Sometimes—well actually, quite frequently—I am still a bit weirded out that my kids speak German. When I hear them speak it (which is of course not very much at home) I am amazed.
The other day I asked Hazel how she learned German. She said, “When I was in kindergarten, the teacher just told me things in English, so I didn’t learn it. Then in first grade, everyone spoke German, so I listened to it, and I learned it.” I asked her if she ever got frustrated when she didn’t understand something, and she said, “No. If I didn’t understand something I just raised my hand and told my teacher I didn’t understand.” Oh the EASE. It is amazing!!!
So here is a video of Jethro and Hazel a la Deutsch. (You would not believe how much I had to harass and threaten them to get them to do this, and then they had a good time. Sillies.)
They are so cute. Here are a couple still shots from within the video—I love Hazel’s expressions:
Okay, but my FAVORITE thing is that I got all these pictures afterwards because they were being so funny and happy with each other. I am IN LOVE with how genuinely happy they are in these! Hazel’s smiles in particular are sooo candid and natural because Jethro was being goofy and I also think Jethro looks particularly cute in these pictures.
This one of acting like they're going to hit each other was also Jethro’s idea. Too bad Hazel looks like she’s going to hit herself! ;)
These pictures reminded me of these ones (taken in Sep 2007) (look how little they were! and look at the milk rings that Jethro used to always wear on his wrists) -
GOSH my kids are adorable!!!!! I ♥ Jethro and Hazel!!!! (Yes, I just typed a heart for the first time in my life. It seemed fitting.)