Week Three of Our Summer Travels: Germany


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Guten tag!!

No, I didn’t get my fingers crossed up on the keyboard (at least not this time). Guten tag (goo-tehn tahg) is German for good day.

Yeah, we get around fast, don’t we? We’ve already been to Hawaii and China this summer. Now we’re speaking German. Wow!

Last week the kids and I had fun exploring Germany. My husband had lived in Germany as a child when his father was stationed there by the military. I think that made learning about the country even more interesting to the kids.

Okay, so here’s what we did for our German week….

We Read:

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Elves and the Shoemaker (German Fairy Tale)

The Fisherman and His Wife (German Fairy Tale)

We Made:

German Edelweiss Hats


German Boys


Can you tell which one was colored by my four year old? She likes to get really creative with colors. I think that poor guy has a pretty severe sunburn…. 😎

We Ate:


  • Weiner Schnitzel – I looked at two grocery stores and could not find veal, so I just used pork. It turned out delicious!
  • Hot German Potato Salad – This recipe was great. I am glad though that I cut the amount of sugar in half, or it would have been way too sweet.
  • Red Cabbage – Yuck! Barf! Do Not Attempt At Home!! – I found this recipe in a German cookbook from the library. Obviously, it did not turn out well at all.

We Watched:

  • Hanzel and Gretel
  • Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • The Frog Prince

If you’re wondering where we’re getting the books and movies, the books we are checking out from the local library and, as for the movies, we are renting them from Netflix, or watching them on instant viewing.

Next Up In Our Summer Travels: Brazil

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Posted on June 27th, 2011 in Kids and Family | One Comment

How I’m Entertaining AND Educating My Kids This Summer


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I love the kids being out of school during the summer, but I also want to give them something to do other than watch television and play video games all day. Additionally, I want something we can do low cost.

With that in mind, an idea came to me as I was preparing for my daughter’s Hawaiian birthday celebration.  We could take a trip around the world this summer.

No, not a literal trip….with two kids….ha! I do want to keep my sanity, and if you remember, I said low cost. Okay, now that we have that straight…

Each week I have planned for us to learn about a different country or place. We’re doing crafts and reading stories related to that particular country. Then at the end of the week, I prepare a meal from the country, or as close I can get it.

We are currently on week three and it’s been a lot of fun for all of us. Here is where we have already traveled:

Week One: Hawaii



  • Homemade Volcano – Tip: If you have an outside table, cover it with a disposable tablecloth. Build the volcano in the center of table. After it erupts and you’re done, fold up the cloth and throw the whole thing away. This makes for really easy cleanup.



  • Okay, you can call me a cheater if you want, but I didn’t actually make Hawaiian food for our meal. However, I did make a flip flop birthday cake. Flip flops…Hawaii…flip flops…Hawaii….You see the connection.


Week Two: China




  • Alligators – Did you know that Alligators are only native to two countries in the world? Those countries are the United States and China. I didn’t know that, but thought is was very interesting. In China, they are extremely endangered. We used this printable template to create the alligator. Then we stapled them to a toilet paper roll so they would stand up. Aren’t they cute?



  • Sesame Chicken – I was not excited about deep frying the chicken because we try not to eat too many fried foods, but I did it anyway. At least it was very good!
  • Fortune Cookies

…and we used chopsticks.


Week Three: Germany


I’ll let you know all about it next week.

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Posted on June 24th, 2011 in Kids and Family | 4 Comments

Six Months…Has It Really Been That Long??

Yikes! I guess I’ve got a lot of catching up to do around here. Quite a bit has taken place over the past six months….

A Little Monthly Recap:

  • January – Happy birthday to me…I turned 32!
  • February – My sister-in-law introduced me to an awesome fitness program called TurboFire! I’ve lost over 20 lbs and have really toned up. I worked out regularly for three years and never came close to the level of fitness I’ve obtained after being on this program just three months. Oh, and did I mention how fun these workouts are? Yes, that’s what I said. Fun!! (By the way, I am in no way compensated for telling you about this program. I just LOVE it!)
  • March – If you remember, we were in the process of getting our house ready to put on the market. Well, we f-i-i-i-i-nally  got the sign in the front yard. Now I have the ever-so-fun task of keeping the house show-worthy on a regular basis. Honestly, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
  • April –  Tornadoes ripped through our city here in Alabama leaving devastating damage to the city, including my daughter’s preschool, and all of us without power for about a week. Thankfully, we had no damage to our property. Praise the Lord for that!!
  • May – My eyes decided they are no longer going to let me wear contacts. Boohoo!! I’m stuck with glasses until I can have Lasik surgery. Oh well, at least I can see, right?
  • June – My daughter celebrated her fourth birthday with a flip flop cake and a Hawaiian theme. Right after her princess party last year, she informed me that she wanted a  flip flop cake for her fourth birthday…and she didn’t forget it either. So, guess what Mommy made her – a flip flop cake.


So there you have it. The quick catch-up on my life over the last few months. I’m going to try to stay a little better up-to-date around here than every six months :)

I’ve been doing some fun things each week with the kids since school has been out and I can’t wait to share it with you. (Hint: We’re traveling around the world one week at a time.)

What have you been up to this year?

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Posted on June 22nd, 2011 in Miscellaneous | No Comments