Saturday, March 26, 2011

Robin's Birthday

For Robin's 29th B-day, we invited our friends over to celebrate. We BBQ'd, played games and had some yummy cake, and Robin's favorite Tiramisu made by Beate. It was lots of fun celebrating with everyone!

talking with everyone

They were on their 3rd burger!

This is a HILARIOUS game! Called "Schlag den Raab". Lots of fun!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lilly's first day of puppy school

Lilly started puppy school this week! She did great! We have been working a little bit with her at home. So that helped. When it was time to play, she wouldnt leave her buddy Sunny alone. But all in all it was a good class!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Friedrichshafen Fasching

I have been SO excited for this! My first Fasching Umzug! (carnival parade) It started at 14:00(2:00pm) in a neighbor city Friedrichshafen. The same city I have my German class. So we got there about 1:50 walked down the parade path and found a spot in the sun. It was nothing like the parades in the states! There was SO much energy and fun! Each group has a chant they yell and you are supposed to respond.. luckily we had a flyer with all of them. Also, they like to pick on people, usually the younger crowd. By sticking a TON of confetti, leaves, hay, and feathers into your hair, clothes...everywhere they can, or just mess up your hair! Lucky me..I got picked on by almost every group! It was so much fun though! I took almost 1000 pictures...haha I know. But I didnt want to miss anything, and I was really excited!

(these were just a few of the many pix I took. it was hard to decide which ones to use)

I got feathered, confettied (a million times), a little hay, and I got netted... ok, so one group had a Christmas tree netter... and I got put through it...haha

and Robin only got picked on ONCE!

Oh, and if you ever go to one of these here are a few tips.... DONT wear any hats, glasses, your hair up, or shoes with laces. They will take them! They usually give the hats and the glasses back, but you will loose your ponytail and your laces and they will attach them to their sticks.. with the glasses, its more of a precaution for when they come up to you and mess up your hair...they arent really gentle about it and could knock them off. But if you ever do have the chance to go to one, DO IT! Its a blast!!!

What is Fasching? (carnival)

What is Fasching?
I'm sure you've heard of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It's been celebrated for
centuries and is known world-wide. However, many people still do not understand what
Fasching is in Germany.
Fasching is Germany's carnival season. It starts on the 11th day of November at
exactly 11minutes after 11am and ends at the stroke of midnight on Shroud
Tuesday - often referred to as Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday).
Fasching is more or less a Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox celebration and most
Protestant and non-Christian areas do not celebrate it.
Fasching (also known as Karneval) is a time of festivity and merry making - a time to
break the rules, poke fun at those who make them and then to make your own new
In Germany, particularly in the Rhineland area, the tradition can be traced to medieval
times where many countries existed under harsh rules. Kings, princes and even smaller
potentates maintained their own courts. In doing so, they flaunted before each other their
own pomp and splendor at the expense of their population.
During Karneval time, the common people took a chance at 'living it up" and "talking
back to their rulers". They would make a mock government of eleven people, as well as
other officials. A prince and princess were selected to rule the country during the
Fasching season. Political authorities, high placed persons and sovereigns were the
target of ridicule, and featured in humorous and satirical speeches. To avoid persecution
and punishment, these antics were played out from behind masks and costumes.
Parades, dancing in the streets, masquerade balls and comical skits filled the days and
Karneval festivities have become annual events around the world. Also known as
Fasching, Carnival and Mardi Gras, the most famous are located in the following places:
Köln (Cologne), Germany
Nice, France
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Orleans, Louisiana
Although Carnival in Rio is probably the craziest of all, Germany is undoubtedly the
most enthusiastic Karneval center in Europe.
Nearly every town has its own festivities and it is celebrated in homes across the country
with the same enthusiasm in which we celebrate Halloween. The Karnevals vary from
area to area, but no matter where the celebrations are held, there is fun, happiness,
laughter and a certain nostalgia.