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Let it Snow!

We have been blanketed in snow for over a week now, and the next ten days have snow on the forecast as well!  Although I’ve been through some snowy winters in Portland, this is totally different!  The snow doesn’t melt in between dustings/ dumpings.  Something else that is different is that I never really had […]

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Turkey On a Whim.

When was the last time you did something a bit extravagant, just to make yourself happy?  This week, I could hardly think of anything that would make me happier than having a ton of cooked turkey on hand to eat whenever I wanted! Yesterday was our once-a-month grocery store run, and they had young turkeys […]

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The Much- Anticipated Christmas Market!

While you were cooking your holiday meals, we were out celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.  Last night was the first night of the Christmas markets, which open one month before Christmas Day.   Amelia and her fellow kindergartners had the privilege of opening up the festivities with songs on a stage in the middle […]

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Nuremburg, Take 1

St. Lorenz Church Jeff had the day off last Thursday, and we decided to go do something fun.  I asked a friend to take Amelia home with her when she picked up her daughter from kindergarten, so that gave us a really nice chunk of time to take a day trip to Nuremburg.  We were […]

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On the Way to See St. Martin

Tonight we celebrated St. Martin’s Day with Amelia’s kindergarten.  They have been preparing for this day, and it was pretty special! Going up the steps of Mariahilfberg.  This was a great opportunity to get some pictures of the inside of the church.  It was of course quite dim, so they’re not the best– but super […]

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All Souls Day Boats

Although Halloween is gaining a little popularity with the older children here, the holiday we are celebrating this weekend is All Souls Day.  Amelia’s kindergarten requested a few weeks ago that we bring an empty fish tin to school, to be made into a boat.  Amelia gladly ate the whole can of mackerel for breakfast. […]

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Making Peace With Seasons

Growing up in both tropical and desert climates, I longed for white Christmases and real autumn foliage.  The idea of bundling up and watching leaves blow around just sounded so cozy.  When I moved to Portland, I was ecstatic during the first  fall season.  It was gorgeous, exhilarating, and certainly cozy.  But then a “real” […]

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An Autumn Walk in Amberg

When you don’t make any plans on a gorgeous day… … you might as well just get everyone dressed and out the door. We planned to wander around a little and just see what happened. First, there was music! Baby squashes and tiny flowering plants. Then we really got things going when we decided to […]

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To Flohmarkt, To Flohmarkt…

To Flohmarkt, To Flohmarkt… To buy a fat… Wild boar’s head! There were so many cool and fascinating objects at the flea market today… Here are just a few photos of our trip. The one thing on our actual shopping list: a moka pot!Aw, it’s a pile of little leather shorts!Makes me wish I had […]

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