We Are Alive!

Wow, it’s been too long.

Have I STILL not blogged about our last November trip to London? Maybe I’ll get to it before our next November trip, ha! Mom-ing ain’t easy ya’ll.

I’m pretty sure my last post included a photo of me looking pretty decent in a gym mirror in Bremerhaven. Well…. that ended quickly because I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant and feeling like a f’ing moose. Yep — baby kuhn #2 coming early December!

The happiest big sister ever!

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A lot has happened since my last post, which was around Christmas time. Shortly after Christmas we were walking through the mall when Jerry got the phone call he had worked so so so hard for. A new team called wanting to sign Jerry for this upcoming season. We were in shock, it was really early but Jerry was having an incredible season that was not going unnoticed…. we were so excited!

That team was, Wolfsburg (Germany)!

It was so unbelievably hard to keep this secret for so long!

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Speaking of hockey — Jerry and the Fischtown Pinguins made some serious history! It was their first year in the league and they made it to playoffs. Something I’m sure no one saw coming at the beginning of the season. On top of making playoffs, Jerry was nominated for Goalie of The Year! We were so proud of him. That last month of hockey was something special and something I will truly never forget. So many happy tears and a lot of f-bombs during games. It made Bremerhaven that much harder to say goodbye too. Our last week in B-haven was emotional and full of tough “see ya laters”… it holds a lot of special things for us, Andi has grown up there for two years, we found our best friends there, and Jerry played his first full DEL season there. We will miss you fischy town but you are just a hop skip and jump away. ❤

THE BEST FANS — we rocked that rink so hard those last few weeks!

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Last game of the season with my girls.

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And to end the season….. Uncle Jerry & Harbor Rae Lampl-Kuhn. The best of friends, forever.

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Our summer flew by but here are a few highlights:

-Uncle DJ Graduated from WMU

-Andi went to her first Tigers game

-ANDI TURNED TWO!

-Jerry won his second GOLD medal with team USA inline!

  • -Jerry and I celebrated FOUR years of marriage!

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In very very very short, that brings us to now. A few days ago we packed 5 hockey bags, 1 carry on, 3 back packs, 2 car seats, 2 strollers and a dog and we hopped on a plane to Wolfsburg! It was so hard to say goodbye to my family and friends that have grown so close to Andi this summer. Luckily we have people in our life who understand our journey.

Here’s to our SIXTH year in Europe. 

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We are so excited to be here and looking forward to making many good memories here in Wolfsy! So far we have had a very warm welcome from the Grizzly staff and team/families. ❤

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I’ll try to keep in touch. I have no idea how I even found the time to write this. I miss this little space! August will be a very busy month for Jer and we won’t be seeing much of him as his preseason schedule is stacked. Andi will be heading back to school next week and I’ll be hopefully heading into a gym….or my bed, a girl can dream though.

Be good to us hockey season, auf gehts!

— Amanda xo

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Willkommen in Bruneck!

I’m sure most of you know that we have made its safely to Brunico. Our travels here were easily the best of travel days we’ve EVER had – everything went smoothly!

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Jerry has started training camp, Miika and I have been exploring our new home and trying to get settled in. Brunico is lovely (small but lovely)!  

We are waiting for our wifi to get hooked up in the apartment – so until them I’m only supposed to be using the internet to do homework. I figured I’d sneak on to update everyone, incase you haven’t got the scoop on Facebook just yet. 

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Enjoy the view!

Ciao. xx

 

 

Next Stop, Italy

The 2014 hockey season is taking us to: Brunico, Italy! 

A small, german speaking, italian city.

That’s right, a perfect mix of mine and Jerry’s roots – his German, mine Italian. What a coincidence huh?

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 We are excited for this fresh start, and new season.

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 Go Wolves!

We will be leaving in the next few days – time to start packing, and gathering. The next time you hear from us, we will have touched down in Italy!

Stay tuned – Ciao!

Spouses In Sports – Europe

I was recently asked to write a blog post for Spouses In Sports (a private community for professional sport families).

I wanted to share it with all of you who are not a part of the community.

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Leaving Pieces of my Heart in Europe
by Amanda Kuhn, wife of Jerry Kuhn, Goalie for Olimpija Ljubljana of the EBEL League, Austria

The past two hockey seasons we have lived in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Krefeld, Germany. I’m often asked, “Where is your favorite place you have traveled to in Europe”? This question is always difficult for me, considering I’ve been to many beautiful places in Europe the past two years. There are still so many places and things I want to see overseas. I’ve made a memory in every place I’ve been – they are all special to me for different reasons. It could have been the food, the people, the atmosphere, or something fun I did while I was in that place. Whenever I visit a new city, I like to stop for a few minutes and take it all in. I don’t want to bring home a pamphlet or a post card – I want that memory to stick in my head forever.

When you play overseas, you usually get a “November Break” and an “Olympic Break” (and maybe some other odd breaks thrown in there). This gives you time to head out with your boyfriend/hubby and venture out to somewhere new! During the season I always like to catch a few away games – at least if they are in a city worth exploring but sometimes even the atmosphere of a new rink is worth the drive. I don’t do this often because my husband is a goalie, and let’s just say my traveling on game days isn’t in his, “routine” (he’ll tell you he’s not superstitious.) Anyway, I’ve been quite a few places the past two years. Probably a lot of small towns most people haven’t heard of. I’ve never been to Paris or Rome but to be honest, I don’t think those places compare to the “hidden gems” of Europe.

When I was asked to write this post, I started thinking of my two favorite places I’ve “traveled” to in Europe. There was no way I could write this post and not choose Ljubljana, Slovenia as one of my favorite places, I just couldn’t. It holds such a big piece of my heart because it was our first “home” in Europe and a place that changed me in ways I never thought possible. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia, and a beautiful one at that. My first week in Europe was one of the hardest weeks of my entire life. I cried, I cried and I cried some more. I hated it, I wanted to go home, I wanted someone to speak English to me at the grocery store, I just wanted to fall apart. Time went on and I started to adapt, I started to love my new home. I realized I lived in one of the most beautiful countries in the entire world and I embraced it. I became close with a lot of Slovenians, on our hockey team and outside of hockey. Jerry and I started volunteering at a children’s center, where underprivileged children go after school, twice a week, sometimes more. I fell in love with the fact that a good bottle of wine only costs me $3 and that I could live off both that and cheese. I fell in love with the people that took me in as family (I didn’t love the cranky grandmas, but that’s all over Europe!). Ljubljana itself is a beautiful city and good for any expat/tourist. It’s a huge city – there is shopping, there is good food, there are a lot of sites to see (the castle, the river that runs through downtown, the “pink church”, the dragon bridge) just to name a few! If you ever get a chance to go to Slovenia you will want to see Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Postjona Caves (seriously look them up!), and the sea side of course. I feel sLOVENia!

My second favorite place would be Venice, Italy. It could be because I got the surprise of a life time there – my husband proposing to me on a gondola! However, I’ve been back three times after that surprise and fell in love all over, each time. Venice has such character, and is so different than what you picture it to be. I always feel like I’m in a movie when I’m walking the streets of Venice. I used to dream about going to Italy when I was younger, and then somehow my life put me just a short two hour drive away from one of the most well-known cities in Italy. While in Venice you have to have a cup of coffee or glass of wine in St. Marks Square! If you are able to travel there during The Venice Carnival, you must (usually held in late January-February)! It is a tradition held every year in and it is definitely something to see/take part in! You can’t leave Venice without taking a ride on a gondola in the Adriatic Sea. The people, the food, the sights are truly something special. My advice is to drop the maps, and get lost! You definitely won’t have a hard time finding a hotel, and almost everyone can speak enough English to get you where you are trying to go. Venice should be at the top of your list for a place to see.

I can only hope that everyone gets to see the beauty of Europe at least once in their lifetime. Living in Europe and traveling has definitely shaped me into the person I am and the person I’m supposed to be. For that, I am thankful. “Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry”

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To anyone who is part of a professional sport family or collegiate sport family you can register and join Spouses In Sports by clicking this link > SiS

It is a great community, and I was delighted to share a little of my story with them.  Thank you again!

Graz, Austria

Jerry had a game in Graz yesterday so a couple of the girls and I made a day trip out of it. We had to most beautiful weather, considering it was the 1st of November. I wasn’t even wearing a jacket! Clear blue skies and warm fresh air, loved it!

Graz reminded me a lot of Ljubljana, especially with its river flowing through the middle of the city. I still think Ljubljana is more beautiful 😉

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Our first destination was the top of that hill.

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A pit stop through one of the churches [my fav thing to see in other cities]

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View on the way up, sunshine.

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On top of Graz!

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Through the city.

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After exploring we sat down for pizza and wine at a cute little italian restaurant before heading to the hockey game.

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One last photo from Graz, I always find myself wishing Jerry could see all of these things with me.

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We have a home game tomorrow, our last hockey game for a few days. Then were off to Budapest Monday morning. Did you know my great grandpa Matelic’s mom (my great great grandma) is from Budapest? Me either, until my grandma told me a couple of days ago.

Oh, and Happy Movember! Since my goalie doesn’t partake in Movember, I decided I would! I joined the HPA Muzzy4Money … I’m going to get creative, so watch my “mustache” grow as I fundraise all month! All the money I fundraise will go to The American Association of Cancer Research. Click here, to check out my fundraising page!

Until next time, Adijo – Ciao!

The Kuhns

Vienna, Austria

The boys had a game in Vienna yesterday so, a few of the girls and I hopped in the car and made a day trip out of it! From Ljubljana to Vienna is about 3.5 hours, not very far at all and very well worth the drive.

First stop in Vienna? Starbucks for Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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While I think we would have all enjoyed some sunshine, we embraced the rainy day with love and umbrellas.

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My day was made when we stopped at a cafe and they had CLUB SANDWICHES. I walked in to heaven. It wasn’t a Leo’s club sandwich but it was a close second.

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Most know my favorite thing to explore in Europe are the churches! There are a couple of absolutely stunning churches in Vienna.

St. Stephens [AMAZING]

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Lighting prayer candles.

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St. Michael’s

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We took a stroll down the “most expensive street in Vienna”. The street has a Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, LV, D&G…… Don’t worry, Jerry isn’t broke. We kept walking….

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A few more sights.

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Thought about Time Traveling but decided not too…..?

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Stopped at a cute pub for drinks and to warm up before we headed to the game.

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Game time! Supporting our men – while it hasn’t been the best start to a season, we’re keeping the faith and staying positive.

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Oh and don’t worry, Miika had fun with her pals while we were gone for the day. The citydog crew lounging…

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We didn’t make it home until 2 AM last night – it was a very long but VERY awesome day! Rain or shine, I loved Vienna and the road trip. Haven’t sang, laughed, or ate that much junk food in a while. Checking Vienna off the list but hope to return one day with Jerry.

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“Sometimes you lose sight of things and when you travel, everything balances out”

Until next time, Adijo- Ciao!

The Kuhns

Another Wednesday in Ljubljana

Yesterday Jerry had the day off – we didn’t feel like doing much but couldn’t resist getting out of the house and enjoying the perfect fall weather.

I let Jerry sleep in while Miika and I headed to dog training! We started dog training with Miika’s dog sitter Alenka from City Dog! Just some more basic obedience training, and sharpening up Miikas behavior skills in hopes that Miika will pass her canine good citizens test this summer and also get certified to be a therapy dog! Alenka is the best in Ljubljana so I have faith Miika and I will be in tip top shape in no time! Miika is going to be 2 in November, can you believe it?

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Once Jerry decided to roll out of bed, we got ready and headed to a late lunch. We decided we’d head home and park the car then stroll downtown. I think we forget the house is to the city center. Maybe because we lived so far last season. It’s not to close but not to far, perfect distance I think! It’s a nice 15 minute walk, and the weather was awesome yesterday! We found a cafe close to the river, and enjoyed some coffee and sunshine.

Some photos, so you can enjoy the view too:

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I think this photo was before Miika dipped her ridiculously long ear into my scalding hot tea. I know, bad mom.

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We took the “long” way home through the park. The leaves are changing and falling to the ground, and it smells like FALL! I think Tivoli looks it’s best this time of year.

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It was a perfect afternoon.

I can’t believe Miika and I have been here 3 weeks already, or that it’s October! Where does the time go?

“All we have to decide is, what to do with the time that is given to us.”

Until next time, Adijo – Ciao!

The Kuhns

Jerry je varno pristal v Ljubljani!

Last weekend… has it only been a week?

Jerry and I packed our bags and headed to Toronto for the one last roller hockey tournament this summer. Can’t say I was thrilled that this years Narch tournament was being held in Toronto (Mississauga to be exact) and not Florida or California. But hey, a “vacation” from work to anywhere will do.

We got into Mississauga late that Wednesday night and met up with some of the guys. I couldn’t wait to get into bed. We had an awesome hotel, right in downtown Mississauga (thanks Jay).. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from one of the biggest malls I’ve ever been in.

We spent the next three days in the hockey rink…. literally. Luckily friends of ours were there with their new baby! Needless to say, that kept me occupied when Jerry didn’t have games. Plus the boys on Jerry’s team are a treat! (Alkali boys are my favorite roller daddy’s by far!) I also managed to squeeze in a trip down to Lake Ontario and caught some, much needed fresh air!

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 My first Poutine!

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This unbelievably adorable child is our friends – meet baby Easton:

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 The alkali boys went all the way to the Finals but sadly lost by 1! It was a bummer considering what a great year they had, winning almost every tournament. However, Jerry ended his summer with a gold medal with team USA and Torhs champs. Not to shabby!

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 I can’t thank the guys at Alkali (coaches, teammates) enough for all they did for Jerry this summer (and me when I tag along) – we are spoiled! Some of the most amazing guys I’ve ever met and I’m already looking forward to next summer! That says a lot, considering at the beginning of the summer I was asking Jerry to retire from roller hockey. Haha!

For once I was wishing the tournament would go on forever because I knew when it was over, Jerry would be hoping on a plane back to Ljubljana. Last Sunday (which feels like 4 Sundays ago) I dropped Jerry off at the Toronto airport. My eyes were swelling up with tears before I even left the hotel but I tried so hard to hold them in. For the record, I’m usually pretty good when it comes to goodbyes with Jerry (I mean, in 3 years I’ve done it about 25 times) – I always know I’ll be seeing him shortly. This time was different. I’ve never squeezed Jerry so hard, I don’t think he’s ever witness me cry like that.

Part of me knew it was because last season when we got to Europe it was scary. Flat out scary. It was a shit show that I’ve put in the back of my head, and clearly forgotten….. until I read my first couple of blog posts a few days ago. Even though I knew things would be different when he got there this time – we have friends, we have a new apartment, things are set in stone, we have blankets & pillows, he knows how to get around, he’s grown, he’s stronger, HE KNOWS WHAT TO EXPECT….. but I couldn’t stomach my best friend getting on that plane without me. Too the point I said, “can you just cancel your flight and we will leave tomorrow from Detroit”? Jerry laughed at me, “Get in the car and go home Lynea, you have to work tomorrow. I’m going to be okay.”  There are definitely other reasons I felt so sad this time around but I’ll save it for another time.

Do I need to tell you that I cried the entire way home from Toronto to Detroit? I mean, I stopped to get Tim Hortons at a rest stop and I was still crying while ordering my coffee and a donut. The lady probably wanted to call the police.

Here I’am a week and 1 day later, wondering how the hell I’m going to make it until September without my best friend. It’s not like I’m sitting around doing nothing. I’m working 5 days a week, gone 9-6 and on my days off I’ll see my friends or family. It just seems as if the days are on turtle speed, and God is against me wishing this month away.

I know I’ll look back in a month or so and be thankful I stayed home and worked an extra 5 weeks – my bank account will be thankful too.

Anyways…… Jerry has landed safe in Ljubljana. 

Just without his girls!

We have a new apartment. That I’ve actually already been in and I rather not jinx myself by telling you all it’s really f’ing awesome, but it is. We were just waiting on the landlords approval of having Miika in the house. We are across the street from the hockey rink AND mine & miikas favorite hangout: Tivoli!

Training & Skating has started. Jerry is waiting on a few imports to join him but they should be there fairly soon. He’s already made himself a couple of home cooked dinners, and ate a horse burger (I’m sure with an ice cold coca-cola in the glass bottle)

Safe to say he’s fitting right back in.

And especially excited that everyone keeps asking him, “Jerry how you get so skinny”?

He then tells him that he had the best trainer this side of the D! A big thank you to Dan Allison at Allison Athletics in Livonia for keeping my big guy in shape this summer and preparing him for the upcoming season.

Miika and I are alive and breathing

(she’s finally wart free!)

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She’s already been to camp twice since her dads been gone (preparing her to be back with her friends in Slovenia)! Otherwise, she is at grandmas while I’m at work. When I’m not working, I’ll be squeezing in time with family and friends as much as I can. Especially my little brothers. One who is taking off to college in less then a month. Another who is going into 7th grade. Do I really want September to come? Maybe not. It’s always going to be a weird feeling, wanting to leave so bad but wanting to be home at the same time.

There are a lot of exciting things coming up in the next year and I can’t wait to share it all with you. 

I will keep you posted for when Miika and I will be taking off to the land of wiener schnitzels and cobble stone streets!

Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer – go outside, do something you’ve never done, go somewhere you’ve never been, hug your family. 

I miss you Jerry – see you soon! xo

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While we were away….

Hey There! It’s been awhile….

What have we been up to? The real question is, “what haven’t we been up to”?

This summer home has been nothing short of exhausting and busy.

I feel like every weekend we have something going on and haven’t really got to take a break, we really are the “family that never sleeps”.

Let’s start where we left off, after our walk with the Michigan Humane Society.

1. My “little brother” graduated HS

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936861_10200547350544300_97610294_n2. Jerry won a gold medal with team USA at the Inline National Championships in Dresden, Germany! He said it was one of the most amazing experiences hes ever had, and he was very honored to represent his country. We were all so happy for him and the team!

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4. Miika got dog warts (Canine Viral Papilloma) AKA FML!!!!!!

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6. I gave up on Wedding Planning….. VIVA LAS VEGAS BABY! I still need a dress and to figure out a few details (hotels, flights, etc) but none of that other crap-ola!

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7. Jerry celebrated another roller hockey win with team Alkali! It was nice to meet Jerry’s coach and some of the guys he went to USA with!

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9. We went and visited our favorite hockey couple, The Mursaks, in Grand Rapids, and got to watch some Calder Cup Finals! Grand Rapids Griffins Vs. Syracuse Crunch! We didn’t get to celebrate a championship that night but they did a couple days later.

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11. We finally got our engagement photos done! I can’t wait to see the rest….. (Check out: Carrie Ann Adams Photography)

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See? I don’t even have time to brush my hair.

That about sums it up! (for the most part)… I can’t believe that in 4 short weeks Jerry will be heading back to the SLO, and then a short month after that Miika and I will be joining him.

I honestly can’t. freakin’. wait. – now if only I could bring my little brothers to live with me, I’d be all set!

These next couple weeks, I’ll be working, Jerry will be training, Miika will hopefully be wart free and at the end of the month we head to Toronto for the last Roller Tourney of the summer! …. Then we say Ciao to America.

Where does the time go?

Enjoy your Summer ladies & gents! XO

Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

So, as most everyone knows…

were heading back to Ljubljana for the 2013/2014 hockey season!

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Don’t worry, we get to pick our own apartment this time around, although I sure will miss our landlord…………..

We’ve known for about a week or so but couldn’t tell our Slovenian friends until they announced it. It was killing me!

I’m really excited to be in a familiar place, and see familiar faces for another season. Not a lot of people get to experience that in this lifestyle so I’m feeling very thankful for that. Mostly excited to have coffee and wine dates with my Slovenian girlfriends 😉

We are both really happy about the decision to head back for another season.

I’m a little concerned about how I’ll accomplish wedding planning, but that’s what my MOH is for, right? 😉

CHEERS to a worry-free summer!

See you in a few short months SLO!