Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thankful....

...that Peter is sleeping peacefully beside me. Tonight he choked on a fifty cent euro coin. By the time I managed to dislodge it, he was limp and cold to the touch and it took several minutes for him to be "himself".

I have not recovered so quickly. I know it could have had a much different outcome.

Hug your children. Let them know how special they are to you. Right now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yarn Along

I have wanted a new hat for a while, but the right yarn and the right pattern had yet to line up. It happened this week, and I finished it in a couple of days. My first attempt at felting was a semi-success. When I pulled it out of the washer, I was afraid it wouldn't even fit on Peter's head! With much pulling and tugging, I did get it to fit, though I do wish it was slightly larger. The band in the picture is actually a headband that I slipped on the hat. I knitted a black band too. Technically, I could make many different colors, but I doubt I will.

I haven't started anything new reading wise.

Joining Ginny as usual.





Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday in Photos

According to the weather forecast, this is probably one of the last sunny, mild days for quite some time. We decided to make the most of it and take a hike in the nearby woods. The weather was perfect. The leaves were brilliant shades of yellow. What a glorious afternoon! The German's know how to live, I tell you. Right beside the start of the walking trails, there is a little hut that serves beer and brats. After our walk, which was about 5 kilometers, we enjoyed some German fare in the waning afternoon light.

It is hard to believe that we have been here for nine months. I don't feel like we have taken advantage of those months nearly enough. I already feel our time here slipping away. I mean, we could have already made a baby, and that seems to take forever! Maybe we need to make a Germany bucket list.

Tomorrow, we will head upstairs to the classroom and hit the books, but today, oh today, was just lovely! A balm for the soul.





We watched 'Monsters University' last night. They are practicing their scary faces.




pretending to take my picture with a stick


There was one puddle. And they spent lots of time throwing things into the puddle.




We looked close to see if any little fairies were hiding under here. It just looked so magical.




The view from the playground by the hut.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Family Outing

You know the saying, "If you can't say anything nice...". Well, I  have been a grump for the last couple of weeks. Therefore, a quiet blog. Today, I got my sorry self out of the house and went to a Christmas Bazaar and a castle. I bought some wine and some fabric at the bazaar. But what really lifted my spirits was the fresh air and beautiful fall day at the only castle on the Rhine River that has never been destroyed. There was even a guided tour in English. I always love listening to the "English" tours given by the Germans. They make me smile inside.

There is so much sass in this four year old.





Noticing in these photos that my boys haven't had a haircut since we were in the states. Maybe a visit to the barber is in their future.






My first view of the Rhine.

I love doors.


These are stairs, people. Very scary stairs.


I don't think I've ever seen armor in person before.

Trying to be my knight in shining armor!


I love this one! Everyone is looking in the right direction and they are looking cute too!

The sun was setting as we left. What a gorgeous day!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Today is a crisp fall day, with a gentle breeze and blue skies and lots of white wispy clouds. A beautiful day. A perfect day to wear a shawl. And it is upstairs blocking! Oh, it will look so lovely among all these leaves turning such vibrant colors. I can't wait for Sophie to receive it. Probably in a week or so.

I will tell you it was the most difficult knit I have attempted so far. The celtic knot cablework is 36 rows of anxious knitting, believe me. I did not want to have to make any repairs in that section, so I was extremely cautious, often recounting stitches several times before moving on. At the same time, though, watching those intertwining patterns emerge was so amazing. I mean, writing a pattern for that is simply mind boggling!


Reading has been more honestly listening. We travelled two weekends in a row and listened to several stories. After finishing Richard Peck's "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder", I found another of his stories at the library. "Here Lies the Librarian" was also a good tale, but whether it was the narrator or not, it wasn't quite as good as the others. I thought she could have given more life to the characters. "The Boxcar Children" series have been some of the kid's favorites. Right now, we are halfway through "Anne of Green Gables". Excepting Therese, who is very opinionated about most things, we all love it.

The pattern for the shawl can be found on Ravelry. Go visit Ginny's blog for more knitting and reading.

This is before blocking.

I am not very good at blocking. I had to use one of the mattresses since all the floors are marble and I don't have blocking mats. I am seeing the need for some though.


blocking on the bed


This last picture is from the ipad. Jack took it for me. I really like how the shawl turned out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend photos

Since we started the school year, I have had little time to write. We have the first four weeks under our belts and we are slowly getting into a routine. I signed the kids up for a drama class and they love it. So once a week, we head out with a picnic lunch, our school books, and the ipad, and spend our day at the craft center on post. Therese's class is in the morning and the bigger kid's class is after lunch.

So, after a month, we were ready for a little fun this past weekend. We went to Garmisch and Ettal. God's handiwork is most impressive. Beauty was everywhere I looked. The weather was also perfect.

The hotel in Ettal.

The view from our balcony.

another view from the hotel

in the room, waiting to go to Garmisch. They tried watching cartoons in German, but opted for my ipad instead.

The view changed moment to moment. The same balcony view at a different time of day.

This was in the entrance to our building. The kids were fascinated. "How do you use it?" Jack asked.

The monastery dome across the street. The inside was breathtaking, and I will share that as soon as I figure out how to get photos from my phone.


Today we met with some friends and rode a cable car to the top of one of the mountains, Wank.

Miss Sassy

Enjoying the ride and the scenery


on top of the world

above the clouds