Saturday, November 26, 2011

Weihnachtsmarkt auf Burggelände

Christmas Market at the Lichtenburg castle 9about 15 minutes from our house).  It had a medieval theme and we were there for some of the performances.  Though it was very small, there was some cute, unique items and we went with a large group of our friends which makes everything more fun.  They had some really yummy pizzas there, too, that I've never seen sold elsewhere.
these dancers performed withe the gentlemen playing instruments - they were rockin' out, too. It was entertaining
the yummy pizza things

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful for

The past few years we have spent Thanksgivings with our friends, the Briggs Family.  This year was especially meaningful knowing that next year we will be living an ocean apart from these dear people.  Our kids are like an extension of each others family.  I didn't get a whole lot of photos because we were busy eating all the delicious food Michelle and I cooked up, the kids were busy playing games and hanging out, and Eric and Rob were happily watching football.  Love this family!

Monday, November 21, 2011

when in Rome..... I mean, Milan

Sarah took LOTS of pictures, we borrowed the camera of a mom who went down there, AND she paid to get the official photographs so that mom could have a blog post even though I wasn't able to go along this time.  The first few pictures are getting ready in the hotel room - then goofing around with friends during the competition - Sarah dancing (and Placing first!) - and then sight seeing around Milan (and, of course, eating gelatto)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

a GRAND goodbye

The boys' piano recital at Burg Lichtenburg is probably their last time getting play this beautiful Steinway at the castle.  They certainly will miss that piano, Noah most of all.   

  Here are videos from their performance.  Noah's is quite long.  get some coffee first.  thanks for watching!

Friday, November 11, 2011

make a wish (11:11 on 11/11/11)

We had 4 boys spend the night on Thursday night  - while playing nerf wars outside Friday morning I caught a picture of them at 11:11 AM on 11/11/11.
Sarah had 4 friends (2 sets of sisters) spend the night on Friday night...
.....and at 11:11 PM on 11/11/11 they made wishes and toasted to their wishes with sparking grape juice.... because, well, why not?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

and off to a feis

We took off for Holland this weekend for a feis.  We traveled up with the Briggs girls (even Hannah came though she wasn't competing so she could hang out and offer support).  Mary wanted Sarah to compete at the Championship level at least once before the big competition later this month in Milan.  It was wise advice because Sarah was scared to death to dance her set dance for the first time.  She placed high in all her intermediate level dances and last in the championship level, which is what we expected, but the experience was good.  She had fun participating in teams and a great time hanging out with her dance friends.
Sarah and her 2-hand partner, Leisha
The 4-hand team: Caitlyn, Sarah, Olivia, and Leisha
Sarah placing first in an Intermediate dance.
Sarah placing 5th (out of 5) in the Championship level
a great shot of the two 4-hand teams on stage.  They placed 1st and 2nd. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Time for Trails

My first blog post since the computer crash stole all our pictures.... starting somewhere.
    I have a few events waiting in the wings that need to be posted to update the blog, but, for today, I'm making time for trails.
 Every morning Phantom and I run (he ALWAYS runs, sometimes I just walk) on a trail close to our house.  It is just under a 7 mile loop out my front door and heads up past the next village.  Every morning, in every season, I am in awe of the beauty of this path.  Today I made the kids come back out with me in the afternoon light to snap some pictures before all the leaves are gone so that I can remember - so they can know - why saying goodbye to this trail will be one of the hardest things about leaving Germany.
The paved path heads along an old railway line down through a forest.
After about 2 miles the path continues on, but Phantom and I cut to the right through farmer's fields and a trail their tractors have cut through the woods to connect their land.  We head up a hill along the fields and our turn-around point is on top of the hill (seen in the picture above) by a big 'ole dead tree.  We call it the "dead tree path".
 of course I am still having the same silly "unable-to-rotate-photos" problem with blogger... but this is a sign in the woods heading back to the path.
the tractor trail through the forest.  Phantom can run without a leash through here and has probably "makred" every single tree along the mile and a half stretch.

Heading back to the bike trail I snapped some pictures of the kids, because they're JUST as gorgeous as the scenery - don't you agree?

heading back to our village we meet up with the bike-path again and this quaint bridge that over looks some fields where I often see fox, deer, quail, cranes, and, yes, cows.

Noah points out some cranes in the field.

Home again - these last 2 photos were taken from our upstairs balcony.  The top is looking left and the bottom is looking right.  We will forever miss this view....
 thanks for coming!