Germany vs. Argentina 5:3
This is just amazing… I can’t believe our guys made it to the semi-finals!
WAY TO GO!!!
I have to say that I am kind of getting into it… it is indeed fun to browse through your archive or take new photos to share with all of you :) So here we go… and don’t forget to play!
1. Something with a story behind it.
There is indeed a story behind this street sign… and if you have followed this diary closely, you might already now what it is ;) I saw this [street] sign in my sweetie’s hometown Ventura the first time I visited – and it seemed to be a sign for our relationship… San(dra) and Jon(athan) have been together since.
I would love to live on Sanjon Road
2. A Random and Odd photo.
“The Wave” in Paria Canyon [Utah/Arizona]. One of the most amazing photos I have ever seen and a spot that is on top of my “most-wanted-places-to-visit” list.
I don’t want to bore you with the geology of this place, but you have to admit: it looks amazing!
3. A photo of something borrowed.
My sister’s red Puma Speedcat Sneakers :) I just love them. I borrowed them from her last summer, because they fitted so well with my outfit… and I haven’t given them back yet!
Look at this tiny, little monkey… doesn’t he look familiar from a children’s book we all know? I can’t believe I got so close to him… with no fences or bars between us.
On Friday, Ira and I went to “Apenheul“, a monkey park in the Netherlands. Ira had told me so much about it, but we hadn’t manage to go there before. It’s a place like a zoo, only that all they have is monkeys and many of them live in the trees without fences around them. If you want to walk through the park, you get a “monkey-proof” bag at the entrance, because monkeys are intelligent creatures and know how to open zippers and buttons and they aren’t too shy to check out your bags and pockets.
I was already really amazed to see the monkeys so close-up and we also went to see the gorilla-feeding [which – of course- took place in a fenced area], but the highlight of the day was that some of these squirrel monkeys got really trusting and climbed up on my arm and on my head [photos to come], even tried to look into the pockets of my jeans. Awwww! They were so adorable with their tiny little leathery hands and feet. I would have liked to take one home right then :)
I also have to mention this little fellow here, who had no fear whatsoever to walk around between our feet trying to find some crumbs that we dropped from our ice-cream cones :)
Saturday morning, I took my sister and Dirk to the train station. They left to Mexico for their honeymoon :) I am so happy for them! They took a flight from Frankfurt and went there by train.
In the afternoon, I went to the church wedding of a “friend” [in lack of a better word] from school. I wasn’t really invited to the wedding, but we emailed a few months ago and told each other that we were both getting married this summer and I thought it would be nice to show up and congratulate her and her husband. I think she was surprised, but happy to see me. It was a nice ceremony and she looked beautiful in her dress. I also met her cousin who used to play tennis with and who I hadn’t seen in years (!) and it was really great talking to her :) It’s funny sometimes how you can re-connect with people you haven’t seen for a long time.
Besides all that, I was wondering the whole time how the hell my “friend” could get married that day when Germany made it to the second round of the World Cup [haha…just kidding ].
I made it home just in time to throw myself on the couch and watch the soccer game with my parents :)
OMG, what a game. I couldn’t believe they guys scored two goals in the first 12 minutes… amazing! I am positively surprised how this team came around… who would have thought that they’d make it that far?
Like I said, I am really getting into soccer [for the time being] and I am so nervous during the games that I can hardly sit still.
After the game we had friends of my parents over for dinner and my Dad served us a delicious 3-course meal. My Dad doesn’t cook very often, but if he does, it’s always exquisite :) We stayed up till 3 a.m.
Today I was tired, lazy and confused by the weird weather which culminated in a huge thunderstorm in the early evening. It was really coming down hard. Jon would have loved it. [He loves thunderstorms!]
I read a lot today [a book by a German author which is called “Der Schwarm“], took a nap and also watched some soccer. Sundays just go by like that… way too fast.
Ok, I think this is fun… so I’ll participate… go to Kristine’s site and check it out:
1. My drinking glasses
Small and simple. I think it used to be a glass for mustard :)
2. My address book
Part of my brain – I can’t go anywhere without this book. I have actually memorized quite a lot of addresses, phonenumbers and email addresses, but I would be lost without it. It does not only hold all important addresses, it also functions as a photoalbum, birthday calendar, and notebook.
3. Something new
I bought these door hooks [actually two of them] for Jon’s and my apartment. I know I shouldn’t by stuff here that I have to take overseas in extra bags, but I can’t help buying stuff for our home… at least it’s something small ;)
I’ve called the panel physician from the list that I received from the US consulate Monday morning. I need an appointment for a medical examination and the closest doctor on the list is in Dortmund. Great! So I have to go to Dortmund on Monday. I am thrilled I have no idea what they’re going to do with me, but it will cost me another 150 euros . What a rip off! These people [who shall not be named] definitely know how to get your money!
I’ll still try everything to get my visa and be on the plane on July, 3rd – but to be honest,I believe it’s not going to happen … the mills of bureaucracy grind slowly.
In the afternoon I went to the photographer with my sister to pick out her wedding pictures. It’s funny, but the new grooms were both not very interested in taking part in this… Jon didn’t even consider coming with me and Dirk pretended to be busy *lol* they both trusted me and Nina in picking out the best pictures ;)
Yesterday morning I went out for breakfast with my friend Ilka T.. She originally is from my town, but she’s been living in the US for a quite a while now and she actually lives in Sacramento right now [and I don’t *sigh*]. It’s always fun to get together with her, because we both get the chance to vent our frustration and anger about the authorities. She’s been through the visa-jungle as well and we both decided yesterday morning that it would be a great idea to write a book together about our common experiences overseas
I bought fresh strawberries on my way home and then I made strawberry cake in the afternoon:
It was soooo delicious :) My Mom’s cousine came over for some coffee and cake [mainly because she wanted to see some of the wedding pictures], but I made them watch the soccer game, of course.
I turned on the TV a little late and I couldn’t trust my eyes that Germany had scored their first goal in the 4th minute already… how awesome! I really enjoyed the game and I think that the German team played really well together. Is this a sign for the second round?
I must admit… I’ve been kind of infected with the World Cup virus now [since you know me for not being the biggest soccer fan usually ]… I even watched the game Sweden-England in the evening!
Today I went out for lunch with Ira. We went to the TÃƒÂ¼schenbroicher MÃƒÂ¼hle, a very nice restaurant right next to a little lake. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sit outside as it was kind of clowdy and chilly, but we enjoyed the nice view. It was good to spend some time with Ira and recap about the weddings.
Saturday – the day of my sister’s wedding :)
We had to get up damn early, because Nina’s wedding would last the whole day with the Standesamt [legal ceremony] in the morning and the church wedding in the afternoon. I got up at 7:30 a.m., took a shower, got dressed and drove to the florist shop to pick up Nina’s bridal bouquet. I dropped some stuff off at the restaurant and then went to my sister’s. She was already up having Dirk’s aunt do her hair. My aunt Andrea was there, too, to do Nina’s make-up. It was cool to finally experience the day from a different perspective… Nina was a little nervous – I could tell – but I don’t blame her. It’s such an exciting day!
I went home at 10 a.m. to get ready and then we drove to the Standesamt at 10:40 a.m.
Nina and Dirk looked so beautiful together :) The ceremony at the Standesamt was really nice and Jon performed a song for Nina and Dirk at the end… and they loved it!
first of all… some more photos of our wedding :) as I promised :)
Sunday – Jon and I got up at 9:30 a.m. after 2,5 hours of sleep… yes, we were tired, but happy :) Everyone else was having breakfast already, so we sat with Anke and Hauke and also talked to some of our guests. Lukas was so cute and walked up to me and said: “Sandra, where’s your dress?” :) Awww… that was so adorable [and you bet, I would have LOVED to wear my dress again that morning]. After breakfast, we had to start cleaning up the place… getting our stuff from the rooms, collecting our gifts and wrapping up the left overs to take home…
we sat outside for a while with some of our guests, took some more pictures and finally, when everybody had left, went home as well.
It was amazing, because a friend of the family had already put a photo CD in our mailbox, so that we could see the first photos of our wedding day :) We hung out at our house and had leftovers for dinner ;)
Monday– Two days after our wedding and we were still tired. In the morning, we went over to the hotel where Jon’s parents were staying at to say “goodbye” because they were leaving to Strassbourg that day. Eric was going to fly home on Wednesday and Diana, Chris and Jina were going to take a trip to France.
Chris, Aaron and Maria decided to go to Aachen for the day, so we dropped them off at the train station and had a relaxing day to ourselves :) When they returned in the evening, Chris, Maria, Jon and I went out for dinner to a Greek restaurant. Aaron didn’t feel good and went to bed. It was a pity, because it was their last day.
Tuesday – We took Aaron and Maria to the airport in the morning and then spent some time with Chris in DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf. First, we took Jon’s wedding ring back to the jewelry store to get it resized [as it was 4 sizes too big – I don’t know what happened when Jon told me his ring size… if the people in the US didn’t measure the right size or if the convertion into German sizes went wrong].
Later we walked around the Altstadt, enjoyed the view of the Rhine and then went to the brewery FÃƒÂ¼chschen for some lunch. Jon and Chris had typical German food [Schweinebraten in Biersosse – pork roast in beer sauce] and enjoyed a few Alt beer. At the breweries here it’s typcial that you don’t ask for another beer, but that the waiter replaces your empty glass with a fresh beer as long as you don’t stop him :) Chris and Jon definitely enjoyed that *g* I had a tutoring lesson in the afternoon and afterwards I drove to Cologne to meet with my friend Nic and we went to a concert, while Jon and Chris enjoyed watching soccer at home :)
Wednesday – This morning we had to take Chris to the airport… slowly everybody was leaving one after the other. It was kind of sad after having so many people at our house to see them go again :(
We saw my friend Frank and his girlfriend Nadine for breakfast afterwards. It was nice to have some time to talk, since we didn’t really have the chance to talk to each other on Saturday ;)
Thursday – Jon and I went downtown this morning to get passport photos and apply for my new passport and ID [Personalausweis]. I must admit, I wasn’t aware that my new last name would attract so much attention *lol* almost everybody has something to say about the name “Bond”. Jon was right – he always said that people commented about his last name, but I never understood what he really meant by that ;)
When I introduce myself as “Sandra Bond” now, people ask “Bond… as in James Bond?” … or “Wow… what a cool name” :) It’s hilarious. I am curious to see when I will get tired of it ;)
Friday – We drove to the Bridal Store with my sister in the afternoon, because she had an appointment for the dress fitting :) It was great to experience the whole thing from the perspective of the maid of honor and NOT the bride yourself. Nina looked so great in her dress :)
In the evening, Jon and I drove to Mainz to visit our friends Christopher and Karima over the weekend. We arrived at 8:30 p.m. and ordered some Chinese food for dinner :) We stayed over at Christopher’s parents house [because they had more space to accomadate us] and went to bed around midnight.
Saturday – Karima and Cathi [6 months old] came over for breakfast and then Karima’s Mom dropped off Lukas [our flower kid ;)] at 11 a.m. He’s so cute :) We walked over to their house later and spent some time together until I was picked up. Two of my penfriends live in Mainz and I had decided to take the opportunity and spent the Saturday evening with them. It also gave Christopher and Jon some time for a “men’s night out” :) As far as I know, they spent the night checking out the pubs in Mainz!
Sunday – Sunday morning Christopher, Karima, the kids and Jon and I went out for Brunch at the Volkspark in Mainz. The weather was really nice -a little cool, but sunny ;) It was a fabulous brunch buffet and Jon and I really enjoyed it. Afterwards we all went for a walk.
In the afternoon, Jon and I met with Jakob, one of Jon’s Dad’s friends, for some coffee. He was actually spending the afternoon with some neighbors, so we joined them for some coffee and cake :)
In the evening, we went back to Christopher and Karima’s house and we had a nice barbeque in the backyard. Karima’s brother Karim came over as well.
Monday – We went over to Chris’ and Karima’s house in the morning and Lukas opened the door. He was obviously surprised to see us AGAIN, because he said: “Oh, you’re here again!’ *lol* He was so adorable!
We had breakfast on the patio together and then Jon and I decided to take off. We wanted to meet with my two penfriends for coffee downtown and then drive back home.
We met Michee and Sandra downtown and went to a nice little cafÃƒÂ© close to the “Fastnachtsbrunnen” which is famous in Mainz.
We drove back to Grevenbroich in the afternoon and then went out to dinner at the Spanish restaurant in MÃƒÂ¶nchengladbach. Nina and I had received gift certificates for our birthday, so we decided to put them to use ;)
Tuesday – We spent most of the day relaxing at home. I had two tutoring lessons in the afternoon and Jon stayed home reading his book ;) In the evening, we went over to Nina’s place and spent some time with Dirk and Nina.
Wednesday – We drove to DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf in the morning, because we had to pick up Jon’s ring that we had to get resized. Now it fitted perfectly and Jon was happy :)
We stopped at a big bookstore and Jon got some books as he really got into reading crime fiction again since he came here. I went shopping later and in the evening we had a big barbeque ;) Fortunately the weather was nice, because Jon really wanted to have a BBQ while he was here.
Thursday – In the morning, I had to run some errands downtown and then my cousin picked up my sister and me and we went to DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf. Nina had an appointment with Nicole’s friend to get her nails done and Nicki and I just went along [and eventually got our nails done, too :)]. Later in the afternoon we went to Ira’s birthday party. We just stopped by for some cake and then we had to leave again, because Ira went out to dinner with her parents and Nina, Dirk, Jon and I went to my old school to watch a musical performed by the VIP class [Vocal Instrumental Practical class]. Nina’s best friend’s daugther performed in it and it was really amazing. She sang three solo songs and we were really blown away.
Friday – In the morning, I drove to the bridal store to pick up Nina’s dress. It was exciting to know that my sister would wear it the next day and be a beautiful bride :) I took the dress to the hotel and put it in their suite which was already prepared for the next day!
I had to prepare some more stuff for my sister in the afternoon and at 5:30 p.m. Nina and Dirk picked us up and we went to a private “soccer party” for the opening of the WM :) There was a big tent in the garden with a big screen, a keg of beer and a BBQ… Jon loved it… and Dirk, too… as you can see :)
Nina and I left after the first game. I still had to prepare a little video presentation for Nina’s and Dirk’s wedding and Nina met with a friend to prepare the table decoration. She picked the guys up at 11 p.m. and I think they were both a little drunk *lol* Jon went to bed right away!
…to be continued!
It was finally here… our wedding day :)
Nina and I got up fairly early [7:30 a.m.] and went over to my parents’ house. It was good to start the whole day quietly… Nina went to the florist shop to get the flowers and I had some breakfast with the guys. Strangely enough I wasn’t nervous at all…
Jon, Dhevan, Aaron and my Dad went to get some music equipment for the night and then they went over to the hotel at which Jon’s parents were staying to get dressed. Chris Rigg had the privilege in the morning to be the only guy to see the girls’ wedding preparations *lol* but before we got ready, he had to leave as well.
At 11:30 a.m. Ilka and Kim arrived. I had taken a shower and Ilka started working on my hair. First she put all my hair on curlers and then I had to sit with a drier hood for a while… wasn’t that pretty?!
Then she put my hair in a bun and put strass stones around it. It looked so nice… when Ilka was finished with my hair, my aunt took over to do my make up. It looked really nice as well. I definitely have to learn how to do that myself :)
Ilka did my sister’s hair and Kim’s hair as well and then we had some potato salad and leftovers for lunch.
Then it was finally time to step into my wedding dress… uh, it was so exciting :) I kind of started to get a little bit nervous *hehe* I must admit that the whole pampering that morning made me feel really pretty :)
At 2:30 p.m. the limousine came to pick me up… I drove to the church with my Dad.
The moment I dreaded the most was getting out of the car in front of the church… I really don’t like to be the center of attention and so I didn’t like the fact that all eyes would be on me ;) but that’s the way it is on your wedding day, I guess [and honestly, it wasn’t so bad *lol*].
We had a catholic and a protestant pastor who picked us up at the entrance of the church and then we walked down the isle together.
We had a bilingual ceremony in German and English and the ceremony was musically accompanied by a gospel group that we had picked out. It was beautiful :) We picked out two common gospel songs and then two contemporary songs [ of which my favorite was “When you say nothing at all” by Ronan Keating :)].
The funny thing was when we finally had to exchange rings that the pastor gave Jon his own ring to put on my finger I couldn’t help but smile :)
When the ceremony was over and we went out of the church, Jon all of sudden screamed and cheered… it was so funny… and everyone thought it was so cool *lol*
When we walked outside there were a lot of my friends holding heart-shaped balloons… Lukas [2,5 years old] was strewing flowers and he was so adorable.
The whole situation was just overwhelming and I was so happy. After people had congratulated us outside of the chapel, Jon and I, my Dad and Philipp [the boy to whose communion we went the weekend before] drove to the restaurant in the limousine. It was fun :)
Our location for the wedding celebration was an old manor and the reception [Sektempfang] took place in a little room which used to be a stable ;) I must admit – I didn’t get to try any of the canapes and I only had two sips of my Champagne because we had to talk to so many people and to shake so many hands :)
There were quite a few people that I was REALLY happy to see and it was wonderful that they could be there with us on this special day :)
We got some really nice and creative presents [as we had basically asked for people to give us money since we can’t really take anything back to the US – unless we order a big container *lol*].
Then we had to go off with the photographer to take some photos. Unfortunately it kept raining pretty much the whole day, so that we couldn’t take many pictures outside, but oh well… nobody really seemed to care much about the weather… we had sunshine in our hearts :)
The dinner and party took place at the “Tenne” [the old barn floor]… and this was our table decoration. We had a great buffet [which I ate very little of *lol*] and Jon and I were trying to go and talk to everybody for a little bit.
Then there were two speeches by my Dad and my father-in-law and of course some dancing… I didn’t want to believe it when people told me that the day will fly by, but they were right… time just flew by and I felt like I didn’t really have time to talk to everyone.
It was a wonderful evening/night though… we partied till 3 a.m. and stayed up till 6:30 a.m. in the morning :) Susi, Ira, Dhevan, Dirk, Nina, Jon and I were the last ones to hang out in the hotel lobby before we went to bed *lol* the “wedding night” was accordingly short ;)
THANKS to everyone who came to my wedding or was part of it in any other way :) It was a very special day for Jon and me… in fact, the best day of our lives :)
P.S. I know I still owe you more photos, but I will have to post them later… I hardly get to catch up with my diary here…
IÃ‚Â know you have been waiting for my update for agesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã‚Â I am sorry but the last two weeks have been sooo crazy. I really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get to the computer at all.
Jon arrived on Tuesday, May 16th. I gave my friend Ira (whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a flight attendant) a ride to the airport in the morning, because she had to get there right around the time when Jon arrived. Unfortunately there was a lot of traffic and JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plane arrived early, so that he had to wait for meÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I felt so sorry and he had been scared that I had forgotten to pick him up [Ã¢â‚¬Â¦never!] It was just wonderful to finally see and hug him again :)
We had a pretty relaxed day, drove around the city a little bit and then he took a nap in the afternoon.
WednesdayÃ‚Â – we had an appointment with our local pastor at 10 a.m. for the Eheprotokoll, a document that you have to obtain if you want to have a church wedding. We spent about an hour with him and talked about the values of marriage and all that stuff. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if people in the protestant church have to do that but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mandatory if you want to get married in the catholic church. The pastor asked us to define the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“sacramentÃ¢â‚¬Â and fortunately Jon (who went to a catholic private high school) was able to give a definition *lol*
After that we went to the Standesamt to get a German marriage certificate and start a Stammbuch [family register]. Unfortunately -as always – there is always something and so they were asking for a Ledigkeitsbescheinigung for Jon [which is a piece of paper stating that he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been married before]. We were told that we have to obtain that at the American embassy in DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf. It didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make sense at all, because how can you obtain a Ledigkeitsbescheinigung if you already got married and received a marriage certificate?!
We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant in town and then in the afternoon I went to the bridal store with my Mom for myÃ‚Â dress fittingÃ‚Â :) Unfortunately it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit at all – it was too wide around the cleavage – even though they had tailored it already. I was told that I had lost weight and that I had lost 2,5 cm around the chest since the week before [honestly, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe it].
Thursday – My cousin Nicki and her boyfriend Oliver picked us up at 8:30 a.m. to go to DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf. I had an appointment at her friendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beauty salon to get my nails done. I never had that done before but I thought it would be a nice thing to do before the wedding ;)
Afterwards we walked to the DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf Altstadt [old town] and met up with Jon and Oliver who had had their first Alt beer already :) we went shopping for a little bit and then drove home at around 2:30 p.m.
I had two tutoring lessons from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and afterwards went over to my auntÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, because we were going to try some make up for the wedding.
Friday – I had to make some phone calls in the morning, because there were still things I had to finalize with some people. In the afternoon, Nina and I went to the florist in Bedburg to orderÃ‚Â the bridal bouquet and the flowers for the table decoration. LaterÃ‚Â Nina dropped me off at my cosmeticianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, becauseÃ‚Â IÃ‚Â had a tutoring lessonÃ‚Â with her son.Ã‚Â In the eveningÃ‚Â we went out and had Italian food with my sister. Dirk wanted to come along, but since he had a soccer game the next day, he was staying at a hotel close to the stadium [thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s professional soccer for you].
Saturday – Jon and I got up early, because we had to drive to Belgium to meet with our catholic pastor, Harrie de Zwart,Ã‚Â who was going to do the wedding ceremony. He used to be the pastor of a neighboring church in my town, but was moved to a monastery in Belgium two year ago.
We left atÃ‚Â 10 a.m. and drove to Malmedy, a cute little town in the french speaking part of Belgium. We met our pastor at his apartment, had some coffee [and it was nice to see that he had so many memories from his church time in GrevenbroichÃ‚Â on his walls :)] and talked about the ceremony. Since heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an olderÃ‚Â man I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how conservative he would be about the catholic wedding ceremony, but he was actually really cool about everythingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ he said that Jon and I would enter the church as a couple [and not do the traditional way where the groom waits at the altar and the bride comeand he agreed on the gospel singers that I had booked. He was awesome!
AfterwardsÃ‚Â we wentÃ‚Â out for lunch at a really nice Belgian restaurant. We had a three course meal and we really didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect it, but he invited us. He was so nice :) We spent about 4,5 hours with him [so he really invested some time in getting to know us :)] and then we drove back home.
Sunday -Ã‚Â We went to a first communion in Kleve today. JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dad is the godfather ofÃ‚Â his friend DirkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son Philipp. We arrived at 11 a.m. at the church and it was a really nice service with lots of music and a ceremony really suitable for children :) After the service, we went to their house and had lunch.Ã‚Â They had a very long table in the living room for all guests and it reminded me a lot of my own first communion – which was about 21 ago *lol* We hadÃ‚Â coffee and cake in the afternoon and Jon and I enjoyed talking to the other guests.Ã‚Â We got home around 8 p.m.
Monday – I had an appointment with my cosmetician this morning. I really love to go there :) She started off with a really nice neck massage and then she did a skin treatment on my face and cleavage. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really relaxing to be there. When we were finished, sheÃ‚Â tried out a make up for my wedding. I liked it a lot :)
Tuesday – We left for Frankfurt early in the morning to meet with our protestant pastor, Keith Chamberlain, a friend ofÃ‚Â the Bond family. He wanted to meet with us, because he wanted to get to know us a little more since he was going to write and present the meditation for our wedding ceremony. We had some tea and a really nice talk with him. We drove back at around 12 p.m. and had some lunch at an Imbiss place.Ã‚Â Then we went to see my great-aunt for a little bitÃ‚Â and later in theÃ‚Â afternoonÃ‚Â Jon and I went to the airport in DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf to pick up JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mom and his brother Chris and his girlfriend Jina. We only found JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mom Diana who didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if Chris and Jina were going to meet her at the airport or not. Communication hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been really clear between them I guess. We waited for about another hour, had Chris paged at theÃ‚Â information desk, but he and Jina didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t show up. So we went home and had dinner with my parents and afterwardsÃ‚Â we had another make up trial session with my aunt ;)
Wednesday – We drove to DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf in the morning and went to the embassy to obtain the Ledigkeitsbescheinigung for Jon. The consulate in DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf is like a small version of the huge consulate in Frankfurt. We had to leave my purse in a locker, we were checked from head to toe and the consulate even has its own elevator in this building. The officer at the entrance has to use a key to makeÃ‚Â the elevatorÃ‚Â go up to the third floor and when you step out you have to go through another metal detector.
When we finally talked to an officer about our request, he was laughing at us. He said that he had never heard before that someone who is already married needs a Ledigkeitsbescheinigung for the Standesamt. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s indeed really absurd if you ask me – but who asks me? Nobody. We had to pay a 25 euro processing fee and then Jon had to make a sworn declaration that he had never been married before marrying me *lol*
After that we went to the jewelry storeÃ‚Â to pickup our wedding rings. They just looked beautiful. I am really glad I decided on two rings – the actual wedding ring and a second ring with a gem.
Unfortunately, something went wrong with the conversion of JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ring size. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s either that they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t measure the right ring size in the US or the conversion wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t right – Jon was about four sizes too big :( We were going to get it resized after the wedding. Oh, and before we left the guy at the jewelry store told us that we were lucky that we hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t come to pick up the rings the day before, because they had been robbed by three guys with ski masks and guns. OMG! How scary. I am so glad we didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go there on Tuesday!
We went back to Grevenbroich, I dropped Jon off at the hotel his Mom was stayingÃ‚Â at and went to the Standesamt to get taken care of our paperwork. We were finally able to get the family register and an international marriage certificate which we both neededÃ‚Â to be marriedÃ‚Â in church. Also, my name officially changedÃ‚Â to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sandra BondÃ¢â‚¬Â today :)
I went back to the hotel, we had some coffee with JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mom and then we went over to my house where we received a phone call from Chris and Jina who were waiting to be picked up at the Nikolauskloster [the monastery we were going to get married at]. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really ask me why they werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t at the airport the day before and how they got to the Nikolauskloster – I have no clue whatsoever!
We dropped them all off at my house and then my Mom and I went to the bridal store again to pick up my dress. I had hoped that it would fit perfectly this time, butÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. It was too wide again. They changed it again while I was there and then finally I was able to take it home :) Ah, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to wear it!!!
In the evening Jochen [one of my parentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ friends] and Jon picked up Dhevan and Chris Rigg at the airport and then we all had dinner together at our house :)
Thursday – Jon and my Dad went to the airport again that morning to pick up Aaron and Maria. I stayed at home to work on our church booklet, the little frames for our table decoration and the seating chart. Eric and Diana took everyone on a little trip to the city, so that my Mom and I would have time to work on some stuff at home. In the afternoon around 5 p.m. we all met at my parentsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ house again and had dinner together. It was fun to have this multicultural get together :) There were my parents, Jon, Chris [JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brother], Jina [his Korean girlfriend], Aaron [JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best man], Maria [his girlfriend], Chris Rigg [JonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and ChrisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ friend], Dhevan [our friend from Davis, now LA] and we reallyÃ‚Â had a great time.Ã‚Â JinaÃ‚Â is such a sweet person. I am so glad she could come to GermanyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Friday – Friday morning my Dad and Jon wanted to go to KÃƒÂ¶ln, because they both still needed ties for the wedding. Chris, Jina, Aaron, Maria, Dhevan Chris Rigg went along to walk around the city. I went the bank with Eric and Diana in the morning to cash some traveler cheques and then they dropped me off at home. I went to the copy shop with my Mom to finish the church booklets and then afterwards we went home and worked on the table decoration and the seating chart again. It pretty much took the whole day.
My Dad and the Americans went out for dinner that night and I went over to my sisterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at around 9:30 p.m. We had planned that I would stay over at her house that night :) She made me a nice bubble bath, we had some Chinese food together and then she helped me with some last minute preparations. We also talked a little bit and then finally realized it was 1:30 a.m. already – time to go to bed and get some beauty sleep for the BIG DAY!
I am going to end here for todayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I know this entry is way too long already, so I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t blame you if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to read all of itÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ my next entry will probably be more exciting for all of you, but I felt the need to let you now what was going on in the last two weeks ;)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ to be continued!