Going green

I love being a mom. It has it’s obvious joys but also some unexpected fun parts such as getting involved at the kid’s schools. Since my oldest started Kindergarten in 2010 back in Newport Coast, California I’ve been actively involved … Continue reading

Time to take a break

The first day when my love leaves for the US is always the hardest… Now, with summer break upon us it all seems so down and gloomy despite the sun. After weeks of absence the sun decided to return! Thank goodness! It not only warms the skin but the heart and soul … It’s hopeful, positive, bright and happy. Looking forward to six weeks off. Summer break to the rescue. 

We hadn’t planned anything for this break so far – that is up until a day ago. Now, I spontaneously booked a trip to Denmark! To Aarhus – the European Capital of Culture in 2017!    

I am glad I did. We are taking the train. It’s super convenient and affordable. It wasn’t as affordable to find the right hotel for a family with 3 kids. But I think this Zleep Hotel will do. I sure need this break and so do the kids. Isaiah is moving on to middle school while Seda finished Elementary school … It was quite a journey so far both for us parents and the kids as well. Unlike our first year in Germany which went by quickly. All the newness and the excitement made that year fly by. We just went along with it – soaked it all up. But the next 2 were different. They were demanding. For me as a stay-at-home mom it meant lots of PTA work, housework and juggling work & play. Being the go-to person for the children. Their support system. Quite demanding and exhausting, I have to admit. Of course, along the was I was growing my network of moms & dads, friends, neighbors and just adjusting to the system and finally mastering it! No time for boredom that’s for sure. 

I was fortunate enough to get involved in organizing a fundraiser for Isaiah’s school.

Following that I helped found an environmental group: KGS Green Team.

Before school years end we received recognition internally as well as publicly. 🙂

But there were also personal days. Days of neighborhood barbecues and most cherished our quarterly luncheon with our dear neighbor Gerthild. Our bust buddies C&T from Hamburg joined us this quarter. What great memories for kids & adults alike. Our circle is growing. For that I am very grateful. 

Finally, during school breaks we’ve had used every opportunity to travel. Short trips, long trips, road trips and day trips, trips to sports tournaments and visiting family. Lot’s of mileage added to our books.

And finally tomorrow: Report Cards!!! A’s and B’s. It’s all good. I am so grateful. With all the goodness there was one area that we had no control over. Over the course of this last year we’ve received the ultimate news from Kentucky. Sadly with all of our gains we’ve lost three very cherished members of our American family. May their souls rest in peace… :.(

R.I.P. Butch Sr., Grandma Florence and most recently our beloved Aunt Ivy… You will be missed – always.

The good and the bad add up to a potpourri of our life. A life I am grateful for. A life I cherish & hope to hold on to just a little longer than time allows… So much to do, to see, to achieve still. To all that I am looking forward to. For all that I was fortunate to see and to experience I feel grateful. I am blessed.

Thank you God for my life.

Love,

Yasemin

 

Hard work and sometimes hardly working :-)

A mom’s life is hard work most of the time. And being a mom of three is triple the workload and the joy as well. Over the last 13 years of being a mom but especially in the last 2 or 3 years I’ve learned to work hard in the crunch times and grind it out. But I’ve also learned to enjoy the precious moments when my presence is not demanded – that’s mostly in the mornings when the kids are in school. I make it a point to work out 2 or 3 times a week before I do anything else. I also make my chores more fun by incorporating some quality time with a girlfriend or my husband when he’s in town. We grab coffee at the farmers market. Our bi-weekly market around the corner from where we live is so beautiful. Mondays and especially Thursdays are great. The fresh produce and the flowers – oh those flowers – are so pretty. It’s remarkable how differently you can drink your coffee these days. One serves it from a Renault L’Estafette.  Our friend Philine.

Then there’s Loppokaffeeexpress – coffee served from a bike trailer. My recent favorite though is this little red trailer ‘Das Törtchen Mobil – which is so darned cute.

Over time the more challenging my life has become as a mom the more actively I seek moments and things that bring me joy, such as sewing or meeting up with friends – most preferably meeting up with friends & sewing together! I am grateful to my creative friends who inspire me and whom I get to inspire if only slightly. 🙂

 

 

How fun to be able to sew up some gifts. The fabric selection is the first joy, the actual sewing is the next but to be able to give these handmade one-of-a-kind pieces is the greatest joy for me. These nautical inspired pieces I made for my sister.

I sewed this strawberry skirt for my friend’s daughter Rosa. Actually, I sewed this skirt as I showed her how to make a simple skirt from less than a half yard of fabric. She in turn showed me how to edit pictures using this (new for me) app: snapseed. A win-win!

This year I felt the most needed and demanded by my children of all the years prior. Isaiah is quite settled now into life at his middle/high school. It was a rough road of not caring much about homework or studying and spending more time on his mobile device than I can appreciate …

This boy won all three possible awards with his team this season. They won their league, as well as the district championships and to top it off they because the state champions as well. Needless to say it was hard work for players and parents… Glad to have this season done with and a little breather from soccer … Congratulations and well done for the U13 boys of Holstein Kiel! Love y’all!

  

Isaiah’s off-season training:-)

For Seda it was quite an important year as well – her final year at elementary school… She has toured several school and has chosen the one that her big brother is at (thank God!) and now is finishing this year with honors. She’s also picked up her  tennis game and improved on her guitar playing as well. She finished a whole semester of enrichment classes in photography. I am really proud of her and hope that this fall she can start an even better time in her life at the big-kid school.

Seda presented her photography at the special exhibition at her soon-to-be middle and high school. It was a very special day for her for sure.

Last but not least she performed a one of the 2 narrators of a musical piece called: When the crows were black! Well done Seda! We are so proud of you.

Stella has made quite huge leaps as well. She’s finally accepted that her pre-school is a good place for her to got ‘every single day’! She made friends, her German is better now than her English (sorry Butch!)… She’s doing her second swim classes already and even started playing tennis like the big kids

All this and the usual load of paperwork that goes with all these activities and the standard housework plus my involvement in all the PTA activities at Isaiah’s school keep my plate pretty full.

So full for that matter that I actively seek time off! Time for myself. I love my running and workout schedule that I maintain despite the pains and aches and cold etc. I run first – then tackle my day. It really feels good this way. My goal is to continue this which has already become my habit. I got quite the fall ahead of me with some major activities at school so I am especially mindful of rest now and regularly until then. I have to note as well that my sister’s short, spontaneous visit from Turkey has really sparked a whole new love for her and my family in general that I had put on the back burner. I am very grateful for that.

 

My children feel like they just hit the jackpot with an aunt they didn’t even really know that they had. So cool. I love my family. I am grateful for every single one of their memories I cherish.

And now, a few more things left on my calendar before we get to dive into summer break! No plans so far other than enjoying every moment as it comes. For that I am grateful.

Happy summer everyone!

Yasemin

DIY rocks

The gift I give the most! A zippered pouch!

I sew these a lot! In fact, every girl or woman who knows me has most likely gotten one of these as a gift, a small thank you, a get-well soon or simply because! I love making these, I love giving these and I also love love love using these. Currently in my purse: one of these in handmade, one in leather giving to me by the Mr. and one faux leather to complete the trio. The best part about the handmade one is that I can toss it in the washing machine if need be.  Extra bonus! I’ve started making these back in 2012 when I first got my hands on a pattern but even without any major pattern piece or detailed instruction you can whip one up in 15 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a piece of your favorite fabric for the outside
  • the same sized in a coordinating fabric as a lining
  • a fusible interfacing (any thickness), I use  a mid-weight #
  • a zipper
  • coordinating thread
  • bonus: a tassel, a pom pom, a piece of ribbon to enhance the zipper pull