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.
Adam Beck is the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, and the author of the book "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability", praised worldwide by parents and experts in the field. Available at Amazon amzn.to/22XKuCt, the global Amazon sites, and other booksellers.
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???
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9