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Rothenburg, Romantic Road & Bad Tölz (Part 11)

10.27.2014 - By
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Exactly two years ago, I was coming home from my solo trip to Germany, so it’s fitting that this will be the final and last installment about this special trip!  On my last blog (Part 10), we left off with photos from my night tour through the cute, little walled city of Rothenburg. Part of the reason I stayed overnight here was to get the best photographs of the Plonlein “fork”, (two streets that go under through two towers of the city) a famous city landmark. I woke up in the dark on this cool and foggy morning and walked over to a specific spot I had scoped out the day before and waited for the perfect moment to capture this photo I really wanted.  I took photos of the city before and after sunrise, but my favorites were the ones captured just before the sun came up.



One of my goals on the trip was to visit places and see things I’d never seen before.  Visiting Rothenburg was part of it.  Another part was visiting some cities along the famous “Romantic Road,” a 220 mile road between Würzburg and Füssen in Southern Germany that links several picturesque towns and cities.  I drove an hour on a two-lane road from Rothenburg to Dinkelsbuhl first and stopped to take photos of the passing fields and trees along the way.


Dinkelsbuhl was much like Rothenburg.  It was also a small walled city and I walked around in the chilly weather for a few hours taking photos with my knit cap and gloves on!  I love the little details I found in this city.

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Next stop was a quick lunch break in the town of Nördlingen, also a small city on the Romantic Road in the state of Bavaria.  I was only there for an hour or so and then drove another two hours to Munich where I was going to stay overnight.  My plan when I got to Munich was to drop off my car and visit a museum before attending the Munich Philharmonic concert later in the evening.  Boy did God have other plans for me while I was there!  I stopped to get gas outside the city and my car broke down, right at the pump.  I called the car rental company and ended up leaving the car at the gas station for them to worry about and took a taxi to my hotel.  The whole issue put a kink in my plans and I barely made it to my concert!  The valuable lesson I learned in those moments was to slow down and take it all in.  Don’t be in such a hurry to see it all.


The next morning, a Friday, I met my friend, Grace, an expatriate that I knew from MOPS in Colorado, for tea at a quaint English tea house.  I was already downtown, so I took some detailed shots of one of my favorite spots in Munich, the Marienplatz.


On the final two days of my trip, I took fewer photos and focused on spending time with some of my closest friends from years past.  In 1994, I met Steffi.  We did an exchange program through our high schools called GAPP (German American Partnership Program).  She came and lived with me and my family in the spring and I went and lived with her family for a month in the summer.  Every time I’m in Germany I try to see her and this trip was no exception.  I took the train from Munich to the area of Bad Tölz , a small city in the middle of the Alps, and stayed with Steffi and her family overnight.  It feels like home each time I come!  The afternoon I arrived, I spent a few hours with Steffi and her sister, Birgit, and Steffi’s newborn nephew.  He was about a month old and such a cutie pie!  It is so neat that we have remained friends after all these years!


I said goodbye to Steffi Saturday morning and took a long train from Bad Tölz to Karlsruhe, which basically took the entire day to get there.  Sandra, my German friend from school in Freiburg, picked me up and took me to her house that night for dinner and fun with her little family.  I left the next morning, Sunday, October 28th, on the train for the Frankfurt Airport since it was finally time to leave and go home to my own family in Colorado.

I love Germany, I really do.  Every few years after I visit, I get a distinct “itch” to go back.  Next time we go will be next summer, just Greg and I, on the tail end of another trip we’ll be taking to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.  Hopefully it will not take me two years to blog about it this time around!  Thanks for all who have read along with me over the past year as I’ve relived my experiences and recounted my stories through pictures!

Colton Turns ONE!

10.08.2014 - By
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He’s one!  Our littlest little guy is one!

I love planning birthday parties and Colton is my last baby, so I wanted his 1st birthday party to be really special and put some extra time and energy into all the little details. We did a Hungry Caterpillar themed party at home during the Broncos football game and munched on all types of football party foods while we watched and hung out.


My friend, Brittaney, designed his adorable and very fancy birthday cakes.  They weren’t just cute, though, they tasted fabulous!  Strawberry flavored, yum!


We were so blessed to have my parents in town from Oregon to help us celebrate as well as a few other close friends.  My mom was a trooper and helped me pull together all the food and decorations for his big day. We spent hours cutting and assembling all the decorations and favors before his party and it was very cool to see it all come together the afternoon of the party!






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My favorite parts of his party were when he came down the stairs all dazed and confused from his nap to everyone waiting for him and took the fondant apple stem off the top of his smash cake first!  Eventually he dug into his frosting and we had a “red baby” soon after!  Daddy took him promptly to the bath and when he was done bathing, he helped me open his birthday presents!  Take a look at those sweet after-bath curls!

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Overall, it was a really spectacular day and we had a lot of fun celebrating with Colton!  The Broncos won the football game and our older kids had fun playing with Colton’s new toys and books long after the party was over.  Colton brings so much joy to our lives and I will always remember this special day and cherish it in my heart!