Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas Ery-body...

That's how Mason says it anyway. You can tell my Dad is on vacation because he hounds me all day about not updating the blog. He gets upset when I post pictures on Facebook, because well Daddy doesn't do the FB. :) So here you go Daddy! We had a wonderful Christmas indeed! After some aircraft troubles, cancelations and delays, Dave made it home to Germany at lunchtime on Christmas! The kids have just been thrilled to have him home, poor Dave though is having to play catch up with the jet lag now. We are hoping to do some Euro-travel during our break, if the weather stays nice. We got a couple feet of snow the other day and seems to keep on coming. Santa knew that Daddy was going to be arriving late on Christmas so he scheduled his visit later on Christmas Day so Dave could be there, which I thought was very nice of him. I made a wonderful Christmas lunch/dinner that actually all tasted yummy! The kids were spoiled, like always, by both sets of Grandparents. Our house looks like a toy store disaster right now, but thats ok. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

This is what happens...

When mommies have too much homework to do and aren't watching little boys like they should be....meanwhile, Emma watched him the whole time and never once told on him until she saw the prize inside the egg. Mason swiped a Kinderegg from fridge while I was in school mode. He did come tell me because if you know Mason, you know he doesn't like to be dirty at all! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I just realized there were no pictures of the children in the last post...thats who you really want to see right? Not me in front of giant cookies? ok. :)

You can disown me now...

I am horrible, I know that. I won't even give excuses about school work, Dave being gone, strep and pink eye, I promise. :) We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with some really great friends last week. I hope you all had a good Turkey Day as well! Christmas markets have consumed me here in Germany and I am trying to attend all the ones nearby to get a collectors beer/gluwein mug from them. Great goals I have in life! We have also started some new Christmas traditions that I wanted to share! We are doing the 25 books of Christmas, where the kids get to unwrap a book each night in December and we read it before bed! I also made a huge advent calendar with some help from my Momma! She sent me the boxes and uber cute scrap-booking paper for them! The kids were so excited to see little chocolates inside the box tonight! Advent is huge in Europe so we even made an advent wreath like the ones the kids light at school! Germany is amazing at Christmas, it really makes up for the homesickness! Miss and love you all!

Monday, October 25, 2010


First off, I am sorry for lack of pictures. The kids have 'misplaced' my camera basically I will probably have to buy a new one! Also, this session of classes is winding down, so I've been a bit occupied turing in term projects, 10 page papers, asking Mason what he just stuck in his get the idea. But as I was sitting here reviewing my homework for the week I was instantly flashed back to my childhood. I wanted to share because I know that my Grandparents are loyal readers of my blog and they'll love to hear this. I was drinking a Coke and eating a 3 Musketeers candy bar and I was 10 again. What's so special about that? Well.....every time I went to visit my Granddad and Grandma in Ranger, TX they would have a Coca-Cola and cold 3 Musketeers waiting for me! I was never let down either, Grandma always had them both! And the candy bar being cold makes all the difference! I haven't had this combination in a long time and it took me out of the crazy, busy life I have and back to when I begged to go 'count the cows.' Hope you guys are doing well and having fun traveling! Love y'all!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Since Emma is a September baby, she missed 'real' Kindergarten cutoff by a few weeks. SO....we enrolled her in the local German Kindergarten for this year and next school year she will start 'real' Kindergarten. Confused yet? German Kindergarten is more of a day school, but she is with children her age and they participate in crafts and German learning, so Emma will probably be speaking better German than me in a few months. Mason will also be attending this school, but he starts next month! I am really excited for Mason because he has never been to any type of day care so this should be a fun adventure for both him and me! Back to Emma, she was so excited and didn't even tell me goodbye when she ran into her classroom! Typical Em. She knows a few German phrases that I taught her, like how to introduce herself and ask what someone's name is. She also knows please, thank you and how to count to 10. I have a feeling she will be A-OK in German school. hahaha. She and I have also become very interested in Bento lunch packing. I've enclosed a picture of our very first one. Bento lunches for kids are all about exposing them to foods they normally wouldn't try by making them aesthetically pleasing to a 5 year old's eye. Emma has ate everything I've ever given her so that is not a problem, for me it is more about packing a healthier lunch than a bunch of bagged food and candy. I did give Emma a special Kinder chocolate in her lunch because she LOVES them! I figured it would be a nice surprise on her first day of school! :)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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For you Daddy!

I know this is a long time between posts, I am sorry yet again! I'm always apologizing on here! School picked up for me and I added a few more classes for later this session, so as you can imagine my internet time is being consumed by schoolwork. Dave has also been coming and going for training and shooting and whatever else they do when they leave. Mason also had pneumonia a few weeks ago and it was very serious for about 24 hours. So needless to say, all is well now and things have calmed down just enough to share some pictures! Emma says her favorite thing to do here in Germany is to go to the Blumen fields. These are flower fields that people/cities have set up with a small can to deposit your money and even some knives to cut the flowers. They go on pure honesty so most of the time I put a little extra in, especially since Mason running through the rows destroys at least a few flowers...boys. Emma had a very nice birthday with just the 3 of us, Dave is of course away. So we plan on letting her pick somewhere to go and of course taking her spending money to Toys R Us. They have those here ya know? I've been getting in touch with my crafty side with all this alone time. A friend of mine here introduced me to German flea markets and I am obsessed. Hope everyone is doing well! It is getting cooler here, although this week has been warmer for us!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What are we loving?

This is Dave's favorite drink, Emma likes it as well. It is like coke mixed with orange soda? Gag me Dave. :)
Um box of milk, yes please! This keeps me from having to steal milk from the farmers in town...I kid! I love this! It was like 11 Euro, but SO worth not having to go to the store every other day. Especially since Sunday, the day of rest, really happens over here.
This is why I have to run miles through the corn fields...I am addicted. It's like milk chocolate with a milky creamy center...heaven.
My other addiction. This is mine and Mason's favorite drink. Sparkling water! He thinks its coke, works for me!
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Give me a second....

While Mason finishes this last glass of wine, kidding!!!! It's his new favorite drink, mineralwasser. I think I said this yesterday but you automatically get sparkling water if you order wasser here. Mason thinks its the coolest thing ever, and today while at Colmberg Castle for dinner he was given an adult glass to drink out of. I'm having crazy problems trying to upload pics to Blogger so I can only do one at a time for right now. Just that one photo takes me 5 minutes so.......just hang with me and we will get this figured out!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

and the Halls are overseas once again....

Oh my goodness, what a whirlwind week we have had! First off, Hallo! We made the 9-hour flight from Dallas to Frankfurt on Monday and Dave made it just in time to pick us up! The kids did awesome and we really had no problems on our short flight, haha short compared to the Korea flight! Kid meals on planes are the coolest thing, I wish I got a kids meal! Emma and Mason lived it up with pudding, Twix, fruits, pizza, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, juice, milk and of course bread. Bread is served with every meal in Germany even breakfast. I got a roll with my omelet! After our uneventful flight, we had to travel by train to the area where we lived. I remember looking out the window of our train car and telling Dave that I loved all the cute little German towns, he replied that is all that there are here, cute little German towns. Lol. The kids slept for most of the flight so they were adjusted to the time difference already, I on the other hand was not so I fought sleep most of the day. After arriving at our car (more on that later) we drove a short distance to our new home in Marktbergel. It’s a postcard type of village and I can’t wait to share it with you all! We had some running around to do and Dave tried to give me a tour of the countryside so I would stay awake, lol. We got to meet an old friend of ours and his family for dinner that first night and it was great to see them! All in all, we had a great first day in country! Our last few days have been spent in processing our family for medical, base privileges and whatnot. It has also been spent shopping. Why might you ask? Well reason 1, our stuff doesn’t arrive until next month so we still need some basic things like cleaning supplies, trash cans, hangars etc. Reason 2, it’s about 40 degrees cooler here than it was in Texas, so our poor children had no coats! Luckily we have located both the IKEA and H & M, two of my favorite stores and very reasonably priced! Onto my favorite part of this post, what I am loving about Germany: the candy! I hate gummy candy ask my family, but it is SO good here! Chocolate: um they have this stuff called Kinder chocolate with a milky inside, um it’s crack. Water: It is served as sparkling water here, you must specifically ask for tap water, how did they know I loved sparkling water??? Bakery: There is one in every town and the pretzels and rolls are to die for!! Norma and Aldi stores: I love this little grocery stores because they are CHEAP! You have to pay for your cart and must bag your stuff, but totally worth it, plus I bought a really nice white wine for 2 Euros yesterday! Ok things that I am still not sure of. Driving: We have to drive everywhere because we live in the country. There is no yellow dividing line, it’s white so I am already confused. Poop: We live in a town where people park their tractors in their driveways…. need I say more? Recycling: I am all for this but their system is a bit odd and it will take me a while to figure it out, needless to say I have to dig through my trash this weekend. Fashion: Do these people care what they look like? No, but that could be a good thing and a great piece of advice for us all! I still don’t get the purple hair and black socks though. So as you can see we are really enjoying it here and I promise to have more pics up soon, we are just swamped with things right now. Tomorrow I take my drivers exam, pray for me. Oh a funny story to leave you with. We had our pictures taken by a group of Japanese tourists…I wonder if they thought we were German or if they recognized Emma from all the pictures she took in Korea??? Love you all!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

About that time again...

I know, I have fallen behind on my mommy-blogger duties. If you know me, you know that it will probably happen again so I won't say I'm sorry yet again...haha. Our summer here in Texas has been a whirlwind of adventures. We've had visitors from South Carolina, we've driven West and South to visit family and even taken a plane ride. We have a few weeks left before we head to the land of schnitzel with noodles and crisp apple strudels, yes I love the Sound of Music. I'll just leave you to some pictures of our wonderful summer instead of boring you with words, :).