Meg the bike rider

This past weekend Meg finally learned to ride a bike!! We are very proud of her. Just a week ago I had to force her to practice just for a few minutes, and now she is riding around town with Spencer and Grandpa. Here are a couple videos showcasing her rapid improvement.

Stadtmeisterschaft

This week the Würselen city soccer championship is going on. The games are at the field just a few minutes walk from our house. Tonight Spencer and I watched one of the quarter final games. It was quite nice. Only 3 euro admission, and beer for one euro. We might be able to catch the finale on Sunday. Our team is currently leading.
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Better than breakfast in bed

What’s better than breakfast in bed? Breakfast at the table, prepared by your children. This morning the kids woke up before us and asked to watch tv on their phones, and we told them not until 11, so instead Spencer set the table and made coffee, while Meg walked 5 minutes time the bakery and bought fresh rolls, while Clare and I enjoyed a few extra minutes of sleep. (This was ritually their idea). I wrote down for Meg what we wanted. She told the woman at the bakery in German. It seems she couldn’t quite understand her, so Meg showed her the list, and she got everything correct.
This summer has been like a roller coaster for all, full of highs and lows almost every day. Meg specially misses home, but I told her tonight how proud I am of her, and how there is no way that she could have bought rolls for the family in the USA, for many reasons.
Also, I have been teaching the kids how to properly pour wheat beer, an important thing to know ( Clare and I are the ones who drink it).
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Sunday afternoon in the parks

Today I took the kids to a couple nearby parks I had stumbled upon while walking from the bus stop. They were both pretty cool. One of them had some outdoor fitness equipment. The other had a cool sand play area and a soccer goal. I played soccer with Spencer some, and then later he found some other kids to play with. Later we got ice cream at our favorite place in würselen – peppone
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Farewell Colorado

As I write this, I am about to board the plane to Germany. We plan to stay for 2-3 years. We spent the last 5 days packing up the house, working from sunrise to sunset most days. It was grueling, and at times, I didn’t think we would make it, but we did. We finished the house at 11:53 p.m. last night. This morning we slept in a bit, had waffles for breakfast, and finished packing up our suitcases. We even had a little time to relax. Spencer, Dave, and I went to Skate City for an hour or so while Meg, Clare, and Ellen packed a bit more and relaxed. Then we went out to Tequilenos for our last meal in Colorado for quite some time.

Thanks to all the people who have helped us prepare for this epic journey, especially Clare’s parents Dave and Ellen and Clare’s friends Sarah and Liz. I don’t know if we could have done it otherwise.

We each brought 1 big suitcase, 1 sportman’s trunk, a carry-on suitcase, and a backpack. We filled up a 10×10 shed at Dave and Ellen’s, and a 9×11 climate controlled storage unit. Talk about downsizing.

 

Field Day 2018

This is the first field day we have had since we have lived in Colorado which had nice weather on the scheduled day, and didn’t have to be rescheduled. It was a beautiful day. I was only able to come for a little bit because I was busy at work and Clare was hosting an event at Boulder startup week. The kids had a good time. I think one of the favorite new events this year was the oreo challenge, in which you try to get an oreo from your forehead into your mouth without using your hands.

Sax man

Spencer has been playing alto saxophone for 19 weeks now. Yesterday he performed at an open Mic night at our church. He played ain’t misbehavin and fly me to the moon. He sounded great. Take a listen for yourself.