Birthday Party

I love this man so much.
Very happy to celebrate his 28th birthday with him and our friends.  :)

Cute t-shirt contribution from Tim & Louisa!

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Easter egg hunt!

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Classy jello shots courtesy Alice!

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Salsa dancing in the basement courtesy Sebas and Guillermo.  :)

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Merry Christmas to everyone, from Switzerland!

Making huevos rancheros… a Christmas morning “tradition” with the Roedel family!

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Lazing around… (also a tradition…)


Our awesome tree!

Gifts like these make me feel like a kid again.  :)

Henning with his more adult “tour of Belgium” gift…  :)

Henning eating a hen!



Company Gatherings

I’m thankful for – Day #10 – Work + Alcohol

This year’s company holiday party not only includes socializing with coworkers… but also a white elephant gift exchange (!!) and free alcohol (not pictured)!!  Very much an upgrade from last year.

To celebrate a year of WRUP team bonding, we also opened a bottle of Henning’s recently brewed stout.  I think the guys appreciated the gesture.

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Traffic cone in a box…

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Warrior Dash!

What a morning of mud, fire, and cow poo!

Warrior Dash

Finally cleaned up after the race…

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…ate some porcupine custard buns…

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And once I got home…. FEET PAMPERING SUPPLIES!!
A very thoughtful birthday present from Jamie and Wes.  :)
Talk about reasons to celebrate!

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Moroccan Rug

Here’s a rug Henning brought back for us from Morocco.  There’s a pretty cool story behind it, and Henning’s mom has a “sister rug” in Berlin.  (They were handmade, by sisters…)  The symbols have different meanings… winds, clans, harmony…

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We’re trying to decide whether to keep it as a rug on the ground or hang it as a tapestry on our wall…


Michigan—Day 2

We’re in Michigan—whutt!?!?

Pillows my mom and I made for Wes and Jamie!
(Michigan is not 100% accurate… we tried!)

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I stayed at Wes and Jamie’s place last night – love the accent walls!

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Driving to Mackinaw City!

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View of Lake Huron from our room!

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Walking around town…

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Mackinac Bridge… 3rd longest suspension bridge in the country!
(Verrazano-Narrows and the Golden Gate have spans just a little longer.)

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Memorial Day Fireworks at night, as seen from our hotel room balconies!

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Beautiful Saturday

Little pieces from my day…

Saw this flattened picnic bench in the courtyard outside of Henning’s apartment!  What happened???

After Muay Thai training, worked on this puzzle with Hen.  The puzzle and the puzzle mat (so we can roll it up and store it!) were part of his birthday present from me and my parents.  :)

Dinner at one of my favorite mom-and-pop restaurants, El Calderon.  I was so glad Hen got to experience the great food and warm friendly service.  It’s nothing flashy, but I always leave content.

Tamarindo, guanabana, pupusas, fried yucca with chicharrones, plantains, rice and beans.  And pretty much the best boyfriend ever.


Valentines Day (Reprise)

Henning and I went to Michaels to frame the gift I gave him for Valentines Day.  (Not cheap!)  Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by how great the Senior Framer Dave was at helping us achieve what we wanted, and we were quite fortunate that Michaels was having a big sale on frames and custom framing.  :)

Finally got the piece back on Friday, and we love the result!



LOL = Lots of Love

Received a cute package at work today, and I was especially surprised and touched to receive not just roses (in a vase)… but rather living rose buds in a pot!!  :)  My baby gets me.

Here’s the gift I made him, using photos from the past year.  Hen and I played with the arrangement of letters together, and this is what we decided on (to be framed).