Hi all! We’re just wrapping up a lovely two week visit from my parents! Seeing them again was beyond wonderful…it had been almost a year since I had hugged them or smelled my mom’s perfume. There is something warm and comforting about the presence of the people who raised you…there is nothing like it. I missed that.
Originally my husband was supposed to be here during their stay, but the furlough postponed his TDY 3 weeks, so he ended up missing their visit as well as Halloween and Thanksgiving. We were all bummed about that. It’s not the same being without your spouse, let alone without them on big family holidays. While mom and I cooked in the kitchen, my husband was eating with his classmates at a restaurant (well, TECHNICALLY he was asleep because he was in Alabama, but you get it). I’m just glad he had some people to share it with. Thankfully he gets home in less than a week!!!
It was such a nice stay. Mom and dad came up to work with me the last day before Thanksgiving break and helped my students make Pilgrim hats and Wampanoag headbands and joined in our family feast!
On Thanksgiving we were pretty lazy. There’s nothing better than being lazy on a holiday, right? We just hung out and cooked, which was so nice after the hectic week.
On Saturday we headed to the Christmas Market in Trier to kickoff the Christmas season. Christmas markets are a huge part of German culture. Just about every town has one. They are full of food, handmade items, unique gifts, and Glühwein (mulled wine)! Each market has their own Glühwein mug, and many people collect them as they travel from market to market. The one in Trier is shaped like a boot, and I totally forgot to get it! Instead I drank mine from a coffee cup. Classy.
It was a beautiful market, but it was very crowded. Going with the baby was an adventure, but we lived to tell about it! Glad we went, and I’m looking forward to heading to more markets around Germany!
The second week of their stay I had to work, so mom and dad took a few little day trips. We had many movie nights and played lots of games together. It was the right balance of sight seeing and just being together time that we all needed. Dad was even gracious enough to stay with the boys so mom and I could go see Catching Fire in the on base theater (holy awesomesauce that was amazing).
The day before they were to leave, Dallas decided to throw up ice everywhere causing their original flight to be cancelled and their next scheduled flight to be delayed over 5 hours. It was kind of a mess. I still can’t believe Dallas got more winter precip than we did! Texas seriously does have the weirdest weather on the planet.
I am so thankful for my parents. They are genuinely wonderful people, and I can’t thank them enough for taking the time to come out and see us. I miss them so much already.
Now it’s time to get ready for the hubs to get home and then my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew to get here!! By the time I see them again, it will have been 1 year since we’ve seen each other. That’s 1 year way too long. I can’t wait!!!