(Side note: I started the beginning of this during our plane ride-April 16- to the US for spring break)
Thank you everyone who made Duncan’s first birthday in Germany wonderful. The people we have met here have made our transition a smooth and happy one. We are very lucky!
Now we are on our way to the US to see some family and friends. I am sitting on the plane and noticing the different nationalities on it. Because the children are going to an international school we have been meeting people from all over the world on a daily basis, learning new cultures, trying new foods, hearing new beliefs! I wonder if the children even realize how this is changing their world view and making the world a smaller place! We are so happy we are getting this experience and I cannot believe we are in the midst of living in another country! How amazing is that!? We are in a place surrounded by history spanning back hundreds of years. Our hearts were saddened last night because of the fire at Notre Dame. I had hoped to see it now that we are so close. To lose so much beauty and history is devastating.
In the meantime see you soon NC…
Okay picking up from where I left off. Before we knew of our move to Germany we had planned a vacation with friends from NY and one of my brothers and his family from PR at the OBX in North Carolina. Since the kids had two weeks off for spring break, we spent some time the week before OBX in Concord. We were able to see my Dad and Yamel and lots of friends. It was a wonderful trip and of course was really hard to leave them AGAIN!… Perhaps too close to the time when we actually left, the wound was still fresh! We had a birthday party for Duncan while we were there at a local park so we were able to see so many people. Unfortunately the weather from Germany followed us there and it was a cold and drizzly day! We powered through and made the best of it and we truly appreciate everyone coming to see us, we have some great friends!
After our time there we drove out to the OBX (OuterBanks). John surprised me and rented a Jeep which was so much fun! The house we were in on the ocean was HUGE, we had a ton of families there and I think we may have been out numbered by the kids! The weather was great and we saw dolphins daily, sting rays flipping out of the water, a whale, and a shark all from the beach! So amazing. We also went to Corolla where we could drive out on the beach in the Jeep. We paid tribute to my mom there. She would have loved it, her two favorite things in the world, Wild Horses and the Beach. It was truly beautiful. While we were in the OBX we also were able to see Avengers End Game in English! Really awesome! Movies can also be seen in Germany in English, if it is sure to be a Blockbuster they are usually shown here in OV (Original Version) We saw Captain Marvel in Hannover. John and Duncan saw Pokémon and Aladdin in Hannover. So once that OV thing was brought to our attention it was game on since we are crazy movie goers! It was so much fun to disconnect and just relax at the beach. Then was the long drive back to Charlotte and the long flight home. Everyone was sad and exhausted. It took us a long time to readjust to being back in Germany.
The same week we returned from Germany, Kendall left for Verona Italy for a Football (Soccer) tournament. They did great and had an awesome time. That was hard for me to have her traveling so far away without me there. She did great and I survived!
Other things that have happened the International School had student led conferences for Duncan’s grade and I was with him and his friend Alena for them. They were so proud of their work and so excited to show it off. They both started school on the same day and are doing amazing. Kendall had a floorball tournament in Berlin and I was able to accompany her on that trip. She had a good time. I am now on the PTA, I have that to look forward to in the next school year. John got a bicycle and will soon be riding to work. The International School had a Festival with food tents from all over the world run by parents from the different locations, slides, bounce houses, a dunk tank and a lot of other activities, really amazing. Father’s Day in Germany was last Thursday. The tradition is for the dads to load carts with drinks/beer and hang out in the local parks with other dads and enjoy their day like that. We will still celebrate the US way of spending time together as a family. We have spent a lot of time with our friends here and again I think we are so lucky that we always wind up with such great people in our lives. I think that covers a lot of what has gone on in the last few months in as few words as possible.
I will be sharing a lot of pictures on this post as there has been a lot of things we have done. I will promise to try to keep up with posting more.
One other thing I wanted to say. Some dear friends of ours lost a close friend recently to an aneurism on June 1st. We had the pleasure of his friendship many years ago through them. He was only 46 years old and left behind his wife and two really young children as well as a lot of family and friends. I just read the tribute written to him in his obituary and it was really beautiful. It is always heartbreaking when someone leaves this world and it seems harder when they seem way too young to go. We take for granted that tomorrow is a given. Live for today, be kind, make memories, hug those you love…
Thank you for reading