Mainz Christmas Market

Mainz Christmas Market

This year was our first visit to the Mainz Christmas Market. We have visited Mainz various times since moving to Eltville and love the energy that fills the city; it is both historic, yet modern. The Christmas Market proved to be no different. Set in the historic...
Wiesbaden Sternschnuppenmarkt

Wiesbaden Sternschnuppenmarkt

A visit to the Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Market has become a yearly tradition for our family. Nestled right in the heart of one of Europe’s oldest spa cities, Wiesbaden, the Market is easy to love. It offers all of the things that are traditional of a German...
Rüdesheim Christmas Market

Rüdesheim Christmas Market

The Rüdesheim Christmas Market is one we go back to every year. It takes place in the heart of Rüdesheim am Rhein (on the Rhine), a quaint, wine producing German town that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to the Rhüdesheim Christmas Market allows for many...
Our Summer Trip to Austria

Our Summer Trip to Austria

When Brad and I chatted about where we wanted to vacation this summer, there was one place that we both agreed on–Austria. We had the opportunity to travel there last December and we absolutely fell in love with it. This trip, with summer in full bloom, had a...
Chef Nathan

Chef Nathan

This morning, Nathan helped me whip up a delightful pancake breakfast. I was actually really surprised that he was so controlled and helpful in the kitchen. At almost 22 months young, he is usually quite impulsive and easily excited when given a new “big boy...
Nathan’s First Camping Trip

Nathan’s First Camping Trip

Camping is something that Brad and I have enjoyed doing throughout our almost 14 years of marriage. Now that we have Nathan, we have been waiting for the perfect time to introduce him to the great outdoors. This past summer seemed like that perfect time. So, we picked...
Someone Won’t be Napping Today

Someone Won’t be Napping Today

This was the scene when I returned from a quick trip downstairs…               Nathan discovered my cup of coffee and decided to sample some. It’s no wonder he LOVES the character Curious George right now–he acts...
Something’s Fishy in Speyer

Something’s Fishy in Speyer

Last Saturday, we made a quick trek (about an hour’s drive) down south to the city of Speyer. Our primary goal was to encourage Nathan’s love for underwater creatures by providing him with the opportunity to view some up close at the Speyer Aquarium. We...

Nathan’s First Hair Cut

Last Friday was one of the happiest days of my life. I took Nathan to receive his first haircut. Well, it wasn’t technically his “first” haircut. I have been trimming here and there since he was about 6 months old, but this was his first significant...
Shots…Last One Till 2015!

Shots…Last One Till 2015!

Today we took Nathan to our pediatrician to receive the last of his vaccinations until 2015. Needless to say, we are all happy about that!  Although Nathan is a champ when it comes to receiving shots, it is heartbreaking to watch him get poked with needle after...
What We Did – When in Rome

What We Did – When in Rome

Our trip to Italy was quite an adventure. Note to travelers: It rains in October. We stayed dry in Rome, but the rest of our trip was quite a soggy mess. So much so, that we had to cancel a stop in Venice (they were in 5 extra feet of water!). Rome, the capital of...
Updates On Baby Nathan

Updates On Baby Nathan

It is hard to believe we are almost in Nathan’s eleventh month of life (September 12)! As you can imagine, he is growing and learning so much. Brad and I feel so blessed by this little person. He amazes us each day with the little things he does. Here is a...
Yep – It’s a boy!

Yep – It’s a boy!

Nathan Andrew Schweitzer has entered the world.  He arrived at 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Deanna and Baby are both doing great. Dad is still recovering from permanent smile damage but is expected to recover by the baby boy’s teen years…....
Day Trip to Koln

Day Trip to Koln

On my birthday this year, Brad and I took a day trip to Koln (also known as Cologne). We headed out mid-morning and made the hour and half drive up from the Wiesbaden area. The day was dreary, but at least we were able to get in a few hours of sight seeing before the...
Wiesbaden Wine Festival

Wiesbaden Wine Festival

Last week, Brad treated me to the Wiesbaden Wine Festival (held August 12-21) in downtown Wiesbaden. We attended the festival for a short while after my doctor’s appointment. I, of course, did not indulge in any wine tasting since I am with child. Brad and I did...
Kinder Egg

Kinder Egg

Brad and I recently stumbled across a fun little local treat for kinders (children). Here in Germany they are know as “Kinder Eggs” or “Kinder Surprise”. The confection is a chocolate egg with a small toy offered in the center of it. I am told...
A Snail’s Pace

A Snail’s Pace

This morning I was walking to the car in the drizzling rain that has fallen off and on for several days now. I was on my way to a women’s Bible study that I had been looking forward to attending until I realized I had over-slept by a tad. Although it was early,...
Courageous-From the Makers of FIREPROOF

Courageous-From the Makers of FIREPROOF

I recently discovered that the makers of FIREPROOF are releasing a new Christian movie. This gets me REALLY excited!!! Not just because I thoroughly enjoyed the movie FireProof (and the others created by Sherwood Pictures), but because this is an opportunity to reach...