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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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Santa

by Toiny Westberry 19 December 2012
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On Sunday we ran out of tape.  A pretty big deal when you are stuffing all your worldly possessions into boxes.  Boxes that are going to be driven through snow, sleet & rain to a brandnew (to us) house thirty minutes away.  I really needed tape!  Luckily I also needed a break, and thankfully we […]

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Drielandenpunt

by Toiny Westberry 20 November 2012
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I got some absolutely beautiful fall pictures during our long weekend in Holland, but this one below tells the best story.  Each of the kids are in a different country: Tess is in Holland (the Netherlands, NL); Cole is in Germany, and Dane is in Belgium.  We took a little bit of a tourist break […]

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The Best Present of All

by Toiny Westberry 7 November 2012
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I’ve got an adorable picture today, featuring very happy kiddo’s.  Let me tell you, brief moments in time can be deceiving.  The road to our Random-Act-of-Kindness was a very long & hard one.  I saw a posting on our local facebook page for a Shoebox Program, one of the other moms was collecting the boxes […]

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