2019

Hiking Into The Texas Sunset In March

Yesterday evening was so nice and warm, Kevin, the girls and I walked along the creek behind our street. Sara wanted to go to the new bridge anyway. And Katelynn wanted to see, if she can find a fossil at the waters edge. What a nice opportunity to take the camera and capture Spring along the way.

2019, In The Garden

“Dandelions!!!” (2)

Sara came home from school and walked straight into the backyard, where she found me working in the greenhouse. “Oh Mom, look! Dandelions!!!” After she put her backpack in her room, she came back to pick the dandelions and blow their seeds off the stems. But before Sara did that, she made a wish with each flower. I just enjoy the moments, when she still has so much fun with these flowers. Life is still so easy and innocent, right now.

2019

St. Patrick’s Day 2019πŸ€πŸŒˆπŸ€

Three years ago, when Sara was in Kindergarten, she had a little school project on Spring Break. We’ve helped her to make a Leprechaun trap and write a little story about, how she’s gonna trap it. The Irish gnome is approving, that this is a great trap for catching these little gold chasing boogers. Don’t forget to wear your lucky green, today. πŸ€πŸŒˆπŸ€

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Sara’s Leprechaun Trap, she made for a Kindergarten project in 2015.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

2019, In The Garden

Greenhouse Garden Project (Phase 1/Part I)

Finally, Kevin and I started my new project. Last week, I purchased the materials. And this afternoon, we’ve put the wooden frame together. But first I had to unlock and separate the greenhouse from its metal frame, before we could place the wood in the same spot. Kevin had some leftover wood blocks, we could use for securing the corners of the base. After the wooden base was done, we could screw the metal frame on the wood and reinstall the greenhouse. The greenhouse is so light, we just picked it up as a whole and moved it around as needed. Kevin and I decided not to put shelves in the greenhouse. We will have raised beds, like we had the first year.

Katelynn helped leveling the ground for the wooden frame. And she cleaning the soil out of the bottom of metal frame. She really enjoyed helping us with the project. Joshua came from the garage into the backyard, He played garden inspector and made sure, we are all doing our jobs well. Best way to keep an eye on all of us, is the view from the tree … or he just got bored and decided to chase the Brown-headed Cowbirds out of the Bradford Pear tree, before they would have pooped on us eventually.

2019, Travel/Vacation

Katelynn’s Back Home

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Hometown sign of WΓΌrzburg in Epcot/Walt Disney World

Katelynn and her school band had a blast, the last 3Β½ days. They left early Saturday morning to fly to Florida. When they arrived at Walt Disney World, they went straight to Epcot. Katelynn did show her friends “Germany” and the sign of the city, where she was born. The following day, they spent the day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She said, her favorite area was Tomorrowland. And she enjoyed the fireworks, while standing next to Space Mountain. On the third day, the group went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see the Blue Man Group in Universal Studios. Today, it was clearing the resort rooms, get on the bus to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and fly back home to Dallas.

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Katelynn got herself a Walt Disney World Parks t-shirt and a Star Wars Porg plush toy.
2019, Travel/Vacation

Walt Disney World 2019

Tomorrow is the big the day, Katelynn will fly with her school band to Florida. This will be the fourth time for Katelynn being in Walt Disney World. But it will be the first time without us parents. She’s growing up so fast! 😦 πŸ˜‰ Katelynn’s band won’t march. But they still will have a good time seeing other High School bands marching in the parades. There will be also a few local bands from the DFW Metroplex.

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Katelynn’s High School Band t-shirt, she will wear during her trip in Walt Disney World.
2019

“Super Heroes” Curriculum

Sara’s school had their 7th Curriculum Night. This year’s theme: “Superheroes”. As we all know, Superheroes use and fight lots of science to protect humankind and the world. Superman explains, how a tornado forms; Spiderman invites us to learn more about his buggy friends (No, I’m still not a fan of spiders!); the Incredibles teach us about electric circuits. … Just to name a few examples. But before I forget to mention it: There are also our daily human Superheroes, which keep us safe and sound in our community, every day: TCPD & TCFD came for a visit to say “Hello” as well.

It turned out to be another great Curriculum Night. Sara had a lot of fun, learning something new. Even Katelynn had fun with some of the projects. She was amazed, when she touched the water bubble, which sat on top of the sand (Remind me, not to use this kid of sand for the kitty litterbox!).

2019

Cozy Sunday Afternoon

While I cooked, I’ve got a fire started in the fireplace. The temperatures didn’t go above 40Β°F (4Β°C). Sara wanted me to fill up, the slinky feeder with peanuts, because she likes to watch her little Blue Jays. And sure enough, it didn’t take long, when six Blue Jays showed up to get some nuts. Sandy and Mr. Cardinal picked a couple of peanuts as well. After dinner, we all stayed by the fire in the front room. Kevin and Sara played a board game. And Katelynn watched them, while I tended the fire.

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Warming fire in our fireplace
2019

Back To Normality

After a Two-week-break, Katelynn and Sara are back in school. Katelynn started her second semester as a Freshman. When she came home, she said, her interests are mixed and well balanced. There are two subjects she really loves, and two she is not so font with them. She usually loves Mathematics. But she doesn’t like Algebra. I remember, first I wasn’t a fan of Algebra either. But once I figured it out, it wasn’t so hard anymore. But it took a bit to click in my head. Katelynn is going through the same struggles. She’s excited for Science. She can’t wait to talk about her collection of dinosaurs. Then there is another semester of Band in this school year. And English Language Arts is the other subject, she’s raising her eyebrows. She was never a fan of ELA. πŸ˜€ But Katelynn has a lot of fun in High School. And that’s also very important. Sara said, she had an amazing day in school, too.

Kevin celebrates his 44th Birthday, today. We were considering going out for his big day. But I could talk him into, me cooking a nice meal for him. Since the weather is in the 70s, I decided to cook some German Hamburger Patties, which are nicely seasoned. And as the side dish I made Potato-Cucumber Salad. Kevin agreed, my food tastes so much better. And it is much cheaper and healthier to eat at home. Our New Years Resolution is to reduce the days eating out and rather spend the time on cooking a decent meal at home. We are planning a trip to Seattle/Vancouver trip for this Summer. And in Spring 2020, we would like to go back to Walt Disney World. These trips cost a lot of money, and therefore I always need to find a way to save more $$$.

2019

January Winter Weather

The temperatures stay in the mid-30s (1Β°C) in North Texas, today. Since it is close to the freezing point and raining outside, the girls and I stay cozy by the fire. Since, I started the fire in the fireplace, Luis hasn’t moved a muscle on the ottoman. He really and enjoys the heat. What a lucky pup?! Lexi and the cats are snoozing on soft blankets. Katelynn and Sara have Winter Break until Monday. They still have to do their daily school work, which includes reading books and practice clarinet. Their brains need to stay in sharp, when they go back to school. But homework and riding out the cooler weather is so much more fun with hot chocolate for them, and cappuccino for me. πŸ˜‰