Hope all is well out there. Brenna and I are working on slowly getting adjusted to our new time in Ohio. We continue to wake up early (but at least it isn't 4:30 anymore!). Brenna has been taking long naps in the afternoon - I'm sure her little body is trying to adjust as best as possible.
We went to the zoo on Saturday - Brenna really enjoyed that although I think her time spent with her cousin Mikayla was her favorite :-) The girls played well together - I think they were both exhausted by the end of the night. We had a quiet day on Sunday - just doing some gardening and stuff around my parent's house. We went to the park yesterday morning - they have a children's garden there - Brenna loved that and the slides and jungle gym that was close by.
Well, that is about it for now! Take Care!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
View from the 2nd Floor of the Eifel Tower
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Hope all is well out there. Brenna and I are slowly adjusting to our new time over here. We went shopping in the morning/afternoon yesterday - Brenna was a tired toddler - not so much fun in the store... She was ready to run around and get all her pent-up energy out so we after shopping and nap time yesterday we ran around my parents yard. Brenna loved the freedom of running in the yard and was very excited that mommy and gammy joined in :-)
We slept a little later this morning - we almost made it to 6 before waking up! Brenna has discovered pop-tarts and McDonald's here in the States already and loving them :-) Brenna isn't much of a breakfast eater normally, so for her to eat a whole pop-tart first thing is a big thing for her!! We did some more running in the yard this morning - we chased one of her small tennis balls around for a while until we lost it for the 3rd time in the bushes! Brenna and my mom picked flowers and did some other cleaning today - she is such a good helper (I'm sure our families won't want to give her back when it is time to leave!).
Well, that is it for today! Take Care!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Just thought I would let everyone that Brenna and I made it to the US yesterday with no issues. She was an angel on the plane for me (just normal impatience on the long flight - who could blame her!). We landed about 30 minutes early which I was very thankful for - I was getting more antsy than she was by that point! Our plane was an older one so it didn't have the individual headsets on the seats (so that you can pick your own movies) - thank goodness we brought the itouch - what a great little device!!! The only downside to it was we couldn't hear with just the speakers on it - the plane was really loud where we sat (we were the 3rd row from the back - but it made it easy to get Brenna in and out of the bathroom). After about an hour of use, the itouch gave us a battery warning (only 20% left...) - not sure why that happened as we had made sure it was fully charged before leaving. Thank goodness we bought the additional battery back-up :-) Brenna enjoyed her coloring books (especially all her new crayons and colored pencils), putting on her stickers, and changing activities frequently. I think we were well prepared - she fell asleep for about 1 1/2 hours on my lap so that helped take up some additional time. Her only "crying" was more of a whimper (thank goodness) - and that was just on waking up and on landing (and on landing only because she could hear someone's baby crying). I think all the kids did well on the plane - I only heard any crying about 30 minutes before landing for anyone - so other than the massive amount of turbulence we had in the air (some people even clapped when we finally landed - so happy to be on the ground) it was a very quiet flight. Brenna only managed to hit the call button for the flight attendant once and that was when we were getting situated in our seats.
We landed about 30 minutes early and it was the same time as a flight that came in from Paris so Customs was packed. Brenna did well waiting in line - she was tired and shy with anyone who talked to her, but she couldn't wait to get out of the airport and find Gammy and Papa. We had another mother and her son in line behind us (he was 5 and he kept us entertained and talking) who were also living in Germany (although for much longer - they have been there for 2 1/2 years). The downsides to Cincinnati airport was that you have to go through two baggage claims when you fly international (you have to claim before going through customs and then you have to send it on the "local" conveyor to claim again in Terminal 3) and you have to go through security again so that you can leave the airport (crazy - Brenna didn't have to take her shoes off in Frankfurt (where I was more prepared for that possibility) but she did in Cincinnati to just leave the airport!!). Brenna did great helping me pull the suitcases where I needed to and she loved riding on the escalators and moving sidewalks - we really moved through that airport to leave!!
Brenna also did great with the bathrooms all day yesterday. Her only complaint with the airplane was that the flushing was too loud on the toilet (it was pretty loud), but luckily there was a delay so we could just flush when we were leaving the bathroom. My parents got to experience her frequent stopping for the bathroom on the way to there house (we think she stopped to go 4 times, but she did go each time!). She likes to stop even more when she is tired (and who can blame her for wanting to get out of the car so she doesn't fall asleep). About 1 1/2 from my parent's house she fell asleep which is really good considering the amount of nap time she had (I think I was dragging more than she was - and I think she was in a more chipper mood too!). We woke up around 4:30 this morning, so adjusting to Ohio time will take some time, but I'm sure she will need a nap today.
Well, I think that about covers our journey yesterday! Take Care!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Hope all is well out there!! We had a quiet last day before our trip tomorrow. I worked on getting all my activities for Brenna put together - hopefully, I will have plenty to keep her entertained for the whole flight!
The weather warmed up for my last full day today - boy did it get hot in my apartment this afternoon. I won't be sad to leave the no air conditioning/no fan for the potential warm days here - but I think the heat has been good for my diet - I haven't really been too hungry.
Well, I'm going to keep my post short - the bugs are starting to invade on my bright monitor (it is the only light on and they are just drawn to it - yuck!
Take Care and see many of you soon!
Monday, July 20, 2009
My new notebook cover above - I've been dying to make this turkey - don't ask me why, I don't know - I just think he is really cute! I put it on my suede cloth that I have here - I think it turned out pretty nice.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Crowd above during the race - it was crazy! We had a person butt right into our group - I swear he leaned on me during the whole parade and while the race went on (the parade lasted about an hour, the race about 5 minutes!)... I don't think he though anything of it - he kept talking to us (in some language that I couldn't understand) and expecting us to understand him...
Friday, July 17, 2009
I had to post this picture above from yesterday - it was taken after my post - I love her cheesy smile (I will be able to make Brenna a book soon of all our self-portraits - good thing I have long arms, lol).
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Brenna before her visit to kindergarten this morning. The next three pictures were taken by Brenna with my camera (it was on a tripod and she pushed the button down - she loved it and I think her pictures were good/comical). She also did a pretty good getting pictures of my shirt that I made :-)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Hope all is well out there. Brenna and I had a pretty quiet day today. We had german class this morning and then stayed around the house. She loves when we dance together to any music in the house, so we did that quite a bit today. I finished my shirt that I started yesterday. Hopefully, I will get a picture posted soon (sorry my hair looks horrible today and no make-up = no pictures - I really want to show off my work, not make it look worse, lol). Our walk was cut short for the dog - so many bugs outside today, and just muggy.
Dustin is done with his travels for the week (I think). Hopefully, he won't have to work long hours in the office the next two days. Brenna and I have her visit to kindergarten tomorrow - I can't believe she will be going there when we are back from our trip. Brenna's last day with our german teacher will be on Monday - I know that she will miss her!!!
Well, I think that is about it for today. I need to get settled down and go to bed!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKAYLA!!!
Hope all is well out there. We had a pretty busy day today. I woke up early (since Dustin isn't here) and got busy on some project work. I finished my second towel for my sister (I haven't decided if I will post any pictures for her or make her wait until we are back in the US - hey, she has waited this long to get them...), decorated a small apron for my visit with some German friends today, and started a new project for a shirt I found on the internet (maybe there will be pictures tomorrow - I haven't decided yet... (wow, could I just make a decision already!!! lol).
We had lunch with our friends and then Brenna had a chance to play with Emma and all her neat toys. She loved this although it resulted in no nap and then an early bedtime.
Well, I'm exhausted from my busy day!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKAYLA!!!