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Big Ive’s first day of Kindergarten in the US

August 10 was the first day of kindergarten for Big Ive. I think she was a little nervous. LOML ended up having to travel for work and wasn’t there so I had to walk her and the other 2 kids in while on crutches because of my Achilles’ tendon tear.

She she had to wear her germany shirt on her first day. And Little E had to wear hers, too.

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4 years of Big Ive

Big Ive turns 4 on April 10.  It is always hard to imagine she has been with us for so short and so long at the same time.  When these milestones come up I always think about how it feels like we never had a time without her.  I know that’s not true, of course.  But sometimes memories play tricks on you that way.  Sometimes, I think, when we love people so much we forget a little bit that life existed before without them.

I think back and remember her birth.   Remember that we were so lucky and blessed to even have had this baby.  Remember that she came out a whopping 9lb 6oz, 21.5in at 41weeks 3days.  Remember the crazy events that lead up to a scheduled c-section birth (she flipped breach at nearly 9.5lbs).  Remember the worry when she didn’t cry right away, when they finally got her to it sounded like an engine starting up with small whimpers consistently growing to bigger and bigger until the relief of a great cry.  Remember the shock of having a redhead (we love it, we just weren’t really expecting it).

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I think back and remember her first year or so of life.  The head-shaping helmet she wore for 3 months because of mild plageocephaly.  Remember feeling guilty for not being able to enjoy her first 1.5 years so much because of the unplanned pregnancy of Little E.  Remember the worry when the pediatrician said she didn’t have enough verbal words, and at the same time remember feeling defensive and maybe a little smug that she had so many signs.  Remember how little she felt up until the day Little E was born.  And then how completely huge she instantly became, when I wasn’t expecting it, when I didn’t know it would happen, after Little E was born.  I remember how much this tiny toddler/big baby loved her baby sister, how much joy she had.  Remember thinking that Big Ive should somehow look much bigger next to a newborn Little E.  Remember how she used to click her tongue to make a kissing sound when she gave you a kiss (and once every very little while still does).

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I put her name in the skinny part on her left temple, but blurred it for my semi-anonymous blog.

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One or 2 days before Little E was born.  She climbed up and fell asleep like that.

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First time meeting Little E at the hospital the day she was born.

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Signing ‘juice’ Big Ive style.  There were a few months where she added a few new signs a week, thanks to my little sister who is majoring in Sign Language Interpretation at college.

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Double binkies in Switzerland Christmas day 2011.

I think back and try to remember the third year of her life.   And I don’t remember so much.  Because I was a sleep deprived mother of 2 very young children (one a baby who didn’t sleep through the night until after 1 year of age and thought no solid foods were good until 8 months of age…).  But, that’s ok.  Because I know we had a good year.  I remember traveling.  Remember Big Ive sleeping in every place we traveled (Paris subway? check.  Florence city streets? check.  Beaches of Croatia?  check. …).  Remember starting to attend the Kindergarten in our village, attending Krabbelgruppe, so many walks around the village, times on the playground, picking flowers out in nature.  Remember right at her 2nd birthday she decided she would really start to talk.  And then 4 months later we threw her into the German-speaking Kindergarten and watched as her English language progress suddenly stopped for a few months.  Just to pick right back up, but this time concurrently learning German.  Remember when she started to remember things (like my parents house, and how it takes 2 airplanes to get there).  Remember when she couldn’t hardly ride walk her Laufrad (balance bike).

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My stacker of blocks kid.  She has always been good at stacking blocks and working puzzles.

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Easter morning 2012.  My favorite part is her still-swollen-with-sleep eyes after just waking.

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LOML giving her the tour of the cathedral in Metz, France.

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Sass and a map at a vineyard in France, spring 2012.

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How many dandelions can a little girl pick? Summer 2012, along the wooded path around our village.  The sap in those dandelions stained that flower dress that day.  I still have the dress.

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Totally rockin’ it on the first day of real Kindergarten, August 2012.

I think back and remember her 4th year of life, the one she just completed, now starting on her 5th year. Remember that she spoke very little German at the beginning of the year, only to have it suddenly explode and she became a near-fluent 3 year old German speaker.  Remember the times my heart swelled when she, out of the blue, says that God loves her and lives in her heart. Remember when she suddenly could out-run me on her Laufrad.  Remember all the funny things her brain puts together and spills out her lips.  Remember the wonderful feeling of a content child feeling safe and falling asleep in mom’s arms.  Remember bringing her to my German classes and she responded to the teacher, talking about her bike.  Remember when she ran up to our Landlord and hugged his legs outside of the Kindergarten one afternoon at pickup (and remember the look of shock and joy on his face).  Remember her asking for her babysitters to come back to her house soon.  Remember the look of her face when she tells you it takes 2 airplanes to get to Gampers’ house.  Remember the heart-wrenching sadness she felt when LOML was apart from us and she told me she missed her daddy.  Remember how much better and how willing she is of a helper with chores and me around the house.  Remember how caring she is when I had a sore back, or was sick.  Remember her ‘softing’ my hurts away.  Remember her addiction to her pacifiers.

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After opening her new birthday present of puzzles, April 10, 2013.

DSC03118Trying out the Laufrad from Uncle Fred, Spring 2013.

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DSC03561Walking to the beach in Croatia, July 2013.

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Running in the fountain, when Uncle Robot and Tia were in Germany.

DSC04621At the playground near my parent’s house.

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I like the expression she has in this photo New Year’s Day 2014.

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I look forward to the future.  I made the commitment to live in the today and not be sad about what is in the past, and I’ll continue to do that with you, looking forward to the many years to come of our lives together, watching you grow.  You and me, we’ll keep living life in our little family, on our crazy adventure.  I love you, Big Ive.  You’ll always be my Big Ive-baby.

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[daily life] language

“Where’s the store lunch of it?” -Big Ive 06.04.2013
Where’s the supper restaurant?

“I have flower birthday. Polka-aught birthday. And another polka-aught birthday. Und I have fish birthday!” -Big Ive 09.04.2013  She was talking about her birthday presents.  They were wrapped in flower, polka-dot and fish wrapping papers.  She talked like each present was a birthday, not that a day was a birthday.

“Möchte me helpfe?” -Big Ive 27.04.2013

“Mamma!  Where is you?!” -Big Ive 01.05.2013, when she woke up in the middle of the night crying

wailing: “I just burp!” -Big Ive 01.05.2013, when she woke up in the middle of the night crying and wailing

“Happy birthday! ::few second pause:: To you!” -Little E 01.05.2013.  We had a friend over and we celebrated her birthday.  Little E was yelling this with great concern the rest of the evening.  She woke up the next morning and said it a couple of times, as well.

“Mom, der’s spider wedge here.  I have to bacuum it.” -Big Ive 04.05.2013

“‘Pider!” -Little E 03.05.2013  She said this as we were walking home from school when she saw some white fluff on the ground, thinking it was a spider web.  I don’t think she understands the little creature is a spider and the white stuff is a web.

“Don’t say me no, Momma.” -Big Ive 04.05.2013

“Please take your ringens off, Mom.” -Big Ive 06.05.2013
Please take your earrings off, Mom.

“Lorlax!” -Little E 06.05.2013
This is her way to say Lorax, as in the movie and Dr. Seuss book.  She does this sort of flip with her tongue to get that ‘rl’ in the middle to come out.  So cute.

“Can I play with my clamicks?” -Big Ive 06.05.2013
Can I play with my magnets?

“Dad, you go upstairs and have a nap wif mom-dad bed.” -Big Ive 06.05.2013
Dad, go upstairs and take a nap in mom & dad’s bed.

“I-self! I-self!” -Little E 11.05.2013
Myself! Myself! as in, Let Me Do It Myself!

Salattuce -Big Ive 14.05.2013  This is the combination of the German word, Salat, and the English word, lettuce, which mean the same thing.  The past couple of weeks have shown her starting to experiment more with both languages, and in some instances like this, combining both languages in one word.  Crazy that her brain just understand Salat and lettuce mean the same thing.

“Groshreyore” -Big Ive 26.05.2013
Grocery store

“Food and a counters.  And and and a pantry. And some, and some.” -Big Ive 30.05.2013  I wish I remember what this was about.  I’m sure we asked her a question, like to describe something, and this was her answer.

“I’m giving kisses to my friend, Elsie.” -Big Ive 30.05.2013  Makes my heart melt.

Fahrraden.  Ich mochte fahrraden with my friends. -Big Ive 04.06.2013 I want to ride bikes with my friends.  Fahrraden is a unique one because she combined Fahrrad (bicycle) and fahren (to drive/go).  You would normally say ‘Ich mochte Fahrrad fahren.”

Bechables. -Big Ive 08.06.2013 The ‘ch’ has a sort of ‘sh’ sound to it, but not the soft ‘sh’.  Do you know how hard it is to describe the sound of words without being able to give you a sound?
Vegetables.

“How ’bout Lorlax?” -Little E 08.06.2013 ‘How about Lorax?’  She was asking to watch the movie on the iPad as she turned it on and navigated to the movie player app.

“My sword!” -Little E 08.06.2013 In reference to her garden pinwheel.

“Ja, gern.” -Big Ive08.06.2013 Her response after I asked her if she wanted some juice in German.

“Tell your Daddy he’s no help.”
“No helf.” -Big Ive 10.06.2013 She said it like the German word.

“Möchte Buch lesen, Mamma?” -Big Ive 13.06.2013 “I would like you to read me a book, mom.”  This is the first time I’ve heard her ask to have a book read to her in German.  Usually she just asks in English.

“I’m so tired ‘a go to church.” -Big Ive 16.06.2013

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“Mom, what’s go on here?  What’s go on?”  -Big Ive 04.04.2013
What’s going on here?  Said with her hands on her hips and a very stern face.

::big yawn:: “I still tired.”  -Big Ive 04.04.2013  She says this every time she yawns.  I think it’s cute.  She thinks yawning is the same as being tired.

Meeyap. -Little E 08.04.2013
Lap

“Mocha (something).” -Little E This is her version of the German word möchte meaning ‘I would like’.  It sounds like she’s ordering a coffee drink along with an object.  :)

“You always make my sad, Mom.” -Big Ive 13.04.2013
You always make me sad, Mom.  She said this after I told her to clean up her Legos.

Big Ive was playing with our travel Scrabble game, snapping the letter tiles onto the board.  She came across one of the blank tiles and had to bring it over to me saying it didn’t have a letter on it.  She thought it was not supposed to go in the game because she left it sitting the the shelf when she resumed her playing.  Once she got a large rectangle of letters onto the board she exclaimed to me that she was done.  20.04.2013

Big Ive-isms on the subject of her upcoming 3rd birthday (mostly all said on 09.04.2013, the day before her birthday)

“I wanna open my birthday.”
I want to open my birthday presents.

“I have a flower birthday.  I have a polka aught birthday.  Another one polka aught birthday. Und I have a fish birthday!”
I have a flower birthday present, a polka dot present, another polka dot present and a fish present!  (I had wrapped and placed a few more after she went to bed so she was super excited about all of the presents on top of the bookshelf.)

Me: “What do you do on your birthday, Big Ive?”
Big Ive: “I open my BIRTHDAY!” (I open my birthday presents!)

“I want my birthday.”
I think she’s saying she wants her presents because she doesn’t seem to understand that a whole day is her birthday, not just the presents.

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[daily life] language

“I ‘member baby fwogs in da office, Mamma.  Swim! I lub a swim in da office.  Krocodiles, Mommy.  Where da Krocodiles?” -Big Ive 27.02.2013
This was said after asking what an illustration for a tadpole was.  Krocodile is the combination of the English and German words for crocodile/Krokodil.

“It’s beautiful outside.  Look at all the colors in the sky.” -Big Ive 16.02.2013
This was said while we were driving in thick fog with lots of snow on the ground.

“See all da skofe comin’ off da cookie?  See all da skofe?  Burns myself.  I have ahtch out.” -Big Ive 22.02.2013
See all of the steam (hers is a mixture of ‘smoke’ and ‘steam’) coming off of the cookie?  See all of the steam?  It’ll burn me.  I have to watch out.

“Mamma, stay you eyes out.” -Big Ive 22.02.2013  This was directed at me when she was sitting on the toilet and I was standing in the bathroom waiting for her to finish.  Apparently she needs her privacy when doing her jobs.

“She’s a licah nady.” -Big Ive 22.02.2013
She’s a nice lady.  ::  It took her a few times of throwing this one out of her mouth before we could understand what was being said.  This is for Ms. Mary, our friend from church.

“Big Ive’s busy.” -Big Ive 22.02.2013
Big Ive is dizzy.  (after spinning in the living room with dad)

“I like balsamic, Mamma.” -Big Ive 23.02.2013

Lavendader (lavender) -Big Ive 24.02.2013

Little E was ‘reading’ a book.  When she closed it she said, “Amen.” 25.02.2013

“Birds da not get da Lawlix.” -Big Ive 04.03.2013
She was commenting on the birds flying away from the lion character, Alex, on Madagascar III.

“I wanna play ball soccer, Momma.  I wanna play ball soccer.  Ball soccer.”  -Big Ive 04.03.2013
I wanna play with the soccer ball.  I wanna play soccer.

“We don’t hit people with cows.” -Big Ive 05.03.2013  Said with a very straight face.  While holding a toy cow.

“Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Eleventeen.” -Big Ive 06.03.2013

“Eleven.  EE-twelve.  EE-thirteen.  Eleven.” -Big Ive, on the walk home from Kindergarten afternoon of 06.03.2013

“Big Ive, what do you think I got at the store today?”
“Chocolate.”
“Nope. Try again.”
“Peanuts.”
“Nope.”
“Watermelon.” -Big Ive 11.03.2013

“Alright! Beer!” -Little E 11.03.2013  Said as LOML was bringing a case of beer into the house.

“Ring around the rosie, pocket on da tuna, atches atches, all fall down! That’s all it’s about!” -Big Ive 12.03.2013

“I wanna sing you another book.” -Big Ive 13.03.2013

“Where my fasipier, Mamma?” -Big Ive 25.03.2013
Where’s my pacifier?

“The floor get me wif my head!” -Big Ive 25.03.2013
She was playing with some boxes and feel down hitting her head on the floor.

“I wanna full of chocolate on a spoon, Mamma.” -Big Ive 27.03.2013
I want a spoon full of chocolate cookie dough, Mom.

“I want ___________ mag.  I want __________ mag.”  -Big Ive 01.04.2013
Fill in the blank with whatever it was she wanted — me, a drink, a toy, etc.  Mag is a conjugated form of the “to want” verb.  So she was saying “I want ________ I want”.

“Mochte kiss, Mamma?  Mochte kiss?” -Big Ive 02.04.2013  [Mochte is pronounced mosh-tuh, with the o like oats.]
Would you like a kiss, Mamma?  —  This one is interesting because she use the “I would like” conjugation of this verb and not the “you would like”.  She’s starting to put them together, though.  It’s a good thing I know a little about German because I would have absolutely no idea what she was saying otherwise.

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[daily life] language

I am fascinated by the language development in my children.  I often find their trial English (and German) sayings hilarious.  Also, it is very interesting to try to phonetically spell these crazy words when your child uses sounds that do not appear in the English language.  Sorry if you are bored of my journal-entry-blog-posts on my children’s language development.  I get a kick out of the things that come out of their mouths every day.  If I don’t write them down right away I forget.  Some of the funniest things I can’t even recall to email LOML during the day or tell him when he gets home from work.

“Beeb-up.” -Little E 16.02.2013
You would have a very hard time trying to figure out this one without the accompanying actions.  She is saying, “Sleeves up”, and trying to pull her long sleeves up.  Every time she says it I have a 2 or 3 second delay for my understanding.  And then I crack up.

“Big Ive goes night night.  The sunnyshine goes to bed, wake up in 2 minutes, then go to Big Ive’s Kindergarten.” -Big Ive 18 & 19.02.2013
This has been Big Ive’s bedtime speech ritual the past 2 nights.  I tell her that she needs to go to bed and that when the sunnyshine wakes up we can go to school to see her friends.  She is very precise on saying she will sleep for 2 minutes. [[Also, sunnyshine is very similar to the German word Sonnenschein, which, obviously, means sunshine.]]

I tend to call most children ‘friends’ when telling Big Ive and Little E who we are going to see.  Usually we don’t come across children that aren’t known to us (either we know the kids or I know the parent and we are meeting the kids).  I do this so she is more at ease when we meet new people or see children she hasn’t seen in a long time.  Consequently Big Ive has been referring to all children she sees as friends.  Kids on TV — friends.  Kids at church — friends.  Kids walking along the street in whatever village/city we’re in — friends.  While I don’t think this is a bad thing for her to view all people as friends, I am worried that as she grows up a little more it will become hurtful.  Will learning the ‘meaning’ of the word friend hurt her when she is not included in a group of people she thought were friends?

“I want hello Frau Landlady.” -Big Ive 19.02.2013
I want to say hello to Frau Landlady.  Said while walking home from school that afternoon.

The past couple of weeks Big Ive had been on a birthday kick.  She’ll often say it is her birthday, or Daddy’s birthday (never mom’s birthday, though).  At dinner tonight she was singing, “Jesus lub us, to you”, to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’.  21.02.2013

Little E used the word ‘tired’ correctly today and I understood it when she said it (which might be the greater accomplishment!).  When I was putting the girls to bed I taught her the German word for tired, müde.  She was saying it with a VERY American English accent, which was cute and funny.  21.02.2013

As I was picking up Big Ive from Kindergarten this afternoon she told me one of her friends spit on her.  “Charles* spit me.  Charles spit my shirt.”  Charles and his mother were still there getting ready to leave so we had a talk about it.  He didn’t confess and he didn’t actually say he didn’t spit on her, either.  No big deal either way. 21.02.2013

LOML asked Big Ive a couple of nights ago how her day was at school.  She said, “I play with friends.  I play with teachers.  I play with toys.”  When asked what she ate for lunch she said, “I eat supper.”  I think she says this because they have a hot, cooked lunch, which must be what she equates our supper as at home since I cook in the evenings, while lunches tend to be sandwiches or leftovers.  19.02.2013

*Names have been changed, obviously, as I try to keep this a semi-anonymous blog.

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[daily life] language

“You want Big Ive’s yorgit, Daddy? You want Big Ive’s yorgit? – 14.12.2012  Big Ive said this as LOML came downstairs.  She was offering him her breakfast yogurt.

“I want pitabutter. Wif spoon on it.” 05.01.2013 She was trying to say she wanted a spoonful of peanut butter.

I wanna carry ya.
Carry ya (because Elsie knows now that I respond to that request she asks all the time.)
I have no idea how to spell E’s version do orange.
Auntie, saying it and recognizing her while she sleeps

As I was putting Little E into her car seat she farted. And then she said, “I heard that”. LOML always says that to Big Ive when she farts. I guess Little E picked up on it, too. 06.01.2013

“See it, da fwags, in da window?” = Do you see the flags in the window? 10.01.2013

“It’s hab polka oughts on Schuhe.” -Big Ive 13.01.2013
It has polka dots on the Schuhe (shoes).

“Kan-kuu. Welcome.” -Little E 15.02.2013″Thank you. You’re welcome.”  She says this almost every time we give her something.  Instead of just saying ‘thank you’ she always has to say both thank you and you’re welcome.  She’ll do it in German, too: Bitte, Danke.

Half of the time Big Ive refers to her Aunt Leah as Uncle Leah.  She is also working on sorting out how to correctly use pronouns — he/she, her/his, mine/yours.  A super cute thing she still says (incorrectly) is, “I wanna carry you”.  This actually means I want YOU to carry ME.  I think she says it that way because we would ask her, “You want me to carry you?”

Sometimes Big Ive speaks in third person and sometimes it’s first.  This whole language development is fascinating to watch.

On Tuesday (12.02.2013) we walked up to Big Ive’s Kindergarten in our village to say hello to the teachers.  She heard German being spoken (obviously) and a couple kids and a teacher spoke to her in German.  That night she brought a big German children’s book over to me to read.  I can fake read German to an extent.  I don’t know exactly what I’m reading but I can mostly sound out words and pronounce them right.  Well, those 2 activities got her jump started back in German mode.  She then grabbed a little book (can’t remember if it was German or English) and started ‘reading’ it with her German babble.  LOML was home and we both kind of stopped what we were doing because this was more than just German babble.  This was a mush up of more German words than we had ever heard from her before.  The kid had been seriously holding out on us!  There were quite a few real German words we could recognize.  It was awesome.  She had been away from German speakers for 2 months and then hears a couple sentences and decides to bring it all out.

“Atches, atches, all pall down!” -Little E 15.02.2013
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!  Ring Around The Rosie has become a favorite in our house lately.

“Go! Go! On ‘denture!” -Big Ive
“Go! Benshure!” -Little E
‘I wanna go, go, go, go on an adventure, the thingamajigger is up and away. Go, go, go, go on an adventure, flying with the Cat in the Hat today!’ — It’s a song from the TV show, Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That.  The girls love it.  I sing this song when we’re getting ready to go somewhere.

Playing in the snow on the back terrace this morning.

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Discovering Big Ive & Little E version 1.0

Yesterday I went shopping with my sister and the girls to a department store.  We were looking around at things, she was looking for a belt.  Little E was sitting in the single umbrella stroller while Big Ive was roaming free.  She was wandering about and I was trying to keep up with her to prevent any displays from toppling or other sort of mischief.  This meant a lot of “Big Ive, don’t do that.  Big Ive, where are you?  Big Ive, please stop touching that” was said.

Well, this older lady walks up to us — she must have been in her 60’s — and asks what Big Ive’s name is because she had overheard us while she was shopping.  I told her the name.  She stops, gets this misty look in her eyes and says, “My mother’s name was Big Ive.”  It was super sweet.  We chatted for a minute and then I introduced her to Little E, saying something like, “And this is Little E.”  Her jaw dropped and she put her hand on her heart.  She was completely dumbfounded hearing that name and told us her mother’s best friend for over 40 years was named Little E.  She was thrilled beyond belief to discover a new generation of best-friend sisters named Big Ive and Little E.  She couldn’t wait to tell her family about it.

It brightened her day and learning about that definitely brightened our day, too.

A little bit later in the same store after shopping a little bit more…

We were in the checkout line paying for our items when Big Ive mentioned the Cat In The Hat display with plush Cat toys.  She has lately begun to be very interested in the Cat In The Hat TV show on PBS.  She was so excited to see those and desperately wanted one.  Being the mean mother I am (just kidding…I’m actually a pretty good mom), I told her we couldn’t buy one today.  She was a little sad, but not heartbroken.  I rarely buy character merchandise for my kids and almost never buy plush toys (that’s another rant there…maybe sometime I’ll share that thought process). “Ich habe kein Geld.  Tut mir leid.”

Anyway, a gentleman in his 60’s was behind us in line.  He tried to use his discount coupon for our purchase but the cashier didn’t want to do that.  When he heard Big Ive asking for the toy he said, “I’ll get one for her.  If she wants it, I’ll buy it.”  I thanked him profusely and told him a number of times that it really wasn’t necessary and she really didn’t need to have it.  He said, “I never had a Cat In The Hat when I was a kid.  I want to get it for her.”  And after the cashier rang up his items he told her to put it on his bill.  Big Ive was handed Cat and she said a big thank you to the man.  She was thrilled beyond belief that she got the Cat In The Hat toy.

Oh, my, you should have seen that kid the rest of the afternoon and evening.  Everything she did had to involve Cat.  We walked across a parking lot and I told her to hold my hand.  “Cat In Hat hold Ive’s hand.”  So she had to walk holding my hand and Cat’s hand.  Cat had to sit with her in her car seat.  “Cat In Hat sit wif Ive.”  She even had to go to bed with him.  This might not be a big thing for some kids, but Big Ive has never been a kid to be attached to an object.  She didn’t have a specific blanket or toy or soothing thing (other than the binkie).

BI_CatHat_20130125A slightly sick little girl loving on her Cat In The Hat while watching cartoons.

I’m thankful for a heart-filling day.  I’m thankful for meeting sweet strangers.  I’m thankful for my children who provide wonderful opportunities to meet people I probably would never meet had they not been loving, curious children who like people.  I’m thankful for older, wiser people.  And I pray we instill in our children the gift of loving people of all ages and recognizing everyone’s importance.

Makes my heart smile.  : )

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[daily life] 12.12.12

You try it. Da floor.” 07.12.2012

Bryan gehurt me. 11.12.2012  This one is interesting because she used an English verb, but conjugated it with a German past tense conjugation.  Hurt :: gehurt.  A boy at school hit her and she was telling me on the way home from school.

Bert and Hernie on T. 12.12.2012 (Bert and Ernie are on TV.)

LOML and I get “Guck mal”ed all the time at home.  It comes out sounding more like “Kukamall”, but that’s ok because it’s more like the correct pronunciation, anyway.

I learned the command style in my German class last night (11.12.2012).  This is the one thing I really wanted to be able to know how to do so I could give simple commands to Big Ive while we’re in Arizona for the next 8 weeks.  Hopefully with the extra hands of my mom, dad and sister (and sometimes my brothers if they’re at the house) I’ll be able to work through some RosettaStone to keep going on German learning.  I don’t want to forget it all before I get back and take the next Intensivkurs Moduls.

The teacher told me that after she completed a puzzle at school she said, “Gute gemacht!” 12.12.2012

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NaBloPoMo Day 30 – Last day of the month

  • I would normally be excited for Movember to end, however, LOML will not be shaving his moustache in the  morning.  He is going to keep it until we see his family for Christmas.
  • This is the last day of NaBloPoMo.  I’m happy I participated.  I don’t think I will keep up with a blog post each day, but it was a really good thing to get me back into the swing of documenting the daily life memories for me and for our family and friends far away.  I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into our lives this past month, and into my crazy thoughts.
  • “Martha Speaks” came on TV this morning and Big Ive said, “Dats my Marfa! Dats my Marfa!”
  • Big Ive didn’t want to give LOML a kiss before he left for work this morning.  I told her I’d cover up his moustache wiskers.  She contemplated that and leaned in for a kiss, when I removed my hand and LOML turned his head so he could give her a good whisker scratch.
  • Tomorrow we get to start our Advent calendar.  This year’s calendar is another Kinder chocolate one.  LOML picked it up in France last weekend.
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