February 2006


Am Samstag waren wir bei Mercedes am Salzufer, wo Alexander seinen Führerschein gemacht hat. Erst mußte er die Straßenregeln lernen. school

Dann ist er ungefähr eine Stunde rumgefahren.

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Nachdem er seinen Führerschein bekommen hat, hat er sich sein Traumauto ausgesucht. Dieses War zufällig das Auto aus dem James Bond Film Octopussy. Dieses Bild ist für Dich, Bumpa!On Saturday we went to the Mercedes showroom and Alexander got his driver’s licence. First he went to school to learn the rules of the road. school

Then he drove around for about an hour.

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After receiving his driver’s licence, he picked out the car he’d like to have. This one just happened to be the one from the James Bond movie, Octopussy. This one’s for you, Dad!!
Mercedes from Octopussy

… dolls, of course.

If you know me at all, you know I’m crazy about dolls.

I remember when I was in the 5th grade, I had a friend, Karen, who had a Mandy doll just like me. She also had a mother who loved to sew. One day we were at her house playing with our Mandy dolls, when we went into her mother’s sewing room. I was horrified how much junk was all over the place until I saw this wonderful mountain of fabric in one corner. I was in heaven. I couldn’t believe anyone could have so much. Then her mother offered to sew two sport bags for our dolls. We sat and watched with amazement as her adept fingers and noisy sewing machine turned some brown scraps of suede into two little Mandy bags that fit perfectly under our dolls’ arms. I couldn’t have been happier. I will never forget that time and how it inspired me to sew. I was so amazed how she turned something so ordinary and unwanted into something I treasured for a long tome afterward. Oh gosh, could this have been the beginning of my bagaholic problem??

My mom is also crazy about dolls. So poor Alida, who happens to be the only girl out of 9 grandchildren, has to love dolls, too.
Luckily, she does. Here are just a few of the babies we have around to play with, and believe me, we do.
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The first one is my Raggedy Ann doll from when I was little. When I was around 8, my sister’s good friend gave her to me when she came to live with us for the summer . I’ve always loved my Raggedy Ann doll. Her apron is floating around here somewhere.

The big baby picture is a doll that my mom and I bought back when I first moved to Germany because she looked so real. I took her home and filled her fabric stomach with plastic pellets to make her as heavy as a real baby. On the way home in the airplane, I carried her around like a real baby and you should have seen the reactions I got! I was given a seat in a crowded bus, and one man said he’d pay me to drop it on the floor just to see what the people would do. People sure are sick, aren’t they?? Of course, I didn’t do it, although the thought was tempting.

Ich muss sagen, es war ein wunderbarer Urlaub!
Die Kinder spielten schön miteinander und es machte viel Spaß gemeinsam zu kochen oder einfach nur zu quatschen.
Martins Familie wohnt in einem alten Fortshaus am Waldrand und es ist ein herrlicher Ort. Es befindet sich ein kleiner Teich auf dem Grundstück der zugefroren war. Also versuchten wir uns im Schlittschulaufen. Für die Kinder war es noch etwas zu früh aber sie hatten trotzdem viel Spaß. Nach ein paar Minuten lief es ganz gut und ich hatte eine Menge Spaß auf dem Eis. Dann gibt es auch noch einen kleinen Hügel im Garten, der perfekt zum Rodeln geeignet ist. Alexander mochte den Schlitten mit den Bremsen – na typisch*.
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Alexander und ich waren jeden Tag skifahren. Sehr zu meiner Freude erklärte er mir, dass skifahren sein neuer Lieblingssport sei. Der erste Tag war noch recht anstrengend mit ihm. Er ist ein recht ängstliches Kind, aber nach etwa einer Stunde fuhr er bereit ganz allein.
Martin kam einen Tag auch mit auf die Piste. Alexander beobachtete wie ich Martin ein wenig unterrichtete und machte auch gleich mit – so gut wie es ein vierjähriger eben kann. Sogar heute früh vor der Abreise waren wir noch mal auf dem Berg und machten 10 Abfahrten.
Ich bin sooo stolz auf ihn!! Merkt man’s? Ich habe ca. 50 Bilder von ihm auf Skiern aber ich dachte mir ich verschone euch und zeige nur diese paar hier. Schaut euch nur diesen kleinen Michelin Mann auf Skiern an!
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Nachdem Martin und Alida am ersten Tag rodeln waren, sahen sie uns beim Skifahren zu. Alida beharrte darauf auch skifahren zu wollen, aber sie einfach noch zu jung. Wir werden sie erst im nächsten Jahr ‘foltern’. Hihi
* Hab ich schon geschrieben was Alexander wirklich faszinierte? Die Zahlen am Schlepplift und die Mechanik des Lifts selbst. Hab ich schon mal erwähnt, dass Alexander alles technische mag sowie alles was mit Zahlen zu tun hat? Wir waren auf zwei Abfahrten und er wusste jedesmal die Nummer des Ankerlifts der uns den Berg hochzog. Dieses Bild ist für ihn.

I have to say it really was a fabulous vacation!
The kids played really well together and it was a lot of fun making dinner with everyone and just chatting. Martin’s family lives in an old forester’s house on the edge of the forest and it’s a gorgeous place. There is a little pond on the property that was frozen over, so we decided to try our hand at ice skating. For the kids it was a bit too early to try skating but they had fun anyway. After a few minutes I had my skating legs going and was having a great time. We also had a small hill in the back yard that’s perfect for sledding. Alexander liked the sled with the brakes-typical *.
Alida skating Alexander skating sled

Alexander and I went skiing every day, and much to my excitement, he told me he’s found his new favorite sport. I’m so excited. The first day was tough with him, he’s a very scared kind of kid, but after about an hour he was on his own, doing everything really well.
Martin went skiing with us for a day and after watching me teach him a bit, Alexander started doing the same things. Yesterday he started paralleling-as well as a 4-year-old can. We even went skiing in the morning for two hours before we left, so we could get 10 more runs in.
I’m just so proud!! Can you tell? I have about 50 more pictures of him skiing but I thought I’d give you all a break and just show you these. Look at that little Michelin Man on skis!
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After Martin and Alida went sledding on the first day, they sat for a while to watch us ski. Alida kept telling us she wanted to ski too, but we decided she’s not quite ready to start skiing yet, so we’ll be torturing her next year. Hehe

* Have I told you what really intrigued Alexander? The numbers on the T-bar lift and the mechanics of the lift itself. Have I mentioned that Alexander loves anything technical and anything that has to do with numbers? We went to two slopes and he knew the number of the T-bar every time we went up. This picture is for him.

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