Monday, June 30, 2008

Santa's Workshop - North Pole

Today, we went to the North Pole (www.santas-colo.com) and Ben had a blast. Christian and me took him two years ago and I could see the difference. Now with 3, he was enjoying even more and had so much more fun. Ben and "happy" Grandma Ben riding his "bike" or "Motolad" as he likes to say in German/Chinese :-)
Ben and Grandma on a "wild" ride
Ben the Fire Chief
Me and Ben after having Lunch - yummy funnel cakes and chicken - We all enjoyed our trip. We had a great day.

Martina

Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Rouladen"

and here they are - the German "Rouladen'. It was so yummy. Here you can see the cook on the left. Christian and Ben already enjoying.
Thanks Mutschka for cooking me all my favorite meals!!!!

Martina

Congratulation Spain - European Champions 2008

The finals of the European Championship were today - Even so, we had the German flag hoist and Ben was in his element - Germany lost the game 1:0 against Spain.
Ben and Ethan decided that soccer is boring anyway and started playing. I guess they had way more fun than the adults watching the game :-)

Thanks Ramona and Charles for having us over!!!! Even so the Germans lost, we had a great time.

And because everything was so sad (again Germany lost the finals), my mom is cooking us one of my favorite meals - "Rouladen and Kloesse". She is cooking right now and I can't wait till it is ready!!! I will let you guys join later and publish a photo of the good German food, so that you all get jealous. Just kidding!

Martina

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sunset Impressions

At the moment we really have every evening a great sunset. These pictures were taken on different days. I'm just amazed how nice the sky is looking. This is actually my favorite one - Can you see the whining face?
We really love our live her at the foot of the mountains....
Martina

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Good Bye Biggi

My friend Biggi is moving back to Germany, so we had a little get together. We had a really nice afternoon. Julia and her family, including her mom, who is also visiting from Germany, came over. Chris & her Family stepped by. The kids had a lot of fun and the "3 Damen vom Grill" also. I will miss you here, Biggi. I still believe in Colorado 2010. Let's see when we will meet again. In Germany you say: "You will always meet twice in your live"- Right?!?
The Grill Master - enjoying his job :-)))
Martina

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hurray - Mom is here

I'm so glad my mom was able to make it again this year and is visiting us. As you can see, Ben couldn't wait for his presents. Just landed, not even here, but Ben got his Sesame Street DVD :-)
Here you can see "Happy Grandma" and Ben. All excited to see each other again.I'm so grateful my mom took over my household. Yeahhh. No cleaning, no cooking. It is so awesome!!!!! Love you so much Mutschka.
And of course entertaining Ben all day long....
Martina

Monday, June 16, 2008

Just because

I think it is such a cute photo.... Ben wanted to get his hair styled as a hedgehog. So we worked on it and then, after I finally was finished, the photos were done, he freaked out because he did not want to be a hedgehog anymore.... little crazy man.
Ich denke es ist ein suesses Photo... Ben wollte sein Haar als Igel gestylt haben. Also hab ich daran gearbeiten und dann, nachdem ich endlich fertig war, die Bilder gemacht waren, ist er voellig ausgeflippt, weil er doch kein Igel mehr sein wollte....kleiner durchgeknallter Mann.
Martina

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day Weekend

We had a little overnight visitor. Ethan was staying with us and here you can see how the children's world looks at 7:00 a.m. in the morning..... Way to early for me to eat and way to early anyway....
Wir hatten einen kleine Uebernachtungsgast. Ethan war bei uns und hier koennt Ihr sehen, wie die Kinder Welt um 7:00 Uhr morgens aussieht... Viel zu frueh fuer mich zum essen und sowieso viel zu frueh....
Ben enjoying his new pool....
Ben geniesst seinen neuen Pool...

Christian is working on Father's Day. As you can see, he had so much fun....
Christian arbeitet am Vater Tag . Wie Ihr sehen koennt, hatte er viel Spass.... The finished project "new door handles" Love it!!!
Das fertige Projet " neue Tuer Griffe" Love it!!!

At least we did something "special" and went to the German Restaurant here in the Spring "Edelweiss". Of course the interior and the music was all about Bavaria, but the food was really good. Better than I had expected. I had a "Sauerbraten", Christian had "Jaegerschnitzel" and Ben "Kartoffelpuffer". This was actually the first time we went to a German Restaurant, since we moved here.

Wir haben dann doch noch was besonderes gemacht und sind in's Deutsche Restaurant "Edelweiss" hier in den Springs gegangen. Natuerlich war die Einrichtung und die Musik im bayrischen Stil aber das Essen war wirklich gut. Besser als ich gedacht hatte. Ich hatte Sauerbraten, Christian hatte Jaegerschnitzel und Ben Kartoffelpuffer. Das war uebrigens das erstemal das wir zu einem Deutschen Lokal gegangen sind, seit wir hierher gezogen sind.
Martina

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Soccer - European Championship

We were invited at Biggi and Will's house to watch the first game Germany played in the European Championship. We had a great time. Of course Germany won 2:0 and has for now the first place in their group. We do not have all the television programs, were they show the Championship, so Germany has to come into the finals, so that Christian and I will be able to watch the game, as this will be shown on ABC. You guys better keep your fingers crossed!!!!!!
Wir waren bei Biggi und Will eingeladen um das erste Spiel zu schauen, dass Deutschland bei der Europameisterschaft spielte. Wir hatten eine super Zeit. Natuerlich hat Deutschland gewonnen, 2:0 und im Moment sind sie erster in Ihrer Gruppe. Wir haben nicht alle Fernsehprogramme auf denen sie die Europameisterschaft uebertragen, Deutschland muss also ins Endspiel kommen, so das Christian und ich auch das Spiel sehen koennen, da dies auf ABC ubertragen wird. Leute, Ihr drueckt also besser die Daumen !!!!!!




Thank you so much for having us!!!!!!!

Martina

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Another get together

We had another get together at Chris and Cory's house. This time Ben and Christian were able to come and we all had a great time. The food was awesome again and I really have to take a cooking class (Chris your food is awesome - Love it !!!!!) Ben was awake till 11:30 p.m. before he fall asleep on my lap....
Wir hatten wieder eine Parte bei Chris und Cory. Diesmal konnten Ben und Christian mitkommen und wir hatten alle eine grossartig Zeit. Das Essen war wieder superlecker und ich muss wirklich mal eine Koch Klasse machen (Chris Dein Essen ist spitze - ich liebe es !!!!!) Ben war bis 23:20 Uhr wach, bevor er auf meinem Schoss eingeschlafen ist.

The girls again, me, Chris and Shannon

Chris and I Christian and I

Thanks for opening up your house again, Chris. It was a really great evening in the boring neighbourhood :-)
Martina

Beautiful Flowers

As we are having so many project at the house, I do not have much time for the backyard. But we do have some flowers/bushes which came back this year and they look beautiful. I bought some more flowers today and will hopefully plant them next week....
Da wir soviele Projekte im Haus haben, habe ich nicht soviel Zeit fuer den Garten. Aber wir haben einige Blumen/Buesche die dieses Jahre wieder kamen und sie sehen schoen aus. Ich habe heute noch ein paar Blumen gekauft und hoffe das ich sie naechste Woche pflanzen kann....
Martina

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Finally - the espresso machine

After 2 years without great coffee, we are finally back into business. Yeaahhhhh. The espresso machine arrived today and as you can see, Christian is really happy. Now, we have everything on electrical devices we also had in Germany before we moved to the States. And even better, as everything is new. I'm very happy :-)
Nach 2 Jahren ohne grossartigen Kaffee, sind wir endlich wieder im Geschaeft. Yeaahhhh. Der Kaffeevollautomat kam heute an und wie Ihr sehen koennt, Christian ist richtig gluecklich. Nun haben wir alles an Elektrogeraeten was wir auch in Deutschland hatten, bevor wir nach Amerika umgezogen sind. Und sogar besser, da alles neu ist. Ich bin sehr gluecklich :-)
Martina

Monday, June 02, 2008

busy weekend

We finally finished the flooring in the master bed room, but before we were able to start, I needed to pick up the rental pump and get rid of the water in our bed, as otherwise we were not able to move the bed. But as you can see I had a great helper who enjoyed playing with the hose. A view little things needs to be done, so I will show you guys picture, once the work is completed. So far it really looks awesome and I'm so happy -No more icky carpet in the house. It is so nice to move around in the house and no need to wear shoes....
Wir haben endlich den Boden im Schlafzimmer verlegt, aber bevor es losging, musste ich erstmal eine Pumpe ausleihen um das Wasser auszulassen, da wir ansonsten nicht in der Lage gewesen waeren das Bett zu verschieben. Aber wie Ihr sehen koennt, hatte ich einen grossartigen Helper, der es genossen hat mit dem Schlauch zu spielen. Soweit schaut es wirklich super aus und ich bin uebergluecklich - Kein eckelhafter Teppichboden mehr im Haus. Es ist so schoen im Haus rumzulaufen und keine Schuhe tragen zu muessen...

Mr. Cool on it's way to our friends Biggi and Will were we were invited for a BBQ. The food was awesome and we had so much fun. Thank you so much for having us over. Biggi, even so we just met each other, I (we - o.k. that's a lie :-) ) will miss you so much! 2010 in Colorado. Right!!!!

Mr. Cool auf dem Weg zu unseren Freunden Biggi und Will wo wir zum BBQ eingeladen waren. Das Essen war super und wir hatten sehr viel Spass. Danke fuer die Einladung. Biggi, auch wenn wir uns gerade erst kennen gelernt haben, werde ich (wir - o.k das ist eine Luege :-) ) Euch ganz arg vermissen. 2010 in Colorado. Richtig!!!!

With whom should I drink the good champagne, now that Julia is on a alcoholic beverage break??????

Mit wen soll ich denn nun den guten Sekt trinken, wo doch Julia in einer Alkohlpause ist??????
Martina

Famous new Chinese Singer!!!!

see yourself:

Beliebter neuer Chinesischer Saenger, seht selber:

video

he uses the Chinese language only in German, so I do not have any compatible words for the English language.

er benutzt die chinesische Sprache nur in Deutsch, so dass ich keine vergleichbaren Woerter in Englisch habe. Anstatt "Fahrrad", sagt er immer "Fahllad". Es ist super lustig....