Sunday, January 5, 2014

First Post of 2014 {An INSANELY late Currently!!}

Hey y’all! I’m a little late linking up with my currently, but I finally have a bit of time and wanted to see what everyone has been up to.  My husband and I have been travelling through Europe since December 28th! We flew into Cologne, Germany and have visited Brussels and Amsterdam. Now we’re on our way back to Cologne to spend a final day before we head home to Spain. 

A little work on the train

I have had such a great time travelling and seeing other cultures.  I am so blessed for this time that I get to spend travelling with my hubby.  (I first knew I would marry him when we traveled Europe together 5 years ago!) So, as I sit on our train from Amsterdam to Germany, here is my Currently…

Listening to a baby snoring in the seat in front of me.  Really he’s a toddler I suppose.  But the train has lulled him to sleep and his little snores are just so tiny and precious.  Adorbs, absolutely adorbs!

Loving learning about holidays all over.  Did y’all know that Amsterdam celebrates their New Year by lighting of fireworks? There were fireworks EVERYWHERE! I’m sure I should have been a little more concerned than I was, but it was bewildering. And amazingly beautiful.  Did you know that Spain celebrates the Three Kings tomorrow on January 6th?  This is their main holiday, instead of Christmas. Children leave shoes out at night and the Three Kings leave presents under their shoes while they sleep.   I am super excited to participate tomorrow!! Learning about different holidays by experiencing them has been incredible. People all over are not very different when it comes to the basics, but their rituals and traditions are fascinating and so much fun to learn all about. I pray I never stop learning.
I took this as about 10 fireworks were being set off just five feet away from us- AHHHH!!
Seeing this guy was a huge highlight of the trip!!
Thinking about what to do back in Cologne.  I’m excited to return to the city where we began our trip. We've hit the highlights and now I’m ready to explore off the beaten path J.

Wanting more time… but really, aren't we all?  Travelling has been amazing.  But I keep thinking about all the work I should be doing back home.  I would not change one single decision I've made, but I sure do wish I had more time to fit it all in.  I suppose that’s the story of everyone’s life.
Fries & "special sauce"
(a Belgian tradition!)

HUGE pretzel in Germany :)
Needing vegetables. Travelling has a way of wreaking havoc with your body and appetite. I've had some delicious meals but many having been heavily lacking veggies… time to get back to a healthy and balanced diet!!
Who knows what we ordered...
 as it was completely in German!
But it was delicious!
Memory… Getting Pajamas on Christmas Eve. As long as I can remember, my brother and I have received pajamas on Christmas Eve and we wear them that night and in the morning. This year my mom got EVERYONE new and matching pajamas so we all get to wear them together J It was so much fun.  This was also the first year my husband and I have spent Christmas together.  Being able to share the day together was wonderful. 
Me and my Momma in our PJ's!

I hope everyone had a wonderful break and enjoyed the time with ones they love.  Happy holidays from Germany!!


  1. It looks like you are having so much fun! What a great adventure! Love the pjs! Now all you need is a video. :) I am so jealous. You have seen so much. Enjoy!

    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  2. Your blog is adorable!!! Slightly jealous of all these amazing travels you are getting to experience!! Enjoy!!

    1. Thank you!! I'm slightly jealous of all y'alls snow days your getting back home :) Hope you're somewhere nice and warm!!

  3. The pretzels in Germany were the best! So glad you had a wonderful break. Hope you have a great first week back, Kelly Anne. :)


    1. Aren't they delicious? I maaay have been slightly obsessed :) Thanks so much, Catherine!!

  4. Wow! What a blessing to be traveling and experiencing what you are experiencing! I might be a teensy bit jealous :) Thank you for your sweet comment about my Currently. I really appreciate you taking the time!

    Keep Calm and Apple On

    1. Absolutely Alyse! I hope you have a great first week back :)

  5. Oh, my goodness! Your trip sounds amazing! And, so does the food!!! What a wonderful experience you are having! Just imagine all of the traditions you are learning about that you can incorporate into your own family's traditions!

    Does Spain have a similar school calendar as we do in the States?

    Can't wait to read and learn more!

    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth! I am so excited to bring some of Spain's traditions into my own family traditions. I may need a little control. Here in Mallorca they actually have a log that "poops" out presents for the kids. He's called Tio de Nadal. I am not sure how I feel about that one but it's definitely unique ;)

      Our calendar is pretty similar to the calendar back home. They usually start school the beginning of September and finish in June. The days are a little different because many schools still take a mid-afternoon break for siesta :) I plan on blogging soon about the many differences between the schools here and the schools in Spain and the daily schedule is a huge difference. Thanks again!!

      I hope you have a great week!! XO

  6. How awesome to travel like you!! I traveled through Europe with a friend after college and want to go back so badly. Amsterdam is just breathtaking! I found your blog tonight and glad I did! I just entered the blogging world a few weeks ago and am having LOTS of fun bouncing from blog to blog!

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees