her on it, sorry (and she looked so cute too!!)
Well, that is it for today!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Hope all is well out there. It was a quiet day here today, but at least the weather was nice - it is supposed to be sunny here all week :-)
We worked on cleaning this morning and then had German class. Brenna loves helping with the cleaning - hope that keeps up and we can put her to work in the future, lol :-) We have German class again tomorrow, so at least my homework tonight is light. Brenna had lots of fun in the tub today - she loves playing that she is a mermaid and splashing around. We had Brenna's favorite scrambled pancakes tonight - we tried them with applesauce instead of oil - still yummy :-)
We had a nice walk this afternoon - it is amazing to see how green everything is getting here :-)
Well, that is it for today!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Hope everyone is doing great out there. We had a quiet day here today, it was somewhat rainy here today. Brenna and I made some white chocolate playdough this afternoon - she loved it - although very messy (got very sticky quickly when she played with it)!! At least it cleaned up easily.
I worked on uploading our trip pictures to shutterfly today - at least it is something you can start and step away from :-) Dustin said I should comment on the green apple juice in Venice. It was a little scary looking the first time, but it was green Granny Smith apple juice - it tasted pretty good and Brenna did like it. It was also amazing at the rest area in Italy that they had bottles of olive oil (like ketchup bottles in the US) to take to the tables (and they didn't have ketchup bottles!).
Tomorrow we celebrate Brenna's gotcha day... I'm going to let her decorate her own cake - can't wait to see the results on that one :-)
Well, take care!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
One of the Italians gave Brenna some corn so that the birds would land on her hand - she had 3 at one time!! If you have seen Just Married - the birds at San Marco square are a little nuts - they aren't shy at all and don't move when you get close!!
Not sure if she was dancing or playing her air guitar!!
Some of my favorite shots from Venice - gotta love Gondola parking. It was interesting to see them sign them out in the morning as well!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hope everyone out there had a great day today. Brenna and I had some fun with a lunch picnic in her room (she loved this and wanted to do supper there as well) and also colored some Easter eggs. Brenna thought the eggs were much too hot, so it wasn't as interesting to her as the set up, but oh well.
We leave for Venice on Friday (our trip will include Venice, Florence, and Pisa) - hopefully we will have a great time. They are calling for rain most of the days we are traveling, but what can you do. Hopefully, it won't be constant. At least I have most of the memory sticks for the cameras cleaned off. Just have one stick to do tomorrow and the packing...
Well, I am off to relax for the evening. Dustin is out playing volleyball with our landlord.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It was another really nice day here in Germany today. We managed to take the dog out for a nice long walk this afternoon. Brenna didn't sleep well last night so we didn't have much of a morning - we were both too tired to do much, lol.
Happy birthday to my niece Alexis today - hope you have a great day (and hopefully you got our birthday wish song!)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Hope everyone out there had a great day. The weather continues to be beautiful here - Brenna loves just hanging out on the balcony :-) Brenna took a run with Dustin today in her stroller.
Not too much else going on - just enjoying the nice weather. I found that I could walk to the local store today and get my needed groceries and get back to the apartment in about 8 minutes today. I ran out while Dustin was playing with Brenna and the pizza was in the oven. I made it back in plenty of time to take the pizza out of the oven, lol!
Happy birthday wishes go out to my Grandma Heath today - hope you had a great day!