August 26, 2009
look at that mold - yuck!
All that aside, the house is great. Brad did a great job in finding this one. After many days of not knowing whether to clean or unpack it started to feel a bit like home. We have more room than we know what to do with. We decided with all of water damage that we would go ahead and request the rest of our items we'd stored in DC to be shipped. We're praying these stay dry! So come October we should be really settled.
old kitchen above - new below
Notice the size of the 64oz grape juice in comparisson to the rest of the fridge
Our house came with yard service! I didn't think they made these kind of mowers anymore - but apparantly they do!
This is actually a funny picture - this was our first attempt to eat at home without any cooking utensils. As you can doritos and wheat thins were on the list along with pb&j. The kids were so hungry and excited to eat. Wouldn't you know our luck - the bread had mold and we didn't notice until Madeline was taking her first bite. Well we couldn't even do pb&j right. We ended up going to eat Bratwurst and pommes at a local festival.
Madeline had an opportunity to meet with her coach for fussbal this fall - here she is at the SV-Morhringen fields. Notice her Heritage shirt worn with pride!
The following photos were taking outside of a neighborhood eatery - right down the street from our house.
August 03, 2009
Left to right: Faith, Seriah, Grace, Kidron, Yannek, Madeline, Hope, Katja, Micah, Jack and Eli
After a quick bite of lunch, we headed on our 3 mile journey. Let me first explain the whole barefoot concept. The Germans believe that walking barefoot through the woods on different types of materials (mulch, rock, mud, lava rock, clay, freezing water, glass...yes, glass!) is to heighten your sensory nerves and work a bit like foot detoxification, helping promote a healthier being. Well, that very well may be the case, but I can guarentee you that OSHA was is no way involved!
The first circle through the mudpit!
Our leader, Debbie, (the only who has done this) promptly explained that we leave all shoes in the car in the parking lot. Being good pupils, we followed the instructions and hit the path. As Brenda and I "oooh, aaaah, & ouched" our way to the trail head, be quickly realized that it was a 300 meter walk to the entrance of the park. Use your imagination and picture walking on a heavily traveled razor sharp gravel road and then you'll just being to appreciate the pain we were feeling in our feet.
Upon arriving to the start of the trail there was contrevoursey as to which place we should start. Good thing both of the other moms speak fluent German. Although with all that German we still began our trip in the "out".
In the beginning it wasn't too bad, weathering the 60 degrees in the air and the freezing temps of the cold wet ground. The kids.....oh yeah, they were there and loving every minute of it. I think once the cold set in, their feet were numb, so they didn't mind the pain!
In all actuality the park is pretty neat. It is nestled on the edge of the Schwartzwald and very picturesque. Along the way we came upon a playground with ziplines and swings.
Wading through more mudpits! Can you believe we did this by choice? So not me and my germaphobia! It obviously hasn't affected the kids in the same way.
In this picture you can't tell if Madeline is wearing her khaki knee socks and black shoes or just different layers of mud and muck...yuck!
At the end we came to the plunge pool - did I say it was freezing? Jack decided to do a cannon ball and disregard all warnings that he would be freezing afterwards. Madeline soon followed suit - although she was the dirtiest and it was well needed.
Wouldn't you know as we were heading back to load up 11 dirty children it began to rain. We tried as best as we could to change every child's clothes, wipe and towel dry all 22 feet, take to the bathroon those which needed to potty and buckle into the car while we were being drownd by the much needed rain. All in all, a great day...a day the Lord had made!
What a fun day! Through it all we made great memories!
Thanks Debbie and Brenda for the wonderful time!
August 02, 2009
There was only one small problem, or should I say big problem. The boat was made for people shorter than 5'5". Brad had a time being able to row around those 6'4" legs! Nonetheless, the passengers were quite happy!
We nixed the idea and deceided to train the shorter folk aboard to row!
After our rest we deceided to stroll the streets and ended up in the town plaza where the kids enjoyed the fountain!
And that wraps up our 3 hour adventure in Tubingen!