Saturday, March 27, 2010

March Showers

Today we hosted a shower in our home for two very dear friends and their sweet little ones.  We've attended church with these families for 4 years and soon both families will be moving on to their next adventure with the Air Force.  This shower was a wonderful time to celebrate the new babies, but also celebrate their time here in Germany and in our lives.  

The hostess and the guests of honor.  My friend Alex came over Friday afternoon and stayed over to help me get all the yummy goodies baked and ready.  Sarah was instrumental in helping me get the house all pretty.  Heather with little Titus and Melody with baby Jessica born on TUESDAY the 23rd!

We made scones, hummus with veggies, and fruit.  We also made 4 different kinds of Quiche.  My friend, Michelle, also brought 2 quiche over since the crowd was bigger than I anticipated!  I had about 30 ladies join us for the celebration!  What a GREAT time!  The quiche:  Quiche Lorraine, Brie and Parmesan, Spinach and Feta, Mexican, Sausage and Pepper, and Asparagus.  The Punch was an orange juice slush and it was FABULOUS!
   During the shower we played some games, shared some stories, and (OF COURSE) ate LOTS of yummy food.  Rob returned from taking the boys bowling and he, the boys, Alex, and I got all the dishes done, food put away, and living room returned to normal.  Alex went to go have dinner with a friend and drop Sarah off at her babysitting job on the way, the boys all kept themselves busy while I put my feet up and napped for 2 hours on the couch!  WHEW!  What a fun day!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring, now with steak

Happy 38th Birthday Rob!
After church we came home and made steaks on the grill with lots of other fixin's!  There was HOMEMADE Bearnaise sauce, broccoli and cauliflower with Hollandaise, baked potatoes, and for dessert home made apple pie and banana Meringue (with custard which I made from scratch - sorry, had to throw in that line from "Friends").  Our friend Alex is staying with us for a few more days before she separates from the Air Force and leaves for Texas.  She helped with all the cooking and cleaning to make Rob's party a success.   
Sarah tries the banana pie and it is a success!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick's Day

Our St. Patrick's Day is traditionally spent in the pubs.... but as the entertainment not the rowdy Irishmen drinking a Guinness (okay, so maybe we do drink an occasional Guinness and we aren't well known for our quiet, calm demeanor).  Sarah usually dances in 4 or 5 gigs every year and this year was no different.  We started the day on base at an Officer Spouses Luncheon, then moved onto 3 different local Irish Pubs in the afternoon and evening.  In between all that we found time for a lunch at Chili's to celebrate one of the Briggs' birthdays.
Enjoying a birthday lunch at Chili's for Abby (who is down on the end opening her presents) in between gigs.  Abby's birthday has been overshadowed the past couple of years due to having a couple of sisters in Irish dance, but her mom and dad to a good job of making sure she knows it is still her special day.  Noah was SO EXCITED about this lunch because he was allowed to have Coca-Cola (a luxury not usually permitted because we are usually out to dinner later in the evening).  See him holding up his glass?  Too funny.
The first pub Sarah danced in was the Blarney Stone in Landsthul.  Here are all the dancers able to make it to this show.

After the dancers perform they have a group dance.  Sarah pulled Alex out of the audience and had her dancing a jig or two (left).  Even during their break the girls were on the dance floor flitting around, being silly, dancing.  Sarah is pictured with her good friend, also named Sarah, dancing during their break (right).
Alex, Krissie, and Michelle in the Blarney Stone watching the dancers.  
The second pub we danced in was so small that the moms (and Alex) just stood outside while the kids went in to perform.  In between gigs we stopped at the van where Mrs. Briggs had some chocolate cheesecake waiting for the girls.  Okay, so it's not an Irish treat but it was just the pick me up they needed as their feet were beginning to ache and the day was feeling long.

After a cub scout pack meeting the boys joined us at the final performance at the Dubliner Irish Pub in Ramstein.  The boys are well-practiced dance brothers and found a corner in which to goof off and wait for their sister to be done.  I don't even think they clapped once.  At least they're in green!
Finally the night is almost over!  Waiting for the last dance the starving girls try to spoon in some extremely hot (but very tasty) Shepherd's pie.  It is a long (but very fun) afternoon of dancing.  The girls (and guys) all looked great and danced well.  Can't wait till next year!  It's days like these that make us so happy to have more time in Germany.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wounded Warrior Gig

Sarah's Irish Dance school performed at the wounded warrior center run by the USO on Landsthul Army Post. Volunteers (Dance parents) also made an Irish feast to serve the troops while an Irish rock-group and the kids performed.  Since we couldn't bring any siblings to the performance Mom wasn't able to get there until after 5 PM, therefore, the only picture we have to share is a great one of Sarah and her dance teacher, the beloved Ms. Mary.  It was a really great show, and GREAT food, and the band was awesome! We hope this gig becomes a permanent fixture in our March performances!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Base

The annual St. Patrick's Day parade on base takes place the Saturday before the actual holiday.  This year Mom was gone all weekend on a retreat with the ladies from church and Noah was at an all day merit badge event for boy scouts.  Daddy took Micah and Sarah to march in the parade.  Sarah with her Irish dance school and Micah with his cub scout pack.  After the parade there are some actives and an Irish dance show at the youth center.   
Sarah and Hannah before the parade - ready to march!
Micah leading the parade with fellow tiger scouts.

Daddy catches a jump on camera during the Irish dance performance at the youth center.
Daddy gets roped into the group dance... he's always such a great sport with his daughter's dancing!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Pizza Party and a Birthday

Tuesdays are the busiest day of the week for our family.  All 3 kids have different activities that coincide and always have us scrambling to get from one place to the next.  Today was especially busy because Micah's Tiger den had a field trip to the bank on base.  After the field trip we had a pizza/ice cream party in the food court with his den using the gift certificates we won at the Blue and Gold banquet (for the best decorated table).  The WHOLE family came to the pizza party to eat dinner, then afterwards Daddy and Micah went home to feed the dog while Mom, Sarah, and Noah hung out on base waiting for dance and boy scouts to start.  In between all the chaos and whirlwind of activities Sarah and Noah managed to take Mom out to Starbucks for a birthday coffee.
Mommy and Micah at the bank waiting for the field trip to start.
Micah's Tiger den enjoying their pizza party.
The ice cream portion of the party was Micah's favorite.

The older kids take Mom out for a birthday coffee.  Happy 37th birthday Mom!  mmmmmm, caramel......

Monday, March 8, 2010

passport and extensions

We have now been in Germany for 5 years - and that means we've had to renew our government passports.  This is especially important since our orders here in Germany have been extended another year.  Filling out the paperwork and getting those HORRIBLE passport photos taken, though, reminded me that even though 5 years has gone by SO FAST it really is 5 very different people renewing their passports.  To help illustrate this I'd like to share those photos.  Passports then and now.... from nearly 6 years ago when I got the kids first passports so we could fly over here to Germany and from this past Friday when we had the pictures taken again.  what a difference a half of a decade makes!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Life in Boy Scouts

Noah has started his Boy Scout career after crossing over last weekend.  Already he has camped, earned his first achievement, and participated in an all day merit badge event!  His troop is fantastic and he is having the time of his life and it's only been a week!
  Since Boy Scouting is more about him doing things on his own (rather than having his Dad always around) there was no one there (like Mom) to snap 1,000 pictures. I do, however, have something to document Noah's day at the dentist's.  Noah and his Grandpa (Rob's Dad) have been emailing back and forth a lot lately because Grandpa Murphy was also a Boy Scout and they share their experiences.  Below is a copy of a letter Noah sent his Grandpa (only taking time to eat a quick supper before running downstairs to send it out!  He was so excited to write about his day to his Grandpa).  I left EVERYTHING just the way Noah sent it (it adds to the charm because he is, after all, only 11 even though it seems like he grew up overnight!)

Dear Grandpa,

  I did the dentist merit badge.  It was very fun.  You already know that I'm 

home schooled.  Well because I'm home schooled I can get up later than 

most kids my age.  I usually get out of bed around 7:30 these days.  Today 

my Dad and my brother, Micah, got me out of bed at 7:00.  I ate my 

breakfast and brushed my teeth ( twice ) by about 7:00  I got into my 

uniform and fished my jacket out of my wardrobe (It snowed.....again? It has 

been snowing for a long time.  I wish it would stop.) by about 8:00 and left. 

    My dad dropped me of at the dental clinic.  Our troop was there, and a 

few others.  There was a lot of boys.  They handed out papers for us to sign 

out. One of them asked me if I was allergic to things I would have to use and 

if I had things like dyslexia and 

Asama and things like that.  On the bottom line

it asked "For Girls:are you pregnant?"  Some of the boys thought it was 

funny.  After that We split into 

groups of six.  Then we turned the slips in.  The first thing we did was 

practice drilling a fake tooth.  That was my favorite part.  We took turns 

doing parts of the process: putting the filling in a machine that shook it about 

40 shakes per sec, Drilling, and suctioning the leftover filling that was on the 

tray.  After that we went to another room.  Here we 

were apposed to make moth guards.  First she (a dentist) made a mix of a 

special plaster. She put it on a

special cup shaped like someone's mouth.  I had to put it in my mouth.  It was 

not apposed to have a flavor, but it kind of tasted like mint.  Then we either 

ate our sack lunch, or brought some money and 

walked across the street to the store. (I went to the store and bought a sub 

from Subway)Then we went 

back to the dental clinic to have about two to three lectures about cavities 

and fluoride.  Fun. That's about every thing I did at the dentistry merit 


    By the way: the other day we went to the commissary.  At the checkout 

lines we saw an old lady trying to

put her groceries on the conveyor.  My mom pointed her out.  She told me I 

could help her put her groceries 

on the conveyor.  And I did.  after me and the lady were done, she told me 

her back was stiff and she might

of not been able to do it without me.  She rewarded me with 1 dollar.  You 

may also notice I put a space 

in between each line.  I noticed how your E-mails are easier to read.  So I 

tried spacing it out also.


Rock on! ;)