Archives for the ‘Family’ Category

The past couple months and a big announcement…

Wow! It’s been over 2 months since I updated this blog. We’ve been a busy family these past couple months! Here’s what we’ve been up to since I last posted… I spent a weekend at a women’s conference in Haarlam, Netherlands which included a fun trip to the tulip gardens.   Drew surprised me with […]

Tips for Traveling Internationally with a Toddler, Part One: Plan Ahead

Having just returned from a 7-week international trip with our one-year old, (which consisted of 6 flights -over 24 hours of flying time-, 2 countries, 4 US States, 3 Homes and 1 Hotel ), I feel it is appropriate to pass along some of the things I have learned about traveling internationally with a toddler. […]

Homemade Goldfish Crackers.

My precious little one year old found her first addiction while we were in the US: goldfish crackers.  They are hands down her new favorite snack. Not only does she love the taste of the little fish, she also loves playing with them, pretending each and every one is swimming in the sea before she […]

No more excuses…

Oh dear friends, it’s been too long. I haven’t forgotten about you, really. I meant to write, but then… well… life with a toddler is so busy… and before you know it time gets away from you…. Blah blah blah….. Excuses! Excuses! Excuses! Let me, as my mother would say, “lay my cards on the […]

Flashback Photos…

Proof that time flies when you’re having fun… 13 years ago today Drew & I started dating. Sitting together in front of our high school lockers a few weeks later… 10 years ago today we got engaged… In May we celebrated our 8 year Wedding Anniversary. Still seems like yesterday. Happy Anniversary Honey!

Having a Baby in Germany, Part Four: The little lady gets a land

One of the questions we get asked the most about having a baby in German is related to our daughter’s citizenship- is she a US citizen? German? Both? Most assume that our little one was eligible for German or dual citizenship just because she was born here, but that is not the case! Germany does […]

Having a Baby in Germany, Part Two: Midwives and Doctors Appointments

Children in Germany generally have nine check-ups with a doctor- the first taking place immediately after birth, the last one happening around the time they are 5 years old. In addition, there is also an adolescence check-up when they are 12 or 13 years old. These appointments, or Vorsorgeuntersuchungen, are commonly referred to as U1, […]

Thoughts on Giving Birth in Germany

I’m back! And proud to have added a new title to my identity: Blue Cakes Blogger: wife, blogger… and mother. And, although I’m exhausted, have no idea what day it is, and still feeling like I’m a machine working on autopilot (change diaper, nurse, burp, change diaper, play, rock to sleep, repeat), I can say […]

{Her} Quilt

I sewed the final stitches this week. And now it just sit there, waiting for her to arrive. The first quilt or large sewing project of any type I’ve ever attempted, it’s perfect in absolutely no way at all. But like it’s creator, who is also full of flaws and imperfections, it is filled with […]

Squealing like a pig.

There is nothing better than getting home after a long and somewhat boring day of German class and discovering a surprise package waiting for me. Such was my luck this afternoon. I unlocked the front door, walked up the four steps to our mailbox area, and there it was.  Predominantly displayed on the ledge above […]