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

Work, work, work, work, work

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This year I got a taste of what it feels like to be a working mom. All these years of dedicating my time to being at home with the kids where the best years of my life – no question about it. It wasn’t always a walk in the park as you can imagine. I kept myself busy trying to be as curious about the kid’s environment, their social life, their preschool as well as their school lives which left very little time to myself. In the thick of it I would daydream being trapped in a room full of beautiful fabric and a well-oiled sewing machine for a day … ahhhh, the possibilities and the creative space… Little did I know that the future held a whole nother layer of business – busyness for me in store.

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The last two years since our move to Germany getting acquainted with our new town, the new home, the new school(s) and the new friends & neighbors took up all our time.

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Now, two years into living here we have a child in Middle School, one in Elementary and now the baby in preschool … On top of that I took on a job! A real paying job at a real workplace, with real colleagues, coffee machines and cooler talks … My life is a whole nother kind of busy right now.

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My days now have 25 hours, sleep is a sweet memory and the phone doesn’t have an off-button…

If I ever felt the need to thank my mom it is this moment that puts it all into perspective for me … her sacrifice, her dedication and her very alert mind. No wonder she never had a hobby when we were growing up. How could she? She raised four of us mostly by herself – always rushing from work to the market then home to drop of the goods and back out to some school related appointment. Thanks MOM! Really, I mean it. Thanks for putting yourself second.

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Now, a couple of months into this new reality I am still trying to make it all fit into 24 hours and at the same time take a moment to appreciate it all as well. I love that I was giving the opportunity to live to see my kids prosper. Isaiah is incredibly responsible and helpful with his youngest sister and is becoming a young adult right in front of our eyes…

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and Seda is a social butterfly with no time to complain.

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Stella has made the biggest leap this spring. She actually goes to preschool now and loves it! That might not sound like a big deal to you but when we gave preschool a try last fall after her third birthday I was convinced that this kid had to be home schooled – which is not possible in Germany, by the way. I was certain that she would NEVER be able to separate from me. Then we took a break, then I did more research and more inquiring with other moms and then we waited. Waited for the time to be just right. Now, at a different preschool, within a week this little 3.5-year-old has been on three field trips including one with a ferry and have grown to LOVE preschool and all her new friends ages 2.5 thru 5.

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What a difference a few months make – for ALL of us. But to see it through a preschooler’s eyes really makes it precious and joyful. Everything is so temporary. Everything is so fragile. What a gift it is to wake up every day to see one’s children grow.

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On our two-year-anniversary I can only take this moment to thank the universe for this growth – for this life!

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Love,

Yasemin