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!

 

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


Eat
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.


Sleep
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.


Play
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.


Emberly,
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.


Firsts

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.


Photo Dump

Baby Girl Christmas Wishlist

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s Emberly’s first one!  I always like seeing what others have come up with on their Christmas wishlists, so here is hers:

Cuddle + Kind doll. These dolls are soft, cute, material-safe for babies and the company provides 10 meals to a hungry child for each doll purchase.

Jammies. One of our Christmas traditions is Christmas pj’s, and I think these might be the winner this year.

Wood block puzzle. Emberly isn’t old enough for this yet, but it will be a good way to learn shapes in a few months.

Ball rattle. Perfect for teething, grasping and rattling.

ezpz Mini Mat. These silicone placemats “contain the mess” , divide the food, are dishwasher safe and suction to the highchair. The best of everything when it comes to baby feeding!

Knee socks. How cute are these socks! It’s so hard to keep socks on babies, but these adorable knee socks definitely do the trick.

What are some of your baby gift ideas?

Holiday Party 2016/2017

As I mentioned yesterday, we had two parties this weekend. As soon as Abby’s party was over, we headed home to finish setting up for our annual holiday party. I usually like to have a party sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but between weddings, new job training and the holidays themselves, it didn’t happen until now. Which turned out just fine and I may start doing it every January instead of December. It’s all just a plot to keep up my Christmas decorations longer. 😉

Anyway, we squeezed 4 other couples around the table for a Raclette dinner and chocolate fondue. Raclette is a Swiss meal that involves lots of melted cheese and potatoes. We used to eat Raclette regularly in Germany while I was growing up, and when my parents sent me my very own Raclette grill for Christmas, I knew we had to have it for the party.

After we were stuffed, we exchanged white elephant gifts and played a few other games before taking awkward family photos. We had such a fun and laughter-filled night, and once again, I am so grateful for the friendships we’ve established here!

Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

Christmas 2016

A quick apology note to those of you who have been reading my blog lately and not been able to see any of the pictures. My amazing personal IT guy (Loren) found out what was messed up and we should be back up and running!!

Now for Christmas (be warned – this post is loaded with pictures):

Christmas Eve morning, Loren and I had our Christmas together. We had a big breakfast, exchanged stockings and gifts and then went to see Rogue One. It was a sweet morning together and one I will always treasure. We went to our church’s Christmas Eve service in Indy before heading to Cincinnati. When we got to the in-laws, we had a quick dinner before spending the rest of the evening with all the family eating lots of good snacks, listening to a Christmas story and playing games.

Christmas morning Joanna and Jeffrey hosted the annual Crisp Kiddly Christmas (read where it originated here). They greeted us with awesome paper beards and we each had to make our own. The theme was from this Office episode when Belsnickel comes for the Christmas party (hence the beards). We played a few games, drank lots of chocolate milk and found out who was “impish” or “admirable”.
After digging into our stockings and breakfast, we opened gifts. Everyone is always so generous! We cleaned up the wrapping paper carnage and went to visit Grandma J. where we sat around the piano and sang some Christmas songs. We eventually made it back home and the rest of the family came over for dinner and more gift unwrapping. It was truly a wonderful day and I’m so grateful for my Crisp family!

Who wore it best?

Mom and dad and to come take a peek at the fun. 🙂
Traditional stair picture.

Continue reading “Christmas 2016”

Murder Mystery and Metamora

What a wonderful weekend full of hanging out with friends!

Friday night, we went over to Adam and Molly’s for a delicious lasagna dinner, good conversation and a Christmas movie.

Saturday after running several errands in all the insane Christmas traffic, we headed over to Blake and Savannah’s for a very fun Murder Mystery Party. We were all assigned different parts and dressed up to character. Even though we all ended up guessing the wrong suspect (it was actually Loren), we had a blast and can’t wait to do it again!

 Sunday afternoon after church, we drove to the little town of Metamora to meet up with our Cincinnati friends Caleb and Chelsea. We had a delicious late lunch at The Farmhouse catching up and then wandered around the town. Even though most of the shops were closed for the season, the ones that were open were completely decked out for Christmas. So many antique stores and gift shops! It was a fun afternoon catching up before we headed home in the bitter cold.

PC: Caleb S.

PC: Caleb S.

I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for Christmas! I’m looking forward to celebrating with family and staying warm.

Christmas Came to Town

Merry {horribly belated} Christmas!!
​Christmas may be over, but I am for sure not done documenting it! As promised, here is a photo dump of what we did the Saturday before Christmas, as well as our Christmas party last week.

We took my in-laws to a little town in Indiana known for it’s small-town-Christmasy feel. Metamora has lots of little shops, eateries, lights and even a train! After we ate dinner at a little crowded diner, we wandered all around the little town, stopping in whatever shop caught our fancy. It was actually pretty cold that night, which only added to the Christmasy feel, and we made sure to get hot chocolate/cider to keep us warm while walking around. It was quite a lovely evening to kick off Christmas celebrations!

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Aren’t they so cute?

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Christmas carolers around the fire pit.

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This would be perfect in our living room! Not.

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So many pretty lights!
Christmas Eve eve, we had a cozy little Christmas party at our apartment and ate snacks, drank hot chocolate & coffee, played games and exchanged white elephant gifts. It was quite the fun night, and we definitely want to start hosting a Christmas party every year!
​I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
​I will {hopefully} post about ours before the New Year.