Dec 31, 2010

You know you're in Germany when...

 There is a magnifying glass on your shopping cart?

Oh good, it really is butter.

Dec 28, 2010

Christmas Day and Decorations.

We decided we would spend our limited amount of money on presents only this year instead of wasting it on decorations. Here are our few decorations that we did make. 
Paper Snow Flakes
A Christmas tree out of some 2 euro branches, stuffed in a pot. 
And a Merry Christmas Sign cut out of the old cornflakes box. 

Me wearing my jammies from the Frost family
Our Christmas treats and advent candles

Mike with his hat stocking
 We both needed a warm hat for the winter, so those were our stockings. 

Dec 22, 2010

You know you're married to Mike when...

he begs you to buy a 1/2 meter Käsewurst (cheese sausage) and you have to listen to "Uum...ooh...yum...this is so good" for the next ten minutes.

Dec 18, 2010

Dec 17, 2010

You know it's Christmas in Germany when...

the only Christmas carols you hear outside of church are sung by drunk men riding carousels. If you can't tell, and I'm sure you can't, they're trying to sing "Oh Christmas Tree." (O Tannenbaum!)

Dec 13, 2010

You know you're in Germany when...

This woman is in charge of the music in your ward. 
But don't worry, she doesn't wear that skirt to church.  

Dec 7, 2010

You know you're in Germany when...

Cool Ranch Doritos are called Cool American!

This just proves to me that no matter how much they mock and resent Americans, they secretly think we're cool!

Nov 27, 2010

Nov 26, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...

(Photo of the hills in Leimen east of our apartment)

Our Thanksgiving

This was the second Thanksgiving (out of 4) that Mike and I have spent just with each other. 
The first was on our honeymoon and we make mashed potatoes in the microwave in the room's ice bucket.
This year we stepped it up a little and made the mashed potatoes in a pot. We didn't make turkey, but we did buy a rotisserie chicken from a Turkish man. We think that's close enough. 

We decided not to go formal, as you can tell from Mike's pajama pants. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2010

Top 5 Reasons why Mike loves studying here in Heidelberg...

1. Wooden benches with fold-down seats for the latecomers
2. Teachers using chalk...
...and a sponge
3. The library

 4. Die Hauptstrasse

5. The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (Mike's program's main building)

Nov 19, 2010

We Saw It!

That's Right! Harry Potter 7 (Part 1)!
It was pretty great. It was even in English too. 

We had to get popcorn since we don't have much of that here. 

We noticed these German's don't care about HP as much as they should as you can see by the turn out in the theater. 
We really liked the movie, but all I've got to say to those of you who have seen it is what was with that weird creepy part in the middle when Ron is worried about Harry and Hermione liking each other?

Nov 13, 2010

You know you're in Germany when... have one of these on your street corner. Just in case the store is closed and you run out of cigarettes, or you're just too lazy to walk all 4 blocks to the store, you can just walk to the corner cigarette vending machine. Plus, the biggest benefit of all is when your 10 year old decides they want to start smoking and you don't want to fund it, they can pick up their own on the way home from school. So, for all you future smokers out there, as soon as you are tall enough to ride the Colossus, you are tall enough to smoke. 

Nov 7, 2010

Happy Birthday David Hyrum Dad Taylor!!!

We were going to send you your dream birthday present, but there were just too many to choose from. So, we narrowed it down to these.

Depending on how your retirement is looking, we found you some money-makers.
Hoping that you won't have to resort to those, we found some that are a little more family-friendly.
But then again, at the rate you're going, these might be a little more fitting.
Here are some to match your age.
And after considering all of your options, we think this one's the best. 
(And we think your horses would agree!)
Happy Birthday Dad! And keep Dreaming!!!

Oct 27, 2010

Three Cheers for Wine!!!

The German Recipe for Guaranteed Happiness:

1. Wine...the more the merrier!

2. Bratwurst in a barrel
3. Whole-Rotisserie Pig
4. Medieval Parades with Trumpeters
5. Street plays about middle-aged women and their Brüste (no need for translation)
6. Chubby German men singing American songs in bad accents making the German women dance like its the best thing they've ever heard

7. More wine!!!

Oct 26, 2010

A Trip to...

Taking the advice of one of our friends, we headed off to this small town just West of Heidelberg.  After the run-down train station and the streets filled with Turkish teenagers spitting every other step, we weren't too impressed.  Luckily, the closer we came to the old part of town, the better it got.
Fancy House

 Speyer High School

Downtown Speyer and the Pilgrim 
(marking the old pilgrimage path to the burial of the apostle James in Spain)

The Cathedral and other Churches

Despite our first impression, Speyer turned out to be pretty great.  Not to mention, they had the cheapest Gelato yet.