How nice it is to be with family! We were greeted in Munich by Uncle Egon and taken to his apartment. When we woke in the morning, (and every morning since) we were treated to a beautiful German breakfast…bread, meats, cheeses, jams, coffee. Our first day was a catch up day. Egon helped Michael to find our replacement credit cards (1 of them), we caught up on laundry, and visited with cousins we hadn’t seen in years.
The next day it was off to Hannover to meet Mario and Marike. After touring Hannover (the home of the pied piper) we headed to Marikes parents house in the country. It was such a treat! They live in an old farmhouse from the 1600s which her parents have refurbished completely over the last 20 years. Their home and their garden were their work of art and dinner on the patio was a pleasure. The next morning we enjoyed meeting her brother and his family for another delicious breakfast at a nearby farm.
We spent the next few days in Bremen with Mario and Marike. It was so nice to see Mario so happy and in love. Frieda used to wonder about when Mario would find a girlfriend and dream about what she’d be like. I know she’s smiling down from heaven now! Marike is exactly the kind of match she’d always hoped for.
We then headed back down to Munich and have enjoyed some “down days”. We’ve gotten caught up on haircuts and the continual credit card hunt down. The kids are easing their way into schooling and we’re all practicing our German. Today was the most fun day I’ve had in a long time. The kids and I played a VERY intense game of Menche (at least and hour long) while singing praise music and sneaking left over cake from the night before. After our game we all headed to a nearby park where we got caught in a huge thunder storm. Here we were, the typical Californians with our flip flops and shorts and no umbrella. We got DRENCHED as we ran through the town hiding under trees and searching for cover. As Charlotte said, “this is something we’ll remember for the rest of our lives!”