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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mix and Match "Corner View"




Today's Corner View is a  Mix and Match of 3 different movies I have seen recently.  Besides the obligatory photos for life events, I just haven't had much time for my photography as of late.  I am hoping that will change soon as the weather has been nicer and the events are starting to wind down with the end of the school year. Only a few more weeks till summer vacation begins.  This school year has gone by so fast; however, I am looking forward to summer and traveling with the children.

The fist moving is Woman in Gold which is a true story.  It is the story of a woman who is trying to reclaim a painting that was stolen during War World II.  There seems to be a popularity with these kind of stories as of late.  If you remember last year, there was a movie made about all the art work recovered by the United States called The Monuments Men.  I have a feeling in the next year or two there might be a few more World War II stories of this nature as those who have lived during this time period are almost all but gone, and I think it is important to tell these stories so we don't forget that they occurred.  In the recent trial of a Nazi war criminal, a victim said regardless of the role of those who committed the crimes against the Jews we want them to testify that the crime took place. The movie was well produced and I enjoyed the movie.  If you want to find more information about this story there is a documentary on you tube that I find brilliant.

The next movie is The Age of Adeline which I have mixed feeling on.  I love the actress who plays the main character Blake Lively.  She is so lovely and who doesn't adore Harrison Ford, but while I felt like the story was maybe not very original or too easy to calculate.  I knew what was going to happen before it did.  I did find it fun to walk through time with the main character,  The outfits were stunning.  I also found the narration in the movie a little unnecessary.  You may want to wait for this one to come out on DVD.  One thing the movie does do is get you to think about aging and how important it is to our growth and development as beings.

The last movie was called The Longest Ride written about a modern day cowboy who finds ture love but may have to make a choice to quit bull riding in order to maintain the relationship.  The story is also follows the story of another couple who meet ages ago during War World II.  The two stories lines are weaved beautiful together.  The movie is the perfect romance.  You can't go wrong when Nicholas Sparks is the writer.  After watching the movie, I was curious to see if any part of the movie storyline may be true and while no, there are some similarities which the author may have used between his jewish characters in this film and a real life couple who have donated all their paintings to be viewed by all here in the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Monday, April 27, 2015

Finalized




Today we finalized the adoption of Avery here in the U.S. courts!
While this is not necessary because she is ours allready, 
we wanted her to have a U.S. birth certificate.
No more paperwork for Avery! 
Yahoo!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Party
















50 years is something to celebrate!  On Friday night, we celebrated Frank's birthday in one of three parties at a restaurant called Baraonda.  It is one of our favorite restaurants here in Atlanta and is owned by a Sicilian family.  The party was flawless!  We were joined by almost all of Frank's work colleagues and their significant others which was really fun because we don't get to see them that often in a social context. Dinner started off with a mixed green salad and bruschetta followed by salmon, eggplant pasta, and veal scallopini with roasted potatoe,  The party ended with a dessert of Tiramisu (Frank's favorite) and cheesecake.  Our bellies were full along with our hearts.  The evening could not have been any more perfect. Happy Birthday Frank! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bright "Corner View"

Yesterday as the children were about to get out of school, the sirens blew and we all knew that it meant tornado warning. The sky grew dark and the trees swayed.  Thankfully, no damage was caused though I am sure a few drivers were shocked by the hail covered streets.  The children were delayed in coming home by a 1/2 hour, but we are so grateful everyone was OK   In contrast today the sun was shining as bright as can be!  It was a gorgeous spring day here in Atlanta.  Avery and I headed to the zoo with her new friend who just arrived from China less than 2 months ago.  Her mommy and I became friends as we walked the process of adoption.  Miss S is just adorable!  We are so happy she now has a forever family.  Can't wait to have many more play dates with you miss and your mommy!









Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Once upon a Time (Corner View)


Once upon a time in a country far away a little boy was born with much talent and passion, and while he had a few bumps in the road he overcame these challenges to be a huge success in his professional field; however, even if he weren't a huge success in his work we believe he is a huge success in our home.  He is an amazing husband, who I feel privileged to call mine, and I am so grateful he picked me almost 18 years ago,  He is a loving father and so much more patient than I am.  He is a big softy! When he is your friend he is your friend for life and will do just about anything for you.  Everything he does he does in a fashion of go big or go home and at the same time he is just as simple as can be. With all this being said: We love you Frank!  We adore you!  Happy 50th Birthday next week!  May the next 50 years bring nothing but happiness and joy!

 10 Facts about Frank:

He was born in Germany
His favorite color is blue
He eats muesli every morning
He was a professional hockey player when he was younger
He is pretty much good at any sport, but loves to ski and now scuba dive
He does not like cheese (I know how is that possible given he is from Germany)
His favorite place to be is at home
He was asked to work on a presidents advisory team, but he declined because he didn't want to spend so much time away from his family.
His mother called him sunny boy.  His best friends call him Frankie!  I call him Schatzi!
He dreams of owning a Tesla someday.

Around Town


A little visit to Martin Luther King Jr. home, SkyZone, World of Coke a Cola, and the zoo made up our second week with Oma and the boys cousin.  They had so much fun and were sad to say goodbye on Saturday when they had to go back to Germany.  Sure do wish we all lived closer.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Easter 15



 The girls didn't want to be out rivaled by the boys, so they made glittered eggs.

 Easter Bunny brought yummy chocolates from Europe this year.


 Watermelon Sour peeps were a hit!




 The Hunt




We may have been away for Easter, but we still found time to celebrate.  The children enjoyed making and hunting for eggs. Oma made her famous strawberry cake, guerken salat, schnitzel, and braten potatoes.  Yum!  However, we know the true meaning of Easter and I am so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ that because of his attonement I may live once again with my Heavenly Father.  He lives and because he lives we can have hope that all things are possible.  Don't be fooled by the lack of the older children in the photos.  They just didnt want to be in the photos, but enjoyed the celebrations too!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pool and Much More


As you can see there was no lack of fun while we stayed in Florida.  We are so grateful for the gorgeous weather all week.  The children played soccer in the backyard, we swam, the girls colored and played pretend, Uno tournaments took place and at the end of the day they were exhausted just as they should be!  The children were so tired when we got home that one day we went to the movies where they saw Home.  It was pretty cute!  The movie talked about the importance of family and sticking together!  I totally agree! Families are so important.  I am so grateful for mine.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Disney 15



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We didn't let any grass grow under our feet as the very next day we were off to Disney and man alive this place was crowded. I don't think I have ever seen it so full.  I can guarantee I will never go again during spring break.  Thankfully, the children were pretty cheerful about the long wait times to get n rides.  I mean it took 85 minutes for the big boys to get on Space Mountain and we never made it on some rides like the new Seven Dwarfs Mine ride, Pirates of the Carribbean, the Haunted House, and Splash Mountain.  It was fun to see Oa's face as she really enjoyed the Bear Country Jamboree and she really like the the Jungle Cruise Ride.  The children all enjoyed the electrical parade at the end.  I think the next time we go I will take just the girls as the boys are getting to the age where they are too big for Disney and go on a school day.  Maybe stay in the hotel too, where the girls will be able to meet the princesses and characters.  All in all we still had a good time!