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 popular non-fiction book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability amzn.to/22XKuCt and the humorous novel How I Lost My Ear amzn.to/2EsjVRS, both available worldwide.
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 daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9