Saturday, August 2, 2014

2014 German-American Volksfest in Grafenwohr!

Thomas decided to take one day of leave, so we could go on opening day! It was much less crowded during opening day, when most people were still working. Smart move!! PLUS we got the official mug, which I've heard sold out by 3pm on the first day! There was so much to do and see, and we wound up missing a couple of booths...including the one selling bloomin' onions!!! Oh well, we still did a lot! For once I was into the moment more than taking photos, so you'll see much fewer here than usual. But trust me, we had a BLAST! :D
Bella crawling up the HUGE slide!

You can see how tall it is!! 

Doesn't she look awesome in her traditional Bavarian dress??

Bella won a pink pig!
(Daddy helped a little!!!)

Posing with the AFN Eagle!

Here Bella is "dance walking", lol!! She can't help herself!

Thomas is an AMAZING shot!!!

Doin' the bumper car thing!

I filmed until Bella got hurt. Thomas forgot to put his arm around her, protecting her head.

They went a second time, and all was well!

I never laughed sooo hard in my life! Bella was a hot mess with this fun house! She kept falling and was a total goofball!!!

Thomas & Bella kept going back and forth - totally lost!

Bella soooo cheated and walked around! 

We played this ping pong game and won NINE mugs!! These are the pretty ones (the rest were clear glass), and what's cool is the Thomas, Bella and I each won of the prettier ones! I won the one on the left, Thomas the middle and Bella the one on the right. We also got traditional German gingerbread cookies, popcorn and cotton candy. Lunch was Nurnberg brats and gelato for dessert. We walked and walked all around and had a wonderful time. LOVE German fests!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Sunday Blessings

Happy Sunday, everyone! It's quiet here at the house, as Thomas and Bella have left on their weekly Daddy-Daughter outing. :D  Fun for them, quiet for me = WIN/WIN!!!

Remember our travel adventure to the Renaissance Festival in Kaltenberg?
This is what Bella wore that day.

She has another gown that is royal blue, but I always keep my eye out on eBay for more gowns, and I recently found this one for a really good price.
Isn't it gorgeous??

Big News!!!
Bella reached 100% fluency on her math facts 0-12!!!

For reaching this milestone, she was allowed to have her own blog!
Simply click on the banner to check it out!

In stamping news....
My gorgeous collection of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils!
I have a couple of cases on order to store them more easily.

Blending tool kit

Some new stamps & matching dies!
I LOVE Lawn Fawn!!!

Next month they'll have dies for this set! YAY!

A new recipe: Crock Pot Beef Bourguignon!
I didn't take the time to get a really good photo, because the smell was making me crazy, lol!! It might *look* like regular old beef stew, but it's not!! It was a bit of a hassle in prep work (you don't just throw everything into the crock pot!), but the results were soooo worth it. I had a bottle of very dry wine on hand, and we don't like to drink dry wines, so it was perfect to use in cooking!!! To make this yourself, the recipe is HERE.

I also made the super delicious German Potato Salad - recipe HERE.

And the super easy Baked Ham & Cheese Roll-ups - recipe HERE.

I have some yummy things lined up for this week, that didn't get made last week. The heat wave continued, and with it being so hot in the house and my not getting much sleep, I let Thomas "cook" a couple of times last week, lol! We're supposed to get quite a bit of rain this week....but I've heard that before and nothin' happened. So...we shall see!!! I'm hoping to finish up some projects upstairs and get some crafting done and shown on my blog!! I have some new goodies on order, and more will be available for purchase in August. get some USE out of what I have already!!! I hope you all have a great week ahead!