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

 

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

Packing & wondering

We’ve been burried in moving boxes and paperwork these last couple of days. We are in the homestretch of the biggest adventure of our lives – so far! Our dream of giving our three children a well-rounded life is taking one huge leap. We are bracing ourselves for a huge culture shock, a huge change of pace, or Tapetenwechsel like the Germans would say. It all happens in less than 20 days.

On day 30 we started a picture countdown on Facebook. We’ve kept it up and love reading all the comments and well wishes from our friends.

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24 days to go: Eating at DQ for the first time. It’s Texas y’all!

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At 23 days to go we are still playing soccer ALL WEEKEND!

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Days until departure: 22! Stella is ‘helping’ decorate the chalk board! Thanks baby! 🙂

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21 days to go! Isaiah with his team – pure joy!

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20 days to go and I realize moving in general but especially overseas ain’t no picnic! It’s A LOT OF WORK!!!

Duh! We are moving a family of five overseas!

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(Must take: piles and piles of family pictures and photo albums!)

It all boils down to four categories: take on the plane, store & ship later, donate, and save for Andy! Andy, by the way, is an old high school friend of my husbands who, after living and working in China the last 10 years, decided to move to Dallas. He is moving into his new house in June which is perfectly timed with our move out date. All my precious possessions (my Rosenthal china, my samovar, closet organizers etc. etc.) will find a new home in his house. Great deal for him and less hassle for me to sell/donate/take every single dish, spoon or office supply! Win – win! Thanks Andy! Glad our paths have crossed this way. Perfect timing!

As for the boxes that we are storing first, they will have to patiently await their departure in a cozy little storage unit Here in North Texas. Once I’ve locked down our new place they will be shipped to our door after a nine- week journey on a boat! Sounds fun!

Originally this pile was much smaller – about 30 cubic feet which is the volume of 20 small moving boxes. Weight in this an international move didn’t matter. The mover that I am working with has a minimum of 100 cubic feet which is approx. three times of what I intended to move at first. Oh well, back to the drawing table to identify more things to take. I am not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. Sometimes starting with as little as possible is pretty refreshing. On the other hand, I can always find some fabric that would take up the additional 70 cubic feet on a container headed overseas. :-)) I’m just sayin’. 🙂 like these pretties I just HAD to have last week.

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(To be honest, there are still 20 days of shopping opportunities 🙂 That container can fill up pretty quickly if I don’t stop myself.)

Today, as I was looking at the stacks of moving boxes everywhere, I started to imagine what life will be like for us in a few weeks? Where will we be home? When will we feel home? How will the kids like school in Germany? When will they start speaking German? So many things are going through my head. It is getting harder to relax and be in the moment. My mind wanders and wonders… so much to think about but also SO MUCH to look forward to!

See the map below? Kiel is right on the water – the Baltic Sea. Denmark is only hours away so is the North Sea in the west. I LOVE being by the water. I love boats! Kiel is the perfect mix of a quaint smaller city with access to nature as well as to nearby Hamburg.  The air in this region – Schleswig Holstein- is crisp, clean. Perfect for raising a family! My mom will be at the most 15 minutes away! That alone is priceless! The walkability and bike-ability of this city would rank it in the top 10 of most desirable places to live in the world! The bi-weekly farmers markets in each neighborhood, the annual sailing event Kieler Woche… And so much more. Oh, the places we will go!

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Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Kiel:

Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 242,041 (2011).

Kiel lies approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutlandpeninsula, and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Kiel.[2]

Kiel has also been one of the traditional homes of the German Navy‘s Balticfleet, and continues to be a major high-tech shipbuilding centre. Located in Kiel is the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) at theUniversity of Kiel. Kiel is an important sea transport hub, thanks to its location at the Kiel Fjord (Kieler Förde) and the busiest artificial waterway in the world,Kiel Canal (Nord-Ostsee-Kanal). A number of passenger ferries to Sweden,NorwayRussia, and other countries operate from here. Moreover, today Kiel harbour is an important port of call for cruise ships touring the Baltic Sea.

In 2005 Kiel’s GDP per capita was 35,618, well above Germany‘s national average, and 159% of the European Union‘s average.[3]

Within Germany and parts of Europe, the city is known for its leading handballteam, THW Kiel. The city is home to the University of Kiel (established in 1665).

Seriously, what else could I possibly wish for? Come, visit sometime! We’d love to have you.

Love,

Yasemin

Soccer

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My sweet Seda turns into a fighter every time she steps foot on a soccer field. She never showed much interest in kicking the ball around outside of her weekly hour-long practice with her wonderful coaches and darling teammates but once that kick-off whistle goes off she seems to know just what to do. Not only is she eager to kick a goal or two or four but she also is a very strong defender. Faster than the wind she outruns the competition AND defends her goal successfully. My girl Seda. A princess and a gentle soul at heart she is a fierce athlete and strong player on the field.

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She just finished playing her forth season! Last week her team the Darlin’ Daisies celebrated yet another undefeated season with pizza & ice cream.  We (the parents) had such a grand time on the sidelines cheering them on and hanging out with the other families we have known for almost two years now. It is such a bonding experience to have your child play on the same team week after week, season after season. We will miss them this fall when they all play together sporting their blue & pink jerseys and we look for a little group of girls to kick the ball around with all the way in Germany. Our daisies will play hard again and most likely lead in their age group. We will cheer them on from across the Atlantic.

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Bye bye girls. Go and kick that ball.

Love,

The Mosbys

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P.S. I got to sew up eight of these bags for the girl’s post-season party. It was a fun way to use up my Lisette daisy fabric and leave something for the girls to remember us by.

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 My sweet girl in her other jersey last fall. All smiles :-)!

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Bye bye March – a recap

March was kind of a calm before the storm kinda month. We were all a little under the weather in the first two weeks and got into gear only slowly. Soccer games were cancelled due to weather and spring break. Other than a birthday party here and there the month went by without any major news to report. Nevertheless, March deserves a farewell via Instagram just like February:

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My little bug is a year and a half!

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Having fun keeping it low-key this spring break.

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Can you say ” Happy Birthday! “

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Wheeeeeeeee!

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Birthday gift set: Hello Kitty skirt & tote!

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Gave away five fabric scrap bundles to some crafty kids via Facebook.

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Everybody wants to snuggle up with this quilt now!

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I sewed yet another YaseminTea skirt for Seda’s soccer buddy.

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As always,

Love,

Yasemin