Monday, April 1, 2013

Frohe Ostern, Happy Easter!

Frohe Ostern!

Happy Easter!

With Josh being absent this year due to training stateside I decided we weren't going to do anything eggstravagant this year.
I was fortunate to have friends invite the Tabblets and myself over to their house for Easter lunch since Josh is away at training. So that's all we did. Our Easter baskets were sweet and simple this year too.
In all honesty... It was nice to be simple. Baskets, chocolate and egg hunting isn't what the day is about anyway.

Of course the day couldn't go by without a few pictures of the Tabblet's dressed so cute. Both Teagan and Killian weren't feeling the best but they were troopers!  These are some of my favorites from what I was able to capture.

 Sweet Aidan, the tenderheart.

Teagan Ridiculous Joy

 I can see her sickness in this one. Poor girl didn't sleep well. She was such a trooper! 

Killian, the Cutest

 (I told you he's the cutest)

Imogen. Little Sister. 
(her personality is just starting to blossom so for now she's just little sister)

Our Tabblets 4
(4 very patient but easily distracted angels)

 I really like the 2 pictures here (above and below) despite only one kid is looking at me in each. Maybe it's just because I know how they were interacting with each other at the time or because I just like seeing them interacting. In the bottom one I love how Teagan comes in close to Killian, she kissed his head just moments after. 

At last! I got all eyes up! 

We are truly blessed with 4 wonderful children with amazing personalities and well behaved mannerisms. They are the beating of my heart.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

4/2 Säbel Förmich Festessen (Saber Formal Ball)

Last weekend we had the pleasure to attend our unit's formal ball. Since it was our first one we decided to go big instead of going home.
We got a portrait package (to be delivered at a later date), rented a hotel room and even had a babysitter to watch the kids in our hotel room. They enjoy hotels (who doesn't as a kid) so it was even a fun experience for them. I think we got the coolest babysitter in the world... or at least in all of Germany. Her name was Silvia and the kids loved her at first sight.

It was nice to get all dolled up, haven't worn a real pair of heels in... 6 years? haha. I felt pretty for the first time in awhile. It was a good night. A night we'll always remember!

Now about the pictures I'm about to share with you. I didn't want to take my Nikon as it's too bulky for such a event, especially because I didn't want to carry it around with me all over. So I was going to take our little canon point and shoot but alas it had a dead battery. So I was left with my newest little camera which was made for underwater. HAHA!
Knowing we were going to get a professional portrait package I wasn't upset knowing my UW camera wasn't going to take great pictures. So please ignore the quality. It does take great photos... underwater :-)

Sarah and I
 Josh took this one... we didn't know he was snapshoting us :-) 
By the way, that's an 11 Euro Midori Sour!!! We stuck to beer. 
Kate and I 
(seeing if the flash makes it any better) 
Maranda and I
I wish I hadn't accidently deleted the picture we took right after this. We were both appalled at the quality of the picture so we thought that maybe we could get a better one if the camera was under water  since it is an under water camera. So we found a large mouth glass, filled it with water, set the timer and dropped the camera in! Wish I could have recorded the screams that were let out when people saw me drop the camera in the water HAHAHA! Classic I tell you! The picture came out pretty good, although it was in ice water so the ice blurred it a little. It was pretty great. 

 Class A's are not fazed out until April of next year. Tabb was the best looking one there, rocking his greens :-) 
 Jenni and I. 
I'll be sad the day we get orders that aren't the same. We've been together since Korea I love this girl! 

Thankfully some friends brought their nice cameras and we were able to get some good non formal shots :-) 

Monday, March 18, 2013

It went by in a blur

I open my eyes to the sound of a sweet baby snoring next to me. I really enjoy our early morning naps together. She usually comes to our bed around 6am after a full nights sleep in her crib. Just as I'm thinking about how wonderful she is I remember that this morning was even better then I remembered.

He is home.

It's Friday morning and he is home from the field just in time for a 4 day weekend!! YIPPEEE!
I turn over and sure enough he's laying there next to me. Sweet morning bliss.


I'm sitting at the dining room table in quiet, just the low hum of the drying and the thump of the spin cycle. It's Late Monday evening. I can't help but ask "Where did it all go?!", "I just woke up to sweet snoring lovies!"

How come the times together, him and I, go by so fast.

We did a lot this weekend, like most weekends. Spent a day on Grafenwhoer, spending a bunch of money in the "stuffmart" PX and grocery shopping at the commissary that never has what we need in stock. The highlight being the new Manchu Wok for lunch. (Speaking of Manchu Wok, the only other place I've had it was at Yongsan in Korea. Maybe that spoiled me, having Koreans (Asians) behind the counter cooking asian food as opposed to having germans behind the counter cooking asian food. Needless to say it was much better in Yongsan.)
Spent another day watching movies, snuggling in blankets and spending intimate time as a family.
One day was spent back at the Commissary buying our "clean" foods (another blog on another day) and galavanting to stores on the economy.

And the most fun day of the weekend was the day we spent at Palm Beach (no not in Florida) It's Nürnberg's indoor water park. It was glorious!
Amazon had a killer deal on a waterproof camera a few weeks ago and it was the perfect time to test it out. The little camera did so well giving the challenge I put it up to...
Getting 4 Tabblets to slow down long enough for a picture OUT of the water is hard enough!! Getting a non blurred picture IN the water is on a whole other level of difficult. HAH!

Here's a few of the better ones!
 She's our water baby! 

 Fun slide
 Aidan's turn! 
 Killian was nervous but he wanted to try... 
 ... and he didn't go down it again. 

 Moving too fast makes too many bubbles! 
 Our Sweet little buddy, Emilie! 
 The camera doesn't have a stabilizer, but it's a cheap point and shoot, so no big. 
 "Hey Aidan look at me under the water!" .06 seconds later he was no longer in the water

 Mama!!! Help! He's going crazy! 
 SEE!! It works! Really cool huh! It's nice when your subject stays in the water long enough 
 A'Hoy Matey!
 She was so calm, floated very nicely! 
 Look at those legs!! FATTY!
 This time he stayed under for about 2 seconds, as you can see no bubbles... 
 He was happy as long as his face was water free! 
 Killian following Daddy 
 This was another tough one, the water was rippling too much to get one of those cool above and below pictures, This is the best I could get! 
 haha. Self portrait.
 5.5 months of meaty cuteness

   As the day went on I got used to the no stabilization. This was during Imogen's nap, Killian got in some snuggles (extra special ones at that since he has his Noonie) when Daddy and the older two hit up the slides. 

The next few weeks are already booked, slam packed with work, special trainings, family visits, ect.  I know that just in what seems like "a few days" time it'll be time for us to say "See you in awhile, Daddy, return to us soon". So we're trying to get in all the time that we can now. 

As for Palm Beach? We will be back!