Back from Summer (well, 10 months ago…)

Hello!!!

Nope, I’m not dead. I know stating that I’m not a very committed blogger is a huge understatement, but I really did have the best of intentions…

We had an AMAZING summer in America (who knows when you’ll see those posts here- I’m shooting for before this summer). I planned to get the blog going again after the girls were settled back in school, and after Halloween was over (we throw a big Halloween Party every year- keeps me pretty busy on top of everything else).

I started editing photos and was on schedule with everything… until the American Presidential election.

I stayed up all night watching the election on TV in total disbelief. I guess the saying really is true- ANYTHING is possible in America.

Yeah, that kind of knocked me on my ass/ took the wind out of my sails. What’s been happening in America since then has been very hard to watch, and pretty disheartening. I know now that I was naive- I’d assumed certain things could never happen in America. It was a hard lesson to swallow.

This is my absentee ballot that I mailed in before the election. I remember thinking how incredible it was going to be for my girls to see that women were in charge of running both Germany AND America… UGH.

Being an American living abroad isn’t the easiest right now. When you meet someone for the first time and they realize you’re American, the first thing they think of and want to talk about is Trump. To say that Trump is unpopular here is an understatement. Here are just a few pics I’ve taken from around Köln this year…

This was up at Quinnie’s school. The kids were supposed to write things they wish and hope for. This kid wrote that they hope for good grades, world peace, to always be happy, and that Trump doesn’t do anything stupid.

Below is a link you can click to see pics from this year’s Karneval parades from all over Germany- Trump did not fare well…

https://www.thelocal.de/20170227/in-pics-german-carnival-floats-show-trump-no-mercy

 

Ah, this pic is from back in the good old days 🙂 (Simon took it at the airport in 2015).

Anyways, back to the blog. The main reason it took me so long to get back to it is that Simon changed our operating system from MacOS to Linux Mint when I was in America. I knew he was going to do it, I just didn’t realize how hard it was going to be to find the right photo editing software. We spent MONTHS trying to find the right set-up. There were a few applications that are sort of like iPhoto (which is what I’m used to working with) but they all lacked crucial features. In the end we settled on Darktable which had all the features I wanted but a very different User Interface so the learning curve is steep (for me, at least- I’m still not loving it but hope it will grow on me).

Since the main purpose of this blog is to be a sort of scrapbook of memories for my girls, I’m going to try and catch up on the last 10 months as much as I can. I’m sure you won’t want to read about our Christmas etc., when it’s almost summer, so of course feel free to skip the slew of holiday posts that will be coming up.

So…

when we got back to Germany at the end of the summer we…

…had some awesome postcards waiting for us from all over the world (from wherever the girls’ friends were vacationing).  I love this tradition. Now that we know this is what their friends do, we’ll be sending lots to them this summer from America!

We fit in lots of play dates before school started..

rollerblading

Quinnie got to bring some friends to Phantasialand (Amusement Park)

We went on family bike rides..

We went shopping for back to school supplies, including Schultüten (they are traditionally only for first graders, but I’m a sucker, so I always buy them each a small one for the first day of school).

Check out how much parents spend on these backpacks (most of the kids have them here). Yep- you read that right. €240 – that’s about $270. Crazy, right?! Luckily my girls are perfectly happy with their Jansport ones I brought from America!

Their Schultüte this year

First day of school. This is the best pic I could get- it was one of those mornings!

I hope you’ve all been doing well over the past 10 months.

It’s good to be back- I’ve missed having this creative outlet!

 

One thought on “Back from Summer (well, 10 months ago…)

  1. Grandma lerz

    Welcome Back! Loved seeing your end of summer fun posts! I’m sure all their friends got to talk about all the summer, worldwide adventures! It was awesome for us to have the whole family here together…many memories for grandma and grandpa too! Can’t wait for a repeat “the summer of 2017” with my children and my awesome 4 granddaughters..let the fun begin❤️

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *