Tuesday, July 17, 2012


This past weekend we ventured out to see some of the surrounding area.  We started the morning off at a little farm where we found some fresh milk, cheeses & other delectable items!  I did not remember to bring my camera, so we will do better next time.  Some new friends took us, so that made it a little extra special!

After the farm, in a spur-of-the-moment decision, we headed to do a drive-by tour of Wittlich & then on to Trier.  Trier is the oldest German city...I told the girls we knocked out a big visit on our first official weekend.  Of course it was rainy & cold (and not much of a tour since we didn't know a thing about it!), but we persevered to find some warm, fresh pretzels & currywurst.  Yum.  What's not to love?  Today, I booked a train trip for the girls & I to go on next week (so sorry Daddy!), so I will educate myself before anyone comes for a visit!  :)

A little dreary, but we had umbrellas!

Picture of what Mommy calls the Happy Potato Restaurant...
the Kales took Mommy & Daddy here when we came back in April!
I think our potato loving Grandma Lene will find it satisfactory!
(p.s. Grandma, apparently you come by loving potatoes through your German heritage.  They are into every form you can imagine!)

The umbrellas are out...

A little pretzel loving...

This is where we got our bratwurst & currywurst.
Take me away currywurst.
Okay, I'm getting hungry now!
There was also a band playing, so we sat in the drizzly rain to listen & eat our meat.

See, I leave the USA & I blog.  Crazy stuff!  Hope you enjoy & I can't wait to see where our next adventure takes us!

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Official

The big day came last week...Brad officially became a commander!  The best part is that the Air Force sent us to Germany for command.  Oh, and not just anywhere in Germany--Spangdahlem!  It is gorgeous here, very rural & there are vineyards everywhere you look.  We feel so blessed to be here.

Back to the Change of Command.  The girls were looking forward to 'Daddy's Party' because cake would be involved.  Well, they had another surprise too...
Good old Sparky was part of the festivities.
One girl liked him...

One, not so much...  :)

The serious part of the day...
from L to R:
Colonel Calisti, Lt Col Bill Kale, & Brad

This picture didn't turn out to great, but here Brad is taking the guidon.
He is officially taking command.
What a surreal moment it was.
I'm so proud of him, but a little in shock that we're really at this point!
Just think, we were little ol' lieutenants when we met!  :)

We are excited to be here, and excited to be a part of this squadron & base.  I know Brad will do a great job...he always takes care of his people & will work hard for his bosses.  One thing I know about him, he doesn't do anything half way.

I can't wait to meet all the spouses & families.  We have a busy 2 years ahead of us, and I'm looking forward to all the adventures.  And baking.  It's going to fly by, so we want to make the most of it!

Wish our families could have been here for the special day, but it's a long way to go for a 15 minute ceremony!  Come & visit us if you can...it is amazing here!

Friday, July 13, 2012


We're in Germany!

The trip was great...the girls BOTH slept.  Abby is like me & she pretty much never sleeps while she travels.  Well, after they fed us some dinner & turned out the lights (oh, and after 2!!! bathroom trips) they both snuggled in & fell asleep by each other.  Too cute!  The girls & Mommy were wedged into 3 middle seats, and thankfully, we had kind people on both of the aisle seats.  The girls woke up with about an hour to go--they never even made it through one movie.  Amazing!

We arrived & went outside to meet our shuttle. We were chilly!  How exciting!  After leaving the high temps, and no electricity back in NoVA, we were happy to feel the nice 50/60-degree temperature here.  No complaints!

Here is a look @ what we found the first day...

 It's our friendly, neighborhood gelati man!  :)  Abby was even willing to pay for it with her very own Euro.

I finally got around to updating the look of the blog too.  I now remember why I haven't done it in such a long time!  It takes me forever & I have to relearn how to do it each time.  :)

Enjoy & I'll be back with the next installment soon...