Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Celebrations

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope that you had a fabulous holiday season. We spent the 24th and 25th with the German family, continuing with the Steinbach/Hillebrand traditions. This time we took far too many pictures but here is a quick overview!

First we started with the traditional meal on the evening of the 24th at Friedhelm and Christa's house. The food was extra yummy and the present-sharing very sweet. Here is a picture of the clan (missing Gio) in front of the tree.




After dinner, we went over to Oma Else's house for the tradition singing, eating, drinking, story sharing and arm wrestling. I have no idea how or when the arm wrestling started but this year the Mr. was the champ. The Mrs. was, as usual, the worst in the house!


Per tradition, the Mrs. fell fast asleep on the couch in the middle of the party, music blaring and laughter ringing, until it was time to stumble home, half-asleep and with a little too much alcohol in our systems.

On the 25th we ate yummy food again, took two naps, and then chilled into the evening.



More photos are here.



xo

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to the Mr.



I'm not comforted, I'm positive.




xo

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Our Tree

Its okay to be jealous.




More pictures here.



xo

Turkey Turkey Turkey & Some Stuffing

We invited Dominik's family for a full ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ this afternoon. The prep for the dinner ended up being Project 4 as I kept myself busy with searching, shopping, and preparing the right dishes and stuff on Thursday and Friday.


Yesterday we got the stuffing together as well as prepped as many dishes as possible; today I woke up at 6:30 in the morning to stick the turkey in the oven and drink coffee. Lots of coffee.

Based on the Lambert Lessons, the turkey ended up fab.u.lous and you are all jealous that you weren’t here for it. :)






The stuffing was a great recipe from the Food Network, a favorite website of mine. It has apple, celery, cranberry, and sausage in it. I also added cashews because I like them. It ended up excellent. Unfortunately I couldn’t find quality sausage that wasn’t already in intestine (yes, you read that right), I got to “free” one entire kilo, piece by piece. It looked something like this:




And I was about this happy with the experience:


In the end, although the recipe said it would fill one large pan, I ended up with this amount of stuffing:



We have a ton left over, and I’m looking forward to each bite. All in all it was a great afternoon with the greater Steinbach Family, what a group of good-looking peps.




More pictures here. 



xo

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Keeping Busy is the Best Treatment

These days I'm on homestay on doctor's orders and trying to get 'all better'. And since I've been known to be übergut with free, empty time...I'm getting through homestay and trying to get all better through the invention and completion of projects.


Project One:
Get Christmas tree in the house and into its stand. This one was quickly accomplished with the Mr. easily, happily, and in the rain. It took a little bit to bring it into the house, but we finally did it.



Peewee likes the tree too. Ornaments and candles will be put onto it this Saturday.

Project Two:
Two friends came around to join in the adventure of baking cookies together. I’m not a big fan of ‘real’ Christmas cookies, and surprisingly, they weren’t either. So we created chocolate cookies shaped like little pretzels (yummy); cookies with walnuts and chocolate (yummy); chocolate chip cookies with handmade chips (yummy); and licorice rock candy (not so much).

Here are the handmade chips:


Lesson learned: stick with the chocolate recipes cause that’s what we know best.

Project Three:
I'm not a huge fan of white kitchens, but our apartment came with one of the nicest kitchens ever, and it just happens to be a creamy, white color. I've wanted to paint the background ever since we moved in so that the kitchen could POP out and I finally got it done.

It was a very structured, well-prepared project and took a total of, maybe three hours. I knew what I didn’t want, so I did a quick google-search for warm colors, clicked around and 20 minutes later set out to the local hardware store with the color ‘coral’ in mind. There the owner and I talked about light and feeling and agreed on a color. I paid, walked home and threw it on the wall.

Done.


And I love it.

More photos on snapfish.

...and, I'm sure, more projects to come...hopefully more time intensive.




xo.

Monday, December 14, 2009

On Request

In exchange for making me smile earlier today although I'm feeling quite crappy - a picture of my baby brother, also known as Bubby. On his request (or better said complaint).





xo

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Work Can Be Fun?

Work isn't known as being a good place to have a great time. And thank God, because otherwise, we wouldn't have Dilbert.

But recently my project team proved that work actually can be fun - even when creating a project plan for the next 12 months. And especially when later there is a crazy tour guide and glühwein (also known as mulled wine).




More photos here.



xo

Enjoying an Evening with Friends

Last weekend a good friend had a get together for some friends. We got to dress you in our smartest clothes, drink hootie cocktails, and goof around like the adults we became at some strange point in time. As always the food was fabulous and the drinks strong.

The Mr. and Mrs. had a great time.




More photos are here.



xo

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Decorating the Little Place

We moved into our little place on October 15, 2007. On Thursday, December 3, 2009 we finally hung up a curtain holder and 1/4 of the curtains that we'll end up putting up, with the very selfless help of our neighbor, her skills, her equipment, and her know-how.

Big happy happy to neighbor Jessi!

In the end, we’ll have the same see-through panels on both sides of the window, with a colorful light-blocking fabric in front of the see-through panels. The aim is to add color into our little place, while making it feel a little warmer, and block our neighbor’s view of the festivities (that they really don’t want to be seeing anyways).

I know it isn't a great picture - but you can get an idea.



…oh, and we finally fixed those broken light bulbs…




xo

We Can Live Like This

we all can - choose your "this" and then make it real



and if it aint gonna happen today, make it possible tomorrow.




xo

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2009

We hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner last night with eight guests. Everyone brought a dish (or three) and we shared the meal together with some good wine. Good evening.

The turkey wasn't really purple, but that's how the picture came out. It was extremely yummy!





xo

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mrs. Turns 29 for the First Time

Happy First 29th Birthday to the Mrs!

We spent the weekend in Berlin, with two friends. It was amazing to be in a major city, with a major history: Brandenburgertur, Reichstag, Alexanderplatz, Checkpoint Charlie, etc. It really is true what people say, the people of Berlin have their own manner of speaking, of dressing, of moving. A great manner. And since it has been 20 years since the fall of the wall, there were a number of exhibits around the city that brought history to life.

We even visited a friend who recently moved into her new apartment - in a building literally built next to where the wall once way. Oh, how the world changes.

And naturally, the Mrs. got some great gifts. And one has to admit that one is getting older when a handheld vacuum is exciting:




And yes, the vacuum was given to the Mrs. from the Mr.



xo

Friday, November 20, 2009

Little Sick Peewee

Our little Peewee is quite sick - we aren't quite sure yet what is wrong or if it is treatable. On Wednesday she got a bunch of blood tests and an ultrasound- meaning she got a new accessory and a haircut. She is a little shy with the haircut but posed with her new jewelry.




Lets hope she gets better.



xo

Friday, November 13, 2009

6 Months Dinner and Pic

The Mr. and Mrs. enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Freihof in Wiesloch to celebrate their 6 month anniversary.






xo

Monday, November 9, 2009

20 Years Ago Today; 6 Months Ago Today

20 years ago today a wall fell in Berlin, forever changing the past, present, and future. Something that no one believed would happen in the foreseeable future happened anyway. Fate waits for no man, it seems.

The Mr. and the Mrs. were both eight years old. The Mr. lived in West Germany and claims he doesn't recall all that much from the day beyond watching the news with his dad. The Mrs. lived in the US and has strong memories of that day, the pictures, the impromptu celebrations, the feelings, and my grandmother crying happily on the couch.

Now that we magically located each other and both live here in the united Germany, the anniversary celebrations cannot be missed – the best, in Mrs’ humble opinion is this art installation.

A smaller, less global celebration is also underway: the new Steinbach clan is officially six months old today.






xo

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sometimes it is the Small Things

Over six months ago two of my favorite necklaces tied themselves into a knot that was so complicated and thick that it even beat the world-renowned-knot-undoer-lady, also known to the Mrs. as "Mom". And Mom battled bravely on it for over one hour.

Then Little One took it on; then Mom had try 2; and then I assumed the call to battle. All over six months.

However, this evening, after almost another hour of blood, sweat, tears, and numerous naughty words*, the Mrs. won and separated the one messy knot into two beautiful necklaces that she can finally wear again.

Here's the proof:

Sometimes it is the small things.

*only one of these four is accurate. :)



xo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For the Record - Halloween Doesn't Get Better

Just. Had. To. Share.






xo

PostWedding Isn't PreWedding

For the first time in over one year PostWedding is not PreWedding. How 'bout that! We are all married now: the Steinbachs; the Tamburos; the Jettons. Each wedding was different and each was stunningly beautiful and touching in their own ways.

Congrats to the three new families!

Over the past 10 days the Mr. and Mrs. were in Dayton, Ohio helping the new Jettons prepare for their wedding. The Mr. spent each morning sleeping, playing computer, or just chilling around. The Mrs. ran all over the place with the bride-to-be, completing To Dos and chatting with little sis. It was by far the best trip we've had to the States this year (maybe ever). In the end, and as always, the wedding went off extremely well and there are pictures here.

There are also pictures of the Cassidy pre-Christmas gift exchange...



xo

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And now welcoming...

...the new, legally offical Mrs. Steinbach.




Yeah, it wasn't "real" before. But now social security agreed yesterday.



xo

Sunday, October 25, 2009

For the record

For the record, the Mrs. has the most awesome new winter jacket.



Mary Taylor aint go nuthin' on her!



xo

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Contradictions

The world is full of contradictions – not just our personal relationship or our professional activities – but throughout our entire world. Take just for example the recent, and quite contradictory activities, regarding the environment taking place in Moscow and in the Maldives: one country wants to control the natural flow of weather through chemicals regardless of the impacts; the other wants to also, in a way, control the environmental issues we face globally through raising awareness of the activities we undertake without considering the impacts.

So, should it really surprise us when we love someone but don’t always ‘ride the same wave’ as they do? For example, the Mrs. is more than happy to dive into a book, any book, for hours, while the Mr. is more than happy to dive into World of Warcraft for hours. For us both the outside world ceases to exist and yet neither of us gets how the other person can possibly spend hours with their hobby and consider it enjoyable.

One could say that all four parties have the same general goal – control the environment or step out of the here-and-now to enjoy a hobby – and yet take different approaches to reach said goal. Think large here, my dear friends and family.

The Mrs. supposes that the secret is to find someone that has the similar set of goals and values, regardless of their approach (within the limits of reason, of course) and then accept it. With a smile, a laugh, and large amount of loving teasing in both directions.

But what does the she really know after less than six months of marriage?



xo

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Extremely, Painfully, Critically Important

This evening the Germany national football team is playing against the Russian national football team for a secure slot in the 2010 World Football Championship* in South Africa. To make sure we are all on the same page: football is not soccer; the Mr. is quite stubborn about this one. Furthermore, said "Football" is extremely, painfully, critically important.

There. Will. Be. No. Doubt.

Tonight’s game is especially extremely, painfully, critically important because if Germany wins they are definitely able to play in South Africa. If they don’t win they have to keep playing for a slot and might not get there at all. Therefore, the Mr. is sharing this evening with like-minded friends, sitting in some sort of small bar, either enjoying the ecstasy of winning or the greatest tragedy of losing.

At the same time, the Mrs. is taking care of some critically important stuff. She’s at home, in super comfy-comfy clothes, telephoning with friends, blogging and catching up on personal emails, enjoying silly American TV, and a fabulous glass of red wine. She’s getting relaxed and re-connected and just generally rested.

And this evening right here is one of the multitudes of reasons we decided to get hitched: time to hang out without the other one, doing something that the other one would do either out of the deepest love or sheer boredom.

So, yes, football is extremely, painfully, critically important. And so are the Mr. and the Mrs., individually and together. Unlike football, there will be doubt. There have been and will be happy and unhappy times; easy and difficult times; laughter and tears.

And there will be us – the Mr. and Mrs; football and lazy evenings. Together and apart.


Update: Germany won -




xo

* Strange to the American audience members out there, but they actually do invite other countries to their world championship.

Monday, October 5, 2009

d-AA-ton / mool-house-en

Just where are the Mr. and Mrs. from, you might ask. Or have already asked. Many times. ;)

The Mrs. was born in the city Dayton, Ohio, also known as d-AA-ton to the German followers. She and her family moved from place to place during her childhood, always in southern Ohio, most of the time in Dayton but they she did manage to hit Hillsboro, Ohio. Now, at the very proud age of 28 years and 11 months, she's moved a grand total of 22 times.

Yes, 22 times. The last one to Leimen after her amazing German convinced her it was her idea.

The Mr. was born in a tiny little village called Mülhausen close to Heidelberg, also known as Mool-house-en to the Americans out there. He lived there until he met a stunning American that stole his heart to Heidelberg. Mühlhausen has a village-festival each year, called "kerwe, and it was this weekend. Very good times - neuwein (new wine), pizza, waffels, friends, general silliness, a goofy bumpercars ride, and up&down, circular ride that almost made the Mrs. vomit.

So following such fabulous advertisement from the Mrs - Come join us next year!


xo

Friday, October 2, 2009

Even More Pictures!

Crazy but true: more American wedding photos are available on snapfish. Our friends Mr. Pittsburgh and G-Funk shared these with us.

Thanks!!



xo

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Making the World Just a Tick Better

The Mr. and Mrs. spent yesterday helping make the world just a tick better through manual labor and it was great!

Twice a year, my company sponsors volunteer days so that employees have the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the office and become more involved in our community. We've done it twice and both times were rewarding. This year we worked for an organization called Johann-Peter-Hebel Heim that helps mentally disabled and/or ill young people in the nearby town Mannheim.

Our job was to pull out a fence and all of the plants that have grown into it for the past 30+ years and then repost a new fence. To say that our little team of 8 overwhelmed the project organizers would be a total understatement. We tore it up, accomplishing significantly more than expected!! We even ran out of new fence pieces to put up!

But the best part is knowing that we were able to help out an organization that helps so many young people that wouldn't have any other place to turn to with them. "if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." - Booker T. Washington
Pics are here!



xo

Friday, September 25, 2009

For the Record

I didn't feel well today - so I got this from Mr. Steinbach

I feel a little better. :)


xo

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jet Lag Squared

This weekend we went to a tiny place in Ohio, close to Pittsburgh, to celebrate our friends' wedding. We flew there on Thursday; we flew home on Sunday, arriving Monday. Jet Lag Squared!

The trip started great: while checking in, the security lady asked if we had an electronic materials in our bags, like laptops, iPods, cameras....shit, we'd forgotten our camera. We flew from Germany to the US for a friend's wedding with no camera. Really, who accomplishes that one?

Mr. & Mrs. Steinbach, that's who. Always settin' the bar high.

Anyways, that was followed up by a restful *ha* flight to Charlotte and a tight transfer, during which we met some lovely, lovely passport-checking-peps; Domi was fingerprinted and got a mug shot based on the probable cause of his not-Americanism; grabbed our bags; ran through customs; rechecked our bags; and sprinted to catch our second plane to Pittsburgh.

Which we missed by a grand total of 2 minutes. It was still sitting there and everything.
Again, settin' the bar high.

We took the chance to try some "native" food: bbq beef something, with deep fried somethings, and sweet baked beans. Some wicked food - and wicked is not used positively here. Thankfully we were able to squeeze onto the next plane to Pittsburgh and still got to have dinner with dear old buddy, G-Funk.*

Then we got into our rental car and coasted along a few tiny roads, each leading deeper and deeper into the country complete with rolling hills, tractors, barns, and missing streetlights. Around midnight - 24 hours after we started our trip - we reached our hotel to learn that they had "lost" our reservation and were all booked up.

What a lovely little surprise - "lost" hotel rooms, sounds like something from Harry Potter. And, with all the due respect due to tiny, tiny Ohio town outside of Pittsburgh: how on earth could you be booked out? What was going on that your hotel rooms were all booked out?

Never mind, we'd rather not know. Really.

In any case, a slight flip out and quick phone calls later, we had the honor of staying with the Mrs-to-be's family. Never have we been so happy to see a bed. Never have we fallen asleep so quickly and with such gratitude.** The whole cracked-out hotel thing ended up to be a blessing in disguise. It was fabulous to catch up her family and they definitely needed a few more helping hands - even if they were jet lagged, slightly goofy & giggly hands.

The wedding was beautiful: cozy, quiet, outside, and right-sized (read: quick). The Mrs. cried, but who would have expected anything else, really? The food was fabulous; the cake was To. Die. For.; there were unlimited buckeyes; people were great; we danced like fools; and two of the best people we know have taken the plunge into the sea of marriage. I'm not a fortune teller - but these two have a good chance at making each other happy and being happy together for good.

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Tamburo! You are both lucky fools to have each other!

The trip home was boring.




xo

* Great pics, lady.
** Mr. will edit this one if he disagrees.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Active Weekends for the Steinbach Clan

Last weekend Mr. Steinbach and I had very active weekends: The Mr. was off being healthy and I was off being, um, not.

The Mr. was over in Holland completing a half-marathon on skates with a few colleagues in Holland. He completed it in a little bit longer than one hour! Way to go Mr. Man!

The Mrs. drove a bit south in Germany for a wine tasting with a few new and old friends in a lovely little wine village. First we took a lovely tour of the wine cellar and then we ate far too much and drank even more than "far too much".

We were both more than tired when the week started again. :) And this weekend we are headed to the States to support two friends start their marriage life.


xo

Sunday, September 13, 2009

PostSecret Does It Again

PostSecret does it again. :D




xo

Pictures, Pictures, and More Pictures

Yes, yes, after four months of patience, we've uploaded pictures to snapfish - even wedding pictures. :D

American wedding complete (905 pics)
American wedding sorted (257 pics)
German wedding complete (484)

We chose to put these on snapfish because snapfish can be viewed in your language almost anywhere in the world. And, you can order copies, make gifts, etc. and have the prints delivered to any address in country of choice. Feel free to go wild....just no t-shirts with our faces on 'em, okay? :D


xo

Monday, September 7, 2009

For the Record

When the male half of the new steinbach clan gets sick, he does not:
  • moan 
  • groan 
  • whine 
  • complain 
  • get mean 
  • become unpleasant to be around 
  • swear he is going to die shortly.
Instead he can be seen hacking his head off while cleaning the kitchen.

That, ladies and gentlemen, that is awesome.

These things cannot be said about the female half.


xo

Sunday, September 6, 2009

There's a Floor under the Dirt?!

We cleaned today - and yes, we - cleaned today. I attacked the bathroom and the kitchen floor. I won't share how many times I had to change the water. Dominik swept with the monster sweeper, which had to be then promptly emptied.

Now our lovely little apartment is clean and happy with glistening floors and dirty windows.

What 'cha gonna do, the Magical Cleaning Lady is still on vacation. Just keeping the battle alive until she gets back.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ah, the power of a brilliant, entertaining jerk

Why is it that I'm a Dr. House fan? Really - I blame Chris for this one. There I was innocent, alone for just a few hours with a TV I didn't know how to work, a DVD player that I could, and a Dr. House DVD ready to play....and just a little hung over if I recall correctly...

And now, more than 1 year later, I'm sitting on my couch across the ocean watching yet another episode of Dr. House auf Deutsch.

Either way, what's up with being a fan of a character that is a brilliant, entertaining JERK in all languages?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Hard Way

It is a well-known trait of the Mrs. that each Sunday morning, she makes a cup of coffee and then skips over to PostSecret, an ongoing art project. In short, people design postcards to share one of their secrets anonymously. A small collection of these are shared in a blog each Sunday.

The Mrs. loves PostSecret and is convinced that often one of HER secrets is there, designed by someone else's hand, posted from another country, but still HER secret. And that makes her feel less alone and more at peace with who she am, deep inside. She argues that many PostSecret followers feel the same way.



What you work hard for may become the sweetest thing in life.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Getting Started

Good reading to you all!

Since we love our families, friends, and privacy, I've decided to start myself a little blog for the new Steinbach clan. It most likely won't be added to all that often, but we thought it'd be a nice way to keep everyone a little more up-to-date, sharing links and stories and general us-ness.

What better way to celebrate the founding of a new family than founding a new blog, I ask ya.

Gross, eh?

More later!
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