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February 14th 2010
Home Alone VI – finale

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K2 is back home – she literally drove past the house just as I was about to put the girls to bed. And smartly she didn’t come in and instead went out to have dinner. This way I had a very easy bedtime with the girls, K2 was well fed (and wonderful woman that she is, brought me chocolate-hazelnut torte for desert) and when she came home an hour later she was able to get unpacked and talk to me (instead of being completely subsumed by the children).

We had yet another wonderful day here. Our very special friend Denise came over and played with the girls for more than three hours in the afternoon. A welcome break and an absolute treat for the girls. After that we played some more, did bath time, dinner, more playing and bedtime.

I had fun. It wasn’t easy, but much easier than the previous times. It would have been much harder without all the prep work that K2 did.

And now, to celebrate K2 being home (NOT) I have to pull an all-nighter for work. I was supposed to fly to Europe this morning; the trip was canceled but I still need to be up for the actual event. Oh well.

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February 14th 2010
Home Alone VI – Day 6

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I want my girls to eat healthy food. But I also want them to be happy. Why does this sound like an “either-or” kind of thing? Is it because the human brain hasn’t evolved as quickly as human industriousness and therefore still craves sweet things – even though this today means mostly non-natural food like substances (refined sugars, hydrogenated fats and worst of all corn syrup wherever you look)? We eat lots of organic food, home made things where possible and fruit instead of candy.

But this can’t turn into a witch hunt of “bad” food. So we do go to fast food restaurants – just not the McD-ilk but instead places like Burgerville that at least try to use local, sustainable and somewhat healthy (Ha!) ingredients. And we do eat candy (I love chocolate more than I’m willing to admit). We just try to limit things.

So this morning the girls opened their bags with valentines that they brought home from school on Friday. And of course there were tons of chocolates, candy and lollipops… So I told them they could have ONE. And when they complained they wanted more, I offered fruit.

Yeah right, Papa.

But hey, I’m sneaky. So I said “how about we make ice cream?”. That’s just like candy, right?

Three frozen organic bananas (when they get brown in the fruit basket, we throw them in the freezer). A cup of frozen cherries. A cup of organic yogurt. Two cups of organic milk. Mix in the blender till homogeneous and very viscous. Serve in ice cream bowls. Yummy. Sweet. And… reasonably healthy.

The girls loved it. Asked for seconds. And forgot about the candy.

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February 13th 2010
Home Alone VI – Day 5
(dinner edition)

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What a day. Too little sleep. German school with yet another substitute teacher. Over-tired and cranky during lunch. Unhappy with Papa about having to nap. Much much happier after 90 minute nap. Playdate with friend didn’t work out so we played at home on our own. Now at dinner at their favorite restaurant.

Very happy indeed.

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February 13th 2010
Home Alone VI – Day 5
(early morning edition)

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H2 slept till 6:20am. I am so proud of her. S2 slept till 5:35am. And that after going to bed two hours later than normal. My guess is that this will be an “interesting” day…

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