But I do get to hear the kids' thoughts and share in their experiences and growth... and I wouldn't really change my situation if I had the chance. Charlotte is an extremely imaginative girl and she is so good at expressing her ideas and how she feels. Toby is such a gentle, loving little boy and shares (usually) with his sister and just adores her.
So here's a glimpse of the kids doing what they do....
Sadly, Herr Schwenzer passed away while were in the States last year. He was so kind and generous to us! But his daughter ("Julia-Charlot" oddly enough) has been wonderful and helpful as well. We hear such awful landlord stories, that we feel very blessed with our happy situation.
Toby hanging out in the kitchen. The kitchen floor is heated, and it is a favorite spot for the kids to sit and play when the house is chilly. At 18 months old, I can't believe what a cute little man Toby is! He started nursery at church this month and just LOVES it. We are so lucky to have such easygoing kids.
By the way, Daddy did it. Charlotte's bangs were getting long and I was procrastinating cutting them. One night Rob came down from the bathroom (where the kids were in the tub) and said, "I hope you're not going to be angry, but..." Yup, he cut her hair. SHORT! She loves it, so I guess that's fine.
Boys (Jack, Rob, & Toby) building towers. Charlotte and Toby both love having friends over to play, and we go to a playgroup every other week. On the other weeks I try to plan a day for having a friend over, or going to a friend's house. It keeps us all sane. :)
Toby really, really wants to be able to do everything Charlotte does. Lately he is focused on jumping.
The video is a little long, but you can hear Toby say a few words and at the end you can hear the church bells in the background. They ring every day at 11 am and 6 pm and sometimes more. They remind us we live in Germany, but we won't miss them when we no longer live in Germany!