Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ty is 10, symbolism

today was different than the way we normally celebrate a birthday.

there were no balloons this morning. instead, i got up and immediately serenaded my eldest with the birthday song. he smiled, because he thinks my sweet tunes are that of a bluebird.

not really.

i gave him the choice to go to school, or play hooky and come on an adventure with me. he chose adventure. he always will.

i took ry and cannon to school with frowns on their faces and promises of surprises upon our return.

ty, theo and i set out on our journey to frankfurt.

as i drove, i reflected on 10 years of motherhood. 10 years of undying devotion to this person, that my partner and i created. CREATED.

it still gets me.

10 years ago, i had no idea what was in store for our little family. 3 siblings to follow, several moves, smiles and trials, laughs, tears, adventures and disappointments. many moments spent feeling unworthy and many questioning what i had gotten myself into. many spent in utter disbelief in the majesty of our creation.

motherhood is epitome of full circle.

as i sailed down the autobahn listening to music, watching ty play his ds in the rear view mirror and theo nap, i was reminded of my pregnancy with my first born and how we embarked upon our very first adventure together, just me and him. with shane checking in often to make sure we were safe.

just as he was doing today.
(for the record, shane was there for the entire pregnancy and birth, i am more referring to the intimacy that lies between the pregnant mother and her unborn child)

there was the common goal of arrival, and though our destination of frankfurt can hardly be compared to childbirth...finding parking was almost as difficult.

i love this kid. i'm terrified when i see myself in him, and beam when i see shane in him. he's smart. really smart (shane), he's a bit of a control freak (me), he's inquisitive (shane), and he nags his siblings (me). he has incredible eyes, he's loyal, his goals are clear and his confidence unwavering.
tyler couldn't have been a better choice for my first born, though, i would never question the one who chooses.

we made it to frankfurt, finally parked, and had to find him yet another hat. his ears were freezing and the wind was bitter cold. we located the lego store, then i indulged him with ice cream for lunch, and a quick stop at a creperie for a nutella crepe.








we thoroughly enjoyed our time together. i enjoyed spoiling him.
(notice my uber highlights??)

have you ever walked into a store and told your child to "go crazy, get whatever you want"? that was how we did presents this year. the look on his face was worth it. i highly recommend it.

we made it back to heidelberg only 10 minutes late for a walk through on our house. the gps and i had a small misunderstanding about the location of a particular petrol station...
ty only requested pizza and a game of monopoly for the evening. of course i made his favorite brownies and he had a few presents to open from family, including a copy of the hobbit, from shane.


his birthday wasn't a grandiose celebratory party, but it was special. he felt special. because on that one day of the year, you really should get everything you want...be it ice cream for lunch, school skipping, or just getting to go first in the game of monopoly.
i thank my lucky stars daily for ty.
lookie at what i stumbled upon today...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

now we are seven...

(title dedicated to Amy G and the rest of 12squared)
the heavens smiled down on us and delivered our van about 10 days early!!
we are so happy to have our whole family here in Germany!

As Shane and I sat in the Quest Luv and ate Burger King (i'm embarrassed to admit how much we've eaten there over the last month, it's just that they take debit cards...and speak english!) we pondered the adventures taken with/in our beloved van child.

It's been through the Texas desert, to the rim of the Grand Canyon, gambled in Vegas, trekked through the Rockies, sailed on the flat plains of Kansas and Oklahoma, and of course survived the sweltering summers of the Natural State. Now, here we are in Europe.

It underwent a bit of drilling for the front plate, passed the safety inspection, and was fully prepared to spread it's wings on the autobahn. And it rose to the occasion. We just have to brush up on the whole metric system thing, which of course the Quest is equipped to translate with the touch of a button.

I, on the other hand, am still a work in progress.

We pulled up to the school at 2:30, and the kids bounded toward us with cheers. The Quest received the kisses it deserved.

It's been a long separation, 5 weeks.

Shane has been promoted from public transit to Lil' Red. Not sure how long that will last, he's ready for  his own automobile. Apparently something with 4 wheels, not 2.

Monday, January 23, 2012

around h-berg

after we took pictures of the new house we wanted to get a few photos of our new town...




 then we drove up to the castle.




this looks like something out of a storybook, with the smoke coming from the chimney



we didn't do an official tour that day. we weren't as prepared for the cold temperatures as we should've been, but we will be back for sure. i hope i never tire of walking through castle ruins....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

future con't:

 shane and i called the room with the cool lights...not really. we just wanted the kids to be on the same floor. which, we'll probably end up regretting later-
sure hope one of those brass pointy things doesn't drop into one of our eyes one night...
anyhoo, this is the back/side yard. it's a good size. pretty flat for futbol practice, and a perfect spot for a tomato plant.


that's shane, theo and col. robbins. he's the current occupant and a really nice guy.
back in the living room is a fireplace. can't you tell? so the deal is, you have to load the wood through a little hatch in the entry way and you use it as more of a stove...interesting. see below.

now down to the basement

the doorway to the left is a small bedroom, and the doorway with the pillar is the mother in law apartment. or, YOUR bedroom. yes, you.
small bedroom.
guest room.

a kitchenette,


bathroom- minus bidet-
+ shower.
giant laundry room, with european washer and american dryer, and huge orange heating unit.

and we're back to the front door. there are a few other fun little things about our place, but you're just going to have to come see for yourself. seriously.

that concludes the tour of haus der sharp.

aside from the cool roof lines, rustic wood floors and superb celestial lighting in the master bedroom, my favorite thing about this house (and europe in general) is the toilets. i love that they are attached to the wall. i love that the tanks are hidden in the wall.

look back at the pictures, you'll see what i mean.

living with four boys you learn to appreciate things like this. spillage is much easier to clean up when there are no cracks to seep into...