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This summer in Germany has been great! Last year we barely EVER got out of the 70s. As a girl from the Midwest, I’m used to 90+ degree temperatures. In fact, that’s the only time I’ll go swimming. Less than 90 and it’s just too cold! This year we’ve been in the 90s a few weeks so far, but then it’ll rain and cool off a bit. I can tell you from experience that 90 degree weather without AC does kind of stink.

 

 

 

 

We splurged this year and spoiled the boys. Mainly because we wanted them to have loads of fun and we are living vicariously…but that’s another story. We purchased one of those inflatable water parks. The kids LOVE it. It’s rather large, which is great for play dates, and has a slide (tons of fun) and a sports area. Our favorite game to play right now is volleyball. Drake’s getting the hang of it and it provides fun for me too.

It’s been really great so far to just hang outside and watch the boys have fun. I can sit in a loungechair and get a few moments of peace to myself while they’re having a ball. Honestly, it’s been a great investment and I can’t wait til we move back to the States (where it’s warmer!) and we can get some more use out of it.

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So I know that I have been terrible at posting and updating my blog. Sorry! Part of it is due to this crazy crazy busy summer. And the other part is that I have a new website. I LOVE IT! My website is awesome. It’s just, um, not been all the way updated. Which is totally my fault. I really need to start finding some more time. Or maybe managing my time better. Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen. At least not until school starts and my big boy heads off to kindergarten (sniff) and my youngest goes to preschool (double sniff).

This summer we’ve been to one karate championship (Drake did very well earning himself a second-place trophy) and one karate seminar (an intensive 3 hour training) where he earned his final stripe which promoted him to a yellow belt. He was very nervous but very proud of himself. We’re proud of him too for sticking with something he likes. I wasn’t sure my 5 year old would stick with karate; I was afraid he’d want to run around or get burnt out but he takes it very seriously and loves every minute. It also comes in handy for using defensive measures when Link, his younger brother, goes on the attack (yeah, sometimes he’s a bit wild).

Hope your summer has been equally fulfilling so far!

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So I love the internet. That should really be no surprise. But I love to look at sites that make me giggle. My favorite is TheMetaPicture. I go there daily to get a good laugh and hardly a day passes without some mention of cats or a cute photo of a cat. Sometimes I think that cats are taking over the internet. While personally I’m a dog person, I do love animals of any type. And I love Moms. Which leads nicely into my next free printable: a cat mother’s day card! Okay so maybe it didn’t segueway as nicely as it could have, but I haven’t had my cup of coffee yet so you don’t get to judge.

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It’s a rainy day around here, and has been for two days now, so we’re all rained out. Boo. My boys are outside so much now that they’ve got the cutest little farmer tans (despite all the sunblock that I slather on them). I’m one proud Momma when my little ones ask to go outside more than they ask for TV or video games.

But all that fresh air and sunshine brings about the best side effect of all: naps!

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So I went into the kitchen for some more tea, and this is what I found:

Yup, that’s my littlest (he must have plumber in his veins) with a contraband box of cheez-its hiding underneath the kitchen table. He must have known I wouldn’t have approved it for his snack, so he went into hiding. I thought it was too cute so I snapped a few pics. The sound of the shutter snapping got his attention.

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After what was the coldest winter (and darkest) on record for Germany, it seems that spring is finally here! And it didn’t come soon enough for me. But I’m more than happy to welcome it with open arms. And I won’t even complain when it melds into summer much too soon (which I know will happen), even when I know there’s no AC in Germany. I will not complain, but will rejoice in the day that the Lord has made! That’s my goal, anyway.

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