Friday, October 31, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

My friend Jenn at tagged me today! Here goes nothing....

10 Years Ago, in October 1998, I was:

1. Wow! Ummm....let's was my first Halloween after I moved to Kentucky
2. a junior in college
3. 21 years old
4. thinner (haha!)
5. younger. :)

Five things on today's "To Do" List:

1. go to IKEA for bean bag chairs (they didn't have any)
2. return movie (Incredible Hulk - it was good!)
3. print off FrayBaby tags to I can tag everything for the bazaar
4. get ready for trick or treating (and treaters)
5. laundry

Five things that I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Invest a LOT more
2. Visit family and friends a lot more often
3. Buy land somewhere
4. Take a really amazing vacation - Greek Islands maybe?
5. Put away money for the kiddos

Five places I have lived:

1. Waukesha, Wisconsin
2. Lexington, Kentucky
3. Nashville, Tennessee
4. Mililani, Hawaii
5. Parsberg, Germany

Five jobs I have had:
1. waitress
2. bank teller
3. Atlanta Bread Company - YUM!
4. McDonalds (high school job - fun!) ;)
5. Marketing Analyst

I'm supposed to tag 5 people but I'll just leave it at - if you want to do it - do it! ;) It was fun - thanks Jenn! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

It's a costume party!

Luke was invited to his friend Emma's third birthday party. Since her birthday is near the end of October, her mom decided to make it a costume party! Grandma Davis sent Luke a cowboy outfit last month so that is what we decided to wear. I had to alter the "chaps" - they were a little too long and at the last minute I remembered that we dressed up Scout (our little dog) as Sheriff Woody last year for Halloween so I dug out the costume and took the SHERIFF pin from it. :) I was surprised that Luke kept the costume on for such a long period of time. Anyways - it was a gorgeous, sunny day so the kids had lots of fun playing in the backyard while moms and dads carved pumpkins.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


We had a Hail and Farewell last night we had to attend for Brian's work and since it is so close to the end of October, it was a costume Hail and Farewell! We ordered costumes a few weeks ago but they didn't arrive in time so at the eleventh hour we all decided to put on overalls and go as farmers! (Honestly, that was the only thing that would fit me so really, what were my options? And NO, I am not going to paint my belly.) So, with Brian and Luke in boots and cowboy hats and me in boots and my big blue UK hat (hmm, I guess I was the redneck in our farmer family), we set out to the Hail and Farewell being held at a German restaurant a few towns over from us. Everyone was in costume and the 2 poor souls who didn't dress up had costumed provided for them by the LTC (a sumo wrestler and a gothic woman) and fun was had by all.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We interrupt the Italy posts with pictures from a walk around our neighborhood

Fall is here and it is gorgeous out. Luke and I took a walk the other day and since the morning fog had lifted and the sun was shining, I decided to take the camera with me. I promise to post the last post of the Italian series (Ceramics shopping in Nove) soon. In the meantime, I give you autumn in Parsberg, Germany.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Our Italian weekend - Part 2

On Sunday morning we headed to Venice! We drove a little over an hour to the Venice Mestre train station located on the mainland of Venice. (Did you know Venice is made up of many islands?) We bought train tickets for 1 Euro each and hopped on the train to the St Lucia station right along the Grand Canal. The second we exited the doors of the train station Luke was in heaven. Not only were we right along the water but there were boats everywhere. Brian got in line to purchase an unlimited water taxi ticket and once we had them in our hands, we were off. We rode down the entire 2 miles of the canal, stopping at 4 or 5 of the many stops along the way. We stopped at the Rialto Bridge (which is the bridge you are supposed to kiss under as your gondola glides on the water) and walked up and over the bridge to the market along the side streets. Brian stayed with Luke as he chased pigeons in the small square and I browsed the many, many street vendors along the way. I ended up purchasing 2 small Murano glass bowls from a vendor who got his selection of glass right from Venice's own Murano island. (All glass making was banished to the island of Murano hundreds of years ago to prevent fires from breaking out - they wanted to contain all the glass makers on 1 island and that is where they remain today.) We wandered up and down the streets of some of the other stops and eventually made our way, by water taxi, to San Marco Square, where the views are gorgeous, the lines and long for all attractions and the prices are ridiculous. It was gorgeous though and we got a few pictures of the square and historical St. Mark's Basillica along with their astronomical clock tower. We roamed through the back streets and found a restaurant that wasn't as expensive as the others and had lunch. After lunch we cut through the streets back up to the Rialto Bridge (along with hundreds of other people) and passed cute shops, amazing window displays, small canal crossings with bridges, statues, gondoliers, artists and more pigeons.

Venice is amazingly beautiful and provides you with an endless amount of things to see and do. We enjoyed our ride down the Grand Canal and left satisfied about what we accomplished. The chaos and crowds made it near impossible to do a lot of historical site seeing with a 2 year old in tow. But we were happy with our trip and thrilled that we were able to see Venice on a gorgeous Sunday with the temperatures in the 60s and the sun shining the entire time.

Here are pictures of Venice. Enjoy!

The Grand Canal

Rialto Bridge
Brian and Luke on the bridge

It's me!
Little gondola

Chili pepper bouquets! How cool!
Luke chasing pigeons

The Murano glass vendor - I bought 2 of the bowls on the 3rd shelf down - the multi colored ones
Luke and I along the Grand Canal. Me, 25 weeks pregnant. Luke, digging through my purse looking for a snack.
Some of the private boats zipping along the canal
On the vaporetto (water taxi)
Luke and I on the water taxi

Approaching San Marco Square
The chaos of the square!

San Marco Basillica - this building dates back to 826 AD when it was first built. A fire destroyed it twice, once in the 900s and once in the early 1000s. This building that you see here is original from the early 1000s.
Luke and I in front of the basillica

Astronomical clock tower. Remember the legend I told you behind the clock tower in Prague? Well, this clock has the exact same legend. Hmmmm...
One of the side canals and more gondola rides. The Italian government set prices for gondola rides so all gondaliers have to charge the same - no one can beat another ones prices. For the standard 6 seat gondola it costs 73 euros (about $105 USD) no matter if 1 person or 6 people take the ride.

An oil painting vendor
One of the many shops along the streets of Venice
Side street
Hiking up the stairs to get back to the Rialto Bridge

Waiting at the water taxi stop for our ride

Four hours later, on the train back to the VE Mestre station