It had already been decided many months ago that my family would come to visit us in Germany during the summer. We hoped it would make my move easier if my family could picture where I was, walk the streets we walk, and get to know the people we care about. I knew my parents would love it here and it was great for them to see Norman in his home country. After Norman’s proposal in Mexico, we knew that the timing was perfect and we would also celebrate our first wedding in Germany while my family was here. We had two amazing weeks together and of course, a day that I will remember forever!
My mom, dad, and Ethan arrived on June 2nd and we spent the week showing them around the area where Norman grew up. We visited many Roman ruins and a number of beautiful castles in nearby villages. They stayed the first 5 nights with Norman’s family in an attached flat at their home in Riol. Of course we hoped our families would get along, but I think everyone was happy to see how easy it was. Within no time, it felt as though our families had always been connected and everyone was laughing and enjoying one another. Our siblings got along great and Ethan even had the chance to go to school with the Kathrina and Nadine one day. We learned that while the English language doesn’t have a name for it, the Germans call the relationship between my siblings and Norman’s siblings “Schwippschwager”… it became the kids new favorite word!
We spent nearly every evening together enjoying dinner or just talking at his parents house in Riol. I am so grateful for Norman’s family, they do so well with speaking English and learn more and more everyday! If it wasn’t for them, the connection between the two families would have been much more difficult!
Kai arrived on Wednesday evening and because his luggage was still in Paris, we quickly ran out and bought him an outfit to wear for the wedding on Thursday. Our wedding was perfect and it was everything I hoped our first ceremony would be!!!! (More to come on our special day soon!)
We had one final day in Trier to rest up and recover from the wedding celebrations before catching a flight to Barcelona for a family filled Honeymoon! haha. I had been to Barcelona two summers ago during my World Tour with Jayme, so it was cool to be back in a city that was somewhat familiar. We visited the Park Güell, La Rambla, La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic Castle, the Magic Fountains, and relaxed on the beach in Barceloneta. My parents rented an apartment with amazing views of the ocean and it was a great way to end our Europe trip together.
It was hard saying goodbye and knowing that I won’t see them for four months, but I know it will go quickly. Thank god for skype and emails! Norman and I are so in love and it made our hearts even happier to see how much our families love each other. I know that we are creating a life for ourselves that will be filled with years of laughter and happiness that will spread between our two countries.