Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve from Germany!!!
We had one of my favorites for lunch, Municher Weiss Wurst (white sausage) with pretzles and beer and then for dessert/ tea time we had the traditional Berliner (Jelly doughnut).
We were loving participating in some different holiday traditions..... especially the doughnuts! : )
Fireworks are a HUGE part of the New Year's Eve celebration in Germany.... sort of like the 4th of July in the States!  We didn't have plans to set off fireworks at midnight (we had to get up early to leave on the morning of the 1st) but Mutter got sparklers for the kids to enjoy!!!!
The kids had a blast playing with the sparklers!!!  It was the perfect ending to the afternoon.... we had play hide-n-go seek, worked in the garden, and enjoyed the cooler weather..... hard to believe we are leaving this all tomorrow.... it has started to feel like "home" and the kids are starting to speak a bit of German..... why is that just as it is time to leave is when you have settled into the new routine?!?!
Just means we have to come back..... I've actually thought about spending a month or so in Germany and sending the kids to camp so they can learn even more German..... we'll see if we can make that a reality..... we are all about chasing/ living our dreams these days!!!!
The kids figured out to make their sparkler a "double sparkler" by lighting it in the middle... double the fun!!!  We thought our firework adventure would end here since we all went to bed early however, most of the fireworks in Osterode were lit right at the end of our driveway so at midnight we were all awoken (besides Ethan) to a HUGE firework display!  It was fun to enjoy a bit from the comfort of our little apartment and comfy jammies before crawling back into bed (and let me say someone else decided to light off fireworks at 4:30am... ugh!!!)
Crazy to look back at our New Year's Eve last year and think of ALL we have accomplished this year!  What a year 2013 has been.... we are looking forward to 2014 and everything it has in store for us!!!!  Happy New Year to our family and friends!

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