Thursday, June 27, 2013

Germany: Lissie's Baccalaureate and Graduation!

We're home from our three-week trip to Germany, and I feel extremely thankful to have been able to go! Every minute we get to spend in Germany with my parents is priceless to me, and I certainly cherish every memory we made on this trip.

So, first up, we were able to go to Lissie's baccalaureate and graduation while we were there, both of which she sang at. She sang with a special choir at baccalaureate, and then sang a solo at graduation--the German national anthem, and it was absolutely beautiful! I'm pretty sure I got chills and teary eyed listening to her. It didn't help my emotions to know that hers was the very last graduation ceremony for Heidelberg High School because the military base is closing there. And Lissie did us all proud by graduating with honors! What an amazing girl she is.

One of the things I've always loved about both of these ceremonies is the setting! Downtown Heidelberg has to be one of my all-time favorite places on this earth...with the castle up on the hill, the river running through the city, the cobblestone beneath the classy architecture and shops... everything is so romantic and breathtaking, it really is. I don't think I'll ever visit Heidelberg for the last time. I'll keep coming back because it is just so special! I hope these pictures do a little speaking for themselves, but they really don't do any of it justice. In fact, I sit here drowning in pictures from our trip and yet I wish I would've taken more!

Anyway, congrats again, Lissie! It was wonderful to share in your special day!
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Emma/Tiff/Treena Visit: Seattle for the Day

We spent a very fun day in Seattle with our visitors, but as you can see, these pictures are more of the ferry ride and less of our day in the city! And that's because the kids are somewhat contained on the ferry, plus the gorgeous window light is pretty irresistible. On the other hand, taking pictures of my kids while actually in the big and bustling city of Seattle is a little trickier, especially in the middle of the day when the lighting can be so harsh.

We were grateful for the sunny weather, though, and I got myself a dang good workout pushing our stroller up plenty of hills. I think that Emma and I even raced each other up a hill pushing our strollers, haha. Yeah, we about died.

We did all the traditional things, too... Pike's Place to see the flying fish, Ivers to feed the Seagulls, some getting lost here and there, playground stops, etc. It was a good, good day! Seattle is always a treat!
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