Here it is, our next big adventure!
Here it is, our next big adventure!
Well, whadya know? The day after posting about our Babymoon to Moab, baby girl decided to make her appearance. And two days early!
Born two days before her due date, Baby R has been here two months! And yes, it’s true what they say. Time has just FLOWN by. I can’t believe it. And I can’t believe how happy this little bug makes us!
When I was pregnant, I loved reading birth stories. Not only do I want to remember this day, but maybe some other pregnant people out there will enjoy this as well. :) SO, on to the birth story!
Blogging catch up. Let’s do this.
We took a road trip up north to Washington to see my family and have an ultrasound (!!!). Read More
I thought I wouldn’t do this.
I thought I wouldn’t be the one to skip out on the blog once this happened. BUT I did! And I really have no reason why. Tiredness? Preoccupied? I don’t know. That being said, we’ve got a pretty big announcement.
Our next little adventure coming this May 2016!
Yup, a baby!
I wanted to kill two birds with one stone and have our baby announcement be in our Christmas card this year. So Jordan and I hurried up the canyon one day after work (with a tripod and Kiko in tow) and snapped a few photos. And we really don’t have any photos of the three of us (with Kiko), so the tripod was our photographer for the mini photo shoot.
We really are just beyond excited for this baby! I hope to write a more detailed update on our lives soon, so stay tuned!
One of our stops as we toured Germany was a small town called Schierling, where my Grandmother lived when she was young.
We drove through the forests where my grandmother would stand guard while her mother picked mushrooms, toured the school she attended as a child, walked inside the church where she had her first communion, visited with a distant relative (who treated us handsomely to some delicious German snacks!), and (after some searching) found the home where my Grandmother grew up.
When people ask me about my trip to Germany, and what my favorite part of the trip was, I always say visiting family. My dad’s mother was born in Germany, and lived there into her teens before immigrating to America. It was fascinating to visit with relatives and imagine what life would have been like if we had been raised in Germany.
We visited my dad’s cousins and their children, shared stories and talked about how life in Germany compares to the US. The conversations were easy, like we were catching up after a long absence. They treated us to German goodies, and showed us old family photos.
Kiko is one!
Without getting too puppy-mommy on you, I wanted to jot down a few things we love about this pup.
After our short stay in London, we hopped on a plane and flew to Germany. I’d rather not go into details about our bargain flight out of London, but let’s just say be VERY cautious when flying with Ryanair. If you’re a backpacker/light traveler, you will probably be fine and get a heck of a deal. But we were a party of eight plus two babies. It was a long day, and we were SO relieved to finally land in Germany.
Anyway. Germany was incredible. It was nothing like I had imagined, and yet it felt oddly familiar. One of our stops was a road trip out to the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (the castle that inspired the design of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle).
You guys. I need to write this down for posterity. Let it be known that I was the operator of a 7-passenger van with a manual transmission. In a foreign country. I can count on one hand how many times I killed it, something I think I can be proud of. (I’m not so proud of the language that occasionally slipped from my mouth, however.) Anyway. There is a picture as proof.
I’d live there.
The castle is nestled in the mountains that remind me of Yosemite. Massive, speckled with pine trees. The take-your-breath-away type mountains.
We took a tour of the inside of the castle, but no photos were allowed. This castle was build under the direction of Ludwig II of Bavaria. He amassed a huge amount of debt during the construction, and only spent 11 days in the castle before his death. He never saw the castle’s completion, and parts of the castle remain unfinished to this day.
At the end of the tour, there was a lookout point where we could snap some shots, and the view was, well, see for yourself:
That bridge! It is called the Marienbrücke, or Marie’s Bridge, named after Ludwig’s mother. We thought about trekking across the valley to reach the bridge, but in all honesty, we were too pooped. Not to mention, the height alone looks a little spooky. That view, though.
We were in London for a hot minute before our trip out to Germany. I barely had a moment to catch my breath. The days were packed! And I’m going to try and pack the whole London bit into one post. See you at the end?
Big Ben. Westminster. The London Eye. The British Museum. Gielgud Theater. Primark. Tea time. Fish n’ Chips! The tube. Buckingham Palace. We had an ambitious to-do list. My sister has spent a bit of time in London before, and was a great tour guide for the few days we had.
(My friend is starting this clothing company, so I snagged a few shots of his gear while I was abroad.)
I could take photos of these doors for DAYS.
We had to catch the earliest train out to the airport when we left for Germany. That ended up being the longest day of my LIFE, but that is another story. We got to see quite a beautiful sunrise. I mean, golly. London, you are quite the charmer.
Up next, Germany!
Didn’t take long to snap some shots on film of this pup. I had a few more frames I needed to use up on a roll of film, she’s a pretty good model for that!
Kiko is just about 9 months old now, and quickly maturing from her puppy stage. The folks we adopted her from said she is an Australian Shepherd mix, but they were unsure of what she’s mixed with. After spending the past few weeks with her, we are pretty sure she is mixed with a border collie. This pup has some spunk!
How we came to adopt her was a bit serendipitous. I had been perusing the adoption sites for months, keeping an eye out for dogs we could adopt. There were some I was interested in, but they would either already be adopted, or live too far away.
Then I found Kiko. Immediately after seeing her posting, I emailed the adoption center to find out more about her. She was scheduled to be spayed and vaccinated that weekend, and would be available following her appointment.
Jordan and I were a bit conflicted. We were moving that next weekend, and would be out of town for work the following week, and it was going to just be too hard to adopt her that soon. I told them we’d keep in touch in case she didn’t get adopted that weekend.
I soon got another email from them, telling me that Kiko had fallen ill. She had contracted kennel cough, and wouldn’t be able to make it to her spayed/vaccination appointment until she was fully healed. While I was sad to hear she was sick, I was hopeful she would not get adopted before we were able to come see her (she was located three hours south of us). They said they would contact me once she was better.
Weeks went by, and I heard nothing. I emailed them again to check up on her, but I got no response. I was worried her illness took a turn for the worse. Or maybe she ended up being adopted by someone else. We got sent out on another work trip, and I started to accept the fact that she was no longer available.
We were waiting in the airport, heading home from our work trip, when I received an email from the adoption center. Kiko was better! She had her spayed/vacc appointment set up for that next weekend. Jordan and I had already planned a camping trip down south to Zions, and Kiko would be and easy stop on the drive back up.
We have had her for just over a month now, and we are so happy! It is the BEST to come home to a wiggly, smiley pup after a long day at work. She keep us on our toes, and we love her. She sure brings a lot of joy into our lives.
Here’s to the many adventures ahead with this pup!
All photos shot with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Ektar, pushed 2 stops