First of all, thank you all so much for your lovely comments on last week’s post.  It means the world to me to have such lovely blog friends, your notes brought some light to what was otherwise a pretty dark week.  I am flying back to the states next week to spend some precious time with my friends and family and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do so.  We are trying hard to stay positive and hopeful, but sometimes life just feels terribly unfair.

Here are a few random snaps from our Christmas celebration with my parents which I never got around to posting, and what better time to share them than the end of January? It was wonderful to have them here for the holidays, but it was hard to be without my brother, his fiancé and my uncle, who we always spend Christmas with, fortunately skype helped make the distance a little easier :)  I wish I had a picture of our very first Christmas tree- it was a whopping 3 feet tall!  It was really fun to decorate, I raided some of my mama’s stash of ornaments last Christmas and finally got to put our Christmas pickle on a tree.  Have you heard the story of the German Christmas Pickle?  Apparently it is not a German tradition at all, but it was a gift and as I really love pickles it is quite fitting to have a pickle ornament on our tree :)  Cinnamon rolls are a Christmas morning tradition in our family and I think after 10+ years I have perfected my recipe.  They were pretty amazing if I do say so myself, and just looking at the picture makes me hungry.

I hope all of you had a nice weekend, I am back in Berlin and after a crazy month of commuting for work I am really happy to be back sleeping in my own bed and spending time with Andreas, being without him last week made it EXTRA hard.  Thank goodness for husbands :)