Friday, December 21, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

This morning we went to John's gym so he could shoot while I rebounded for him. As we walked outside there was a little surprise waiting for us in the park across the street...

The trees were lined with frost making a picturesque setting. The frost on the ground had already melted leaving the trees solely responsible for creating the white wonderland.

Suddenly it felt like Christmas time. We have already been to several Christmas markets. One in Brugge, one in Antwerp, and another one in Lille, France. And while all the markets helped get me in the Christmas mood, the frosted trees this morning took me to the next level.

Perhaps it is because I am used to having snow this time of the year or perhaps it is because we are leaving to head home in two days. Whatever the reason, I can now say that I am fully in the Christmas spirit!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Thundering Rainstorms.

We don't seem to get thunder and lightening very often over here. Or, perhaps it is just that we get thunderstorms more frequently in the Midwest. Whatever way you look at it, I miss them over here as I love nothing more than to snuggle up and listen to the rain pound against the window and watch the lightening bolts consume the sky. I also love it when the house seems to shake because of the thunder.

Call me crazy, but I love it all. Which is why I was thrilled the other night when we experienced one of our first "big" storms over here! We turned off all the lights, opened the curtains, and even opened the window so the audio effects were more real. (Well, until it started raining so hard that water was pouring into the window!)

While family and friends back at home are getting snow storms, we are loving our thundering rainstorms! I can't wait for another one. (Provided I am able to remain indoors to experience it.)