Posts Tagged ‘holidays’
So, what has happened since err, umm.. November? First place to look is at my photos folder, which, at the moment is in a terrible disarray. Sigh..
[… Scanning thumbnails … ] Right, Christmas, let’s start there. The holidays were fun, despite this being the second year that we stay in Europe for Christmas. It’s the hardest time of year to be expats, away from family and friends we love and miss. But hey, we had some crazy snow.
Me and Little A in the backyard.
Big D and Little A, my darlings:
At one point D tried to use electrical wire to pull her “sled” but this was slightly disastrous. We just pushed/pulled instead. Okay, fine, D pushed, I took pictures…
This is the first year that we bought a Christmas tree (and a mini tree and a wreath and ornaments and lights).
Little A visited Santa, at our gym, but sadly, there was no cardboard tree.
Christmas morning, with new boots from Grandma, and new toys.
It gave our spirits a boost when D’s parents came just after Christmas. They caught a cold on the plane (of course), and it made it’s way around to all of us during the following week, yuck!
So we stayed in… took naps, visited, cooked. Little A loved the attention, and the time with two of her important people. She was saying Grand-maman, though it sounded more like “Grah-MAMA!”
This photo says it all:
So I starting thinking about gifts early… like a month ago.. but did I buy anything? Not so much… And now I’m officially competing with all the crazies since it’s after Thanksgiving.
Luckily, I’m doing most of my shopping online. And I’ve spent some “mental time” on the process… that has to give me at least a partial leg up on the task.. Right?
and a party at the zoo.
This was actually a month ago now since she’s just turned 13 months old, but we’ve been moving and cleaning and busy and now sick, and so on. Turning 1 IS a big deal, and we had fun throwing her a party.
The table and some decorations, with a view of the lake:
Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (I made) and pieces of German style birthday “kuchen” – donauwelle (chocolate), apple cake, cherry pie, plum cake, cheesecake, raspberry-currant cake:
A small area we set up so the children could play inside:
Just outside, with lots of birds and ducks to feed:
The lucky girl got lots of presents, though she isn’t really interested in unwrapping yet. (she still loves all her gifts) :
A few of her presents were more for me:
This toy has an English and Deutsch mode:
I really loved the idea of a party at the zoo and it turned out that, in actual execution, it went well (if I do say so myself). The zoo staff was really helpful and the room was clean and the perfect size. I think everyone had fun, whew!
A few more photos, just because. Here is Baby A at the old apartment with flowers from the party. D says this shirt looks makes her look like she’s at a Renaissance festival.. :
Outside with her 1st year birthday present from mama and papa:
My mother visited with us last month. (Of course) we enjoyed it. It was her first trip across the Atlantic and she was excited to see everything, including her first grandbaby. We picked her up in Frankfurt and then spent the week at home and visiting the local sights. We did the Cologne cathedral, shopping in Aachen, visited the castle here, and drove to The Netherlands to walk around Maastricht.
My birthday fell in the same week she came to visit, on purpose! and it was definitely a day I will remember. After a cold afternoon visiting the cathedral in Cologne (and the souvenir shop where my mother had a field day), we arrived back home to have some small birthday celebrations. D and baby A came down the stairs after dinner with what appeared to be my gift, a diaper pail with a red bow on top. Wrapped in a few unused diapers was this:
D downplaying our need for one was all part of the master plan! I love it! I also got a few nice gifts from my sisters, which were sent along via mom.
After my mother left we got into a good little routine: gymnastics class, baby massage, swim class each week which was good until baby A got her first infection, which was still on-going this week. We had 2+ years of just about zero doctor appointments and now it feels like I’m going to one once a week. Maybe next week the routine can begin again.
Our Valentine’s Day was cozy. We went to the gym. There were flowers (the photos are still on the camera). It snowed. We enjoyed a special dinner/movie night at home after the baby was in bed.
A joint effort was put forth to finish a school project my cousin’s daughter sent us. We took “Flat Stanley” around a few places and wrote about his adventure in Germany.
Our beauty is in her 5th month now. She is working on crawling, and every time I look down at her on her play-mat, she is in a different position/location. Just this week we are able to feel her two bottom teeth have pushed through her gums – they should be visible any day now!
Oh where to begin?
I’ve had so many things that I’ve thought about writing about in the past few weeks but geez, it’s not easy to find time. I have time during the day, but not so many minutes consecutively, the past week anyway. And I’ve been cleaning and doing extra vacation laundry along with the usual baby routine.
The usual baby routine is a bit misleading to say because well, if something happens for 3 days in a row, it seems like a new routine, but the truth is, things change really fast regarding what she doing, how she reacts, what she is interested in. Some things stay the same – the usual routine does involve D and I feeding, entertaining, playing, and giggling with her, and alternately, trying to do none of the above when she wakes us up at 2:30 a.m.
We had a great Christmas at home. It was low key and fun. Then we went and had a great time with D’s parents in France. We were in the 15ème arrondissement of Paris, near Gare Montparnasse. It’s mostly residential there, and we mostly stayed in and visited, and ate, and rested. We searched around until we found a nice grocery and a good place to buy bread (baguettes!!). The apartment was awesome – two bedrooms, two baths.. clean, big kitchen.. The only thing I can think of to add would be a bigger tv and a hot tub.
It’s been cold around here, and snowing, and not warming up at all. Which I’m fairly sure is abnormal for this part of Germany. I’m fairly sure it’s abnormal because I didn’t see anything like this in the last two years (not much reference I know), but also because they really aren’t cleaning the streets here, or the sidewalks. I had to push the stroller through 3 inches of smooshy, dirty snow most of the way to baby A’s doctor’s appointment this afternoon. Yech! And I forgot my gloves (brilliant!).
Our little sack of potatoes was exactly 7.00 kg today (or 15.4 lbs) and turned 4 months old yesterday – go Baby A! She also woke up at 3 a.m. last night when I coughed and didn’t go back to sleep for the next 2 hours. Yay-ehh..
I’m throwing this theme-less post up because it’s late and I’m tired. Pictures next time! Happy 2010!
She makes a cute bear-mouse, don’t you think? I’m beyond thrilled to have a little girl to play dress-up with every Halloween.
I love Halloween, and this season in general. While the end of summer is always a little sad, the excitement of Autumn comes every year:
The food of Autumn, the colors, the crisp air. Also the start of classes, the start of sports season, the start of new television – take your pick. The start of pre-Christmas time excitement (though I’m annoyed as everyone else to see Christmas trees in stores in September). Oh! And I think Fall clothing is also the most fun. It’s cold enough for boots and scarves but you aren’t tired of them yet, and you don’t have to cover them up with an even bigger coat.
Did I miss anything? What’s your favorite thing about this time of year?