Summer 2016. A different kind of summer. Boys are off. They left for the US a week ago. A boys bonding trip while us girls are staying home with lots of quality time to spend together and with our friends. … Continue reading
What an absolutely a-ma-zing year 2015 has been! The many adventures at home and abroad, the new friends we’ve made… All in all a year like no other. Looking back a few things stick out the most: January: My dear … Continue reading
October just swept by. I’ve been consumed by finding Stella the right preschool – unsuccessfully 🙁 (more about that in a complete separate post of its own) and heavily crafting for my son’s very important school fundraiser scheduled at the … Continue reading
Something about seeing our family squeezed into one little picture puts a huge smile on my face and warms my heart like nothing else. Since we’ve moved to Germany – exactly one year ago! – our family time has been … Continue reading
Bonjour Bruxelles, My long time wish came true! Finally Brussels! We visited the capital of the European Union! I had Brussels on my list ever since I studied to become a European Secretary back in 1996. The variety of nations, … Continue reading
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?
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!
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! 🙂
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!
Welcome daddy! Kiel showed off her most beautiful side :
We had a month to enjoy as many of our favorite places and take as many pictures as possible. Selfie here and here…
And even an opportunity for an annual family portrait in the studio here:
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:
And super adorable individual shots of this big girl:
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!
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!
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.
What a beautiful sunny day at probably the best beach in Germany!
Last but not least it was our first born’s turn to be spoiled on his double-digit birthday!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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.
Above: My girls in YaseminTea skirt & dress en route to the big City.
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.
Love the warmth that fabric brings into a room.
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.
Below: on a much cooler end of August day we had friends visiting from out of town.
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.
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. 🙂
This has been a long time coming. Drumroll please! We are moving to Germany! In many ways, last year’s trip overseas was an eye opener, at least for me! After spending three blissful weeks with my family and dearest friends, … Continue reading
Finally I had a chance to sort through our vacation pics and ‘relive’ the wonderful three weeks this past summer. As hard it is to travel with three children on an airplane the pay-off is GREAT! I created this page … Continue reading