Heidelberg Christmas Market

Glühwein, Bratwurst, cotton candy, crepes, roasting chestnuts – these are just a few of the wonderful smells that greet you as you enter a Weihnachtsmarkt. Booths decorated festively selling everything from leather goods to wooden toys to candles to intricate glass & wooden Christmas tree decorations to puppets line the market area and everyone wandering around seems to be in a happy mood. This is just one reason why I love Germany at Christmastime.

The day after we arrived in Germany, the whole family (except my mom) spent the late afternoon/early evening wandering around the Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt. I was so excited to finally have Loren experience everything I had told him about this wonderful Christmas tradition. The Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt is spread out between 6 city squares, and we wandered through most of them taking in all the sights and smells. It was raining pretty steadily that evening, but it was magical nonetheless.

We couldn’t stay away, so Loren, Emberly and I went back downtown to the market the next day to explore more and dine on Bratwurst and Nutella crepes. Naturally, Emberly just napped the entire time, so we’ll just have to go back when she’s older and can ride the carousel like her big cousin!

If you ever plan on going to Germany (or Europe for that matter) during the Christmas season, I highly recommend checking to see if wherever you’re going has a Weihnachtmarkt!

Christmas 2017 in Germany

 Christmas has long since come and gone, but here I am finally documenting the greatest holiday.

We arrived in Germany a few days before Christmas to spend the holidays with my parents and a few of my siblings.

Since Christmas Eve was on a Sunday this year, instead of the annual evening Christmas Eve service, we had a special Sunday morning service, then came home to get ready for an evening of family traditions. One of my family’s Christmas Eve traditions is a fondue dinner before opening gifts, so of course that was a highlight. After dinner and a special Scripture reading, the babies & toddler opened their gifts before we put them to bed and the rest of the family opened gifts. (Side note: growing up, we used to open gifts on Christmas Day, but eventually switched to the German way of doing things and opened them all on Christmas Eve.)

On Christmas Day we slept in a little, had a large delicious dinner that my mom prepared, took a walk, had “Kaffee & Kuchen” (coffee & cake) then played some games in the evening.

And now for the barrage of pictures (get used to it, several more posts with lots of travel pics coming).

Cousins just 3 weeks apart

One of his favorite activities – playing with the special wooden Nativity.

The 4 youngest of the 7 original Davis kids.

Opa & Oma with their German grandbabies (and Emberly) 

It’s safe to say that Emberly’s first Christmas was a success, and we were so happy to be able to celebrate with my family in Germany!


2017 in Review

Even though we are now a couple weeks into 2018, I still want to review a few highlights from 2017. Obviously, having an adorable baby girl was the biggest highlight (as confirmed above by bestnine), but here are some other highlights of the year I don’t want to forget:

January – Abby’s tea partyraclette holiday party, revealing baby’s genderIndy coffee date w/Heather & Marcus

February – brunch at Milktooth, weekend in Columbus OH

March – Loren’s 25th birthday, my family came to visit, new camera

April – bought a car, maternity shootE’s family baby shower, ladies retreat

May – Anniversary/babymoon trip to Michigan CityTaste of Cincinnati, Joy’s visit

June – church baby shower & Stayer visitmy 26th birthdaysurprise work baby shower

July – Emberly born

August – weekend at the grandparentsVashti’s wedding, got passports

September – roadtrip to SChike at IMA

October –  fall morning at Apple Works

November – movie datemurder mystery dinner, Thanksgiving in Cincy

December – Christmas in Germany, touring France (posts to come soon)

What were some of your favorite moments of 2017?

Emberly Brynn | Six Months

Weight: 14 pounds 2 ounces (11th percentile)
Birth: 7 lbs 5 oz
Height: 26.5 in (67th percentile)
Birth: 20 in
Head: 16.5 in (35th percentile)
Birth: 12.5 in

Emberly started eating solids daily this month. She likes everything she tries and will try everything. So far she’s had rice cereal, sweet potatoes, applesauce, carrots, green beans, a baguette, oatmeal and eggs.  About halfway through the month we started transitioning to nursing every 3 hours instead of 2.

This month we had highs and lows with sleep. Before we left for our 3 week trip to Europe, Emberly would go to bed around 7:30pm and sleep until 7:30/8:00am, waking up 2-3 times per night and go right back to sleep after nursing. Then we went to Germany and the jetlag was a real nightmare. The first 2 nights she woke up every hour and was completely inconsolable. Then Loren read up on how to get a baby over jetlag (he’s the real MVP) and a few nights later she started sleeping better.  Towards the end of the month, she transitioned to 2 1-2 hour naps a day.

Emberly loves to stuff her feet and hands in her mouth and waves her arms to reach for things. She likes to carefully examine whatever toy she’s given, then stuff it in her mouth. As far as rolling goes – she can do it but so far mostly does it on accident when she’s in her crib. Definitely a social baby, she loves to see people and smiles and giggles to get anyone’s attention.

Everything about you is sweet – the way you pull up and snuggle into your sleepsack at night, the way you try to get everyone’s attention and smile and babble until they look at you (which usually doesn’t take long 😉 ), the way you stop nursing and look very concerned when you hear an unusual sound, the way you try to stuff your pacifier back in your mouth (usually backwards), the way you giggle after you sneeze, the way you greet me with a huge smile when you wake up – basically anything and everything you do. Most everyone you meet says the same thing – you are the smiliest baby they know – and I have to agree.


You experienced your first snow (in Indiana).

You finally rolled (back to tummy) on your own!

You went on your first flight(s) and, well, survived.

You went out of the country for the first time. And then to a total of 5 new ones.

You went on your first street car ride.

You met your Oma, more aunts & uncles and German cousins.

You celebrated your first Christmas (in Germany) and New Year’s (in Switzerland).

You visited your first castle.

You’ve hard first tastes of so many different foods and seem to like pretty much everything that’s put in your mouth.

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