Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bright "Corner View"

Yesterday as the children were about to get out of school, the sirens blew and we all knew that it meant tornado warning. The sky grew dark and the trees swayed.  Thankfully, no damage was caused though I am sure a few drivers were shocked by the hail covered streets.  The children were delayed in coming home by a 1/2 hour, but we are so grateful everyone was OK   In contrast today the sun was shining as bright as can be!  It was a gorgeous spring day here in Atlanta.  Avery and I headed to the zoo with her new friend who just arrived from China less than 2 months ago.  Her mommy and I became friends as we walked the process of adoption.  Miss S is just adorable!  We are so happy she now has a forever family.  Can't wait to have many more play dates with you miss and your mommy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Once upon a Time (Corner View)

Once upon a time in a country far away a little boy was born with much talent and passion, and while he had a few bumps in the road he overcame these challenges to be a huge success in his professional field; however, even if he weren't a huge success in his work we believe he is a huge success in our home.  He is an amazing husband, who I feel privileged to call mine, and I am so grateful he picked me almost 18 years ago,  He is a loving father and so much more patient than I am.  He is a big softy! When he is your friend he is your friend for life and will do just about anything for you.  Everything he does he does in a fashion of go big or go home and at the same time he is just as simple as can be. With all this being said: We love you Frank!  We adore you!  Happy 50th Birthday next week!  May the next 50 years bring nothing but happiness and joy!

 10 Facts about Frank:

He was born in Germany
His favorite color is blue
He eats muesli every morning
He was a professional hockey player when he was younger
He is pretty much good at any sport, but loves to ski and now scuba dive
He does not like cheese (I know how is that possible given he is from Germany)
His favorite place to be is at home
He was asked to work on a presidents advisory team, but he declined because he didn't want to spend so much time away from his family.
His mother called him sunny boy.  His best friends call him Frankie!  I call him Schatzi!
He dreams of owning a Tesla someday.

Around Town

A little visit to Martin Luther King Jr. home, SkyZone, World of Coke a Cola, and the zoo made up our second week with Oma and the boys cousin.  They had so much fun and were sad to say goodbye on Saturday when they had to go back to Germany.  Sure do wish we all lived closer.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter 15

 The girls didn't want to be out rivaled by the boys, so they made glittered eggs.

 Easter Bunny brought yummy chocolates from Europe this year.

 Watermelon Sour peeps were a hit!

 The Hunt

We may have been away for Easter, but we still found time to celebrate.  The children enjoyed making and hunting for eggs. Oma made her famous strawberry cake, guerken salat, schnitzel, and braten potatoes.  Yum!  However, we know the true meaning of Easter and I am so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ that because of his attonement I may live once again with my Heavenly Father.  He lives and because he lives we can have hope that all things are possible.  Don't be fooled by the lack of the older children in the photos.  They just didnt want to be in the photos, but enjoyed the celebrations too!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pool and Much More

As you can see there was no lack of fun while we stayed in Florida.  We are so grateful for the gorgeous weather all week.  The children played soccer in the backyard, we swam, the girls colored and played pretend, Uno tournaments took place and at the end of the day they were exhausted just as they should be!  The children were so tired when we got home that one day we went to the movies where they saw Home.  It was pretty cute!  The movie talked about the importance of family and sticking together!  I totally agree! Families are so important.  I am so grateful for mine.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Disney 15

We didn't let any grass grow under our feet as the very next day we were off to Disney and man alive this place was crowded. I don't think I have ever seen it so full.  I can guarantee I will never go again during spring break.  Thankfully, the children were pretty cheerful about the long wait times to get n rides.  I mean it took 85 minutes for the big boys to get on Space Mountain and we never made it on some rides like the new Seven Dwarfs Mine ride, Pirates of the Carribbean, the Haunted House, and Splash Mountain.  It was fun to see Oa's face as she really enjoyed the Bear Country Jamboree and she really like the the Jungle Cruise Ride.  The children all enjoyed the electrical parade at the end.  I think the next time we go I will take just the girls as the boys are getting to the age where they are too big for Disney and go on a school day.  Maybe stay in the hotel too, where the girls will be able to meet the princesses and characters.  All in all we still had a good time!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sea World 15

 Happiness is a prezel shaped like Shamu!

 Wet but happy aftertaking a ride on Journey to Atlantis.  
Don't let that looks decieve you! Roman is just pretending to be upset.

Florida called our name this spring break!  Oma flew in from Germany along with the children's cousin and off we drove the next day.  We took a day relaxing by the pool and then it was full steam ahead.  Our first stop Sea World.  The girls were completely amazed by the whales.  We also lucked out in the weather department.  Perfection!  I felt like a bear coming out of winter hybernation.  The sun against my skin felt so good.