Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Samstag, 18. Juli 2009

Finally shedding the school year

This past school year was anything but easy. There were so many challenges, which in the end, definately made me stronger, but seriously, I don't think I needed that much of a strengthening lesson.
But, I do have to admit, the parents really helped me to feel like all my work this year did not go unnoticed. The last Monday of school, I received the most incredible gift basket- full of American food! I guess there were ears actually listening when I mentioned how much I love Macaroni and Cheese!!!

The basket was so incredibly full, I needed to have Joern help me carry the basket out. Here's the breakdown of all the incredible things in the basket:
16 boxes Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
6 pack of A&W Cream Soda (made Joern swoon!)
2 packages of Oreos and 1 package of Double Stuff Oreo
1 box Oreo pop-tarts
1 bag of Fritos
1 bag Cheetos
1 bag Chex Mix sweet and salty
2 bags of Doritos
1 bag Tostitos Lime with 1 jar of salsa
1 box Cheez-its
2 bottles of Hershey's syrup
1 bottle Smucker's magic shell
1 GIANT jar of Skippy
2 boxes of brownie mix
2 boxes of yellow cake mix
1 container of white frosting
4 boxes of Jello Pudding mix (2 pistachio/ 2 white chocolate)
4 boxes of Jello mix
bag of Skittles
bag of Starburst
bag of Hershey's miniatures
1 package of Twizzler twists
1 bag Recees Peanut Butter cups
2 packages of Nestle Crunch
1 box of Latte to Go
1 package of pancake mix
1 bottle of syrup

I am still in shock thinking of how sweet all the parents were in giving me this gift. Not only was a basket full of American food fabulous, but it was incredibly thoughtful as well! I've decided to ration myself in eating all this food, and some of it may be used for a cook-out in the early fall. I am so thankful to the parents, who really helped me to feel appreciated! Thanks parents of 1B, I will never forget this!!

Samstag, 11. Juli 2009

XP: Vote For Finn!!!

My friend, Andrea's son Finn has been entered in a baby photo contest. If she wins, they will get a fabulous photo session for one of the cutest little boys ever!

The polls are open and its is easy to vote! Go to the site and cast your vote for Finn! The contest opened on Friday, July 10th at 12 noon EST and will run till end of Monday, July 13th at midnight.

Thanks Ryan for this great idea! I'm sure once you get to the site, you too will see who is clearly the favorite in our hearts!

Thanks everyone and good luck Little Finn!!

Montag, 6. Juli 2009

Celebrating my birthday- three weeks delayed

I swear, I will get around to posting about our trip to Italy and our first trip to Paris, and the last day of school (thank goodness!!), but I am working on the computer that only has the most recent pictures on it.
We returned to Paris this past weekend, in order to celebrate my birthday. Yeah, I know, we did that three weeks ago. But, as I posted earlier, we missed my birthday dinner. On my birthday, we went in to Paris for the morning and early afternoon, and then drove about 25 miles out of Paris to our hotel to get changed for dinner. I guess I miscalculated, well, maybe we both did, but I assumed we could leave at 7:30 for our boat's 8:30 departure. That may have worked, if we didn't spend over an hour sitting in traffic entering Paris and then another 20 minutes trying to find the boat dock. Needless to say, as we were approaching the dock, we saw the boat sailing down the river. Bleh! I called the company immediately, and they told me that I could reschedule for any time, but getting my money refunded would be extremely difficult. So, I decided to reschedule for my first weekend of summer break, this way, I could go to work with Joern on Friday, and we'd have a head start to Paris. We manage to enjoy lovely dinner in the Montparnasse district for my birthday, but I was really looking forward to returning to Paris for another weekend, and my real birthday dinner.
This past Friday, I went to work with Joern, and he scheduled his day to bring us close to the French border. Since it was Friday, he was finished around 2:00 and we were able to head out to Paris! The weather was sunny and warm, and we had really no traffic the entire way, so we arrived by 7:30 pm. We stayed at the same hotel outside of Paris, where we stayed last time. Yes, the hotel is a major chain, Clarion, and your run-of-the-mill business hotel, lacking any Parisian charm, but it was much less expensive than any hotel in Paris. Plus, we booked their Executive Suite, with an amazing bed, separate living room / conference room (seriously, the dining table could easily accommodate 10 people for a meeting,) and an incredibly fabulous shower. Plus, it is near a huge shopping center and tons of restaurants.
Once we were checked in, we headed to the grocery store in the mall to pick up some food for breakfast. While we were walking around the very homey feeling mall, we found a microbrewery that really reminded me of home. And yes, we could have searched for some very French restaurant, but living abroad you learn that to eat like the locals doesn't always mean indulging in typical food, plus, Joern is always excited about trying a new beer. Dinner was great, I had a hamburger and Joern had a nice steak. We split a maple beer that was delicious! We headed back to the hotel, where we relaxed, enjoyed some French wine, and watched Back to the Future II on the DVD player.
After a leisurely morning on Saturday, we headed in to Paris in the early afternoon. We decided not to rush to monuments or museums, Paris needs a lot of time, so instead we drove around a while. Finally, we parked near Ile St. Louis, and decided to walk around for a bit.

Besides being home to Notre Dame, the Ile St. Louis is actually an adorable neighborhood with streets lined with cafes and shops. We really enjoyed just strolling along the streets. The walk from the city across the Seine was also lovely. Despite the crazy number of tourists, the area was quite peaceful.

Of course, it was fun to look into the windows of the shops and many boulangeries and patisseries of the area.

Since it was such a warm day, we decided to follow the crowd, and jump in one of the many lines at ice cream stands. Turns out, that was quite a wonderful decision. The shop we stopped at had incredible flavors. Joern tried the Pine Nut Praline and I had salted caramel. They were both delicious and perfect-me-overs for the afternoon.
From there, we headed to Notre Dame to check out the famed gargoyles.

Since we were in a bit of a time crunch, and the line to enter was long, we simply sat outside the church and listened to the bells chime.

On our way back to the car, we admired the Hotel de Ville, or City Hall, decorated quite patriotically for the 4th of July.

We headed back to the car, got changed, and headed towards the Eiffel Tower, near the boat dock. Since we had extra time, we drove around, and found the most incredible view of the tower- from the Trocadero. You could easily see other monuments from this spot too, including Les Invalides.

Once we found a parking garage, we made our way to the boat, and boarded around 8 pm. The cruise was incredible! We sat in the Premiere Service section, meaning we sat in the front of the glass covered boat. It was very romantic, the service was wonderful, and the food, although not Michelin starred, was pretty good. The cruise lasted two and a half hours, although I would not have minded if it lasted a lot longer. And that's where I'll end my written description of the weekend. I wish Sunday was better, but needless to say, there was too much wine and champagne included in the dinner. Sunday was not really a day to remember. Oh, and yes, the glare from the glass cover of the boat does detract a bit from the pictures. Sorry!

It was cool to celebrate the 4th of July with the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower!

My long-awaited birthday cake!