September 2006

Here’s a look at Alida’s Nemo party.
birthday sign

First I’ll show you proof that I should not be drawing.


Then I’ll show you our water world. I went out last week and bought 55 blue balloons, to represent water, which Martin blew up and hung from the ceiling. Don’t worry, we had one of those hand pumps for balloons which is one of the best things I’ve ever bought.
Hanging between the balloons were fish, lobsters, crabs and even a hook with a worm on it. Oh and some seaweed made out of crepe paper.
nemo veggiefishing rods

The food was yummy! Surprisingly, the kids loved the carrots, cucumbers and dip the best. The gummy fish hanging from pretzel stick fishing poles were at a close second.

nemo cake

We had Nemo cake. More proof that I should not be decorating.


They also liked the ice cream shaped cup cakes. Alida helped me decorate these.table

Each child had a name tag with a figure from the Nemo movie on it. Alida helped me with these too.

After we ate, we played fishing for the Nemo character. I had made cardboard pictures of each character with a paper clip on top. They then fished with a magnetic fishing pole. I had cards with a tire, old sneaker and seaweed in there too. Yep, that’s me among the masses. Aren’t those some adorable kids?? They were a great group.

We also played the egg game I had bought in the States this summer. There’s no need to have real broken eggs on the floor, right?

watching the puppet show

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One of the cutest parts of the party was Alexander’s puppet show. At first, the kids watched and loved it, but then they wanted to have a show of their own. It was adorable. They really didn’t need me to entertain them.
party favors

As a thank you Alida gave each child a goodie bag. We had found a glowing Nemo necklace at a 1 EURO store which was just perfect. Hey they found Nemo!
Of course, those cat paws weren’t included. Zindy is always at my side.

I’m off to knit and try to loosen up these lungs with hot tea and a bath. Thanks for the tips, Alianne and Gina!

the man

With the start of school there is a fun German custom of giving their little ones heading off to school a large cone (Schultüte) filled with sweets to ease the transition from pre-school to the real thing – school. It’s believed that these sweets will make it so much more appealing.

Alexander has been going to school for a week now, he loves it, and just yesterday was his Einschulung. There was a ceremony at his school, where we took lots of pictures, and then a party with family and friends back at home. Einschulung, which ranks up there with christenings, graduations or confirmations here in Germany is a really big event.
It is so important that If someone only has one picture of himself when he was little, you can pretty much bet it’s the one of the Einschulung with their school cone in their arms. Martin and I took the day off for the occasion and it was just so cute. Hey, who am I to pass up a reason to celebrate?

with opa

Here is Alexander with his favorite Uropa (great-grandfather). Uroma (his great-grandmother) wouldn’t get in a picture. These two are my life savers. When I have to work and the kids don’t have a place to go, this is where they land and they love it! Look at that smile, he loves his Uropa.
As you can imagine the school cone is the most important thing and some people go way out to decorate them. Alexander had told me that he wanted to have a Harry Potter cone, so last week I managed to keep my eyes open long enough each night (we’re talking a little after 8 p.m.)to work on it. Of course, Alida got a miniature cone too.


Here are the finished cones before the ceremony, full of good stuff and some Playmobil, no less. That is supposed to be fire around the top. I liked how they turned out and quite a few kids even recognized him. One dad took a picture of them-now that’s a compliment in my book.
classclass picture

I also took some pictures of the class before the ceremony and after they got their cones and were singing songs in their classroom. His teacher is so funny, she even had yellow school bus earrings and necklace.

I’ve also been sewing and knitting but I have no pictures quite yet. I have a sewing pattern coming, so if you’re interested in a pattern for a travel needle case, hang tight, I’ll be finishing it soon.

I’ve been feeling a bit exhausted lately, and even slept for 3 hours yesterday after the party. I’m trying to fight off the colds that seem to be attacking everyone around me.