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Fahrrad überprüfen

by Toiny Westberry 11 May 2013
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Tess is in the middle of her fahrrad überprüfen (literally to check bike), however, it turns out, there is an awful lot that goes with this.  I apologize to my German friends if I’m not completely clear in my understanding, while my German is good, my German-legal is abysmal. And Tess translating German-legal for me is […]

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Camel Farewell Memorial

by Toiny Westberry 17 April 2013
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Saturday was the farewell memorial for My Beloved Camels.  It was the first warm, sunny day this year.  No snow, no rain, just beautiful skies with light clouds.  Tess & I had a stunningly beautiful drive through the Black Forest to the camel farm, a half hour away. It was busy.  My camels were loved […]

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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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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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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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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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Eau d’Cow

by Toiny Westberry 20 February 2013
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We are becoming quite the regulars at the farm, whether it be for fresh, warm milk or a playdate.  I’m slowly building up our collection of reusable glass bottles for our milk hauls.  I can’t wait till it warms up & I can try making fresh ice cream.  Remember when I tried my neighbors fresh […]

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Milking Cows. Part II.

by Toiny Westberry 6 February 2013
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On Saturday we had guests!  Dave’s boss, wife and three kiddo’s stopped by for a little house tour, socializing & dinner.  There is truly nothing I love more than a houseful of people.  When there are kids to spare, my day is complete.  It was one of those perfect afternoons where all the kids, ages 2 […]

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Milking Cows. Part I.

by Toiny Westberry 2 February 2013
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Unlike Dane, Tess has settled into our new little village like a fish taking to water.  From day one she had new friends, and it’s rare to see her outside of the house alone.  Sometimes it’s rare to catch her alone in the house, though she’s taken to hiding in nooks & crannies with her […]

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The Perfect Sledding Hill

by Toiny Westberry 19 January 2013
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It’s been snowing in the Schwarzwald (black forest)!  I absolutely love the fluffy, white, cold.  My kids too can spend all day outside, only coming in to change mittens or boots and grab a drink of hot cocoa.  Driving is a little slippery, a little scary, and I’m not super inclined to come down off […]

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