Just as my German class started this evening, a sharp-dressed man burst into the room to deliver a hot cup of coffee just for me. It was Martin on his way to his own writing class down the hall. I had to laugh when I turned the cup and saw the name on my beverage. Soooo true.
The three older ones each surprised the old man with a cake.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN!
We went to Fest together as a family this year.
All six of us. (Plus our au pair.) As I shared the photos online, I braced myself for the feedback.
A staggered school schedule means she had her baby brother all to herself for a little while this morning! They were both singing some vowel sounds when I snapped the pic. 🎶🎶🎶
In Germany, it is tradition to give first graders a paper cone filled with treats on the first day of school. My girls aren’t first graders, but they start German school this morning, so we presented them with cones, too. Continue reading
He just loves a good goodnight hug!
This is the red heart pillow sold at IKEA. (And no, I don’t get paid to tell you that.) A few weeks ago, I was looking for a pillow to prop him up as I got dressed, and realized if I flipped the pillow upside down, and put him between the two “valves”, he would get enough support to keep an eye on things. Continue reading
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
“Mom, was I like Junior when I was a baby?”
Yes, you were just like him. You two are definitely brothers.
“Mom, do we look alike yet?”
I told him they definitely look like brothers.
Also, Jaz’s shield in the background looks like a little crown on Junior, doesn’t it?
Snapped this photo with my girl during dinner tonight, and couldn’t help, but think how grown up she is now.
Her humor, her sense of adventure, her helpfulness, and her ability to see the positive side of things…I hope she knows that no matter how old she gets, no matter how old **I** get, no matter where she goes in the world, I will always be happiest when she is around. Continue reading