Yes I am back...from the country of organization and the obligatory mullet. I had such a beautiful time and my nieces are growing to be very interesting and wonderful beings.
Germans overall were a pain in the butt though! Order needs to be maintained at all times and after living in Iceland for 9 years, I didn´t recall the "silence after 8 o´clock rule", the "please use the polite form of "Sie" when adressing a grown up" and the "please don´t cut the line although you are in a hurry and about to miss your over-prized flight".
Other than that I had a blast. Spring was in the air, my easter bunny was very generous and my sister a delight. I am kinda sad to be back. Although tomorrow morning I will appreciate to be able to sleep as long as I like. Should I mention at this point that three kids is a lot?
Anja(7) and Jessica(4)look like sweet little angels, but boy can they be tough. They rule the neigbourhood and are constantly teasing and fighting each other. That is the kinda stuff that, at 6 in the morning, is something I wish would happen to other people.
And the youngest Marie (1) is at that cute little age where the hands grab everything and she literally could be anywhere. And when I say anywhere I really mean it. At one point I thought I had lost her, when I found her after several frantic screams in the....washing machine!!! I kid you not. She thought that was really funny...me? Not so much!
But boy oh boy, did they steal my heart. It was really difficult to refuse them anything and I think I spoiled them beyond sanity. But I am there twice a year, so the parents have sufficient time to repair the damage. Easter was great. We made big easter-nests and decorated our trees (German tradition!), baked cakes and coloured eggs. The easter-bunny had such a fun time hiding these nests and I loved to see my nieces in the morning searching for theirs and shrieking with joy when they found something. They were high on sugar all day and I counted my blessings when they finally fell asleep shortly before midnight. Mon Dieu!
Apart from poopy diapers, spit and sticky hands they are the greatest nieces anybody could have. And here is a picture to prove it, one of my favourite ones.
All pictures have been published with permission of the parents and I encourage you to click on them for better detail. This few pics hardly do my trip any justice, so I have decided to add a little flickr-album to my sidebar...for those of you who wanna get even closer :)