Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Three Kings/Heilige Drei Könige



We lit our tree in the evening to celebrate.  Heute haben wir nochmals unseren Baum angemacht, um diesen Tag zu feiern.





 And, of course we read our favorite two picture books Song of the Camels and Amahl and the Night Visitors.  We also started the German book Es zogen drei Könige, another "must."

Unsere Lieblingsbilderbücher für diesen Tag mußten auch gelesen werden.  Das eine gibt es auch auf Deutsch, es heißt Amahl und die Könige aus dem Morgenland.  Mit dem Buch Es zogen drei Könige haben wir auch angefangen, das lesen wir auch jedes Jahr wieder. 
   
The rest of the day was kind of crazy.  First Jonathan "lost" his left contact lens.  He has no real idea where it went.  So Peter had to drive all the way up north and get a new one!  Then the sink in the bathroom was leaking (well, at least that's what we thought).  So Peter called the plumber, who came right during lunch time when I was cooking.  He told us we had to replace the faucet and he also helped with a light fixture in the other bathroom.  He said when we had bought the faucet, he would install it.  So I spent some time researching faucets, called Peter, and told him he had to buy a faucet while he was out shopping for a left contact lens (he got that lens for free).  He bought a faucet, light bulbs for the other bathroom, and a door knob for our front door (which is so bad that we can hardly enter or exit the house that way).  On top of all that, Veronika, Jonathan, and Miriam are still sick.  Charlotte took Flora to her ballet class.  There were only four children there, including Flora.  I guess we are not the only people that have sick children.

There was still another event to celebrate, but that was very low key today: Jonathan turned 18.  No cake, no special meal, no presents today (well, my sister had sent a present, and Flora had bought him something, but we did not officially do presents today).  First, everybody has to get better again and Peter has to come back from Florida (he is leaving shortly).  But I will leave you with this picture because we got out Jonathan's baby pictures:

Der Rest des Tages war nicht so spannend.  Erst hat Jonathan seine linke Kontaklinse "verloren".  Peter mußte bis zum Augenarzt fahren (eine Stunde), um eine neue zu besorgen.  Dann gab es eine Pfütze unter dem Waschbecken oben, also brauchten wir den Klempner, der auch kam, doch genau dann, als ich gerade Mittagessen gekocht habe.  Er hat festgestellt, daß der Wasserhahn ersetzt werden muß.  Er hat mir auch mit einer Lampe in dem anderen Badezimmer geholfen.  Er wird einen neuen Wasserhahn einbauen, wenn wir einen gekauft haben.  Also habe ich mich eine Stunde mit Wasserhähnen beschäftigt und dann Peter angerufen, daß er nicht nur eine Kontaktlinse, sondern auch einen Wasserhahn und spezielle Glühbirnen kaufen müßte (die Kontaktlinse war jedoch kostenlos).  Er hat auch gleich einen neuen Türknauf für die Haustür gekauft, weil der alte so schlecht ist, daß wir manchmal weder durch die Haustür rein, noch raus kommen :).  Die Kranken (Veronika, Miriam und Jonathan) sind immer noch krank.  Charlotte hat Flora zum Ballett gebracht.  Es waren mit Flora nur vier Kinder da, da scheinen also noch andere Leute kranke Kinder zu haben.

Eigentlich gab es heute noch einen Geburtstag zu feiern, aber der fiel wegen Krankheit mehr oder weniger aus.  Jonathan ist heute 18 geworden.  Der Kuchen, die Geschenke und das Geburtstagsessen müssen noch nachgeholt werden, wenn alle wieder gesund sind und Peter aus Florida zurück ist (wo er bald hinfliegt).  Flora hatte ein kleines Geschenk für Jonathan und meine Schwester hatte auch etwas geschickt, aber sonst gab es heute nichts.  Hier ist aber zum Abschluß noch ein Foto, was bei den Babyfotos von Jonathan dabei war, die wir uns heute angeschaut haben.      

Jonathan, one month old/Jonathan, einen Monat alt
  

14 comments:

  1. Gah, you are having a crazy time of it :-(. Johnathan 18? I bet you are thinking where did the time go? Happy Birthday to you both hope you manage to celebrate when you are feeling better xx

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    1. Yes, why do all these things always happen at once?

      Yes, where did the time go? He was such a cute and tiny baby (5 lbs 8 oz). He never slept (and still does not). He was always curious and very alert. He loved the moon as a baby. He would always look at the moon and point at it, even before he could speak. We always thought he would become an astronaut. When he was a bit older he would throw pebbles into the manhole covers (the ones that look like a grate). He had a certain sound he always imitated when the pebble hit the ground. We did that for HOURS! I do miss those times, they are so special with the first child.

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    2. Aw, i love these snippets of his past :-) Yes, he has grown into a fine young man and it has been a privilege to watch from afar, all of the gang grow and change :-)

      Prayers for you that you do not succumb and that the rest are feeling better soon xx

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    3. Thanks, San, for those kind words. Kind of funny that through this blog more people than just I have witnessed his growing-up.

      Well, we are still sick here, only Charlotte and Flora are going to church. Jonathan has had a relapse and developed a fever again. I am having an earache. Maybe tomorrow we will have to take a few people to the doctor.

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  2. Dearest Eva, your post made me laugh! So much going on! Everything breaking down . . and Jonathan turning 18! Such a milestone in our society! Happy Birthday and his baby picture brings tears to my eyes :) What a beautiful baby and what warm memories (and now a handsome young man!). You're in our thoughts and prayers for better health and enjoy these crazy holidays! I send you a big hug :) xoxoxo

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    1. Ah, that is why all this happened! At least it brought some joy into the world :).

      Yes, it is a milestone, especially in Europe (I think here many people really think 21 is equally important.) Isn't that a cute picture? It has always been one of my favorite pictures of him. Especially because he rarely slept. Actually, he still has the same expression when he sleeps, it has not changed so much. When I saw him get his hair cut today and looked at his face from a distance (in the mirror), all of a sudden, I felt very happy about the young man he has become. Sometimes, when your children are with you all the time, you do not really "see" them. But that bit of a distance made all the difference. I am glad he is my son and although we have our "discussions," there is a deep bond of love there. I am so glad we have been able to homeschool him and grow together. Pretty soon he will leave our family and I know he will be greatly missed.

      Thanks for your prayers for good health. This afternoon I thought that I was getting this bug too. I really hope I won't. Peter is gone, three children are still sick, and college classes will start on Tuesday!! I have done nothing to prepare and won't be able to while Peter is gone. So please, I need to stay healthy!

      There is a package on the way to you. I hope I included everything I was going to include, it has been all a blur with trying to get out so many packages the last couple of days. In case I sent you two German or two English Christmas letters, I do apologize.

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  3. P.S. Yes, San is right . . where did the time go?

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  4. Erstens herzliche Glückwünsche an Jonathan!!!!
    Hoffentlich könnt ihr bald nachfeiern.

    Als nächstes natürlich beste Genesungswünsche an alle. In diesen Tagen kränkle ich auch etwas, hoffentlich bleibt es beim lästigen Schnupfen und Kopfweh, Fieber hätte ich jetzt nicht so gerne.
    Ach, und den Klempner bräuchte ich auch! Im Bad tropft es, zwar nur wenig aber trotzdem genug um in zwei Tagen einen Becher zu füllen (den wir darunter gestellt haben). Demnächst muss hier also auch ein Klempner vorbeikommen. Magst du mir euren schicken? ;))
    Manche Tage haben es wirklich in sich, was Unvorhergesehenes betrifft. Wünsche euch auf jeden Fall jetzt ein möglichst erholsames und gesundes Wochenende.

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    1. Ganz lieben Dank, ja, nachfeiern müssen wir noch, wir wissen nur noch nicht wann.

      Danke schön, ich hoffe, daß es bei Dir nicht so wird wie hier. Heute habe ich mich sehr an "Den Zauberberg" erinnert gefühlt, alle husten so gräßlich.

      Hm, ich glaube dieser Klempner spricht aber kein Deutsch :). Überhaupt ist es hier immer sehr schwierig, einen Klempner zu bekommen. Die meisten sind auch Elektriker, komisch, nicht wahr? Hoffentlich läßt sich Euer Schaden schnell reparieren. Ist es vielleicht auch der Wasserhahn?

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  5. Hoffe es geht allen wieder etwas besser! Gute Besserung weiterhin.

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    1. Die gute Besserung brauchen wir wirklich, es scheint bei Veronika und Miriam nur in Schneckenschritten wieder zur Gesundheit zu gehen.

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    2. Thanks so much, Alexandra. Now we just have to get all healthy to able to celebrate again.

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