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I knew I’d be really bad at updating this


I have officially been here for over a month! It’s only just starting to feel normal. I don’t have insane anxiety every time I need to drive anymore and I have a bit of a routine. Obviously I am still a scaredy-cat because I haven’t traveled anywhere yet. However, I have had a list going in my head for the past 6 months or so and I just wrote it down on paper and added some TBD dates up in there. Hopefully that will keep me on track 🙂

Some fun and exciting things that have happened so far (fun and exciting is being used loosely):

– Going to the Neuwied Zoo

– Celebrating Fasching (even though it turns out we went to a party meant for teenagers)

– Being totally sick and having a fever for a few days while at the same time having no internet

– Going to Limburg and seeing the Limburger Dom

Mostly I’ve been taking it easy and getting used to living in a strange place. Yes, my life has been quiet but that’s kind of how I like it. I love going for walks with the dog in the woods and I love having time to myself to get my room in order every week. I find it fun going to the supermarket and comparing prices and brands to what I’m used to and finding new things. I’ve started doing Pilates again so I can keep strong and rest better at night. Mostly I just love hanging out with my German family and watch my relationship with the babes grow. Of course I have the itch to go explore new cities and dance and go crazy — I’m not 80 yet. But day-to-day life is quiet and that’s fine by me.

Starting on Thursday I will be going to language school twice a week in Limburg. Last Thursday I went there with three friends and it is so adorable. It’s like walking through a storybook. Marie, from SoCal, and I had to take pictures because everything looked “so German” and it was too cute not to shoot. I have a feeling that when my classes are over at noon I will stay until the little ladies need to be picked up from the Kindergarten every time. It’s hard to get used to thinking that all these towns are 7 or 800 years old. That means their bread recipes are 7 to 800 years old. Always the important thoughts.

Alright so here’s my photo plop! And a reminder that no babe pictures are allowed on the Interwebs so if you want to see my kids send me a message and you can have them privately 🙂  Continue reading


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The first few days

Guten Tag!

I’m still alive! These past few days have been pretty busy and the minute the day is over I’m in bed. My jet lag isn’t too bad, but I haven’t slept through the whole night yet. Since the sun comes up so late I can’t tell if it’s time to wake up or not when my eyes pop open in the middle of the night. But besides that, alles gut!!

Now for a photo plop:


The biggest freaking plane I’ve ever been on. Plus free alc and hot towels and pretty uniforms. Also the food was pretty decent. 


First view through the clouds of Deutschland!


Little towns covered in snow


The Main River


Frankfurt am Main


The backyard and the woods. Cold!!


My new furry friend, Aika 🙂


Fresh bread!!!!!


OMG bread. And there are bakeries everywhere


I don’t know why this is the only thing I took a picture of in the supermarket… but it looks ridiculous. I will DEFINITELY be taking more pictures when we go shopping next time.


It’s a cold yet beautiful, sunny day ❤

My family is so lovely. I feel very lucky to have found them on this crazy Internet thing. The girls are super adorable and I can’t wait for them to get a little more used to me. They don’t know, but I have gifts waiting for them in my closet 🙂 Marla (2) is very attached to her parents, Yvonne and Marcus, but she’s letting me in a little at a time. Letizia (5) and I are already buddies. She loves dresses and pink and also doesn’t mind jumping around and getting dirty. My kind of girl!! I won’t be posting any pictures of the kids online by request of my host family, but if you want to see the beauties let me know and I’ll send some privately 🙂

Thankfully Marcus had Monday and Tuesday off this week to help me get situated. I am so grateful he was here because I would have been so confused going to get my residency status figured out, trying to find a language school, going to the post office, and everything else. He also made sure my car was in working order. I’m driving a freaking Smart car. It’s crazy tiny. Seriously – I feel very fortunate to have both Yvonne and Marcus around.

To take a leaf from Steven’s book, here’s my “high-low-high” of my stay so far:

High: Autobahn. 😛
Low: Marla isn’t ready to have a new aupair. Hopefully she’ll come around quickly! I can’t wait to see her sweet loving side that she shows to her parents.
High: Everyone else has been so amazing and sweet to me. My host parents, Letizia, and everyone I have met so far has been helpful and kind. German people are very polite and it’s lovely.

I keep having moments when I can’t really believe that I’m here. I’ve been thinking about coming here since high school and it has finally happened! Maybe I’ll have my thoughts more in order soon so I can write something slightly more intelligible in a couple days 😛

Love you all!


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Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you don’t feel much of anything?

These days I am usually trying to feel my feelings. There was a long period of time where I had so many that I wished I could squelch them all out. Turns out I could. I got really good at it. But it’s not fun. I love being a caring person with too many feelings!

My decision to move to Germany was one made out of a wish to feel. A wish to experience what the world has to offer so I can finally figure out what I have to offer it. The trouble is, besides feeling excited and anxious I haven’t been able to figure out what emotions I have! All I know is the past couple of weeks installed a turbo without telling me and the dream maker threw down some crazy ones for me to handle. Hopefully it’ll hit me soon — but not too hard at once, please! O.o

As for this blog, I don’t have too much direction figured out just yet. Perhaps it’ll be a run-of-the-mill chronicle or maybe I’ll figure out something slightly more clever between now and my first official Deutschland post.

Now for cute pictures of my niece and nephew because they aren’t going to look like this when I get back to the states!

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Alright! That’s it for now! EVERYONE COME VISIT ME, K?

Love you all