Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our Weekly Weekend Update

Wow, where did the time go? I feel like I have been away from blogger for so long! I have slowly been reading and catching up with all of your blogs! Sorry for the lack of posts and commenting on your blogs, I must have needed a little break from blogger.

I'll catch you up on what we have been up to. And what better way to post about our weekend, than with lots of PICTURES ;) This weekend went by in a flash! and I think I say that every week, but that is because they really do go by in a FLASH!

Friday Jon and I met our friends Sarah and Deaner at the Wilhelm Strasse Festival in our town. It's a really great festival that is on Wilhelm Strasse (hence the name), they shut down the entire street and have several tents and vendors set up selling lots of food, drinks and alcoholic beverages. They also have vendors selling jewelry, art, paintings, clothing, etc. Definitely my kind of festival! Here are some pics from the fest.

We hadn't seen S&D in what felt like forever so it was so good to catch up with them!
They're always a blast to hang out with!

After several drinks, good food and good chat we decided to call it a night! S&D had to get up early to leave for Cologne and we had a full day of festivities the next day.

Saturday morning Jon and I lazed around and I made breakfast. We ate our weight in pancakes and bacon and watched a new movie, New in Town. It was really cute, but I am biased, I just love Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

After watching the movie we got ready and headed to Hofefest, a festival put on by the firefighters in a nearby town. Our friend Georgina's husband is a firefighter and was working at the fest. The afternoon was really a lot of fun. They had fire fighting demonstrations and showed us why you never put out a grease fire with water. BIG EXPLOSION! It was so neat to see. They also had a fun little fashion show where each fire fighter showed off a different uniform that they use. And not to mention, they had a huge barbecue, so Jon and I had a cheeseburger.... YUM! We also got a tour of the fire station which was very interesting to see, as I don't recall ever being in a fire station before. Very cool stuff!

Later we all headed down to Wilhelm Strasse Festival. We walked around to several vendors, the guys drinking beer and Tara and I drinking Prosecco. (Which is a type of sparkling wine.) If you've been reading along for a long time, you know my love for wine. How cool that this wine was served in a mug!

Tara and I felt so classy ;) We met up with several of our friends and spent the remainder of the evening listening to a live band in the park.

Funny story, the lines for the bathrooms (which are small trailers with maybe 10 toilets) were RIDICULOUS! Once we decided to head home, I told Jon there was no way I could make it, I had to tinkle so bad and our house was a little over a mile walk away. We stopped by each trailerpotty on the way and everyone was PACKED. I couldn't hold it any longer so, that's right ladies and gents, I jolted to a nearby alley hidden by shrubs and plants and pee'd in the alley. Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go. And I didn't have to pay .50€ to pee.

Sunday we headed out in the afternoon and met up with our friends Tara, Ben and Sampson (their Golden Retriever) for a hike. The weather was fantastic, we couldn't have picked a better day to get out and enjoy the wilderness. I love living in this city because there are so many hiking trails. It's like a hikers paradise! Here are pics from our day.

I love these little thumb nails!
Click on the picture to enlarge.

While we were hiking we came across a ropes course. Jon got super excited and grabbed a pamphlet for this course. Looks like we'll be doing this in the near future!

Tara and Ben took us to see the Russian Church. It's absolutely beautiful.
I love that it is tucked into the woods.

Continuing on our hike we got to see a great view of the city.

We stopped at a cafe for lunch and some refreshing Trocken Riesling.
After lunch Ben and Tara took us through the woods to a beautiful meadow.

We ended up doing a little over 6 1/2 miles. Not too bad. The last time we got together for a hike we did a 10 miler. Of course the best part was stopping for a glass of wine and lunch ;)
It really was a great weekend and we were blessed with good weather for the festival and our hike! Sunday night after we arrived home it POURED down rain and all day yesterday it rained buckets. Thankfully this weekend mother nature was on our side.

I do have another movie recommendation. We watched Defiance, with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.
It was a fantastic movie about two Jewish brothers that escape "Nazi occupied Eastern Europe" and hide with thousands of other Jewish escapees in the Belarussian forests. Definitely add this to your next movie to see list! It really is an incredible true story.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and I sure hope your week is as equally fabulous.


valerie said...

You guys had quiet a busy weekend.
Looks like SO much fun though.
How funny about peeing in the bushes.
I'd have done the same thing! In fact, I'm sure I have. ;)

Courtney said...

Looks like a fab weekend! Can't believe they serve wine in mugs! I also love that movie- Z and I watched it last week!

Alicia said...

Hi! I dropped in from Ace's blog! Looks like you had a great weekend! I dont blame you...when you gotta go...you gotta go! Have a great week!

Jen McCrady said...

i love all your pictures, and your hair looks fabulous!!!

That's Mrs. Russell said...

New to the blog but absolutely love the pics. will be sure to return for more. And happy late anniversary too.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like you had a great weekend! I'm glad you got to catch up with some friends and have a great time at the festivals!

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

As always...love the photos! That Russian church looks amazing!

I'll have to check out that movie!

katie + bret said...

what a fantastic weekend! All your pictures from the hike make me want to grab Bret and head outdoors ASAP! I adore the little church tucked away, so sweet. Glad you guys had a great weekend :)

Lindsey said...

What a fab weekend!!! And amazing pictures!!!

In This Wonderful Life said...

I mean it always seems so pretty there! and WHY can't OK have more fun festivals?? thanks for the movie recs! I love Renee & Harry too..I must watch it! Hope your week is starting off good!

Katie said...

Sampson is so cute! I've always wanted to do a ropes course, I hope you get to go back!

Anonymous said...

That church looks amazing! Very neat! And the meadows look so peaceful!

That Fresh Feeling said...

Memorable weekend for sure! love the tree pics:-)

Girl Meets Beau said...

Gosh I love your pictures!! Everything is so beautiful and the festivals sound like a ton of fun! Can I come visit?? HA

I love that you peed in an alley!! Hilarious! I would have done the same thing. And do they seriously charge to use the bathroom in a trailer. I mean, essentially it's just one big porta potty, right?

Can't wait to watch both movies! Thanks for the recs :)

rebecca said...

Wow, that looks like so much fun! I love the picture of the stick tent, lol!

JennyLee said...

Sounds like fun! I'm so glad you mentioned Defiance. I've been wanting to see it.

Meagan said...

I watched Defiance this weekend too! I thought it was great. Definitely didn't think I was going to like it....but it was a pleasant surprise!

Unknown said...

What a jam packed weekend! LOL @ you peeing in the alley:p I agree though and I have done it, but not in a alley:p Man oh Man was that embarrassing when my dad would pull over along side the INTERSTATE and make us pee out there because he couldn't stop...This was during our traveling days...There was no shrubs lady:p good times, good times...

Lisa said...

Wow that weekend sounds amazing (and amazingly busy!)! I'd love having all those festivals nearby. And the ropes course sounds awesome!!

I've definitely peed in alleys and in many more public spaces (on the bushes at the courthouse in Arizona before Rock N Roll Arizona... yep...). When you gotta go, you gotta go! :p

lola said...

OMg there is so much I want to comment on -- first, I totally want to see Defiance. I think it will be on the list when Matt gets in. We definitely enjoy a good action flick.

The peeing the alley story cracked me up. I'm definitely guilty!

Last, I remember when the previews for New in Town came out -- it was right when Matt moved up to Ft. Drum and it was snowy outside and watching the preview was just about a perfect recap of me up there. We laughed especially hard because of it!