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Quit Baking a Cake!

by Toiny Westberry 13 April 2013
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Everything gets a little easier with time. Even being in a far away land without my big boys.  My life is slowly getting back to normal after Soren’s whirlwind visit, excepting the pile of snowboards in my living room.  We are getting back into our normal rhythm and that is a good thing.  Frequent phone […]

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Our Sparschwein

by Toiny Westberry 3 April 2013
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The last four days have been a whirlwind. It started with the latin Easter Vigil mass on Saturday night.  Something I recommend everyone attend at least once.  It is stunningly beautiful, mostly done by candle light.  Ours included a baptism and was four hours long. We didn’t get home till 2 am on Sunday morning.  Just […]

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Easter

by Toiny Westberry 30 March 2013
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Every year I seem to be the only mom in church with not-so-beautiful dyed fingers.  I’m pretty sure this is why pristine white gloves used to be De riguer for Easter.  I just know that even if I invested in some pristine white gloves, they wouldn’t stay that way till mass, let alone all the way through.  […]

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Rocks in a Box

by Toiny Westberry 27 March 2013
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Sunday night, getting all the stuff ready for school the next day, I was met with protests. “but Moooooom!  We don’t have school tomorrow.” What?  No school. Why?  What was going on.  Were they sure? “When we left on Friday they all said: ‘frohe ferien.’” Um.  Frohe ferien = happy holidays.  Oops. I googled the school […]

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Bicycle Mom

by Toiny Westberry 23 March 2013
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It is no secret they do things differently here in Germany.  We are here as a guest in their country, and I’m doing my best to adapt.  Some things are easy (ahem, beer), but some things are hard.  The hardest one for me is letting my kids go. In the last year of Kindy (preschool […]

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Weigh-me, Price-me

by Toiny Westberry 20 March 2013
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Oh, I know I’ll probably get some emails from concerned peeps that Dane will now be a smoker.  Sigh.  I can’t even say I disagree.  I can tell you that I grew up with fake cigarettes, and was the coolest, candy-smokingest, kid in my 5th grade class at Almaden Elementary school in San Jose, CA, and […]

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Min in Berlin

by Toiny Westberry 9 March 2013
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I love my new house.  I love being home. I hate unpacking boxes. I hate that every weekend is about unpacking the boxes.  Of course, it’s not all we do, but it is a lot of what we do and after 2 months it was time for a break. And what do you know?  My good […]

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Hey you! Yes you. How YOU Doin’?

by Toiny Westberry 23 February 2013
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I woke up this morning with a terrible hangover, completely unfair because I did not have a drop to drink!  It turns out it’s just a migraine.  Joy. Migraines make my days move slow and feel like I’m moving through molasses. It’s just surreal. This week I’ve left my camera at home. It’s cold & […]

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Frau VestberrY: Dispensing Magic like Merlin

by Toiny Westberry 16 February 2013
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Dane is having a hard time integrating into the new kindy.  It weighs me down and hurts my heart.  It is a very small village, all the kids have known each other since birth. Probably before.  I imagine them high-fiving through their mothers wombs.  It’s hard to break into this tough crowd. Thankfully he still […]

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He Drank the Koolaid

by Toiny Westberry 9 February 2013
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Wednesday evening, after the newsletter had gone out, Tess & I finally, successfully got milk fresh from the cow! Fresh, warm, creamy.  Incredibly delicious and a new, weekly, must-have, extra errand to run. In the meantime, it’s been snowing every day.  Not quite non-stop, but close. It is a stunning, breath-taking winter wonderland.  I’ve already […]

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