Monday, April 29, 2013

Trampoline time

Guest Post by E.H.B.

Hey, it's me again!
We (I,Ph & N) LLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEEE to jump on the trampoline!
Miss A tried to teach us a trick.
But we are to dumb to do it!:-(
It is like.........buttboom, up, half turn in mid air, buttboom.
When you go up, you have to put your hands in the air!
But me and Ph. did not want to do it,see:
Here me and Miss A posted a buttboom that I am doing (on the picture) :
Here is another buttboom from N. Isn't she cute?
N was the only one of us who did the hands up! But even she did not do it always:-)
Ph. and me just like to jump. Sometimes, we play that we are in a hole and have to jump out, because there are ants or spiders. Then, we do a buttboom, and play we are falling down.
That was it till now with jumping on the trampoline. Miss A, do you want to add anything?

Miss A: Should we tell them about the add a trick game we played?

E.H.B: Yes, you tell them.

Miss A: When all 4 of us played on the trampoline together, it was hard to take turns and it made me too nervous to have all of us jumping at the same time. So instead, we played a game. The first person did a trick. Then the second person did the first person's trick and added their own trick. And everyone kept adding more and more tricks. If you really want to make it hard, you can add the rule that you can stop or mess up between tricks, or you are out/get a point/lose a turn, etc. We only tried to use that rule one time when it was just E.H.B and I playing.

Another thing that the kids loved to do was "Jump As High as You Can." This entailed me holding their hands and the two of us jumping as high as I could. They got to go a little higher than normal this way. 

When I was younger, I took gymnastics lessons (best thing ever, thanks mom and dad!). When I got into high school, I also got to add trampoline lessons. The lessons were on a special trampoline that had a lot of extra bounce. We used safety belts to learn some of the tricks. I always dreamed of having a trampoline of my own, but I never got my wish. So I especially love to get to play on someone else's


P.S.  We miss you, Miss A!!!!!!!!!!!! 
P.S.S. I miss all of you too!!!

E.H.B. is at her home overseas and I am back home in the states. We did a little tag team blog post and I think it went very well. I posted the photos and saved it as a draft. E.H.B. opened it up and added the comentary and saved it again.

Now I get to do the final proof, add my 2 cents and hit "publish." 

It is not as fun to write blog posts "together" when we are not sitting at the same table. But I'm glad it works this way too!



Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jet lag is no fun

After a wonderful run of guest posts from E.H.B., you can tell that I am back at home. The posts have returned to their few and far between states. 

I'm going to blame it on jet lag. 

I know no one can feel sorry for me because you only get jet lag after a trip. And my trip was wonderful and totally worth the two long weeks that I have limped thru after I got home.

In addition to not posting, I have also not finished editing my photos. So I can't recap my trip yet. :)

But I will share what I have done so far.

Welcome to Germany flowers.

 Photo done with a timer so we can print it for the guest book in Frieburg. (More on that trip later.)
 Easter Monday in Freiburg. Everything was closed.
 A potential new blog header for European Doorways.
 A photographer's version of photo bombing someone else's photo shoot. The real photographer was on the other side.
 I still need to work on my sun flare in photos. 
Look at that beautiful blue sky. It was a lovely afternoon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


E.H.B:. "Hello one of the last times I write!
Did we alredy tell about the ElNaPhiKa restoraunt?"

A: "No E.H.B., we did not!!!!!"

E.H.B.: "Okay,okay.....

Well, the story started like this...

When mom and A were on their trip, they were there like 3 days. On the third day, when they should come home, we did a surprise party. It was a restaurant with a real menu card.

  My dad made a cake, an omlet salad and a tomato cheese salad. It was a wonderful dinner. 
Me and my brother and sissy were the waiters. 

My brother gave the drinks and brought A some ice. (Side note from A: Ph's shock was so cute when I used all of the ice.)

I brought the food. And my sissy didn't want to help. 

After dinner, we all went to the our living room. It was created from me, Ph, sissy and dad. It was very good. 
First me, Ph, and sissy had to say something. 

The banner behind us says Welcome.

Then we all started to dance.

A did not want to dance at first, but at the end she danced like a Rockstar!!! She was GREAT!

Love, E.H.B. and A

Thank You

Thank you grandma and grandpa for the Easter presents.

P.S. I finished another sewing project, a baby blanket for my doll. It is yellow on one side and gray on the back. I am holding it behind my stickers.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sewing lessons

Hello and welcome to E.H.B.  and A.`s sewing lesson!
We want to teach YOU how to sew .

Starting with a Button:
We are starting  with  the thread.It has to be so long:
Then concentrate so you can thread the needle.

Then you have to do a not always easy knot.I can show you:
We used a double thread for our buttons. It is easier to learn when you don't have to worry about your needle coming unthreaded.Start the button sewing by hiding the knot on the back side of the fabric.
 Then you go up and down thru the holes in the same pattern.

 When you have made your button stron enough, then it is time for the knot. Take a small stitch thru the fabric, under the thread from your button. Before you pull the thread tight, send the needle back thru the loop and it will create a knot. Do it twice.
 Cut the thread close to the fabric.
 There are buttons with a ready made shank like the blue one in the background and there are buttons with holes in them. The buttons with holes in them typically need a thread shank. When you actually close the button, a shank allows room for the other piece of fabric to lay.

After you go up and down thru each hole once, slide a pin between the thread and button. This will allow extra room in the thread.
 After you have stitched your button on so that it is strong enough, then take out the pin and take one more stitch up, but this time only go up thru the fabric and not the button.

Your needle and thread will come out on the top side, between the fabric and button.
 Then pull the button up so it takes up the extra slack in the stitches and wrap the extra thread around the button. Be sure to leave enough thread to finish the knots.
 Take a stitch back down to the bottom of the fabric and do two or more knots on the bottom side.
That was almost all to the Buttons, but here the sewing machine.
First we started sewing on paper.
This was to learn how to control the machine with the foot pedal, where to place your hands and how to guide the fabric (or paper). We sewed straight lines, circles, spirals, zig zags and maze squares. When we did the zig zags and maze squares, we learned how to stop with the needle in the fabic, lift up the presser foot and turn the fabric. The hardest part was to remember to put the presser foot back down before we started sewing again.
Then I leared how to thread the machine and I leared to do:Presser foot down!:)
Threading the machine also included winding the bobbin.

 I already sewed a pillow and a present for my teacher.
My little brother and sister are also taking sewing lessons from A. (my poppy had one too.) My sister has sewn on 3 buttons. My little brother learned how to do buttons, sew on paper and he made the little orange bag in the photo next to my heart.

E.H.B. is 9 and has mastered controlling the speed of the machine, using the hand wheel, sewing on a button (both kinds), threading a needle, pinning and cutting fabric, and she just got an A+ on threading the machine. She sometimes forgets to put the presser foot down, but she made herself a note to help jog her memory. Her next project is a baby blanket for her doll.

Her younger brother is 5. He is not tall enough to reach the foot pedal so that is my job. He has also done a great job sewing on paper (straight, curves and turns). When I taught him to sew his first seam he begged to make a bag. so we turned his first seam (scrap fabric) into a tiny bag. He added the second seam, zig zagged the top and turned it inside out. He started to sew the handle, but he had to leave and I got to finish it for him. :)

My mom and my many home ec teachers will be proud to know that I am also teaching them the proper names of the machine parts and the few other supplies that they have. Both kids have been quizzed on them. 

OHHH:....exciting news. E.H.B. just got her first opportunity to use a seam ripper. She is saying "I don't get it" so I need to sign off and give her my attention.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Our late Easter blog

Good morning!
I know that Easter was 5 days ago, but we did not write a blog yet. It was a wonderful Easter day! My Dad hid 72 Easter eggs. All of them got found:) Mrs. and Mr. Sch. came.
In the Morning  we went to church.There was bread, nutella, eggs, meat, cheese, veggies and...and.....and....Mom   made buttermilk pancakes. But now back to the Easter egg hunt in the afternoon. My sissy found some eggs in Lissy (my rabbit :)`s cage.We took her out then!:)
At the end, guess what? It snowed! We quick did some Easter pics and walked in.

 Mom and A. took pics like wild women! Now I know why  they are friends!:)

I am almost done so I say: good bye!
Love, E.H.B.

I hope you have been enjoying the special guest posts by E.H.B. She would love to hear back from all of my faithful readers, either thru the comments section or via email.:)

I would like to add a few more notes about our Easter Sunday. We enjoyed a lovely morning at church which included a church family breakfast. J & K offered to bring pancakes for everyone. J made 7 batches of batter and every single one was gone. They love her "American" pancakes. Most of their friends at church speak English and a few are from America. They all try to make me feel welcome. 

During the service, we sang a few songs that I recognized the melody but my brain could not come up with the English words while everyone else was singing the German words. Music is not my strong point.

After church we enjoyed a delicious lunch at home (all of J's meals are delicous). The S family joined us mid-afternoon for the Easter egg hunt and a wonderful tea.

I missed seeing all of my family on Easter, but this Easter celebration was very special too.
Love ~ A

In the cue, E.H.B. has the following blog post topics: sewing, the ElNaPhiKa resteraunt, repainting the house and jumping on the trampoline. Stay tuned for more super stories and photos.