Friday, June 22, 2018

Father's Day

This year Father's Day was a really great day! It all started out with a great morning at church. I honestly wasn't sure about how it would be, but I was happily surprised. The focus of the speakers wasn't just about fathers, but about the worth of souls and how precious we are as individuals to our Heavenly Father. During the meeting, one of our friends was having a bit of an emergency with their toddler aged daughter and asked us to hold her baby daughter. It was a lot of fun mostly because the baby didn't really care that it wasn't her mom or dad that was holding her. It didn't last for very long, but I was glad that we were there to help out our friends.

After church was over, Jonathan took his first nap. I had to wake him up because we were cat-sitting and needed to check in on him.

He was in a surprisingly good mood when we got there and even let Jonathan pet him.

While we were there, Jonathan took his second nap.

I had to wake Jonathan for a second time for us to go home. The day before we bought peaches that were grown here in Texas. I had no idea that there were peach orchards here, but they were delicious! When we were still living in Utah, I wanted to buy locally grown peaches but I always remembered after they were already out of season. These aren't the same variety of peaches that my parent's tree is because they are smaller and have a tiny pit, but they are still delicious!

After that, Jonathan took a third nap! This time I joined him for a bit since dinner was still cooking.

While Jonathan was napping, I put my Father's Day card next to him so when he woke up he could read it.

I made one of Jonathan's favorites for dinner, Hawaiian BBQ chicken. He extra loves it because there are chunks of pineapple. It was just a nice and relaxing day. Jonathan got plenty of napping in and he was well celebrated from the cute gift of treats he got at church, to a present from my parents, and my present to him a few days late due to slow shipping.

I am so grateful to have a man like Jonathan as my husband. He works incredibly hard and he's simply a joy to be with. He is my favorite person!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fredericksburg, Texas

When we moved to Texas, we drove through a cute city called Fredericksburg and planned on visiting there. Finally, we made it there a couple of weeks ago. Our first stop was to Wildseed Farms.

Then we made our way to Fredericksburg. We parked next to the old Gillespie County Court House and found a very unexpected sign on the side of the building.

I don't think I've ever seen a fallout shelter sign before. We wandered up and down Main Street. Since it was Memorial Day, many of the stores were closed but we still had fun. 

Fredericksburg was originally settled by German immigrants and after all these years they still have a lot of German influence.

I found a Brugge flag waving!!!

Jonathan and I usually stumble upon way cooler things that we weren't expecting when we go on trips. As we were walking along we noticed a couple of markers in front of this plain looking home.

It turned out that Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas. We did not expect this at all.

Jonathan was so excited and we are definitely coming back and visiting the Admiral Nimitz Museum.

We found some great hats at a store.

We had dinner at the Auslander (it means foreigner in German) and we both got schnitzel, but instead of the traditional one that I had in Delft I got the Texas Schnitzel. It was weird, but delicious! It had ranchero sauce, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.

We finished our evening in Fredericksburg with a walk around the Marktplatz (I told you they still have a lot of their Germanic roots).

This building is now the Vereins Kirche Museum, but it used to be a church building that was used by the various religious groups for their services. It was torn down and then it was rebuilt to remember those that founded the city.

While we only saw a fraction of Fredericksburg, we fell in love and can't wait to go back again!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Day Ten: Riomaggiore, Vernazza, & Florence

Our tenth day was one of the best days of the trip. We took the train up to Cinque Terre and we spent the day at two of the five cities along the coast. The first city we visited was Riomaggiore.

I love how colorful the buildings are.

We passed by a sweet little chapel.

I loved listening to this group of old Italian men.

We were hoping to walk along the trail to Manarola since it is the shortest part of the trail, but it was blocked off due to a rock slide. We were at least able to enjoy the view.

We instead took a train to Vernazza. Yet another beautiful town along the coast! 

We had a delicious lunch of crab pasta, unfortunately there wasn't much meat left in the crab.

After lunch, we visited the Church of Santa Margherita D'Antiochia.

I would love to have that view while sitting at church.
We wandered further down the water front and enjoyed the beautiful weather and views.

Andy, Chris, Annie, and I climbed Castello Doria. We were able to see amazing views of the Ligurian Sea and Vernazza.

The staircase up the tower was really narrow.

The views were amazing!

I loved watching the local artists painting.

You can't tell, but it's a California flag.
On the train ride home, the man sitting next to Chris fell asleep.

We got back to Florence in time for dinner, so Chris, Mom, and I went back to Cafe Bellini for pizza. It was delicious!

One of the weird things about the Airbnb we were staying in was the second bathroom. It was so small that the toilet was in the shower. We had a lot of fun making jokes about it.

This was one of the best days of the entire trip! That was day ten.
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