Election Day 2018

Fresh faces this morning during our sunrise run. We ran up the river and across the bridge to Kentucky and back. I voted via absentee ballot before we traveled, so I won’t get a sticker today.

But you can vote.

It’s your right and your privilege. Vote wisely. Just get out there and freakin’ vote already.

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Political Science Prep

During my check-in with our au pair today, she admitted that dinner time (which I missed due to traffic this evening) was exhausting.

“J didn’t want to eat what I made for him. He started listing the foods he WANTED to eat, but I told him none of those were options. Then C tried to negotiate with him, but he wasn’t having it. So then L tried to negotiate with him, too, but I was like, “You guys! You can’t negotiate with him!!! He eats what he gets!”

So I was like, “Amanda, aren’t you majoring in political science when you go to university? I promise, this year with my kids is going to prep you in SO MANY WAYS. Once you figure out how to wrangle them in, trust me, international politics is going to be a BREEZE.”

You’re doing GREAT, Amanda! THANK YOU!

Dinner is Served

This is Amanda’s second attempt at dinner for the family. With Miss C’s assistance, she made barbecue chicken with glazed scallions. She made stir-fry the other day. It seems to me I’ve struck gold once again in the au pair department, having another who knows how to whip things together in the kitchen, as the food has yet to kill us.


“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Apparently, Aristotle had a cherry tree, because we’ve all been pretty impatient waiting for these limbs to grow heavy with fruit! But LOOK at these cherries! Gorgeous reds and pinks, and so sweet. These will go into our birthday boy’s cake later this week.

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Dinner with Love

Due to circumstances way beyond my control, our plans for Family Day at Frühlingsfest were a bust. Martin and the kids had spent the afternoon prepping the dirndls and lederhosen, so I even suggested they go without me when I called from work.

I mean, Martin spent hours hand-sewing ribbon back on one of the girl’s dresses! After his own day at work!
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Cake Request

“Can you make an American-style cake, but not from a box, and without all that heavy, sugary frosting like at the commissary?” 

I can try! 

My first attempt at a homemade “naked” chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting. I don’t know … would you eat it? 

Lola: “If you put some branches on it, Mom, you could put it on Pinterest.”

I took it to work and my coworker Amy came in at the end of the day, looking for a piece, and only found the serving tray. 

“Oh, wow. Looks like I missed out. You can see that someone actually tried to scrape off the last bits here with a fork … or fingernails…”

Language Development

They say just before 10 months of age, the expression of emotions becomes more complex. And he’s beginning to understand language, but can’t yet use the words himself. Nevertheless, he makes himself quite clear.

(He wants another corn puff.)