First Grade

This handsome boy began the first grade today! Of course, he got a giant cone full of treats! It’s called a Schultüte, and is usually filled with candy and whatever school supplies can fit in there. I’ve seen REALLY huge ones that have ALL the school supplies in there. It’s normally just for first-graders, but we gave ’em to the girls, too, for their first day ever of German school.

And yeah, that’s a  poo keychain.

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Master Builder

My son and his buddies at school built that block column yesterday. From here on out, he’s responsible for setting up our IKEA furniture.

I felt like Forest Gump when Martin showed me these pictures. “You mean, he’s smaht? And not…like me?” Continue reading

The Dance

My sweet girl went to her first formal dance last week. Her middle school organized it as a last special event for the eighth graders before they all head off to high school.

Since we’re putting all three kids into the German school system beginning next year, this may be the only opportunity for Miss C to attend a formal dance. So, we allowed her to invite a friend — a fellow American who lives in our village — as her date.  Continue reading

School Update

We had our annual meeting at my son’s school this morning, where we were presented with the scrapbook they maintained for him the past few years, full of his photos, artwork, and teacher observations. Continue reading

Pot. Kettle. All That Jazz. 

This week, THIS ONE brought home her report card. No surprises: she’s doing awesome!!! There was just one teeny tiny note at the bottom, beneath the praise for her voracious book reading and positivity, she should exercise a little more self-control and not blurt out answers all the time.

Having been asked to do the same thing my whole life, I made suggestions and asked her if she could work on that.

“But MOM, my answers are RIGHT!”

Pot. Kettle. All that jazz.

Jasmine & Higher Education

I posted a question, asking about this particular bloom. My friends informed me it is jasmine.

It is so fragrant! I think it is a type of honeysuckle and the scent reminds me of pink lilies. The kids think the blossoms smell like vanilla. The last two homes we’ve visited had this growing like crazy near their front doors. It perfumes the whole house! Continue reading

School Photo

I may be biased, but I don’t think my son knows how to take a bad photo.

Also? I can really see how he takes after me, especially since he and I are the only ones with green eyes in our family. He’s pretty proud of that.