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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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A Shot of Water

by Toiny Westberry 6 October 2012
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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not thrilled at having to search for a new home.  I do love touring new neighborhoods and houses! Yesterday Dave & I spent the morning driving through the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) right behind our current house.  We live on the edge, literally on the edge, and in five minutes it […]

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Falcon Trainer

by Toiny Westberry 5 September 2012
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I’m working feverishly on a new photobook for my mom, actually two!  One from her visit here, with the kids, and one from our big sisters get-together in Belgium in July.  I’m hoping to finish & get them on her doorstep before she flies back to the states this weekend.  I can’t believe how fast […]

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I hate goodbye’s

by Toiny Westberry 1 September 2012
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And that’s it.  De Oma & De Opa are gone.  They left late this morning, on the way to their next stop in Holland to see my Oma, de Oma’s mother. I’m bribing Dane with my secret stash of  Yu-Gi-Oh cards to keep him smiling.  He’s in my office every 5-10 minutes remembering he’s sad […]

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by Toiny Westberry 29 August 2012
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I am not a morning person.  Not that I think 6 am qualifies as morning anyway, that’s still night.  Regardless of how I feel, the rest of the world seems to think that’s a fine time to get up and start our days.  This week Cole started high school, and we are once again facing […]

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Mr. Chips Goodbye Beer

by Toiny Westberry 11 August 2012
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Before anyone sends me a concerned email, no little boys were actually drinking beer!  Cole is merely holding the glass (okay, okay, he took a sip) to show off a regular beer vs. a giant beer.  For that matter, that’s not even Christian’s beer.  It’s Mr. Chips beer.  We all helped Mr. Chip drink that […]

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Ice Cream after Every Dinner

by Toiny Westberry 8 August 2012

I’m still going through the 700+ pictures from our extended-family weekend.  My mom is anxiously awaiting her photo book, the next best thing to being there.  This one has almost all of us in it.  I miss being in a house with 13 people.  A big part of me loves having a full house.  I […]

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