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

Christmas in Germany

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! AND this time we are in Germany!! I feel extra fortunate. Aaaand… Daddy has been home since Thanksgiving!

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Oh, how I love this time of year. All of the anticipation, the preparation, the holiday shopping, the get-togethers make me feel like a kid. Talking about:kids, they especially enjoy counting down to Dec 25 with the help of their advent calendars. This year both big kids got creative and helped make 24 little fabric bags.

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First they drew holiday inspired motives onto fabric, then they cut them out and sewed them together into cute little pouches which I filled with 24 little surprises. Every year I try not to go overboard with candy. This year I DID opt for candy in half of the bags though simply because it’s our first holiday in Germany and so much of the candy here reminds me of my own childhood… 🙂 I couldn’t help myself. But the other half of the bags had toys in them. I have to say the kids enjoyed each little surprise. A few mornings they fought over who gets to open the bag… Overall though a big success.

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The wait until Santa’s arrival seemed especially short this year with all the hoopla around town, around school etc. the Weihnachtsmarkt that started right after Thanksgiving, the skating ring that opens downtown at the same time, the events at school, Seda’s dance recital, the advent teas, and of course the gift shopping all made December busy, enjoyable, but really short:

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image The kid’s LOVED their gifts from Santa. They have been practicing and performing! My husband is a very good teacher in all things sports and music. That freed up some time for me to do my own creative juices and sew, craft, glue, read… 🙂 Couldn’t have asked for a better gift.

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I am eternally grateful how 2014 ended up for us. Started out in a small town in Texas and now we are here!! So so grateful. So so blessed.

May 2015 be filled with joy, love and good health for you and yours!

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Love,

Yasemin

 

Back to school and a very special visit

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The last couple of months have flown by. We enjoyed every little sunray we could get and have spent more time out than in… No time to sit and reflect on all that was going on. After all, moving into our new home and settling in right before the two big kids had to go back to school. With only six weeks of summer break in Germany there is no day wasted!!! In a blink of an eye it was seaside to school bench! Isaiah started fourth grade this year! His last year in Elementary School! Wow! Where did time go?

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Seda got to enjoy two more days at home as first grade means the first day of school for all six-year olds in Germany. Germany doesn’t have a Kindergarten year which makes first grade a big deal. Einschulung, as the first day of first grade is called is celebrated with a service at a near to school church and a little program at the school’s gym in the morning. Kids get these huge cones – called Schultuete – filled with candy, toys, art & craft supplies and whatever else parents decide to put in. There she is my big school kid (in her Anna Maria Horner paper fan dress) proudly holding her Schultuete!

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By the way, school days are really short here in Germany. First graders are at school from 7:45 am – 11:25 am. There is after-school care however for those with working parents. Since class starts rather early in the morning the kids eat breakfast in their classroom together after the first period. Afterwards there is recess after each additional period! That’s lots of outdoor time every single day!

Fourth graders stay at school an hour longer. I like having the kids home for lunch every day. With only 15 minutes of daily homework the kids get lots of time to play outside and do sports in the afternoon, too. Or like in our case wave good bye to the Color Line cruise ship at two pm! 🙂

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Being able to spend time by the sea every day is one of the many improvements to our life quality since moving here… We have been very fortunate with the weather this summer too! With only a short dip in temps in August, the mild, long summer days have spoiled us with ample sunshine And clean fresh air. It served as the perfect setting to welcome a very special visitor at the end of August! ButchMo! Finally after a very very long time of separation our family was complete again!

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Welcome daddy! Kiel showed off her most beautiful side :

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We had a month to enjoy as many of our favorite places and take as many pictures as possible. Selfie here and here…

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And even an opportunity for an annual family portrait in the studio here:

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The above shot is sure to get a very special place on one our new bare walls. The Mosbys 2014, in Kiel. A new chapter! Grateful for this special moment in our lives.

More studio shots:

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And super adorable individual shots of this big girl:

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Grateful we are also to be able to celebrate not one, not two, but three birthdays this month. Starting off the birthday month: Happy 7th birthday Seda!

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She got a weekend with a huge party and all our family members present! Something we’ve never had before! And how about that gorgeous little sewing machine she got from her god mother? Perfect for my little crafty lady!

A week later it was Stella’s turn! Happy second birthday baby Stella!

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We decided to hop on the train and spend the day on the other coast in Sylt! It was the first time for the kids and Butch in the North Sea.  More family pics at the beach.

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What a beautiful sunny day at probably the best beach in Germany!

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Last but not least it was our first born’s turn to be spoiled on his double-digit birthday!

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 Happy 10th birthday Isaiah the playa! We ditched the train for his special day and got in the car to fulfill one of his birthday wishes: driving on the Autobahn! (He is such a boy!) Our ride took us from beach, this time in beautiful places like Kalifornia and Brasil! Just a short car ride from Kiel! Who says you have to get on the plane to get some vacation feeling!

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Isaiah also wanted to visit this place by the North-Ostsee Kanal. One of the world’s busiest water ways where ships are announced via loud speaker and greeted with their national anthem. What a beautiful welcome. And again all boy standing by the shore expecting every little detail of this process. This was indeed a special treat for all of us.

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Hopefully you didn’t get sea sick from this water logged post about cruise ships, container ships, canals and seas… 🙂 I sure appreciate you stopping by and hope to share more of my sewing in between school, birthdays and travel.

Happy fall friends!

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Love,

Yasemin