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Jun 17, 2011

'Auf Wiedersehen' Party

D and I literally have the best friends and family in the world. This past Saturday night, our families threw us an amazing going away party! It was German themed and just perfect! Mom's thoughts were that with only 2 weeks to squeeze in time with everyone we wanted to see before we left for Germany, why not throw a big shindig and have people come to us. Quite brilliant, actually. And of course, any excuse to throw a party is a good excuse! We had German decorations including beer steins, German flags, lanterns in the colors of the German flag, and giant cardboard pretzels adorning the place. It was quite a sight to behold. Thank goodness for the invention of the car port (which I know came long before a garage was ever thought up, thank you ancient Greece!) because it started raining cats and dogs about an hour before the start of the party. Great, I thought to myself. It had been beautiful all day right up until the party. I totally thought it would keep our guests away. To my surprise, come hell or high water, our guests arrived ready to party!

The rain finally stopped, but it made no matter, the carport served to be great shelter. I used to be embarrassed that we had a carport while everyone else in the neighborhood had garages with fancy moving doors. Now, I embrace the carport and its breezy security from the elements. But, I digress...back to the party! In addition to the kitschy German decor, we had lots of great German-esque food to indulge in. Dad grilled brats and we covered them in sauerkraut and stone ground mustard. My fabulous mother-in-law made a delicious Ruben dip and these little apricot-glazed sausages on rye bread. She also got us the most adorably scrumptious carrot sheet cake from Dewey's...a to-die for bakery that everyone around here loves. I tried my hand at making German Chocolate cupcakes from scratch and they turned out wonderfully! We also had soft pretzels and TONS of beer! Mom and I tried to make this party as much of a German experience as we could...just to give our guests a taste of what is soon to become our life! D even downloaded a rousing selection of polka songs to add to the German ambiance (even though by the end of the evening the music slowly turned into a tribute to Journey and N'SYNC...don't ask, the iPod had a mind of it's own.)

All in all, it was a lovely night filled with lots of stories from "the good 'ole days" and well wishes for the future. We are really going to miss everyone who came out to celebrate with us. Thank you all for your love and support over the years. We'd never be able to handle this crazy military life if it wasn't for your love, encouragement, and prayers!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  ~Marcel Proust~

And now for some photos!

We've got less than a week left here in North Carolina, the USA for that matter, then it's off to Germany for 3 fabulous years of lederhosen and strudel! Exciting doesn't even begin to describe it.

1 comment:

  1. Willkommen in Deutschland! You are getting here soon and I am leaving this week. You will love it. This goes without saying, but travel, travel, travel! You will not regret it!


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