Sunday, March 1, 2015

Grandpa's Here!

Our time together went by way too quickly, but it was great that my Dad was able to visit. On Sunday we had a nice time with a chunk of Naomi's Dutch family, and on Monday the English side came to visit. Tuesday was a more relaxed day and then Wednesday morning we said our goodbyes.

I am not sure where the rest of our vacation went, but it is almost gone now. I am not quite ready to go back to school tomorrow, but I hope it will be better than the last couple weeks. At least the sun is shining a bit this morning and the daffodils are ready to open up. The weather should start to get nicer and that will make a big difference.

My new hobby in architecture has come out of my head and onto paper. A few sketches are now in the book, and I hope to continue on with it. I still write about a page in the novel twice per week, so that is coming along as well. The furniture building will need to stay on hold for awhile though...

Happy Amélie

Airport Luggage.

Happy Grandpa.

Abigail dreams of sheep.

Amélie loves the beard.

Reading Abigail a story.

Soon it will be a race!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

One Year Together

This past week Abigail and Amélie crossed the 6-month mark, so together they were one year old. Amélie also started laughing for the first time, and Abigail was laughing too. Naomi even caught them on camera laughing together.

We are on vacation for a week, something I have really, really, really been looking forward to! We picked up Dad at the airport yesterday which was a lot of fun. The girls soaked in all the new sights and sounds. Afterwards Abigail was a bit overwhelmed, but they both did well at the Airport. Somehow we missed Dad coming out of the gate - strange because he was looking for us and we were looking for him - but he found us after a couple minutes.

It feels good to be at the cottage. Abigail moves around on the floor now; she will be crawling soon, so the carpeting, warmth and dryness here is nice. Today we will give baths and head to Erna's for the regular Sunday gathering. I am sure my Dad will be have fun with the family.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Disappointing Week

February is my least favorite month of the year. Winter is no longer a novelty, it just gets old. Spring doesn't feel like it is around the corner yet (even though the daffodils are popping up here). At least I don't need to worry about Single's Awareness Day any more - Naomi and I were able to find some people to watch the girls and we went out to dinner on Friday.

I found out on Thursday that I didn't get the promotion at work. I would be disappointed, but not upset, if the reasons given were true. The director seems very misinformed in this case, because the things he said that prevented my 'borderline' application simply made no sense and didn't reflect reality. I think there are some legitimate reasons for declining my application, but he didn't mention those.

Anyway, today the sun has finally come out, so after a day of relaxation yesterday, we will try to take a nice walk or something. I have also been working on a design for our future house. I bought a sketchbook and some colored pencils, but my artistic skills are lacking. If I can just get the ideas that are floating around in my head onto paper, then I am happy. That means I will be able to fill up that sketchbook quickly because I have a lot of ideas...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Interview

We got more snow this week! It felt a bit like Winter for a bit. The sun even came out a few times. Today it is quite depressing though - rainy and cold. Good thing we can sit by the fire at the Cottage. It has been another busy weekend though. Shopping and cleaning yesterday. Today we will go to Gerda's and then prepare things for my dad to visit! He is coming in two weeks on his way home from helping Claire in Switzerland!

At school this week I had an interview for a promotion that basically means I would get paid more over time. It was rather anti-climactic for some reason. I will find out on Thursday whether or not I got the spot.

Last weekend we set the girls up in their own room - it felt a bit like the first day of school or something - and now we are sleeping better at night. Abigail continues to surprise us with her physical ability. We set her down in one spot and ten minutes later she is in a different place altogether. She moves somehow - it isn't really crawling, but the beginning phase I suppose. She still wiggles and pumps her legs constantly. Already training for a Marathon....

Family visit at the Cottage.

Abigail's experimentations with the tongue. 

Amélie feeding herself.

A bit confused by their new surroundings.

On their own in the baby room.

Wiped out from playtime and from overpowering her diaper.

This is not where we left Abigail...she started on the white blankets...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Page Turner

We really got to see another difference between Abigail and Amélie this week. Naomi was sitting on the chair reading a newspaper with Abigail on her lap. Like a baby, Abigail slapped the paper, grabbed and crinkled the paper, tore the paper, and basically made it impossible for Naomi to read.

When I am in the same chair and reading a book with Amélie on my lap, she sits quietly (if she is in a good mood), observes, and sometimes her little hand will reach out, grab a page (or more) and turn it. Then she will do the same thing over and over again until she is out of pages. No tearing, no slapping, just turning and pretending to read.

School was a bit long this week mainly because I had to work on Saturday due to an open day. This coming week I have an interview for a promotion. From what I understand, I wouldn't be doing much more, if anything at all, but would be bumped up to a higher salary scale. Hopefully it works out.

Today we will be moving the girls from our bedroom to their own. Abigail has been keeping us up at night, so it is time for a change. We shall see how that goes...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cleaning up the Cottage

It has been three weeks since we have been here at the cottage. Normally we come every other weekend, but it has been busy. We spent much of our energy yesterday cleaning up Christmas stuff and hauling another car load to the second hand shop. We lost count long ago of how many trips we have taken there. Things continue to improve inside the house though. We make a bit of progress every time we are here, but there is still plenty to do.

The past week was not a terribly good one. I got off to a bad start on Monday with a bit of a traffic incident on the way to school - a car bumped into my bike. There was a bit of damage to my bike and the truck, but nothing beyond that.

Everything seemed to be working against me after that until I got home. The week slowly improved but the winter blues are really getting to me. At least we got a bit of snow yesterday - for the first time in two years. Now we need to prepare for some visitors and give the babies a bath. I could go back to bed...

Naptime in the box.

Abigail's first vegetable - cauliflower. 

Amelie's little fingers.

Abigail hugging the bunny - now she can roll back and forth.

A bit of winter at the Cottage. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rolling Over

It was a big week for Abigail. She learned how to roll from her back to her tummy. Now when we set her in the crib it is usually a matter of a few seconds and she is flipped around - unless there is a blanket or something in the way. She is still the physical one. Doesn't need much sleep, always moving and pushing her limits. She is confident with herself but rather shy at times with new people.

Amélie stays more in her head. Loves to observe, happy to meet new people, still goes from happy to screaming in the blink of an eye - the sensitive one. She seemed to be figuring out how to flip the pages in a book that Kalia got her for Christmas. In a couple years she will stay warm reading books while Abigail is getting muddy and eating worms outside.

Abigail is still widening the weight gap - she is nearly two kilos heavier than her sister. They start to interact more now, but are still able to sleep through the screams and vacuum cleaners. Hopefully tomorrow we can go to the zoo again as I am done at school a bit early. We shall see if Naomi has time...