Sorry Not Sorry

I have five essays and a bunch of discussion posts due in a few hours, and after the past week we’ve had, you know I have a ton of reading still to do, but it’s much more fun taking photos like this one than being a responsible adult student.


The baby is doing so awesome. He’s completely recovered from the lung infection, and his breathing and weight gain are great. They think he just happened to catch something that his lungs and immune system weren’t yet ready to handle, but fortunately, it was all treatable.

We’re so grateful!

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.

First Day of School Again

It’s the first day of school for my girls over here in Germany. They go to the American school on the military base. Lola is off to 2nd grade while Miss C starts 8th grade … her final year in middle school! So excited for them!

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