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

We LOVE to travel, summer 2014

imageAt the Brandenburger Tor with family. Summer 2014

We got to live our dream of travelling this summer. In the short six weeks of summer break here in Germany we explored near and far. We travelled an hour south to Hamburg:

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After some sight seeing in the heart of the city we spend the afternoon at a playground  in front of the Queen Mary 2. A cup of strong Assam tea at Mesmer Tea house rounded out our day trip to gorgeous Hamburg.

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Above: My girls in YaseminTea skirt & dress en route to the big City.

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In between our busy travels some home decorating was in place too. As decorators measured and installed curtain hardware my sweet Hala and I sewed away covering the bare windows of our living room.

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Love the warmth that fabric brings into a room.

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Warm it was a few days in mid August too when the best place in town was the Seebar where we cought craps, rented paddle boards and people watched while enjoying our ice cream.

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Below: on a much cooler end of August day we had friends visiting from out of town.

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And last but not least we squeezed in a final little day trip to a town just 30 short minutes by train: Eckernfoerde! We even got to play on the beach, did some shopping and enjoyed this quaint nautical town just north of us.

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I know this summer was one we will remember for many years to come. It was the start to our new life in Germany. We really made the most of it. We got to explore our neighborhood, we rested, we explored, we shopped and made our apartment feel like home. It’s so easy to love this place. It’s easy with all the lakes, canals and the seas surrounding us. I for one know for sure: #ilovethesea!

Thank you Kiel for such a sweet & warm welcome! I think we are going to stay awhile. 🙂

Love,

Yasemin

Finally summer

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 ICH WILL FERIEN! – I want vacation! The poster of a pouting child in front of the many travel agencies here in Germany. I feel like my kiddos should be screaming that by now. For almost eight weeks we have been on the go go go. The kids didn’t get much of a summer break once we arrived in Germany. First four weeks of school then two weeks of summer camp plus an additional week of soccer camp for Isaiah.

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That’ll make you melt down, act up, go coo coo all kinds of ways… Isaiah enjoyed his first soccer camp with the Holstein Kiel Stoerche (storks) very much but he was also all worn out by the end of the week.

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The girls had a little down time at least while big brother showed off his skills and learned many new ones.

We all have been giving it our all this summer. We wanted to settle into our new home town quickly, soak up our new environment, make new friends, get to know our neighbors, catch up on all the family get-togethers.

But it’s about time that summer comes for us too with all its lazy afternoons and re-lax-ations… We are slowing down this week. Finally no schedules, no appointments, no running… Instead we are chillin’ and enjoying these absolutely gorgeous long sunny summer days. Because we are worth it! Because we earned it! Oh, if only daddy was here too … He could admire these gorgeous sailboats and cruise ships with us:

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Even the youngest Mosby is always mesmerized by the water.

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 Stella LOVES water!!!

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Seda loves ice cream!

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And Isaiah loves to read – though still not German books.

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We all love these: berries!!! Straight from the bush on the side of the road or from our bi-weekly farmers market.

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 We are also very content exploring the many playgrounds of our neighborhood.

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A little hike in the woods behind our place.

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The girls love posing in front of this brick wall every morning although you couldn’t tell by the look on Stella’s face. 🙂

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Hope you all have found your happy place this summer.

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Love,

The Mosbys

 

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