I always think of my Aunt Eileen whenever my kids “paint the porch” for me. She raised seven children, and countless nieces, nephews, neighborhood kids, and grandchildren. She knew all the tricks, and this one is a favorite. A bucket of water and a paintbrush. No mess. A clean porch. Playful, easy distraction.Continue reading
My dad said tonight that in the two weeks he’s been here, he’s noticed a big difference in Junior’s behavior.
More assertive. More demanding. More determined.
Junior did just celebrate his second birthday, but I also think it’s because we’ve all been making an effort to be more intentional with him, more expressive and focused with our communication efforts. I think the active engagement has clued him in that we ARE paying attention and he’s become bolder because of it. And I love it. His silence does not equate to being a wallflower.Continue reading
Yes. We ARE that family. Our cell phones are out, and we play Peppa videos for Junior at the table when we are out to eat.
Fight me.Continue reading
My secret to keeping a youthful appearance? Having a young makeup artist. His application techniques are unorthodox, and he takes a lot of bold risks with color and shading, but I always feel so glam when he’s around.
These kiddos woke up super early to see me off on yet another work trip. “Please don’t drive your Dad crazy,” I told them.
And they were like, “Who, us?”
Good luck, Martin. And thank you ahead of time, Amanda. I’ll be home again soon.
Research indicates there is growing negative sentiment in Germany against Americans, mostly on the political side, but nevertheless, my family (to include those in the States) continues to take our role as ambassadors VERY seriously.
This is the box my father in Ohio sent to my brother-in-law in Bavaria.Continue reading
Home with my beanie and my babies! I’ve been gone for a week on a work trip, and apparently, my little ones missed me.Continue reading
I was on my way home when I saw this teenager walking to the bus stop in our village. She was about to take an hour-long bus ride to meet her friends at the American high school for a basketball game, but I offered to drive her instead.Continue reading
It was yet another Merry Christmas at our house this year. Last year, we were still living out of boxes and suitcases, and it was a minor miracle that we even got a tree and decorated. After a year of making this space our home, the holiday felt extra sweet.Continue reading
Our tradition continues! All four kiddos snuggled together for a Christmas Eve reading of The Polar Express.Continue reading