International School of Beijing

Here’s a really good video to showcase the International School of Beijing.  We are really excited to work at this school and also have our kids attend this institution.

Krembs’ Recruiting

Here’s the letter that was sent to our family members this morning:

Hello Family,
 
This morning Kevin and I received job offers from the International School of Beijing.  After a very fast and tumultuous week, ISB has impressed us with their information and communication.  The kids have been at the root of our decision to move on from India, and from all that we’ve seen from ISB, the kids will really like all that Beijing has to offer: a bigger house—like maybe even two stories with four bedrooms; compound living with parks (including skate parks on some!), pools (indoor and out), bowling alleys, gyms, etc; a great school facility; lots of after school activities like baseball, gymnastics, tennis, hockey (floor and ice), horseback riding, to name a few; fun activities to be found in the city; and last but not least their mom and dad in the elementary school.  ISB would like Kevin to teach third, and I’ll be the elementary librarian.  When I told Vincent this, he pumped his arm and said, “Yes!”  The school also knows that Kevin is interested in pursuing leadership—which is why they want him to teach 3rd grade.  There is a leadership opening in the third grade for next year.  Also, they know that Kevin has his eye in this area, and they often promote internally.  All good things to hear.  
 
So, we’re going to accept!  Admittedly, we’re (mainly me I think) are bummed that Shanghai hasn’t panned out.  But, as many people keep telling us, “A bird in the hand…is better than two in the bush!”  Shanghai might open up, but it might not as well.  Budapest was another possibility, but they won’t know until January.  Plus, what feels best about our decision to go with Beijing—aside from how great we think it will be for the kids, is it’s a quality school that has been recruiting us!  They really want us!  This feels good.  No other schools have pursued us like this as of yet.  This might be because they are waiting for the fairs, but now we don’t have to wait and see.  Instead, we’ll be able to fully enjoy our vacation in Thailand with my folks! (As of today…they are still coming! Let’s hope Bangkok continues to progress forward with their political situation.)
 
Well, the world has become smaller as both sets of Krembs’ are able to recruit mainly via the Internet through Skype.  I think it’s pretty amazing.  Now it’s Brian and Jen’s turn…we’re all rootin’ for you—especially us and Beijing! 
 
Much love to all of you.  If you’re wanting to see India, now is the time.  Next post, China Baby!
 
Kevin and Ann, Vincent and Gigi
 
PS When Vincent realized this morning that we would be moving to Beijing, he jumped off the chair and in a hug attacked Kevin on the sofa.  It was really sweet!
 
PPS There’s a dance academy across the street for Gigi.  She can try to catch up with her cousins! :0)

Krembs’ Recruiting 2008

Here’s the letter that was sent to our family members this morning:

Hello Family,
 
This morning Kevin and I received job offers from the International School of Beijing.  After a very fast and tumultuous week, ISB has impressed us with their information and communication.  The kids have been at the root of our decision to move on from India, and from all that we’ve seen from ISB, the kids will really like all that Beijing has to offer: a bigger house—like maybe even two stories with four bedrooms; compound living with parks (including skate parks on some!), pools (indoor and out), bowling alleys, gyms, etc; a great school facility; lots of after school activities like baseball, gymnastics, tennis, hockey (floor and ice), horseback riding, to name a few; fun activities to be found in the city; and last but not least their mom and dad in the elementary school.  ISB would like Kevin to teach third, and I’ll be the elementary librarian.  When I told Vincent this, he pumped his arm and said, “Yes!”  The school also knows that Kevin is interested in pursuing leadership—which is why they want him to teach 3rd grade.  There is a leadership opening in the third grade for next year.  Also, they know that Kevin has his eye in this area, and they often promote internally.  All good things to hear. 
 
So, we’re going to accept!  Admittedly, we’re (mainly me I think) are bummed that Shanghai hasn’t panned out.  But, as many people keep telling us, “A bird in the hand…is better than two in the bush!”  Shanghai might open up, but it might not as well.  Budapest was another possibility, but they won’t know until January.  Plus, what feels best about our decision to go with Beijing—aside from how great we think it will be for the kids, is it’s a quality school that has been recruiting us!  They really want us!  This feels good.  No other schools have pursued us like this as of yet.  This might be because they are waiting for the fairs, but now we don’t have to wait and see.  Instead, we’ll be able to fully enjoy our vacation in Thailand with my folks! (As of today…they are still coming! Let’s hope Bangkok continues to progress forward with their political situation.)
 
Well, the world has become smaller as both sets of Krembs’ are able to recruit mainly via the Internet through Skype.  I think it’s pretty amazing.  Now it’s Brian and Jen’s turn…we’re all rootin’ for you—especially us and Beijing! 
 
Much love to all of you.  If you’re wanting to see India, now is the time.  Next post, China Baby!
 
Kevin and Ann, Vincent and Gigi
 
PS When Vincent realized this morning that we would be moving to Beijing, he jumped off the chair and in a hug attacked Kevin on the sofa.  It was really sweet!
 
PPS There’s a dance academy across the street for Gigi.  She can try to catch up with her cousins! :0)

Phefer Nuts

 

These cookies are as easy as sin—and tast just like it too!  They are sooooo good.  I first tasted them from a gal in Saudi Arabia, and  I’ve been making them ever since.

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (We just realized we added too much! We’ll see what happens;)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tbs whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (Of course we doubled this!)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 3 cups flour

Chill this mixture.  Roll into ropes.  Cut into morsels, or just roll into mini bites.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until light brown.

Please note: The dangerous thing about these bite sizes of heaven are the size.  You can eat them by the handful if you’re not careful!

 

Photo by Vincent Krembs

Photo by Vincent Krembs

Christmas Carpet from Caron

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Vincent insisted on sleeping on his Christmas carpet last night despite having to sleep on the floor.  He just wanted to sleep on it.  This cute little holiday throw rug was a gift from our good friend Caron.  I think he’s been missing her lately.  By the way, he joined us at 1:00 am!  HA 😀

Phefer Nuts

These cookies are as easy as sin—and tast just like it too!  They are sooooo good.  I first tasted them from a gal in Saudi Arabia, and  I’ve been making them ever since.

Preheat oven to 325.

Mix the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter (We just realized we added too much! We’ll see what happens;)
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 tbs whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (Of course we doubled this!)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 3 cups flour

Chill this mixture.  Roll into ropes.  Cut into morsels, or just roll into mini bites.  Place on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until light brown.

Please note: The dangerous thing about these bite sizes of heaven are the size.  You can eat them by the handful if you’re not careful!

Vincent insisted on sleeping on his Christmas carpet last night despite having to sleep on the floor.  He just wanted to sleep on it.  This cute little holiday throw rug was a gift from our good friend Caron.  I think he’s been missing her lately.  By the way, he joined us at 1:00 am!  HA 😀

http://www.krembdelakremb.com/vincent-insisted-on-sleeping-on-his-christmas/

Recipe: Russian Tea Cakes

This is a recipe from late Grandma Soogie, so you can be assured they are divine!  The best part: they are so easy!!

Sift together

  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients with the butter mixute.  Add 3/4 cup (or a little more) finely chopped hazelnuts or pecans. 

With the oven at 400, form 1 inch balls and place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes. 

Right before they are cool, roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar.  Let them cool.  Serve immediately or store for the holiday season.

See, I told you they were easy!  And oh, so delicious!!

 

Photo by Vincent Krembs

Photo by Vincent Krembs

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Here’s a yummy Christmas cookie for all to try! (You might want to just double this recipe since it doesn’t make much.)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I pretty much tripled this—we love cinnamon!)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter (I just went ahead and melted it all.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tbsp finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375.

Mix the top five dry ingredients.  Then add the butter.  Once the consistency resembles crumbs, mx in the sugar, pumpkin, and orange zest.  Add the chocolate chips.  Drop spoonfuls 2 inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool and serve.  Or store away with the other Christmas cookies.  Yummers!!

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Photo by Vincent Krembs

Recipe: Russian Tea Cakes

This is a recipe from late Grandma Soogie, so you can be assured they are divine!  The best part: they are so easy!!

Sift together

  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix the dry ingredients with the butter mixute.  Add 3/4 cup (or a little more) finely chopped hazelnuts or pecans. 

With the oven at 400, form 1 inch balls and place them 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes. 

Right before they are cool, roll the cookie balls in powdered sugar.  Let them cool.  Serve immediately or store for the holiday season.

See, I told you they were easy!  And oh, so delicious!!