Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hump day...

if you won a trip to Disneyland/world, who would you take with you?
Brew. We're like big kids, we'd have a blast :)

{two} when was the last time you listened to a CD?
Not that long ago, a few weeks probably.

{three} what spice/seasoning is your favorite?
Garlic :)

{four} if you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?
Probably country or bluegrass. It's what I grew up on :)

{five} if you could have personally witnessed one historical event, which one would it be?
Oh gosh. I have no idea. Maybe the lunar landing?

{six} if you could go back to school, what would you study?
I'm happy with my career choice. If I had to pick something else, I probably would've gone into nursing or something like that.

{seven} if you could go to one sporting event, all expenses paid, which one would you see?
I'd like season tickets to WVU football for free lol.

{eight} do you drive an automatic or a manual?
I drive an automatic (both our current cars are automatics). Brew has taught me to drive a manual but I don't feel comfortable yet.

{nine} are you comfortable speaking in front of people?
No, well not adults. I'm comfortable with kids.

{ten} have you ever experienced an earthquake?
Nope. WV doesn't get many of those lol.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3rd time is a charm...

Third post of the day, nuts!

Anyway, this is just for Top 2 Tuesday!!!

Top 2 Celebrity Hairstyles...

1. Martina McBride

I swear this woman can wear her hair anyway and still look gorgeous. She pulls it all off, really short and really long either one! This one is my favorite of hers though. :)

2. Kelly Clarkson
(yes, I realized I picked two phenomenal singers, but really that wasn't planned LOL)

I love this haircut, and have thought about cutting mine similar, but I know my hair wouldn't look like this if I did cut it like that. Well maybe it would if I had my own stylist :-p

Help with dog training...

Just a quick one...

To let you know how my interview went yesterday. I felt good about it, she made me feel comfortable and I didn't stammer or anything too awfully bad lol. I still am afraid to hope for the job. I've been praying that if it's in God's will that I get this job. But we shall see. Of course driving away I thought of a few things I should've mentioned. That drives me NUTS. *sigh* Oh well. She said she should have her decision made by the end of the week, so I'm betting if I don't hear by Friday, Monday, or Tuesday that I didn't get it. Keep praying though! I also applied for a gifted position (the one I'm subbing in now) I don't think anyone else in the county has their certification so I suppose I stand a decent shot at getting it. And just like the library position I will get my certification if it means I can get a job (or at least take the required amount of classes to work on a temp certification-- until I can transfer to a regular ed. position!) So that's that! Annnnd I need to get my things together and head to my first school for the day. (I'm at the gifted center now working on stuff) See ya tonight for Top 2 Tuesday! (Hopefully)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Job update

Well, Brew's interview went well-- the only downside is that all employees start out at $9/hour. ($3.75 less than what he's making now). With the extra ten minute drive time there-- we can't afford the paycut. Eventually he can work his way up to 15 or so, but who knows how long that'd take. Not to mention, benefits don't kick in until after 90 days. Which is going to be expensive since we're trying to make a baby. So if they do offer the job, he's going to ask for 12/hour and if they can't then he'll have to decline. Bummer.

I guess now we'll see how my interview goes on Monday... not holding my breath though. I got excited about previous interviews only to be disappointed. So I'm not counting on this-- I'd rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed!

We've had a pretty lazy Saturday. We gave Duke a much needed bath. I say "we" because it turned into a 2-person job!!! (Needless to say, he is NOT fond of baths!) And here in a little while we're heading to Brew's granny's for a family get-together for Brew's cousin Macey's birthday! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011


I'm sitting here in my pjs and robe, drinking some chai tea, and having a hard time getting my thoughts together. Thus, the bulleted list:

  • Today is Friday!!! *yay*

  • Brew's job interview is today. *prayers please!*

  • I got a call yesterday from Criss Elementary. A few weeks back they lifted a freeze on a library position there. Mind you, I'm not certified but heck if they'll give me a full time job (and the tuition assistance) then I will get it! But nobody that applied had their library certification so I have a chance! I interview after school on Monday!!! Prayers are appreciated again, I'm trying not to get too excited- as I've had three other interviews last year for various positions and didn't get a job. But maybe this is the answer to my prayers. I don't know- I'm just telling myself that if it's the right job God wants me to have then I will get it-- if not he has something else in mind!

  • I finished reading the last Twilight book. Yeah I know I'm a little behind. It took me a while before I jumped on that bandwagon. Overall I thought the books were good- not necessarily living up to all the hype (I mean, they are NO Harry Potter lol)- but good still. Breaking Dawn (the final book) is probably my least favorite, though I can't pinpoint why... Anyway, I'm in need of a new book to read now. Any suggestions???

  • Brew and I are considering purchasing a new (or new to us) vehicle. We currently have a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee (which I loooooove-- even though it only gets about 16mpg in town). We are still paying on it, we just bought it last August. We also have a 2002 Chevy Malibu, which was mine before we got married. It is paid for, so we aren't paying payments on it. It does fairly well on gas (upper 20s) so Brew drives it to work since he drives farthest. It is still running decently, but there is a leak somewhere and it takes in water everytime it rains. The check engine light is also on (and has been for quite some time) because of some evaporative emissions thing? No idea. Not to mention, it's got over 120,000 miles on it. Soooo we are thinking of possibly trading for a very fuel efficient car (Like maybe a VW Jetta, or a Ford Fiesta-- Brew does want a manual transmission). I just want to keep the payments relatively LOW and I don't want to take longer than a 3-year loan term. So we'll see. We probably won't do anything just yet, but if Brew were to get this job, or if I were to get a job, then we could afford it. So we're keeping our eyes and minds open to the idea.

  • I made a new dish last night. I bought these rice noodles from Wal-Mart. It was actually made for making Pad Thai, because the noodles came with the tangy-ish Pad Thai sauce. Rather than making the traditional Pad Thai, I skipped the egg, tofu, and bean sprouts, and instead added chicken and frozen stir fry veggies. It was yummy-- definitely a repeat! That's about the only "new" dish I've tried recently. I'd love your recipe ideas!!!

  • So glad it's Friday. This weekend, plans include a relatively lazy Saturday morning. Though I'm planning on hitting up the grocery store and J&Js Bridal (I have GOT to send my wedding dress in to be preserved. Mom paid for it/bought the kit for me for Christmas and I still have yet to send it in). Then in the evening, we're going to Brew's grandma's for his cousin's (early) birthday party (Pizza, cake, & games with the family!) Then Sunday it's the usual church & clogging practice.

Alrighty well I think that's about it for today. Adios!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Planning Period = blog time! least when you are a sub lol.

So, some good news, Brew has a job interview for a plant in Ravenswood (about 40 min drive from our house now). It's tomorrow afternoon. I'm excited for him. I hope it pans out, he's getting burnt out w/his job now and just wants a career. I hope this can be it for him. He's looking at almost twice what he gets paid now, so that's obviously good. We'll see though. Again, trying not to get too pumped before we even know how it will go. But I'll definitely be praying he has a good interview!!!

Well the 70 degree weather is gone and replaced by some much more seasonable 40-50 degree weather. Blah. I'm so over winter weather and READY to not have to wear a coat. And to wear capris and flip-flops.

Brew & I are going out tomorrow night for dinner. We need a date night, and I have a coupon for Olive Garden. Mmmm...

Alrighty well that's all for now!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

February update finally uploaded!!!

Finally got around to editing and uploading my February update, nothing too exciting, but here it is! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Love and Marriage

So on Saturday, Brew & I will have been married 9 months. That's almost a year! Crazy!

I feel like I've known Brew & he's been a part of my life forever... but I think since we've been married the time has just flown by. I'm looking forward to celebrating our anniversary. We won't be able to go to the beach, like I'd hoped. But we are planning on borrowing my parents' truck and his parents' camper and taking a camping trip, probably somewhere like Holly River. We decided to do that because 1- it's way cheaper. We only have to pay for gas to get there and the campsite. 2- We can go for a shorter time and it not feel like a waste. We're thinking a long weekend, like Thurs or Friday through Sunday. and 3- we can take Duke and not worry about a dog-sitter. I worried when we were gone in Germany that Duke didn't get the attention he's used to, with him still being a puppy, I think we'll wait another year or so before we abandon him for a week.

I truly am lucky blessed to have such an awesome husband. Oh trust me he's not perfect, he doesn't help much with housework, and he has all sorts of weird quirks and habits that annoy me (like piling his dirty clothes BESIDE the clothes hamper...) but he does work hard for us and loves me unconditionally. He still surprises me once in a while with something sweet (like a cute get well card when I was sick with the stomach flu... AND cleaned the kitchen for me).

An update on the baby thing-- we decided in the month of March we'd stop using all forms of birth control and just let it be. No baby this month though. One thing I realized though is that I definitely am ready, and I WANT a baby. I actually felt a little disappointed when my monthly visitor came right on schedule this month. But I don't want to obsess about it at all. Brew & I decided when God thinks we're ready- I will get pregnant. In the meantime we'll enjoy the "making" part LOL. I am not planning on telling many people we're "trying". Just the few readers I have here, my sister-in-law, and my cousin are the only ones that know. I don't know how soon after I will "announce" anything on facebook/the mass public, just that it'll be after we've told our family & friends. Look at me, getting ahead of myself again.

I'm going to throw a prayer request out there. Please pray that I will get a permanent teaching job this year. I've been blessed with lots of sub days this year (I might even get my 133 which = 1 year experience/seniority) but having a permanent job would just help us both EMENSELY. I would have a consistant income that will make getting a mortgage 37432897 times easier, plus I'd be making about twice what I did say, last year, subbing. I'd also be the one to carry health insurance so we wouldn't have to pay the $300 plus a month for Brew's insurance. Not to mention, I'd be able to have at least some paid leave when I do have a baby-- which would be nice because as a sub, I'll basically be taking however long I decide UNPAID. So those are just a few of the million reasons why I really want to get a full time job. Totally not picky about the school or even the position.

Alright speaking of work, I'd better get back to work. Bye!

Monday, March 21, 2011


So I hate it when people blow things out if proportion and create drama.

I also hate it when I am treated like a coworker or acquaintance rather than family. I hate it when people make assumptions.

Most of all I hare it when people can't grow up and act their age. When they can't take responsibility for hurtful things they say and apologize.

Sorry for the vagueness and randomness of this post. Just had to get it off my chest.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Top O' the mornin to ya!

My phone lives!!!!! Thank you Lord!

It's a beauuuuutiful day outside! Sun is shining, and it FEELS like SPRING!!!!

I finally got around to editing/uploading our Europe trip video! It's now on my youtube channel (and right here, of course)

Also, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Waiting is driving me nuts... I can't wait to see if my phone works (see yesterday's post). I'm making myself wait until tomorrow morning though...

{one} scruffy or clean shaven?
clean shaven

{two} what’s your favorite sundae topping?
hot fudge

{three} do you own slippers?
yes. I never wore slippers before, but since we lived in this house (no carpet- just hardwood/linoleum) I wear them ALLL the time.

{four} did you ever have a tree house?
no. always wanted one though!

{five} how you do relieve stress?
try to do relaxing things. read, listen to music, talk/cuddle w/hubby

{six} what’s your favorite dr. seuss book?
oooh that's a hard one! So many good ones... Horton Hears a Who, One Fish, Two Fish, Green Eggs & Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas....

{seven} have you ever taken dance classes?
yes. took clogging lessons for three years. I still dance on the team now!

{eight} which do you use more: the thesaurus or the dictionary?
can't say I've used either recently. I suppose the dictionary.

{nine} what’s your favorite form of exercise?
clogging, walking w/my dog or friends, really anything active & social at the same time is ok.

{ten} what’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line?
that would be in the Radiology dept. at the hospital when I broke my finger. I did it the night before but we waited there to get an x-ray literally from 8am until like 2pm. Ridiculous!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Ugh. Today has not been good. Really, the past 4 days.

It all started Saturday morning. I woke up with an upset stomach. Thought I was going to puke. I continued to feel that way throughout the rest of the day. We were trying to help my sis in law move back in to their house they evacuated when they (thankfully) found out that the river wasn't going to crest as high and their house would not have the foot of water in it that was projected. But I was next to useless. If I stood up for more than a few minutes I got that break-a-sweat-mouth-watering-I'm-gonna-barf feeling. I held off all day till about 7 or so in the evening when my stomach turned against me. I then spent the night, about every 2-3 hours in the bathroom throwing up (and also about halfway through the night, also had diarrhea)-- sorry if this is TMI-- so yeah.

Sunday morning I wake up and manage to keep some dry rice chex and sprite down. So I went on to church because the handbell choir was ringing. I even went to clogging for a bit (though I didn't dance much) I thought the worst was over at that point and was just weak from not eating and all that.

And then there was yesterday. I thought I need to start eating to get my appetite back and get my strength back as well. So I did. I still tried to keep it light, and I didn't hardly eat anything the whole day anyway. But last night- the diarrhea came back with a vengeance. I was up once in the middle of the night and early this morning w/it. Ugh.

I went to work anyway today. Why? Because I'm a long-term sub and it's a huge pain in the you-know-what to call off and try and get another sub. Not to mention since I'm traveling, I have no office or desk or classroom of my own so my lesson plans are- you guessed it- with me. So unless I'm like dying it's just easier to go to work.

So I made it through today, next to zero energy, never straying far from the bathroom. And then I got home, put on my sweats and relaxed. Well. I ran to the bathroom at one point and thankfully BEFORE I went to use it, I dropped my cell phone in the toilet. Yes. Ladies and gentlemen I performed my STUPID act of the century. Completely submerging my LG Vortex smartphone in (thankfully clean) toilet water. Well I instinctively dove my hand in and snatched it out (lay off- I wasn't thinking about the fact I was sticking my hand in the toilet at the time.) I don't think it was in the water for even a whole second. After uttering a few choice phrases I realized as the screen was black that this was bad. Quick as I could I took off the case, outer cover, and took out the battery. I dried them best I could and stuck all of it in a bucket of rice, which it will remain for at least 24 hours.

*Sigh* Soooo STUPID. I am PRAYING that my phone will work again. My old phone is AT&T and we now have Verizon so I'm pretty much going to have to pay for another phone if this one craps itself. It'll be like flushing $200 down the toilet...

I'm trying to be optimistic though. I've found several people online who have managed to save their phones this way. Say a prayer for mine (and my wallet...)

I'm hoping looking back on this later I will find it funny...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Note to readers & other stuff

Hey if there's anyone out there who reads my blog that's not already a follower, please follow me, or give me the link to your blog so I can return the favor :)

In other news... this morning is not getting off to a good start. I only am scheduled for a half day this afternoon at Franklin. So I was thinking yay I can sleep in! Well sort of. I still got up at 6:30 to let Duke out, made Brew's lunch real quick, then went back to bed. Well then Brew gets up and seemingly cannot get dressed without turning the overhead light on. (Even though when I am leaving before him, I seem to do just fine with the closet and/or the hall light on). Then when he left, Duke decided it was time for me to be up so he kept hopping on the bed bringing me his toys, digging under the covers, stepping on me, and otherwise being annoying. The annoying-ness has continued throughout the morning as well, since he can't seem to stay out of things he's not supposed to be in. So, sleeping in was out of the question. I gave up at 7:45. Which was also when the phone rang for a sub job I had to turn down because I wasn't going to have enough time to get there on time anyway, plus I only had 15min in between jobs and it takes about 20min to get to my afternoon job. It's also STILL raining out, which it's been doing non-stop for like 3 days now, and worse, the rain is supposed to turn to SNOW. Ugh. I'm soooo over winter, and ready for Spring & Summer!

Whew ok I'm done whining :)

Lent officially started yesterday. Some years I give something up, some years I don't. This year I'm *sort of* giving up caffeine. I say sort of because I'm basically cutting wayyy back. No coffee at all unless it's decaf, and I'm limiting myself to one glass of caffeinated tea a day or less (this basically covers me if I'm eating out-- I'll be making decaf tea at home). My main reason is because I read that consuming more than 200mg of caffeine a day (that's about 1 cup of coffee) can up your chances of miscarriage. Granted I'm not pregnant now, but since hubby & I are just "letting it be" now so to speak (aka- no bc at all, but not charting and all that), I've started taking prenatal vitamins, and I don't drink any alcohol at all (well, except if I'm on my period-- lol then I know I'm not pregnant, so I get my 5 days to enjoy a glass of wine if I want) So I thought cutting back on caffeine would be a good idea. I don't drink an insane amount but I have a cup of coffee (doctored of course) I'd say 3-4 days a week, and I drink iced tea like it's going out of style, and I'll occasionally have a can of pop. So I'm officially starting that today since I didn't think of it until yesterday ;)

Alright, enough boredom for now, I'd better get in the shower & get ready for work!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday

Well I was going to upload my Europe video to Youtube and post it on here BUT Window's Movie Maker is being uncooperative. It keeps telling me that I don't have enough room or something and I KNOW I do. Blah. I'll deal w/it later!

Annnyway, time for some Wee Bit of Me Wednesdays!

{one} what color is your kitchen?
walls are pale yellow, counter tops are dark slate gray, cabinets white w/black hardware. I based the room around a set of placemats and a sunset photo from Thailand :)

{two} do you have a good luck charm?

{three} do you prefer to write with a pen or pencil?
pen most of the time. unless I'm doing something that I might have to erase.

{four} can you use chopsticks?
no. never could. and it doesn't matter how many times I'm shown how I STILL can't do it. I guess I don't have the coordination/dexterity. It's a good thing I'm not Chinese lol.

{five} do you prefer baths or showers?
long hot showers :)

{six} what is your favorite salad dressing?
ranch all the way.

{seven} can you sing the alphabet backwards?
I suppose, if I thought about it.

{eight} do you have any allergies?
seasonal allergies. mold, pollen, etc. and cats.
I have a mild allergy to strawberries, if I eat a lot of them.

{nine} crunchy or creamy peanut butter?

{ten} have you ever hitch hiked?
no. probably never will.

And this week I'm also joining in with Trinity for her 3 Word Wednesdays!

Best Nieces EVER!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

{1} Loving this song...

They both have amazing voices and sound perfect together!

{2} Baby Fever
I'm catching it. Big time. And now Brew is too. We may be doing something about that shortly :)

{3} Walk the dog
Whenever I can I try and take Duke for a walk after I get home from work. It gets his energy out and is much better behaved in the evenings :) When he was a little puppy, he would annoyingly get tangled up in my feet he had to be so close. Well that has recently changed. Now he's developing this lovely little habit of pulling. For a dog that's nearly 50lbs, he can REALLY pull with definitely more force than that. I have to PLANT my feet and pull back to get him to come back to me. So I did my research online and figured out some methods to break him of that. Starting tomorrow, walk time becomes learning time for Mr. Duke ;)

Tired after his walk :)

{4} Home Sweet Home
Brew & I have started casually house-hunting. A while back we went to the loan officer at the bank and she worked with some numbers and basically said that we would be able to afford a place somewhere between 60 and 80k. (We could be pre-approved for up to 95k, but you know how that works, they don't count the fact you have to pay bills and eat lol) She couldn't be more exact because since I'm a sub, they don't know how much of my income they will actually be able to use. She assured me that they would be able to use a percentage of what I made last year, so that's ok. With Brew's income alone we were approved for 65K I think. So we're looking in the 60-80 range. We want something outside the city limits (for two reasons, one we don't want to live in town anyway, and two, with this rural housing thing we can get 100% financing!) So we're taking our time looking around. We're hoping for it to be a "permanent" house for our family, so I'm being picky. I want it in a good school district as well. (Which there's only a couple I don't like in our county so it should be ok) It'll probably be either a fixer-upper or a smallish house with some build on potential. The place we are in now is great but there are some downsides. We don't pay rent (which is nice) but we also don't own the place either. So I don't want to do any improvements or anything to it because when we move out, we won't get anything out of it. And there's a lot of BIG expensive things that need done. It needs new windows throughout (single pane windows = $200+ gas bills!), new gutters/drainage, and the basement leaks water big time so like 3 walls need replaced in the basement. Of course it'd be nice if I got a full time job... then we could afford something even better :)

Ok that's all for now!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Well that didn't take long....

So I already made some changes to the menu! lol. Mostly because not only did we eat out at Olive Garden with my parents after church, but I went to a bridal show w/Abby this afternoon and of course had tons of free samples of goodies. So I'm not hungry in the least at 6:30. Tonight will def. be a leftover night :)

Here's the "revised" menu for the week

Sunday- leftovers
Monday- garlic deer steak with peppers, mushrooms, onions ; green beans ; mashed potatoes
Tuesday- chili, pb sandwiches
Wednesday- lenten dinner at our church (hey, free food!)
Thursday- steak stir fry w/rice noodles (using the rest of the package of deer steaks from Monday)
Friday- lemon pork chops, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies
Saturday- bbq chicken, broccoli, mac & cheese

I'm also planning on making enough extra chili and bbq chicken that I can freeze for later! :) I also am working on next week's menu. Here's what I have so far...

Sunday- chicken, stuffing, green beans
Monday- tacos, mexican rice
Tuesday- ??
Wednesday- lenten dinner at church?
Thursday- ??
Friday- bbq chicken sandwiches (from leftover bbq last week)
Saturday- leftovers or order pizza

I'm going to make myself find some brand new recipes for Tues & Wednesday :) Any suggestions I'm more than willing to try!!! My hubby and I aren't very picky eaters, so almost anything goes, keeping in mind I'm no chef, and I like to cook things that are fairly easy to prepare for days when I'm working!

I'm also interested in trying fish. I'm not a big fish-eater but I know it's healthy and such. About the only fish I can stand is like long john silver's (which I know isn't exactly healthy by the time it's battered and fried lol) and I like FRESH fish, as in, the walleye that my dad caught in Lake Erie. I can't STAND salmon and really strong fishy tasting fish (including tuna). But I'm open to trying some fish dishes- any suggestions there???

Hooookay- I guess that's all for now! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Persuit of domesticated-ness

Ok so I've decided to amp up my cooking/shopping skills. What I mean by that is since we've been married I've been shopping for convenience rather than frugally and I've played it safe with my cooking. I've only cooked things I already know he to make. No new recipes or anything.

So I'm starting to plan out meals, check out ads and coupons, and try new recipes. I might even experiment a little. :) The main reason for this endeavor is to see if I can save some money. Eventually I'd also like to really focus on nutrition as well.

With what we're looking into our future in the next year or so with baby making and house shopping I figure we could use all the extra cash we can get.

So I will be starting this journey tomorrow (Sunday). Here's our meal plan so far this week.:
Sunday- garlic deer steak with peppers, mushrooms, onions ; green beans ; mashed potatoes
Monday- chili, pb sandwiches
Tuesday- steak stir fry & rice noodles
Wednesday- chicken alfredo, salad
Thursday- lemon pork chops, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies
Friday- bbq chicken, broccoli, mac & cheese
Saturday- leftovers

Of course its subject to change!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Finishing the 30 Day Challenge in one Post!

Yeah, maybe it was too much of an undertaking. I'm getting it done & finished all at once :)

23. A picture of your favorite book
I have a lot of favorite books, but I loooove this one!

24. A picture of something you wish you could change
Gas prices. At least something I wish I could change right now. I know that's probably not the deep answer this question was going for but it'll work.

25. A picture of your favorite day

I'm sure I'll have other favorites later, but now it's definitely when I married Brew!

26. A picture of something that means a lot to you

[see earlier pictures of my family!!!]

27. A picture of yourself and a family member
Me with my brothers, 2008.

28. A picture of something you're afraid of
Ugh. Can barely stand to look at this pic!

29. A picture that can always make you smile
Brew & I early on in our dating relationship, just cuddling on the couch.

30. A picture of someone you miss
We did just see them last week but, considering they live in Europe, I do miss them!

And that's the end!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Our Trip to Europe!

As promised here is a quick run-down of our visit with Stefani & Bas in Germany!

February 20-21
We left Charleston airport around 7:30 pm. After fairly easy/uneventful flights (I even actually slept a few hours!) we arrived in Luxembourg the next day around 2pm (their time). Our last flight was delayed a bit though. Stef & Bas picked us up from the airport, (toting Hannie Jeane of course!) and we drove to Vianden Castle in Luxembourg.

We were a little jet-lagged that evening so had noooo trouble falling asleep lol.

February 22
Bas had the morning off only, so we all went into Luxembourg City. We enjoyed some of the sights there, then Bas headed to work.

Brew, Stef, Baby Johannah, and I spent the afternoon shopping in Lux City with Bas' mom. We stopped by her apartment in the afternoon (she has a separate apartment in the city she stays at during the week) and I enjoyed some good conversation w/Hannie Jeane ;)

February 23
This day Bas worked the afternoon shift so we went to Saarburg, Germany in the morning. We visited the Saarschlife (river bend) and the town of Saarburg. It was FREEEEEZING but other than that it was fun ;)

February 24
This day Bas had the day off, so we all made a trip to Metz, France! It was nice, there's a beautiful cathedral we visited, and got some good pics from there!

On the way home, we stopped in Luxembourg at the U.S. Military Cemetery. It's where General Patton is buried.

February 25
This day, Bas had to work day shift so in the morning, we took a little walk around Perl, Germany (the village Bas & Stef live in) In the afternoon we went back in town to Lux City do a little souvenir shopping. I didn't get any pics of Perl on my camera (only video). Brew took a couple on his phone but I don't have them on the computer yet.

February 26 This day we visited Trier, Germany's oldest city. It was really neat getting to see some things that were there from the time of the Romans.

February 27
This was our final full day with the Smits :) It was also Johannah's church dedication. (Which, if you didn't know, we're her God parents) It was a nice service and little Hannie was a perfect baby the whole time :)

And I have to include this last picture because I loooooove it! ♥

February 28
This was the day we headed back home! All flights were fine (no delays this time), all except the last 20 minutes of the flight from Frankfurt to DC. We hit some nasty turbulence and I almost barfed. Yeah. Realllly motion sick. But I made it without having to use the little paper bag. LOL.

We had a great trip! Thanks Stefani & Bas for letting us stay with you, eat your food, and being our personal tour guides! ;) Can't wait to see you all again when you come home this Spring!

And with that, my pasta is done so I'm gonna go finish making dinner!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back from across the pond...

We're alive and back from Europe! We had a great time! I will post a full update later, but even though it's only 9:30 I'm super sleepy. Maybe because I was WIDE awake at 5am. Lol Jet lag anyone? Anyway, here's the link for my pictures I just uploaded to Facebook!

Europe Trip- Feb 2011

And like I said, I'll be back to do a full update ASAP. I also have lots of videos from this month AND our trip that I need to get organized and uploaded and converted and edited and all that junk. I'm not sure when they'll be done though, I'm working every day this week!

au revoir!