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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The American Military Cemetary in Luxembourg

There is a beautiful American military cemetary just outside of Luxembourg city. For those of you not familiar with history, the Americans freed Luxembourg from the Germans during World War II. The cemetary is a tribute to all of the young men who lost their lives while fighting in Luxembourg. The Luxembourgish people are very grateful to the Americans for giving them their freedom.

Sites in Luxembourg

We have been to a few of the sights here in Luxembourg. The weather is terrible here this time of year...so that's why it is so gloomy in most of the pictures. It's cloudy and rains just about everyday. The top two pictures are the view from our apartment. It's pretty at night with all of the lights. The next pictures are of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg.

November 21, 2007 Lauren's 1st Birthday

Lauren celebrated her first birthday in Luxembourg. We had a difficult time finding her a birthday cake on our own. Mark had his secretary at work recommend a bakery and order one for us as we can't speak french. The cake was very delicious: chocolate with a chocolate mouse filling. It was VERY RICH!! Lauren absolutely loved the cake as you can tell from the pictures. They did put Happy Birthday Lauren (ie) they spelled it wrong- on a piece of dark chocolate. They also put in one with Happy Birthday in french- Joyeux Anniversaire!

Our New Home

This is our new home!! It's a 5 bedroom apartment...but I think of it more like a duplex as we have 2 levels. Check out my small kitchen!!! That had definately taken some time to get used to. There is no carpet in the apartments in Luxembourg...we have tile on the entire first floor, and wood floors downstairs where the bedrooms are. We have radiator heat also which is different. We are very fortunate to have very nice neighbors from London who live upstairs. They are Andrew and Christine and they have been so helpful to us. Christine does not work so she is home during the days during the week while Mark is at work. She has a beautiful english accent and we laugh alot about how each other talks. She's taken us for walks into the town and she can read some french too-so that helps when all of our mail comes from the government here and it's in french. Only down side to where we live as that we cannot have satellite tv because of the side of the building that we live on. So we are stuck with cable where the only english speaking channels are CNN and BBC. Ericka watches the cartoons in french though and doesn't seem to mind! Maybe she can pick up on the french quicker and become our translater.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 4, 2007

The family finally makes the move to Luxembourg on November 4, 2007. The girls travelled like champs and were very good on the long flight to our new home.