love fest.

there have been some bumpy days in wiesbaden. not too many & nothing earth-shattering, but certainly days where i’ve taken a look around and wondered, ‘will this ever feel like home?’

to combat those not-so-sunshine-y days, i started a list of things i adore about our new surroundings to take out and read when i start feeling a little blue.

without further adieu…

1. Our new shower. It’s probably one of the most amazing showers I’ve ever experienced.

2. Hot water. I love a hot, hot, HOT shower. My husband likes to joke that I’m not happy unless I’m half boiled. The water here is spectacular for that.

3. Fall. I haven’t experienced Fall in a long time. Totally invigorating.

4. Captain’s schedule. After a year of residency craziness, having him on a normal schedule is completely wonderful.

5. Radiator heat. I think there is something all sorts of old-worldy & cozy about the cackling & crackling of a radiator.

6. Walking. To the city, the grocery, the coffee. I can’t believe that once again, we’re walking distance from everything.

7. Living in Europe. In freaking Europe! Unfathomably dream come true-ish.

8. Nursery. We’ve only just gotten started, but every time I walk passed that room, I’m reminded that this is the place we will bring home our first child. And then I tear up with big, hormonal, pregnant-lady tears and continue about my day.

9. Christmas tree. When hubs and I were first unpacking our things, I wondered out loud where our Christmas tree would go. Captain’s reply? “I was just thinking that.” And so we stopped and figured it out.

10. Our family. Not our families, plus us. But OUR family. Captain & myself, Miller-kitten and Baby. We’re really starting our family here. And that makes me feel blissfully content.

i hope you take time & enjoy a few of your favorite things today, and if the mood strikes, i highly recommend jotting some of them down.

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wanderlust friday!

wanderlust (wan•der•lust)n. a great desire to travel and rove about.

i’m so excited to report that i received my passport yesterday! (i was given a diplomat/government passport to travel on military orders, but unbeknown to us, am unable to travel as a tourist with it – doh!) honestly, the wait for my new passport with my new name has seemed.so.long.

but that’s all in the past now & europe has officially been opened up to us both! this week marks the first few days of my third trimester, so flight is a bit tricky, as in, i can’t do it without the doctors go-ahead which is a huge pain in the arse. lucky for us, europe has an amazing train system.

at the end of the month, captain & I are headed to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for several days. It’s about 5 hours south of us in Bavaria, and by all appearances, seems completely magical.

it is widely believed that the inspiration for sleeping beauty’s castle is here.

{Neuschwanstein Castle}

yes it’s a hike. yes, i’ll be 30 weeks pregnant. no, there is no way i would miss it!

aside from garmisch & in addition to thanksgiving, we have a 4-day weekend in November and we’re stoked to sit down this weekend & plan a mini holiday. we’ve been leaning towards Prague & France (maybe the Alsace region to start) but are happily taking suggestions on potential destinations!

if you could go anywhere this weekend, where would it be?

wheww!

“Home is the place where it feels right to walk around without shoes” – Unknown

guess what we’ve been doing this week? i’ll give you a hint...




it’s been nutty around here –  trying to make our new house feel like a home.

i’d say we’re about 50% there.
here’s to 100%!

a post script, because i must.

dear miller kitten, i miss you little man & even though i’m sure you’re having an
absolute ball with grandma & grandpa, i can’t wait to have you home with us.
love, blonde.

a pretty great day

today was my first appointment with my German OB. i had read a couple things that make me very excited to deliver here… aaaand, a couple things that made me a bit nervous.

for example, i had read that German OB’s tend to not care so much about privacy or modesty during exams. like, no gown, no doctor politely leaving the room while you strip down to your skivvies & then some, other docs walking in & out during your exam, etc. while I’ve never counted myself a prude, this was a bit disconcerting. i never realized how much i clung to what little dignity those thin paper gowns afforded me until I thought they would be taken away.

as captain & I walked to the office, i admitted i was nervous. like, sweaty palm nervous.

i’m pleased to report that my fears were unwarranted (as fears so often are) and the appointment, and doctor, were lovely. finding a new doc is officially crossed off the list –  YES!

to celebrate seeing our little one perfectly healthy (and shockingly tall!) captain & i went out for a fine german feast. oh, german faire… where have you been all my life?

we started with pretzels. captain’s with an herbed creamed cheese; mine with whipped butter, since i’m off german cheese until little one arrives due to the lack of pasteurization.

next, came hubs salad. i taste tested, don’t you worry. it was wonderfully crisp & fresh. a pleasant prelude to what i knew would be a very heavy main course.

and then, the main event. captain ordered the Bayern-Pfännchen which consisted of grilled pork sausage, baked meat loaf, bacon and fried egg with fried potatoes. i’m bummed i forget to picture take, but it looked and tasted delicious.

i had Gebratene Rostbratwürste. or, grilled bratwurst with fresh sauerkraut & mashed potatoes. aka: pregnant woman HEAVEN.

my first foray into german cusine was a rousing success & overall, i must say… it was a pretty spectacular thursday. and tomorrow? moving day – yippee!!

good thursdays guys & dolls… bella.