My Stylist Left Me

I feel very shallow for admitting this, but I just shed some tears after learning the *best* hair stylist I’ve ever had just moved to Berlin. It’s soooo hard to find someone over here who doesn’t immediately give you a mullet or chin-length bob no matter what. Would it be weird if I sent her a message, asking her to move back?

*whimpering*

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The Last Week

This is my last week of maternity leave. My heart is a little heavier this morning because of it. I’ve been with these four every day for three months. The older three will soon begin new schools, and I will return to work where new leadership and a stack of new and additional duties is rumored to be waiting for me.

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Camping Food & Fun

We got to the campsite late and had to set everything up in a hurry… and in the dark. Then, around 1 a.m., a major thunderstorm rolled over and all I could do was laugh and laugh and laugh.

I woke up with the baby around 6 a.m, and everyone was still sleeping and snoring. Meanwhile, I had the baby, church bells, and the sound of an occasional barge floating past us on the Mosel. Life is good…and damp.

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Balance

He’s completely out of newborn sizes, and check out that head balance!!!

Meanwhile, my oldest came in and yelled at me because I allowed The Middles to eat birthday cake for breakfast. Dang, they grow up so fast!

Hair and a Whimper

Great hair in September 2016.

I feel very shallow for admitting this, but I just shed some tears after learning the *best* hair stylist I’ve ever had just moved. It’s soooo hard to find someone over here who doesn’t immediately give you a mullet or chin-length bob no matter what.

Would it be weird if I sent her a message, asking her to move back to Stuttgart?

*whimpering*

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Monuments

Oh, the timing! This photo popped up in my social media feed as a reminder of my visit to northern Germany exactly five years ago. You won’t find monuments to Nazi military leaders over here, but you will find memorials like St. Nicholas’ Church in Hamburg. It was once a huge, gorgeous neo-Gothic place of worship, but was destroyed by Allied Air Force bombing in July 1943. Continue reading

Peaceful Sleeping

(whispers) “Between you and me, Mom, I’m pretty sure it was not my hungry whimpers that woke you up at 3 a.m., but Dad’s chainsaw snores as he shreds through a forest of dreams. You really think I can compete with that?”

All the experts say one shouldn’t coo, play, make eye contact, or engage during overnight feedings, because doing so teaches the baby to expect such activity at all hours. Clearly, I still have to work on that… Continue reading