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    Hello, This is merely an account of my life with three Littles and a fabulous husband. I made it with the hopes to stay connected to my dear loved ones that I unfortunately don't get to see everyday. I guess and hope that this will evolve and become something else with time, but for now, it will just be an honest account of how I spend my hours, minutes, days.

We went to a beautiful place

This post is ultra late. I was knocked to the floor with a bad flu. It put me back a week not to mention it was also very frustrating and aweful. Being sick and having to function as normal is a reason to feel sorry for yourself.But now I am back and I feel great, so no need to dwell on it! I have been wanted to share some picture from our recent adventure!

so…I recently turned 30 and I was bound and determined to do something special. This is what I chose: 2 weeks with my family somewhere warmer than Germany. We decided to go to Mallorca.  Mallorca (for all you wondering Americans) is an island off of Spain. It is an island that has 2 million vistors a year. I think 80% of those tourists are German. The island is known for loud parties and crazy strips of hotel covered beaches. BUT, it is not only such horrible tourist craziness. I discovered Mallorca is a really charming and lovely place. January and February are the coldest months and everything is closed, but I didn’t care. As long as it was warmer and friendlier and more beachy than Germany, I was fine.

We left very early. We took the tram to the train to the bus to the plane to a rent a car to get to our little place. I liked it. Sam liked it. The girls liked it. Traveling is fun.

This is the tram.

The train.I gave each of them their backpacks full of travel goodies. A few new toys, some small books, pens to draw with, paper and yummy snacks.We finally arrived in Berlin Airport and got to watch the Olympics while we waited. We were already wiped out by this point. The flight to Mallorca is actually really easy and the girls did great. But traveling is traveling, and traveling with small kids is a special experience, so, we were happy to be there. We got to our place pretty late and the next day we went to the grocery store and we went exploring in the town we were staying in; Portocolom.It had been raining a lot last winter which left everything a lovely juicy green.I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see shells and smell salty air. It was healing for my strained soul. Being there was what it was supposed to be: relaxing and soothing. We are so deprived of sand that we found a pitiful spot and enjoyed it to it’s full potiential. The Hu thought it was a great time to build her first sandcastle of the year. This is a sandcastle. Amazing isn’t it?Then they built sandcastles everywhere they could.   The first day was stormy and cold, but we liked it.

Stay tuned there is more to come. This time, I am not planning on getting sick and taking 3 weeks to post. It will come sooner. Thanks for staying interested, dear Bloggie readers.;)

Hail Yea!

Straight out of the camera. Dirty Lense and all.  *sigh* take me back.

February 25, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Danie - It looks like you came to California and didn’t stop in to say hello.

I’m so happy for you!!! It is so beautiful!!

Entertaining and being entertained

There are sometimes when a week goes by and we don’t see very many people other than ourselves. Then there are weeks where they are so packed with people that we barely see ourselves. Sometimes I strategically pack our week with people when I feel like I am living in the neverending-hamster-wheel. But then, sometimes I strategically bunker down because I feel like I am living in the scattered-don’t-get-anything-done-frustration. There are times and seasons for all things. Sometimes Balance is just doesn’t quite accommodate my needs.

I packed last week with people. We had people over, went to people’s houses and had 2 kids birthday parties. It was great. Exhausting but distracting. Distraction is good. When you are on for the long haul, you do what you gotta do! I just am grateful that I am now at a place where there are people that I can pack my days with. I mean, really! Isn’t it wonderful to have people in your life! I like people. A lot.

This is what the kid’s room looks like when friends come over.On a sidenote: She made friends with her dolly. The one she got for her birthday a few posts ago. (She covers herself like this by the way. I just stick her in bed and find her in the cutest positions.)Kid’s party! Ah, If you have nerves of steel and have had about 6 cups of coffee, this place is for you! It is called KuddelDaddelDu. It is a kid’s heaven. Way better then Chucky Cheese.I found a very dangerous Pirate along the way and thought I’d bring ‘em along.Then there was another Pirate.And a beautiful princess.And a very normally exceptionally cute little girl. I brought her too.So, have you ever been somewhere and it is really dark and all your pictures are turning out like this?And then you turn on the flash and it looks like this?I was so fed up I did what I am usually too conservative to do. I jacked up the ISO to 1000. Which still didn’t really do the trick so.. up I 4000! I have never done such a thing because… they turn out like this: Pixely Pooxely Mess of Noise. But I was fed up and chucked my instincts overboard. At least I got rid of the blurry running kid pictures.  That slide is a rocket slide. I went down with Preciousbabe and tried to take pictures and hurt myself cause I tried to break and got burned by frictioned plastic. !I then went down the same rocket slide and Netanya tried to be silly and ‘catch me’. Then I rocketed with my camera right into her teeth. It was a bloody mess. (it wasn’t that bad. Just a little shock and blood. But we were both fine in a matter of time) She even got blood on her pretty dress! I then put my camera away and wiped up the blood. Later, I was bummed I hadn’t taken a quick picture. I mean, why not take a bloody picture!? oh wait, let me answer that: because your kid is in despair and all your are concerned about is getting her sorted out. oh, right.

Then we were home and the next day I found another pirate.

A dangerous one!With a snotty nose.Doesn’t she look comfortable? She drags as many toys junk as possible into her bed. Do your kids do that too? I mean, how do you fall asleep like this!!?? (In case you are wondering…she is in a sleepysack. She likes to have a blanket AND a sleepy sack. Don’t ask. If it means she sleeps, I just nod.)We are going to be gone for the next two weeks. And then, I will have a plethora of beauty to share! I am excited. See you in 3 weeks!!!

Just the everyday

We went to the zoo with Preciousbabe and company for a little birthday celebration. I had to break down and go to the doctor and let him perscribe me some antibiotics. It snowed outside. We have been playing a lot at home. And… That was prety much my week. Not sure what to photograph these days. I am trying to figure out how to make really boring things look interesting. I am not quite that good. Maybe someday I’ll figure it out…or maybe not. Maybe I will just remain content taking ‘cute’ pictures. Although, I like my ‘cute’ pictures.

And then, the highlight of my week. A girly package from my mom. Long distance travel and customs and all that made this a little late but! it added some entertainment to our house.It was full of individually wrapped goodies. Nail polish, fake girlie nails, makeup (for me, folks- not the kiddos), and just Fun.The Hu was so excited about the new nails that she immediately had to put them on when she woke up the next morning. She asked about 15 thousand times by the time she finished her breakfast and needed immediate attention. It was dire. So, her wonderful Papa had compassion and took on the job. Oh yes, Yes he did. It was glorious to watch. My dear husband grew up with 3 other boys. He had no such things as fake nails in his upbringing. This was a whole new ballpark for him. He liked it. He did. Then the Girl needed pretty hair and a pretty dress to go with it. The Hu’s Diva Needs could not be hidden behind her normally ‘sporty’ demeanor, she broke out all over into Girlfantastic!Then Curly Q also needed some special lovin.After they were all dressed and primped they went back to their horsey game they play pretty much the whole day without tiring.

They amaze me.(don’t worry, you worrywart mommas outthere. no one is getting strangeled in this game. it may quirk those momma hearts of yours but, everything is under control)

Have a lovely weekend!

January 24, 2014 - 10:14 pm

Mom - What a wonderful surprise!!! I just got the courage to look at my precious family here without missing them and YAY! What a blessing! I have never seen more beautiful children and that includes mine! And Olivia looks exactly like my mother, Olivia, her great grandmother. And whats with these perfect noses and gorgeous eyes! Must be a Wintermann, Parkinson, Gordon mix. I love you all sooooo much! These pictures are so cute. I love the cute. Thanks Sammy for being such a good sport! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoMom

Preciousbabe turned two!

Today is Preciousbabe’s birthday! Her sisters were very excited to wake her up with the birthday song and immediately let her know that there was a present waiting for her at the breakfast table. They even helped her out of bed to quicken the process. They love her. They also love presents. Who doesn’t?

This is my goofball. (Not on her birthday, but I love this picture. She was playing in her bed before she went to sleep and called out to me. I came in to find her looking pretty cool.)This was this morning.She got a book about Ponies. She loved it. Had to read the whole thing before she opened her next gift.Which was a dolly. She wasn’t into it. Can you see the face? It means…’I am not quite sure about that.’This is my 2 year old.


She loves her sisters.She likes to do things she shouldn’t. Like climbing up and standing on the table. (she is harmless like that.)She likes to play ‘horsey.’She is extra snoofy and squishy. (and sweet and wonderful!)But she has turned two, which has brought a new shade to my life as a momma. This lil thing is one feisty girl. Her newest thing is so scream in my face and spit afterwards. Nice, huh? She usually gets a little time to herself in her crib when she pulls that number. Yippee for a two year old!

This is a little look at her past birthdays. All two of them!

I know many of you have seen these pictures of Esther’s very very first birthday a million times (or maybe not) but I love them so much. I could look at them everyday!So, let’s celebrate Life. Thank you God for giving us life and for giving me such a precious little babe. Happy Birthday, Esther!