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December 19, 2008



Oh! The monster picture on your page is actually the least horrifying of the pictures in the slide show! I just read a blog post on another site about the charming Christmas markets in Germany, but it didn't mention that I would risk spanking if I visited one after dark.

Merry Christmas to you and your whole family! I'm so glad Annika is home and doing better.


My girls were pretty upset about not having school Friday because of missing the holiday parties. Sounds like you guys made it home okay though! It didn't start till late here.

Anyway, Anna has been checking her webkinz account daily (sometimes more than once a day) since I told her I emailed you with Anna's username. We were wondering if Anna could have Annika's username so she can make Annika her friend!


Oh great, now I'm going to have Schlittenfahrt playing in my head all day.


Who doesn't love a nice Schlittenfahrt when you're snuggled up with that special someone on a cold winter day?


You could teach them O Christmas Tree or in German O'Tannenbaum...ok, I'm sure that is spelled wrong.

kathy a.

Merry Christmas to all the Tiedes! I hope you have one that is sparkly and kid-filled and joyous and crazy. xoxoxo


Hilliarious! What a strange custom over there. One wonders how they can do it in this day and age, and if anyone ever suffers from any kind of post traumatic stress from having the s--t scared oudda ya at the mall? Marry late Christmas to all the Tiedes!

kathy a.

popping in to say hi and drop off a hug. xoxo

sending gifts to philippines

wow! so cool,thanks for blogging this.


Shannon Flies


Hi Moreena. Hope your holidays are going swimmingly. Tell Annika, Treyton and Lexi say HI!

We miss your smiles. Hoping 2009 brings health and happiness to a little girl and her family who really really deserve a good year.

Love, Shannon from Bloomington, Normal... even though we in this town are hardly ever Normal!


I was out East for Christmas and showed my family the pictures you have above in "Merry Christmas from Germany". We all agreed that those things are the scariest things we have ever seen!

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Falling Down, November 2004

  • Balloon in hand, my 4-year-old
    twirled across the kitchen floor,
    singing nonsense words
    in her own key.
    "It's my gift!" she declared
    to the world at large, which
    was really only me,
    sitting at the table. Enough
    twirling, and she lost
    her balance, tumbling
    to the floor in a theatrical
    slapstick of elbows and knees.

    She lay on her back
    for a few seconds,
    at the textured ceiling
    with the mysterious
    spaghetti sauce stain.
    Suddenly she
    flapping her arms and legs
    there on the floor, as if to swish
    the imaginary snow
    into a snow angel.

    "Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

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