March 26, 2008

The Big News…

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So, some people were not able to open the image that I  sent… I’M PREGNANT! Due in October 🙂

Ahhh, the smell of Virginia Beach…

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Josh and I are finally moved in to our new house… well, sort of. We received our clothes, and linens, and the most ugly and uncomfortable loaner furniture that you have ever seen in your life. Our main shipment is currently MIA. The last time they checked it was in Germany… Josh isn’t sure why it would be going through Germany… Anyway, they have no idea when it will get delivered ;( The good news is that we are ready to host our friend Heather for her visit… the bad news is LOANER FURNITURE ;( Yuck!

The best news to report…. Rosco is back!! We are so happy to have his cute little face staring at us again.

(oh, and I very much liked when I opened the box with our linens… the smell reminds me of our home in VA Beach)

March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Filed under: Uncategorized — laurenwenker @ 12:18 pm

Back in Naples! Best wishes to everyone for a happy Easter!!!! We wish we could share the holiday with you… 🙂

March 20, 2008

Germany…(day 6)

Filed under: Germany — laurenwenker @ 10:47 am

Not a whole lot of new information to report… it snowed a lot last night (4 or 5 inches). It is really fluffy, powdery snow. Again, Josh would love to be snowboarding down the mountain right now.

Last night and the night before we went to dinner with some of the people that Josh works with and their wives. It was nice to finally meet some of the people that are stationed with us in Italy. The first night was good, but last night was better. They had amazing desserts there 🙂 I am a sucker for apple strudel and homemade ice cream.

Tomorrow we head back to Italy. I’m not exactly looking forward to the day-long journey, but I bet it will be pretty seeing the snow-covered Alps on our train ride(s).

For now, I’m going to brave the retirement home food again… 😦 I’m feeling lazy about hiking down into town in the snow.

March 19, 2008

LOST episode 8 is leaked

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Check out this link if you want to see the LOST episode early…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R7lPo1hcNE&feature=related

Check out this guy’s website for great insider recap…

http://www.youtube.com/user/smolesiuk

March 18, 2008

Germany… (day 4)

Filed under: Germany — laurenwenker @ 9:53 am

Well, Josh wanted to play hooky from school today… it has been snowing since late yesterday afternoon. He would much rather go snowboarding in the Alps. It’s like dangling candy in front of a baby. Too bad…..he has to sit in the conference all day. Me, I don’t snowboard…so I’ll probably just walk around and grab some lunch today.

I made the mistake yesterday of eating lunch here at the retirement home cafeteria… yuck! What a waste of money. I vowed not to eat there again. Last night Josh and I tried a local Greek restaurant. It was okay…until the gyros came out. It was a huge plate of meat and onions..not exactly what we had expected. We are used to getting a big fluffy pita with lots of yummy toppings..not so much. Oh well, live and learn.

March 16, 2008

…Germany (2)

Filed under: Germany — laurenwenker @ 8:20 pm

Well, Josh and I found out why dinner ends at such an early time in the evening… we are staying at a retirement home (ha ha ha). We figured it out after breakfast this morning. Everyone that attended the meal was in a wheel chair or walker. Also, I wanted to check out the spa services…but they include: medicine bath, lymph drainage, inhalation services, etc. Not exactly what I was hoping for to say the least. The first 2 floors are a retirement/nursing quarters, and the top 2 floors are hotel rooms. Kind of crazy. The good thing is that it is very quiet around here.

We went out exploring today for a few hours. The bad thing…everything was closed because it is Sunday. No shops are open. We wandered around town looking at the buildings and had lunch at a cafe. It started to drizzle in the last hour we were out, so the day was cut a bit short. (take a look at the pics from today below)  Oh, also you will see a couple of pics with the goats… they were escaping from their little farm out into the road. At first 10 of them swarmed Josh b/c they thought his backpack was food (I wish I had a picture of that b/c it was really funny when they were biting his legs).

We went to dinner again at Maximilian. Already the waiters recognized us. The food was awesome again. Josh tried the meat and potatoes house dish and I went with a yummy risotto. No dessert tonight… we would be 500 lbs. by the time we left here if we got dessert each night!

Tomorrow Josh reports to work at his conference. We’ll see what I do…

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March 15, 2008

Planes, Trains & Autos…. well, auto.. plane & trains in our case

Filed under: Germany — laurenwenker @ 8:45 pm

We finally made it to Germany! What a journey it has been. We left Naples this morning, caught a flight to Munich, and then took 3 trains to end up in our final destination of Oberammergau. Nestled at the foothills of the Alps is the picturesque town. It is famous for its exquisite wood carving tradition. The village is home of approximately 100 woodcarvers. We will definitely be taking home a keepsake.

After our tiring trip….all day long!…. we went to dinner at a hotel down the street from us (our hotel stops serving dinner at 7:00 😦 ) The restaurant was called Maximilian. They have fantastic food! Hot bread with beer cheese, pork and lamb, sauerkraut, potatoes, and apple pancakes with ice cream (this sums up what Josh and I had). Josh tried two of the strong house beers that nearly knocked him out. We will definitely be going back there before the end of the week.

We haven’t had the chance to experience too much yet. We are getting ready for bed at this point… but we will have pictures up by tomorrow night.

Mmmmmmm….. they have yummy waffles and crepes for breakfast 🙂

March 3, 2008

Our London Trip

Filed under: London — laurenwenker @ 11:09 am

We are back from our London trip! We had a great time visiting with Sarah, Marty, the kids… and we also got to see Catie (Hall) while we were there. It was nice to see some familiar faces!

Our first full day Marty took us around London on a tour bus. That was neat because we got to see the popular sights of London. We were able to experience our first round of fish and chips.

The second day we went shopping on Oxford Street, which is a popular area with a lot of great stores. The only bad thing….sticker shock! The pound is worth 2 times the amount of the american dollar. So, a normal pair of shoes would be twice as expensive for us to buy something. So, needless to say, we did not buy much. We did try our second round of fish and chips for lunch. My overall impression was good about the London fish and chips….but the best I have ever had was in Vancouver. I was hoping to beat that expectation, but I guess I will have to go back to Vancouver some day for fantastic fish and chips….(Kendall are you up for that? 🙂 )

Friday night we got to meet up with Catie for dinner. We went to an Indian restaurant. We LOVE Indian food! It was a nice treat…especially since we can’t get Indian food in Italy. It was great to catch up with Catie…and we will get to see more of her in about 2 months. Catie will be coming to visit Italy with Lindsey.

Oh, and I should mention that Josh loved this trip because he was able to drink lots of beer at pubs with Marty…

Saturday was my favorite day. We were able to check out Covent Garden (where they have street performers), although there were not many performers that day. The highlight was seeing WICKED 🙂 We went to a matinee performance at the Apollo Victoria theatre. For those who like musicals, or even if you don;t, this show is a must. One of the best I have ever seen. Josh, who typically loathes musicals, loved this show.

Saturday night we went to dinner at a Belgian restaurant. The food was awesome. Anyone who goes to visit Sarah & Marty…have them take you there!

So, although we had a short trip it was action-packed. The time ended up being perfect for everything we wanted to see. Here are some pics (if you click on each little picture, it will enlarge):

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