Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm alive! :)

our descent into Munich...

Hops fields in Bavaria

I know, I know, I have really neglected this blog since my trip to the States. But I'll make it up to you by posting some monster updates through next week.

So, I'm back in Germany after 2 months Stateside. I had such an awesome time-I got to see my friends and family, enjoy some Southern comforts (real summer weather and Chick fil a!), speak English, visit New York City, and have an amazing wedding and a week full of fun family stuff. I have a lot to recap :)

Just call me Miss America. Err...Mrs. America? :)

Since there's so much to talk about concerning the America trip, I'll catch you up on what's been going on in Bavaria since I got back.

Fionn has been working a LOT-poor thing pretty much hit the ground running as soon as we got back and hasn't stopped since. He's supposed to get a 4 day weekend next month and we're hoping to use it to go somewhere in Italy...still working out the particulars, but stay tuned! Portugal is also an option-we both agreed we wanted to capitalize on good summer weather and I personally would love to be near the water.

Fionn's birthday was the same day we flew back to Germany, so to make it up to him I surprised him with High Tea when he came home from work later that week. We had hoped to have High Tea while in Savannah but it fell through, so it became Birthday Tea instead :) I didn't get a picture of the desserts (marble cake and scones) but they were tasty! Note our lovely new dishes-wedding presents from Fionn's grandma! :) The tea was steeping when I took this picture, but it was there-made in our new teapot from Jody and Ray. :)

Coming back to Bavaria was hard for me after 2 months staying with my family and then a wedding week full of best friends, fun times, and good memories. The first week back I was definitely in a funk, which wasn't improved when Fionn had to go away for a few days for work. Luckily, I've been able to hang out with a friend I've made here-so we've been going on lunch dates and exploring the nearby city and even had a wine/movie night one night when the guys were gone. Her husband works with Fionn so when all the guys leave it's nice to have someone to call up and hang out with. Not to mention, she's one of the only wives here who is my age! I guess we make up the whippersnapper contingent of the Wives' Club ;)

Lately I've been pretty busy redecorating our house. When we got back from the States we had 13 boxes waiting for us at the Post Office-all gifts from our registry! That was really exciting and there have been more packages since that shipment. I think the recycling center people recognize my car now!

The registry gifts have really been such a blessing, and I'm so thankful for our friends and family and their generosity. When I first moved in I brought some hand me downs my parents had given me for my first apartment and mixed that with Fionn's bachelor pad stuff-which consisted of loaners from the Landlord, thrift store purchases, and Army Housing Office stuff. I never realized how many things you need when you first set up your house and it's nice to finally feel like we have things that are actually "ours". Dishes, blankets, picture frames, cookware...we appreciate all of it and it's so nice to be reminded of the sweet person who gave it to us when we use it! :)

So there's been a lot of redecorating and thank you card writing going on lately. As I make over some of the rooms I'll post the before and after pictures on the blog! :)

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