Family photos in Rottweil.

Friday, July 25, 2014

We made it home to Raleigh! The travel day was horrific and it included a first for all of us - departing from Newark, flying for an hour and a half, then landing in Newark. There was a mechanical problem so we had to head back to where the mechanics were based, even though we were at least halfway to Raleigh. Somewhat scary and mostly just exhausting.

An older couple on our flight who didn't speak much English found me in the Newark airport and asked, "We not in Raleigh? Why we not in Raleigh?" Poor things. They were so confused. We all were.

Anyway, we're home. Jet lag hit hard tonight and I'm having trouble putting together coherent sentences, so I'm really in no position to blog - but I had to share a few of these pictures we took two nights ago in Rottweil, Germany. I'm so excited about having some of them printed and hung in our new house! Not only is it such a sweet season in our lives that we want to document with our toddler and one on the way, but these pictures are extra special because they were taken where Shawn grew up - and by Shawn's wonderful mom. Thank you, Mama! And thank you, Rottweil, for the most gorgeous of backdrops.

Germany, Days 3 & 4.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A day trip to Meersburg, which started with a gorgeous ferry ride through Lake Konstanz
Lunch on the water, looking at the coast of Switzerland
The best ice cream I think I've ever tasted, walking along the lakefront
Some alone time (thank you, Mama & Papa) to explore the quaint town of Meersburg
A trip to Shawn's hometown, Königsfeld, where we ran into several people who knew him - so fun!
Picking wild blueberries in the Black Forest

It's been a packed, wonderful couple of days. More to come, of course.

Germany, Days 1 & 2.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As Shawn and I walked through the gorgeous countryside last night, we commented how life passes at a slower pace - at least here in the quaint villages and towns of the Black Forest. Sitting on the patio with my tea this morning, I heard a man walking down the road whistling. Others ride their horses or bikes through covered bridges or stop in town for ice cream in the afternoons. It's incredibly refreshing, especially after the moving craziness we've experienced these last few weeks and months in Raleigh. 

I'm finding that it's a huge privilege to stay with locals (Shawn's parents) who know the landscape and the best spots. And with Shawn being fluent in German, it makes me feel more like a native and less like a tourist. Traveling Europe this way is spoiling me already.

Thanks for indulging me in all these family photos. I know that even just a few years from now, it will be so, so special for Liam to see that he got to experience Germany at such a young age. And I think it will be encouraging for us to see that we actually brought our toddler across the ocean. The travel day(s) getting here were brutal with delay after delay, but as you can probably tell from the photos, worth every second.
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