Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Trip to the Zoo

On Monday we had planned a trip to the zoo with some friends. We woke up Monday morning to a downpour of rain... not that uncommon of course, but still bit of a damper on our plans. We decided to put our raincoats and boots on and head to the zoo despite the rain. Good thing we did because by the time we got there (just thirty minutes later) the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful sunny day! We enjoyed a leisurely day at the zoo.
Jack & Ellie hiding in the dinosaur egg.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Weekend Getaway

Brandon and I celebrated 6 years of marriage at a mock Bavarian village in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. It is a little touristy town called Leavenworth.
We stayed at this cute place, the Bavarian Lodge.
We had to try the famous bratwurst. Brandon said they weren't much different than the authentic ones he had in Germany a couple of weeks ago.
The main strip of Leavenworth is just so adorable. Each of the buildings are designed in the same style as in Bavaria.

I can't believe we have been married six years already but I'm lovin' it and can't wait for the next sixty.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

International Cuisine

I love international food. Ok well I love all food but especially anything different. One of my favorites is Indian. We had a tough time finding the best Indian restaurant when we first moved here. We had to try out a number of different ones before finally settled on our favorite. Anyway, we love to go. My dish of choice is chicken tikka masala. After heading there last week I thought to myself I could make this. So after doing a little research on the internet this last week... I did. And it was oh so yummy!

Headboard Project

A while back my friend, Jihan, posted about making her own headboard. I decided to join her in undertaking this little project. Well... it turned out to be not so little of a project but it was definitely fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

It's in the genes

Ellie had a sleepover at Grandma & Grandpa Rowley's on Friday night. She loves going to spend time with them. Grandma always has special crafts and activities planned out for them to do together. Her grandparents spoil her and make cookies with her and give her all the attention that she loves.

Ellie had had a great time playing with Grandma and Grandpa but when 7:30 pm rolled around... she asked Grandma if she could go to bed. She was tired and it was a half an hour past her bedtime. When Judi (Grandma) told this to us the following day we were shocked. But then again.... if anyone knows me and my desperate need for sleep you wouldn't be all that surprised. I was always the first one to go to bed at sleepovers and also the first one to wake up in the morning. I guess I passed the genes on......

The Dilemma

So I have this dilemma. It is something I battle internally every day. Ellie has never had a haircut. She is coming up on three years in just one and a half months. But her hair is just too pretty to cut. Up until now there really hasn't been a need to cut it. She'll let me put pretty bows in it...but now they don't stay in all day long. She'll pull out her bows mid day and then her long beautiful hair covers up those gorgeous eyes and it drives me crazy! She is always smoothing her hair back behind her ears and I feel so badly that she even has to worry about it! So here it comes... I want to have her hair chopped.... like to her chin... a cute little bob. It would be so much easier to take care of! And I think it would be so cute. I was thinking maybe on her third birthday we would have it done. But then on a day like today, when I take the time to curl her hair, the thought of it all being chopped puts a pit at the bottom of my stomach! Oh the dilemma!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Trip to Bavaria

The last week of March Amazon sent me (this is Brandon posting) to our Munich, Germany office to represent my group. In the spirit of work hard play hard, I had a great week in Bavaria. On the ride from the Munich Airport to my hotel I passed by the famous FIFA 2006 World Cup Allianz Areana. Our office was just a few minutes away from the BMW welt and the 1972 site of the Summer Olympic Games.

Our German team took us out to dinner one evening to a restaurant called Ratskellers, it was located underneath this building, the Munich City Hall. Nice restaurant and great food.

In 1923 Hitler and his supporters, who at that time were concentrated in Munich, attempted to overthrow the Weimar Republic. The revolt failed, resulting in Hitler's arrest at this site.

Over the weekend, I made the trip to the German village of Hohenschwangau in South West Bavaria to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle . This was the castle that inspired Walt Disney.

The Bavarian Alps

Hohenschwangau-- King Ludwig II's Home During Youth

View from the castle

View of the castle


This castle was built by King Ludwig II. It was his weekend island getaway. Versailles was the inspiration for the castle's appearance. I took a short 15 minute ferry ride across Lake Chiemsee to reach the island. The castle was magnificent. The fountains are currently covered for protection during the winter months. The highlight of the interior tour was the hall of mirrors which was approximately 100 meters ( little longer than the equivalent room at Versailles).