Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ben on the Swing

My friend Karen showed me a really cool new feature, check it out and have fun:


Martina

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

One year of adventure

I can't believe it, but we are now living in the United States for one year. It went by so fast and I'm so glad we made it and there is no need to go back to Germany (sorry Mutschka, I know you don't want to hear that...) We both took a day off to remember that day as it is so special for us. After our arrival on May, 14th last year late in the evning, we didn't do anything that night, just fall asleep. But the next day, exactly one year ago, we went to the "Village Inn" for breakfast and we did the same thing this year. It was just great. We are very proud of us, that we were able to live our dream, not only to live in the United States, also that we were able to buy our own house just 8 month after our arrival. Found a job in a short time period and managed everything we needed and basically established our life over here. "Life really meant it good with us" (I bet that is not the correct sentence in english - this is an german expression) Anyway, it was not always easy, especially in the beginning without a job, but the pressure to get one. The authorities didn't like us, we had to go to every single one minimum twice - which sucks. We had problems with the IRS and we first bought a wrong car... and of course, all of this had cost us a lot money, but I guess that is pretty normal when you immigrate to a new country. However, we just love our life over here and we are really happy. My personal dream came true and I'm sooooooooooo glad that I have a loving husband who stands behind me and support me in full filling my dream. I love you so much. I never said "Thank You" to you, I do it now. Our English is still not perfect, especially my grammar, but I'm working on it every day and I think we are not able to loose our German accent. Ben will have it much easier, he will learn English and German, without an accent. Recapitulatory we are so glad we did this big step and moved over here. We also just want to say "Thank you" to everybody who were and still are supporting us. We love you all. I just can tell everybody: "Don't dream your life, live your dream"


Martina

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Birthday Pics (Part III)

Today we had a little birthday party for Mr. Ben and invited over some friends. Ben had a fun day and I hope his guests, too. Of course I bake a real American cake for my boy (hi,hi, I just say Wal Mart...). And see, what presents he got, everything for the yard. A baseball set and a soccer wall and of course some cars to play. Thank you all for coming over and spending the day with us. Your presents were a really good choice, Ben just loves all of them. Thanks guys....
Heute hatten wir eine kleine Geburtstagsparty fuer Mr. Ben und hatten ein paar Freunde hier. Ben hatte einen super Tag und ich hoffe seine Gaeste auch. Natuerlich habe ich meinem Jungen einen richtigen amerikanischen Kuchen gebacken (hi,hi, ich sage nur Wal Mart...). Und seht, was er alles an Geschenken bekommen hat, alles fuer den Garten. Ein Baseball Set und ein Fussballtor und natuerlich einige Autos. Danke fuers vorbeischaun und dass ihr den Tag mit uns verbracht habt. Eure Geschenke waren wirklich super gewaehlt, Ben findet sie alle klasse. Danke Ihr Lieben ..... (Anmerkung nur fuer mein Silke Schatzi: Ich hoffe die deutsche Uebersetzung ist jetzt besser!!!!)







Martina



Saturday, May 12, 2007

Birthday Pics (Part II)

Maybe he will become a second "Dirk Novitzki" - good for Mom and Dad, he can earn a lot of money with Basketball, too and can pay of our bills :-))
Vielleicht wird er ein zweiter Dirk Novitzki - gut fuer Mama und Papa, er kann auch im Basketball eine Menge Geld verdienen und unsere Rechnungen bezahlen ;-))

This is the best present ever. We already built it up last week and Ben just loves it. And it looks so neat in our backyard...
Das ist das beste Geschenk das er bekommen hat . Wir hatten es schon letzte Woche aufgebaut und Ben liebt es. Und es schaut sehr huebsch aus in unserem Garten....





Thank you so much for all the wonderful things. It's so great to have a supporting and loving family around, even if we are separated around the world. We love you all so much. I hope you enjoy the pictures of your grandson and nephew.
Danke fuer all die schoenen Sachen. Es ist so wunderbar eine unterstuetzende und liebende Familie um einen zu haben, auch wenn wir alle getrennt in der Welt leben. Wir lieben Euch sehr. Ich hoffe Euch gefallen die Bilder von Eurem Enkelsohn und Neffen.
DANKESCHOEN!!!!!
Martina


Birthday Pics (Part I)

We had a little party this morning for Mr. Ben. Here you can see how we celebrate his second birthday -
Wir hatten eine kleine Party heute morgen fuer Mr. Ben. Hier koennt Ihr sehen, wie wir seinen zweiten Geburtstag gefeiert haben -
Ben is reading his birthday cards from Germany
Ben liest seine Geburtstagskarten aus Deutschland

opening presents
oeffnet Geschenke playing with his new cars carpet / spielt mit seinem neuem Auto Teppich
blewing out his birthday candles / blaest seine Geburtstagskerzen aus
Martina

Friday, May 11, 2007

2 Years


Happy Birthday little one


We love you so much, have a great day!!!!!

Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Baby Shower again...

Today I went to my second baby-shower here in the States. I personally think it's such a great thing for the mom to be. You meet with your girl friends, get almost all the stuff you need for a newborn and have a blast, which is the most important thing. Of course you play some games and the nice thing is, even you are not the mom to be, you can win a little present. Today, I won two tubes of lotion, just in having the right cake plate :-)) Below you see Jean and me with my new haircut and colour....

Heute war ich auf meinem zweiten Baby-Shower hier in den Staaten. Ich persoenlich denke es ist eine grossartige Sache fuer die werdende Mutter. Du triffst Dich mit Deinen Freundinnen, bekommst all die Sachen die du fuer ein Neugeborenes braucht und hast ein Freude, was wohl das wichtigste ist. Natuerlich werden einige Spielchen gespielt und das schoene ist, auch wenn Du nicht die werdende Mutter bist, kannst Du ein kleines Present gewinnen. heute habe ich zwei Tuben Creme gewonnen, nur weil ich den richtigen Kuchenteller hatte :-)) Unten seht Ihr Jean und mich mit meinem neuen Haarschnitt und Farbe....

Ben is doing his favorite job, eating cake...
Ben bei seiner Lieblingsbeschaeftigung, Kuchen essen...

It was a great party. Thanks, Jean and I hope you enjoy all the cool presents you got... Es war eine super Party. Danke Jean und ich hoffe Du freust Dich ueber all die coolen Geschenke.
Martina

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Just a view more pics

Opa Hans-Juergen sent a Easter/birthday packet from Germany, of course we tried to hide Mr. Ben's birthday present, but we had no chance... So he opened the present and was happy. Thank you so much for the chocolate and the presents.

Opa Hans-Juergen hat ein Oster/Geburtstagspaeckchen aus Deutschland geschickt, natuerlich haben wir versucht es vor Ben zu verstecken, aber wir hatten keine Chance... er hat sein Geschenk ausgepacht und war gluecklich. Danke fuer die Schoki und die Geschenke

Oma and Ben... It was really hard to get him into his bed. He was so exited, he didn't sleep much that week...
Oma und Ben... es war echt schwierig ihn ins Bett zu bekommen. Er war so aufgeregt, er hat nicht viel geschlafen in dieser Woche.....
Ben the good old European way - all naked
Ben im guten alten europaeischen Stil - ganz nackig
Martina

Attention: Visitor from Germany

I saw, I havn't written anything in a long time, sorry, but we were really busy. Christian's mom came from Germany to visit us and we had a great time, especially Ben. NO day care for him that week... He enjoyed the time with his "Oma" and was sad when she left this week. It was like christmas and easter in one time, see all the presents we got. I hope you also enjoyed the stay with us and it was not to much work you had to do for us. I was so glad you were cooking for us every night. Awesome.... Thank you so much for all. We hope to see you again, soon.

Ich habe gesehen, dass ich schon lange nichts mehr geschrieben habe, aber wir waren wirklich sehr beschaeftigt. Christian's Mom kam aus Deutschland zu Besuch und wir hatten eine grossartige Zeit, besonders Ben. KEIN day care fuer ihn in dieser Woche.... Er hat die Zeit mit seiner "Oma" sehr genossen und war sehr traurig als sie diese Woche wieder gegangen ist. Es war wie Weihnachten und Oster zusammen, seht all die Geschenke die wie bekommen haben. Ich hoffe Du hast Deinen Aufenthalt mit usn genauso genossen und es war nicht zuviel Arbeit, die Du fuer uns machen musstest. Ich war so froh, dass Du uns jeden Abend gekocht hast. Grossartig.... Vielen Dank fuer Alles. Wir hoffen Dich bald wieder zu sehen.



working hard in the backyard.....



I will take care for all the flowers and plants. Hopefully they will not die. I have to take some more pics of our new looking backyard to share with you guys. Coming soon...

Ich werde gut fuer die Blumen und Pflanzen sorgen. Hoffentlich sterben sie nicht. Ich muss auf jeden Fall mehr Photos von unserem neu aussehendem Garten machen um sie Euch zu zeigen. Bald...

Martina