Oh the Places We’ll Go: Metz, France

Traveling through Metz, France, with kids!Sunday was our sixth anniversary, so we decided to celebrate and get out of the house country for a bit! This was our first trip outside of Germany since arriving here in May, and we were a bit nervous at first, but ended up having an awesome time! There are a few differences you notice upon crossing the boarder, the signs automatically switch to French, the stop lights are plus signs instead of circles, and toll roads are everywhere! A few miles past the boarder we encountered our first toll, which added an extra €10 on to our trip that we weren’t expecting, but hey, we got to visit France! Continue reading

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Our New House: Master Bedroom & Hallway

An elegant, bohemian bedroom in GermanyWe’ve been in our house for about seven months now, and are just now able to say that we are completely done with all of our projects and unpacking. I’m guessing this probably isn’t an unusual story for most military families, it seems like we get slower about setting up with every move! But, we’re done now, and I’m in love with our master bedroom! Light and airy, the perfect mix of elegance and care free bohemian-ism! Jon thinks it’s a bit girly, but as he’s fond of saying, “happy wife, happy life!” 😉 Continue reading

December Photo Project

Throughout the month of December, I’ve been working on a photo project. If you follow me on Facebook, then I’m sure you’ve seen at least a few of them throughout the month, but now that it’s over, I thought I would post the whole collection here for your viewing pleasure.

Each year View from the Prairie Box hosts the DPP and invites anyone and everyone to participate. Photography skill and a nice camera are not what’s important here, most of the group is made up of normal people taking pictures of normal December things, and that’s what I love about it! There’s a Facebook page for the group as well, and the community members are so wonderfully encouraging, they make this a tradition I look forward to each year!

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This year’s project is wrapping up, but I highly encourage anyone who’s interested to participate next year! Merry Christmas Everyone, much love from Germany!

Christmas Markets: Nürnberg, Ramstein & Kaiserslautern

A tour of German Christmas Markets!We spent the weekend out at the markets once again, there really is no more exciting and delicious place to be this time of year! I can’t tell you how many different varieties of Nutella covered pastries I’ve eaten lately… no really, I’m ashamed! Early on in the season we visited Heidelberg and Burg Lichtenburg, a week ago it was Kaiserslautern and Ramstein (which I’m just now getting around to sharing), and last weekend we ventured out to Nürnberg, the most famous “christkindlesmarkt” in the world! Continue reading

St. Nicholas Day

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day, an alternative to SantaThis post contains affiliate links, thanks for the support!

One of my favorite things about living in a foreign country is really getting to know the people, food and culture of our host nation. And, let me tell you, the German culture is most vibrant at Christmas time! Markets pop up in every village square, delicious food trucks and homemade gifts abound here in an area where the roots of our modern day Christmas began.  Continue reading

Christmas Markets: Heidelberg & Burg Lichtenburg

A tour of the German Christmas markets!It’s hard to believe the first candle on that advent calendar is lit! Despite the fact that we had a four day weekend, it whizzed by at unprecedented speeds, my head is still spinning! We celebrated Thanksgiving with two other couples who moved from Hawaii with us. I’m so glad we were all stationed together again, especially every time a holiday rolls around and I start missing family (even more than usual, that is). Our potluck meal was amazing, and so was the epic game of Scattergories that followed! Friday we trimmed our tree and then Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Christmas markets in Heidelberg and Burg Lichtenburg (that’s a lot of burgs)! Continue reading

Salt Water Taffy

Homemade Salt Water Taffy Recipe, this is a great one for the kids to help with!This post contains affiliate links, thanks for supporting us!

I’ve come to appreciate seasons more since living in Hawaii. I loved everything about our tour there, but I did miss the seasons. They just help to move the year along, each week ushers in small changes in the world around us, and I love matching our activities to them as well, seasonal bucket lists thrill me as I contemplate all of the fun adventures we’ll have over the coming months. As fall pulls to a close, I’ve been spurred on to enjoy a few last autumn treats, today– salt water taffy!

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Ice Cream Dress

Oliver + S, Ice Cream Dress, by Babes in DeutschlandI am really enjoying sewing clothes for Aurora, it’s so relaxing to work on in the evenings after the little ones are in bed. I’m currently in the middle of making them each a matching little Christmas present (to be revealed later!), but for now, I thought I would blog this dress that I made for Rora awhile ago, but is just starting to fit her now. She’s worn it a couple of times and adores the large pockets in front, I always find little treasures hidden in there each time I go to wash it! Continue reading

Oh the Places We’ll Go: Mannheim

Babes in DeutschlandFriday, we spent the day in Mannheim at Luisenpark. It was completely gorgeous. A bit chilly, and some of the attractions were closed down, but the park is just beautiful in the fall. Much like the gartenschau in Kaiserslautern (the dino park with the huge playgrounds), Luisenpark is a large (several miles long) park complete with walking paths, playgrounds, boat rides, mini-golf, a small zoo, and lots of nature! We will definitely be going back again in the spring to do some of the stuff that was closed for the season! Continue reading

Halloween

Babes in DeutschlandOverwhelmed once again. We checked one holiday off this week and already my mind is whirling with thoughts of the next. I suppose I should be thankful that I am at least disciplined enough to wait until one is over before beginning to worry about the next. The entire week leading up to Halloween was a downward spiral in terms of being organized and productive. I had lots of fun activities planned to finish up our “glow month.” As you can tell by the lack of posts, that didn’t work out as a certain toddler ran off with our blacklight flashlight, and it was all downhill from there. Continue reading