BC: In honor of our beautiful friendship and a wonderful time in Japan, I made this album especially for you.
FC: Memories | A Year in Review | Memories
1: Our "First " | Snow | Dec 19, 2009
2: Christmas 2009
3: Our Presents under the Tree
4: Denis & Kaleigh Darryl & Stephanie
5: Here, our traditional "Red Velvet Cake". Calvin's Mom made this cake at Christmas when I was visiting my In-Laws for the very first time in the States. Courtesy of my mother-in-law, I have been baking this cake every year since I left Germany in 1988. It has become our favorite Christmas tradition. At our house, it is not Christmas without this delicious treat!
6: New Years' Freeze
7: The Blizzard | of 2010 | 6. Februar
9: Our Winter | Wonderland
10: Our New Addition to the Family: "Tiger"! | Our New Addition to the Family: "Tiger"! | Tiger
11: Darryl's & Stephanie's New Addition to their Family: "Phoebe"! | Darryl's & Stephanie's New Addition to their Family: "Phoebe"!
12: Half a Century Old!
13: "A Surprise Party just for Me!"
14: It's a Party!
15: For the first time ever, Calvin surprised me with a birthday party. He was able to pull it off by "lying" to me "shamelessly", telling me that his colleague wanted to stop by with his family for a visit, because they were house hunting in our area. (He did this to make sure I put my make up on! He knows I would have otherwise killed him!) When the door rang and I went to open it, friends & family were standing in front of me, including food, cake, balloons and all. They loved my speechless expression I greeted them with. Before I knew it, they took over my kitchen, setting everything up. Calvin did a great job, picking the right party foods! :) I was truly taken by surprise and touched! | Our Crazy and Party Happy Neighbors!
16: A Successful Surprise! | I could not have been more ...
17: ...surprised and happy ! | Crazy, an iPad!
18: Our Tiger played for months with the packet a longtime friend of mine from Germany sent me for my birthday.So, he did not only make me happy; but, visibly, our Tiger too! | Cheer, Cheer, the Mail is here!
20: This game was on during my birthday party. I almost went crazy as Germany kept scoring. My guests were thoroughly amused as I kept "screaming": "TOR, TOR, TOR!" (Goal!) If only Germany could have kept on scoring against the other teams... | FIFA 2010
21: Well, and then it was all over for Germany. I truly did not like "Paul" the octopus! :) This was quite a nail biting World Cup for Germany, filled with lots of highs and lows. Third place is not it!!! Aaah, they were so close...
22: BBQ | Calvin's T-Bone Steak! I marinate and he grills. He actually did manage to eat the whole steak and he paid with an upset stomach! Our stomachs are too old for this much food. | Everything truly is "big" in America!
23: Denis & Kaleigh at an outdoor rock concert that stretched over a couple of days. | Darryl & Stephanie sightseeing at the Lincoln Memorial. | Summer Time | Summer Time
24: Posing at Thanksgiving | ~ Family ~
25: ~ Food, Fun & Laughter ~