Saturday, June 28, 2008

Munich Irish Dance Feis

Tir na nOg, Sarah's Irish Dance School, hosted a feis in Munich this weekend. Three Hundred dancers from all over Europe and as far as Taiwan came to compete on 3 floors. The feis was over shadowed by the fact that the Tir na nOg students (from the KMC area) beloved teacher, Ms. Mary, is in the hospital battling some serious illness. With Mary's sister, her good friend from Ireland, and the dedicated parents allof the dancers did VERY well. Sarah placed out of 4 dances, took 2nd place with her 3-hand team, and earned another place in one of her beginner dances.
We are so proud of all the dancers, especially Sarah. We continue to keep Ms. Mary in our prayers. She is still in the hospital and our thoughts are constantly with her and her family, as well as all the dancers and parents who are so very worried about her.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Cub Scout Camp 2008

This year Noah's cub scout camp was based on medieval times. He had a great time making cool "knight" crafts, as well as some rocket science (because the knights of the rountable were extremely ahead of their time??) They decorated film canisters and used alkaseltzer and water to make them explode. Shooting the BB guns and the archery range are always a crowd pleaser at these camps as well. Plus, every time he went to the archery range he got to see his Dad! Rob spent the week volunteering on the range and has a nice sun burn to show for it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Farewell Feast for Four Fabulous Families

This summer 4 very important families from our church will leave Germany for their next adventure. To honor these lovely people we had a PARTY. The dinner was held at a Schnapps house in our village. They are "famous" for their great dinners as well as liqueurs and Schnapps. We said goodbye in style, and enjoyed the evening very much!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Church retreat to Switzerland

We spent Friday June 13th - Saturday June 21st in beautiful Beatenburg, Switzerland. It was an amazing time of learning, fellowshiping, sight seeing, and goofing around. I have so many pictures to share of all the things we saw and people that we love. Hopefully I will get them organized and on here soon.
It was an especially meaningful retreat for us since many of the families we have grown close with over the last 3 years are moving this summer, including our dear Pastor and his wife. The kids were soaking up as much play time with each other as possible and had so much fun swimming, hiking, scootering, gondola riding, etc. It felt bitter sweet knowing that some of these families were moving so soon, but there are many great families and friends still here so I am sure we will find a way to pass the time somehow.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Trinity Talent Night

This Thursday our church held it's annual talent night show. It is GREAT fun for all! Lots of kiddie and adults as well come show off their talents. This year was a special treat as we had a dessert "bake-off". People brought in their yummiest creations and they were judged in 5 categories.
Since I was behind the scenes coordinating the acts and making sure things ran smoothly I did not even get my camera out of my bag, and Rob was on-call that night. Wouldn't you know it, he got called in and was gone the whole evening. Sarah performed two Irish Dances, and Micah recited some memory verses. Noah took the night off since he had just had his own "talent night" a couple of nights ago with his very own piano concert.
I am hoping that someone there with a camera caught some pictures of my performing kiddos.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Honor of Your Presence
Is Requested at a Piano Recital
Noah Murphy
Tuesday, June 3rd
6:00 PM
Trinity Reformed Church
Landstuhl, Germany
light refreshments in the church's fellowship hallwill immediately follow performance
R.S.V.P by email
Directions can be found on the church's website under "contact"

Monday, June 2, 2008

I have a funny story to blog. Which may or may not sway popular opinion as to my mother-of-the-year status, but in order to tell the story I have to tell the nasty truth: I never take my kids in for check-up's. It's not that we completely eschew conventional medicine, (they have been seen for things like Sarah's ear infection and Micah's pneumonia) - I just never do the check up thing. So, I keep filling out these forms for their sports and activities saying their "annual" physical is all up to date, shots up to date, and so forth.... but it's been 3 years since they had a physical and that was only because we had just moved here and they didn't require a sports physical, I could just go on the paper that said we were all okay to move here.
So, I made the appointments for last week, took them in, got the evil eye for refusing certain vaccines.... and the whole 9-yards..... so here's the funny part with my boys.... I don't set much standard by these statistics, but I still find it amusing.
Micah is in the 25th percentile for his weight, but doesn't even register on the height chart. They put him in the 10th percentile to have something to fill in their little box, but really he didn't even make it onto the chart. Noah is in the 50th percentile for height, but couldn't even make it on the page for weight. (Are you feeding him enough?, it was the nasty WIC people all over again) She showed me with a hook in her brow., "Here is the bottom 10 percentile, here is Noah", and her pencil traveled to the bottom of the page. Too funny.
Sarah is BEYOND thrilled that she was officially 60" at her check-up, and she ran around telling EVERYONE that would listen, "I made 5 Feet! I made 5 feet!"
We haven't been to a dentist in 2 years either because it's so hard to get appointments on this base! But, rest assured we are going next week.
And before you take my mother-of-the-year award away I would just like to say in my defense that I did do something totally fun and spontaneous on Saturday. I had the kids in the van and we were on-base running errands, and we had a lot of errands to do! We drove by the base movie theater after getting gas and Sarah noticed that Prince Caspian was playing (we haven't seen it yet). It had started 1 minute ago, so I pulled over we ran into the theater and only missed the first few minutes. My kids were so caught off guard and after leaving the theater Micah told me that I was pretty cool.
I rest my case, gimmie back my crown.