No, we didn't fall off the face of the earth. Yes, we did school including SOTW3 Chapters 14 & 17 as well as Logic Stage Chemistry about Halogens prior to leaving for the trip. But, better than that we experienced and discussed Louis XIV and the Prussians along with "states" of Germany, and who the Fredericks of Prussia and Brandenburg were. We visited the castle in Heidelberg where Frederick brought his new wife, Elizabeth Stuart (greatgreatgreat something grandmother of the George III who dealt poorly with American colonists during Revolutionary War), the daughter of James I (King James Bible guy). We walked where the 30 Years War took place in the 1600s. We relished the unique environment of Christmas Markets while exploring how cormorants dive forever in the frigid, eddying waters of the Rhine River branch that surrounds the Grand 'Ile of Strasbourg.
So, now we recover from jet lag and ignore the evening hours b/c we're temporarily ALL morning people around here. We put together a gingerbread house for the first time, and fill the new Advent calendar before Advent ends. We find the Christmas tree and let kids decorate b/c it's their turn again. We put away all the clean laundry from the trip and plan our Christmas shopping and recipes for treat plates to share. Thanksgiving trips are a blessing and we wouldn't miss this opportunity for family trips to worlds where we'd never dreamed were possible to reach before the changes of 2006 & 2007. We look forward to time with other family and friends during a time of the year when all are blessed by a 2000 year Blessing.