Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas to Remember

 It's almost midnight here in Germany. My babies are in bed and my husband and I are cozy on the couch watching a movie. Im finishing up my baking for tomorrow and I cant help but smile. What a wonderful first family Christmas.

On another note... I'm completely exhausted. My husband told me Wednesday to pack for two days. I was excited, but very nervous. I volunteered to host Christmas dinner and we would be returning Saturday afternoon. This would only give me one day to clean and start cooking for Christmas. AAAHHH! I know, I know. Enjoy your vacation. Be thankful you have a husband that loves you and cares. I know all of those mantras single women say to married women. The thing is, I am grateful. I cant even begin to describe my gratitude and love for my husband, but I'm also the mother of twin 10 month old babies. I'm not Wonder Woman. Okay, maybe I am sometimes. 

We packed up the car and the girls and took off on a 4 1/2 hour ride. I still had no clue where we were headed and it was fun trying to guess. I thought maybe a few nights at Edelweiss. That would be nice, but the snow had stopped and I would've wanted to try skiing. To my astonishment, we pulled in to a Hilton. I was already hooked. My husband had planned a night in Munich to visit their Christmas market and then the next day in Nuremberg to vist their market. 

A Christmas market is an outdoor shopping extravaganza. Vendors are lined up in booths selling things from toys, ornaments, clothing to custom artwork and of course food. The food is the best part. Chocolates, pastries, sausages (which I dont eat), nuts, candy, and so much more. Christmas lights sparkle in every storefront and some even have live entertainment. We front packed the babies and made our way through the crowds. Of course we are a spectacle even greater than all of the wonders of the market. 

I've wrapped all of the presents, but I'm sure the girls will rip open the gifts and play with the paper. I can't wait for them to wake up smiling and laughing...not a care in the world. This is our first family Christmas and it has already been one to remember. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Rockstar Status

My current addiction is Glee. Why am I always the last to know of these great things...first Sara Lee's Apple Crumble Pie and now Glee? I've finished season 1 and Im halfway through season 2, all in less than a week. 

I've always loved musicals. My sister and I would talk about how awesome it would be if on Christmas day we'd walk down the stairs and then break into song. In my mind I imagined us doing a dance number as well. All I can say is we never did randomly break into song and over the years my dream of becoming a singing and dancing fool faded into a faint memory. ...until Glee!

Now, every time something funny or amazing happens I want to break into a Michael Jackson, Britney, JLo, Beyonce number. I want to run in the rain, swing around a light pole (not stripper pole) and sing to an unsuspecting audience. And dont worry, Germans know American hip hop songs. Maybe they'll mistake me for Jennifer Hudson or Beyonce. 

I really do love this show and how it has reawakened my inner rockstar. Im singing in the mirror into a hairbrush, Im busting moves in the kitchen while making dinner, I cant stop myself. 

Here's my big question- why are these kids losers? i dont remember kids who could sing and dance being losers in my high school or in the schools where I taught. Those kids were on pedestals. Throw in the captain of the football team and the head cheerleader and you've got it. 

On another note- it's 1am here in Germany and Im exhausted. I have been working like crazy to finish up this "project" for my husband's Christmas gift. I'd tell you, but like a great husband, he faithfully reads my blog. This "project" has put my book on hold, but only momentarily. I'll post chapter 4 by Monday!

Goodnight everyone! as I sing "When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change. 'Cause you're amazing, just the way you" to my husband as he sleeps next to me!