Thursday, 26 December 2013

2013 Wrap-up

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had wonderful Christmas celebrations and Happy Holidays! I hope you had a great time with your loved ones, with good food and good conversations, much laughter and joy.
And for those of you who had a hard time during the holiday season for whatever reason I am glad for you that it is over.

As I write this introduction the remainders of my candles on the Advent wreath are slowly burning down. The end of the year is approaching rapidly which means it is time to wrap up the past year.

So, here it is, my first attempt for a blog hop. I asked my readers on my blogiversary in November to join me as I wrap up the past year, as I already did in 2012. I am very curious - and nervous! - to see how many will link up with me or if there will be anyone at all. Anyone who wants to join me can link up their post until December 31.

This is my way to wrap up the year and I hope you will have fun in joining me. Remember the year by answering a few short questions and, in doing so, reminisce the good stuff and shake off the not so good things in order to start your year in a positive way and with plenty of new energy and open-mindedness for the good things to come.

Joy @ i can say mama: 2013 Wrap up

1) Gained or lost weight?
Still the same as in 2012.

2) Predominant feeling in 2013?
Anxiousness whether Sunny's transition to school would work out fine.

3) Predominant feeling for 2014?
Uncertainty of what lies ahead for our family (we still have problems with the authorities and those problems are weighing down on us)

4) Something you did for the first time in 2013?
Ride to the hospital in an ambulance
Learn that Sunny had a seizure
Sew a curtain

5) Something you did again in 2013 after a long pause?
Back a cake for the weekend regularly

6) Something you unfortunately did not do in 2013?
Swim in the ocean. Again. :-(

7) Word of the year?

8) City of the year?
Cologne and Salzburg

9) Hair longer or shorter?
Always the same... I would love to have a different hairdo but the structure of my hair does not allow too many different styles, unfortunately (at least that is what my hairdresser tells me).

10) More or less money spent?
Too much for clothes... :-/

11) Highest mobile phone bill?
I do not know actually... I think around 40 Euro or so

12) Hospital stays?
Unfortunately, yes.
Two because of Sunny's hemiparesis/seizure

13) (Fallen) In love?
Still in love like in 2012.

14) Most called person?
My friend whom I met in May 2012. My parents.

15) Whom did you spend the most beautiful time with?
Once again, my friend from Austria whom I visited in August. It is always so relaxing when we meet.

16) What did you spend most of your time with?
Doing the laundry, chores, picking up toys from the floor, going to therapies and appointments with Sunny, Internet

17) Song of the year?
"Meine Soldaten" (My soldiers) by Maxim. God, I love this song!

18) Book of the year?
"Let's pretend this never happened" by Jenny Lawson
(1 - because I only finished this one book this year (reading another one at the moment though) and
2 - because I really loved it and laughed a lot while reading it)

19) TV show/movie of the year?
"Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock


20) Insight of the year?
School is a wonderful place, Sunny has an awesome teacher and I should try to stop worrying too much in advance.

21) Three things you totally could have done without?
Hospital stays
My struggles with procrastination
Our problem with the authorities and the impact it has on our family

22) Most beautiful event?
The nativity play where Sunny was a cute little lamb <3

23) More short-sighted or more far-sighted than 2013? 
My eyes stayed the same, Sunny's far-sightedness slightly improved.

24) The most dangerous thing you did?
Overtake a lorry and then suddenly see a car on the other lane, coming towards my car very fast. I accelerated as hard as I could and made it just in time. I felt unter pressure to overtake the lorry because the car behind me had been tailgating me. Never again! 

25) The most expensive thing you bought?
A vintage lambskin coat 

26) The most delicious meal or food you ate?
It is impossible for me to narrow this down...

27) The best party?
The 40th birthday party of my friend which was themed "Oktoberfest". The girls wore Dirndl, the boys wore Lederhosen (and no, we do NOT normally wear these kinds of clothes! Actually I had to borrow mine from a friend. ). I went to bed at 4:00 in the morning and it was the first night ever that I was away from Sunny and from home. It was such a blast!

28) The most important thing you wanted to convince somebody of?
Sunny's new teacher that Sunny needs a communication journal and that I need her support for this. Turns out I was preaching to the choir :-)

29) The most beautiful present you gave to somebody?
My farewell presents to Sunny's kindergarten teachers.

30) The most beautiful present that somebody gave you?
A pair of gorgeous high heels a friend gave me out of the blue. 

31) The most beautiful sentence someone said to you?
It was Sunny telling me "I love you, too".

32) The most beautiful sentence you said to someone? 
When I called my husband to tell him "The principal just called once again, Sunny will be staying in his class."

33) How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
We will stay at home and celebrate with my mother-in-law again.

34) What will you have for dinner?
We do not know yet, we will either have Raclette or Fondue chinoise (with broth).

35) What drinks will be in your glasses to clink?
I guess we will enjoy some Champagne again.

36) Will you ignite any fireworks? 
- I think there are states in the US where it is not allowed to ignite private fireworks on New Year's Eve so for all of you who are not allowed (or other countries where this is not allowed): What is a special tradition you normally do on New Year's Eve every year? Will you do it this year, too?
Last year, Sunny was a bit afraid so we only tried one or two skyrockets. However, just recently he and I talked about fireworks because there had been one in his book and he seemed excited. We will give it another try again this year.

37) What are you going to wear? Comfy or glamourous?

38) Did you have any resolutions for 2013? And how about 2014?
My plans for 2013 were:
- Taking better care of myself: I really did that, at least when it comes to medical checkups. They are all crossed off my list. This year I had a health scare and that reminded me that this is an essential thing that I really need to stick with.
- Read more: Check. I try to read at least one or two pages each night before I turn off the lights. This means that I am very slow and reading a whole book takes a lot of time but it is better than not reading anything at all.
- Apply for Mother-Child Convalescent Care: I did not do that because Sunny's paediatrician advised against it. Will have to talk to her in a quite minute about that again since I think it would be good for us nevertheless.
- Become more uncluttered and organised: Um..... still working on it 8-)

My plans for 2014 are:
- End procrastination!! Or, at least, get better at it
- Continue to read
- Think about Mother-Child Convalescence Care again
- Continue to become more uncluttered and organised

39) What are your wishes for the new year?
I will just take the ones from 2012 because they have not changed:
- That Sunny finally starts talking more and more! And if not, that he learns to use the talker quickly to let us know what is going on in his cute little head!
- That all my loved ones including myself stay healthy.
- No hospital stays!

40) In one word: 2013 was...

PS: By the way, a big THANK YOU goes to Lizzy @ Considerings for helping me with the blog button and the InLinkz widget. It would have taken me so much time to figure this out all by myself! You rock, Lizzy! xo


Zeitgeist 2013 - The Google year in review

The Zeitgeist video of 2013 is up. They are always so beautifully composed. Once again it contains a lot of the stuff this year has brought and should be remembered.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: Christmas edition | week 50-52, 2013

It felt weird not to do a TToT post for so long as we will not do the blog hop officially again until next year. So as soon as I realised Lizzy is still doing a TToT (gone renegade) blog hop I decided to go for it so here it is:

1) I am thankful that we had a wonderful Christmas Eve yesterday.

2) I am thankful that Sunny wants me to sing Christmas songs to him all the time. I love it even more that he started to sing along some time ago (he used to stop singing when I chimed in). This is his favourite song right now:

"Fröhliche Weihnacht überall" (which means "Merry Christmas everywhere").

3) I am glad that I could reveal the secret hiding behind the Christmas pickle ;-)

4) I am thankful that my husband has a few days off and is finally able to relax a bit. He really had a lot to deal with this year.

5) I am glad that we will finally go to the cinema tonight again. We have not been able to go for weeks!

6) I am glad that we can cuddle up inside our warm, cosy home since the weather is dreadful!

7) I am thankful that I will be visiting my family together with Sunny after New Year's Day. Looking forward to them! :-)

8) I am happy that Sunny loved all his Christmas gifts so much. I am glad that I know him so well so that I know what he likes and I am glad that we can afford to buy gifts for him.

9) I am thankful for the gorgeous dinner we had yesterday.

10) I am thankful for the contemplation this time offers. I felt a bit low yesterday during the day and then a friend of mine told me to just forget my sorrows for one day and instead just celebrate the fact that Jesus was born. That made me feel better immediately.

10+1) I am so much looking forward to my end of the year Wrap up blog hop which will go live on December 27! I hope the button I made and the linky tool will work nicely!

Ten Things of Thankful

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The Christ Child is here

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It is Christmas Eve (so this post is scheduled) which is the time to celebrate Christmas in Germany and right now, this very moment, we are indulging in good food. Traditionally, I serve a stuffed Christmas goose with trimmings; we have shrimp cocktail for appetisers and Panna Cotta with raspberry sauce for dessert.

We are unwrapping presents, we are singing in the light of the Christmas tree and we are happy to see the joy and amazement in Sunny's face. He knows this is a special night and a special event and we are happy that he is aware of that. We are glad to be together, enjoying time as a family, all of us healthy (as far as we know it *knockonwood*). We are glad to celebrate with my mother-in-law who is very important to Sunny and we are glad that she is doing fine.

Our lives are not always sunshine and roses, but tonight we celebrate the good stuff. We are kinder and nicer and more indulgent. We are thankful for each other and that we are able to celebrate another year of Christmas together. We are thankful to live in a country where we can feel safe, sheltered, and protected.

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Whoever you are, wherever you are: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

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Signing off with one of my favourite Christmas songs! <3

PS: Please check out Kerri's post on Christmas traditions! I love it!

Monday, 23 December 2013

The ominous Christmas pickle

Dear friends, especially my American readers,

Please let me tell you something about the Christmas pickle. I have learned over the last months that many Americans have a Christmas pickle in their Christmas tree. Rumour has it that the Christmas pickle is an old German tradition.


My friends, this is completely wrong. Trust me on this one: before I roamed foreign blogs and websites I was unaware that something like the Christmas pickle even existed. I am almost 40 years old and I never heard of the Christmas pickle before. I am very sure that none of my friends (let alone family) know anything about a tradition with a pickle in the Christmas tree.

I think it is just hilarious that Germans are believed to have such a tradition and hardly anyone here knows anything about it at all!

So, next time you are at a dinner party and the conversation gets boring and you need a topic to talk about, talk about the Christmas pickle and how it was invented by some unknown person, but not by the Germans ;-)

Monday, 16 December 2013

The Week In Pictures: calendar week 50/2013

(This post was published on December 22, 2013.)

I do not have many pics of this week to share.

Are you fed up with the sunset pics yet? They are just too beautiful not to share!

A large baking tray of cherry cake ready to go into the oven

Love the tranquility this photo conveys

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Another thing to be thankful for: TToT week 49-50/2013, part 2

Normally I do not do a second TToT post because I am always busy answering comments on my one and only post and reading all the other blogs but since yesterday's post was only a short version and today there is something I want to write about I am changing my pattern.

First of all: I did not post a song yesterday so I want to make good for that now because usually my TToT posts always include a song.

Today it is "If I Were You" by Hoobastank. I love that song and it fits my mood today.
(BTW, did you know how the band got their band name? This is a quote from Wikipedia:
"In an interview, Chris 'soldier' Hesse was asked the same question all ask: "How did the band come up with the name Hoobastank?" He replied, "Doug's brother is the vice president of BMW Motorcycles and lives in Germany. And there is this street out by his house that is called Hooba Street [added by me: it is called Hubertstraße] or something like that and before Doug could pronounce the name, he called it Hoobastank and it was kinda a cute thing and his brother still teases him about it to this day. When we were looking for band names it's almost impossible to find a band name that hasn't been taken. Anything remotely normal has been taken already. I don't remember how it came up but someone said it and we were like yeah.")

So, onwards we go.
This afternoon we planned on going to a shopping mall in order for Sunny to go up and down the escalators and to a nearby Christmas market to watch all the twinkling lights and the beautifully decorated booths. After finally finding a parking spot we went to the mall where Sunny had a blast. The mall was decorated as Christmasy as it gets with a huge twinkling star at the ceiling, a lot of Christmas trees and lights everywhere. He was over the moon! Add to that his happiness of going up and down the escalators I do not know how often. In the basement a band was playing. We really enjoyed ourselves. When we sat down next to the band to listen to them and eat some cake Sunny and I were in such a good mood, singing and clapping and laughing. Then, all of a sudden, my husband started an ugly and completely unnecessary argument. Poww. My good mood was gone in an instant. I felt hurt, disappointed, sad, frustrated, and misunderstood.

Then, when I came home, I saw that I had three lovely texts from my friends who thanked me for the beautiful Christmas cards I sent them and that made me happy. And then I checked my blog and found such lovely comments on yesterday's post that it just warmed my heart.

This, you guys, is what I am thankful for tonight. And while I am still sad and angry that my husband spoiled our outing with his bad mood and took away all the fun I had in a split second, I feel the warmth of lovely messages and thoughts around me and it makes me feel a bit better.

Right now I am alone in the living room with some candles flickering, sipping a cup of cherry Glühwein, watching a show on TV (that my husband does not like), enjoying some chocolate-covered strawberries I bought at the Christmas market and feeling okay. Not happy, but okay. And sometimes this is just as good as it gets.

PS: Please note that I am not registered with Disqus, so for those of you who use Disqus for their comment section and do not allow comments as a guest I am sorry that I will not be able to comment on your blog.

The complete list of posts can be found here (I deleted the blog hop because it always made my blog crash when I searched for something with the label TToT).


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Friday, 13 December 2013

(Less than) Ten Things of Thankful: week 49-50/2013

Dear all,

This will be a very short post because I am tired and exhausted and initially decided to skip this week's TToT, even more so because I have not even made my round on last week's posts yet. But then I was informed that the next TToT would be on January 4, 2014 and so I decided to make a short list with less than ten things.

My Christmas cards are also waiting for me. So without further ado, here is what I came up with spontaneously:

1) Thankful for this week's support plan conversation with Sunny's teacher.

2) Thankful for the beautiful nativity play this week where Sunny was the sweetest lamb in the history of mankind.

3) Thankful that Sunny is finally not sick anymore. Let's see how long it will last.

4) Thankful that this week is coming to a close. It was filled with many appointments, things on my to do list, stuff to handle, things to organise etc. Blogging has been way on the back burner because I was busy like crazy. 

5) Thankful for each and every one of you who will be part of my teeny tiny blog hop at the end of the year. Since there will be no TToT you might still enjoy to come and join the fun. Would love to see you!

So, this has to be sufficient for tonight. Have a blast at the last TToT of the year!


PS: Please note that I am not registered with Disqus, so for those of you who use Disqus for their comment section and do not allow comments as a guest I am sorry that I will not be able to comment on your blog.

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Support plan conversation

Today was kind of our equivalent to the American (and, as far as I understood, very often dreaded) IEP meeting. However, our meeting today was very pleasant.

Let me preface this by saying that I am not completely informed about all the details what an IEP is about. But I know that we do not have such a thing here. Our paediatrician is the main person to decide about the therapies my son gets and she is the person to prescribe them. Apart from that there are so-called "social-paediatric centres" most commonly situated in hospitals around the country. This is where our developmental paediatrician is who usually sees Sunny once a year. Those centres can also prescribe therapies (which is sometimes necessary when you do not have a paediatrican who is as supportive as you need them to be).

So the meeting today, which is called a "support plan conversation", was basically about the goals for this school year and for the main targets the teacher wants to achieve until next year in July.

Before we went through her list she asked me to tell her whether I agree or disagree and, if the latter is the case, tell her my opinion so that we would reach a consensus on the main goals for this year in the end. I regret that I did not take any notes because I thought I would get minutes afterwards but I will not get any so I already forgot some of the things she said. However, I asked her to fill in the blanks (which she did) because I really would like to have most of this list complete.

The topic of Sunny's school year is called "I want to communicate - can you understand me?"

First she let me know what she thought were his likes and his dislikes. She was pretty precise on those things and I fully agreed.

- Music (no matter if it comes from an instrument or if it just plain singing)
- Sports and moving in general
- Books
- Balls and things that spin

- Loud noises (hair dryer, hand mixer, ...)
- Eerie places and situations (black light room, stories where animals suffer, illuminated pumpkin, St Nicolas, ...)

Then she moved on by analysing his strengths and weaknesses.

- His really impressive ability to memorise
- Use of sign language (e.g. for the letters A and M which have just been introduced - he searches for those letters in his surroundings)
- He is very attentive, monitors and observes everything around him very carefully 

- Gets easily distracted
- Short attention span
- Gets quite tired on long school days

The main goals for this year will be:

1) Use the talker in order to communicate
We talked about the use at school and at home. I told her that he does not want to use it anymore at home since it is used at school every day. She will think about that because when I mentioned this in an AAC group I am part of some people suggested that it might be used too often for request situations and too little for communication purposes so the communication and fun factor might be missing. However, the differentiation between these two (requests/communication) is very difficult and the borders are blurred. So she will need to do a bit of reflection on that.
We also finally decided to start with the use of focus words. She was a bit hesitant at first but I suggested to just give it a try so we agreed on that and will see how it goes.

2) Improve Sunny's cognition, stability, and motor function, especially with regard to walking
Sunny is still a fairly unstable walker. Motivation is a big factor whether Sunny walks/likes to walk or not. When he wants to go somewhere, it cannot be fast enough. However, if he wants to go somewhere else than he has to, his will to walk is very small. In addition to that he is still very unstable so walking and going up and down stairs will be a main goal for this year.

3) Improve Sunny's self-dependence
The main targets with regard to self-dependence are Sunny's ability to help putting clothes on and taking them off, potty training and eating by himself.

All in all I can say that I really completely concurred with all that because these are the things we focus on at home, too. The conversation also showed me that we really pull together. It feels like we have a partnership and I think there is nothing better than that.

We exchanged information on what he does at home and what he does at school because very often he does those things in a completely different way. She also told me some funny episodes and when we talked about his school buddies she told me that the whole class was so harmonious, that everyone cares for everyone else and that Sunny is really very well integrated into the group (which made me shed some tiny tears of gratefulness and happiness).

I know I said it before and I will say it again: this lovely person was sent to us from heaven!

Monday, 9 December 2013

The Week In Pictures: calendar week 49/2013

(This post was published on December 22, 2013.)

It was a busy week filled with pre-Christmas things and preparations.

I started handing out small gift bags of sugar roasted almonds to Sunny's bus drivers this week. We have different drivers almost every day and they were very happy about my sweets.

The sunsets were gorgeous this week: the sky was on fire....

... and the clouds were dramatic.

Sunny's homework this week: Find the big "M", show the sign for "M" and put the peg on the respective field. Sunny did that really well again!

On Friday St. Nicolas came to school and brought a few gifts and treats.

We love our horses and riding in the snow was even more fun!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Ten Things of Thankful: week 48-49/2013

I have to keep this short because Sunny has gotten ill today and that means he always sleeps horribly, wakes up some time after he was put to bed and needs me by his side. It seems to be a viral infection and for now strep throat has been ruled out but he has a sore throat nevertheless and was hardly able to swallow today.

So let's start and finish this quickly:

1) I am thankful that I can trust my maternal instincts. Sunny's pain perception is reduced so he hardly cries or lets me know when something hurts him. I only realised something was off this morning when he refused to drink his usually favourite drink (milk with water) so I headed to the paediatrician this afternoon in order to have her check on him before the weekend and I was completely right with my assumptions.

2) This is a totally unusual song for my playlist but "The Bonny Swans" by Loreena McKennitt is a song that I really adore. I love the medieval touch and the voice of Loreena. It is truly enchanting!

3) I am thankful that the storm that is raging over Germany since yesterday has not affected us so far and that it was not as bad as it was expected for those who were affected. It is supposed to dissolve tomorrow.

4) I am thankful for our tea machine (again). I mentioned this some time ago and was asked to share pictures. So for those of you who were curios just follow this link.

5) I am thankful for Nelson Mandela. He was a real hero and a role model. His humility was humbling. The world will be missing a person everyone could always look up to. His kindness and absolute will for reconciliation has surely left a seed in many hearts.

6) I am thankful for St. Nicholas' day which is today. This morning Sunny got a present at home (it was a book that he loved while he was in kindergarten so I bought it for him) and St. Nicholas also came to school this morning. Sunny's teacher wrote in our communication book that she took pictures of their encounter and I hope she will send them to me. Obviously they learned a poem that they recited for St. Nicholas. Some years ago Sunny was very afraid of St. Nicholas. I am always in awe how Sunny grew in so many different ways in the past years.

7) I am thankful for the movie "Troja" starring Brad Pitt which I am just watching while I type. He looks just awesome in his armour (and even better without ;-) ).... 'nuff said.

8) I am thankful for the friend who just called me while I wrote this post. She moved to France some years ago but we still meet as often as possible because she is always with her parents during school holidays and we are there (at my parents, of course) very often during the holidays, too.

9) I am thankful for hot showers and baths. There is nothing better when it is cold outside!

10) I am thankful that I got a small job that will bring me some money. However, it will be quite stressful as I have to finish it until Monday. I hope I will be able to finish it on time!

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Because who is perfect?

Hi everyone,

Just hopping in in order to share a very touching video with you:

Wishing you all a wonderful St Nicholas' Day! :-)

Wednesday, 4 December 2013


I had a doctor's appointment for a regular check-up this morning and during the blood withdrawal the nurse and I spoke about Sunny and how he has brought home the cold from school several times this winter already. And how I always get sick, too, and while he bounces back rather quickly I have a stuffed nose for two weeks and just as I am healthy again the next cold is coming home from school. You know, just small talk like that.

Then, on the way home while driving in my car, the conversation replayed in my head and my thoughts started wandering. I thought about school and what it would be like if Sunny attended a regular school. Then my mind imagined Sunny sitting in his seat in my car after school, chattering away about everything and nothing that happened during the day.

And then my mind came to a screeching halt and a realisation hit me like a truck. I was not able to imagine Sunny chatting to me. I cannot imagine what it would be like if he could just talk to me about anything that is going on in his sweet little head or something that he saw, something that happened to him or things someone said to him. It is a scene my brain is not able to produce and that makes me so very sad. Because, obviously, it is unthinkable. Unimaginable. Because it is so far away from where we are today.

It all happened so quickly (like it always does when your mind jumps from one thought to the other within nanoseconds) but this realisation burst my heart into a million tiny little pieces and right now I am trying to collect those pieces and glue them together again with shaking hands.

It always astonishes me how some tiny moments hit me so hard although the facts are so known to me.

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Week In Pictures: calendar week 48/2013

I had a very calm week. It is this time of the year that I enjoy very much. When it gets cold and dark outside I close the blinds, light some candles and cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket and enjoy the cosiness of home.

Let me show you some pictures of last week. I hope you enjoy my sort-of private "Instagram" feed on this blog each week. ;-)

I cut Sunny's hair last week. Love his soft, silky curls!

We had the first bits of snow

Enjoying some lovely, yummy Christmas cookies

We had gorgeous sunsets last week!

Sunny's first advent calendar - it plays a different Christmas song each day

This week's homework: Making an M out of chestnuts

Our beloved tea machine that I mentioned recently

Special treat: chocolate strawberries, bought at the Christmas market. Hmmmm!

Lighting the first candle on the advent "wreath" on Sunday