Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
1. Readily available pumpkins/squash in assorted varieties.
2. Pie and all the easy to find stuff that goes into making them--like pans!
3. Fairly inexpensive pecans.
4. Turkeys--even though I don't even eat them.
5. Being able to eat with our family in the room, and not just on Skype.
Last year, we had to search high and low for pumpkins all over Berlin. We found only one type, that had been imported from Japan. Same for the Turkey. Andy finally found one, but it was tiny compared to our huge 20 pound ones here in the USA. Soo not the same.
Last year, Andy actually made a pecan pie in a 12" pizza pan. It was scrumptious, but never thought we'd get to the end of that huge thing.
Finally, last year was great because we did actually get to take the whole entire day off to spend it with just our family, but it just isn't the same when everyone isn't in on all the celebrating. We certainly did our share of German celebrating too over the course of the year, but nothing measured up to my high holiday expectations for Thanksgiving.
This year we will be celebrating here in our new-old hometown surrounded by family and friends. I'm starting the day off by running a 5K with my awesome-sauce sister-in-law. She just ran her first marathon last month, so I'm really hoping I can keep up with her for the 3.1 miles. We'll see. After the race, we'll drop Andy off at his Turkey Bowl football game with a group of his high school friends. Here's hoping neither of us gets injured, as the rest of our day will be spent hanging out with family at Andy's parents house. I've already made the pumpkin cheesecake we're bringing. YUM!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Wherever you might be, I'm sure you can find something to be thankful for too.
P.S. I'm totally obsessing over the Pinterest right now, and it is all Corinne's fault! In case you want to follow me over there: http://pinterest.com/mamamelch/
P.P.S. Baby Mayzie feeding a gnome.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Once the ibuprofen kicked in and a special "Bo on the Go" was on, she acted like nothing had ever happened and all was right with the world.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Mayzie also flew a kite for a bit, but I wasn't as sure she could hold it while I snapped a picture.
Friday, November 9, 2012
In Germany, IKEA had this amazing place where you could drop off your potty-trained kids for 2 hours for free. It was so very nice! I have no idea if IKEA does that here, mostly because I have never lived less than a 2.5 hour drive to an IKEA in the USA. This got me thinking, where are some other places that I could use some child care like this. I submit a short list for your consideration.
-the Dentist office
-the OB/Gyn office
-the grocery store
-Etc etc ad nauseum
I am not meaning to suggest that these things are impossible with children along, rather that they would be MUCH easier with a little more help. Sometimes the complete lack of understanding that you get at these places because of being the primary care-giver of small children is a little ridiculous. If you even knew the level of coordination it takes a primary care-giver to get to these places alone and on time, you would cut them a little more slack.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
As we were checking out, I asked the lady how long they had been in their office because it looked really new. She assured me that oh no, they'd been there since March and were really getting settled in now. I guess they had no plans of making the office actually look like or function like children might actually visit occasionally?
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I've been in a particularly reflective mood since returning from our year abroad in Berlin. Between struggling to figure out our new day to day and where the heck the _____ store is, I've been trying to contemplate the path we have taken so far. I know that I certainly have taken "the one less traveled by" so far, shaping our experiences to be much different than the average up until now. I sincerely hope that our choices have not made us unrelatable, while at the same time full of stories to tell. I like to think that our humbling midwestern sensibilities ward off any snobbery on our part anyway. As one of my favorite kids' books says, "Different is what makes this world so great." Here's to a return year of being a little different.