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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Last week, our kind-hearted, bright, brave, innovative and oh so daring Owen turned three years young! Turning three is such an important time in childhood–the transition from toddlerhood to a preschooler. I always say I don’t want to wish time away, but I...
Owen Turns 3!

Owen Turns 3!

This past week, we celebrated Owen as he turned three years young! I love birthdays (and holidays in general), so I love to plan and prepare things to make Brad and the kids feel extra special on their day. This past week was no different. Owen’s special day was...
Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

We live in such a great community! When we moved in last year, we learned that of the many classes and events offered at the Community Center, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was one of them. This kids-only class is taught by an experienced coach that lives right here in our...
Idaho Nachos

Idaho Nachos

Yes, we just had that for dinner. I don’t even know if the term Idaho Nachos is real — But we really ate it. After having a potato taquito from Enriques, Deanna had to give her version of a potato nacho a try. It was actually pretty good. Nathan said it...
Owen loves boxes

Owen loves boxes

Those Amazon boxes can be ridiculous sometimes. We’ve literally had a giant box with a tiny little purchase in it before. The good thing is that we make use of those boxes and Owen really loves them. This one fit a mini crib mattress perfectly!
Growing boys in a sandbox

Growing boys in a sandbox

A little fun at the park is a requirement when the sun comes out in Oregon. So the boys went to park and dug in the sand. They really dug their heels in when it was time to go ;)...
Arts and crafts with dad

Arts and crafts with dad

It is such a blessing to sit here and say “Alexa, play Bach.” and then enjoy some coloring with a 19th month old. I was sure Bach triggered some inner artist in this wild child until I saw he had eaten the tip off the marker only to color with purple...
An Answered Prayer

An Answered Prayer

After a year of hoping and praying that God would bless us with one more little Schweitzer, we are happy to announce that He has! We are obviously overjoyed and feel very blessed to be parents again. Nathan is pretty excited too. We think it was his added prayers just...
Nate and His Dog

Nate and His Dog

On Wednesday, we took our Chocolate Lab, Brandon, in for his annual check-up. It is hard to believe our sweet Choco Bear turned fifteen just last month. He’s hanging in there though. Aside from the normal signs of aging (hearing loss, macular degeneration, stiff...
Into the Wind…

Into the Wind…

This past weekend, we had some crazy high winds in our area. Well, that gave us the great idea to head out and fly some kites. You can probably already imagine how that went… Saturday seemed like a good day for kite flying. The temperature outside was unusually...
Finally, Some Sun!

Finally, Some Sun!

Since Nathan didn’t have to return to school until Wednesday this past week, that gave us two whole days to goof off together. Fortunately, one of those days was filled with bright, beautiful, vitamin D filled, mood boosting, I want to sing Hallelujah! sunshine....
Nathan’s First Bowling Adventure

Nathan’s First Bowling Adventure

Do you ever go bowling? For us, it is something we do after a long period of time has passed only to ask ourselves, “Why don’t we do this more often?”. Bowling truly is a fun activity and it turns out that it is even more fun when a little person is...
Our Last Weekend of 2014

Our Last Weekend of 2014

Cabin fever. It is something we have been feeling lately here in Germany. Cold, rainy days paired with our geriatric dog (who can’t be left alone for very long) have had us longing for the days when we could just head outdoors and explore. Well, this past...
Nikolaustag

Nikolaustag

This past weekend, we celebrated Nikolaustag. Saint Nicholas Day is observed on December 6 here in Germany and in many Western European countries. Saint Nicholas, or Nikolaos of Myra, was known during his time for being kind and generous, giving to those in need, and...
Domäne Mechtildshausen

Domäne Mechtildshausen

When we are in the mood for visiting with farm animals (which seems like every other week), we venture to Die Domäne Mechtildhausen. There are so many great things about this place! It is not only a beautiful spot just adjacent to the airfield in Wiesbaden but free of...
Bereit für Die Schule

Bereit für Die Schule

It’s time. It has taken me the better part of this year to come to terms with Nathan leaving the nest to begin school part time, but it is time. I will still provide the same nurturing environment that we call home, but the enrichment of learning Deutsch and the...
Ponyland Ebental

Ponyland Ebental

Nathan loves animals. He doesn’t necessarily love to touch animals, so I was really impressed that he actually rode one of the small ponies at our local Ponyland. I was even more impressed that such a place even exists! This place is such a treat. Aside from the...