Hello from ALASKA!

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Hello there, it has certainly been a while! I have really struggled with the decision about whether I should, or shouldn’t, continue on with our family blog. It felt easy and necessarily when we lived in Europe and were exploring amazing countries and places all of the time. It truly felt like an adventure. While Alaska has proven itself to be insanely beautiful and full of adventure, too, the adventures available are of a much different kind. Initially we felt like, okay, we are here we have to dive in and embrace this life. However, I think we very quickly came to the honest truth about what life is like in a house full of women who don’t like bugs, getting dirty, or being physically uncomfortable. We just aren’t hikers, fishers, hunters, or wilderness campers. We prefer adventures that include walking around ancient castle ruins or admiring the beauty of a centuries old piece of stained glass in a cathedral. So I haven’t written and I haven’t posted because I felt like there wasn’t really anything worth sharing about our lives here in Alaska so far, nor did I think I would have much worth sharing.

Until…… I came to the realization this week that adventures are simply exciting tidbits of life waiting for us to claim them. Our adventures may look a lot different now — they may not be checking wonders of the world off our bucket list — but they are still adventures. We may not be traveling much anymore, but we are still growing and exploring what it means to be a family in this new, beautiful place we are calling home-for-now. And I think it is worth sharing — even if my sweet Grandma Lunchbox is the only one who cares about reading it. So, Grandma, if only for your sake, may the blog live on!

(Warning: This will probably be a LONG one.)

In February the girls and I bid Deutschland and all our many friends there farewell! It was so tough and full of lots of tears. It was a long day of traveling many, many miles with three little ones on my own. But we survived — and no one puked! So I consider that a success. And, really, moments like this where we are reunited with family make all the stress of moving and traveling completely worth it! :

We had many, many sweet moments with family. The girls and I were lucky enough to get to spend just shy of two months in the PNW!

We were able to be there for lots of birthdays while we visited which was a real treat since we normally miss out on celebrating those (and most holidays) with our families. I think one of my favorites was being there for my Grandpa’s birthday. This has to be one of my favorite pictures of all time:

I got to go on a Ladies’ Retreat with my Mom and what we consider our home church in WA. It was located in the beautiful Leavenworth which I had never visited before! It was a beautiful and super fun weekend.

We got to attend a fun round-up that our home church put on! The girls loved dressing up… Baby insisted on going as gangster Sassy Kitty, naturally.

We also took the girls to see the musical ‘Hairspray’ put on by the high school I graduated from that has an absolutely incredible drama department. Baby slept through it, but the older two loved it to pieces. They even got to get autographs afterwards — which I think may have excited the actors and actresses more than my girls!

Naturally Grammy & Papa spoiled them and loved on them with every ounce they possibly could. Papa, knowing Bug is super into dinosaurs, buried some mini-dino skeletons in their garden and let her play archeologist. Consider her life-made at this point.

My Christmas present from Mister had been his blessing for me and the girls heading out of Germany ahead of him so I could be apart of so many special birthdays, ladies retreat, and other happenings. As well, it made the move slightly less stressful for me since he took care of cleaning and handing back over our home as well. After three long weeks, though, we were beyond ready to have him with us to enjoy a month of family-time!

We enjoyed so many fun things while we were in WA. We took the girls to the Great Wolf Lodge for a mini-vacation. We visited the Children’s Museum in Olympia which was incredible. Mister and I got to go on our first ever sibling-date with my siblings to see Ben Rector in concert in Seattle:

We also got to visit with a lot of Mister’s family on the eastern side of the state, most of whom we hadn’t seen in 3+ years. Many who hadn’t even had the pleasure of meeting Baby yet.

Another bonus of our trip was that it fell over Easter Sunday and we were able to spent an actual holiday with extended family!

Easter Sunday was an especially special time with family because we were also able to help my Grandparents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary! SIXTY! I am so thankful to have grown up with such an amazing example of marriage!

Our time home was simply incredible. It was refreshing, full of love, and joy. It was so hard to leave. I know I cannot wait until the day when we fly into Seattle and just get to stay. Until then, though, it was time for our Alaskan adventure to begin!

We spent almost exactly a month living in a hotel before we got our home here. I will be honest, it has taken me some time to love our home. Our days still occasionally are filled with little ones asking when we are going back to Germany. Moving is never easy. BUT! We have been so blessed in so many ways. We have great neighbors. God led us to an incredible church that simply feels like home to us while we are here. We have started making amazing friends. It hasn’t all been butterflies and roses, but slowly and surely the positive and the good that awaits us here in Alaska has outshone the tough stuff.

One perk of our new home is a giant basement that provides us sweet relief on the rare-hot Alaskan summer days. Family camp-outs in the basement have become a fun tradition!

In June we needed to head down to Anchorage for a medical procedure mister needed done. We got to spend the whole weekend there despite only actually needing to be there about about 2-3 hours total. It was a nice mini-vacation getaway for us. A break from the unpacking and settling in. And it sure was a beautiful drive and beautiful weekend!

A couple weeks ago my parents and sister came up for their first visit. What a huge blessing that we are only a short, 3 hour flight away now. We are thrilled to be getting to see family more often these days! We did a bit of local sight-seeing with them. We visited the pipeline for the first time, the Alaska bowl company, the Farmer’s market, and a few other places around town. We mostly just enjoyed their company, though.

Lots of snuggles were had during their week with us. We also visited North Pole, Alaska and got to see Santa which was a fun little trip. My sister is a Christmas-crazed woman and so it was a little slice of heaven for her, I think.

So fun. And another perk of their visit was that it fell over Bug’s birthday! She turned SEVEN! We had so much fun celebrating her! She got her ears pierced and had an insanely cool Jurassic Park themed cake.

I simply cannot believe our Bug is already 7! She even started 2nd grade last week! How do these things happen so quickly? I seriously blinked.

And! Mister and I celebrated our 6th anniversary this past month, too!

So thankful for this sweet guy. Even though our adventures are changing, I am so thankful that I get to share them with HIM. Life is never dull with him by my side!

We are looking forward to more family visiting this upcoming week! And I will do my best to continue to share our new and different types of adventures these days in a more timely manner. Like how crazy light summers are in Alaska! We had 22 hours of daylight on the longest day of the year — I will definitely have to share about that phenomenon next summer! In the nearer future, though, we are about to enter into our first winter here. That will surely be a new and mostly likely comical adventure for our family! So stay tuned!

 

 

If you would like to see more of what we have been up to, you can visit our Photo Share Site HERE.

Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland

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I cannot even begin to express the strangeness that comes with writing this particular blog post. Who knew that 1,133 days could go by so quickly. When we began our adventure in Germany the idea of three years in a foreign country seemed like an eternity. Now, though, I feel like I blinked my eyes and it is now time to say good bye. Oh, what an adventure it has been.

This farewell is a bittersweet one. It breaks my heart to leave this amazing country. I don’t know that I will ever be able to enjoy pretzels, fries, or brats again in my life. I don’t know that playgrounds will ever hold the same wonder for our kids. The amazing sights we have seen and places we have visited will forever be some of our most cherished memories. And the friends we’ve made here, who have really felt more like family, feel impossible to say ‘see you later’ to.

I think our future will hold some pretty amazing adventures ,too, though. Was are so excited  to explore Alaska. What a treat it will be to be so much closer to our family! So, as we say so-long-for-now to this amazing country and the amazing people we’ve known here, I will do my best not to be overly sentimental as I share some of my favorite memories from our wonderful German Adventure.

I found this one especially fitting since Valentine’s Day was our last day in Germany. The girls on our first Valentine’s Day in Germany. We’d only been in our home a couple weeks. My, oh my. They sure have grown!

Our very first exploration in Germany to Heidelberg. It is seriously a wonder that we survived this trip! We had no idea what we were doing! The internet and travel resources have come a LONG way in three years!

Another hilarious novice travel experience. We paid a lot of money to basically watch a family show us their farm animals. And it was all in German so we had NO idea what was going on. It was still a lot of fun, though!

Stuttgart Zoo was also quite the learning experience. All that separated Lily from being a tiger-snack was a chain-link fence.

Trier was our very first Cathedral and completely took our breath away and started our Cathedral obsession!

Trier also fully made us aware to just how stinkin’ cool our German adventure would be. Here we are playing soccer on the grounds of an old Gladiator stadium… amazing!

Walking along the Rhein in Koblenz. The Rhein was SO flooded that year. Those are the tops of trees sticking out of the water!

Another from Koblenz. We literally just hopped in the car that day and wound up in front of the palace. I’m not sure what we were thinking. We didn’t even have a diaper bag with us!

Our first German Fest in down town Wiesbaden. Completely blew our minds! Nothing will ever compare!

Posing with some awesome graffiti in Frankfurt!

Our very first Christmas Market! Christmas will never be the same with out the markets!

A date night at the Wiesbaden Christmas Market and perhaps our best selfie of all time!

Bug went through an obsessive Tangled phase. So one day we dressed her up, hopped in the car, and found the tower that inspired the Grimm brother’s story of Rapunzel!

We went on a getaway with our closest couple-friends here to Cocheim… kid free! The past part, hands down, was being serenaded in the morning by Randy singing ‘The Sound of Music’ of their room window to the beautiful Moselle River valley. Never a dull moment with these friends!

And then there was the Koln cathedral. I literally gasped the first time I saw it. The Christmas Market and being on a date with my handsome Mister only added to the magic!

We went to the Black Forest and bought a Cuckoo Clock! Oh, and this was the first (of many) trip where one of our kids inevitably barfed during the road trip!

The Hannover Zoo! We went to A LOT of zoos! This one was definitely in my top 3!

We ate hamburgers in Hamburg! It was a fun little British place… they served the burgers on english muffins rather than hamburger buns!

And visited the Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg which was arguably one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen!

We visited the Berlin Wall. It was one of the many “I cannot believe we are HERE” moments of our time in Germany.

And saw the tallest dinosaur skeleton in the world in Berlin! If only this trip had happened AFTER Bug became obsessed with Jurassic Park and all things dinosaur!

Our first trip out of Germany was to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg! We love, love, LOVE Luxembourg! We even took a second trip back here because we love it so much!

And Chateau Vianden in Luxembourg might still be my favorite castle we’ve ever visited!

Somehow I convinced my husband to let me go to Milan with out him?! It was amazing and I wish we had gone as a family!

The Hays family took on Prague and fell in love! The Czech Republic might be my favorite country… its a tight race though!

… and lets be honest. Whats not to love about Prague?!?

We went cave exploring in Homburg! We are terrible at researching before we go. They weren’t doing any English tours that day. But instead of making us ‘suffer’ through the German one they were just like “Have fun… go explore!” Amazing.

This was our 3rd trip to Playmobil Fun Park! I think we took 5 total! It was definitely one of our favorites! There have already been MANY tears shed over not being able to go back here again. A certain 6 year old might just think this is actually a happier place than the happiest place on earth.

Nuremburg was also pretty spectacular! And having a friend from back home to be our local tour guide was an added bonus! We also got to experience just how much Germans LOVE their soccer that night. As we went to dinner restaurants had TVs place outside with huge crowds around. Every goal resulted in the city erupting with cheers. And when they won — WOW! Lets just say I am really grateful that we got to experience Germany winning the world cup in Germany! That was insanely cool!

We visited the Nazi Rally grounds and stood where Hitler address his troops. One of the more somber visits of our trip. I’m glad we can visit these historical places, though, that we’d otherwise only have ever read about in books.

Playing at the beach in Kolobzreg, Poland! Not a soul here spoke English. It was truly a hidden gem!

We went on a Reisling Rheingau Tour. These views. How can this be real life?!?

Our first trip into France — to Metz! Is it any wonder why we are Cathedral junkies?!

We went to Rome! Serious. We went to ROME! Another “is this real life?” moment!

Rudesheim is definitely one of my favorite places! And getting to share it with our family was an added bonus!

I love this picture my sister snuck while she visited. This is us traveling Europe in a nutshell!

Burg Eltz. If I could sum up Germany in a single word it would be MAGICAL.

The Olympic Park in Munich! It was so much fun. One of those places I can’t wait to tell the girls about when they are older. How many kids can say they have run around, playing tag at the Olympic Stadium in Munich?!

Neuschwanstein Castle. I love Bavaria. I want to move there after Alaska.

… and us squeezing onto a tiny, crowded bridge trying to get a picture with it. ha ha

Rothenburg Ob der Tauber! An old medieval town that we love to pieces.

My Dad at I at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Taking my Dad on this Beatles trip was seriously one of the high lights of my time in Europe. It was SO stinkin’ cool. I can’t even.

Mister and I went away for our anniversary… and stayed the night in a castle! No big deal.

My sister took our family pictures downtown… right outside our favorite Gelato shop! Now every time I look at it hanging on our wall I can be reminded of how I am completely ruined and can never eat American ice cream again.

Playing at the beach in Oostende, Belgium! I love that we have touched the ocean in some many different places around the world.

We went to two billion Christmas markets. This one was the first of our second Christmas season in Germany — in Bonn! I will totally miss it being socially acceptable to be drinking a mug of warm wine at 10am.

Strasbourg, France! Exploring new places AND going to Christmas Markets are the best combo!

When you grow up in Germany you spend afternoons exploring castles. This one is in Konigstein.

Maastricht, The Netherlands. It was one of our favorite markets!

Brussels, Belgium and an insanely cool light show! …. and then later this night at the hotel we all came down with a stomach bug. It was awesome. Only not really.

Colmar, France. A random, hop in the car on a sunny day trip. I’ll miss being able to just visit France for the day.

Amsterdam! Another one of our more sporadic, unplanned trips. It was SO much fun though.

Keukenhof Tulip Festival! It was really very high on my list of places to see, but I am SO glad we made the time to go… other than Lindsey ending up being SUPER sick that day.

Reims, France! Nothing like taking a break on a long road trip to eat lunch next to this beauty. A lot of French Monarchs had their coronations here!

We surprised the girls with a trip to Disneyland Paris! Oh my word. It was SO much fun. When traveling with kids we didn’t always see all the famous sights or museums, but we had a lot of fun seeing and doing the things we did! I wouldn’t trade this trip in for the world!

This one still makes me pinch myself. We went to Thessaloniki, Greece!! Just the two of us. We went to literally every museum and saw so many things that just blew my mind. Things THOUSANDS of years old just sitting out for you to be able to touch. It was insane. I love Greece.

We visited Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora (aka- the bone church). It was a must with a Rad Tech for a husband. And this begun our long road trip in the Czech Republic. We stayed at a house in a tiny village in the middle of no-where Czech Republic. We didn’t really see any ‘big’ tourist sites… I think we came across Americans/tourists at only one of the locations we visited. I love just being and experiencing corners of the earth we never even knew existed.

We hiked around Velka Amerika in the Czech Republic! We didn’t need strollers! It was so awesome. Traveling has gotten increasingly easier and easier as our kids have gotten bigger.

Mikoluv, Czech Republic. We literally just picked a random city on the map… and it was seriously incredible. The drive there was breath taking. The city was amazing. We ate the BEST food here.

The Brno Zoo in Czech republic and THE best photo-bomb of all time. (Also probably my favorite zoo we visited in Europe!)

This was in Dresden. You can’t really see any of Dresden here, but this is traveling Europe with a two year old in a nut shell! Whether it be through barfing on the side of the road due to car sickness or leaving shoe prints on the wall… I think it is safe to say we left our mark on Europe!

Saafelder Feengrotten aka the Fairy Caves. Quite possibly THE best hidden gem we ever explored. I know, I saw that a lot. It was seriously amazing, though. The girls got to run and explore an awesome park area that was Fairy themed and got their faces painted by real fairies. And these caves… wow! Not for the claustrophobic, but completely worth the trek bent over through hallways barely wide enough for one!

Den Haag. Embracing our European life and enjoying the beach in undies… well, the kids anyways! I have no idea why we didn’t wear our swim suits to the beach this day. We are seriously the most random travelers of all time.

And these are just a few of my favorite memories. Can you imagine what I hold in my heart?

To all the friends and wonderful places and adventures… we will miss you!

January 2016!

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I am a little behind on the usual monthly update for January. Can you blame me though, being in the middle of moving half way around the world?!? Amazing. The majority of our earthly possessions were packed up a few weeks ago and are currently on their way to our new home in Alaska! January was our last full month here in Germany and it flew by much quicker than I was willing to let it. We are so excited to start our new adventure in Alaska (and visit family and friends on the way there), but it will be really tough to say good bye to a country that has really become our home-away-from-home.

Thankfully January was a month full of lots of fun for us! I am so glad to be ending our time here on such a positive note!

Bug and a couple of friends at the Skate Party at school!



Baby all dressed up. She wears this dress every time it is clean. So if you notice her in the same dress in every picture that would be why!


We took a little trip to see Kung Fu Panda 3 and eat lunch with some of our bestest friends! SUCH a fun day!

Princess and her future husband at the movie!


So thankful for such great friends!


My favorite girls in the world!


If you ask her she’ll tell you that she’s Mama’s girl & Daddy’s little minion! We sure love her!

THIS girl is now six and a half! Hard to believe!

My silly girls!

Winter got a little confused this year and didn’t come to Germany. So we’ve had some great after school park dates — in January?!

The whole gang!

They are WAY too cool.

This photo explains why my life is literally never boring. ha ha

Baby playing trains with one of her favorite buddies!

I couldn’t resist. This head band was just too fitting for our Princess!

If you’d like to see more of our January fun, you can view our entire photo album HERE.

December 2015

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Happy New Year! I cannot believe that 2016 is already here! What a year! It seems like just yesterday we were starting out adventure here in Germany. Later this week we will hit our three year ‘anniversary’ of living in beautiful Deutschland! It is kind of bittersweet to know that we will be saying good bye to our home here next month! We are so excited to be heading home, though, and then off to start our next adventure in Alaska! I know that 2016 will be a great year for the Hays Family!

We had a pretty fun December! We didn’t get around to doing nearly as many fun activities as we hoped, but we still had a really wonderful holiday season!

Princess and I played A LOT of games of ‘Matching’! It is her favorite and she is really good!

Bug all dressed up on St. Nicholas day with one of her little treats that he left her in her shoe!

Baby has finally mastered this ‘slide’ at the park behind our house and is so proud. It has be a wild ride watching her go from a baby laying on a blanket to running around with the big kids at this park!

Princess on St. Nicholas day!

St. Nicholas was good to the girls this year! I’m not sure how they will manage with out their favorite treat — Kinder Eggs!

Baby on St. Nicholas Day!

We had a blast at the USO Holiday Market! Santa was even handing out dvds! They loved The Muppets Movie!

The girls all dressed up to go see a Christmas Show!

The show went a little late for Baby!

Meeting the USO Santa!

The girls with the USO Santa.

A fun afternoon making and playing with Christmas themed playdough!

Bug was so excited because she got to play a sheep in the children’s performance at Chapel. She also got to play a bell and did a great job!

I got to visit Bug at school and help construct her gingerbread house with her! So fun!

Princess working on one of our Christmas crafts this year — a 3 wise man banner!

Bug hard at work!

Baby too!

Playing one of our new games we got for Christmas! We love board games!

Merry Christmas from the Hays Family!









The girls with the ACS Santa.







Ringing in the New Year (a few hours early) with two of my dearest friends here in Germany. I seriously don’t know that I could have survived my time here with out them!

We did visit the Wiesbaden Christmas Market this year, but I didn’t wind up taking any pictures. Probably because my hands were too full of yummy things to eat and drink the whole time! As well, we had a really fun time making candy trains with friends! So much happened. And I totally failed to take pictures of a lot of those things! Oh well! At least we have the memories!

To see more of our adventures from the past month you can view the entire albums HERE and HERE.

November 2015

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November was such a fun month! Mister was recovering from surgery and so we had the privilege of having him home a majority of the month! He recovered very quickly from the surgery (and is continuing to make great progress and getting back to normal) and so it really was quite an enjoyable time together! It has been a little rough on Baby to understand the concept of him going back to work. Mostly mornings when she first wakes up and doesn’t see Dad around she’ll ask, “Is Daddy still sleeping?” She is sure a Daddy’s girl!

November also was a month of some big news for our family! We finally worked out all the details for our upcoming move. We were not approved to stay here in Germany until next fall as we originally thought we would be (to give Mister enough time to get back to normal post-surgery). However, we are staying a few extra months and will be heading out in early March! We will get to spend some time with our extended family and then in April we will be starting our new adventure in Alaska! We are super excited! I know it will take some getting used to, but everything is falling into place perfect and we have only been hearing great things about our upcoming adventure! I can’t wait to get there and start exploring!

Earlier in the month Bug got the chance to go to a little cheer clinic with the cheerleaders for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs! She had an absolute blast and they really were amazingly sweet gals!



Baby as been becoming more and more independent and that means that she likes to dress herself:


Princess loves to look at books! Some of her favorites lately include ISpy (or similar type) books!


Bubble baths are a big favorite around these parts! We keep the bubble bath soap company in business!

So cute and getting SO big:


We all got haircuts! Princess and Bug kept similar cuts, but Baby and I both got shorter cuts!


We had a great Thanksgiving holiday with some friends! We also had a really fun weekend seeing a movie and having lots of family time! We decorated for Christmas and got out all our fun Christmas movies and books! We just LOVE Christmas time! We even kicked off the Christmas season with our first Christmas Market of the year!




I hope everyone is having a wonderful December so far! Merry Christmas!

If you’d like to see more photos from November you can do so HERE.

You can also see more photos of the Christmas Market in Oberursal HERE.

Princess Turns FOUR!

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A week ago we had the pleasure of celebrating our sweet, sweet Princess turning four years old! She was so stinkin’ excited about it being her birthday. I think that is one of the fun things about having the girls’ birthdays all within a four month period! Baby, who had the last birthday, was especially excited to celebrate big sisters birthday!

In keeping with Hays Family tradition, Princess got to actually be the princess for the day around the house and pick what we ate and did. She really has a knack for being in charge. We ended up getting to go see The Peanuts movie together as a family. I think it might have been the first time we ever took Lindsey to see a movie in theater! She isn’t super interested in movies like her big sisters are and so we just figured her short attention span wouldn’t be a great idea. She ended up really enjoying it, though, even if she got a bit antsy towards the end! She can’t wait to go back again!

We celebrated with a favorite for dinner — pizza! And we have Blue Velvet cake for dinner. Strange, strange child. Grammy & Papa even got to Facetime with us while Princess opened up her presents (so I don’t have a ton of pictures to share) which was really special!

Princess got a baby just like Lindsey had. She got a fancy stroller, diaper bag, outfits, diapers, etc. So now the two of them are set! They love playing house/mommy together. It is adorable!








If you’d like to see a few more snapshots from Princess’ special day, you can view the entire album HERE.

 

October 2015

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Hello! I hope you all are having a great fall so far! I think that Autumn is my favorite season of all! The colors are just so beautiful and nothing beats a cozy Autumn day with a yummy cup of something warm and a good book!

October was a busy month for the Hays family. I am happy to report that we survived our month and a half of having two 3 year olds and now one of those precious girls is FOUR! Mister had his knee surgery mid month and is recovering better than expected which is nice! We are really enjoying having him home while he recovers! We are also really thankful for all of our amazing friends here who helped us get through his surgery. Having to drive 60-90 minutes to the hospital and not being able to bring kids was a bit chaotic at times between the various appointments and the surgery day. We seriously have the best friends in the world!

Along the lines of knee surgery… due to Mister’s surgery we won’t be moving in December and heading to San Antonio as planned since he needs time to recover before our move. While we don’t have many details we do know that we will be back stateside in the February or March time frame. We still have no idea where we will be going, but hopefully we can share that exciting news sometime soon! We are really, really looking forward to being at least somewhat closer to our family and friends though! Germany has been a wonderful adventure, but we are ready to go home.

Princess and Baby both got to start preschool this past month and are absolutely loving it. They are in class on alternating days and so they each have their own classes and they each get days with Mom all to themselves. It is working out really nicely. Before school started, though, we got to go on an adventure to pick apples! They had so much fun!


Speaking of preschool! The girls shared a class for one week before Princess started in her new class. On one of those days the firefighters came to their class and Princess made the local newspaper!


Our Littles are seriously the best of friends! Some call us crazy for having two so close together, but I wouldn’t trade it in for the world!


Bug has been LOVING first grade! She is reading like a champ and is really starting to love to read which has been a lot of fun! Here is a picture of her with her first book report:


We also had some fun this month celebrating fall/halloween and getting into the spirit. One of those was a short day trip down to Ludwigsburg for their annual Pumpkin festival! It was such a beautiful day out and it was so nice to get out of the house for a little while. We enjoying some great pumpkin – foods, too!







Closer to Halloween we opted to get some pumpkins of our own to carve which was a hilarious disaster. The girls refused to touch the pumpkin guts and wound up just having a dance party while Mister and I did all the work. Just for the record, we had gotten 5 pumpkins with a vision of us having fun gutting them, carving them, etc. Instead Mister and I spent hours cleaning, cooking seeds, carving, etc. It was fun and yet also very tiring. And the pumpkins rotted and had to be thrown out within the week and no one really cared for the seeds and those ended up getting thrown out too. We totally nailed that holiday tradition! Mister did a really great job carving the pumpkins, though, and we really enjoyed them before they started smelling disgusting.




The girls had some fun shirts to wear to school the day before Halloween, too!







Halloween night was an absolute hoot! Poor Mister was still not super mobile at that point so he wound up getting put on ‘passing out the candy’ duty. The girls and I, though, got to join a nice group of friends and neighbors for the evening! We walked around collecting candy and finished the night at a BBQ put on at the park! Can’t beat a free hot dog dinner on Halloween! 😉









We’ve spent the past 3 Halloweens with the same friends! I am so sad that we won’t be able to share in all the festivities with them next year! Going trick or treating with them has become our tradition!

To see more of our October fun, you can view the entire albums HERE or HERE!