Katrin was singing at the Nikolaikirche so we got dolled up and headed into town. We sat with Gabe and Sophia so the girls could see each other, share snacks, and help to keep each othr a bit distracted.
Alessandra was so good and only needed two walk-abouts to make it through the whole concert. During one of her walk-abouts Sophia (who is now walking) came around the corner and Alessandra squealed with delight and tried to run over to her. She fell down and then looked up at me like I somehow stopped her from walking like Sophia. It was so funny. I picked her up and walked her over to Sophia where she assaulted her with hugs and kisses. She's so sweet and really loves her best buddy.
Afterwards we met up with Katrin at the Christmas Market to chat and sip some gluhwein. After our cups were empty and our hands were cold we decided it was time to head home.
It was such a good time and Jon and I agree that we need to keep exposing Alessandra to different concerts, plays, and other cultural events so she can learn how to behave so we can continue to take her as she grows up.
So - what have you all been up to this Christmas Season?
Jon said we couldn't do Christmas until we did Thanksgiving. And I told Jon we couldn't do Thanksgiving until we "officially" did Alessandra's birthday (with a strip down cake eating frenzy). Being the practical folks that we are, we decided to do Birthanksdaygiving.
We first planned the event and the menu, found the recipes online, made our shopping list, scoured the city looking for all of the necessary ingredients to make as authentic of a Thanksgiving dinner as we could.
Not to toot our own horn but Jon and I thought it was pretty darn spectacular!
We dirtied just about every pot, pan, dish and utensil we own -
including the three new ones we had to buy just to make all the food.
With our tiny little oven we had to put the sweet potatoes on the very bottom
and the stuffing and the green bean casserole had to share the only rack in the oven.
Here's the spread!
The only thing that was off was the turkey - but that's just because it was actually a rotisserie chicken. :o)
We even had a real live Indian at our Thanksgiving ;o)
After we stuffed ourselves just shy of puking,
Alessandra opened a couple more birthday presents,
and finished off the night with some carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
A little while after I got back from The States my camera stopped working. Then while my Mom was here visiting my computer died. And now this last week I lost my URL address for Stone of Joy to a jewelry store because of a processing error.
Needless to say I'm a bit upset. Luckily I have a friend who's been blogging a bit longer than I have who helped get my stuff back up, and I'm hoping before too long Jon and I will be able to come up with another good name/address for the blog. We have a small "travel" computer that does about 70% of the things I need it to do. Unfortunately, I can't do my German lessons and blogging on it is WAY more difficult (but not impossible). And finally my Mom brought me her old camera, I just need to get used to it and figure out how to get the pictures off that and on to my little computer and I'll be set - RIGHT?!?
Long story short, I've missed blogging so much and hopefully I'll be able to get back on the bloggy bandwagon sooner than later.
I had a bit of a break down when my Mom was here. I was have been so frustrated lately. All I want right now is some stability, I want to know what tomorrow's going to look like. I know it's impossible but I do wish I had some idea of what the future held for us.
Jon and I have been in such a state of flux for the last few years. We went from having our own home in CO, to renting one of my Dad/Step-mom's houses in TX, to having our own home in TX, to staying in a bedroom at my Dad/Stepmom's house, to a bedroom in Jon's parents house, to a small flat in Germany. Our transient lifestyle hasn't been ideal but it's this time of year - Christmas - that I upsets me the most. Our Christmas stuff has been packed up for years and for whatever reason I've felt like our Christmas traditions have been packed up as well. We haven't been able to put up our tree, with our silly little ornaments. We haven't been able to hang our Christmas stockings and our lights. But this year we are trying really hard to get back some of our traditions even if all of our stuff is still packed away.
Here's where my Mom comes in. I have ALWAYS loved her Nativity. It is gorgeous!! It is made from all white porcelain and isn't painted at all. She always cuts fresh branches from the evergreen and she decorates it with white lights. I could sit and stare at it for hours. Because it is so stark it doesn't tell the whole story and it allows the viewer to paint the rest of the picture. I told my Mom ages ago that when she dies, I'd really like to have her Nativity, but if she wanted to get rid of it sooner I'd be more than willing to take it off her hands. So of course my Mom has been trying to get my grubby little fingers off her Nativity for the next few decades and has been on a search to find me one of my own.
While it's nowhere as gorgeous as my Mom's - I love it! We found it at the Christmas Market in Berlin. I love that it's made out of natural wood, that it will be easy for us to pack up and take with us wherever our path may take us. Just like my Mom's Nativity it allows the viewer to paint the rest of the picture. It's simple, it's rustic - I love it!
Here is our Christmas window sill, with our little Santa, two red Christmas candles, and last but surely not least our Nativity.