Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Anja is really into puzzles these days. We got a bunch from my sister when she cleaned out her playroom awhile back, and Anja has just kind of re-discovered them. She's actually really good at them! I was surprised.... and a little embarrassed. I'm thrilled that she's into them because I LOVE PUZZLES. However, I am very, very bad at doing them. In fact, she has this one that is a bunch of cars, and 9 out of 10 times, she figures out where the piece goes before I do. I think it's kind of hard! But anyway... I love it that she's doing them because they are fun, and she gets really excited. It's become our bedtime routine, sort of, to do a few puzzles before [Martin drives her to] sleep.
I have had a hard time this year getting into the season, but I'm finally feeling excited about Fall. It was really hard for me to let go of summer this year, as I've mentioned before. I think it's because I used to adore winter, before I had children. I now see Winter as a huge pain in the neck, bundling little into warm clothes anytime you want to leave the house, shoes, socks, etc., not being as able to walk to church, limited time playing outside, no more walks around downtown, and everything taking five times the amount of time it takes in the summer, when you can just grab your car keys and go, with or without your shoes. Winter used to be an adventure. Now it's got baggage. One of the best things about winter when I was in school would be walking over in the snow, being slightly damp and cold, then stopping at Vienna for a chai on my way to class. Then the classroom would be so warm and cozy seeming. I loved it. And Martin and I took many a midnight walk through snowstorms in our childless days.... one night it was SO COLD, way below freezing, and super windy, and we ran from my apartment down to Hunters Down Under where the Woodstove Flapjacks were playing, and we met up with our friend Matt Spencer and Kim, and it was a really fun night. Then we ran all the way back to my apartment, and I will never forget how cold it was! Really, really cold!!!!!!!
However, what's made me so excited for Fall at last is.... ANJA'S BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe she's turning 2!!!! Unbelievable. It's going to be wonderful, we're going to get her some cute presents and she's going to love unwrapping them and we're going to have a little party the day before and she's going to love that too. I can't wait!!! I love the idea of birthday parties for the girls. And I love it that Anja's birthday is in the fall (my favorite season, even with my newfound bitterness toward winter) and that Greta's is in the early spring, right when the Daffodils are perfect. (And other than Greta's birthday, I hate spring.)
And speaking of Anja and Greta, they are both asleep now and earlier this evening Anja helped me to make some chocolate-chocolate chip cookies, which now Martin and I are going to enjoy with a couple of glasses of milk before bed. Yum! Also, Anja is so incredibly cute. So is Greta, who crawls all through the house at lightning speed.... Anja's favorite place to sit is between the fridge and the blue shelves, on this stepstool that I got for a friend's wedding, which I didn't go to, and never gave her the gift.... she now has three or four children....... anyway, she sits on the stool and sings songs her herself (and tonight she ate a cookie there too) and it's adorable and I love it. She was really into singing tonight! So cute! Another cute/weird thing is that she is completely obsessed with my religious statues, and she demands that I get them off the shelves for her. At first I was a little nervous because they all mean something to me and I don't want them to get broken.... but she is so gentle with them, and all she wants to do is point out the color of their garments, then put them to bed in a pile of blankets at the top of the stairs.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Last night I was up until midnight, (partly by choice, but partly because Greta woke up around 10:30 ready to party) working on a doll for Anja's birthday... or Christmas... or something. It's a Sock Baby. I made it up. I have these little ankle socks that I never wear because I hate ankle socks, so I cut one of them up and made a doll out of it. It actually turned to to be really cute. I got the idea while looking through this "Magic Cabin" catalogue that we got in the mail. I love everything in it, but OH MY GOSH, it's really expensive. I mean, like hundreds of dollars for dolls expensive. But flipping though it, looking at all their adorable little fairie dolls and stuff, I thought, "I bet I could make those...." and so I did. And the one I made last night doesn't have arms or legs yet, but it has a cute head and a nice, argyle print body! I am thinking these will make good Christmas gifts for my nieces. I'll post pictures and instructions soon.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Also, I wanted to say a couple more things about Anja that I forgot to put in my last post. One is that her birthday is coming up. She'll likely be getting a tricycle unless we save it for Christmas. Next year, when she turns three, we are going to hollow out a pumpkin and give her a kitten. We debated doing it this year, but agreed that she's probably too young. We are SO EXCITED about this idea though, that I don't know if we'll actually be able to wait!!!! We've been wanting to give her a kitten since she was born. Two years down, one more to go.... I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...
Also, she has become such a help to me, no joke. Yesterday evening I was clearing out the dish drainer so I could wash dishes, and there was one thing that went to the dining room. It was her green egg tray on which she prefers to eat her meals and snacks (especially when those meals and snacks include cheese.) I asked her to put it away for me, and off she went, and delivered it directly to the washstand in the dining room, where it lives. Amazing! And she was so pleased with herself! Later she helped me pick up the living room. She put her dolls to bed in their cradle and put her dolly stroller in the corner where we keep it. So cute!
Another funny thing about her is that she almost never does anything without thinking it over first. Friday night I was putting Greta to sleep in the living room and Martin was hanging out with Anja in the kitchen. He would send her into the living room to get a book for them to read and she'd come running in, then she'd stand in front of the bookshelf for a few long minutes, looking at everything, before carefully choosing the book she wanted. It was so cute! Once she pulled out a book and another book came with it. She was so careful to unstick it from the book she wanted and replace it to its spot on the shelf. She is amazing!
Oh man, it's 7:00. I have to take a shower. READ THE PASSION OF THE HAUSFRAU!!! But if you live in my town, don't plan to get it at the library.... I'm a slow reader.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
On Saturday morning we dropped the girls off at my parents' house and Martin took me up to the Klein Brot Haus in Brookston for breakfast. It was great to see our friend Steve, and he invited us to a bonfire at his house that night... sadly, we couldn't go because I was playing in Delphi later. Boo! They have two boys, we have two girls, and their youngest is a little younger than Greta. This is the second time we've been invited to their fall bonfire and haven't been able to go. Bummer! Anyway, it was fun to have a date. Unfortunately, when we got back to the girls, we learned that Greta had been majorly upset the entire time we were gone. A little nursing and snuggle time cheered her right up though. We went home for naps, during which I made an Apple Skillet Cake (another recipe I should post on the Cooking Blog and probably never will!). The girls both took terrific naps--so terrific, in fact, that we had to wake them up as two o'clock came and went and we were supposed to be in attendance at my sister-in-law's Halloween party at 2:30. We just kind of slipped them into the car and left. The party was lots of fun, especially for Anja. Her Chicago cousins were there, as well as her Antonio cousins. We ate a lot of junk food, as is the case at every family party. From there we went to Delphi where I thought I was playing at 6:30, but it might've been 6:00, so we planned to get there right at 6:00. As we were coming into town, I recieved a text from Kim saying we weren't playing until 7:00! We met up with Kim, George and George's wonderful wife, Gina, at the Stone House Restaurant. This is where the night became un-fun. We dropped my guitar and banjo off at the library (where we were playing) before going to the restaurant. Through the window, Anja saw a baby doll in the Children's section of the library, which was locked. She wanted that baby. BADLY. We couldn't cheer her up and her upsetedness (I made that word up) got worse and worse as the night progressed, so that we ordered some pie but didn't get to eat it and just before we started playing, Martin left the library with a loudly screaming Anja and a not-so-happy Greta. The night ended more smoothly. He calmed Anja down, when Greta got hungry they came back to the library and Anja was pretty happy for the rest of the set. Still. Not the best playing experience ever.
Today we accidentally slept through both alarms and didn't wake up until 8:30 which put us going to the 10:00 mass and we were even late for that. We sat by my favorite little family. The girl I recognize as a barista from Murky Waters back in the day. She and her husband have a little boy who was 5 months old on Ash Wednesday, which was the first time we met them, when I was sitting on Andy Korty's lunch cooler, ginormously pregnant, surrounded by people, with a VERY CRANKY ANJA. Their little baby was a good distraction for Anja that night. Anyway, now we often sit by them during Mass at St. Ann's, and I really like them. Okay, I want to BE them. Well, I want to be HER. She is tall and skinny and has a face that looks like she should be in classic movies. She is so pretty. And their baby boy is very cute too! Maybe he will go to Catholic Schools and he will ask Greta to the junior/senior prom.
And speaking of Greta...... the personality differences between Greta and Anja are amazing and so hilarious. Anja is so....... weird. She is spunky and funky and lives in her own little world. Greta, on the other hand, is a bowl of sugar. We imagine that Anja will be this wild, martini drinking artist while Greta will abstain from alcohol, and maybe will be librarian, but will not judge people who tend to drink a little bit, or who talk loudly, or are slightly anti-social like her sister is. Greta is not a judger.
Oh, I forgot to talk about Friday night. Friday was my niece Gracie's SIXTH BIRTHDAY PARTY. It was a tea party and it was beautiful. Pictures to come someday. I can't believe she is six!! Anyway, Anja liked it for awhile, but not long into the party I found her by herself in the den, reading touch-and-feel books about animals. I read with her for awhile, then the cutest little girl named Joy came in, and they did puzzles together.
This afternoon we went to the grocery store, we walked to K.Dee's to say hi to Jerry and Kim, and we did a lot of winterization tasks around the house. Well, Martin took care of those. I baked a chicken dinner for us. And then right before dinner, we cut our pumpkin from the vine! And now it is looking decorative on our porch. We might carve it..... but we might not.
That's it. Happy Weekend!
Oh yeah, and Friday was a good day with lots of visitors..... and MG learned to crawl! At my house!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
By the time we got there though (only a few extra minutes) both girls had fallen asleep! So we sat in the parking lot at the foot of the dune and let Anja sleep for an hour.... during which, Martin fell asleep as well, and Greta woke up! Greta and I moved to the way-back of the car where she was delighted to play on her tummy for a nice long time. It was sooooooooo cozy. It was cold and rainy and wonderful, and we were all bundled up and happy.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So Martin gets major points today for all aspects of birthday present giving. Cuteness factor, surprise, and general awesomeness of the gift. Go Martin! It's going to be a fabulous birthday! Time to shower and get the girls ready so we can skeedaddle.
Monday, October 5, 2009
After everyone was gone, while I was getting the girls into jammies and having a little wind-down time before the drive home, Martin ran down to the woods and shot us another squirrel for the crock pot. Oh, how I love Indiana.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Last night after dinner, we were just kind of hanging around, and Anja brought Martin my colorful baby wrap. I knew she wanted to wear her baby (and Martin knew it too) but he said, "my, this is an awfully big blanket!" and he started rolling her baby doll up in the wrap. Oh my gosh, she got SO MAD AT HIM. It was absolutely hilarious. When we'd caught our breath back after laughing so hard, we wrapped the baby onto her and we all went outside for a walk, which didn't get very far, since there were so many squirrels playing in the trees, and eventually we decided to go to the library. I checked out "The Passion of the Hausfrau" because it was noted in the current issue of Mothering Magazine. Martin got some books on processing your own deer.
This cold weather makes me really crave wireless internet. I am picturing myself in coat, hat and gloves while making blog posts this winter and it's not such a pleasant imagining. Of course, once we win the lottery, we're going to totally re-do the back room, including adding about nine furnaces to it, so then I'll just kind of live back here and make blog posts all the time.
Yesterday Greta had her 6-month checkup in the morning. She weighed in just shy of 18 pounds. From there we went over to the Smith's house to visit our friend Mary Grace, and her mommy. They fed us coffee and biscotti, Greta slept half the time and Anja was in desperate need of a nap and was SUPER cranky, but it was a fun time anyway!
Here's a business opportunity for anyone who wants me hanging around as their best customer: I saw a sign in the window of Burton Pools (Main and 8th... or 7th, I can't remember) that they have moved, or are moving. This is the place that used to be that giant antique store. I think it would be the perfect location for a natural food store, a Nature's Pharm or Sunspot kind of place. Not only would it be a great location for the owner, but also for ME! Which is, obviously, the most important part.
Don't miss out on this fall's hottest accessory:
Squirrel Purse! Found in a forest near you!
Also on the to-do list today is making fall cookies!! Yahoo! Oh how I do love cookies shaped like leaves and acorns. It makes them all the more delectable.