Photo-a-Day // Week 52

31 December — I couldn’t resist playing around with the shadows on this sunny afternoon, and Caleb was a willing subject.

30 December — Kimchi making time! Here I am cutting daikon radish for a new batch of kimchi.

29 December — While we still haven’t had any snow around here, we have been getting some neat-looking frost.

28 December — We opened more presents today after they came in the mail from the grandparents. I lit the center candle of our advent wreath one last time for the season and took this fun photo of it in front of the Christmas tree.

27 December — The boys received their Kiwi Crates in the mail from Grandma Debs and Papa Craig. They were super excited and had fun making grabber claws with yarn pom poms.

26 December — I came down with strep throat on the 24th, so we ended up staying home for Christmas Eve and the days following. It was time to get some fresh air, so we headed to the park in front of our house and MiKela & Joe played tag with the boys. I snapped these photos of the fun.

25 December — Merry Christmas! Jason took this photo of the boys putting together their Star Wars Lego sets from Joe. Even though they had more presents to open, they wanted to work on their new Legos first.

24 December — This evening, we all gathered on the couch around the wreath for a special Christmas Eve advent.

23 December — Yum, yum! MiKela and I made sugar cookies, that we decorated with the kids on Christmas Eve.

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Photo-a-Day // Week 51

22 December — We went downtown to the Beanery, our favorite coffee shop in Weiden. Afterwards, I snapped this photo of Joe & MiKela.

21 December — MiKela & Joe made us all a delicious chicken alfredo dinner complete with roasted broccoli and bread.

20 December — We managed to get a photo of Caleb, Ezra, Piper, and baby Lennard in front of the Christmas tree at Tyler’s & Antje’s house. The photo on the right is of sweet baby Lenny sleeping soundly in his stroller bassinet.

19 December — We took the kids on a carousel ride at the Christmas market in Mainz. Here’s a photo of Caleb ringing the bells on his horse. The red scab on his nose is from a fall he had on our way to the soccer game in Mainz two days earlier.

18 December — I took this photo at the Christmas market in Ingelheim, near Tyler’s & Antje’s house.

17 December — Tyler, Jason, and I took MiKela, Joe, Ezra, & Caleb to their first German soccer game. We had a great time and Mainz beat Hamburg 3-1.

16 December — We found these two big guys at the Christmas market in Guteneck. This photo doesn’t do them justice. We stood there for a good ten minutes watching them make hilarious faces and noises, followed by perfect “blue steel” stares.

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Photo-a-Day // Week 50

15 December — Dada & Piper played peek-a-boo while I got the boys ready for bed.

14 December — We took MiKela & Joe to Weiden’s small Christmas market. I love the way the Christmas tree looked in front of this row of colorful buildings.

13 December — This good-looking guy washed my car for me.;-)

12 December — Jason took this shot of the Garmisch Christmas market.

11 December — We walked around the partially frozen Riessersee in Garmisch. We managed to get a group photo at the end, thanks to some nice Italian tourists.

10 December — Piper snuggled up on the couch to watch some Peppa Pig.

9 December — Piper got to meet Santa at dada’s work Christmas party. She was a bit shy, so I sat with her.

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Photo-a-Day // Week 49

8 December — Tis the season for Christmas decorations. This little wooden snowman smoker is one of the first ones we bought the last time we lived in Germany.

7 December — I took all three kiddos to the dentist. It was Piper’s first time, and Ezra & Caleb’s second. They did great!

6 December — Ezra made this awesome drawing at kindergarten while dada was on duty.

5 December — Piper is all about books these days. I love finding her in the living room or in her bedroom quietly looking at a stack of books.

4 December — I snapped this photo of Piper and dada after we had dropped the boys off at AWANA.

3 December — Jason taught Ezra a bit about shaving (without a blade) on Saturday.

2 December — Caleb munching on an apple!

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Photo-a-Day // Week 48

1 December — I am participating in a drink advent with a group of friends. We each contributed 25 of our favorite drink and one mug. Then, we each received a new mug and 25 different drinks to enjoy through the month of December.

30 November — We picked up this cute little wood ornament last year at the Christmas market in Bayreuth. I love having an assortment of unique and meaningful ornaments on our tree.

29 November — I made a yummy turkey and veggie pot pie with our leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

28 November — Here’s a close-up shot of some frosty grass at the park in front of our house. It’s definitely cold outside, but we haven’t had any snow yet.

27 November — We set up our Christmas tree today and watched a Christmas movie.

26 November — We had an eventful Saturday! First we went on a bike ride (walk for mama & Piper) through the forest, then in the evening we went downtown to Weiden’s Christmas market.

25 November — Since Ezra’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year, we decided to celebrate one day later. Here he is waiting to blow out his candle as we sing happy birthday to him.

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