Well, now we have about two dozen fat, white beetle grubs hiding in the dirt in two big plastic containers. To be honest, they're not very cuddly creatures, but we look forward to watching them grow into large black beetles in the spring. I guess we've become beetle-breeders.
At the same time, we found another praying mantis egg case outside in our yard, which means we'll have another lively batch of baby praying mantises in the spring, too.
My fun fact is about how my husband and I met. At the time I was living in Germany near the French border and part of the staff of the weekly inline skate through town. We went on a trip to Paris to join the Friday night skate there (3 hours, about 25km). I liked it so much I went back several times, then asked if I could join the staff there. For the first few months, fellow staffers would put me up for the night. Then I decided I was going to spend my summer holidays in Paris, and at staff meeting I asked if someone could help me find accommodation for three weeks. The guy who stepped up is now the father of my bilingual daughter.
Let me add that I stopped my weekly commutes a year later to move to Paris full-time. And I continued to staff at the Friday night skate up until my pregnancy. Practically all of our friends were on staff there as well, and four among them (two couples) met each other there, too.
Now we're waiting for our daughter's feet to be big enough for her first pair of inline skates. She already tried ice skating last winter:
In December 2006 I flew to Sydney, Australia to visit my sister who had been living there since 2002 and to escape the German winter. I also wanted to once again spend New Year's Eve watching the spectacular fireworks that Sydney is famous for. I got all that and so much more...
New Year's Eve was also the night I met my partner - a colleague and former flatmate of my sister's. He, like me, is German!!! We spent a lot of time together and after 4 weeks I had to go back to Germany. 6 months later I quit my job, turned down an amazing job offer (as English teacher in a bilingual (German-English) daycare centre, a job that is usually only offered to English native speakers, which I am not), booked my flight and returned to Sydney in early August of 2007. Now some 7+ years later I am still here in Sydney with the man that I fell in love with on New Year's Eve and together we've got a beautiful baby boy that is now nearly 7 months old.
I had to travel to the other side of the globe to meet the love of my life... And it happened to be a guy who grew up "only" some 550km from where I grew up. Could it have been any more complicated???
Mayken: My girl and I are going to see her ml grandma in our ml country for the Easter weekend. (And buy more books!)
Apr 13, 2017 4:35:53 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, I hope you two have a fun, book-happy weekend!
Apr 13, 2017 5:23:08 GMT 9
Mayken: On the train from Paris to Cologne we sat next to another ml mother and daughter from our school! Only noticed when almost in Cologne. It's a small ML-ml world!
Apr 13, 2017 21:40:37 GMT 9
Amy: Got fleeting impression during Skype call with daughter on holiday at grandparents' in ml1 country, that her ml1 pronunciation has improved! She even seemed more confident speaking in ml2!
Apr 14, 2017 23:12:48 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Amy, you and your kids are both doing so well! Keep up your wonderful efforts!
Apr 15, 2017 21:26:50 GMT 9
Mayken: During the traditional German Easter fire, my daughter met her friend from her school day in the ml school! So many birds with one stone! (Sorry for the birds ;))
Apr 16, 2017 18:51:11 GMT 9