Monday, February 20, 2006


On Sunday our town had their Fasching parade, and Jacob was in the parade. He was with his kindergarten, and had a great time. They were all dressed as pirates, and we have a few more festivities for Fasching where he can wear his costume. This costume has gotten so much use, since he used it at Halloween and also to play in. We keep adding things and changing things, but it was nice to have what we needed already. Fasching is basically southern Germany's version of carnival, which we have as Mardi Gras in the U.S. Here is a lengthy definition of it if you are interested. For sure it is a good time! Lots of candy and treats thrown out for the kids, and they are also handing out shots of liquor and cups of beer. For such a small town as we live in, it was an impressive parade. Two marching bands, lots of floats. I put pictures of the parade on the photo album site - click here to check them out. (Did you forget we had that?) Jacob had a really good time, and at a certain point on the parade route the floats made a u-turn. So he was able to see everything that was in the parade. His favorite was the dragon float of course!

We had some friends over to watch the parade and eat dinner, it was a really nice day. The weather was great for the parade, dry and the sun was out. Of course it was still cold, but that is not so bad when the sun shines. Today (Monday) Kenny was off of work so we hung out and took care of a few errands while Jacob was at school. Then for some reason we were invaded by kids this afternoon, as soon as one left another would show up. Jacob fell right to sleep as soon as he got in bed, he was worn out!

We have rescheduled our London trip for Memorial Day weekend, we are hoping to make it this time. It always depends on Kenny's schedule, and what kind of workload they have at the time. That is our main trip that we have planned, we haven't decided on what smaller trips yet. I of course want to go see the tulips in Holland again, but we might skip it and see something else. Maybe Austria or Prague. We have been to both already, but it was a long while ago. I'm sure we will come up with something.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Back in the habit... 

It's been while, but time to get back in the habit of blogging again. We had a pretty hectic week, starting with last sunday. On the way home we hit a hawk, a big hawk. It snapped off our passenger side mirror on the Toyota, and bent the antenna into a question mark shape. As it was happening we both thought it was going to come through the window at us. We took some photos and then Kenny duct taped it back on, since it was still attached by the cable that moves the mirror. When I reported it to the insurance company I found out that we had to file a police report since we collided with an animal, according to German law. Also, next time I should be sure to take a picture of the dead animal. (We didn't do that) So I added going by the military police station to my list of things to do. I went by there the next morning, and told my tale of the big bird, much to the amusement of the MP's. But they said my report was easier to deal with than the guy that was in earlier, who thought that there were people out to kill him.

I had quite a bit going on with church throughout the week, and Jacob had some appointments and things. We had a birthday party to go to, and I also had a "Stampin' Up" workshop at the house. (That was a lot of fun) One of our dogs also had to go to the vet for some problems she has been having. They got her all set with some meds, but also suggested that she drink a certain kind of tea to help with her kidneys. I haven't tried it yet, but I think the little dog is going to have problems handling a tea cup. Oh, and they told me about yet another type of tea I can use to clean out her ears. Lots of uses for tea around here! But it's nice to be able to use something as simple as tea to remedy an ailment, instead of some $50 drug.

Over the last days of the week we had a lot of snow, it was just falling steadily. It piled up quite a bit, and we seem to have fallen off the snowplow's "to do" list. On Friday I took Jacob's sled to kindergarten and pulled him home on that, instead of driving. We stopped by the duck pond to say hi to the ducks, they have a limited space to swim in due to the ice. It has stopped snowing, but it is still freezing so the snow is not melting yet. We think the plow finally came through, but now there is a frozen layer that won't come off. As it warms up a little and people keep driving on it will slowly start to melt. It's not even that slippery, it's just packed snow. We had a good time playing in the snow, even the dogs ran around. Heidi enjoys it, the other too barely tolerate it. It was fun to play in this weekend, but I'm hoping it will start to melt soon.

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