That's the day Doug arrived safely in the US. He's in suburban DC, staying with his sister and her family. This morning, he walked the dog. Ah, suburbia.
We rose at 6:30 am as every morning. A cold, clear morning and I almost - almost - forgot that it was trash day. In Germany, that is an involved process - we have three different bins (compost, paper, and regular trash) as well as yellow bags (all wrappings, plastic, cans, etc.). The paper gets emptied once a month (it's a big bin) and the other bins get emptied every other week. Woe the person who has too much trash. Anyway, I hauled the bins and bags out at 6:20 or so, under a starlit sky. It was bitterly cold and a first frost had covered lawn, apple tree, and car. Good thing I didn't need the car that morning!
Once the boys are off to school, and Leah in Preschool (which takes from 7:10 to 8:30 - all kids leave the house at different times), I usually clean up a bit. Today, I went to take a few photos of my aunt and uncle. It's my present to my uncle's 84th birthday on Friday.
Alan came home early today and for once, David also did his homework quickly and well.
I tried to chop wood. It didn't really work well, so I thought the axe was dull.
Then my Mom came and proved that the axe was fine. It was just me.
Leah drew a lot of ballon faces.
I should take down the sunflowers but the tired old faces have their own special charm.
Jacob built a bow.
That plane flies to Daddy! (Wrong direction, kid, but I won't tell you.)
And there so very many more apples on the trees...
I also looked at a sump pump. No, you don't want to know. Alan helped the neighbors pick their plums and got 10 Euros and a box full of nails for his efforts. No wonder that kid doesn't help me!
My Mom sponsored gym pants for the boys and skinny black jeans with a silver belt for Leah. Everybody was overjoyed.
The evening books for the little ones were "How Farm Machines Work" and "Elephants Cannot Dance". David is almost finished with Wildwood and loves it.
It's time for Bedtime Math. Good night.