Wednesday, June 26, 2013


One of the things topping our "moving out of Germany will be OK" was a concert happening at Summerfest just days after our scheduled arrival to Wisconsin.  So, after arriving in LaCrosse and a whirlwind 3 days of buying cell-phones, settling in to the grandparents house, we headed to the east side of the state to stay with my best friend from High School, Cathi, and her family.  Sarah's boyfriend flew up from OKC to attend the concert with us.   Sharing Summerfest with the kids was a good experience, especially so soon after arriving in Wisconsin.  Having grown up near Milwaukee, Rob and I attended Summerfest every year.  We went with friends and then later, once we were an item together.  It's what you do around the 4th of July in Wisconsin.  We hadn't been back in 16 years since moving away and walking down the midway so much had changed, but so much was exactly the same.  It was fun to share stories with the kids about my crazy youth and retelling stories that Rob had relayed to me about his escapades - usually with his best friend, Kraig.  

I don't know if you know this or not - but I'm kind of a fan of The Avett Brothers.  Really?  You're surprised?  anyway, getting to see them was so amazing and they put on a great, great show - despite their set being interrupted by the fireworks show.  The other act, the Violent Femmes, was really a cool thing to get to share with the kids!  One of my favorite bands and records of all time (if you're anywhere over 36 years old and don't claim the same then you're just wrong) my kids grew up knowing these songs.  IT was truly fun to get to attend this show.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


"Well, it's been a pretty rough couple of years
but I think things will change for us
and I always will put you before me
unless, of course, it's dangerous....
Standing with you, Standing with you
I might miss the rhythm but I'm catching the tune
And that's something for me, Yeah that's something for me"
                                                                                                         (Avett Bros., "Standing With You")
the coulee region - LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

headed north

"Load the car and write the note
Grab your bag and grab your coat
Tell the ones that need to know
We are headed north
One foot in and one foot back
But it don't pay to live like that
So I cut the ties and I jumped the tracks
For never to return"
(Avett Bros., I and Love and You) 

leaving Virginia this morning, headed to our new home with a brief stopover first......
a too short overnight visit with our friends the Crandall's in Indiana on our way to Wisconsin

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

boots on the ground

"Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.
I will get by, I will get by, I will get by, I will survive."
(Grateful Dead, Touch of Grey)

   We arrived - into the loving arms of friends waiting for us.  We spent a couple days in Virginia adjusting to the time difference, visiting with our east coast friends and gearing up for the drive north.

Look what Phantom and I found this morning! He handled the flight like a champ and, so far, thinks maybe America isn't so bad

Monday, June 17, 2013

last run on my trail this morning, I believe that is what I'll miss the most. so, tschuss, Deutschland...........

"and instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know

You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round" 
- (the Flaming Lips, "do you realize")

Sunday, June 16, 2013

these numbered days

as we say all our goodbyes and savour all our lasts, these are the lyrics running through my head.....

"We'll have the days we break,
And we'll have the scars to prove it,
We'll have the bonds that we save,
But we'll have the heart not to lose it.
For all of the times we've stopped,
For all of the things I'm not.
We put one foot in front of the other,
We move like we ain't got no other,
We go when we go,
We're marching on.
There's so many wars we fought,
There's so many things we're not,
But with what we have,
I promise you that,
We're marching on"
- (One Republic)

a few shots from the "last" and goodbyes during our final week in Germany.
 on one of the last days of school, Micah's class walked to Burger King for a lunch field trip - in the back is Mr. Buckley, 4th grade.
 During Sarah's last dance class on a Monday night, the little girls she teaches tackle her with goodbye hugs and love.
Michelle and I MADE time (which wasn't easy to find) for one last nice day at the Azur pool.  It was a gorgeous day and the kids had a great time.
 Passing through Germany (from Englad) on their way to Switzerland, the Schulte's stopped by our TLF room on base a couple days before our flight and said Hi and goodbye.

All the kidlets piled on our hotel bed the night before the flight.  Saying goodbye to these littles is about the hardest thing since we have been a DAILY part of one anthers lives for 7 years.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

the last note

my boys have loved playing on this Steinway for most of their piano recitals.  It is located on the top floor in a castle.  The sound is amazing and the setting unbelievable.  We have loved living close to Burg Lichtneburg and are so sad to say goodbye to this beautiful place.

(left) their piano teacher, Miriam Schmitt.  (below) the whole class and saying goodbye to the castle.

Friday, June 7, 2013

besties in Paris

 Yesterday was the day I graduated from high school. It wasn't as big of a deal as I had originally thought it would be, but it was a necessary step into adulthood. Seeing as we were in transition mode to TLF, my mom was not able to throw me any sort of graduation party. Instead, my best friend Hannah took me to Paris for the day. We went on a USO tour, so it was doing basically toured all stereotypical Paris sites in one day. It sounds impossible, but we did it. 

We got harassed by gypsies, ate snails, watched street performers, chased pigeons, and took a LOT of pictures. I am so happy I got to have this one last big trip in Europe before braving the world of college. 

High School GRADUATION!!!

 Sarah graduated during a ceremony with Ramstein High School held in the giant FCK stadium (which stands foFußball club, Kaiserslautern) downtown.  Most of her credits were homeschool credits, but since she finished out her high school career with the Dodds school, they allowed her to walk the ceremonty with the graduating class.  about a month before the ceremony each senior was required to write 40 words out on a form, then, as they crossed the stage, shaking hands with the asst. principals and principal, their paragraph was read aloud.  Sarah stuggled with hers, but finally settled on something along the lines of this:
 "Wait, I only get 40 word to thank all the people I love and who mean the most to me?  And that was already like 15 words, Wow, I better get started - ok, here I go, I would like to thank........"
  It was PERFECT!

(Left, Sarah and her mentor, Beth)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Crossover ceremony

As the school year ends the Cub Scouts "cross over" to their new rank for the next year.  In WEBLOS you step from WEB 1's to WEB 2's, becoming the leaders of the pack and entering your last year of cub scouting.
 (left) Micah and his den before the ceremony

 Evan and Gunner, Micah's 2 best buddies from the den.
 Micah crosses the bridge and is officially a WEBLO 2, since there is really no new items to give to the boys at this rank, his two den leaders presented each boy with a compass.  Jamie and Linda did an excellent job of running the den and we will miss them lots!
proud Momma

Youth Center Recital

Sarah's class did a dance with a 20's gangster/flapper flair and Micah was in two dancers, one was with his class and they were dressed like cowboys (I didn't get a picture, sadly) and the other was a special dance with all the boys from the school, regardless of level.