When the Burkholders left on the 28th, we headed over to Germany to visit the Hummels for Christmas #4 and New Year's. We left the French snow behind to be greeted by... the German snow.
All the kids were very excited about having another Christmas.
Emiley and I got a day out to visit the town of Esslingen.
Starbucks and a Chinese food lunch were the highlights of our day. As a friend commented on my facebook post about it, "Nothing says Germany like Chinese food." Unless it's Starbucks!
Then a couple of days later, we rang in the new year with champagne and fireworks (being the mean parents we are, we put our kids to bed long before midnight! and we were thrilled that they slept through the fireworks).
I must say that I'm not overly impressed with the new camera's "fireworks" setting, which ends up making most of them look just like a bunch of dots. This was the best of the bunch. Guess I need to read the manual more instead of relying on the automatic settings!
New Year's Day we headed home, in the hopes that the boys would sleep better in their own beds than they did at our friends' house, and Benjamin wouldn't be too cranky for school on Monday. (That hope ended up unrealized, but I'm only supposed to be posting nice things on here so we'll skip that.)