One of the things that I love about Germany is all the little fairs. There's always a town within driving distance having a fair during the spring/summer months. I just love them, even though they're virtually all the same vendors. I swear the same vendors frequent them, or near enough to make no difference. We went to one a couple weeks ago in Kaiserslautern. I think it was called their Mai Markt. There was less Markt and more rides, but that was okay with us. We get away cheap, since the only kid who loves the rides is D. Link won't go, which saves us euro. And of course, we have our customary crepe. I always opt for banana and nutella, but James went for some fresh strawberries and some cream that he really disliked. And that, my friends, is why I'll always stick to that which I know and love.
Lincoln loved the Scrat that Daddy won him
Drake won his own dragon from the claw game
Lincoln later carried that Scrat squirrel around everywhere!
So I love the internet. That should really be no surprise. But I love to look at sites that make me giggle. My favorite is TheMetaPicture. I go there daily to get a good laugh and hardly a day passes without some mention of cats or a cute photo of a cat. Sometimes I think that cats are taking over the internet. While personally I'm a dog person, I do love animals of any type. And I love Moms. Which leads nicely into my next free printable: a cat mother's day card! Okay so maybe it didn't segueway as nicely as it could have, but I haven't had my cup of coffee yet so you don't get to judge. :)
So without further ado, here's my ode to mothers: "I love you like a crazy cat lady loves cats." You can download the flat 5x7 print and frame it or just sign the back, or download the foldable card (already formatted for you to just print, fold and then sign the inside).
It's a rainy day around here, and has been for two days now, so we're all rained out. Boo. My boys are outside so much now that they've got the cutest little farmer tans (despite all the sunblock that I slather on them). I'm one proud Momma when my little ones ask to go outside more than they ask for TV or video games.
But all that fresh air and sunshine brings about the best side effect of all: naps!
So I went into the kitchen for some more tea, and this is what I found:
Yup, that's my littlest (he must have plumber in his veins) with a contraband box of cheez-its hiding underneath the kitchen table. He must have known I wouldn't have approved it for his snack, so he went into hiding. I thought it was too cute so I snapped a few pics. The sound of the shutter snapping got his attention.
He then knew he had gotten away with it and even turned to face me. I smiled and laughed at my silly boy and then the oldest had to get in on the action:
Monkey see, monkey do, especially if that involves a tasty treat. Happy Friday!
After what was the coldest winter (and darkest) on record for Germany, it seems that spring is finally here! And it didn't come soon enough for me. But I'm more than happy to welcome it with open arms. And I won't even complain when it melds into summer much too soon (which I know will happen), even when I know there's no AC in Germany. I will not complain, but will rejoice in the day that the Lord has made! That's my goal, anyway.
So here's a few updates for you, which also explain my absence:
1. We went to Amsterdam. Which was amazing! I know it's the stoner capital of the world but we weren't there for that (neither I nor the hubby do drugs, for the record and in case you're keeping score at home. And now that I typed that I feel like I need to say my children do not either, but they're 3 and 5 so that should be a given). We found some amazing architecture, history, and museums. It was a great city. I hope to post some tips and some photos soon. And by soon I mean as soon as life calms down.
2. We came home for about a month, continued battling the DODDS (read: military) schools to get Lincoln the care / education he requires and deserves. We won some battles and lost some more, but atleast progress is progress.
3. We've continued the speech therapy for Link's dysarthria, and he's coming along splendidly. I just watched a video the other night shot on my iPad. It was Christmastime and Drake saw a shooting star and thought it was Santa Claus so he was yelling up at the sky for Santa to come down. Link got in the spirit and came into the frame at the end and yelled the equivalent of, "yaskjhljgl;kaj khjdlkajsl;kj a dkfajslkdfj!" It really was unintelligible. But now he carries on complete conversations with us and we understand about 75% of what he says. I'm amazed every day at how much progress he is making. And I'm thankful.
4. Continuing with that thought train, we also enrolled Drake in drop-off speech at the local elementary. He's habituated some words/pronunciations and we're having a hard time breaking him of it. He can say a perfect D, but things like doggy are still "goggy." It also appears he has some hearing issues, as he can't tell the difference between B and V for instance. I learned today that "bye" and "five" sound exactly the same to his ears. No wonder it's harder on him to pronounce things correctly. Hopefully we'll get some answers soon for him.
5. We also took a trip to London and Dublin, which were AMAZING. I definitely need to post some tips and recommendations for it. And also, I want to live there.
6. Drake's now enrolled in t-ball. He's doing really great with it and enjoying it, which is much more important to me. The kid hits the ball tossed at him better than off the tee though, so we're working on that at home. It's so much fun to be able to share my love of sports with my children. Link's too young to play yet, but he enjoys being our bat boy.
So I think that's it for now. Hopefully I'll have an update in a much more timely manner, but in the grand scheme of things, please know that my family comes first, my business second, and the blog is somewhere near the end but don't think I don't love you for reading this. :)
I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy meals, especially since I don't like to cook particularly and my children are inevitably picky eaters. One meal that I can get them to eat is Stuffed Green Peppers. I inherited this gem of a recipe from my mom but I'm not sure where she got the original.
What You'll Need:
2 large green peppers, sliced in half horizontally to form "cups" and seeded
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup rice (you can even use the microwave variety or the boil in bag variety if you want)
1 can Sloppy Joe sauce
1/4 log of Velveeta, dice (you can use more or less depending on how cheesy you like it)
What You'll Do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (or 175 celcius).
2. In a medium or large saucepan, place cut and seeded green peppers. Cover the peppers with water, and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes (just until the peppers are no longer firm, but have a little give when you poke them with a fork). Remove cooked green peppers from the water and place in a 8 or 9 inch square glass baking dish.
3. Meanwhile, make your rice according to the directions, especially if you need to boil water for them and they take awhile.
4. Also, start cooking your meat in a skillet on the stove. Be sure to thoroughly cook the meat, and then drain the fat away. Then add in the can of Sloppy Joe, making sure to stir well.
5. Dice the velveeta into small squares. Stir into the Sloppy Joe/ground beef mixture (it doesn't have to melt now; it will in the oven).
6. Fill each green pepper half with cooked rice and the meat mixture (you can do half of each mixture or more of one or the other, depending on your preferences). You can even thinly slice more Velveeta and top each pepper with it. Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes. Enjoy!
So look what happened around here lately (okay, not lately, in November past, but still...): My baby boy, my sweet little guy, is now five. I know I say it every year, and I probably will for every year that follows, but where does the time go?