Friday, October 13, 2006

home is where the heart is

I picked up one pale, tired and slightly cranky Boy10 from the bus today. They were 45 minutes late but not everyone got the message in time so I and some other parents arrived a bit early. I was lucky and was invited to spend 3/4 of an hour sitting in some other mother's heated VW van talking kitchen renovations. Whoo.

The little boy and his big smile

Mr. M bought him that giant heart yesterday when he was out shopping. It's made of Lebkuchen and says "I miss you" on it. These Lebkuchenherzen are really popular at festivals and markets and you can get them with just about anything written on them. Boy10 was so pleased that he ate half of it as soon as we got home.

Here are the dreaded boots and socks.

Yes, the socks had, in fact, been stuffed into the toes of the boots since Wednesday and the odour is incredible. Incredible in a bad, bad way. Nasty doesn't even begin to cover it. I'm very sensitive to smell and almost keeled over when I took everything out of the sandy plastic bag Boy10 had used to transport his wet stuff. Time for the detox chamber.

There were also souvenirs. They did not smell.

I think I'm going to claim the cool coffee mug as my own.

So now that that's all over with, the boys have got 16 days of fall break ahead starting tomorrow. That means no homework for them and sleeping in every morning for me. Could life get any better? Wait, don't answer that. But being able to sleep in is ONE good thing, right?

Time to go fire up the washing machine...


At October 13, 2006 5:28 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Awww. Boys can be so adorable, can't they! And now SIXTEEN "free" days for sleep! Woman, you won't know what hit you...except I'm guessing you'll get sleep and give up something else. Ok, then. Enjoy what you can while you have it!

At October 13, 2006 6:25 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh Wow - what a trip! I enjoyed the link explaining the cookie, which I figured it was by the name. That looks yummy! And the souvenirs look incredible. And 16 days off, that sounds like a lot of fun. 'I'd be out photographing. ;-)

At October 14, 2006 12:01 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

The Autumn break for kids has just started here in Hessen as well. Sleeping in has to be one of the best pastimes there is! :)

At October 14, 2006 12:50 a.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Love the mud!
BTW Thanks for the recipe for Schweineshaxen! It was awsome!!!

At October 14, 2006 1:09 a.m., Blogger Carol said...

A handsome, happy, exhausted boy and over two weeks to sleep in. Life must be GOOD!


At October 14, 2006 1:23 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Glad your sweet guy is back home safe and sound after having had a good trip.

Enjoy that sleeping in!

At October 14, 2006 8:03 a.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

The boy has some good cheekbones! Future model???

...I'd make him wash his own socks!

At October 14, 2006 2:44 p.m., Blogger J said...

No homework? What kinda school do you send him to? I gave homework for autumn break :)

At October 14, 2006 3:54 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Detox chamber?? I would have thrown the socks away. You know, they might ruin whatever else is going into the machine.

Enjoy the extra hours of sleep! :-)

At October 14, 2006 3:58 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Oh, I'd go for the mug, too ;-)

At October 14, 2006 5:43 p.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

Ha! The boy has good taste. I have that same cup. :D

At October 14, 2006 5:49 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

What a handsome chap your son is!

At October 14, 2006 10:48 p.m., Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

Sending you greetings from across the pond! Yes, I am in North America (USA, Indiana to be exact). Glad your "little one" is home safe and sounds. Best of luck with the socks!

At October 15, 2006 5:07 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the coffee mug! You can drink from it with less energy because it doesn't need to tilt as far. He's very cute too !!

At October 15, 2006 8:21 p.m., Blogger hexe said...

Love the coffee mug! Enjoy your school break - I have another month before my children will be off for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

At October 15, 2006 11:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

ginnie Yes, I'm VERY happy to have my boys. And sleeping in is WONDERFUL.

Expat - I love the Lebkuchen, it's really delicious. I have been wanting to go out and take some fall pictures but the weather won't cooperate.

haddock - Hope you'll get some time off too to hang around with the Juniorette.

maribeth - Glad it turned out for you! I thought the combination of spices was really great and gave it that authentic flavour.

Carol - Yes, life really IS good sometimes. I keep having to remind myself of that.

dixie- Thanks! :-)

TBF - If the artist career doesn't work out I guess we could push him into modeling. Someone's got to support us in our old age, after all.

J - You're SUCH a slavedriver. But that's part of your charm, isn't it? ;-)

CanSwiss - Yeah, I did think of just chucking them out, but I washed them and they came out just fine. No chance for the mug - it has't left his little fist since he got back. :-)

Lisa - He just LOVES it. I don't even remember how many cups of tea he drank out that thing today.

Trac - Thanks! We're quite fond of him as well.

Cynthia Hi! Thanks so much for checking in from your vacation. Hope you're having a great time.

Betty Yes! Then you have energy for other important things like eating cookies.

hexe - Hope the wait until Thanksgiving doesn't seem too long. I was really in need of this one even though we only got back from holidays at the end of August.

At October 16, 2006 11:37 a.m., Blogger meredith said...

My youngest will be going on a week long class outing. She's only 6. I hope someone reminds her to change her underwear or brush her teeth, things she won't necessarily do unless told. I don't think schools in america do these kind of outings. I am kind of nervous.

At October 19, 2006 3:18 a.m., Blogger Tim Rice said...

That was a great photo of Boy10. Great smile. Great picture.


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