When we first moved to Germany, we had only planned on staying at the Weckschnapp for four months while our new apartment was being built. Well, the construction ended up taking seven months longer than it was supposed to, so we’ve ended up living at the Weckschnapp for over a year now. Thank you Tante […]
The girls always ask to use my iphone to take pictures, and I usually let them because once in a while we’ll get a few gems… Can you tell they like ducks?! Lol! Q took this after braiding my hair […]
We were planning on going to Oma and Opa’s place in Italy (took pic above during our last visit there) for a few weeks this summer. That didn’t work out due to overbooking (other family friends were planning to go during the same time and had already bought plane tickets). Also, we had been waiting […]
Kölner Lichter (Cologne Lights) is a big fireworks show that the city of Köln puts on one night every July. This was the 14th year that they’ve done it and we were pretty impressed by it! We felt pretty spoiled that we had some of the best seats in the city- from the tower of […]
The girls after their bath the other night… I heard them saying, “Let’s be a bathrobe monster and scare Mama!” Whew! I made it out alive!
I am big on holiday traditions. I always looked forward to all of the holiday rituals we had when I was growing up, and I want to do the same for my girls. It’s been pretty challenging this past year since most of our belongings are still in boxes (construction on our new place has […]
I have a folder in iPhoto where I keep pictures I like (or think are interesting) that may some day turn into blog posts. But I figured since it’s the start of a new year I’d clear them out of the folder and put them in one big blog post together (with some captions to […]
New Year’s Eve in Köln is kind of like the 4th of July (in America), but on steroids. To most people it means it’s time to go out and buy FIREWORKS! This is a novel idea to us coming from drought- dry San Diego where all (private) fireworks are illegal because of the danger of […]
As usual, Quinnie was the first one up- she has always been our early riser! The first thing she did was go downstairs and look outside to see if the reindeer ate the carrots she left out (they did!!). After that she woke up Kiera so that they could open their stockings together. They […]
As I mentioned before, Quinnie is obsessed with pretty much any kind of animal. She’s like an encyclopedia of knowledge concerning animals and teaches me new things about them every day. She’s always been this way. She has never been interested in baby dolls (same with Kiera). During a play date, when her friends are […]
Directly behind our place there is a randomly placed spinner and metal bouncy ball that the girls love to play on. Kiera and her beloved space shuttle View of our place from the spinner
Halloween is definitely not as big a deal here as it is in the States- not even close. No trick-or-treating. I was worried about the girls being really disappointed about this but got no complaints (much to my surprise!). I was able to find a few Halloween parties- one through the American Club here, and […]
The girls had a blast playing in the shipping paper. As you can see, the place was a WRECK. Quinnie the fashion designer. She made this dress out of the filling between the packing paper. She’s always creating new outfits with unexpected materials.
My Mother-In-Law’s Uncle, Martin Kratz, was a well know architect in Köln. He designed and built many buildings here. He asked the city for permission to build a home around a medieval tower (The Weckschnapp) that belonged to the city. They allowed him to design and build the home and he was also granted a […]