This week I feel a bit all over the place. In one part of my life time is rushing past and in the other part of my life time seems to stand still.
My four kids are all home with me and that is awesome! The date where they will leave again to pursue their studies seems to come closer way too fast. We are having fun and don’t pay much attention to the passing of time and time just appears to move so quickly.
On the other hand there are all the changes that have happened since the schools closed on March 13th and getting back to normal which in my case is for example seeing and hugging friends, going to gym classes, seems to go at a snail’s pace if even.
But I don’t mind really... I have the hope that the slowness of change will ensure our safety and readiness for school this Fall. I try to focus on the positive...always...
I think time can fly...especially when you are involved in activities that make you excited and that you enjoy.
How are your days going - are you making time fly? I hope so and that you are having fun this summer.
Need some help make time fly? -- check out the teen center discord server where we have fun activities for you. : )
It has been almost 2 months since the shut down and the first excitement has certainly begun to wear off.
With everyone at home...all the time... the question begs what to do for fun….preferably for free. Here are some of my favorite free ideas:
💓Love is the answer💓
I have begun to realize that the more time I spend in my house, the more I spend it in the kitchen…
Marmorkuchen was one of my favorite growing up...it is so easy to make and so so delicious. Good by itself or with a lot of whipped cream...I personally believe that whipped cream makes everything better. ; )
***Marmorkuchen - German Marble Cake…very yummy ***
You will need: (and preheat oven (convection) 320F) -- Ready for High Altitude Baking
200 g Butter (7/8 cup), weich (soft - microwave for 15secs), oder Margarine
200 g Zucker
1 El Zucker (Tbsp)
Prise Salz (pinch)
4 Eier, (Eggs)
300 g Mehl (Flour) (about 2 cups plus 1 tbsp to compensate for high altitude)
2 Tl Backpulver (tea spoons baking powder)
150 ml Milch (2/3 cup mild)
25 g Kakaopulver (1/4 cup baking chocolate powder)
NEXT: Mix butter, sugar and salt for at least 5 min with mixer. Then you add each egg one by one adding each for about half a minute...Relax....take your time. : ) Mix Flour and baking powder together and add slowly to the butter/egg mixture together with 100 ml of the milk (1/2 cup).
Now you have your dough...take 1/3 and mix the cocoa powder with the remaining mild together. Half of the chocolate dough you put into your greased pan. Then top with vanilla dough, then top with remaining choc dough. Now use fork and move it through dough so that you create the marble effect. ....pretty!:)
Into the oven for about 50 min.
My name is Sylvie, I am a German American who has been connected with Los Alamos since 1986.
As a teenager I lived in Los Alamos for a year as a foreign exchange student. Life in the Wild West and the American Way of Life appealed to me greatly...I felt right at home. Found the love of my life in Los Alamos and after brief stints in Kiel, Seattle, and Hamburg my journey brought me back to Los Alamos in 2001. I have four children, two in college, one in high school, and one middle schooler.
I have been with the YMCA/Teen Center for about three years and it has been a great place to work with and around teens. I love my Youth Mobilizers, a wonderful group of teen leaders. Be it meetings to figure out the next events, to hanging out and cooking together -- it is such a joy to spend time with the teens and watch them grow.
Please come and find us on our discord server (link to discord server) and join the YM group. We are there, ready to connect with you.
And always remember….Love Is The Answer
I am privileged to be the Youth Mobilizers Coordinator at the Los Alamos Teen Center. The Youth Mobilizers propose and implement leadership projects and teen-focused events. The teens further their skills in areas of interest, learned leadership, and job skills. They participate. They make a difference. They are committed.