Monday, November 24, 2014

Adoption is Just Another Word For Love








November is National Adoption Month.
I love seeing how her bond with each of the family members is growing!
She adores her big brothers!  
They adore her!
Love this boy of mine!  I probably don't tell him enough.
I love seeing the man he is becoming and I am so grateful the aliens have returned my sweet boy!
The last 2 years have been rough, but with each day it is getting better and better!
I am so proud of how well he is doing in school and 
even more proud that he gets up each morning for early morning seminary.
Love you both to the moon and back!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Addy's Thanksgiving Feast






Today at Addy's school her preschool class gave a nice little Thanksgiving presentation.  It was so cute!  Avery is all ready to celebrate Thanksgiving too!  Just a few days a way.  What I am thankful for this weekend is that besides German school we have no other activities going on!  So looking forward to hanging out here at home.  Have a Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One Song "Corner View"



It is so hard to just pick one song as songs have a place for all kinds of different occasions and emotions. My son Roman loves this song called Happy. Avery is loving the song by Taylor Swift called Shake it Off..  Addy loves to listen to a CD that is produced by our church which is a collection of religious children songs. Not sure what the older boys are liking right now.  I remember when Winston loved Poker Face by Lady Gaga and would sing to the words of the song in the car. Songs hold memories.  The other day I was trying to think if Frank and I had a first song and sadly we don't.  Though I do remember a fun car ride home when we were dating with a group of his fellow Ph. D. buddies after a Halloween party where we were all rocking out to Nina's 99 Luftballoons song. Anyway, I am rambling right now, but at the  moment I am loving this song by David Archuleta called "Glorious."  It brings tears to my eyes every time!  I hope you like it too! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Soccer 14




This Thanksgiving I am also thankful that Winston has found a sport he love.  I am thankful for his great coaches and for his team members who play fairly.  I am grateful it keeps him active and healthy.  I am grateful the season is over as the weather has turned cold and my husband won't have to sit on the cold sidelines.  I am grateful my husband was able to attend the games this year, so the younger children could go to German school this year.  Way to go team Galaxy for a great season!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Panther Creek



This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for these wonderful and dedicated fathers who make the Boy Scout program great.  I am thankful I did not have to go and sleep outside in 20 degree weather.  I am grateful for this beautiful country and state I live in and I am grateful for all that my son has learned through this program.  Boy Scouts Rocks! Winston had so much fun this weekend that he came home and slept for three hours after taking a shower.  What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another Weekend


The weeks seem to go by so fast these days, and here we are at Friday again.  Tonight Winston is going camping with the Boy Scouts.  They are going to Panther Creek.  Some of the boys have been before and for others it will be their first time.  It is so cold today I hope they will be warm enough tonight.  While it would be fun to see the falls, I am glad I will be nice and snug in my bed tonight. Tonight we are having the sister missionaries from our church over for dinner. Families in our church congregation or as we call it ward take turns feeding them each night.  I am still not sure what I am going to feed them. Last time I made potato soup.  Maybe, I will make a roast chicken with potatoes and gravy.  Roman and Addy have German school in the morning.  They will probably start working on their Christmas program as it is only a few weeks away, and Harris is going to a dance tomorrow night.  I hope it will warm up a little this weekend as I still have the girls photos to take for our Christmas card.  Would even like to take a group shot of all the kids if I can manage it!  This week I was in Publix our local grocery store when I found these pretzel breads.  I was so excited as these are really typical of Germany.  They seem to have become all the rage of Hamburger joints  Well they found their way into my cart and for a few minutes I traveled back to Germany as I made a sandwich of butter, salami, Swiss Cheese, and tomato.  The only thing missing from the line up was fresh squeezed apple juice for the local farmers sold in the city center or a glass of Apfel Scoerle a favorite drink of Germans made from half apple juice and half sparkling water.  Well, I hope you have a great weekend.  What is on your agenda this weekend?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I Do When I Am Home Alone "Corner View"

What I do when I am home alone is a funny question because I am not home alone very often though on a rare occasion that I do get an hour or two one of the things I like to do is troll the internet.  This is where my trolling has taken me recently.  When looking for new recipes, I found this recipe for cheese califlower, and this one for zucchini fritters looks good.  I have some lentils in my pantry that I need to use and this recipe for lentil salad is right up my alley, and you can never have too many recipes incorporate chocolate.  This past week marked the 25th year Anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down and I found this art installation to commemorate the event pretty cool. Yesterday was Veteran's Day here in the United States and Roman came home from school asking if papa's grandfather was a Veteran.  I had to pause a moment because I wasn't sure how much I should tell him.  I simply answered, "Yes." and then he asked me if he died during the war and I said, "No."   He didn't ask any more questions, so I just left it at that, but I felt uncomfortable because my husband is from Germany and that means his grandfather served as a soldier in War World II.  His grandfather died way before I ever met my husband, so I don't know much about him.  What I do know is that he came home a broken man.  My husband and I were talking about it later on and he said he didn't know much about his role in the War as no one ever talked about it for obvious reasons. So complicated!  On a lighter note, have you seen this you tube video from the art installation from the London Tower.  It is beautiful!  I would have loved to have seen it in person.





One more thing I would like to share is this really cool music video by OK Go  I think this band is brillant.



So this is just one of the ways I spend that free time and other times I watch Downton Abbey, drink a cup of hot cocoa, or take a bubble bath.  Hope you have a great day!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

St. Martinstag 2014






This past Saturday the children celebrated St. Martinstag at German school.  St. Martin was a Roman solider who gave his cloak to a beggar who was cold.  The children march through the a halls singing a sweet little song Lanterne Lanterne Ich gehe mit my Lanterne Sonne Munde and Sterne.  The watch a little re-enactment of the moment of Martin giving his cloak to the beggar and afterwards are given a treat of pretzel bread.  The littles are really enjoying going to German school.