Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Even though I get to post as many pictures as I want on here of the girls I love counting the milestones as they grow. Norah is 2.5 years old! I honestly love her more than I ever thought possible and cry sometimes with the overwhelming amount of deep love I have for her (it scares me). Our family is so blessed out to have Norah as an addition! What a little charmer, silly goose, crazy lady, fake crying, cuddly bundle of joy she is. She is also a great camera poser/smiler - here she is playing the back yard - one of her favorite things to do these days.
Both girls were in stellar moods last week at breakfast so I whipped out the video camera and caught some of that goodness on tape. The thing that's driving me nutso is that the end of the editing got messed up so just ignore that last word banner :)
And, a potty update on Norah. I would say she's potty trained but... things have been a little back and forth at times. She knows what to do and when to do it but, getting her to decide that's more important than going in her pants and continuing down the slide at the park is another story :) Also, poor Nors went from having a double ear infection and on antibiotics to the ER with a UTI and onto more antibiotics and now we're not sure she's even better so... going hasn't been her favorite thing since it's been a little painful for her. My poor baby.
During her naps I've been experimenting about what to do with a semi potty trained kid. I tried for a few days to not put her a diaper and well, she wasn't ready for that. Then I moved to diaper on with duck tape around her waste, she got the diaper off and continued to wet the bed so the newest and most effective thing has been... diaper on backwards and duck tape a onesie on! I know, complicated but it works. In the below picture I tried for the diaper on forward and she got it off but kept that onesie on... silly silly.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
We had a blessed Easter Sunday last week where we reflected on Christs' sacrifice for us with our church and enjoyed down time in our beautiful village.
Nothing too exciting to report. We went to the church service (where there was no childcare, what?!) and left immediately to beat the crowd of cars & people. We stopped at a local restaurant and enjoyed white asparagus soup (white asparagus is in season here and very popular), salmon and schnitzel. The girls were wonderful little guests as well :)
Ate dinner where Evelyn is loving feeding herself!
Got out the easter basket... And then skyped family!
Here are the girls enjoying their first candy necklaces the following day. Evelyn ate hers all at once and begged for more while Norah made hers last all day - it's fun to see the differences between the girls.
Monday, April 9, 2012
We had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Great Britain this last week. What a great few days we experienced! David had to work in GB and stay for about 10 days but the girlies and I decided to join him for part of the trip to see a few great friends and part of London (in a day). We drove from our house to our friend's house (the Briggs) west of London. It took us about 12 hours traveling to get there and the girls did wonderful. We dropped a car off at the airport so that when us chicks flew home we would just get in our car and drive back to our place. So, we drove through part of Belguim into France to catch the ferry with our car across to England. How cool is that?! The girls were thankful for the break and Norah was loving that we were on a boat.
|So happy on the ferry ride!|
|Stephen, Melissa & Benjamin in front of their beautiful home.|
|Behind Norah is the palace. Isn't Nors so beautiful!?|
|The flag is up and the Queen is in :)|
|Cheerio from London!|
|Norah was in love with the fountains at Trafalgar Square.|
|Big Ben and Parliament. A truly beautiful building|
After the day of exploring we spent another wonderful evening with friends! Jeff & Sharon have been friends with my parents since before I was born so seeing them and catching up was like being with family. It was so awesome to talk about the transitions of moving (overseas) and building community and support wherever we go (and they go). Jeff has the pleasure to work for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and with that job has come a lot of moves (more than 11). It was just so great to talk about where we're at with our transition overseas and where they are at (they just moved to London 3 months ago). David and I felt very encouraged and loved by being with the Andersons - thanks for having us!
For the next two days David had to drive and speak at two different bases so the girls and I played stayed and played on the AF base. We walked around the grocery store and BX and played at the park. Here's a fun thing we did... the party aisle at the BX had packages of cheap sunglasses ($2/5 pairs) so instead of worrying about them breaking or losing a nice pair we got a package of cheap ones! Great entertainment for us all :)
|We love those Andersons!|
|I heart her. Adorable.|
The weekend David had between speaking engagements he used wisely by exploring the beautiful landscape in Northern England (Yorkshire)! He went on a 15 mile loop through 4 different towns in the hills. Despite getting lost for an hour and walking through private property with angry looking sheep staring him down, it was a success!
One of the things David appreciated most about the hike was the local hiking community. There were tons of people doing multi-day trips by staying in hostels and B&B's that accommodate walkers. David grabbed a delicious microbrew at a pub in the middle of the hike!