We've been enjoying the gorgeous, warm weather and The Babe has been loving the bubble gun his Aunt Nana brought him from The States. I don't think he thought there could be so many bubbles at one time. It was the best time EVER!
25 May 2012
Our wedding anniversary was yesterday and back in 2010 we celebrated by taking The Babe to the Butterfly Exhibit at the London Natural History Museum. It was hot that day, too, and he was not that impressed. Maybe he just didn't know what to make of all the flying, fluttering things. Or maybe he just couldn't really see them. They do kind of blend. He really digs butterflies now, though.
One word to describe this week: busy. Scratch that. Make it 3 words: SUPER DUPER BUSY! I've been busy cleaning and organising and tying up loose ends and finishing up little projects, getting ready just in case little miss decides to show up a little early, all while trying to enjoy the last few days of being pregnant. And it's been hot - if you can call 75˚F hot. I used to call that pleasant, but living in the more northern climes has made me a bit of a wimp where heat is concerned. Now I'm positively wilting the moment it hits 70˚F. See? Wimp.
Here's your five on Friday:
How to: Make a GIF
I am totally making this pool noodle race track for The Babe.
This is fast becoming a favourite food blog.
I'll be kicking back on the patio this Memorial Day Weekend with this tasty beverage.
How about you? Any big plans for Memorial Day?
I do hope that you have a fabulous one!
Thanks for stopping by this week!
21 May 2012
I mentioned on Friday that this was our very last weekend as a threesome and that I wanted to make the most of it. Well, Mother Nature and The Babe without his nap being both somewhat temperamental, things did not go exactly as planned. We didn't get to have our picnic, but we did get to have lots of reading and playing and cuddling time and there was a trip to a new park on Sunday. I even got to introduce The Babe to Mozart's The Magic Flute! We didn't watch it all, but he was enthralled by it for about 20 minutes, which is really all you can ask for from a toddler where opera is concerned.
reading with Daddy
watching THE MAGIC FLUTE with Mater
climbing up and going down the slide about a bazillion times
I am very pregnant.
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
18 May 2012
a springtime trip to Windsor Castle
Happy Friday! How was your week? We had yesterday and today off thanks to an unexpected holiday here in Denmark, so we've been making the most of our very last weekend as a family of three. (My mom and sister arrive next Friday for the Big Event. ) Hopefully the weather will be nice so that we can have lots of outside time - I'm thinking maybe we'll have a picnic and explore a new park.
Here's your five on Friday:
I love a good a cappella group, and these guys are AWESOME. Seriously. You have to check them out here, here, and here. And their bass/beatboxer is also a cellist and one of the most amazingly creative and talented musicians I've ever seen.
There is so much style in this tiny one bedroom apartment in Copenhagen.
Here's a great way to wrap those odd shaped gifts.
It's very close to strawberry season in Denmark and I can't wait to try these popsicles.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for reading this week!
16 May 2012
I love watching The Boy play with our little boy. He transforms. All the seriousness of his day just falls away. He is silly. He plays hide and seek and makes up games. If you'd known The Boy in high school when he was all intense and serious, you would've never guessed that one day he would be capable of making this face all for the amusement of his little boy...
a self portrait in Pompeii
watching the seals at the Berlin Zoo
red balloon on The Babe's second birthday
Watching him be a dad is truly one of the great joys of my life.
Because he's good at it. And he gets better at it everyday.
Happy Birthday, my love!
I can't wait to watch you be a daddy to our little girl!
I love you all the way to the moon and back!
I love you all the way to the moon and back!
Labels: The Boy
14 May 2012
Happy Monday! I hope you had the loveliest of weekends - especially all you moms out there! I hope that you had an especially amazing weekend. We were busy moving furniture around, washing baby clothes, getting ready for our little lady to arrive. This morning I decided I should probably download the pictures off my camera. I have a bad habit of letting them accumulate and even though I haven't been using my new DSLR as much as I should these last two months, there were still hundreds of pictures to go through. Here are just a few of my favorites:
The Babe loves butterflies. Actually, he loves anything that flies at the moment.
We watched this little guy for a while before he flew away.
Last year's apples still hanging on the tree.
This spring I watched a little mama bird build her nest and after a few weeks I very carefully peeked in to find two beautiful blue eggs. I felt a lot of solidarity with that mama bird so I was sad when I looked in on them again, they were gone. I think a raven must have found and eaten those pretty little eggs.
Cinco de Mayo Super Moon
We let The Babe stay up for this one.
There must have been about 100 pictures of these absolutely gorgeous peony tulips I bought at the local grocery. I think I know where my new found love of the colour coral comes from...
10 May 2012
In just a few short weeks we will be bring home a brand new baby girl and a mad dash is on to finish up all the the little projects I wanted to (at least attempt) to get done before her arrival. One of the things I wanted to handmake was a mobile for above her bed and I had just the thing in mind. Back in December I made these paper snowflakes to hang above our Christmas tree. I liked them so much that I left them hanging and since then they've evolved from snowflakes into stars. With the snowflakes/stars as my inspiration I pictured pale blue and pink and yellow paper poms with the stars and some origami cranes hovering over her bed like twilight. Since the stars and the cranes were already made, all I had to do was make the poms. Easy right? Riiiight.
Here's the thing: I can't seem to find a lot of choice in tissue paper colour here and of what they do have I would say that 90% of it is in a very vibrant, dark shade. (Think ruby red and navy blue and forest green.) And it's sold in 5 paper packs. All of it. Even the white, which I could dye to get the colour I want, believe it or not, but that's a lot of time and trial and error and all of the sudden my little easy peasy project isn't so easy. So, time for mobile alternatives.
I think I may actually like my alternatives more for a little tiny baby anyway, especially 3 and 5. Looking up at those patterned pinwheels would be fun and the butterflies floating would be dreamy. I think I might make them both.
05 May 2012
great inspiration fiesta from The Sweetest Occasion
The Boy is (mostly) from Texas so Cinco de Mayo is just a good excuse (as if we really needed one) to indulge in our love of all things Mexican, or, in our case, TexMexican.
Here's your Five on Friday, Cinco de Mayo edition:
I love these traditional Mexican folk art banners, but these fringe ones are much more my skill level.
These carnitas are AH-MAZING. We like them with avocado, salsa, and a little cilantro on top. I think I might try this recipe for avocado salsa. And for dessert? Vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche on top.
Tomorrow I'll be drinking for two, so it's virgin sangrias for me. Next year, though, I'm making this.
These piñata sugar cookies are THE CUTEST!
And of course, some mariachi music. These guys made me laugh. I love their little dance.
*Tenga un feliz fin de semana!
Thanks for reading this week!
* I don't speak spanish. If this is wrong, I blame google translate!
03 May 2012
Last night as I sat staring at my blank computer screen and its blinking cursor I felt completely overwhelmed. Wow. It's May. MAY! How did that happen? I think this just might be my most favourite time of the year. It's warm out but not hot. (Well, not here, anyway.) All those April showers have cleared off leaving everything green and blooming and the world just seems to wake up with all the sunshine. Everything seems to be busy cleaning and nesting and getting ready for something. We're no exception. May is a month of celebration for us: Mother's Day, The Boy's birthday, our (4th 2nd) anniversary, my mom's birthday, Memorial Day and, possibly, a new baby. It's a lot but it's that last one that I'm a little overwhelmed by at the moment. I'm excited (We finally get to meet our new little one!) and nervous ( How will The Babe react to this little invader?) and scared. (Giving birth is rarely "easy", but it gets complicated when you do it in a foreign country and even more complicated when you don't speak the primary language.) I was thinking too much to write a post so instead I decided to do a little surfing. That's when I stumbled across Elise Blaha, her awesome blog, EnJOY It, and her goal's for May.
I love the idea of creating a monthly list of things I would like to focus on. 30 days seems less daunting somehow than 365. Besides, in that moment I couldn't come up with a post, but I could think of a list. Baby steps, after all.
morning outside my kitchen window
Thank you, Elise, for the inspiration!
02 May 2012
01 May 2012
Did you know that April is (or was) National Poetry Month? I didn't either - not until Melanie of Inward Facing Girl did a series last week featuring some her favorite poems. She even shared her own work - a beautiful poem inspired by a photograph of her and her brother playing in the snow as children.
There was a moment during my 20's when I dabbled a bit in poetry. There are even a few that I'm not completely ashamed of. For a long time I felt them to be intensely personal. I felt completely exposed by them and I've only shared them with maybe two people. I haven't written any poems in a long time (I'm too happy, I guess. I need a little angst to get in touch with my inner poet, it seems.) but I have been thinking of these poems lately. And I've been working up the courage to share one with you.
This poem was inspired by those very early moments in a maybe relationship when everything is exciting and still a little secret from the rest of the world - sometimes secret even each other.
Poem for a Clandestine Romance
I like being alone in a crowded room with you.
I like your distant closeness.
I like the way you invade my senses
- one by one -
and I am made aware
(do you even know how much?)
of the very essence of you.
I like seeing your great infectious smile
spread across your face
and your beautiful eyes dance
with some private thought.
I like the way your voice
melts over words and
into the cool colors of night.
I like the way you smell -
clean and sweet and heady
as fresh cut grass after a summer storm.
I like the way we touch without fanfare
the gentle, exquisite pressure
of your leg against mine
in oh so silent, seemingly innocent secret contact.
I like the remembrance
of your salty soft kisses
covering my mouth in ecstacies.
I like the quiet anticipation of things to come
as I stand alone in this crowded room with you.