20100310_Germany01 August 3, 2022 My jetlagged friend Maki visited LA for work right before I flew out to Germany Before I had a chance to put my suitcase away, the cats decided to use it as a dining table 🙂 Julia's good friend Svenia came to celebrate Julia's birthday with us Hello Puschel! (Can't believe that he is almost 19 years old) Chris and Karsten also came by for the party We are going to have Raclette for dinner Emily being playful I am scratching my itchy back What are you looking at? 🙂 Dinner is being served! A very relaxing evening with friends and family! Next morning - present-opening time! Emily is curious to what the commotion is for The birthday cake Dinner My girlfriend Leni The guests are arriving - and bringing presents! Julia's friend Julia and her boyfriend Sven Frauke checking messages on her phone Uli entertaining us with his talented singing and guitar-playing Birthday cupcakes Thomas taking pictures of me taking pictures P1020063 Doris and Julia enjoying the music Monika joins in for a duet Julia's uncle Klaus looking at Julia's presents The photomosaic poster I gave Thomas for Christmas last year, made with a few thousand smaller pictures from their US trip last year Julia's good friend Annika and her husband Chris Thomas pouring schnapps into the 'magic' shot glasses Uli and Monika takes a break from the music to enjoy the finer things in life Once you pour liquid into the glass, the girl in the picture on the bottom of the glass... ...becomes NAKED! Anni having fun watching everyone's reaction All the guys are so focused After dinner, getting ready for some party games Guitar Hero Guitar Hero turned into to Singstar After the electronic entertainment the action moved back to the dining area, with LIVE entertainment by Uli Julia wondering why I am never sick of taking pictures Julia and her cat Leni Sven and Chris battling in GH Cleaning up It must be getting late - everyone 's slouching on the couch Hi Doris and Thomas!