Wednesday, December 22, 2010

We Got Annie!!!

No, she isn't named for the musical, but it seemed to be a good title.  We have a new four-legged member of our family.  Her name is Annie.  It was the only name we all liked that sounded good with Millie (my parent's dog).  Her full name is Annie Regensburg Johnston.  We had planned to add a puppy to the household chaos this spring, but the opportunity came along so we decided to go ahead.  Hopefully she will be big enough to camp with us this summer. To say the children are excited would perhaps be the understatement of the year.
Annie in front of the tree
Just picked her up!  The kids didn't know we had gone to pick up a puppy and were so surprised when we brought her to our van.

She needs a haircut so that we can see her eyes, but we hate to cut off the dark tips of her puppy fur!  Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 6, 2010

We are home!!

We arrived home last week from Germany and are adjusting to life back in the USA.  Its like culture shock in reverse.  We are happy to be seeing friends and family and looking forward to celebrating a late Thanksgiving this week.  Here are some pictures from our travels home and from the snow that arrived in Regensburg the day before we left.  It was beautiful and fun for the kids but wreaked chaos on transportation in Germany.  We were blessed that we were able to get home as many flights were canceled due to the weather.  We had a wonderful time and made memories we'll cherish forever.  Thanks for reading and encouraging us along the way.  It was a great fall.  Germany, Auf Weidersehen.

5 inches - it was a beautiful snowy morning, we had to get out and play

The Christmas markets really looked magical with the snow

on the stone bridge

Family snow pic

The Danube

Matthew built a great snowman

The massive tree in Rathaus Platz now surrounded by snow

Our last pic in Germany- leaving our apartment for the airport

On the plane from Munich to Chicago

Claiming luggage in Chicago

After 20 hours of travel

everyone was tired waiting for the flight to Paducah

so three kids sacked out in the gate area
but not #4!  She waited until we were boarding to fall asleep.