Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving leftovers on Thanksgiving

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving ahead of time, on Sunday, since we don’t get Thursday off in Germany. Last year a half-American, half-German couple in Würselen were gracious enough to invite us to their house. This year we hosted. There were 10 of us total, so we added our patio table to the mix, and decided to put on some Oktoberfest tablecloth Clare had picked up for 10 cents. So, you can call it Novemberfest if you like 🙂

We spent most of the weekend preparing – shopping, cleaning, and cooking. I had ordered a turkey from the butcher about 3 weeks in advance. On Friday they called me to say that it was not available. Apparently the delivery company had just told them. They did have turkey breasts available, so I ordered one of those. Then on Saturday morning our friends called to say that they found frozen turkey at the grocery store. So we ended up getting both just in case. With a lukewarm water bath the frozen turkey thawed successfully, so we ended up having a ton of turkey. Clare made a fantastic turkey soup. We have been eating leftovers all week. Thursday we had a complete Thanksgiving meal a second time with all the leftovers.

Even though life in a foreign country continues to be tough some times, I am thankful we have had the opportunity. The week before thanksgiving we had parent teacher conferences, and both Spencer’s and Meg’s teachers all said that they are doing great, especially since they have only been speaking German for such a short time. We are really proud of both of them. Now it is time to celebrate Advent!

Our new hobby – laser tag

Several weeks ago some of the kids in Spencer’s soccer team went to play laser tag, and the kids (and I) got hooked. Today I finally bought a membership card so I can track my points between games. It is fairly exhilarating, and we all get very sweaty. It is also a good way to calm my mind, and focus on the present.

It turns out that the place in Würselen about 1 km away is one of the best around. Just another great reason to live in Würselen. In addition to a large area and several moving walls, they also have really cool art made from bicycle parts, like this alien figure.