Monday, January 31, 2011

Progress On The House

The construction on the new house is in full swing.  I cannot believe how fast it is going.  Since I have been back from Germany we have had to make a lot of decisions.  We have picked out, brick, siding, shutters, concrete color, stamps for the concrete, front door, cabinets, tile etc.   It is a lot of fun, but also overwhelming.  What if it doesn't all match when you are done?  Ha!

Here is the progress they have made.....

View from the kitchen into the living room

Master Bedroom
Hannah's room with attached bonus room (playroom)
Hannah watching the dump truck
We are really excited about the progress on the house.  We have not sold our current house yet, so we are not really in a hurry to get this one finished, but we are getting really excited about it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Our last day in Germany we took Hannah to a kids Karneval function.  Karneval in Cologne is a really big deal and they have a lot of functions before the street Karneval starts in March.  The event was in a big heated tent and they had lots of music, dancers and games for the kids.  Hannah had a great time dancing and watching all of the bigger kids up on stage. 
Hannah and I both dressed up for the event.  Opa went with us as well!
Ready to go....
Meike with Jasmina and Hannah.
Those two are going to be trouble together

Dancing Queen

Sharing some french fries with Jasmina
Lots of kids running around
Starting to get a litttle tired....

I am finally caught up on all my Germnay posts.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Basketball Game

One evening my dad was able to get tickets to the Bonn Baskets Basketball game against the Frankfurt Skyliners.  By the time we went to the game Scott knew all of the players (a lot of Americans) and all of the stats.  He likes to do his research :)  I was really surprised how big the arena is (about 6,ooo people) and that it was sold out.  The atmosphere was really fun and we witnessed a really good and close came down to the last few seconds and Bonn ended up winning.
My dad, my brother, Scott and I went to the game and Hannah stayed home with Oma.  We had a great time at the game.

Enjoying a glas of prosecco before the game

All of the kids at the game were wearing ear protectors, because it was pretty loud in the arena.  I have been thinking about getting some for Hannah, because we take her everywhere with us (fottball games, basketball games etc) and I have thought a few times that it is a little loud for her.  So, I ended up buying her some Bonn Baskets ear protectors (good thing their color is pink......actually it is the Telekom Magenta)

I was going to add more pictures, but I am out of free storage space.  It looks like I will need to purchase more space. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Visit To The Queen

We were lucky enough to get away for a weekend in London to visit Ashley.  Hannah stayed with my parents in Germany and we spent a few fun days exploring the city.  I have been to London several times, but you can never get enough of this city.  I think it is a fascinating city, because it is so diverse.  It is so huge, but still has so many quaint neighborhoods.  Of course we visited all of the must see sights, but we also spent a lot of time wandering around neighborhoods and markets.  Thanks Ashley for letting us come visit.  We had a great time.
We arrived at Gatwick and took the train into the city to Victoria.  From there we started walking without a map and got a little turned around and ended up in Chelsea.  We didn't really have a plan for the day, so it was no problem, but we originally wanted to go the other way.  We enjoyed some fish and chips for lunch and then headed back towards the center of the city.
Big Ben and the Parliament

We walked by the London Eye, but decided not to get on it.  There was a long line, because it was the last day before a scheduled maintenance break of 3 weeks.  We were not so sure we wanted to get on it before they do their maintenance :)

One lesson I learned is that UGG's are not waterproof.  It rained for the majority of the day and my feet were soaked.  We walked over to Trafalger Square, Somerset House and Picadilly Circus and in between we stopped at a few pubs to warm up and dry off.  Ashley met us after work and we walked around some more and had dinner.  We were all really tired after dinner and headed home to Ashley's flat.  We headed to the Borough market the next morning.  Scott and I were in heaven and couldn't decide which foods to try. 
We continued our journey along the Thames to the Tower Bridge.  This is still one of my favorite sights in London.

We decided to go ice skating by the Tower of London.  I know this was not Scott's favorite, but I really enjoyed it.  I do have to say that Scott was the most improved on the ice!!!!
After ice skating we were a little tired of walking and took the tube to Harrod's.  I think Harrod's is such an experience and I don't know how they make money, because everybody in there is a tourist just checking things out......then we headed to Hyde Park and had a coffee/cider/beer by the pond.  Next up we took a bus into Notting Hill and strolled around this cute neighborhood.  Our first stop was the christmas tree pub.
We met Nina and her boyfriend out for a few drinks and we ended up at an American Sports Bar to watch a playoff game.  By the time the game was over we had missed the last tube and had to take the night bus just have to experience that.  I don't remember the last time I saw 3am (actually I see it almost every night when Hannah wakes up)!!!!
The next morning we headed out to Greenwich to see the Prime Meridian.  For some reason I cannot find the pictures from that day on my camera (I will have to look on the internal memory card).  After Greenwich we made our way back to Gatwick.  I think we did a pretty good job covering London in 2 1/2 days.  What a blast!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Lots More Pictures

I am still recaping or trip in pictures.  We had lots of snow  for several weeks and we attempted to take Hannah sledding.  She is not a big fan of the snow at all.  I really hope that she will learn to like it by next year!
Getting ready to go sledding.
She looks really mad here.....Phili was so nice and wanted to go down the hill with Hannah, but she was not up for that.
We did lots of grocery shopping at Hannah's store.  Uncle Volker was a good customer!

Mama I am ready to go somewhere.....

Hannah put all her bows and barrettes in her hair.  So pretty!
Right after she kicked Opa out of his chair!
Next up was our trip to London to visit Ashley.  I am excited to share our pictures.