The One with 3 Weeks in Germany

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

We've been here for 3 weeks now! The furthest we've been was one day two weeks ago we borrowed someone's car and we drove 20km to look at a house in Erbendorf that we turned down cuz it was too far and the floor plan was not ideal for a family with babies.
We were going to rent a car last weekend, but it was going to cost a loooot of dinero, so we're just going to be patient. Snicker.
To say I'm going a bit stir-crazy is the understatement of the century. 
The Grafenwoehr base is HUGE and full of fields and forests and lakes and streams and training areas and it's mostly just land. The actual town of Grafenwoehr is very small and very far away to walk to on foot. So I've walked in a half mile radius to the grocery store, to the PX (like a Walmart), the cafeteria, and the post office more times than I can count. I could probably walk to those places with my eyes closed, backwards, in a storm. Or something. 
The good news is I tracked our car and instead of saying "on the ocean liner" like it has been for the past month it's now in Germany!
I googled the port it's at and it's about 5 hours away so hopefully within the next few days, or at least by August 5th when it's "due" to be here, we'll have our car! Then believe you me, WE'RE BUSTING OUT OF THIS PRISON CELL!
I really can't complain though. Our hotel room is nice. I'm sure apartments in New York are just as big, if not smaller. It has air conditioning which has been a welcome blessing in the 100-degree weather we've had lately. I thought this place was supposed to be cold-as-? There's a cute little fridge and a cute tiny sink and a cute little dishwasher. Hey, if I say it's cute, that makes it all-good right?
Again, I'm just going crazy because I'm spending my life in a 10 foot square area when I know what's out there just a few hour's drive away!
That is my lifelong lesson. 
I digress. 
So we go to church in a building that apparently used to be a bar back in the day and apparently when Elvis Presley was stationed in Grafenwoehr he would sing at the bar/now our church building! I want to do a separate post with pics of the church and pics of Elvis Presley from when he was here. I'm not an Elvis fan, per se, but I do know that he's a huge icon and a BFD. 
Speaking of church, not last Sunday but the Sunday before was our first time going to our new ward. It's about 95% military families and 5% local Germans. So everyone speaks English except during Relief Society the sister who gave the lesson spoke in German and the sister beside her translated it into English! It was so cool and authentic!
 Also within walking distance is the USO (United Service Organizations - a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families.) They have a nook with lots of toys and any toys that aren't their own will entertain Fox and Jane for hours so we've spent a few afternoons there. They play, I read, win win! Here's sweet Janey "reading a book" which is when I decided to get her books for her birthday. 
Just another day at the hotel! I love this picture of Chris holding our kids. And Fox and Jane playing together - a rare and precious moment!
This is the back of our hotel. I spy Fox pulling along his little wooden car. He knows the ins and outs of this hotel. He pushes all the right elevator buttons and knows exactly where to go to get to our room. He calls it home. Hopefully not for too much longer, but it probably will be :)
I know we're not in Paris where the best crepes on earth are made (in my humble opinion) but just being in a foreign country automatically makes crepes taste 10x better than in the US, haha. I'll take mine with nutella and powdered sugar please - thank you!
Last night I took myself to see a movie for the first time in the theater that's right across the street - how convenient! It's the biggest movie theater I've ever been in, aside from IMAX movie theaters. I guess they also use it for big meetings because I see soldiers pouring out of the doors several times a week. I saw The Conjuring. All. By. Myself. Yes, I had nightmares. But I do LOVE a good scary movie!  
This is the face Fox makes when I say, "Say cheese!" Reminds of the FRIENDS episode The One with the Engagement Picture when Chandler can't smile.

And then I put some gel in his hair and gave him a "Jef with one 'F'" do:

Foxy Fox :)

So even if our car had come, I wouldn't have been able to drive it because I didn't have my driver's license! I haven't taken a test since 2009 when I got my California driver's license. And before that it must have been 2005 or 2006. I've pretty much lost all my studying skillz since college because I just haven't needed them! Chris emailed me the European study guide and a link to 13 videos and all day yesterday I studied studied studied.
This morning I took the bus for the first time a half hour away to another base called Vilseck. 
Riding the bus. 
You definitely can't tell in this photo, but a couple nights ago there was a crazy lightning/thunder/windstorm and I guess strong wind must be rare in this neck of the woods because literally half of the trees have fallen down! Poor trees!
I got off the bus in Vilseck and made my way to the driver's education building or whatever it's called.
We were inundated with information and rules and regulations for two hours then the tests were handed out. There were 100 questions and we could only miss 15. 
I passed! And, better yet, I got a better score than Chris :) Boo yah!
I needed to make the 11:45 bus or I'd have to wait until the 1:15 bus. Luckily fate smiled down upon me and I got my test scored and my temporary license issued with 5 minutes to spare. I booked it to the bus stop with enough time to snap a photo for this here blog.
Driving back to Graf.
Anyway. That's a hodgepodge of what's been going on lately!


  1. As soon as we get that car it's sayonara suckas!

  2. How fun!! Hopefully you get your car soon!!!

  3. Awwww....hang tight <3 Just think about the positive, the longer you are in the hotel, the less time you will be without your stuff in housing! Trust me, the loaner furniture leaves A LOT to be desired!

  4. congrats on your license! I love learning about your family and this amazing journey you are on!


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