The bug…

img_0781

Well, this was our week.

It started with baby, then went to momma, then to sister, and then to brothers.

Lucky daddy managed to escape the bug so far.

But I am so thankful for his helpful and caring hands as we were laid up for a couple of days and sleepless nights. I love you sweetie!

Something about fall…

I don’t know what it is, but there is something about fall that makes me want to bake cinnamony goods, serve up a hearty stew with biscuits, drink hot cups of coffee or tea.

It makes me want to feel all cozy inside.

Maybe because the weather is changing?

img_0599

Winter is knocking at the door?

I want to hibernate?

Who knows, but whatever it is… it makes me feel all homey.

I think it must do this to others, too, because just yesterday, I was dreaming about sinking my teeth into homemade pumpkin doughnuts with a glaze, when I got a call from my hubby.

“What ingredients do I need to pick up at the store to make those Christmas cinnamon rolls in Paul Hollywood’s cookbook?”

img_0600

Uh-oh, he got bit by the fall bug, too! 😉

img_0601

Delicious!

Saturday morning…

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

img_0571

img_0573img_0572It was a little cool…

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

img_0568

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!

img_0552

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

img_0554

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!

img_0558

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.

img_0561

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! 😀

 

In her 4th month…

Spending my days with this cuddle bug.

img_0460

This month she has found her hands and feet,

img_0487

rolled from her back to her tummy,

img_0483

and rolled from her tummy to her back.

img_0479

There goes ‘tummy time,’ seeing as she is not a big fan of it!

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…

img_0476

Oh the sweet smell of cooking apples. 🙂

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… 

bbq-thuringia

or dressing up as knights (or something)… 

knights in sparkling armor

or simply playing in the dirt.

dirt

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

Slug hunt

We’re going on a slug hunt.

In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.
In Steigerwald, a forest just outside of Erfurt, with many walking trails.

We’re going to catch a big one.

Our fearless leader - stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.
Our fearless leader – stick out, always before him, to catch the cobwebs.

What a beautiful day!

Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy's back.
Soon after this picture, the dandelion fluff was all over daddy’s back.

We’re not afraid.

"Kings of the mountain!"
“Kings of the mountain!”

Uh-oh. Ewwee-gooey!

Slug!!!
Slug!!!

We found one. (Or two.)

IMG_2306

Getting easier

Just a little update on how my youngest is doing, adjusting to kindergarten.

Hot cocoa! A sweet treat for making it through another week at kindergarten.
Hot cocoa! A sweet treat for making it through another week at kindergarten.

Her regular routine is to be happy all the way until she is needing to go into the door of her class room. Then she cries.

BUT… she doesn’t cry long.

Daddy usually drops her off. He gets her in her room <crying>, then helps her brothers get settled in there rooms. On leaving the kindergarten, he peeks in through our baby’s door, and she is happily coloring at the table… no tears what-so-ever.

IMG_2299

Eventually, she will forget to cry. 🙂

Otherwise, she loves it there!