New Year’s Eve in Germany

New Year's Eve in Germany

German Sylvester coincides with New Year’s Eve, and many people use the names interchangeably. Actually, though, Sylvester is a feast day remembering the death of Pope Sylvester I whose papacy lasted from January 314 to his death in 335. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1582, Saint Sylvester’s Day aligned … Continue reading

AHRN.com Guest Post: Housing in Wiesbaden

My second guest post — explaining military housing at USAG Wiesbaden, Germany — published on the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) Blog on May 1st. AHRN is a referral resource for the military community around the world designed to assist the military community locate available housing. Basically, the organization helps … Continue reading

AHRN.com Guest Post: Enjoying Wiesbaden

I wrote my first guest post for the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) Blog in April, but with the busy-ness of caring for a newborn and PCSing across Germany to a new duty station, I forgot to tell you about it. Nick and I were based at USAG Wiesbaden for our first ten months … Continue reading

New Mom, Freelancer, & Military Wife

This blog post by Miranda at Hurry Up and Wait asks where all the real blog posts are. Miranda’s sentiments inspired today’s post, in which I do my best to tell you more about what’s happening in my corner of the world as a new mom, freelancer, and military wife. Welcoming … Continue reading

DIY Annie Sloan Baby Furniture

Finished Annie Sloan Baby Nursery

The Project: Refinishing a Used Crib & Changing Table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint The Time: Painting Time: Approx. 6 hours (2 coats) Waxing Time: Approx 8 hours (3 coats) TOTAL TIME: Approx. 14 hours The Costs: Crib: $75 Changing Table: $15 Paint: 16.50€ (1 can “Versailles” paint) Wax: 32€ (2 … Continue reading

German Lessons in Wiesbaden

When we learned that we’d be PCSing to Wiesbaden, Germany, I immediately begin exploring German language lessons, classes, and workshops. I’d taken a little bit of German in college, but had forgotten much of it when I accepted a position in a Mandarin-speaking company in Taipei, Taiwan two years later. … Continue reading

Our 1st German Christmas Tree

Picking out a German Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas Eve from Wiesbaden, Germany! Ever since we’ve been a couple, we’ve bought a Christmas tree together for our house. Among the many changes year-to-year in location, family plans, and travel, picking our tree might be our one and only true family tradition. This year, we brought that tradition … Continue reading

Bumpics

Bump Pics by Britney Brown Photography

Heads out of gutters, friends — That’s “Bump Pics” not “Bum Pics”. (But if you do want to read about pregnancy bum, check this post out.) We’re 32 weeks into our first pregnancy, and it’s been a humbling, sometimes painful, overall blessed pregnancy. We decided to honor all of this … Continue reading

Appel Happel – An Apple Festival in Mainz, Germany

Appel Happel Festival

It’s been a weekend of festivals here in Wiesbaden and Mainz. Fall festivals are the best. Just…the best. In Wiesbaden, the Autumn Harvest Festival was in full swing all weekend (Fri-Sun), and just across the Rhine River in Mainz, a local orchard named Appel Happel held its annual festival (Sat-Sun). … Continue reading

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