Wednesday, June 24, 2009

time to join...for reals.

"Do you have a blog?" is the one of the main questions I've been asked since September. Shamefacedly I have to respond, "no". Even though it's kind of annoying, I so prefer this over the other commonly asked question for married people "when are you going to start having kids?" uh...
There was never a need to start a blog, I was able to view to my hearts content everyone else's lives without ever having to expose my own. But, I think I've been free riding the blogging world for a little too long now and it's time I start contributing.

So here you go, a little piece of the Grows.

We moved to Brussels (and for those of you who are like me, I'll save you a google text and let you know it's in the country of Belgium) on the 12th of June. I will be here until August 30th and Al until the 20th of September.

View from our balcony.

Living room and balcony windows.


We bathe now.


And here are the baby stairs we have to climb three floors a few times daily.

And since we only have one set of keys, every day I park it on the balcony around 630 pm and wait for when Al calls up to me. He's home! I then "run" down these stairs. I say run, but really these stairs are so skinny they barely fit my foot (and mine is a small one) so I'm usually hopping down the stairs as quickly as possible in an attempted second position with the best turnout I can muster. Needless to say I scratched my heel yesterday.

While I'm at it, here are some pictures from our trip to Italy. We took a train ride from Brussels that left at 7 am to Basel Switzerland to Chiasso Italy and arrived in Milan Italy at 930 pm and then took a night train from there to Rome and arrived at 730 am. The train ride was beautiful. The only complaint: in order to satiate our thirst, I bought a huge bottle of water that was going to last us for the rest of the day and into the next. Too bad it was soda water. Nothing like bubbly, luke warm water to quench your thirst on a hot, sticky day in Rome. But it was a few euros, so we swallowed it all up...every drop. Oh yeah, at that same store I bought the meal that was to last me the rest of the day and for some reason chose a zucchini sandwich - what?! We made up for it at a McD's in Milan.

Two from the train ride near Lucern

St. Peters- yes, that is shiny hair and shiny faces. We now haven't showered in over 24 hours and slept on a train. AND it was super hot in Rome.

For Milk

Al stole this beauty of a shot.

That's pretty much our first day in Rome. I'll post more later.



The Porters said...

Annie! This is great. I'm glad you started a blog, and let's just say I'd kill to have an apartment like yours. I love it! Love you guys more though:)

Hayley (and Kyle) said...

Woohoo! I'm so glad you are posting. I'm incccreeddibly envious, but maybe some day we will be stationed in italy or germany and you can come visit there :) I'm so excited for you guys, trust me-- that is an AWESOME apartment for europe. There is a lot of bad in the apartment world over there.

If you guys get another chance for a trip, I HIGHLY suggest: Champery, Montreux & Crans-Montana in Switzerland. (Montreux Jazz festival is in july and it is AWESOME!!!! PS my whole family will be there in july, minus me.)

Also, Seefeld, Austria & Rothenburg, Germany. My experience with Belgium is lacking, but my parents love Brugge. I hope you guys have a great time over there!

Mandy said...

I'm excited to see all that you do this summer. The apartment looks really nice. I love the foot/step shot because I know how small your feet are.

Mama Judy said...

This doesn't look much like Armenia, thank goodness! Congratulations on finding a great place to live. Congratulations on having the best roommates ever - each other. Love you to pieces. Mama Judy

Stacey Sargent said...

okay i've answered my own question now. your house is sick! what an amazing experience. if you could feel the pit of envy in my stomach right now you would be sick.

i am seriously so happy you have a blog. i know im kind of crazy when i say i really do love you, and still wish you were my sister. ask chris, i still talk about you! and how my heart adores alex...he will always be one of my favorites!

i can't wait to read about all of your adventures!

and yes...i annoying is the question..."when are you having childre?" like i swear the second you get a ring on your finger you get asked that question.


Charles said...

What a great blog. I love the pictures of the beach. We had a great 4th of july but missed you both. We blew up the neighborhood.

A and L said...

how did that sleeper train compare to the one to luxor?