Hi! It has been been a busy week. Over the weekend the children went to German school, slept over at their nana's house, went to a couple of birthday parties, and now a few of them are sick as allergy season has hit. The trees are blooming in full force and it is even beginning to snow pink pedals. I have been busy wrapping up summer travel plans. I still need to book the ferry for our trip to Elba, Italy in July. I have also been working on a list of items that we will need to buy either when we get there or on-line to be delivered once we get there since we will be moving into an unfurnished apartment. Unbeknownst to me, we are due to arrive on a major holiday weekend. I always thought the holiday was in May (Christihimmelfahrt), but I guess the date probably changes based on when Easter is because I think the holiday celebrates Christ return to heaven after the resurrection. Anyway, lots to do as you can see. We are also going out of town this weekend or at least me and the little kids are because it is Presidents weekend. We are heading down south to Jekyll Island. Not sure if we will be able to go in the water since the tempetures keep fluctuating. Today it is pretty cold, but at least it is sunny. On another not, my son Roman turns 10 today. We are celebrating here at home as he as chosen to go to Leggoland in Germany as his birthday present. I can't believe how fast time passes. Wasn't he a baby just a minute ago? We adore him! He is such a good kid and so kind to everyone he meets. Yesterday, we made these yummy double chocolate chip cookies. The recipe is from David Lebovitz. So so yummy! Chocolate Heaven! Well, I better go! I just got word that the German Consulate just denied passports for our two adopted daughters. Ugh! So frustrating! Saying that we need to get the adoptions recognized in Germany. Now we need to figure out they are going to stay over there with us over there as visitors only can stay 90 days. See you back here in a couple days. When I post pictures from our trip. Hugs and Kisses!