Tuesday, February 16, 2010


It's that time of year again.... time to get your party on and attend Fasching! It's a celebration tied to Lent somehow - but is designed to scare away the demons of winter. Sounds like Mardi Gras with a sprinkling of Groundhog's Day.

The parade runs through town and down the Haupstrasse (a 1.1 km walking route lined with shops, restaurants, banks, plazas, etc. Joe and I decided to walk to the center of town to enjoy the full compliment of the festivities. There were a ton of costumes, crazy hats, and face painting ... and that was just the spectators.

"Joe, please stand over by the carousel for the little guys - I want to take your picture."

Joe buying a Nutella crepe.

The two of us making our way to the Bismarkplatz.

We staked out a great spot, but just before the parade we switched to the other side of the street for a better exit strategy.

I love this guy.

Certainly, there was a heavy police presence....

.... with face paint!

Part of 'scaring off the demons of winter' inspired plenty of costumes. This 'old witch' was the pre-game show while we waited for the parade to start. She rallied and teased the crowd and was rewarded with plenty of applause and laughter. The wee ones standing near us kept hollering something. I asked Joe, "what are they saying?" He had to listen carefully (kids talk funny in all languages, eh?) and heard, "Hexa." The little kids kept calling the for the witch so they would be teased, etc. It was so cute ... I can neither confirm nor deny that I joined the kindergartners and shouted for the hexa.

This guy is wearing a friar's robe, a blue Santa Claus hat with holes, and drinking a beer... and he's partying with his momz? We couldn't quite figure it out - later we saw he'd pulled down the hat over his face ski-mask-style. I suppose some things are better left a mystery.

A really good marching band. Every member of every band we saw was wearing face paint. Nothing quite like a rousing band at a parade.

Joe's friend from school stopped by the apartment after we got home to show us her costume - looks fantastic!
A good walk, lots of people, costumes and face paint, an outrageous confetti cannon, and being there with Joe... totally where it's at.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Reasons Why...

One day at a time for the last thirteen years these people have encouraged me to become a better person. I'm not sure they would say that, but that's my reality. My moment of clarity was real simple, "if you keep doing what you're doing, you're gonna lose your kids." Ok.

Today, I have a great life. John is an amazing husband. The kids make me laugh. And because I want sobriety more than I don't, I'll keep coming back.

Flower, Joe, Marie, Jack
Dec 2009 - Heidelberg Germany

Joe, Flower, Marie, Jack
Oct 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri
taken the day before Jack left for his mission to Russia

John (red shorts) at the finish line of the MS150
SO proud of him!
Aug. 2007 - Columbia, Missouri

Jack, Joe, Flower, Marie
Aug 2007 - Nauvoo, Illinois

Jack, Flower, Marie, Joe
June 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri

Jack, Flower, Marie, Joe
Summer 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri

Flower, Marie, Jack, Joe
Dec 2006 - Honolulu, Hawaii

February 2005 - Washington, DC

Marie, Jack, Joe, Flower
July 2005 - Washington, DC

Outside our house in DC - 2005

Flower, Jack, Joe, John, Marie
Summer 2004 - Nauvoo, Illinois

Jack, Marie, Joe, Flower
Aug 2003 - St. Charles, Missouri
our house on Lindenwood Ave.
December 2002 - St. Charles, Missouri

Flower, Jack, Marie, Joe
Jun 2001 - St. Charles, Missouri
taken a week before our trip to the temple

John, Flower, Jack, Joe, Marie, Julia
Easter 1999 - Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Marie's First Holy Communion

Marie, Flower, Jack, Joe
Spring 1996 - Melbourne, Florida
Family is where it's at.