Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Best beer in the world!

Munchen, Munich, however you want to say it, it's a fabulous city. It's the TRUE beer town of Europe and really the whole world.

The Hofbrauhaus, while touristy, is just a classic Bavarian experience that shouldn't be missed. Don't listen to any tour guides who say to pass it up. The kitsch is what makes it perfect. You NEED an oompah band while you're drinking German beer and eating pretzels, sausage, and sauerkraut.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Germany, we'll miss you!!

Before we left Italy, we knew we had to go to Germany one last time. It will always feel like our home away from home. It's comfortable, clean, happy, picturesque, and has the best beer on the planet. What else does one need?

So we left Italy on the 4th of September, prepared for our 4-hour drive, and to spend the long Labor Day weekend eating and drinking and siteseeing, and celebrating our 10th anniversary. Little did we know that we would mark this momentous occasion in our marriage by being stuck in a car for 10 hours due to torrential rains and landslides which took us on a 5-hour detour through the Austrian Alps. I actually didn't take pictures during this time because Jack was pretty hot under the collar. I didn't think asking him to slow down for a great shot was a good idea! Now I regret it. The scenery was breathtaking and it would have been nice to have a shot of the cows on the mountain road blocking our path which finally lightened the mood!!

After a good night's sleep at the Edelweiss Army resort in Garmisch, we left for a trip to Neuschwanstein. The kids really needed to see this castle at least once in their lives! We had been there in 2000 with the girls, but pre-Jack and Alex.

Enjoy these for now, tomorrow will be pics of Munich!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fall in Kentucky

One of the first things I noticed when we got here was the beautiful fall leaves. Growing up in the Mid West, I think I took this for granted. There is such variety in the color!! Italy has some, but mainly gold/yellow and lots of evergreens. So to come back to the U.S. and see red, orange, peach, yellow, gold, and every shade variation between them was a real treat for me.

Here are some trees on at Ft. Knox (they really had exquisite colors there!!) and some in the woods behind our house.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We're here and getting settled. The kids are in school, joining Scouts, and making friends in our neighborhood.

Pictures to come!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Upstairs video and kitchen!!!

We have video for the upstairs now too.

And my favorite room in the house is finished!! Here is the kitchen with the countertops and the appliances in place!!

And some extras of things that are finished now.

The next pictures that I will post will be the ones I take myself from inside the house!! We'll get to see in person on Saturday. What a great birthday present!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

House on video!

Our lovely builder's assistant, Jeanne, took this video for us of the main floor and Buckeye basement!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

It's coming together!

The house is coming along fast now. The trim and doors are done. Painting is almost complete. Countertops go in on Tuesday. The appliances are ready for delivery. The deck is almost done. If the weather cooperates this week, the lawn will go in too!

As for Italy, we are definitely short-termers now. We move into the hotel in 3 days!! My car is shipped, Jack's goes tomorrow. The week will be busy with cleaning appliances, moving to the hotel, and closing out the house.

Here are some pictures of the new place: