Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ideas for Chrismas card???

Thanksgiving was a success as we spent the day outside on our deck enjoying the last of the warm weather. Vincenzo and Costas helped our family polish off almost 6 holiday desserts. That was a first. The boys have decided that they love apple pie. In the past we barely made it through one pie. Wow! Anyway, we went to see Harry Potter today. The boys loved it! Roman enjoyed a play date with his friend Peter in the mean time. Someday when he is a little older he too can watch the Harry Potter series. For dinner, we finished off the last of the turkey in Turkey Tetrazzini. I wouldn't mind just one more sandwich, but we are out of turkey. I guess I will have to wait till next year. So, I have been playing around with Christmas card idea. Let me tell you getting photos of three wiggly boys is no easy task. I have to say my boys don't make very good photography models. One doesn't want to smile right now. Another when he smiles crunches up his nose and closes his eyes, or he doesn't look into the lens. I have been contemplating whether I should do one this year. I mean do people still enjoy getting Christmas cards in this day and age of facebook and blogs? What do you think about these card ideas. Which is your favorite?

Thursday, November 25, 2010


The house smells Divine with the turkey in the roaster covered with herbs de Provence.
The pies are out of the oven
Children walking in the forest with their papa.
Bring on the guest
May you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Dana in her corner view touched on this issue a little bit with her video. Her and I must have been thinking on the same lines. This weekend I watched a movie that really touched my heart called Temple Grandin. The story is a true story based on a young woman who has Autism. When she was 4 years old, the doctors told her mother that she would never speak and that she should be placed in an institution. Temple's mother would not take this as an answer and with much love and persistence was able to teach her daughter enough to get her into school. School was not easy for Temple or for those who had to teach her, but once again with much love and care Temple was able to graduate from high school. Her mother didn't stop there and pushed Temple to go to college. The college wanted to expel Temple not because she wasn't smart, but because they just didn't know how to work with someone like her. Temple and her family fought to keep her in school and won. Eventually, Temple went on to receive a Ph.D. and changed not only how Autism is looked at today, but the meat packing industry here in the United States. She was a huge animal lover and did not like the process. Anyway, over the years my husband and I have had a huge debate whether to home school our children, send them to private school, or send them to public. In the end, we choose to send them to public though it hasn't been ideal. We want them to be able to have contact with other children, and want to support our community. The biggest obstacle for us has been that our children are very bright and don't fit into the cookie cuter mold of obedient students who just sit there and accept everything they are told. We have been told to put our children on medication for ADHD because the teacher thought they fit that category. I finally broke down 2 years ago and took them to a psychologist. We are glad we did because what he told us was that no our children did not have ADD or ADHD. He said our children were extremely bright and just bored out of their brains, and with this information we were able to go back to the school and have one of them retested for the gifted program. I love teachers and I think they have a hard job. They are often restricted by the system. I guess the thing is I wish there were more teachers who could look at teaching the way those around Temple did which is to celebrate the individual and try to bring the very best out of them. I am tired of people labeling not just my children but other peoples children as being bad just because they may be different. I am not saying we should celebrate inappropriate behavior, but what I am saying is that wouldn't this world be a much better place if we would just change our perspective a little and be more understanding. I guess I better stop here. Sorry for this long rant, but it has been something that I have been thinking about for a long time. Thanks ! To see more corner views visit Theresa who is babysitting corner view until Jane comes back.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Preparations

Winston and Roman made these Thankful Turkeys to decorate our table

Five Turkeys
Five big turkeys sitting on the gate.
The first one said, "It's getting late."
The second one said, "Who goes there"?
The third one said, "There are farmers everywhere."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, run, run."
The fifth one said, "It's just Thanksgiving fun."
Then Gobble Gobble went the wind.
And out went the lights.
And the five fat turkeys were out of sight.
This weekend we just hung around the house. The boys snuggled under the blanket on Saturday and watched Alvin and the Chipmunks part 2 while I watched this movie. I loved it. What an amazing story. Now, I am off to buy the Turkey and the cranberries, but before our guest arrive on Thursday I need to clean off our deck. It is burried beneath the leaves. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Early Christmas

Christmas came a little early at least for one person in our house and that would be me. After wanting an iphone for a long time. My husband got me the new 4G. I love it! What is so cool is that I was able to talk with my best friend in Colorado while seeing her and her children using the italk feature. I love technology and another reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving season. Only 4 more weeks until we go on our cruise to the Caribbean. Yahoo!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thankful and Photography

I am so grateful for the ability to continue learning. In September I had the opportunity to take a Photography class from Butler Family Photography. I am finally able to use my camera on a mode other than auto. Yahoo! Though I still have a long way to come when it comes to learning how to adjust my settings for the light; especially evening light. If anyone has any tips I would love them. My photos that are taken in low light or evening light still have a really blue tint to them.

Our Group

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Oma's Marmorkuchen "Anything Goes CV"

Harris has been studying European history this fall. The children were each assigned a country. Harris was so excited to show off Germany. The final project was called market day where the children had to pick something to make and then sell it. The children earned play Euro's to use for their purchases. Harris choose to make his Oma's Marmorkuchen. Together we made three of them. They were a huge hit.

Marmorkuchen: 2 sticks of butter softened, 7 oz of sugar (200g), 4 eggs- add eggs one at a time, a splash of milk about 3 Tablespoons, 2 packets of vanilla sugar, rum or vanilla essence (oil) you can substitute this for a teaspoon of either flavor extract. Then sift the flour and baking powder by using 13 oz of flour (375g) and 4 teaspoons of baking powder. Add to wet mixture gradually. Transfer 2/3 of the mixture into a greased and floured bundt pan. Then add 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 4 teaspoons of sugar with another 2-3 Tablespoons of milk. Then spoon over the top and with a fork swirl the mixture together creating a marbling effect.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour until done in the center. Let cool and dust with powder sugar.
I am grateful for family recipes handed down from one generation to another.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Car Conversations with Roman

As we were driving in the car to church
Roman asked me,"What is your favorite Color?"

Me: I like blue. Then I asked him what is your favorite color

Roman: Um red. Like my underwear.

Then Roman asks me what is my favorite Super Hero?

Me: I like Superman!

Roman: He is not a Super Hero?

Hulk, Silver Surfer, the Thing, and Wolverine they are Super Heroes

I reply; Superman is too a super hero.

"Mom, what is your favorite Super Hero," ask Roman

Roman is totally obsessed with Super Hero's

He is learning the days of the week and months at school and often ask me what month it is or what day it is. When I told him yesterday it was November he told me October was all done.

He finally learned his colors last week which was a big relief because we thought he was color blind, and now goes around pointing out the colors of things in the house or on the street.

Bed time conversation last night. Roman asked me if Santa was coming tomorrow. I told him no that he comes in December. He said, "OK, next week." Didn't want to break his little heart, so I let it go. I asked him What he wanted for Christmas and he told me he wanted a Batman Cave, an ice cream maker, and moon sand. He was so happy when I told him we all ready had an ice cream maker. I thought it was a pretty funny request for a three year old.

After living in a candy coma all week, I finally convinced the boys to give up all their candy for $5, Yahoo we are candy free.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Weekend!

Happy Weekend! I am going to celebrate the weekend with this yummy BLT sandwhich. It is my favorite. I can't think of anything better than the salty combination of bacon, the fresh taste of lettuce and tomato, and creamy mayo on toasted bread. I also really like tuna sandwhiches and egg salad. What is your favorite sandwhich? I hope you have a wonderful weekend

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Autumn brings us closer to our families and friends as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a time to reflect on what we have done this year, what we would like to do next year, and to think about all our many blessings.

Who or What are you grateful for?

1. I am so grateful for my husband who works so hard that we might have all that we need. 2. I am grateful that I have healthy smart children. 3. I am grateful for my testimony in the Lord Jesus Christ. 4. What would live be without chocolate? Maybe a little skinner, but I am thankful for chocolate. 5. I am grateful for the opportunity to travel and see this amazing world that we live in. 6. I am grateful for wonderful friends who have been by my side though good times and bad. 7. Spell check because it helps me remember how things should really be spelled. 8. The internet all the homework assignments you have helped me help my children with, the ability to stay in contact with family and friends so easily, the great ideas shared, and for all those wonderful friends I have made through blogging. 9. While some might complain that the U.S. doesn't have the greatest health care, I am still gratful for the health care I recieve. 10. I am thankful for all the men and woman who have served protecting my freedoms. Now, I can't wait to hear what you are moste grateful for. To see where I got the idea for these cute owls, go to http://www.livinglocurto.com/2010/09/owl-smores/

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today I woke up to the snuggles of my three year old Roman. He is good at snuggling. Dressed in his soft footed polar bear jammies he cradled with both his hands my face and gave me a kiss. "Good Morning Mommy." he said sweetly in his child voice that at times still can't pronounce all words correctly. I am going to miss that sweet voice. The sun came up earlier today as we have officially moved back the clocks, and I like that. Nothing worse than waking up in the dark. I don't mind that it means that it will get darker in the evening. Dew stretched across my grass for it seems that winter might come knocking on our door sooner than we think. Though they say it is suppose to be 65 degrees today. After getting the children settled, I crawled back into bed to prepare my Sunday school lesson. Today it is on Job. Job was a man who was blessed by God. He had everything. God loved how even though Job had everything he was still a man of integrity. Then along came Satan and said to God,"It is easy for him to be a man of integrity when he has everything. What would happen if it was taken away from him?" God thought about this and sent trials to Job even though he loved him very much. Job lost everything. His wealth, his family, and even his health. Yet Job still loved the Lord and testified of him. In the end, the Lord blessed him with more than he had before. Right now it seems that the Lord is testing my family. I pray that I can have the strength of Job. I need to set up an appointment for a rheumatologist. When they were doing test to see why I am not getting pregnant one test came back positive for an auto immune disease. This test is linked to Lupus. I am not sure if I have Lupus or not. I do know I have had problems with my joints for years and have really seemed to have problems this week. My hands have ached. I went to the doctor once about this, but they didn't really take me serious. I gave up because really I don't want to live a life on medication. However, I think I better at least investigate this test findings. On another note, yesterday was my cousin Mia's birthday. She turned 8. We celebrated her birthday by eating pink cupcakes and going to see the movie Mega Mind. The kids loved the movie and I like the theme that it is never too late to change who you are and become something better. Harris went camping with the Boy Scouts and had a blast. It was also St. Martin Day yesterday at German School. I am sad that I forgot my camera at home. Roman was so cute with his little paper latern singing the song Laterne Laterne Sonne Mond und Sterne.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


1, 2, 3
Let it Rip, It's time to battle

Sorry, No photos of celebrities even though I have seen a few in my day. Even been on stage with a famous magician when I was 10 years old. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Maybe, this post would be more appropriately labeled popular. What is going down here in my house is this obsession for BeyBlades. Thy are medal tops that you battle against each other in this plastic arena whoever spins the longest win. The boys have been spending hours doing this each day. To go along with the game is a cartoon show and an online game. Also, Roman has learned how to sing recently and loves to sing especially in the car. Yesterday, I heard him singing I want to be a Rock Star from Nickleback.
To see more cornerview visit Theresa at http://treesfam.blogspot.com/ or to see more black and white visit Lisa at http://thelongroadtochina.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow."
- Elsie N. Brady, Leaves
To see more Tuesdays around the globe head over to communal global. To get the recipe for this amazing Apple Bundt cake that I made today head over to Lisa at Long Road to China. This cake was fantastic and so simple to make.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Line Up




My cousin Mia came over tonight to go Trick or Treating with the boys. She was a Spider Queen. Winston and Harris were both Demons and since Roman would still not war his costume he went as Hans from Hansel and Gretel. I don't know who went to bed with a bigger tummy ache, the boys or me.

Happy Halloween!