Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Some Nights...

Every once in a while I come across a song, that I really like. And then I listen to it over and over and over and over and over again...... My current obsession is the song Some Night by the band Fun. I don't know why but I just really like it and if you were here you would learn to love it too because both my itunes and ipod seem to be permanently stuck on the same song. I wonder how that happened????

Now for my awkward moment of the week (yes there have been way more than one). On Monday night I was getting ready for bed and I turned off all the lights and then realized I wanted a glass of water. Then came the awkward moment when i couldn't remember if the door was open or close, now rather than turning on the lights (because then my eyes would be temporarily be blinded and who wants that) I went ahead and karate chopped the door. It was open, but I think I could have taken it down with my ubber intense karate moves. I can only imagine how ridiculous I looked.

A week in Hannover. . .

I spent the past week in Northern Germany visiting Claudia and Dennis' families in Hannover. This is also where both of them grew up and went to University so it was very fun to get to see where there lives started and all the places that hold special memories for them. The first few days we were there were a tiny bit challenging for me just because I was surrounded by all of their family (a large group) and everyone was speaking German, understandably of course. It is a really unnerving feeling to be surrounded by strangers and not understanding a word. But the trip as a whole was a lot of fun.

Here are some pictures from the week:

Dennis and Claudia took all of us kids to this huge indoor play area. It had trampolines and mini soccer fields. Lexi and I spent the majority of our time playing in the ball pin. The benefit of hanging out with a three year old is that no one questions when you are running around in a children's play center.

We played a little scrabble. If you can't understand half of the words that is because it was bilingual scrabble. All of my words are in english, Benni got to use english and German and Claudia had to use German. It was quite an adventure. And actually quite tricky. It's hard to make words when you don't understand half of them. But we had a great time and Benni and I teamed up to beat Claudia.

Here we have some ice skating ducks. Didn't know ducks could ice skate now did you??? Yep it's a special talent that only the German ducks have.

We went to this really neat museum called the Pheano. It is part of the VW center (where the cars and head offices are built). It is a technical museum that the boys loved. It had all these interactive things you could play with such as giant marble runs (and I mean giant). Above was this thing that you could climb in, and it probably was meant for small children and not adults, but Claudia and I wanted a picture in it, which resulted in me getting temporarily stuck and barely making it out alive (slight exaggeration). It was quite funny though.

We made it back home to Gaimmersheim in quite a hurry. You see the trains go nice and fast here. Waist no time.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Robot Birthday. . .

On Monday we celebrated Max's 8th birthday. Claudia threw him a robot themed birthday. It was really fun to be a part of it all. On Sunday night Claudia and I prepared and decorated his birthday cake.

I let Bennie take pictures with my camera for a little bit while all the kids were seated at the table decorating their own robots and he snapped this nice picture of Claudia and I.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Even more snow

Oh my goodness so much snow!!! It has snowed lightly the past two days and today it has gotten a bit crazy; they are even canceling flights out of Munich. But it is absolutely beautiful!!! On Monday night after the boys went to bed Claudia and Dennis and I went for a short walk around the neighborhood and there just isn't anything more beautiful then seeing a snow covered city glowing in the moonlight.
Today Claudia and I will be heading out on some sort of adventure; we aren't sure what yet, the heavy snow changes are plans a bit. Yesterday we met a friend of Claudia's for breakfast at the Audi forum. And it was delicious. In Ingolstdat Audi has quite a few production lines as well as its big offices and they also have the Forum which contains an area to pick up your new car if you so chose, a movie theater where they show independent type films, a car museum, a fancy restaurant and then a second nicer cafeteria style restaurant. We went to the latter of the two and had an all you can eat buffet style breakfast, that being said neither of us needed lunch we were so full afterwards. But it was so yummy, plus I got to sleep in which was nice. On most mornings I try to wake up and eat breakfast with everyone, which means waking up at 6:15 (which is very early!!! especially when your bed is all warm and the outside world is freezing!!!)

Later today or tomorrow I will post pictures from Max's robot themed birthday party hat we had on Monday!!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's snowing...

I have been in Germany for five days now and it has already snowed twice, which is very exciting since it is probably in the 70s at home. Although I will be here for five weeks which is quite a bit of time, the first five days have already gone by so quickly. I feel like before I know my time will be up and I will be on a flight back home to the states.
Why am I in Germany you may ask?? I am here to visit friends who live outside of Munich in a little city near Ingolstadt. I babysat Claudia and Dennis' three boys when they lived in Thousand Oaks during my freshman year at CLU. After that year they moved back home to Germany for Dennis's work. I was lucky enough to spend two weeks with them after study abroad and they invited me back after I graduated. They are such wonderful people and it is so nice to get to see them again. Claudia and I have stayed in touch since they left but email and facebook just don't fill the void of a face to face conversation.
So far we have done a few small things such as gone sledding and walking through downtown Ingolstadt. But I am enjoying just blending in to their every day lives. When I go to visit someone, I am there to see them, so I am happy to do just about anything. Although we have do have some fun things planned for the rest of my weeks here including a trip to Hannover to visit Dennis and Claudia's hometown and family.

I haven't gotten a chance to take any pictures yet, but as soon as I do I will do my best to share them with you.

P.S. All of my graduate school applications are in so now it is just a matter of waiting and seeing and maybe in the next two months I will have an idea of where I will be living for the next year or so!!!!