Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunday Funday

Sunday we had a day date and really explored all around Nuremberg. It was so fun!

I continue to enjoy this city and become more and more grateful this is where God has placed us.

Every day we miss our friends and family and "home" but every day we are reminded of what a wonderful city we live in and of the amazing people God has placed in our lives here, both making our transition much easier.

So now some looks into our Sunday funday and the place that we currently call home!

Thanks to some friends here, we explored the city on bikes. And let me say that is the way to do it! You can get around a lot faster than walking but still soak in all the beauty around you.

We first rode to the area of the Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. There were 12 spots you could go to and it made such an impact. It was a reminder of the devestation then and the many precious lives that were lost. By touring these areas we were able to see the amount of following Hitler and his party had and stand in the places where they gathered many times. The green field above is now used as a park for many events in Nuremberg. The picture below that is what the same view looked like many years ago during a rally.

A couple other stops. The Colosseum, inside and outside view, which was never finished. And the Zeppelinfeld.

As we rode around we were able to see so many beautiful sites (I know, I know I said it always rains here and i thought it did...i was wrong. Nothing but sunshine here this week!)

To end our day date we went to the Altstadt Fest downtown. There were so many tents to shop at, a stage of performances and lots and lots of food (Can you tell we really love like food?)

A Nuremberger! Our personal favorite. 

And the biggest pretzels (crazy right?!)

Downtown, you never disappoint.

 At the end of the day we picked up our car and it was a great drive home. I just loved it! That is my kind of couple right there.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happenings in Nuremberg

Let's play a little catch up!
We moved into our new apartment last week, the one we will be in for the rest of our time here...wahoo! We have been without wifi for a week now, we were suppose to get it set up yesterday but somehow we did not here the doorbell. I was a little frustrated, just ask Rob:) But he helped me realize that it was not a big deal AT ALL. And he is so right. It has actually been very nice to be "unplugged". We are not perfect though, we have definitely made starbucks runs to be wifi bums. Me more so than Rob, I have to do something while he is at practice, right?! But it has been nice to just be with one another without looking at our phones every hour. Very nice. Hopefully this will help us once we do have wifi again to be more conservative with it. It is a great thing but boy it can become addicting. It is all about moderation. Which I am still learning.
So anyways enough of that rant, let's move onto some pictures! Here is what has been happening the past few weeks here in Nuremberg!
-The view from our previous apartment! It was beautiful. There are so many trees here!
- Robert and I before one of his pre-season games. The season starts next Friday!!
-My first few days here there was the Nuremberg Volksfest, it was a blast! We ate lots of food...fried mushrooms, ice cream, french fries...that is what fairs are for right??
- We also rode rides! Only two. They both were WAY fun. But they spun you all around, upside down and every other way you can think of. After each ride we thought we were going to blow chunks. Nice huh? So we decided to quit while we were ahead.

- We both love a good fair. Pretty lights, food, rides, rain always equals a good time.

-Now let's talk about this weather! Robert's winter wear in our apartment?? A big sweater and boots? Craziness I tell ya. I was getting a little tired of that Texas heat though...

This is Robert...tall Robert. He is trying to get out of the car. This happens ALOT. It gives me a good laugh every time:)

- On our date night! We ate at a restaurant called Vapianos and it was wonderful. Handmade pasta, fabulous pizza and they make it all in front of you. So good! I believe it is a chain in Europe, I say it is a must try if you are this way!

- After dinner we walked around downtown for a bit. We sat on some benches, ate ice cream and popcorn (yes more food), enjoyed the scenery and some wonderful music. It was great. I had a pretty wonderful date too so that made it even better;)

- Yes, that says 55. That is the normal around here right now, always in the 50's. Which honestly is great for me. Ask me how I feel in December when it is in the teens or below everyday...yikes.
 - Not only is it cool but it is always raining, I mean always. This picture is in downtown and rain is pouring. Two of my favorites right now.

- I got to decorate our apartment a little! I was fooled on the pillow situation. They charge you for the cover and the pillow inside?! whoops. But the apartment sure does look cute!
- The team was able to get me on the list so I can workout at a local gym here and I am SO grateful! Here is my view most days...makes working out much better!

Welp, that is it for now! Oh! I actually have been some recipes coming your way soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

First Post and a Happy Birthday

First blog we go!!

As I said in the "About Us" section, this blog is for friends, family and anyone else who wants to keep up with our journey while we are in Germany! So of course there will be lots posted here about our lives overseas but also lots of other fun stuff!

And please forgive me now, my grammar will be off, my punctuation will be off and most likely I will have a million run-on sentences. But hey at least it will be in true "Bailley" style! Robert will also be doing some posts which probably will be that will give you a break from my jumbled mess of words:)

Anyways lets get to the good!

I will start with a great one! St. Lorenz Cathedral. So beautiful.

Monday was my 23rd birthday. My first one as a Lewandowski and my first one overseas! It was GREAT. The morning started with beautiful roses from husband and delicious german pastries! That combination makes for the perfect morning if you ask me.

Then we spent the day in downtown Nuremberg. It was my first time to really explore since I got here. And man it was awesome! Downtown is full of so much history and beauty.

See what I mean??

Beautiful fountain. You turn the ring three times and make a wish! Tons of people were going up and turning it. I definitely took a turn.

Then...we went to the castle.

The view from the castle...looks out over all of Nuremberg.

Robert really enjoyed himself:)

We also did some birthday shopping! Not at Louis Vuitton, but pretty store huh? Robert helped me pick out and waited while I tried on clothes...he is a keeper I tell ya.  And of course we ate some yummy american food. We really venture out in the food department I know. I will though, I will.

 Thank you Robert for an amazing birthday. My first one as your WIFE! You made it extra special, sir. I am so grateful to be able to be on this adventure with you, what a blessing you are!

Lastly, and certainly most important, today we rememeber. We remember the lives that were lost, the lives that were saved and the men who fought to save. Our thoughts, love and many prayers go out to those who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001. They will always be remembered. Our ultimate gratitude goes out to all those who put their lives on the line for others. We will never forget that day 12 years ago and we will never forget the bravery of all involved. I am thankful today for a God who gives a peace beyond understanding and heals the broken hearted.

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33