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I am in love with this cooler weather and constant rain, I love being cozy inside, wrapped in a thick sweater while the drops drip down. The kids on the other hand, not so much, they're getting a little stir crazy, I don't know what they're going to do when winter really hits. So, in lieu of anything that required more preparation than I had time for today, we broke out the science set with the good old baking soda and vinegar standby.

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I was making lunch for my younger son this morning when I was overcome by how many times I have done this over the course of the past eight years. My gosh, I’ve packed a lot of lunches! Probably close to 1600.

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Okay, I can't help it. I've been thinking about natural remedies and helpful tips again. I know, you are probably thinking that the blog I wrote last spring about various (and maybe crazed) home remedies for ear aches and what not was more than enough. But, I'm just not that kind of girl--enough is never enough!

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Continuing on with our dino-rific  theme this week, I put together an easy bin with left over sand from yesterdays bin and added fossils, skeletons, and paint brushes for my little paleontologists to uncover hidden history. The large lumps are dinosaur eggs made with the leftover coffee dough from our volcano yesterday. They were really easy to put together, just mold the dough around a dino figure and bake it for 20 minutes to harden it. You can also air dry it if you have the time. 

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We had a very dino-rific long weekend over here! It was entirely by chance that we went to the Natural History Museum on Saturday and then  decided to do the local dino park on Monday.  Both exhibits were amazing, the Museum had quite a few assembled skeletons to view and the park had dozens of life sized replicas so we've seen the dinos inside and out now!

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Water beads have to be one of our favorite sensory materials, they're so therapeutic to play with! If you haven't seen these little gems before, they begin as hard, tiny balls. Then, after soaking in water for a day or so they grow to the size of a marble and are squishy, wiggly balls of fun! They come in an array of colors, some even glow! Needless to say, there are so many things you can do with these babies! This week we've been enjoying a water sensory bin, something I never thought I would allow indoors, but it has gone surprisingly well. I only filled the bin with an inch of water a small layer of water beads, and a few accessories. The kids have been hooked however, sometimes simple is best!

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There are so many incredible day trips in the area surrounding the KMC, we are surrounded by eight countries, live just 30 minutes from the French boarder, and there are a handful of large, historic cities within a two three hour radius just in Germany alone. We've been knocking them off the bucket list, Trier and Heidelberg last month, and hopefully Frankfurt and Cologne during our four day weekend coming up.

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Very few homes in Germany have air conditioning, and ours is no exception, so the way we manage the temperature is to open and close our rolladens throughout the day depending on which direction the sun is shining in. We also have the typical German windows which can crack open at the top or open fully to the side. All of this works fairly well to keep the house cool, but the one problem we've found is that our windows don't have screens on them which leads to all sorts of unintended critters joining us.

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It's the last couple weeks of summer here, everyone is getting set to head back to school soon, hopefully including my kid(s). We're not sure on how the whole German kindergarten thing is going to play out yet, but we should have more answers this week as it starts up. I wanted to do one last super summer sensory bin before the season comes to a close, so when I saw Play Create Explore's ice cream dough I knew I had found a winner!

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Kids are so different. My boys proclaim to really dislike school. In fact, my older one has gone as far as to say he hates it. It makes me crazy. Their grades don't come close to showing that they don't like school. The older one (for all of his moaning and groaning) has had almost a prefect report card for two years running, and the little one actually asked me a few weeks ago to print out some math sheets to work on before a long car trip. 

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The best part of waking up is Folgers in your... sensory bin... Okay the rhyme falls short, but we have been having a lot of fun playing with our coffee bin lately! My house has never smelled better and the kids have been enjoying learning about flowers, bugs and construction! I love when I can set up one activity and keep it fresh for a few days with new accessories, it's almost too easy!

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We will be participating in the Baby Expo at Regency Court on Sunday, August 11th from 1-3 p.m. Please come out and say hello! Mollie and I will be there; we'd love to meet you!

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Things have been really hard over here lately, grieving from afar for my home church community, dealing with a pre-PMSing three year old, and an unsleeping, aggressive 20 month old has been taking its toll. Jon and I are exhausted, and yet life must go on... I almost feel guilty being so stressed out with my children while there are others who no longer have their babies to hold...

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Well, three months has gone by since I had my sweet baby Bastian and I am so filled with love. Becoming a mom has been harder and more rewarding then I could have imagined. All the books, classes, and advice could never have prepared me for what motherhood is truly like. 

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Well, it turns out that we're not the best travel planners... The USO trip that we had been planning to take this weekend is sold out. Bummer. But, while we may be poor planners this week, we're instead choosing to be spontaneous! The location is still TBD, but we'll be driving and shopping and eating out, and that means we'll still need plenty of tricks to entertain the kids!

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