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

Spring break 2014

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(wow, how time flies!)

What a nice week we had together. A break. A real break from getting up too early in the am, scheduling too meant things, homework, early bedtimes and rush rush rush…. And after an unusually long winter actual spring! After bear trees nowj finally blooming! Unlike other breaks and vacations I purposely did not plan any day trips. I realized that although we like to be out and about we spend disproportionately too much time in the car. That’s not very relaxing. Although the baby has a set nap time that is very important right now. Last time the kids were on break Stella was still taking two naps during the day. I’d let her nap en route one and plan to be home for the late afternoon one. But this one midday nap only schedule actually works much better for me. She goes down for the night by 8 pm with the other two.

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No more late night baby entertainment needed. I love that.

So this week we played by ear, stayed local, enjoyed lots of sunshine and really truly took a break.

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(Played at the park.)

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(We took this sweet bitty baby to Dallas for a make-over. We ended up having to hospitalize her!! She’s going to get a brand new set of curls just like she had when she first joined our family in 2010. )

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And talking about curls, Miss Seda got a make-over of her very own during the break.

Here she is on Tuesday:

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and below on Wednesday after an hour brushing and straightening and ‘de-volumenizing’!!

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Today my big kids are back to school and back to an already jammed packed week ahead. Soccer practice for one tonight and a game for the other late into the evening. And so it goes all the way until Sunday afternoon. Lots of soccer, birthday parties, a dinner party, and so on and so forth. For me that also means some sewing is in order. I am planning on sewing a skirt combo for our gracious dinner host’s daughter.  And a little something for my daughter’s little friend who celebrates her special day this Sunday.

During the break I was actually able to squeeze an hour or so of sewing here and there. The result, a finished baby quilt! It is so bright and happy and floral and SCREAMS spring! Ladies & gentlemen I proudly present my first FINISHED quilt ever!

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Spring Break Quilt, 2014

My inspiration was this gorgeous piece of  100%  Italian linen by Etro that my dear friend Elke sent me for my birthday.

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I couldn’t imagine cutting it up and ‘wasting’ even an inch of it. Instead I made a ueber-floral quilt top from fat quarters in my stash and cut and sewed and sandwiched and bound this beauty. I could not be happier with the way it looks and has been used already. It will always remind me of my dear Elke and her impeccable taste and appreciation of quality. I cant wait to show it to her this summer when we go back to Germany. Nothing else has gotten done in the sewing room other than planning of a couple of things I’d like to check of my list before the summer. Which reminds me that I still have to finish the post about ‘our big announcement’ that’s sitting in my draft folder. I am still contemplating on how to ‘break’ the news… 🙂 it’s all good though and possibly this week I’ll have a chance to finish typing that post and publishing it here and on facebook. What better way to tell your friends what’s going on in your life, right?

Anyway, I better get in the sewing room before my napper  little butterfly wakes up.

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Back to reality this week and I am loving it!

Happy spring everyone.

Love,

Yasemin

 

Dear Stella Elle

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You are 18 months old today! Not a baby anymore :-/ You are quickly becoming a big kid 🙁 I really really have been enjoying having you in my life with your long eyelashes, your chubby legs and soft baby skin. You are the most lovable, huggable baby – ever. At 18 months you are:

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  • Feeding yourself like a pro! Even soup!!
  • You hold a crayon like a Kindergartener and scribble all day – unfortunately not only on paper. 🙂 A couple of walls have been graced with your signature scribbles, too. Oh well! They were pretty boring anyway.
  • You don’t mind long car rides anymore. Especially with the radio on. You recognize all of the latest hit songs. Your favorite: Pharrell’s ‘Hapi’!
  • You squeal and dance in your seat and say hapi hapi hapi… And mom, mom, mom, to make sure I know that your favorite music is playing.
  • The other thing that gets you squealing with delight everyday like clockwork is when your brother and sister get off the school bus. You are so happy to see them and EVERYBODY knows!
  • You call your brother ICE which he thinks is really cool!

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  • You can’t say Seda yet but sometimes call her mommy! 🙂

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  • You love love LOVE your bunny. His name is HASE (German for rabbit) which you say so well.

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  • Your favorite toy is whatever toy your big sister is playing with at the moment. You are very lucky that she doesn’t mind sharing at all. 
  • When you are home alone with me in the mornings you are really good at occupying yourself with your favorite baby animals touch &feel book or the doodle pro.

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  • You also love taking one of the dolls on a stroll.
  • Just when I take my eyes off of you, you start climbing on something: a chair, the window seat in brothers room or recently even brother’s bunk bed!!!! I know you feel so proud up there but mommy doesn’t like it one bit!

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  • The only other thing that mommy doesn’t appreciate is when you get a hold of her phone and FaceTime every single contact in her address book!!!! (some day I need to send a mass message letting everyone know it was YOU calling them and hanging up!!)
  • Daddy’s phone on the other hand, you call: ‘no no’ since that’s what he tells you when you reach for it.
  • With eighteen months you are one smart, fearless child! No seat belt can keep you restraint. not in the stroller or in a restaurant high chair or better yet in shopping carts. You figured those out long time ago!
  • You are a good eater. You’ll never say no to Kefir. you prefer salty snacks like pretzels over sweet ones like graham crackers. Some days you’ll eat the most exotic foods and every so often you are on a ‘grilled cheese sandwiches and pasta only’ diet.
  • You would never pass up fresh fruit. Berries are your favs.
  • You drink lots of water and really like fresh orange juice, too.
  • You HAVE TO have a sip of my decaf iced lattes and my hot tea every time. You don’t think coffee is yucky like your siblings did.
  • You also like chocolate. At Whole Foods you’ve sampled a tiny piece every time we are there.
  • What you still don’t like is when strangers come too close to you. you immediately point at me and say: ‘Mommy’ as if to make sure everyone knows you are with me!
  • At the park you love the  swing. You can swing for hours.

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  • Only if you spot a dog you’ll want to get out and follow him. DOGG DOGG DOGG you say chasing him.

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  • Mommy is still your favorite but daddy is really interesting. the moment you hear the door you make a happy dance! Every time! dad dad dad dad you chant although you used to call him Butch first. I think brother & sister are rubbing off on you.
  •  You love when daddy carries you around the house and let’s you close all the blinds.
  • Or when daddy plays ‘name-whatever-I-point-to-game’: head, eyes, nose, ears, mouth…
  • You are one snuggle bunny! We love when you cuddle with us and say: mom, anno. Or: ‘Dad, anno.’ (Translate: I love you!)
  • You understand both German & English.
  • At eighteen months you’ve outgrown three pairs of shoes.
  • To date you’ve never had a bottle of milk but you have yogurt with granola every day.
  • At eighteen months LIFE IS GOOD and you are LOVED more than you can imagine!

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Love,

Mom, Dad, Ice & Seda

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february recap via instagram

Have you noticed too that a lot of people have migrated from Facebook to Instagram? Instagram is more personal and brief. Just the way I like it. No lengthy status updates, no news or other suggested pages I might like… instead pretty pictures with short captions that help me stay in touch with friends and a handful of or so other blogs that I enjoy following. Although the other day I ‘unfollowed’  two bloggers that were writing short story-like posts and posting several times a day! No, thank you! I wasn’t looking for another Facebook! Let’s keep it simple friends. Oh, by the way, you can find me as mosbyfamily on Instagram! 🙂 Here’s what I’ve posted there in February – an insta-recap if you will:

 The bargain of the month! I paid 50 cents for this gorgeous remnant at Wal-Mart! Score!!

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I turned it into this springy, rainbow skirt for my big girl!

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and still had left-over for a tiered skirt for my baby girl!

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We played lots of Basketball.

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And brought home the GOLD!

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This one has gotten all decked out for spring soccer.

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We celebrated a dear friend’s daughters birthday with a signature Yasemin Tea skirt-set!

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I’ve started this quilt top for Stella (coral & cream pinwheels!).

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Of course there was Valentine’s Day. And love was all around.

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At home with sweet Stella. And…

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…lots of love in the classroom.

I had a chance to spread my love for sewing by teaching Katy how to use a sewing machine!

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I think I am going to do this insta-recap-thing every month! Hope you enjoy,

Yasemin