Can you tell we took these Bengals pictures before the season started? I think our faces would look much different if we took them this week. We're still watching the games every week even though it's a total disaster.
Joey is the perfect model to use for showing off all the beautiful fall colors in our area right now. What a beautiful time of year!
Lyon City Adventures
Some random pictures from adventuring in the city.
Our 3rd annual American Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful, as usual. We continue growing every year, as we find everyone American we know to come, This year we had 16 adults, 3 kids, and one baby. It's a special tradition every year that makes missing Thanksgiving in the States a little easier. Also check out the awesome gratitude tree we all added to. (My friend Kelly's idea)
We really enjoyed the beautiful city of Luzern/Lucerne, despite the constant rain and cold. Unfortunately, we ended up cutting our trip short because the rain wasn't planning on stopping! We definitely plan to go back to Luzern when there is nicer weather, especially since we were unable to see the mountains. Even though it was gloomy, we still really enjoyed the lake, the delicious chocolate, and the beautiful city streets.
We spent some time driving through the countryside of Switzerland. I loved seeing the Swiss style homes and how different they were from other places I'd been. Their roofs are perfect for handling all the snow in the winter time. We passed a ton of logging businesses as well, another great way for everyone to be prepared for the winter and stay cozy!
Switzerland has been on my bucket list for a while! Somehow it took almost 3 years to get there, even though we're just a 2 hour drive from the border. We visited the beautiful city of Bern. It's a small city with a great view of the mountains. This was Will and I's first experience being in a city with German as the main language. It definitely made it interesting navigating our way around the city and trying to read signs. It was a little chilly, but the beautiful fall colors made up for the temperature.
There were dozens of statues like this around the city.
The Alps were beautiful from this view.
There were lots of stores and restaurants under ground along the main city streets.
is a pastor in Switzerland and that church and state are one in the city of Bern. The city pays him to pastor at a church there and Bern is one of the only cities left in Switzerland where church and state are not separated.
Here are pictures from the light show the city puts on in the fall.
Will and I were enjoying all the signs in German on our trip!
We had a great end of our summer in Lyon, spent enjoying fun adventures, city walks, and delicious food. I love this beautiful city!
Will and I had the chance to visit Bruges Belgium when we were in the north of France visiting his family. We spent a day in the little city enjoying all the wonderful things that come with a different European culture. It is a beautiful city with delicious chocolate!
Here are a few pictures from our time in Paris at the end of June.
Will and I had such a great time in Colorado with Leah and Evan!! We hiked, we shopped, we dirtbiked, we got manis & pedis, we played games, we watched movies, we had tons of fun!
Check out my video and pictures below!
BEST VACATION EVER
Family, friends, boating, canoeing, church families, cornhole, fourth of July, pick up trucks, mountains, dirt bikes, football, American food, game nights, hiking, grill-outs, movie nights, bonfires.... Some of the many things that made this trip the BEST VACATION EVER. There's nothing quite like being back home after 2 1/2 years and getting your fill of all your favorite things. I checked all my favorite foods, places, and activities off my list and am already looking forward to the next time I'm back in the States. #MERICA
This trip was a great reminder for Will and I of how many special people we have on the other side of the world that love and care for us. We got to see so many incredible people and were sad that there were many that we still didn't end up getting to see. Our hearts are full.
Below I've added a full video from our adventures in the Cincinnati area, along with many pictures!
I'm extremely delayed in getting this blog post out but in May, Will and I spent my birthday weekend in Spain. We stayed in Roses Spain for a few days and spent a day in a nearby city called Girona. Both were incredibly beautiful and I was so excited to experience the Spanish culture!
In January we did two very typical French things: Skiing and a Professional soccer game. I was new to both, so it was pretty exciting!