We just got back a few hours ago from Leavenworth, WA. My spiritual Parents Russ and Roselie Poggensee were having their 64th Wedding Anniversary...So My Husband and Daughter and I drove them to this Bovarian Town Called Leavenworth and celebrated their anniversary with them. We left on Saturday the 14th Which was their wedding Date (June 14, 1944) first we stopped at The Summit and had a very nice breakfast, then we continued on our journey, and got into Leavenworth a little to early to check into our room at The Enzian Inn, so we continued driving to some Huge Antique Shops that the Poggensee's were excited to visit. I was worried that Finesse (my 16 year old daughter) would be bored there, but I was pleasantly surprised...She absolutely loved it! She kept saying "Mom, Look at this"! and "Mom, Look at that!" We all had a blast, I can't wait to edit all the 400+pics that I took on our trip, so that I can post a few on here to share with all of you. Anyway...We had already put alot of thought into gifts for the Poggensee's, and had them in the van all wrapped up and hiding in a gift bag, but when we got to the Antique shop, Brother Poggensee fell in love with a floral decorative hanging vintage plate...so I kept a mental note of that, and listened attentively to see if Roselie mentioned anything she would absolutely love to have...and finally towards the end she fell in love with an old vintage birdhouse on a 4x4 decorative post that had been white-washed. The reason she wanted that so badly is because they just recently had a little bird family move in on their porch and they sing "Chicka dee dee dee" ( atleast that is how Russ describes it) every morning while they are out there having their coffee...so she felt it would be a perfect home for their new little family of birds. So I went and found Adam and told him of my plans to get them these things; the Plate for Russ and the birdhouse for Roselie, and he loved the idea, so we went and paid for it and surprised them with it, and they were very touched. By the time we got out of the Antique place "Annies" it was close to time to go and check into the Inn. So we headed over there. We checked in and "Oh the lobby of this place was fabulous" and we loved our cozy Bovarian Decorated room. We freshened up and walked into town to check out all the cool shops. and then we found a place to have dinner, went back to the Inn to freshen up again and went to dinner Some had Steak and some had Shrimp fettuccini...yum! After dinner we presented the Poggensee's with their real gifts We got Russ a really nice engraved pocket watch, on the top of the watch it had his name "Russell Taze Poggensee" and on the back of it said "For Dad on your 64th Anniversary, 6/14/08, Love Adam and Leticia" and on the inside we put a black and white picture of them on their wedding day. He absolutely loved it! And what was so great is that he said " Wow...Roselie just told me last week, "what you need Russell is a pocket watch"!" So that was fantastic to hear that they really needed and love the gift..we were worried that he may not have a use for it, because he usually wears wrist watches. And for Roselie I couldn't find the Necklace watch that I wanted for her, but I got her the next thing on my list which was a sterling silver and pearl/diamond lipstick case holder, with a little mirror in it, so that when she puts her lipstick on at a restaurant or just out and about, she will have the case and a mirror, and we also got her a matching "compact mirror" and on the lipstick case we had her name engraved "Roselie Poggensee" and on the back of the "compact" it said " For Mom on your 64th wedding anniversay, 6/14/08, Love Adam and Leticia" She loved it. We love them very much and wanted them to know it...We had a blast all three days We went to lake Wenachee, we did alot of shopping, listening to live music, alot of EATING, and storytelling and just enjoyed our time together, oh yeah and we loved the jaccuzzi...I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Russ and Roselie on their Wedding Day June 14, 1944 at exactly 12:00 noon
Russ and Roselie on June 14, 2008 at exactly 12:00 noon (64 years later)
I used to have a Mickey Mouse hat like this when I was a little pig-tailed girl, it had my name sewn in the back
Marilyn Monroe was born the same year as Roselie!
On their way up to the rooms.
Finesse, in the upstairs lobby overlooking the pool area.
Our room it was room # 236 and the Poggensee's were right next door in 238
The Flower Shaped jacuuzi...it was so relaxing!
At a wine tasting.
Doing some shopping, look at the beautiful details...all the artwork on the buildings, and the beautiful flowers.
Adam and I...more art details and lovely flowers, oh and my new Pink genuine leather bag for only $19.00
Russ reading the inscription on his pocket watch
I think they like it!
Roselie looking at her compact mirror.
Roselie reading the inscription on her lipstick case holder.
All of us...except Finesse is taking the picture.
After dinner we went to listen to some bovarian live music. It was alot of fun!
The next morning at breakfast the horns man came out and stood on the 5 or 6" rail of the deck and blew his horn, and it is said that it can be heard throughout the whole town, people can set their clocks by it...he blows it at 8:15am, 9:15am, and other times as well, I believe this may be his last year to do this, he is close to retireing he is training others to follow in his footsteps.
I believe these are family members that he is training to take over the horn blowing.
The Poggensee's enjoying their coffee after breakfast.
After Sunday breakfast we headed to Lake Wenatchee...Here we all are!
Now we are back in Leavenworth...everyone wanted to go and have some lunch!
Finesse...kept saying she wanted a picture with him yesterday, so we were finally on that side of the street, he was a friendly Bear!
After lunch we went back to the Inn to freshen up and relax for a bit...
After we were done resting up a bit, we went back to the Antique shops, there was one other big one that we hadn't gone to yesterday. And it is a good thing we went back because Adam is the biggest Star Wars Fan/Geek and there was a whole little room dedicated to it. He was in Heaven.
I surprised Finesse with a Mother/Daughter gift that I fell in Love with and just really wanted her to have from me. It was a pink musical egg, that says "My daughter My Joy" and you open the egg up and it has a pink rose in it, and it plays the tune of "You Are So Beautiful" so when we got out of the Shop I sat her down and gave it to her.
Well this was the end of our trip in Leavenworth, I will write more and post pics of our Journey home yesterday. 'Til then Goodnight yall