On taking time off.

My parents will be here in less then 72 hours.

But, wait a minute.

Not only will my parents be here in less then 72 hours, no, they’re bringing along – completely surprisingly and unexpectedly –  my cousin Basti (who is more like a little brother to me). This was an absolute spontaneous, last-minute decision and I am so beyond thrilled that he’ll be visiting, too and that I’ll be spending time with my family very soon. I am also really looking forward to getting some time off from work. I haven’t had any time off since Christmas and while this might not sound unusual for the US… for German standards that is a freakin’ long time and I am so ready for a vacation.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that the last time my parents and Basti came to visit was in 2007 and here’s a little visual reminder of the awesome time we spent together.

@ the Grand Canyon

{Grand Canyon}


{Flagstaff, AZ}

Dad, Basti, Mom and San

{San Diego, CA}

Dad, Basti, San and Mom

{Yosemite NP}

Basti, Mom, Dad and San

{Yosemite NP}

Sunset @ Fisherman's Wharf

{Monterey, CA}

Dad, basti, Mom and San

{Carmel, CA}

Dad, Mom, Basti and San

{Santa Monica, CA}


Can’t wait to do this again!!!

We have a fun trip planned. We’ll be leaving at the end of next week and our trip will include hiking in Utah and Arizona, gambling strolling around in Vegas, living it up in San Francisco, sun-bathing in Bodega Bay, wine-drinking in Napa and much, much more :) I am hoping that I’ll be able to update from the road.


  1. That sounds absolutely wonderful. How awesome that your cousin gets to visit again too. Looks like we’ll be seeing similar pictures of you and your family soon. :) Have fun and enjoy your vacation!

  2. Yay! Have a wonderful time with your family! How exciting that Basti is coming along as well! XOXO

  3. Sounds amazing! Soak up the good times with your family! I bet they are just as excited as you are!

  4. Enjoy the time with your parents and your cousin, don’t worry about the bolg, we will all be here when you come back with great stories to tell. Have fun!

  5. Wow, what a great surprise! I’m so happy for you! Can’t wait to see the photos of this year’s visit!

  6. Wooohoo – how exciting! I know you’ll have a wonderful time with your parents and Basti! Enjoy!!!!

  7. Have fun..and I know where you are coming from…I miss my 30 days paid time off, too!
    Hope to see some nice postings later!

  8. Wow, I am so happy for you, what a great surprise that your cousin is coming along!! Awesome! I can imagine how happy you are to see them all in just 2 days!
    Love all the pictures from their last visit! Been to most of those places as well and it was amazing!
    Have a wonderful day, sweetie! xxx

  9. i’m so jealous ! :-)
    have a wonderful time with your family ..

  10. I hope you have a fabulous visit and enjoy your time off work.

  11. Your family looks like a lot of fun! Hope you have a great time with them.

  12. Enjoy your time off and your visits with your family. I’m so glad that your parents are bringing along your cousin as well. You will have a fantastic time. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  13. How exciting, enjoy!!!!

  14. Oh yes, I have been a reader since before you became official over here. I even remember when your Dad took you in for paper work in Germany.
    So happy to hear that your family (and Basti!) will be here soon. Have the very best time and enjoy every moment!!!

  15. I’m so happy you’ll get to see your family so soon! Yay! You’re just hours away. :)

    Have the BEST time!

  16. only one more sleep … :) HDGDL!

  17. OH MY GOSH! First of all, your cousin seems rather fabulous. Second, SO excited for you! Third, I’m sooo jealous. That whole itinerary sounds AMAZING!!

    Please have the best time ever!!

  18. So excited for you!!! :) I know you’re going to have an awesome time.

  19. Yay! I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your family – I know you’ve been looking forward to their visit for a very long time so I hope you have an absolute fabulous time with them!

  20. I hope you have a fantastic time with your family! I can only imagine how happy you must be to have them with you for such a long time.
    P.S. I am a little jealous of the road trip you’ll be doing. ;)

  21. Looking forward to some new photos. Have fun!

  22. so late on this but hope you had a fabulous time with your family!!

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