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Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 2 Nassau, Bahamas

View of Atlantis from the ship

Roman in front of the ship

The Governors house

Roman at Fort Finnacle

Street art

Atlantis

Due to the expense the spending the day at Atlantis only the big boys went. Roman and I headed off for a city tour of Nassau. Nassau is the biggest city and the capital in the Bahamas. There are 29 islands in the Bahamas. It is too bad we were not there a couple days later for Christmas the tour guide told us that on Christmas they have a big parade similar to carnival. That would have been something to see! Our tour ended with a view inside the Atlantis hotel. It was pretty impressive though my husband said the pools looked much better than the commercial and were so crowded that they could not find any where to sit.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bon Voyage Miami!








Sunday morning we woke up to beautiful sunny skies, and so we ditched the hotel and drove down the Miami coast before boarding the ship. It was too cold to walk along the beach and we for sure did not see anyone walking around in bikini's; however, we were treated to some fun Art Deco architecture. The boys couldn't wait to get on the ship so we skipped walking around Miami. The boys headed straight for the ice cream machine once we checked in. They were in heaven. The Miami skyline is beautiful. I don't know why, but I always thought that Miami was on the southern tip of Florida, but it is on the east coast of Florida. I don't know why I thought that. Bon Voyage Miami ! Here we come Bahamas!
p.s. went to the doctor today and everything is ok with the baby. Infact the baby is measuring a few days older than previous ultrasound. It was wiggling around like crazy, so it was hard for the ultrasound tech to get a good photo!

Home!



Well, we are home! Our trip began in the ER room in Gainsville, Florida. Emergency rooms are no fun especially at 2 am in the morning. One guy was so drunk he kept screaming for his state appointed attorney. Another guy came in escorted by State sheriffs and his head bandaged up. After 5 hours of waiting they finally got me in. The whole time I was praying everything to be OK with the baby. The baby was OK, but I have a bacterial infection. I think I still have the infection and am off to the doctors today. I hope the baby is still OK. Some things I have learned is that when you have as many children as I do there is no such thing as a vacation it is called a trip. Going on a boat when you are 10 weeks pregnant and everything you smell and taste makes you want to barf is not a good thing. Husband who is use to his work environment is bound to get sick when exposed to so many germs. 9 hours in a car without a DVD player is not a good thing. Angel boy is not such a angel when it comes to car travel. Well, I can't wait to show you the photos of our trip to the Caribbean. Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It might be a little Early

It might be a little early to announce because well it is very early, but I am

Pregnant!
9 weeks pregnant!
Sshh! I am not very good at keeping secrets!
Anyway, I can use your well wishes and prayers.
After many prayers and waiting our prayers have been answered.
Well, I better get back to packing we are leaving in the morning.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Traditions "Cornerview and B&W Wednesday"


When the boys were little we began the tradition of decorating a gingerbread house. Each boy would get one side of the gingerbread house and be given free reign over that side of the house. Roman has kind of put a little kink in the decorating. I think I am going to have to switch to doing graham cracker houses, so that they can each have their own house to decorate. Another tradition that we have here at our house while they may not seem a tradition to others is that I have bowls of clementines throughout the holidays. My children consider them little treasures. So perfectly tasty and juicy! Well, we are off in a couple days to the Caribbean and we can't wait. It has been the coldest winter here in Georgia since 1917. On top of that my children have had a stomach virus this week, so I am looking forward to no loads of laundry to do, no beds to be made, and no meals to be cooked. We hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Littlest Angel

On Thursday, Roman's preschool had it's annual Christmas program. The program is pretty funny because they include even the toddlers who can't really sing but sit there while the music is playing. One baby cried. Roman's class dressed as angels and sang Joy to the World. Though they played background music he actually does know the words. I might actually have a singer in my family. Yahoo!



video
Roman is the second angel on the left.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

15 days and Counting

Wow! Only 15 days left until Christmas. The holiday is going by fast. I haven't even had time to watch my favorite holiday movies though today I forced my children to listen to Christmas music on the way home from a church service project. Today we had an awesome day and sadly I have no pictures to share because I forgot my camera at home and frankly we were just so busy. Today my family along with other families from my church went out to Camp Twin Lakes to spruce it up a little. We painted canvases, raked leaves, cleaned cabins, painted, redecorated the tree house and much much more. The camp serves children with disabilities such as cancer or congenital heart disease from the state of Georgia. It is a place where they can go and be just kids. It was so awesome! I am tired, but I feel so good. In Mathew 25:40 it says,"Verily I day unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Anyway, I have so much more to share with you, but it is late and I am tired, so I will leave you with this lovely video of Nat King Cole singing.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tis the season to be baking ( B&W Wednesday)

sorry not such a good photo left camera in husbands car and
I used my iphone.

Every year around the holidays I like to bring my neighbors and those who serve us a little something from the kitchen. This year I though I would try a couple new recipes. These ricotta cookies are my families new favorites. Boy are these tender. They aren't your mama's sugar cookie that is for sure. I also made molasses cookies. These sure made my house smell wonderful. I also thought I would try making this recipe for Hazelnut Cresents. I always like to include something with a little nuts. Though you might want to skip this recipe if your recipient's are allergic. Last but not least, you can forget the chocolate. Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies fit the bill.

Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies by Martha Stewart for this recipe you will need 16 ounces of bittersweet coarse chopped chocolate. 1 cup of flour leveled. 3 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. 1 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt along with 1 stick of butter=8 Tablespoons. 3/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar along with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla plus 1/2 cup of dried cranberries but you can use cherries too which I think are even yummier. Melt chocolate then add sugar, butter, and vanilla. Then add eggs and then slowly add dry ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Depends on your oven. Cookie should begin to crack. I also added chocolate chips by a 1/2 cup. Totally delish. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Improvising "Cornerview"







This week has been a week of improvising. Our dryer of 8 years broke on Friday night full of wet clothes. Ugh! We could have fixed it, but since we have all ready had it repaired 3 times we are calling it quits and got a new energy efficient LG dryer. In the mean time of waiting for the new one to arrive my friends have been so kind to dry my clothes for me. Thank you! Sadly, this was the one week I hadn't kept on top of the laundry and there were piles. My littlest had to go to school on Monday with pants that barely stay up because he had no other pants. I have to say I love my new iphone and is great for improvising when you don't want to lug a big camera which I didn't want to do this weekend when we went to the Weinachts Market at the International School. It is so cold here right now. I almost feel like we are in the wrong state with temps in the 30's. I don't even have a proper coat for this kind of weather, so we have been layering. What have you been improvising? Too see more improvising around the world visit Theresa who is babysitting cornerview. To see more Tuesdays head over to Communal Global.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Waiting for St. Nicholas


Shortly after my husband and I had our first child, we sat down and talked about what holiday traditions we were going to pass on to our children. My husband being from Germany celebrated Advent, St. Nicholas, and the Christ Child. What we came up with was we would celebrate Advent, St. Nicholas, and the Christ Child but that the Christ Child would leave the gifts while we were sleeping instead of the middle of the afternoon on the 24th. While the Christ Child tends to get mixed with Santa Clause our children get the best of both cultures. St Nicholas is coming on Monday which is December 6th. He usually leaves a small gift, fruit, and nuts. He has a counterpart called Ruprecht Knecht who if the child is naughty leaves sticks and coal. When I saw this St. Nicholas craft on Katy's blog, I rushed out and got the supplies. The children had so much fun making them. Now I am sipping peppermint hot cocoa and listening to Christmas music as I finish the last of the Christmas cards. I ordered the cards yesterday from Costco and made a marathon of about 6 hours last night. Now I just need to put the letters in the envelope and get the stamps at the post office. I also got 4 of the 8 teacher gifts out the door. I am starting to feel like I can relax now. Just need to do the cookies for the neighbors and doctors and yahoo it is time to celebrate. How about you? Are you ready for Christmas. Happy Hanukkah to all those out there who celebrate Hanukkah!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tis the Season "Black and White Wednesday"




The thunder of feet rushed down the stairs this morning and one by one the boys asked,"Is today December first?" They were so excited to open their Advent calenders. Each year their Oma sends them a calender from Germany. The boys get so excited. Roman couldn't wait this year. He was too excited on Saturday and opened about half of the doors though I tried to explain to him that you only open one door each day. Waiting is hard to do when you are 3. I am starting to feel the urgency to get everything done. Usually, I have the cards out by now, but life has been so crazy around here that I just haven't been able to get to them. Then their are the teachers gift. I need to get those assembled and out the door. None the less, tis the season to be jolly. We celebrated our first advent on Sunday and look forward to celebrating the second advent coming this Sunday. The boys made the cutest St. Nicholas craft yesterday and I can't wait to show you. I just need to pull out the camera and take a picture. Plus the countdown to the next Travel Bug vacation is only 18 days away. Yahoo! Too see more Black and White visit Lisa.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ideas for Chrismas card???





Thanksgiving was a success as we spent the day outside on our deck enjoying the last of the warm weather. Vincenzo and Costas helped our family polish off almost 6 holiday desserts. That was a first. The boys have decided that they love apple pie. In the past we barely made it through one pie. Wow! Anyway, we went to see Harry Potter today. The boys loved it! Roman enjoyed a play date with his friend Peter in the mean time. Someday when he is a little older he too can watch the Harry Potter series. For dinner, we finished off the last of the turkey in Turkey Tetrazzini. I wouldn't mind just one more sandwich, but we are out of turkey. I guess I will have to wait till next year. So, I have been playing around with Christmas card idea. Let me tell you getting photos of three wiggly boys is no easy task. I have to say my boys don't make very good photography models. One doesn't want to smile right now. Another when he smiles crunches up his nose and closes his eyes, or he doesn't look into the lens. I have been contemplating whether I should do one this year. I mean do people still enjoy getting Christmas cards in this day and age of facebook and blogs? What do you think about these card ideas. Which is your favorite?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving



The house smells Divine with the turkey in the roaster covered with herbs de Provence.
The pies are out of the oven
Children walking in the forest with their papa.
Bring on the guest
May you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Perspective

Dana in her corner view touched on this issue a little bit with her video. Her and I must have been thinking on the same lines. This weekend I watched a movie that really touched my heart called Temple Grandin. The story is a true story based on a young woman who has Autism. When she was 4 years old, the doctors told her mother that she would never speak and that she should be placed in an institution. Temple's mother would not take this as an answer and with much love and persistence was able to teach her daughter enough to get her into school. School was not easy for Temple or for those who had to teach her, but once again with much love and care Temple was able to graduate from high school. Her mother didn't stop there and pushed Temple to go to college. The college wanted to expel Temple not because she wasn't smart, but because they just didn't know how to work with someone like her. Temple and her family fought to keep her in school and won. Eventually, Temple went on to receive a Ph.D. and changed not only how Autism is looked at today, but the meat packing industry here in the United States. She was a huge animal lover and did not like the process. Anyway, over the years my husband and I have had a huge debate whether to home school our children, send them to private school, or send them to public. In the end, we choose to send them to public though it hasn't been ideal. We want them to be able to have contact with other children, and want to support our community. The biggest obstacle for us has been that our children are very bright and don't fit into the cookie cuter mold of obedient students who just sit there and accept everything they are told. We have been told to put our children on medication for ADHD because the teacher thought they fit that category. I finally broke down 2 years ago and took them to a psychologist. We are glad we did because what he told us was that no our children did not have ADD or ADHD. He said our children were extremely bright and just bored out of their brains, and with this information we were able to go back to the school and have one of them retested for the gifted program. I love teachers and I think they have a hard job. They are often restricted by the system. I guess the thing is I wish there were more teachers who could look at teaching the way those around Temple did which is to celebrate the individual and try to bring the very best out of them. I am tired of people labeling not just my children but other peoples children as being bad just because they may be different. I am not saying we should celebrate inappropriate behavior, but what I am saying is that wouldn't this world be a much better place if we would just change our perspective a little and be more understanding. I guess I better stop here. Sorry for this long rant, but it has been something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Thanks ! To see more corner views visit Theresa who is babysitting corner view until Jane comes back.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Preparations

Winston and Roman made these Thankful Turkeys to decorate our table

Five Turkeys
Five big turkeys sitting on the gate.
The first one said, "It's getting late."
The second one said, "Who goes there"?
The third one said, "There are farmers everywhere."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, run, run."
The fifth one said, "It's just Thanksgiving fun."
Then Gobble Gobble went the wind.
And out went the lights.
And the five fat turkeys were out of sight.
This weekend we just hung around the house. The boys snuggled under the blanket on Saturday and watched Alvin and the Chipmunks part 2 while I watched this movie. I loved it. What an amazing story. Now, I am off to buy the Turkey and the cranberries, but before our guest arrive on Thursday I need to clean off our deck. It is burried beneath the leaves. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Early Christmas


Christmas came a little early at least for one person in our house and that would be me. After wanting an iphone for a long time. My husband got me the new 4G. I love it! What is so cool is that I was able to talk with my best friend in Colorado while seeing her and her children using the italk feature. I love technology and another reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving season. Only 4 more weeks until we go on our cruise to the Caribbean. Yahoo!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thankful and Photography

I am so grateful for the ability to continue learning. In September I had the opportunity to take a Photography class from Butler Family Photography. I am finally able to use my camera on a mode other than auto. Yahoo! Though I still have a long way to come when it comes to learning how to adjust my settings for the light; especially evening light. If anyone has any tips I would love them. My photos that are taken in low light or evening light still have a really blue tint to them.



Our Group

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Oma's Marmorkuchen "Anything Goes CV"

Harris has been studying European history this fall. The children were each assigned a country. Harris was so excited to show off Germany. The final project was called market day where the children had to pick something to make and then sell it. The children earned play Euro's to use for their purchases. Harris choose to make his Oma's Marmorkuchen. Together we made three of them. They were a huge hit.


Marmorkuchen: 2 sticks of butter softened, 7 oz of sugar (200g), 4 eggs- add eggs one at a time, a splash of milk about 3 Tablespoons, 2 packets of vanilla sugar, rum or vanilla essence (oil) you can substitute this for a teaspoon of either flavor extract. Then sift the flour and baking powder by using 13 oz of flour (375g) and 4 teaspoons of baking powder. Add to wet mixture gradually. Transfer 2/3 of the mixture into a greased and floured bundt pan. Then add 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 4 teaspoons of sugar with another 2-3 Tablespoons of milk. Then spoon over the top and with a fork swirl the mixture together creating a marbling effect.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until done in the center. Let cool and dust with powder sugar.
I am grateful for family recipes handed down from one generation to another.