18 Jan

I realized last night when I was talking to my good friend, Sue, that I had the perfect story to begin this post. Sue is from Michigan (which, by the way, considering I’ve ended up pals with every single woman I’ve ever met from there, I seem to mesh well with Michiganders! ;)), currently lives in the Lowcountry and she’s my go-to-gal for all things winter/snow/seasonal simply because she knows all there is to know about navigating these situations- and I don’t care if she laughs at me when we discover yet another thing about which I have no clue! Ha!

So onto our story…We’ve been waiting forever for it to really snow here in Stuttgart. Not just a dusting or a few flurries, but the real lasts-longer-than-a-blink kind that makes everything pretty. Finally saw it on the forecast for this past Thursday night and Neve went to bed pumped. Friday morning didn’t disappoint- we woke up to our own little Winter Wonderland and out at her school, there was even more. It was AWESOME.


Before school…

So that afternoon, I get back to school to pick her up. They’re out on the playground, as always, and the snow is falling. Big chubby flakes. There’s probably 3 inches on the ground- more around the sides where it’s been piled up… I spot Neve on the far side of the playground- in the jeans and tennis shoes I sent her in. (Top half had a good coat with hood, plus a hat and mittens, so at least I get those points.)


Neve is behind the slide in this picture…

Her bottom half is drenched- I can see the drops of water dripping as she runs… She sees me, gets real excited and immediately throws off her shoes. I’m like, ‘no, no, what are you doing?’ yelling across the playground. Meanwhile, she’s got the toe of her sock in her little grip and pulls it off, then the other one- all of this happening in a matter of seconds, mind you- and before I can even get halfway to her, she’s running barefoot through the snow yelling, ‘Mama, mama- it’s like the BEACH but with SNOW!’ The closer I got, the faster she ran and kicked it like it sure enough was sand, the louder she kept correcting that I obviously hadn’t heard her- ‘No, no. It’s like the BEACH!! But this is S-N-O-W!’

When the fiasco was over, I got to her, she got quiet. I asked ‘Are your bright red feet cold?’ She thought really hard, got the oddest look on her face and said, ‘I don’t know. I can’t be sure. Maybe.’ Lawd.

Alas, we are that family. The newbies to this climate without a clue what we’re doing. And we’re OWNING it! Ha! The teacher and a couple moms pulled me aside and quickly educated me on how the Germans do snow- wearing snow boots in, changing into regular shoes, then putting snow boots back on for outside. And keeping rubber pants in their cubbies. I’m sure my eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as I was thinking, holy moly, what a lot of work and a lot of clothes and a lot for me to keep up with each day! Bless their hearts.


After I got the shoes back on. You can tell how drippy the shoes are- they’re usually about the color of the jacket!



So we left feeling like we’d learned something…and waving proudly at all the onlookers 🙂

We’ve done our best to take full advantage of this snowy goodness for the entire weekend- we’ve walked to dinner in it, we’ve driven in it, we’ve laid on the couch and marveled at it…




We even checked off a couple things from our Bucket List. The first: a snowman!


Yep, we rolled up just about all of our first snow into a snowman. At least Mother Nature replenished our supply a few hours later ❤



Again, we didn’t plan wisely. Our snowman had a banana nose, an apple slice mouth, cough drop buttons and a Kubota trucker hat with a feather! Ha!

And we FINALLY got to sled! Neve’s Uncle Andy gave her a new shiny red sled for Christmas and she’s been asking daily when she’ll get to use it. Well, what baby wants, baby gets! We spent today just outside of the city in the small town of Holzgerlingen. One of John’s friends from work lives out there and his back door opens right into the biggest, prettiest, hilliest park. Add a foot of snow and you’ve got the perfect place for us to all meet and make it our playground!




Heading out with Emma 🙂



They made it to the bottom!




Snowing HARD!



Thanks, Goddess and Poppy, for the snowsuit and boots! And now I even know how to send them to school! 😉


You can’t tell, but it is like blizzard conditions for the few minutes around this one!




Looking back at the top…


So yeah, hope you can tell just how much we have been like kids in a candy shop with our first real snow here! Still can’t believe we live here! One thing’s for sure, too- Neve seems to LOVE all things winter! Sledding, building snow men, snow angels, ice skating (with a helper), outright running…She never tires and she never gets cold! It’s crazy because she loves all things summer, too. Just another example of our girl always blooming where she’s planted ❤


8 Responses to “It be SNOWING!”

  1. Eleanor January 19, 2016 at 11:38 PM #

    What fun! After living in snow country many times, I so remember the changing of clothes constantly. I will remember Neve’s first snowman always. Enjoy each new experience. Love and miss you.

    • Erin T. January 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM #

      I should’ve talked to you about the climate change before we came here! Ha! No more fresh snow this week, but highs in the 20s for the next few days means that what we already have will stick around for at least a little while longer! Love and miss you so much!

  2. jsimssr January 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM #

    Great blog. Just realized that you never lived in snow country either.Do notice you are acquiring a large supply of outerwear…#coatsgalore.Love all of Neve’s expressions/smiles.

    • Erin T. January 19, 2016 at 8:30 AM #

      Nope, this is most definitely our first snow country! Just a learning experience all around! But so much fun. And yes, definitely acquiring lots of outerwear! Ha!

  3. Anne Lambert January 18, 2016 at 11:15 PM #

    Really love the snow angel picture!

    • Erin T. January 19, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

      She has wanted to make a snow angel for as long as I can remember! The other times she’s been in snow, the texture hasn’t been right and she stands up, but there’s no angel. Sunday was perfect powder. She was so excited!

  4. Robin January 18, 2016 at 8:13 PM #

    Really wish we could have been there. Not surprised that Neve loved every minute of it – she always loves new adventures.

    • Erin T. January 19, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

      I still can’t believe that it waited until 12 hours after y’all left to start an entire weekend of Winter Wonderland! You would’ve loved it as much as we did. Miss you! XO

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