This summer I have not been that forthcoming with crazy stuff from my family. Basically nothing much happened except that worrisome things I wrote about in the past two blog posts. By now all the stress from China has been become just an annoying background noise and we have been only focusing on work and the kids. My dear Chinese mother-in-law is still here in Germany but will leave back to China in the end of August.
Besides the annoying stuff from China we had to manage for three weeks through the kindergarten holidays and thus having both kids with us all day long. For those holidays we had some nice things planned such as trips to the beaches here, traveling on weekends to some cities in the area and such but oh boy, of course the weather had to change to the worse during those three weeks and we had just rain every single day. We only managed to visit Legoland in Billund again and we had semi-good weather with just some minor showers in between. After those holidays were over we managed also a trip to Sankt Peter-Ording here in North Germany where a fantastic beach is located. I must say we had really bad luck with the weather this summer as we only had nice temperature and sunshine on the days we were neck-deep with work.
Now the holidays are over already for a few weeks and something new started for us as Nathalie started kindergarten this week! Little Nathalie aka the Thundergoat can be a difficult little monster so I prepared for the worst when going with her to kindergarten. But for some unknown reason she is a completely different person there. The staff there is super happy with her, she never cries, does whatever they tell her to and is just a little sunshine there. I already told the staff that this little girl they describe can’t be my daughter.
At home we have the usual madness with MIL as describe in the previous post so nothing new from that front. On a personal note I got even nerdier as I picked up during spring again Warhammer 40K after near 20 years away from it. Not writing now anything specific about it but I will have eventually a geek post about my newfound hobby in the upcoming weeks. For now I hope we have some luck in the next weeks with the weather so we can go to Hamburg Zoo again as the last visit there dates back to 2014 when Nathan was just 9 weeks old! This also somehow reminds me that I need to continue editing the last holiday “movie” as I still have tons of material to go through.
How has been the weather for you this summer?
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11 thoughts on “Nothing New In Germany”
It’s been cooler than usual for us. I’m sure it will heat up soon.
Laughing over Thunder-goat. So typical of strong willed children — they are constantly testing boundaries and arguing and throwing tantrums at home, but at school, they are helpful little leaders.
Here it is just raining nearly every day for the past few weeks.
Thundergoat is just so weird, when I pick her up she is all nice and sweet but as soon as she is at home the terror starts 😑
My child’s preschool once told me it was normal for kids to be more helpful and compliant at school while continually testing parents and boundaries in a safe place like home. Me: “I pay you a lot of money every month and so I think I should get the sweet, helpful child and you should have the other one.”
Yeah that would be a nice thing. Here I am just thankful that the second kid in kindergarten costs only about 1/3 compared to what we pay for Nathan. I bet they will get rid of kindergarten fees in this state only after nathalie is going to to school already (in majority of the states kindergarten is for free in Germany with of course the exception the state we live in)
California will have universal free pre-K soon, thanks to our new governor. It’s a great thing, and yeah, I won’t need it anymore!
Wow, how fast time clicks on…your daughter in kindergarten….!
It really happens too fast. Still remember when nathan started kindergarten but that is already over 2 years ago
Legoland sounded like fun even if you have visited it before. Not sure if this Legoland there had rotating exhibits – if it does, then I guess it’s really worth going twice. Pity about the bad luck with weather. Rain every day means hard to do outdoors activity with no shade. Here in Australia we just finished the dead of winter and now we are heading into spring. Nothing really exciting here – just cold and wet and work and looking forward to summer 😛 Ah, Warhammer 40K. I remember this game from way back where you moved your army pieces and tried to win. Hope you had a good few battles 😀
Legoland does not really have rotating exhibits but they expand every few years with some itneresting new areas. For the kids the rides are the most important part so they will enjoy it anyways 🙂
Warhammer40k, yes moving a lot of army pieces. I play the version called Kill Team where you only have like 10 miniatures, the game is much quicker and more intense. Currently I try to play once a week at a friends place but of course stuff always gets in the way
Once a week playing Warhammer 40K is a good effort. Maybe if one day you have a free day you can play the full version, hours and hours of nerding out 😛