Friday, August 29, 2008

Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacular '08

First lets get business out of the way. Kristen at We Are THAT Family is hosting the Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacular today, complete with door prizes. Make sure to stop by and see what all the fuss is about! You really don't want to miss all the fun!

So how do I fit a summer vacation that encompasses three continents, two states and the District of Columbia into one blog post? I don't know either, lets find out together.

My summer started and ended with boxes. Lots and lots of boxes.  I loath boxes! I loath packing! I loath unpacking!  All you FS, military, NGO and other global nomads, I know you feel my pain! But in between all the boxes was a glorious, sunny, fun-filled summer!

We started the summer in Asia.  Jakarta Indonesia to be specific.  We celebrated the end of our two years there with one last trip to our favorite place, anywhere.  The Sailing Club at Tanjung Lesung.  As always we had an absolute blast.  Thanks to Dave and Sophie for making our last weekend in Indonesia so wonderful.  I hope to make it back again someday.  There is no place else quite like it.
I love this place!  

A week later we were on the other side of the world hanging with freinds and family in San Antonio, Texas.  We had so much fun seeing everyone, going to the river at Guadalupe River State Park, watching the parade and fireworks on the 4th and of course girls night out at the Melting Pot!  We even made it to the circus and got to watch Grandma Sheila show one of her Japanese Chins.
David step away from the camera and no one gets hurt!

Everyone loves a parade!

Look, No Kids!

Wonder what they are looking at?


Our time in San Antonio was too short and by mid-July we were in Kentucky letting our red-neck side hang out and enjoying a week-long crazy-family get together hosted by fellow blogger and sister-in-law Terio.  We ate ice cream, had fun in the sun, went four wheeling, and the boys learned a little archery from Uncle Kevin.  The best part was just watching all the cousins spending time together! 
Cousins everywhere!

Keeping cool in the heat!

Volleyball family fun

Uncle Kevin arms the kids, nowhere is safe now

Obviously Paul was at the wrong place at the wrong time!

From Kentucky we headed off to DC where we did much sight seeing, enjoyed a visit from a good friend, and David even managed to accomplish a bit of work. 
Yeah, that's original! Not!

Doug and Dave smile for the camera.

Our last stop and final destination this summer was our new home Frankfurt Germany.  We arrived August 1st.  It is the first time any of us have been to Europe. Well to be fair David visited Norway when he was in the navy but he has never been to Germany before! We are still settling in but I am sure we will have lots of new adventures to share with you.  We are looking forward to exploring castles, Roman ruins, and German culture. 

Woo Hoo Frankfurt at last!  No, that's not our house!

Our first Roman ruins.  Notice the jackets.  It's still summer and we are freezin' y'all! 


a Tonggu Momma said...

Sounds like a VERY busy and fun summer. As a former military brat, I feel your pain (17 houses in 18 years). Oh, and you were in our neck of the woods the fourth trip.

CanCan said...

Awesome! I hope I can talk my husband into an Indonesia trip, maybe 2010? I might have to hit you up for advice *wink*

You had quite a busy summer! I'm glad you included a photograph of what a Japanese Chin was, because I felt confused for a minute there...

Shara said...

That's awesome! I can't imagine getting to travel that much in one summer. Glad you had lots of fun! (Minus the boxes, of course.)

The Source said...

What an amazing group of photos!

We are THAT Family said...

Whoa-that is quite a summer! I think it's so awesome that you have these amazing opportunities!

Lovely pictures too!

Anonymous said...

Not only did you have a heck of an international summer, but from the pictures you could tell you had the quintessential American one as well. Looks divine.

Anonymous said...

p.s. I am OBSESSED with dogs and dog shoes. Me and grandma would get along great. I think I will begin showing dogs whenever I return to a land that has dog shows again.

Terio said...

The comment about Paul was halarious! I was laughing out loud! Gosh we had so much fun! Great pictures!

Anonymous said...

Y'all made the rounds! Looks like tons of fun. I'll bet you made some awesome memories. I'd love to explore Roman ruins. The feel of history at a place like that must be amazing.

Eliza said...

It must be one of your best vacation trip.