Monday, June 28, 2010
You might remember some weeks ago when Martin and I purchased a pair of window unit air conditioners--one for the downstairs, one for the upstairs--from Craigslist. Well the one upstairs was really old. I mean, ANCIENT. I figured it'd get us through the summer at least, and Martin thought we might get a couple of summers out of it. And it did the job fine, even if it was really ugly and had unlabeled knobs. We got it set to a nice cool temperature and as long as nobody touched it, it was fine. But then it started making these clunking noises in the night. And then the clunking turned into more of clunky-wheezing and went on all the time. It got so bad that it would wake Martin up in the night and he'd go downstairs to sleep on the couch! Well, on Sunday after Fiddlers' we went straight up to the river and didn't get back home until late. Both girls were asleep, I got Greta inside and succeeded in keeping her asleep, then got upstairs to our OVEN and realized the a/c was broken. Boooo. Martin was just coming in with a sleeping Anja. We put Anja on the couch and I nursed and walked around with Greta to keep her asleep while Martin switched the upstairs broken unit with the downstairs really nice one. Except it wasn't THAT easy. First, when he took out the old unit from the upstiars, he found an infestation of ants in the windowsill. By the way he described it, I am REALLY glad I wasn't there. I'm feeling my skin crawl just thinking about it now. After cleaning up that nastiness, he cut his hand while bringing the air conditioner downstairs, so then he was bleeding everywhere. Eventually everything got where it needed to go and all was good. But still... gee whiz.
And now we are entering The Most Beautiful Week in History. Sunny and high 70's every day this week?! Yes, please!!
My posts feel incomplete without photos. Boo. I did find Martin's old digital camera though (it's really big!) and I'm still trying to figure out how to take a picture with it. So far I've gotten a black screen and a white screen, but that's all I can find. Hmmm... well, hopefully I'll be back with pictures soon!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Yesterday was the first beautiful summer day in a long time.
I weeded out the old garden plot where I've planted some melons that don't look like they're going to grow. I'm considering making this into a fall harvest garden, but Martin pointed out that since we've never had much luck growing anything there (the new garden boxes are doing wonderfully) maybe we shouldn't count on it for a fall harvest. Well. He MAY have a point...
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I started today in a more healthful way: What you see is a homemade bagel (THANKS, JILL!) topped with cream cheese that has some fresh snipped onion chives added to it. Talk about yum! Paired with a cup of coffee (with one little ground in it, not a bug, I promise) that made for a good morning. Such a good morning in fact that I had another one a few hours later topped with some homemade cherry jam from Clare! The second was actually pretty incredible. The bagel recipe makes a batch of 10 and I topped five with poppy seeds, five with sea salt. The sea salt, toasted and paired with the cherry jam was so good that I decided that's what we'll be having for dinner tonight as well.
And then Anja and I had carrot cake for lunch.
Last night we had a few big storms come through the area. Not a big deal, the girls usually sleep through storms. Except for this time. THIS time, after I stayed up after Martin went to bed to track the storms on the radar and keep up with the weather blog just in case The Big One came tearing through and was pretty much ready to hit the hay, Greta woke up a little bit. No big deal... nurse her back to sleep... Until a giant clap of thunder scares her back awake so much that she cried without sound for pretty much a full minute!! I'm not sure what time I finally got to bed, but Martin ended up driving her, IN the thunderstorm, and just getting her out of the car drenched all of us and woke her up again, but luckily she went back to sleep and then so did I. Whew. What a night!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Our weekend was sunny and relaxing. Hope all the daddies had a good Fathers Day! I tried making Martino a good big breakfast, but I forgot to buy the bacon I'd intended to buy for him and then the pancakes didn't really turn out... at all. So he just got eggs. Oops. I think it's safe to say he's had better breakfasts every weekend of his married life than he did on Fathers Day. Oh well. The girls and I gave him a cordless drill--something he's been wanting and needing, but wasn't likely to buy for himself. When he opened it, Anja saw the box and said "Don't open it or I will cry" and then she ran from the room crying. She is SO TERRIFIED of electronic things. She totally freaks out when they make their noises. (Or when they don't, as was the case yesterday.) Anyway. Martin's family came over to celebrate here with the makings for banana splits and for a dinnertime cookout we went up to my parents' house. And I made a carrot cake and mini carrot cupcakes for the festivities!
This morning the Marmalejos stopped by on their way back toward Virginia. They dropped off some homemade cherry jam which I am soooo looking forward to tasting. Instead of baking the usual buttermilk bread today I tried the homemade bagel recipe that Jill had posted awhile back. So far it's been about three hours and I'm still waiting for the dough to rise. Hmm.... I think I messed it up. So now instead of making bagels in the place of bread, we still have nothing. Haha! Maybe I'll make the regular buttermilk bread later this evening. We're supposed to get more storms coming through this evening and it's been my experience that storms are cozier with a cup of tea and a piece of buttered bread right out of the oven. Mmm mm mm.
Now we're off to the library to look for more Petra Mathers books because they are SO WEIRD, but we all love them.
Friday, June 18, 2010
These two played sweetly together all day too:
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Anyway, so we've been thinking and remembering this time all day long and it was a happy night. But then I got to thinking about our wedding, which led me to think of my wedding dress, which led me to think of other people's wedding dresses, which led me to think of birdseed, and I started wondering about the whole birdseed/bubbles thing. And the thing that gets me is, I can't understand WHEN that is supposed to happen and HOW the entire congregation/bridal party manages to get themselves outside BEFORE the bride and groom. I mean, when I think of the typical birdseed-throwing moment, the bride and groom are bursting through the chapel doors having just kissed for the first time as man and wife. Right? And the whole contents of the chapel are outside on the steps and sidewalk ready to chuck their birdseed at the newlyweds. Right?? So do all the guests just book it outside and get ready? Or do they hang around outside while pictures are taken and THEN throw the birdseed? And if that's the case, to the bride and groom recess in kind of a pretend way and come back in? Or do they recess by themselves, go around to a back door and hide while the guests leave and then when the guests are all situated with their bubbles outside THEN come bursting through the doors as kind of a reprise? I am so confused about this.
We got married at Christmas time. Birdseed or bubbles would've been weird. But I wonder about these things!
Please, please, please answer my question, any of you readers who can!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I was just reading the SouleMama Archives and she had a little post about breastfeeding. It made me want to post about it, even though I don't really have anything to SAY about it. Greta has been nursing now for about six months longer than Anja did. I can tell that we're past the "easy" time to wean and I tossed around the idea of weaning her around her first birthday, but then decided that was kind of pointless and selfish. I am not someone who adores breastfeeding more than any experience I've had in my life, but I do like it, especially parts of it. And I'm back to liking it a whole lot better now that Greta has quit biting me! (which was the main reason I was wanting to wean her a few months ago.... bleeding nippleoos is not a pleasant thing to endure on a daily basis and it sort of takes any "pleasantness" right out of the experience.) So anyway. We're back to nursing being a nice, cozy thing. It is her calm-down time and sometimes I wish Anja was still nursing so SHE could have that calm down time. (She definitely needed it yesterday... Somehow the Naughty Monsters slipped into her brain in the night and she spent the whole entire day doing things she shouldn't have been doing.) Anyway. My sister mentioned that nursing a newborn is kind of a funny thing after having nursed a baby into toddlerhood, and especially in looking at this picture, I'm seeing how that would be a VERY weird switch. I mean, half the time when Greta wants to nurse, she just stands there and I lean forward a little bit in my chair. Very un-newbornish.
Yadda yadda yadda.... really, I had nothing to say. Just wanted to post the picture and say that I'm happy to be nursing my baby into toddlerhood. She seems to enjoy it.
As for this weekend, Martin has been working in the Jungles since Thursday and making HUGE progress. So today he declared it a Funday-Sunday and we're headed over to Purdue to see if any fountains are turned on. If that is a bust, I think we'll try the petting zoo at the Park. But I really hope the fountains are on!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
4:30-ish in the afternoon....
Avila Josephine Antonio! Okay, I know this picture of her is the slightest bit freaky, but trust me, she's super adorable. And soooo tiny!!
The light was so pretty, but I'm really thinking I need a nicer camera. I'm always bummed when I can't catch things the way they really look.
-I know Anja is coming into her role as Big Sister because she's begun saying "Mommy says..." to Greta. And sometimes she lies.
-Is Martin's first day off in his new summer schedule! We'll see today if the long days are worth it. So far, I think they are.
-I found my debit card dangerously close to the toilet.
- I MUST clean out the kiddie pool, or buy a new one for approximately $6.
- I am really happy to have great old friends like Joannie, and good down-the-street neighbors who think of me and pick up needlework books for me from the free cart at the library! Thanks, Jennifer, if you're reading this!
- I am really, really, REALLY happy that summer is here. I love summer. I might even love summer more than I love cats. Well maybe not MORE, but they're certainly neck and neck.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
But then our crazy daughters decided that they were going to start waking up at 5:00 every morning. They've done it every day this week! We try to get them back to sleep and they end up coming downstairs at about 6:00. This is very bad. Because not only does it make for ZERO morning for me and make Daddy late for work, but then I have to deal with The Grouchiest Anja in the World until 6:30. YIKES! So we're hoping this little phase improves soon. Tomorrow is the first Thursday off so we're looking forward to that. It is a nice breakup of the week.
Yesterday the girls and I had a surprisingly big and pleasant day. We went for a little walk in the morning, down to the Farmers Market and up to K.Dee's to return Kim's tuner that he left here last week. Greta was awesome for the entire walk, riding in the Mei Tai. When we arrived home though, Anja was NOT happy to be there. So instead of staying home, we walked across the library parking lot to the trolley stop and took a trolley on its loop around town. It was really fun! Anja is the kind of child for whom pointless outings were invented. She LOVED it. I don't think she said a word the entire time, but just looked out the window. Whenever anyone else was getting off at a stop, I'd ask her if she wanted to get off and she never did, but then when we got back to the library stop, she hopped off without a single protest. Greta made it most of the ride being happily occupied with my cell phone, but just as we were coming over the river she decided she'd had enough. Luckily it was only a few blocks from our stop.
After the trolley ride Greta took a nap and Anja started begging to go to the library. Martin came home for lunch and as he was leaving we went to the library. I'm never sure if Anja has fun at the library.. she loves to get the books, but she gets a little freaked out by all the other people there and yesterday it was PACKED since now it's summer vacation. She doesn't like it when other little kids talk to her. She actually is kind of a judger, I think. And once again, Greta stayed occupied with my cell phone. She calls my phone "daddy." That's pretty frightening, if you ask me.
It's raining right now but it's supposed to clear up in the afternoon. I wonder where the day will take us!