Happy 10th Birthday Meg!

Meg celebrated her first decade on Saturday. She spent to day with one of her quarantine friends Jana. We started off with American pancakes for breakfast, pizza rolls for lunch, and then green mac & cheese for dinner. They also enjoyed the nice weather by playing in the park. Clare spent much of the day constructing the Minecraft themed cake. We sang happy birthday at 17:27, exactly 10 years after Meg took her first breath (9:27 Colorado time).

On Sunday Meg spent most of the day playing Minecraft, which was one of her birthday presents.

Happy 12th Birthday Spencer!

Singing Happy Birthday to Spencer – we are not good singers

Spencer had a great weekend in low key COVID style celebration. Spencer got to celebrate with his friend Andre IRL and other friends met him online. He enjoyed his presents: video games, a capture card for streaming, card games, Oreo ice cream cake, and a football.

Later on Sunday his friend Ella came over. She got him the card game Skyjo, which we have all been enjoying.

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Spencer and Clare

Will this coming year be the year he gets taller than mom? Let’s find out!

Sushi

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The first time I made sushi was in about 2004 at my friend Danny’s apartment. To be honest, I am not sure that I had ever eaten before, or certainly not often. But that was a special time in my life when I was more adventurous than usual, so I decided to give it a …

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Frozen Fog

This weekend has been a mix of unpleasant weather: freezing rain, sleet, snow, and now the pretty but bone chilling frozen fog. Thank goodness for our warm, dry apartment.

Snow!

We woke up to a world covered in snow. This is probably the biggest snow we have gotten while living in Würselen. The kids made a snowman. Rob brought down a carrot and sticks to decorate their creation. Clare took pictures and make soup and cocoa.

When the sun is shining …

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Go outside!

It’s a simple concept, but easy to forget. The weather forecast for the Aachen region in January is typically rainy and 5? (40 ?). However, the sun usually peaks out for awhile most days. I have learned that when I notice the sun shining, that means that it is time to take a walk or a bike ride. I am lucky enough to have a very flexible work schedule which allows me to do this just about any day.

Lately it has been quite rainy in the afternoons and evenings, and even some pretty hefty storms overnight, but the mornings have often been clear. Today after we finished breakfast, Clare, Meg, and I took a walk to one of our favorite spots – the Milchtankstelle (milk vending machine), where we got some fresh raw milk and eggs, and also some fresh veggies from the adjacent farmer’s stand, which are currently simmering on the stove as lentil soup. We get to walk by the happy cows and chickens on our way, and spotted some pretty flowers and bushes on the way back.

Pumpkin Pie

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I mostly used this recipe from Sally’s baking addiction for this one, but I made a few modifications of my own. She swears that a pinch of black pepper makes it magical, but I am still skeptical. I also used the same pie crust recipe that I usually use, the same one from my mom. …

Brownies

Brownie with caramel sauce

I had to test this recipe a few times before publication 😉 Being homebound for the COVID-19 is a fine time to bake, if you can find the ingredients. Meg has been super productive and today one of the things she set her sights on Brownies.