November 29, 2009

Christmas banquet

Saturday was a full day. We woke up late and had sausages, and pancakes with different fillings in them (banana, chocolate chip, and blueberry). I took some of the guys to go cut down the “HBR family Christmas tree!” I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I took about 6 guys to a Christmas tree farm and gave them saws and axes . . . luckily no one was hurt. It was really fun for the guys to get to be “manly” and then listen to them fight about which one was the perfect tree.
By the time we got back to the dorm it was almost time for the annual HBR pole soccer game before Christmas banquet! Every year before Christmas banquet and Junior/Senior banquet, the guys play soccer right up until 5:00 pm, and then they come in like a tornado and shower up and get ready. This is contrasted with girls dorms that start getting ready at 1:00 in the afternoon! It was a flurry of activity and I think I loaned out about 12 ties and tied about 14 all together (The double Windsor was the knot of choice). I even convinced two other guys (Marco and Erik) to wear bow ties with me. We got to the school by 6:00 and then froze waiting for the ladies to arrive fashionably late. The rest of the night was filled with dinner and performances from students and staff along with the traditional granting of “Christmas wishes” for some of the students. It was a great night and I must say . . . Danielle looked terrific!








November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving day I killed a Sequioa

On Thanksgiving day I committed a sin . . . . We went Christmas tree shopping and it's a little different here than in the States. In the States the trees are spaced nicely and they are quite full from top to bottom. In Germany you cut the tree about 6 feet up and then have your tree. When I finally found my tree, I must admit that I was a little hesitant because it looked a bit big (I am 6 feet tall and now that I look at me standing next to it, I realize how tall the tree was), but I thought it was maybe 10 feet higher than me and we have 9 foot ceilings. . . . then it fell over and I realized it still had about 18 feet on it! I am a jerk I sawed off what I needed and then went down and paid for my tree!
All in all this was a great thanksgiving thing for us to do, it got our minds off of family and we had fun and now our apartment feels really festive. The rest of the day we skyped family, decorated the tree, ate Thanksgiving dinner, and watched football. So it was pretty great!

Maybe the fact that it didn't have branches till about 8 feet up should have been a giveaway
This is the moment when I realize how big it is!


My little alpine family



Titus' ornament for this year

Thanksgiving cooked by our friends the Welbourns and Powers. We had to stay in for thanksgiving because the kids were still contagious with the swine flu!

November 22, 2009

Bonfire

The other night we took the guys up into the woods (a five minute walk into the woods behind the house) and had a bonfire. Here are some pics




The other night we

November 21, 2009

HBR Thanksgiving

The highlight for our week was Thanksgiving on Thursday night. We ended up having 48 total people eating dinner in the dining room and 4 sick guys eating upstairs. The guys ate and ate and ate, and then they still had room for one of the many pies (cherry, apple, lemon meringue, chocolate, and pumpkin). It was a joy to spend this holiday with our new family (this is my first Thanksgiving away from my family. I know many missionaries have probably faced numerous holidays away from friends and family, but this is a new concept to me). The most ironic part of the night was when we surprised all of the quarantined guys and told them that we had set up a special room for them and they would be allowed to eat together. I love these guys, but I have never seen a more sorry looking thanksgiving event. Picture 4 guys in a room; none of them have really had the energy to shower in a couple of days, they spend about 18 hours a day sleeping, their hair is a wreck and they all look too exhausted to eat! However, they all enjoyed it and it was a great example of the brotherhood of HBR.

Sick guys Thanksgiving

You thought your dishes were bad!

November 18, 2009

I wore my Speedo the other day . . . too bad I forgot to take a picture

Yes, it's true! I am officially a European, I wore a Speedo out in public. At the waterpark we visited this weekend with the kids, you had to wear a Speedo, no baggy swimsuits allowed. The funny thing is, when everyone else is wearing one you don't feel weird. Here are some pics of Dee and the kids swimming in the wave pool!




November 17, 2009

Weekend Off

This past Thursday-Sunday we had a weekend off. We had a great time as a family doing fun stuff and relaxing and resting as well. On Thursday we were able to have a babysitter for a long time so Greg and I went to a spa in a nearby town. We spent time in the thermal baths and got a massage. On Friday, we took Titus and Addie to an indoor waterpark called Laguna in France. They had many pools of different temperatures and a kiddie area. We spent 3 hours there having fun. On Saturday we tried to visit a town two hours away that had some neat activities for the kids. It didn't happen as expected. We got to Baiersbronn, and the farm we wanted to see was closed for holiday. We tried to go hiking and it started raining. It was a cool hike with stations in the woods, but we weren't able to do it. We ended up at a market where the kids rode a ride that neither liked, and we got some German food. Addie threw up that day and we went to the park. On Sunday, we went to a seeker friendly German church with English translation. It was a cool church but the kids didn't like the nursery so much because they couldn't understand anyone!






This past Thursday-Sunday we had a weekend off. We had a great time as a family doing fun stuff and relaxing and resting as well. On Thursday we were able to have a babysitter for a long time so Greg and I went to a spa in a nearby town. We spent time in the thermal baths and got a massage. On Friday, we took Titus and Addie to an indoor waterpark called Laguna in France. They had many pools of different temperatures and a kiddie area. We spent 3 hours there having fun. On Saturday we tried to visit a town two hours away that had some neat activities for the kids. It didn't happen as expected. We got to Baiersbronn, and the farm we wanted to see was closed for holiday. We tried to go hiking and it started raining. It was a cool hike with stations in the woods, but we weren't able to do it. We ended up at a market where the kids rode a ride that neither liked, and we got some German food. Addie threw up that day and we went to the park. On Sunday, we went to a seeker friendly German church with English translation. It was a cool church but the kids didn't like the nursery so much because they couldn't understand anyone!

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