Germany 2014, Week two

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A lesson in gratefullness. We dreamed of, we planned it, we executed it and so far our expectations of what life would be like in Germany were way exceeded. So many friends and strangers made our transition smooth, successful and even fun! my heart is grateful for all the good fortune we have encountered since moving here. Life is colorful, new, exciting, busy, fun, stimulating and full of love. So many positive attributes.

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I feel so fortunate to have the choice to live in the US and in Germany or anywhere else within Europe. The system is so well organized that with the proper knowledge and preparation a move such as ours is manageable and easy, so easy. I wished more people took advantage of our globalized world and experience the world like we are able to do. The children have completely immersed in the German life and are loving school, their sweet teacher and the cute friends they are making everyday. Stella and I get into gear just as soon as the big kids are dropped of at school and walk the streets, run our errands, get things done! Not a dull moment. Stella loves all the hustle and bustle of the city, she loves the many parks and green areas, but most importantly she loves the water!! She squeals as soon as she spies the smallest body of water. WASSER she says WASSER!!!!!

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And water there is in this beautiful city of Kiel. Lots of water, ponds, the fjord and rocky and sandy beaches. I am definitely happiest by the water. I am glad my kids, especially the youngest appreciate it just as much.

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Any day now we will be moving into our new home. So far my mom has been a life saver and money saver too for letting us take over her tiny apartment and replace picture frames and vases with toys and books and other trinkets the kids collect every day. She has been doing our laundry, at least a load a day, and washing our dishes, buying groceries etc. Her little quite life has been enriched by three little happy faces and my smile as been as the State of Texas.

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I don’t know what divine power is working here but I am grateful that it is working for us. Thank you thank you universe for this experience. And thank you to all our friends in the US and in Germany for their well wishes. Your positive energy is working. 🙂

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Love,

Yasemin

 

Germany 2014, Week One

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The three dual citizens have arrived! It was a loooong trip but well worth it. The clean air, the blue sky, being surrounded by water, drinking clean water straight from the tap, having family close by and much more. It all feels like a dream come true. Each day is full of new experiences.

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Playing at one of the many parks around our neighborhood, visiting the bi-weekly farmers market across the street, meeting new people…

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A little world cup soccer by the fjörd anyone? Even Stella couldn’t resist.

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The kids finished school in the US. A week later they are back to school in Germany. What troopers they are.

We have quite the commute to this elementary school but it is designed to teach new kids the language as soon as possible so that they can be sent to their respective  neighborhood schools once they acquire the necessary skills. This can happen as early as three months from now but won’t take longer than a year. Our neighborhood elementary school is only a two minute walk from our new home! My dream come true! Also coincidentally is the same elementary school that I went to 1982! Say what? 🙂

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Of course, school isn’t everything and one has to play too. In our case that means: soccer – better yet Fussball!

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Isaiah is so excited about his upcoming soccer camp at Holstein Kiel. My brother kindly offered to take him to the facility for a tour. That was sweet.

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Here he is playing table tennis with a complete stranger cause mama is chasing after this one:

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Generally, this first week in Germany has been especially sweetened by the support that my family has given us. Whether we needed a ride, a high chair, help setting up a new cell phone or ‘handy’ as it’s called here it has been absolutely wonderful. In the 13 years that I’ve spent in the US I’ve never had that kind of support. So far i was able to secure a whole room full of loot: a marble top dining table & 6 chairs, an antique sailor’s chest with custom pillow made from famous toile du jus fabric from France, an antique sewing console (can you say Biedermeier??), a mirror you have to see to believe it, an original piece of art, lots of household items including two teapots, plates from France!, several baskets, lots of fabric, and the list goes on and on…

Overall, this week has been eventful, exciting, emotional, full of energy and not enough sleep. Tomorrow we are signing the lease to our new apartment. Although we won’t be moving in just yet it feels so good to know that our new home is going to be in Kiel, my hometown, the place where I met my husband 19 years ago.

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This is the place the foundation for the future Mosby family was laid. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to this all over again with my children. Now, all that’s missing is daddy! He is still in Texas tying up some loose ends. We cannot wait to be reunited!

Love,

Yasemin

P.S. And just for the sake of continuity here are the final pictures from our countdown to #GermanyHereWeCome:

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One day until departure we all squeeze onto a sofa on the patio of a quaint South Beach hotel in Miami.

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And finally bye bye USA, at the Miami International airport right before we went through security.

This is it! It’s Moving Day!

How did this happen?

Just the other day we started a countdown to moving day and I am pretty sure it said: 30!

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Today, my daughter is posing in front of the chalkboard at our favorite grocery store and it reads: 3 days left!

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This can’t be! What a whirlwind of events! The kids are out of school, the house is emptying out, a storage unit of 5 x 5 is filling up, suitcases and piles of clothes in random places begging my attention… It happened so fast – all of this. The transition. The preparation of a new chapter!

These are the pictures we posted for our friends on Facebook (days 10 – 3):

#10, My husband spoiled the kids with a dozen donuts!

#9, The next day he had jury duty – how ironic is the timing! (I am guessing the gods punished him for the donuts :-))!

#8, My babies finished third grade & Kindergarten respectively.

#7, A week before our departure our social commitments exploded as everyone demanded QT! Thanks friends.

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#6, My husband the self-declared WaterPoPo found some water wasters!

#5, I’ve spent way to much time labeling and numbering all boxes.

#4, We got to spend some quality time with our dear friends Nick & Jen and their cool kids.

#3, We are eating out every meal since all our household goods went to Andy and Peyton.

imageAs far as logistics,  the international moving company that I am working with is pretty east to work with – so far. They were very informative and up front with the cost and time involved.  They have a international minimum of 100 cubic feet. A 5 x 5 unit holds about half of that. Our alternative to ship everything via fedex UPS would have cost much more! Benefit: it would have taken them a week or so. The container on a boat option we are going for will take up to 9 weeks in transit!!!

Here is a view of a typical storage facility. That place looks like a high-security prison to me… not a real fun place to spent an afternoon.

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For customs purposes I was instructed to label each box with the content and number them as well. I did’t mind since labeling a box is obviously handy when moving.

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These 40-something boxes will have to remain ‘locked up’ for a while.  At least until I sign the contract to our new living quarters. Once we give the shippers the ok they will retrieve these boxes from the storage unit and deliver them within 9 to 12 weeks to iur new address! I am sure by then I wont even remember what I packed in the first place…. In order to avoid paying taxes and import fees all of the things being shipped need to be your own property, you’ve owned it for 6 months at least, you are subject to bringing the same amount of alcohol, cigarettes, perfume etc as if you were putting them on your suitcase on the plane… Well, i wont have that problem. I never purchase wine and definitely no cigarettes when I am traveling overseas. About 80% of the content of our boxes are toys, kid’s artwork since preschool, yearbooks, their books, photos, photos and more photos! The rest is winter clothes, my sewing stuff (let’s just leave it at that!), and only the most precious plates and tea cups i’ve owned for almost two decades now.

And because these boxes will be en route tht long I am maximizing my baggage allowance for the first time. We each get to check in a suitcase, and have a carry on plus a personal item each on the airplane. I think I am allowed an additional carry-on for the baby but I had to stop myself there… That would have been eay to much for us to carry around once we land in Duesseldorf. The second plane to Hamburg is relatively small and full of business travellers. I am going to liok like a pack rat with my three children and a handful of bags to squeeze through the tiny aisles. Never ind there is never any overhead compartment space left by the time we board anyway… First world problems really.

Ok friends, this is it. It’s time to say good-bye to the life as we knew it in North Texas. Tomorrow morning I’ll zip up the suitcases, check all travel documents, pack a huge diaper bag, make sure kid’s backpacks are full of snacks and entertainment. We are ready for the next chapter!

Love,

Yasemin

May in pictures

May meant packing for us! The shelves started emptying, the boxes started filling. But with school still in full swing and soccer season in session there was still a lot of non-moving things happening in the Mosby house.

My May Instagram looked liked this:

Field trip to the Perot Museum in Dallas chaperoning my son’s 3rd grade:

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My sweet girl finished a very successful and fun soccer season with her Darlin’ Daisies:

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No matter how busy I am, play time with Stella always comes first:

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And a little break on Memorial Day yielded this family picture at the DMA and another one with only us girls:

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Of course the older kids still needed to play with friends & at sunset at the park:

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And then there was the daily countdown to Germany picture, of course: Days 30 through 11

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Now it’s time to get serious. With only nine days until departure there is still more work than time left!

Let’s go!

Yasemin