Saturday morning…

While daddy was gone to a meeting this morning, we went to the park.


img_0573img_0572It was a little cool…

Oh, and aren’t these the coolest rain boots?!


The white dots turn different colors when they get wet. I had no idea when I bought them, and was pleasantly surprised! 🙂

Belated Birthday Party!

A little late, but never a reason not to celebrate our 4-year-old girl!


Our kindergarten likes making a special occasion of each child’s birthday: Celebrating growth, personal achievements, and just making the child feel really special.


Since we were in the States during our sweetie’s birthday, the kindergarten was unable to celebrate her. Upon our return, they promptly asked if we could have a belated birthday party for her. Sure!


Last night, my little helper and I baked up mini-chocolate chip cookies, with mini Smarties (similar to M&Ms) instead of chocolate chips, and poked 30-40 grapes and cheese cubes onto toothpicks.


This morning, we picked out a dress and braided her hair, and set off to kindergarten to celebrate!

On a side note, she got a little confused at first, and thought maybe she was turning 5. Ha! 😀


Applesauce time!

My mother says the best applesauce apples are Gravensteins. And I must agree! They are full of flavor and no extra sugar or juice is needed.

We discovered, last year, that they have Gravenstein apples in Germany. I’ve never seen them in the grocery store, but found them at a roadside vendor and at a farmers market.

Last weekend we checked out our local roadside vendor and found the Gravensteins were in! YES! Applesauce time…


Oh the sweet smell of cooking apples. 🙂

Beautiful Erfurt

Erfurt at Night

Erfurt is a beautiful city and historically very significant. Erfurt is where Martin Luther was a University students, a monk, and later a priest. At that time Erfurt was printing nearly half the books for all of Germany, and every monastic order had a chapter house in the city. If you like European history, Erfurt and the surrounding region had no small part to play in it.

New, new, new

As September has already galloped past me into mid-September, we are heading into our 4th week of school. The boys have started at a new school this year. They are officially 1st graders!! The first few weeks of new teachers, new school, new “getting up early” time, new friends to make, new expectations, new, new, new, new… the boys have bravely treaded their way through. Now, this is a lot for a 6-year-old to absorb, so almost everyday for the first 2 weeks, we would experience major explosions. Over the littlest things, too. I knew to expect something from my boys, because they don’t always do well with change, but boy, it still brought me to my knees in prayer. WHAT HAPPENED TO MY BOYS??

Once they started making friends, it was almost a change over night. Less and more infrequent blow outs. I think they are settling in. Now, I know it won’t be a cake walk from here on out, but it sure is nice knowing we are all settling in.

Summer time and the livin’ is easy…

… well, not necessarily. But there are definitely some fun perks we are enjoying right now. Such as eating homemade ice cream… 

eating ice cream

or BBQing with friends… 


or dressing up as knights (or something)… 

knights in sparkling armor

or simply playing in the dirt.


Yes, summertime is a good time. Now, better get back to work… 😀

Happy Birthday, Boys!

The snake birthday cake created by a wonderful mom.
The snake birthday cake created by a wonderful mom.
Of course, little sister wants a picture taken, too.
Of course, little sister wants a picture taken, too.
Six years old!
Six years old!
Me too!
Me too!

Its always amazing when the birthdays come around. To think that not too long ago they fit comfortably on my lap, now there’s barely room! Amazing!

Christmas brings out the best in everyone… sort of.

Welp! The Packers spanked the Bears, and the boys have glasses.

At the last physical for the boys the doctor discovered that they both seemed to have poor sight in one of their eyes. So, an eye-doctor appointment was scheduled, and sure enough, identifying anything over a few feet away seemed to be a major hurdle. As a father of two mischievous boys, I hoped they were being serious, but all evidence seemed to point to a genuine lack of 20/20. Glasses were chosen, ordered, paid for, and today they came.

Eye-drops are no fun
My eyes feel funny
Eye-drops are yuck
Eye-drops are yuck
So many choices
So many choices
How do these look?
How do these look?

When Mom’s away… 

What do you do when Mom’s away? Build paper airplanes, of course. According to one of the builders: “They are cool and good. They fly easy and fast. Rockets are faster than airplanes. Helicopters can go very loud motor, and when you hike you see an airplane. You can build paper airplanes, too!”

So, without further ado, here are the airplanes!

First, the bulldog:

From the top.
From the top.
From the bottom.
From the bottom.

Second, the harrier:


And, lastly, the hammer:


Thanks to The Art of Manliness website.

Its also been fun going on walks with Nana this morning. We weren’t quite sure what the weather would be like, so Matthias decided to dress for all occasions.