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Crohn's Disease, Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Pregnancy Abroad, Uncategorized January 9, 2017

What to Bring and Expect when Hospitalized in Germany

Gleaning from my own numerous hospitalizations in the U.S. I have some suggestions about what to bring, as well as what to expect from your hospitalization in Germany. Be aware that I am comparing the U.S. system to the German system. Also that I only stayed in one hospital in Germany and your experience and the experience of others may vary.

Featured, Holidays December 6, 2016

Celebrating Saint Nikolaus Day – December 6

This morning, Goldilocks woke up to a Saint Nikolaus Day surprise. Chocolate in her boots! (She often puts toys and bows in our boots so it was fun to see her reaction to us turning the tables on her!) The modern tradition (at least in less-Catholic northern Germany) is that the children of the household leave out their freshly polished boots by their door or radiator and Saint Nikolaus comes in the night on December 6 and fills them with candy, toys and fruits. They wake up the next morning to a delicious treat. It reminds me of the typical American Easter basket.

Expat living, Featured, Holidays November 28, 2016

Send Holiday Cards from Overseas the Easy Way!

It’s officially the holiday season! That means so many things, warm, delicious beverages, Christmas lights, decorating and Christmas music. It also means you’ll probably start getting those holiday cards in the mail from family and friends. I have always loved sending Christmas cards. We have sent one out for each year of our marriage and it has normally accompanied an announcement of a big event like a birth or move, or both! However, living abroad has provided a new challenge for sending out holiday cards.

Expat living, Featured October 10, 2016

Fruit Picking at Hofladen Farms in Potsdam

To celebrate the start of the fall season we decided to go fruit picking in Potsdam! It was really meant to be a pumpkin picking trip, but it turned out that they didn’t have a pumpkin patch. Oh well, it was still a great little family getaway before the weather turned dreary. The you-pick-it farm we went to was called “Hofladen” and it was super fun!

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured August 29, 2016

Children in Germany: Seen but not heard – myth or fact?

Germany is all about order. Everything is “in ordnung.” Transportation is on time (or early!), pedestrians never jaywalk and signs indicate how everything is done. I had been warned about how children and even dogs should behave in public and was nervous about how this would actually play out with a toddler. Even Papa Bear told me that children are beloved in Germany but often they are meant to be seen but not heard, especially in places where adults are more likely to be carrying on business or conversation. Places like restaurants and museums.

Expat parenthood, Featured, Giveaways August 22, 2016

Knocked Up Abroad Book Review and Giveaway

The last three months have been a whirlwind as we visited family, prepared to move across the world and also found out we were pregnant just a week before Goldilocks’ first birthday party! The first 13 weeks of my pregnancy went by so quickly I felt like it was just a blur. I didn’t even get much time to research what our pregnancy would look like here in Berlin. That’s why I’m so glad I came across the book I’m reviewing today, “Knocked Up Abroad.”

Expat living, Expat parenthood, Featured, Moving August 12, 2016

First Impressions of Berlin

We’ve been in Berlin for 4 days now and I can’t believe how quickly it has begun to feel like home. I think the biggest reason for that is that we were able to move straight into our new home, which I will feature in a blog post soon! We really do love it here. I already love the community we’re a part of, with other Embassy families all around us and showing up at my door with food and friendship. I love the view from my back windows and being able to walk to the Grunewald (a VERY large park) within a matter of minutes. But there’s also a lot to get used to about the culture here in Berlin. Here’s a snapshot of my first impressions of this great city of Berlin.