26 February 2012


The people at church now start their conversations with me in German and only use English when I don't understand.

I asked for directions at a gas station because I am directionally challenged. I understood every word and made it safely home from church.

Everyone is amazed that I've only had two years of German. I always tell them it was not a normal school, but they are still impressed.

22 February 2012


I can specifically remember sitting in our seminary room on my first day of seminary freshman year and thinking "Thank goodness there's a chapel close enough that I'll never have to do this alone." Well, as we all know, thoughts of this nature are dangerous. If there is every anything that you think is too hard for you, don't think about it. If you do, you will end up having to do it someday.

Tonight I find myself yet again finishing up the work I set out to do at 6:00 AM. Oye! Although it is hard to do alone, I am glad to be doing it.

I hope you are all well!

Gruesse aus Deutschland!


21 February 2012

Short, like me!

Today I am grateful for Grammy T. She taught me how to sew, and now all of my pants are short, like me! Becuase I am such a klutz, one pair of newly hemmed pants has a beautiful, permanent, black streak on the leg. I made that fancy addition while I was making the nifty little book in the middle. It is a how to draw a horse book for one of the girl's birthdays. I find it interesting that I visited both hardware stores and a few other stores and I still couldn't find the rings I need to bind this book. Anyways, if anyone needs any pants hemmed, I am officially an expert at doing it by hand!

Happy Tuesday!


P.S. Here they can't say my name. They call me Kerin. Occasionally someone will accidentally say it correctly, but never more than once a day.

20 February 2012

Things I find weird about Deutschland

 These are my undies hanging out to dry in the dining room.
 They find it strange that I ate two of these in under a week. I told them they should see how my sister eats it!
 This is some hymns playing on my iPod and now a computer so I can type my stuff and send it off.
 Gnoccis. They say it Kuh noh keys. They are like mushy pasta figures...they're not my favorite.
We had a wonderful buffet for dinner at Oma's birthday party. Then we had it again18 hours later. It did not go in the refrigerator in between. I asked if everything was still okay to eat (especially the meat) and they were super confused. Did something happen to it? they asked. They say it's okay to leave the food out, as long as it's only a day. I'm still not sure about this.

So, there are a lot of weird things about Germany. I don't yet have pictures of all of them, but I'll be sure to throw them in with other posts.


17 February 2012

Jawohl! (ya voll)

I finally have internet on my own computer! This is fantastic!
And now for a picture story:

Who the heck names a cookie Butter Ring? I swear if I’d known the name before I tried them I wouldn’t have laid a finger on them, not even sniffed them. But alas, I did not. They were a terrible temptation, so I tried this thing my mom taught me. If you eat them all, they won’t be around to tempt you! It worked! Okay, I didn’t eat all of them. I think someone else has a weakness for Butter Rings too.

I hope all is good back home!


14 February 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Unfortunately, the jolly Germans don’t celebrate this wonderful holiday to quite the extent that we do. I did see a couple of heart-shaped chocolate boxes in the stores, but it’s looking pretty loveless over here. Well… Not where I am! I borrowed an idea of color your own valentines, since Valentines Day just happens to be the day I am going with Little Missie to Englisch class. I am going to teach them a thing or two about this special holiday.

Please excuse my ugly carpet of a background… in every picture…

So with the help of sweet Elke, and her husbands copying machine I have a bag of thirty Valentines (All the ones for the kids are in English, since it is Englisch class.) with Süssigkeiten (candies or sweet stuff) attached. It’s totally a surprise, so don’t tell anyone okay! I can’t wait to see their faces!



13 February 2012


I totally have two nice posts to add, but the pictures are very important, and I don't do this computer thing so well, so they will have to wait until tomorrow. Sorry. I LOVE YOU! YES! YOU!!! So be happy! I'm going to bed after I finish VALENTINES!!!


11 February 2012

Zum Geburtstag...

Yesterday was a certain someone's birthday. Everyone (except her) got up early to prepare. I bet you didn't know I can make balloon animals! Neither did I. Anyways, the dining room is all decked out, and Little Missie comes in with a sour face. Then she complains about every present (even the one I stayed up all night making). So we sent her off to school all grumpy.

Then I got to go into school with her parents to celebrate her birthday, and she was all smiles. It kind of reminds me of a certain someone whose middle initial is J. She just needed a while to warm up to all the changes to her daily routine...or something like that. The celebration in school was really cool! For one, they are allowed to light fires! They have special birthday candles, and they just sat there burning for half an hour, and no one cared until one started to fall over. In the U.S. we would be in big trouble. Then Little Missie's father read a book to the class. Everyone thought it was so cool that it was written in their home town. It was about a little hedgehog and a dog. Then they sang a song while lifting her up in her chair once for each year of her life. For the little cakes Oma made they sang Happy Birthday in Deutsch and Englisch. I think it's so funny how they pronounce it (all of them together): Heppy Bersdey. It's adorable.

We played some games after, and my new third grade friends begged me to play Blind Kuh (Blind Cow). It was fun!

The rest of the day was great, filled with friends and family. AND THREE CAKES!!! I've never seen so many cakes for one birthday child! Oma baked two fabulous cakes, and Little Missie and I baked the third. Obviously it was the best. I was not hungry for Abendbrot after that.

Grüsse aus Deutschland!


07 February 2012


 I'm officially an international person! (This was before I left home.)
This is the first thing I did with the kids. I love chalk! Just so you know, I did not make this. She would be a little upset if I tried to take credit, although I did draw the outline.
 This is where I run!
 And this looks much better when it is turned the right way, but I didn't want to save all my pictures to someone elses computer (that would be rude), so this is what we get.

 Through my window. It looks much better without the glare.
Does this make you hungry? It makes me want to eat it all over again. I'm not sure if they actually make this in Germany, but today I felt like a good ol' egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast.

Grüsse aus Deutschland!

06 February 2012

Die Kirche (dee Keer kuh...sort of)

It’s hard to type out the pronunciations in English, because I don’t know how to make the `I have a large ball of flegm in the back of my throat’ or the `hissing ocean waves` sounds. Thus the word Kirche is actually pronounced Keer `hissing ocean waves` uh, but I think I will just stick to the American accent pronunciations if that`s alright with everyone.

So, church was great…once I found it. For those of you who have never tried to travel anywhere in Germany, the roads can be quite confusing. The street signs are terrible, in fact sometimes they are non existent. And for those of you who are familiar with the wonderful Route 125 which merges and splits with 111 and 107 and 107A and 111A and I think a few others too, you know how well marked our exits and whatnot are. It’s wonderful! It is not so here. I had no problem with the train ride (aside from the outrageous price for my half-hour ride to and from church), but then things got tricky.

Mapquest is not my friend. It told me to start out going nort on Am Banhof. Okay. Good thing I always know which way north is. Not! (I told the boy scouts they should let me join, but they said no, so I blame them.) After walking at least two miles in both directions, I finally sat down in front of a big department store and called the church on my Handy (cell phone, and yes, it’s just like it sounds. It`s handy.) I got passed from a nice English speaking lady to the Bishop, who told me to go back to the train station and call again. So I did, and someone new answered, and I was passed along to his brother who speaks English.

Long story short, I was saved by a couple of slick looking guys in suits, and I finally got to church and hour and a half late, but sacrament meeting is at the end, so it’s all good.

I met a bunch of nice people, and a family who lives close enough to bring me to church! A nice couple offered to drive or walk me back to the train station. I chose to walk, just in case I ever have to take the train to church again. They were super cool, and have a daughter who was an Au Pair in Maryland. I also met the missionaries, one of whom speaks English. He told me he was from the states, so I asked where. He looked at me with raised eyebrows as if to say ‘is this a serious question’ and then replied ‘Utah.’

A lot of people spoke English with me, but I usually replied in German so they know I mean business with this language learning stuff. One lady, who spoke only German, giggled hysterically every time I said something. She is also the Relief Society president and is upset that even though I’m 18 I will be going to Young Womens. In my defense, I am going back to school soon.

04 February 2012

I'm sleepy.

This morning I woke up just in time for morning bread, but I wasn't really awake. Elke looked at me and laughed. 'Are you still sleeping?' she asked. I just can't win with this sleeping thing. If I sleep for five or six hours, I'm tired. If I sleep for eight or nine hours, I'm still tired. I think I need to get out more. I'm suposed to be helping bring the kids to school and whatnot.The problem here is my license. It needs to be ubersetzt (translated). It is currently being held hostage at the license translating place, so instead I do all the babysitting at home. It's all good though. I love these wonderful kids!

Schönes Wochenende!


03 February 2012


We are all super bundled up today! And I don't want to run, but the sky is getting progressively less blue, so I should take pictures while the sun is still shining!

I got to meet the Spanish family yesterday! It is so funny hearing someone speak German with a Spanish accent (It's even harder to understand). They were a little bummed out when they heard that I speak even less Spanish than German, but we did speak a little Spanish. The youngest girl (only two) will not learn German until she is five, so she walks around all day laughing and smiling and not having a clue what anyone is saying. That's crazy! I speak as much Spanish to her as I can. It kind of makes me feel special that everyone else speaks German to her knowing she hasn't a clue what they're saying, and I can actually talk to her. It's so cute when they play little games and she says 'mano' when asking for someone's hand. The other kids are a bit confused.

German Food

Bread. Meat. Cheese.Sweet stuff.

 Breakfast: Bread with sweet stuff
Lunch: My favorite meal. It's like our dinner. Everyone comes home for lunch, and that's when we have a big meal. I have had a lot of great German cooking from Elke, Oma, and Ralph.
Abend Brot ( evening bread): Bread with not sweet stuff. This is when I get to try all kinds of cheese and meat and things that make me miss my wrestling diet.

It may not seem like it from the little meal summary I gave, but when bread is all you eat for two meals a day, you eat a lot of bread!!! The other day I noticed the fruit bowl, and I've been having a lot more fruit and a lot less bread. It seems like they don't normally eat fruits and vegetables as snacks or meals here. Vegetables are sometimes baked into lunch (always if you count potatoes as a vegetable), but other than that I don't see much of them unless they are covered in a sauce of some sort. I went to a play date, and all the mommies giggled when I so enthusiasticly accepted a clementine over more cake (which was by the way very delicious), but I don't care. Ich bin ein Obstmädchen!

 Upon my arrival in Deutschland (after finding the family) I finally realized the benfits of my odd choice of e-mail address (aside from the fact that it's easy for people to remember). We went to get sandwiches for lunch, and they were already made and on display. Elke had them make me a new sandwich without mayonnaise!

I hope everyone is well in the U.S. of A.


P.S. It's 10:15 here, and you are all still in bed (I hope. I just talked with a friend on facebook, and she was doing homework. Tisk tisk.)! 

I've got a day named after me, February 2.


I meant to post this yesterday, but we had to rush off and it got deleted.

I heard this punky little groundhog didn't come out, because his favorite little Amerikanerin wasn't there. Sorry guys. I hope everyone watched Jack Frost (the puppet one), because it's amazing!!!

01 February 2012

Die Sonne scheint, und der Himmel ist blau. (The sun is shining and the sky is blue.)

This is the first compound sentence my cute little German class learned at the Academy. Although initially used to describe the weather, we began to use it to answer the question Wie geht's? (how's it going?). It was rather odd for visitors to hear that the sun was shining and the sky was blue when it had been cloudy for a week, but the nine of us understood completely.

What does this have to do with anything? Well, today die Sonne scheint, und der Himmel ist blau in every sense. My first few days here were very dark (only in the literal sense), and today it is so sunny and beautiful out (but freezing!). I'm going to take some pictures of the place where I run so I can post them when I figure out how.

Grüsse aus Deutschland!