Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Work In Progress

So, I know people have been wanting pictures of our house here but I was avoiding it until I was able to unpack everything. Once everything was unpacked I was still avoiding it because there are so many things I want to get before I show pictures. Well, with the possible government shut down of funds there is a possibility that we won't get paid. Needless to say, I'm being very frugal right now just in case so I'm not exactly running out to buy rugs and accent tables and vases and flowers and such. So, I decided to just give in and take the pictures, just know that this is unfinished but it'll give you an idea.

 This is the front of our house, it's hard to tell in this pic but our house is purple.
This is our parking spot, if we had two cars then we'd have to park the other out on the main street.

This is where we keep two of our 4 trash cans, they are really big into recycling here so we have separate containers for plastic, paper, bio (or biodegradable) and regular trash.
 This is my little shrub that surprisingly, I haven't killed...yet.
This is the coat area, I haven't found a spot for my vacuum yet so it's still sitting here. 
This is the powder room, it's to the left when you walk in the door.
To the right is the kitchen, yes, that is a teeny tiny oven.

 This is another view of the kitchen from the other side, this is basically from where the computer is.
This is our pantry, we used closet organizers to make shelves because it was essentially an empty closet and since they don't have closets in the bedrooms we would have ended up storing the closet organizers and buying shelves. I think it was pretty smart.
 This it the tiniest sink on the planet. I have to do dishes after every meal.

 This is our staircase, it goes all the way down into the basement...and it matches the front of our house.
 This is my bedroom, the skylights are wonderful in the daytime and at night they have blackout shades to keep out peeping neighbors.
 This is our "closet" Don't you just love the design on the mirror? (sarcasm)
 This is what the kids' closets look like, the opposite side is for hanging clothes.
 This is the balcony the kids share, it overlooks the backyard.
 This is Sophia's room...not much to see.
 Same goes for Nicholas' room, not much here.
 This is our upstairs bathroom, basically the one we all share and has no cabinets or closets.
 This is our shower, you'd think with all the space in this bathroom they would have put in a bigger shower....or some damn cabinets.

 This is our tiny little backyard, big enough to use but small enough to be a pain in the ass to mow.

 A view of the front door (with a towel on the floor).
 This is the dining area, as seen from the computer area.
 Another view of the stairs.

 This is the computer area, I'm still looking for a desk so this area is pretty much a disaster zone.
 This is the living room, it is directly across from the dining room.

The rest of these are from the basement, this is the guest room we have set up but I still need to figure out something for the walls, it looks like a prison.

This is the laundry area, this room is HUGE and there is plenty of room to store our junk. 
And last but not least, this is the kids' playroom, there isn't much there yet but we have big plans for this room.

So, that's it, I hope you enjoyed the tour and I'll try to update these pictures as I get more pieces.

Monday, March 21, 2011

This past weekend we headed downtown to the market square to pick up some fresh veggies for dinner, well, we didn't end up with any veggies but we did get some homemade jelly (which is delicious BTW). I love all the fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, eggs, jams and even honey they had. I actually had every intention of getting walking away with some fresh carrots and eggs but I decided to wait till after we walked around a little to buy them so the eggs wouldn't break. Well, as luck would have it we had to leave a little earlier than planned and I missed out. I'll try again on Tuesday though.

Right near where they set up the stalls for the market is the Rathaus (town hall) and I just had to take a picture to show you guys. This building was built in 1572. 

After walking around some more I decided to stop in to the liquor store, now not all liquor stores are like this one but this is definitely my favorite. They let you sample before you buy and they have tons of different kinds of liquors and wines. They have infused oils as well like rosemary infused olive oil, yum! You buy a bottle, there are many different sizes and shapes, some are plain and some are decorative. I bought a couple plain bottles a few weeks ago and when we finished the alcohol inside I just rinsed it out and then brought it back to fill up again. I went with Amaretto and Marzipan flavored liquor again, those seem to be my favorite but I've got my eye on an orange cream for next time. This is a picture of the wall of liquors.

I had to get a picture of the kids at the fountain, it was too pretty a day not to.

This is a pretty little water fountain near the market, it wasn't turned on but once it warms up I'll be sure to get another picture.

That was all the pictures from Saturday. I went to Bamberg last week but somehow I forgot my camera, I'm going to try to steal some pics from a friend to show you. I'm also going to Wurzburg in April so I won't forget my camera then.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Couple More Pigs

 This is the McDonald's pig, as if you couldn't tell by the red and yellow and the burger on its stomach.
This is the pig in front of the mall.

I've actually seen a few more pigs but I didn't have my camera, we're probably going to go on an excursion real soon and try to get pics of the others I've seen and hopefully find some more. I did find out that there are like 157 pigs and the money earned from people that purchased the pigs goes to the kindergartens here, it's a great idea and I'm really glad they did it because it's fun trying to find them all.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Finding the pigs, part 1

So, here in Schweinfurt there are painted pigs all over town and before we left Oklahoma my neighbor and I found out about them. My mission while I'm here is to get pictures of all the Schweinfurt pigs for my neighbor. So, these are the ones we got on Saturday.

I promise next time I'll be in the pictures but I was busy holding an alligator (more on that later).

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Location:Schweinfurt, DE

Friday, February 25, 2011

So, I forgot to mention on here...

I moved to Germany. Be expecting some new posts about my adventures in Deutschland. Stay tuned....

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tomorrow morning the kids and I leave for Colorado to spend two weeks with my bestie and my last 2 weeks with Susie Woozy. J and D are taking Susie for us so we don't have to subject her to a horrendous 16 hour plane ride and 3 years of apartment living. I'm going to miss her like crazy but at least I know she's going to be staying with people that love her just as much as we do.

It looks like there are going to be some bumps on the road to Germany, we had a major obstacle pop up today but I know that Luis will sort it all out and we will be back on track. Keep your fingers crossed for us and I'll be back in 2 weeks.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Why My Butt Is Huge.

Lately I've been going through my recipes and trying to consolidate them all to one place. I have a lot of printed recipes from Food Network and I was keeping those in a binder while some of my family recipes were on index cards in a recipe box. Well, to save time from searching in two places when looking for a recipe I decided to put them all on 8x11 pieces of paper and put them in the binder.

This has been great for organizing my recipes and making them easier to find but made me want to go on a baking spree. I've found all these great recipes that I haven't made in years and remembering how yummy they are makes my mouth water. I've also found that there is a disproportionate amount of dessert recipes to meal recipes. Hmmmm, maybe that's why I'm fat?