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Bits & Pieces

January 11, 2017

ONE. This little tree is one Christmas decoration that didn’t get packed away. But now that Valentine’s Day is next on the holiday roster, I’m thinking we might need to make some heart ornaments for it.
TWO. This scooter was the first thing I photographed during our last day trip to Bamberg, and it ended up being my favorite photo of the whole batch.
THREE. When I met a family for a photography session at the edge of a large public field, where this wood was stacked, a German lady sped up to me in her car and very aggressively asked me what I was doing there. Luckily my camera was evidence enough that I was only there for photography, NOT to steal the wood. Apparently a wood thief had been laying havoc to their supply…. She warmed up pretty quick once we got to talking, but boy was she serious about guarding that wood!
FOUR. This little guy has had a cold that’s lasted weeks, but he’s finally getting back to his usual happy and healthy self.
FIVE. I finally got to do a family photo session at this magical little spot in the woods! For those who are local, it’s right down the road from us in the Holzweg forest.
SIX. One of these days I’m going to do something more presentable with these cork tiles. But until then, it’s pretty happy to collect the likes of what you see here.
SEVEN. It only took having four babies to finally get a thumb sucker! Not that it was an aspiration of mine, or even that it’s a good thing….but it’s a novelty.
EIGHT. So now that the TV is no longer here, what do I put in this awkward empty white space?
NINE. Scribbles.
TEN. Santa brought the basics this year. Matchbox cars, light sabers, and this big Playmobil fortress equipped with a working drawbridge and a QUEEN! I’m slightly more interested in playing with this fortress now that she’s around, because I can almost pretend it’s a doll house.
ELEVEN. Just re-posting this photo from a collection of some gorgeously aged German architecture I showed here. This, too, resulted in a funny interaction with a local German lady who opened the window as I was photographing, haha! She gave me a smile, said something I couldn’t understand, I responded with “your window is beautiful!” and quickly scurried away.
TWELVE. Yours truly. When I still had a tan.

Germany, Inspiration, Photo*journal, Photography

Winter Blues

December 30, 2016

Happy New Year!

So, here we are again. The holidays are over, and now we venture into the shadowy stretch of January through April (or possibly May or June. Or maybe July.). Have I ever mentioned that when we first found out we were moving from upstate New York to Germany, I thought we were going south on the globe? Shows how bad my general knowledge of geography is. But interestingly, German winters are milder than what we experienced in New York. We’re not dealing with temperatures in the negative 20s are snow up to our necks here, but whatever German winters lack in ferocity, they make up for with time. The cold, dreary, dark days tend to settle in and linger for months, and months, and months. Last year, summer didn’t come until practically August….then we enjoyed a few weeks of hot sun on our skin, all the while dreading the fact that by September we’d basically be back to winter! And this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but with so many energetic little ones couped up in the house for so long, it gets old fast. Continue Reading


Photo*Journal | The Calm After the Holidays

December 29, 2015

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1. Asher and Silas both got to pick a superhero pillow for their beds, and I think I might have been the most excited of all when I found these with their really awesome graphic rendering look. Asher picked Captain America and Silas picked Iron Man!

2. Tried a new flatbread recipe lately after getting inspired to clean up our diet.

3. Finn’s nap time. I don’t think I day passes when I’m not jealous of the fact that he gets to curl up in a warm bed and sleep the afternoon away!

4. Our new espresso and cappucino maker– my Christmas present from Thane! You know, one of those presents “for me” that’s also sort of for him? Haha.

5. Silas + TV.

6. Foraging for some fresh greenery. Bavarian forests are the best for that.

7. This was the first frame that got hung in this house, in Finn’s nursery right above his changing table just like it was hung in his last room. We’ve come a long way since it went up a few months ago, but it marked the beginning of progress! Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. Psalm 106:30

8. I had some impromptu fun with oil pastels.

9. New coasters from Depot during my “birthday” shopping day. I couldn’t resist!

10. We went on a Christmas afternoon hike and Asher found some mushrooms.

11. Got these frames hung on our TV wall recently.

12. My daily reality, hahaha.

Happy New Year, friends!

House + Home, Our Home: Germany, Photo*journal

Settling In

November 17, 2015


It’s been just shy of three months since we moved into our new house here in Germany, and after lots and lots of unpacking, organizing, arranging, rearranging, curtain hanging, picture hanging (which turns out to be quite a feat when all of your walls are made out of concrete), etc, things are- sort of- coming together! I dare not take any full room photos yet because that would imply that the house is “done”, which it certainly is not. (Though Thane might tell you differently.) So anyway, I pulled together a random assortment of pictures that show little details of this new home, including a shot of the large framed prints on the floor which is still somewhat representative of the state of things.


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As far as the community goes, we absolutely love it! We’re so thankful for lots of friendly, supportive neighbors, easy access to shopping, and stunning views of the Bavarian countryside. It’s too soon to think about moving again- obviously- but when that day does come, there will be much to miss!

Photo*journal, Traveling Europe

Saturday Morning Meandering in Pressath, Germany

November 12, 2015


Thane and I went out on a Saturday morning date a couple of weeks ago and walked around the little town of Pressath, Germany. Usually when we’re in Pressath, we’re there for OBI (the German equivalent of Lowes) and we don’t take the time to explore the old side of town. But this time we wandered through the streets for a little while to kill some time before Antiquitaten Rothballer opened- the most beautiful antique shop I’ve ever seen- and so of course I took full advantage of the chance to capture some beautiful details of old German architecture.

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Between all of the colors, textures, and quaint beauty of these old towns (especially the small ones!) there is never a shortage of things to photograph.

Photo*journal, Photography

Photo*journal | Get Ready for a Photo Dump

November 9, 2015

Asher-Silas-FinnSo after a couple of months of not posting any photos, I have A LOT of catching up to do. Between the boys, the new house, and the traveling, there is tons to share and I’m really excited to be getting to it. And for those of you that might want to print out some photos of the boys, here’s some good news- they’re high resolution! Just right click on them to save them to your computer, and then print away. I’m not sure if I’ll save all of the photos at a large file size from here out because I’m not sure how it will effect load time…maybe just the ones of the boys? Let me know what you think!

Anyway, here are a handful of casual photos taken of Asher, Silas, and Finn shortly after moving into our new house towards the end of August. (There’s a lot of Finn because he still sits still enough to get clear shots! The other two almost NEVER SIT STILL. And when I say never, I mean never, hence very few non-blurry photos of them.)