Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pictures of the Season

Here are some pictures from our winter/Christmas 2010-2011.
Some Christmas crafting:

Mary and Joseph decided to take a truck to Bethlehem this year.
We went to the Union to see the tree and gingerbread house. We met this VERY enthusiastic woman visiting her daughter!

We made brownies for the garbage men and our postman.

The girls got a Celebration Ring to begin our Christmas season! And Auntie Perkins was there to join in the festivities!

Anja recieved a Hello Kitty backpack from AunT!
Christmas Eve at Ooma and Oompa's house:
I made Bella a crown and cloak.
Christmas Morning! Santa brought balloons!!
A nice Christmas morning shot
They got some stickers.
Greta pretending to sleep on Anja's Hello Kitty pillow. (How is she so into Hello Kitty? We have no idea!)
Didn't mean to include this picture....
See that box in the background? Our friends gave us a WAFFLE MAKER! Talk about the best Christmas gift EVER!
My mom got Martin a gun. Um, yeah. Uncle Joel and Martino.

Uncle Joel and Auntie Perkalator on WAFFLE NIGHT!!!!!
Oops, I put this one in twice. That's because they are such good friends!
Our friends the Meeks made fairy headwreathes and fairy wands for the girls and brought them over one day. What a wonderful surprise!
The gingerbread house... how did this get here? And another...
Anja and I went for a date to see the Nutcracker! SUCH FUN!! And she wore her ballet slippers!!!
This is Anja, on a table, in a tutu, drinking a bottle.
Possibly my favorite picture of Anja ever.
And this is Greta being a puppy.
And this is Anja and Martin building a snowman on a snowy day before Christmas!

And we are having a delightful life otherwise! Hope you are too!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Christmas season is over now, and I can safely say it was the best, most magical Christmas EVERRRRRRRR thanks to having two little fairy princesses who are old enough to really (and I mean REALLY) get into the festivities. SO MUCH FUN.

Post-Christmas activities so far have included a nice stomach bug and Anja's first viewing of The Nutcracker put on by the local Ballet Company. It was magical for her! She sat through the whole thing so beautifully that even some old ladies at Panera afterward commented! (Evidently they'd been sitting right behind us. Weird, huh?)

Today we are at a tea party at Ooma's house, put on by Anja's cousin Grace, who does put on a lovely tea party.

A crafting update:

It was a handmade Christmas for sure, mostly sewing projects, and a few knitted things handed around to family members and friends. I've been really hooked on embroidering felt adorableness onto anything I can find... and I've been starting a few different knitting projects as well. Also I've been experimenting with greeting cards, made out of different things both glued and sewn. Kind of fun!

A Girls Update:

Greta talks now. Not just random words here and there, but like really talking. I mean having conversation talking. SO much different than Anja, who I'm not sure had a working vocabulary of ten words at this age.

But Anja's vocabulary now? Now Anja says things like "Oftentimes Daddy goes to work" and she talks most of the time in narrative style, telling me as she runs through the kitchen, "'Oh my goodness!' the little girl exclaimed as she ran through the kitchen!" It's actually a little bit weird.

I can't believe that Greta is fast approaching her 2nd birthday. Where did the last two years go?! And Anja is marching through her third year of life. Craziness. And my nieces and nephews?!? HUGE! And you know what it all comes down to? I'm getting old. OLD. On Sunday we saw a family who was always the young family supplying new babies. I'm not sure how old their youngest is now, but definitely not a newborn and the older ones, who are supposed to be toddlers are GINORMOUS. Like, facial hair ginormous. And I just don't know how that happens! And then I look in the mirror and I notice that I'M getting old! (Thankfully I still don't have facial hair...) But wrinkles and general oldness are taking over. Sad, sad, sad.

On a brighter note, yesterday while Anja and I went to the Nutcracker, Martin took Greta on a date for the FIRST TIME EVER. This is good news for everyone!
Snow tomorrow!!!