Sunday, March 15, 2009
We have been painting and painting, and other than a coat in Val's room we're done. The paint here is water based, it's interesting and takes several coats. We washed the car and detailed it today so we can ship it out this week. It will take about 2 months to reach the US so we have a rental car for awhile. We are hoping to buy a 2nd car for Derrick within a week or two anyway which certainly will help! We've been trimming bushes, weeding flower beds, reseeding bare spots, and scrubbing the tile patio. Today we hired an italian couple to do a final cleaning on our home. We were up until after midnight last night shoving everything left (some dishes, pots, a toaster, our clothes,etc.) into one closet so they could clean the house from top to bottom. They were here from 8-5pm and the house is spotless! They even cleaned behind the appliances, the oven looks brand new, and even the window sills are completely spotless. Well worth 160 euro. (esp if you are pregnant or have toddlers that get in the way!)
Tomorrow we have to check out from all the places on base (it's a weird process) and pack our suitcases. 8am Tuesday morning the movers come to pick up our rent-a-couch,etc. and we have our final inspection.. than it's living in the navy lodge hotel for a couple days until our flight out Friday morning!! We will be with my parents for several days until we have a date set for the movers to deliver our furniture/household goods we had shipped back in January! On a side note, our anniversary is Thursday and Ellie turns 2 on Saturday! Those things are taking a back burner unfortunately to the move, but we will do cake/ice cream with grandma and grandpa when we get in!
So that's life over here for now. We hope you are all doing great--- and enjoyed a nice weekend!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I love the molding/structure of this room!
We are probably going to do a pink/brown theme in one of the girls' rooms. I can't decide if I like the walls brown or not, but it is certainly very soothing.
I love these scallops from PBK site. However, how do you do it so they are all even?
We are really leaning towards something like this for Madeline's nursery since she only has a white bedskirt for her crib with tiny pink, green, yellow,etc. flowers on it. I don't do the bumper, quilt, or any of that jazz.. and it's so soothing but gets away from the traditional pink for girls!
I love this boy's nursery. I love that the bedding is full of solids and the stripes are just enough. I may do stripes in the play room like this with different colors. Super adorable.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Obviously the E. Tower area
At the base of the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI. The flame is rekindled every evening at 6:30pm.
From here, we took the metro (It looks so close, but it's a good walk and there's nothing along the way) over to the Eiffel Tower. We took a few photos and decided to skip going up to the top. I know, right? How could you not do this? Well for one, we had *just* been to the top of the Arc and had seen the overview of the city. I didn't feel the need to do it 10 minutes later. It was also starting to drop dramatically in temp now, at almost sunset, and it was getting very windy. The queue for going up the tower had to be atleast an hour and there were hurdled like cattle into this tiny little waiting area, like at Six Flags. **FYI, the museum pass does not cover this so you do have to wait in line, and you do have to pay.**
This was probably my favorite thing on the trip. a must do!
Friday, March 6, 2009
The above sidewalk starts at the Louvre's pyramid. It goes straight through the Tuileries, pass the Plaza de la Concorde, down the famous Champs Elysees, and ends at the Arc de Triomphe. It's a great walk, but very long, so stop along the way.
The Champs has the ritzy stores like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. There's fancy car dealerships, and cafes charging 15 euro for a drink. It's an interesting walk to people watch, although I can't imagine buying anything on that strip!
After this we went up the Arc de Triomphe and headed over the Eiffel Tower. It was an extremely long day so I will post some more tomorrow. Sunday we were so exhausted, we walked through a market, saw a few paintings at the Orsay and crashed for several hours at our hotel to get some rest. Ciao for now!
Plaza de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower. The Tower sparkles on the hour every hour for a few minutes.
Above- Notre Dame, one of the Seine boat cruises
Day 2 next post.