Thursday, April 18, 2013

From Germany...with Love

So...during our major swing of life events (Read more here...)...Hubby took off for a few weeks to visit Germany! Okay, so he didn't really take off. He was sent by his new company to do some serious hands-on learning. Baby boy was only 6 weeks old when he left, which made it doubly difficult for both of us. 3 weeks is forever to be away from an infant while they're changing every day...not to mention I had both babies by myself!
As hard as it was to have him away, I know it was a wonderful learning experience for him, as well as a super-cultural one. Being in a foreign country with nobody he "knew", no real translator, and zero knowledge of the language came with a bit of a learning curve.
I was so excited when he came home with over 700 pictures on the camera and LOTS, I mean LOTS of stories to tell. Here's a few pictures from his journey...
This one made my heart happy. I DO love some Ikea, and so does Europe.

This is a castle in Loewenburg. It's so pretty!!

He did a lot of his traveling with some German coworkers. If I had looked at the speedometer and seen this...I would have died right there. WAAAAAAY too fast for me.

What a gorgeous view.

It snowed, and was "bone-chilling" cold the whole time he was there. We had a few warm (Think...70 degrees) days while he was away, so he was very jealous.

Here's the castle again.....gorgeous.

Here's The Cathedral of Strasbourg, Alsace France. They were able to visit on Palm Sunday, which would have made the trip so much cooler!
It was so funny to here him say "We drove to France before we had to go to work today." I guess that's like us driving from state to state!

When I think of Germany, this is exactly how I picture it.
I'm so glad he took this picture so I wasn't disappointed!

This is a doll in a toy store. This really makes my baby-wearing heart smile!

Look! A German swan!!
(Sorry...I had to)

How pretty is the European Parliament building! I love all of the flags lined up outside. Sooo colorful.

While it's wonderful to explore new countries and cultures...there's no place like home.
He didn't have to tell me where this was. I know the Charlotte skyline anywhere!
A short wait in Charlotte, then he was home to South Carolina.

He heard Gray screaming for him loooong before he saw any of us.
It's so great to have him home again.
Absence really does make the heart grow fonder...
and with a toddler and an infant...having him home makes life a little more manageable.
I have some family in Germany, so hopefully, one day down the road, I can travel with him and meet them! Now THAT would be an exciting trip!

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