Saturday, April 30, 2011

spring tea

 On Saturday Sarah and I attended a mother/daughter tea hosted by a lovely lady from our church.  We ate yummy, yummy food (but I can't get the photo to upload correctly so you'll have to look at it sideways), shared some talents (some girls played piano or read a poem), and visited and chatted.  It was a lovely time.
(above) my friend Noele and her daughter, Anne.  (below) Sarah and her friend Alannah, who spent the night, look a little sleepy after staying up late on Friday night.

(above) the yummy food (below) all the mommys and daughters

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Sunday

Before we left for church on Sunday morning I got a picture of my kids on the front lawn
A picture of the flowers decorating the church
The yummy deviled eggs I made to share at the Easter luncheon following our morning worship service.
I snapped lots of photographs during the lunch since it is our last Easter at TRC - I didn't want to include them all for fear I'd leave someone out, but here is one of the kids with some of their friends
When we got home we realized we never had anyone take a photo of the whole family, but that's okay since Phantom wasn't at church with us anyway.  We set the camera on timer and caught this snapshot in our backyard as soon as we got home.
He is RISEN!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Passover Seder Meal

Passover is the oldest and most important of Jewish religious festivals, commemorating God’s deliverance of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and his creation of the Israelite people. The Passover meal is known as the Seder, which means "order," because the meal and service are done in a prescribed sequence. This sequence is presented in the Haggadah (or "telling") which outlines the steps of the meal as well as the readings and songs for the participants.
The term Passover refers to the tenth and final plague God brought upon the Egyptians to persuade Pharaoh to let the people go, the death of all the firstborn of Egypt. In obedience to God’s instructions, those who believed placed the blood of a lamb on the door posts of their homes, so that God would "pass over" those homes. The festival actually celebrates the entire sequence of events that led to the Israelite's’ freedom from slavery. While thoroughly based in those historical events, the celebration encompasses much more as it becomes a vehicle to celebrate the very nature of God and His gracious work in the world. It is in this larger dimension that Jesus adopted the Passover service as a sacramental remembrance of God’s new work of deliverance in the Christ, and allows Christians to celebrate this ancient festival.  This year our family celebrated Passover the night before Easter.  We had a Seder meal with 5 other families hosted by Bobbie May and her kids.  Please click on the links above to see the script we followed and the instructional video by David Brickner.

The Lamb prepared by Michelle

Apple-Walnut Charoset prepared by Krissie

Almond Olive-Oil Tuiles by Krissie
The "Leaven Hunters" performing the Removal of chametz (leaven, pronounced ka-m├ęts)

Our Family was responsible for the Story of Passover (Part VII in the Haggadah) and Micah's part was to read the 4 Questions.  Noah played a few hymns on the piano and Sarah read the explanation but I only got pictures of Micah.

The plate with the Karpas (or greens) which represent life that we dip in the salt water.  The 10 drops of wine represent Blood, Frogs, Lice, Swarms, Cattle Disease, Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of the First Born. The Eleventh drop is because as innocent people suffered and died long ago because of the oppression of tyrants, so people today still suffer from evil in the world.  Our newspapers are filled with accounts of ethnic cleansing and bombings.  We cannot celebrate God’s deliverance for ourselves without longing that all God’s children experience freedom from their bondage.  So, we will spill another drop from our cups to recall the cost of evil in our world today.
Bitter Herbs (or Horesradish root) is eaten to remind us of the bitterness of the Salvary.  The kids all tried some and I manage to get a few good shots of "bitter herb faces".  This one is Sarah and Hannah. Below Abby, Alexandra and Micah.

Before we conclude the last part of the ceremony we share a meal.  Bobbie had assinged each of the families a part of the meal and we all feasted on traditional "Kosher" (no leaven) dishes.  In this picture of Sarah enjoying her salad, sweet potatoes, and chicken soup with matzah balls you can see the Haroseth, bitter herbs, Matzah bread, and wine on the table.
There were A LOT of people at the meal!  Too many to fit into one photograph, so I have one of the kids taken before we started and one of the adults taken after the conclusion.  Unfortunately Bob is still deployed and Eric had to work, so there are two missing from the adult picture.  We are so grateful for Bobbie who put this all together and hosted this in her home!

"Pollen Puppy"

OR better yet, "why my daughter can't breathe".
We took this of Phantom (who seems to think he is in trouble for some reason) after Rob took him for a run on Sunday morning.. His entire beard is YELLOW from Pollen, and you can even see it caked inside his nose.  German radio said this year is the worst year for allergies they've seen in 2 decades. 
  The late start to spring accompanied by an early bloom of later plants because it has stayed so warm means that EVERYTHING is blooming together right now, which is unusual.  This, coupled with the fact that there has been little to NO rain or wind, means that people who suffer from seasonal allergies are completely miserable.  The pollen is covering cars, sidewalks, rooftops, and even our windowsills and counter tops when we leave any windows open.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sarah's birthday

On the day of Sarah's actual birthday we opted to eat out since Noah still had to be on base for a scout meeting.  We ate at the Macaroni Grill and made Sarah wear the hat that her friend gave her for her birthday.  She got the smothered chocolate cake and shared with all of us!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Normandy, France

Every 3 years the Transatlantic Counsil hosts a camporee in Normandy France.  Boys from ALL over Europe come as well as girl scouts and venturing crews.  They camp, sight-see, and participate in special ceremonies and presentations at American cemetaries with speakers from the French government as well as American and British persons.  The boys had a great time visiting sites around Normandy like Pegusus Bridge, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetary.  They learned a lot and were facinated with the history.  They also really enjoyed camping, especially Micah who was so excited to be a part of the Boy Scouts for the weekend.  I will try to go back and caption all these pictures better when I can sit down with the boys and have them explain to me what I am looking at.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sweet 16 Sleepover

When Sarah was 13 years old she asked me if she could get her hair colored red.  I said that I wasn't opposed to her coloring her hair, but she should wait until she was a little older - perhaps 16.  She did NOT forget.  So, with he 16th birthday approaching we began to plan what she wanted to do.  The weekend before her birthday the boys would be gone on a camping trip with the Boy Scouts to Normandy, France.  What to do with a girlie weekend?  A trip?  Where to?   A Party?  As the day grew closer we decided to use the weekend for a very girlie sweet 16 sleepover.  On Friday morning Sarah slept in, and then I took her to the spa where she had her first manicure and pedicure.  After that we walked down to the Salon where she had her hair cut, colored, and styled.  After her day of pampering she had 3 of her closest friends meet her at the Salon and they went walking around downtown K-Town and out to eat at a Mexican resturaunt.  Then we came back to our house where the girls spent the next 12 hours in their pj's watching the best of the 80's teen romance movies.  They LOVED the classics like "Sixteen Candles", "Can't Buy Me Love", and "Pretty In Pink" among others. The feasted on chocolate and a terrific lunch on Satuday before heading to an Irish Dance gig on Saturday night at the Dubliner Irish Pub where their parents picked them up.   The picture on the left is after we came home from dinner on Friday night.
on the town in K-town and at the resturaunt
The lunch Sarah requested for her pj movie day: Spare ribs, home-made macaroni and cheese, cole-slaw, and salad.
Opening presents
The dessert Sarah wanted was berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, so we stuck a candle in the cobbler and sang to her.
At the gig on Saturday night