It’s that time of year again!!! The Tübingen Fasnet Parade is a chance to chase out the winter witches and goblins. What a fun afternoon! This tradition and the city dates back centuries, and the energy is always so good. Although one of the kids was pretty over it after about 15 minutes (I’ll let you guess), the rest all seemed to have a great time!Continue reading
She received a volcano kit for Christmas, and decided this was the weekend to play with it. Mt. Vesuvius is baked and painted. Now, she’s recreating the city of Pompeii. Note the rose garden in the center, a temple, and a few aristocratic homes. Possibly a bathhouse if she doesn’t run out of building blocks.Continue reading
Spending time at the Stuttgart Wine Fest with Amanda “the Au Pair” and Ashley “the former intern who now runs DC.”
What can go wrong?
Actually, nothing. Nothing went wrong. In fact, the girls were amused when two grown men hit on yours truly. Not bad for a mom of four, am I right?
A friend is getting married soon, and for her bachelorette party this evening, I was asked to make a cake. A certain kind of cake. Because I have a certain set of skills, I agreed to make it. In my kitchen last night, the following conversation took place.
Dad, joining me in the kitchen: “Hey, Julie. What’cha up to?”
Me: “Baking a penis cake for my friend’s bachlorette party.”
Dad, giving me a hug: “I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished in your life.”
I was so giddy today! I randomly broke out in smiles, and even wiggled in my seat throughout the work day like a kid before Christmas. Why was I so excited?
Because Jaz participated in his first karate class this afternoon.
Another night at Fest! This time, my cousin’s family joined us, too. We actually found a table in one of the beer tents a few hours before the crazy crowds showed up. We got drinks, food, and at one point, our little cousin was up dancing on the bench. Continue reading
We are EXHAUSTED this evening!!! We took our first family vacation with my cousin and her family since they moved to Germany last week!
We don’t waste time. Continue reading
We were at the hospital last week when the Fourth of July rolled around. Obviously, it’s an American holiday, and the Germans don’t do anything to observe it. But the Americans do! There are usually festive events on the local military installations, and we try to do something fun at home, too.
But this year was shaping to be a bust due to the circumstances. Neither Martin and I were in any place to put something together for the kids. Continue reading
We went trick-or-treating on the American military base this year. I was traveling for work last year, so this year was the first time we all went out together for trick-or-treating in Germany. The tradition is slooooooowly catching on in neighborhoods around the country, but for the most part, it remains an American holiday. Hence: going on base where the families living there go all out to create a really fun event for the kids.
Can you guess which one begged and convinced the others to ride this ride?!
Hint: it wasn’t the firstborn.