Bilingual life and more


loosing stuff
April 7, 2009, 11:46 pm
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Yes, I understand that every now and then we all loose stuff. Unfortunately, this problem has become a constant partner for our two girls for a few months now.  They have lost way too many jackets and even shoes. They are nowhere to be found in the lost and found in school, and don’t show up at friends houses.

Does anyone have a remedy to this? Continue reading



Emily’s noodle strips
March 6, 2009, 4:19 pm
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Emily told me that, when we go meet our friends tomorrow in the park it will be quite warm. She will want to wear short pants and a shirt with “noodle strips”. I about died laughing. She certainly meant “spaghetti straps”.



recess and breaks in schools – article
January 28, 2009, 10:41 am
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I read this article this morning and it really hit home with me.

U.S. school children need less work, more play: study

I grew up with 5 minute breaks between 2 school hours (45 minutes = 1 school hour) and 15 minute breaks after every two hours with a longer lunch break, if you had more than 6 hours of school. Here, they are struggling to give the kids one, just one measly 15 minute break during the whole school day from 7:50AM to 2:30PM. Continue reading



Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States
January 21, 2009, 1:46 am
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Just some pointers about today. It sure was an amazing day.

– I went to see the inauguration with my friend Kim today at Taco Mac. Funnily enough, she brought her German friend to witness the inauguration. From my stand point this

– I came to the United States on January 20th, 1992.

– Michael, my dh, is 44 years old in the year of the 44th president.

– The presidential election was on my birthday, November 4th, 2008.



Happy New Year, resolutions
January 7, 2009, 11:07 am
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The new year has started. It is dreary and rainy, and a perfect time to take down the Christmas decorations. I want my space back! It was so wonderful to have them up for a month, but then, they just get too much. The tree is not soaking any more water, so that the needles will start dropping soon. The paper whites are done blooming and stinking. Gosh, I found out how stinky they are. I think I will leave those outside for next year. Amaryllis don’t smell like the stinkiest feet ever!!! After taking down the Christmas stuff, we keep going with the clean sweep through the house. There will be a lot taken to the dump and sold in Yard Sales and on Craigslist! Continue reading



Holidays – Family season?
December 31, 2008, 2:55 pm
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Holiday time to me is family time. I grew up enjoying our advent Sundays together with songs, cookies and just celebrating the holidays together. It still has the same feel to me. We enjoy spending time together as a family. We get a tree, put it up and decorate it. We make a beautiful gingerbread house together and light a new candle on every Sunday until Christmas is here. We read stories and sing songs, and all that brings me to dearly miss my family back in Germany, at this time especially. Continue reading



pondering allowances
December 20, 2008, 11:43 pm
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Michael and I started talking about teaching our kids about money. It is said that it is never too early to teach them about money. So, naturally the question of  an allowance came up.

A few questions arose: What is the right age to start? How much? When to start? Continue reading