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Kaffeetrinken

by Toiny Westberry 6 March 2013
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On Saturday friends stopped by.  German friends from the old neighborhood.  Kai had called ahead to make sure we were home, and he offered to bring the cake.  Sure!  I love cake. I assumed the cake was for dessert.  Silly me.  Never assume.  Never, ever, assume with Germans.  The cake was for kaffeetrinken (coffee drinking).  Kaffeetrinken […]

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Fasching 2013

by Toiny Westberry 13 February 2013
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Sunday, for the second year running, we went to the big Fasching (Mardi Gras, Carnaval) parade.  This year we went to the gorgeous, I’m-in-love, Weil Der Stadt.  It was spectacular.  Amazing.  Freezing.  And two hours long.  I think I’m still struggling to feel my toes. Weil Der Stadt does it bigger & better than Ergenzingen […]

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Skype > Par Avion

by Toiny Westberry 30 January 2013
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I’m homesick.  The snow has turned to rain and outside it is muddy & gray.  It matches my mood.  My home, what I think of as home, is no longer there.  Or rather, not part of my family anymore.  My parents sold our home, the one in California, years ago.  But it is this home […]

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New Years Eve 2012

by Toiny Westberry 2 January 2013
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Not only is there no snow, it’s beautifully sunny today.  Dane has been waiting all morning to go explore the new village, find his new school and see if the move was ‘worth it’.  I’m not sure he understands that even if it’s not ‘worth it’, we are here to stay. Our first experience with […]

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New House

by Toiny Westberry 22 December 2012
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On Thursday we finally got the keys to our new home!  It was, again, a completely new experience.  We met the “old” home owner at our new house.  After some handshakes & pleasantries we all trooped into the not-so-empty house.  We bought the house fully-furnished. A win for us, after six kids, and countless military […]

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Prayers for Newtown

by Toiny Westberry 15 December 2012

I woke up with a start this morning.  My heart was pounding, my eyes wide open, I was halfway to the door before I realized I was awake.  All I knew is I had to get to my children. My children who are home safe, asleep in their beds, here with me.  My heart is […]

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Sinterklaas

by Toiny Westberry 5 December 2012
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We celebrated St. Nicholas day (aka Sinterklaas in Dutch) on Sunday with the Dutch/German club here in Stuttgart.  It was a very international affair with not just Dutch & German folks, but also Greek, American & Turkish people.  Despite all our differences, we were there to really celebrate Sinterklaas and have a fabulous time.  Dutch […]

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My Oma

by Toiny Westberry 14 November 2012
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We squeezed in a trip to Holland before the snows gets deep.  I’m not a fan of zooming down the autobahn at 80-90 miles an hour with ice so I mostly skip winter visits.  I needed some St. Nicholas supplies (chocolate letters are much loved here) and I missed my family.  Especially my Oma.  It […]

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Happy Halloween…. BOO!

by Toiny Westberry 31 October 2012
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Don’t scroll down if you are easily frightened or not a Halloween fan.  We have only one picture from our big Halloween party last Saturday, taken by little Dane, and it’s a doozy! We love Halloween.  We love dressing up, trick-or-treating, scary movie marathons,  and just being goofy one night a year. This year friends […]

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Losing your Legs to Italians

by Toiny Westberry 24 October 2012
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Saturday was an incredible day. After my morning NL, we went out for a drive to the new house and wound up making an offer! It’s been accepted and now we are wading through the next steps. It is an incredibly confusing journey, but I’ve got some wonderful people holding my hand, and I’m 100% […]

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