Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gratitude for the Gregorys

Today we feel blessed to be surrounded by wonderful family, eating delicious food, and playing all day on the Oklahoma prairie. Thanks so much for all your generosity Grandma and Grandpa Gregory!
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In honor of Movember-mustache month:)

Oklahoma really is a pretty place when you get up close and personal.

James is on cloud nine with all of Grandma's fun toys!

John's sister-in-law made seven heavenly homemade pies for us this week!
James's spunky great grandma Nan.  Can you believe this gal is almost ninety?!
Nan's yummy cream puffs.
This picture sums up what we've been up to all week! Feasting on Grandma Gregory's great cooking.
I am especially partial to her sweet potatoes. MMmmmm!

We hope all our friends and family had an equally delicious day! Love, Jessica, John, and James.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Mills are Alive in Austria...

The last stop John made in the land of lederhosen was in Austria. Here are a few last photos from his travels...
His Ikea-ish sleep space
They built this museum with a hole in it so it wouldn't block the view of the castle in the background.

This picture proves that this wasn't all sauerkraut and sightseeing. He spent most of his time in grimy pipe mills. But I'd still say the perks make it a pretty posh way to earn a long as he doesn't have to be so far from his family every month. Because we'd miss him too much!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cousins Gone Wild...

The last night I was in Utah all the Down gal cousins got together. It was a fabulous reunion since we haven’t all been together since the infamous royal wedding and dance video.

We started the night at Spark restaurant and sipped soda martinis spiked with lots of sugar. Then after that a few of us gals got ourselves in a teency bit of trouble. It may or may not have involved a borrowed id, a couple concerts, a close call with the cops, and my cute sister Katelyn getting a good talking to. Something about her being too young to kick it with the college kids. But don’t worry, I haven’t gone off the deep end. All we wanted to do was dance, and it was nothing that wouldn’t have aired on the Disney Channel. Thanks for another memorable night ladies. Letting loose occasionally is the spice of life..But maybe next time we should cool it on the sugar;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


It is so great having three brothers who are built-in ski buddies (literally, two of them live and work at the slopes:). I am so glad we all share the same passion for the powder and beautiful mountain air. Love you guys:)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Day in Germany...

This past week John had to go to Germany and Austria for work (hence my spontaneous trip to to Utah to see the fam). Two days before he left James came down with a tummy bug and threw-up about 20 times in 24 hours. I came down with it my first night in Salt Lake and John ended up feeling the sickness about 10 minutes in to his flight. He ended up spending his entire business class flight in the bathroom hugging the toilet (instead of in this two meter long bed we googled about a few hours before). What a way to start his German work day. But at least it was all uphill from there. Unfortunately we have now spread our germs to Germany and Salt Lake City. So chances are, you can probably blame a Gregory if you are feeling queasy. SorryL.

John's first meal he actually kept down. This restaurant is from the 16oo's! Napoleon was wined and dined here in this very room. Think of the tales of wars and conquests shared here over beer and blood sausage. Sweeeet!
Next time you need something to do with your hands in a picture try the Napolean pose.

This my friends, is the most expensive delicacy in the world. I've never heard of truffles that aren't chocolate so I had to Wiki them. They are wild mushrooms that grow underground and cost up to $450 a pound. They use pigs and dogs to find them by sniffing them out.
Obviously this meal was comped by the company...otherwise he'd probably be eating Peanut Butter and Jelly. John says it was good but he is more of a meat and potatoes kind of man.
Mmmmm, this chocolate mousse was made right before his eyes.

His sweet suite at the Intercontinental. It looks romantic. I wish I wasn't on the other side of the world when this photo was taken.

Dual shower spouts. One that rains and one that sprays. The Intercontinental knows how to keep you clean.
Stay tuned! Tomorrow my honey takes over Hannover:).
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