We have lived in Europe for a long time...and I know our time here is running short. We don't have an exact timeline as to when we will be leaving yet but TGIM (That Guy I Married) is actively looking for a job in the US. The thought of leaving Germany is really bittersweet. I mean, I really miss my family...but I have really loved being given the opportunity to raise my kids over here. I hope that wherever we end up, they will always remember the cool places we have been and the ones we hope to see before we have to go.
In April of 2009 I (finally!) got to see the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland. To say that it was breathtaking would be a gross understatement. It was magnificent.
On that same trip I also got to visit a wooden shoe factory and a cheese factory.
I also took a whirlwind tour of Amsterdam...
In June, TGIM were able to take a weekend trip to Dublin without the kids. It was a wonderful time to reconnect and explore one of my favorite cities in the world.
We went to museums, parks, cathedrals and ate awesome Irish food at every meal.
In August we went camping with our Cub Scout Pack. The kids had a blast!
In September we attended a Wurst and Wein fest in Bad Durkheim. We had a really good time until Abby broke her tooth in the fun house. ;)
In November I got to go to Boleslaweic, Poland to buy pottery with two of my very good friends.
We took a little detour to the charming town of Seiffen, Germany on our way home. They are famous for their hand crafted wooden collectibles. I think it is my favorite German town!
November was a busy month as I also visited my favorite Weihnachtsmarkt in the quaint town of Deidesheim. I think that I just might miss the Christmas Markets most of all. There is nothing like the smell of frost, roasted chestnuts and Gluhwein in the air.
In December we stayed in LaRoche en Ardenne in Belgium...
...and participated in a hike commemorating the 65th anniversary of the battle of the bulge in Bastogne. It was a cold and snowy weekend and several times it was really easy to imagine what the soldiers experienced as they marched across western Europe.
I have had some incredible experiences and am looking forward to making many more memories during the time I have left, here.