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Getting dirty

 

 

 

 

 

The sun!!

 

Finally it has come out and we are taking every minute outside that we can.  This past weekend it was still a little cool but the sun was warm.  So warm that Mette and I had a bit of a rest on a neighbor’s deck.

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Once we were rested up we headed over to the community garden where we will be farming a plot this year to celebrate the arrival of spring with some ice cream and friends!IMG_5144

 

I took a few minute breather after lunch earlier this week to sit back and enjoy the newly budding green lawn. In a few days the trees will explode with buds and leaves and our whole view will change.  Before that happens I am attempting to repaint the pergola.  A large, but important task.

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Mette, in one of her better outfits!  Perhaps here I should mention I once won clash day in second grade, without knowing it was clash day.IMG_5157

Earlier this week I asked the kids to get out forks and napkins so we could have dinner outside.  Thinking they would sit at the table.  I came outside to find them like this, siddled up to the bench, to quote Otto, “sitting like Han Solo.”  Priceless.

This my friend is why you have children.

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Mette loves dirt.  LOVES it.  This was here less than half an hour before ballet yesterday.  I got her almost all scrubbed off in time but as she was walking away from me into class I noticed a mud caked elbow I missed.

Ooopps.

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Last night after dinner all the kids wanted to do was to play outside.  Give them each a squirt bottle with water and they will be happy for hours.  Mette was, once again, covered in mud.  Otto happily took on the task of spraying her cleaner!

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Today was class picture day at Kinderfolk.  Mette chose her outfit and looked adorable in my mind.  On the walk to the photographers studio I tried to get some shots of her but she was having none of it.  This is the best I could manage!  I’ll post proofs when we get them later this week!

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It has been down right hot here the past few days but I think tomorrow will start some cooler weather.  The trees are on the verge of popping and the whole town is exploding with color.  It’s lovely!

 

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Back in the saddle again

Looking through old photos I realized that I have a lot of good stuff I haven’t shared with you.  I really should be working on the second chair I need to recover, but instead I am going to post more photos.  Lucky you.

 

In March we had an old friend of mine from when I lived in Denmark come and visit us, Pernille.  It was a ton of fun showing her around Lewisburg and she even came to Chicago with us.  The kids adored her.  She had constant companions everywhere she went.

 

Pernille and the kids

Pernille and the kids

In Northbrook (after we got there, snow storm, cancelled flights, new airports and a day late!) we had a joint  birthday party for Mette, Otto, Kristin, Dee and myself.  We all have birthdays between Feb 7th and March 9th.

Mette opening birthday gifts in Northbrook

Mette opening birthday gifts in Northbrook

The Birthday Crew!

The Birthday Crew!

We all got to check out Roger and Dee’s new Tesla S.  It is amazing.  The kids get to ride in the back and be the look outs which they think is really cool.  The other day at Kinderfolk one of Mette’s teachers pulled me aside and told me she had told another kid in class, “I am kind of like my papou’s luggage, he puts me in the trunk.”  I had a little explaining to do after that!

The kids strapped in the back of the Tesla, ready for a ride!

The kids strapped in the back of the Tesla, ready for a ride!

Dee took Mette to the American Girl Doll store to get a doll for her birthday and Dee, Pernille, Mette and I all had lunch there with the new doll.  It was a lot of fun.  The boys went to the Lego store and had lunch at the cheesecake factory.  Everybody wins.

Mette on her lunch date with her new American Girl doll

Mette on her lunch date with her new American Girl doll

Mette and yia yia at lunch

Mette and yia yia at lunch

After lunch we met for drinks at the bar on the top of the John Hancock building to see the sights.  It was a clear sunny day and the view was amazing.

Eric showing Pernille the view of Chicago from the top of the Hancock building

Eric showing Pernille the view of Chicago from the top of the Hancock building

Mette warming up in the sun at the top of the Hancock building.

Mette warming up in the sun at the top of the Hancock building.

The kids went to camp grandparents for two days and eric, pernille and I stayed downtown to see more sights and eat ourselves silly.  Everyone had a blast.

Mette getting ready for the day with Dee!

Mette getting ready for the day with Dee!

Sleeping at the Jelly Belly factory

Sleeping at the Jelly Belly factory

Eric, Pernille and I in the Bean!

Eric, Pernille and I in the Bean!

Because of all the difficulty getting to chicago, on the way home we flew into Philly.  It actually worked out great because we got to see Grandpa Chris, Nonna Jen and Harry and head around the corner for a delicious brunch.

Chance visit with Harry as we swung through Philly

Chance visit with Harry as we swung through Philly

When we got back to Lewisburg that afternoon it was actually warm and sunny.  We took full advantage and spent all the rest of the day outside.  Good thing too since it went back to cold and snowy the next day.

Enjoying the one day of Spring in March!

Enjoying the one day of Spring in March!

Uncle Matt is credited with teaching the kids about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and now we have to heroes in a half shell running around!

Turtle Power

Turtle Power

Heroes in a half shell

Heroes in a half shell

And then, there is just random cuteness you can’t not share.

This sweet face

This sweet face

Look mommy, I have glasses like daddy!

Look mommy, I have glasses like daddy!

Mette had a ballet recital at the end of May.  They got their costumes last week and Mette was very excited.  If she was as excited about actually DOING the dance with the rest of the class we would be all set.  But, whatever.  She is four.  It’s cute no matter what.

getting her ballet recital costume!

getting her ballet recital costume!

trying it on in class

trying it on in class

Having everyone home over spring break meant lots of crafts.  The weather wasn’t really spring like so we were inside a lot.  Mette started out painting rocks, but ended up painting more of the paper instead.  Oh well.

painting rocks, or the table if you are Mette

painting rocks, or the table if you are Mette

Mette is often found singing to herself.

Mette is often found singing to herself.

Soccer season has started again.  We are back to Monday night training and next week starts Saturday games.  Otto is super excited!  I think this summer Mette can do a U5 league which she seems pretty interested in as well.

first day of spring soccer training!

first day of spring soccer training!

 

So there, that is a bit more of a catch up.  I won’t go so far as to promise more all the time, but let’s just say it feels good to get more photos up!

 

with any luck it will be spring here soon and we will have good outside shots!

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Spring!

Yesterday there was a Spring Egg Hunt run by the student government at Bucknell and the kids were super excited to go.  So we went.  It was a glorious day and the idea of being outside sounded lovely.

 

I did not remember to bring, nor do I even have Easter baskets for the kids.  Luckily, they rode scooters/tricycles there and had helmets!  Score one for safety!  Score one for you too, readers of this blog, Eric got a fancy schmancy new camera for work and is learning all of the new tricks and settings this weekend.  The kids and cats have been very helpful models, most of the time.  He even lets me play a little.  It’s a LOT of fun.

 

The weather has turned to rain today and we are all hunkered down finding quiet things to keep us busy.  The kids have been off school since Thursday and don’t go back until Tuesday so we still have one more day of hanging out.  It has been a good spring break and if the sun comes out this week and might even start feeling like spring here!!

 

Otto!  all smiles

Otto! all smiles

the kids painted some beautiful watercolor spring eggs

the kids painted some beautiful watercolor spring eggs

eggs lurking in the playground, ready to be hunted

eggs lurking in the playground, ready to be hunted

waiting for the Go Ahead at the Egg Hunt

waiting for the Go Ahead at the Egg Hunt

and they are off!

and they are off!

finding eggs

finding eggs

scootering home

scootering home

handsome boy

handsome boy

she loves to climb trees

she loves to climb trees

Nurkel, eric's other model

Nurkel, eric’s other model

sidewalk chalk is very popular this year

sidewalk chalk is very popular this year

Otto, the bubble master

Otto, the bubble master

spring is finally coming to our garden

spring is finally coming to our garden

learning how to blow bubbles is a great skill

learning how to blow bubbles is a great skill

mette at the park

mette at the park

in her element

in her element

 

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All about the girl

I have been writing the blog post in my head for weeks.  It is quite witty and full of charming and clever jokes.

Where they all are now, I am not sure.  It’s too quiet here to think.

Yesterday and Today have been all about Mette.  Finally, in her mind.  For years she has been watching Otto go to preschool, soccer and Kindergarden while she has not been old enough and had to stay home.  Yesterday that all changed.  In the morning we had her first meet the teacher day for Preschool.  Knowing this was her first moment to shine she dressed for the day in a fancy flowered sundress, two necklaces, one of my chunky resin rings, a flowered headband and about 6 coats of lip gloss.  Every time I tuned my back she was layering on more.  We walked there together holding hands, talking about anything and nothing.  There are of course the moments of “she was so tiny”  “she’s my little baby.”  And she was, is.  But, she is also so ready for this.  Ready to have her own class, make her own friends.  In the 25 minutes we were there she had a tea party and tried on four dress-up outfits.  You want to make sure they have all you needs met.

We came home and hosted a Food Co-Op meeting and had lunch with friends.  A normal Tuesday morning.  After an afternoon of lounging and playing Mette finally was able to open the package of ballet tights that came from Amazon weeks ago and have been taunting her with their pinkness ever since.  We pulled her hair back into a neat litte bun and headed off to her first Creative Movement class.  Step 1 on the way to Ballet which she has only been wanting to do since she was 18 months!  Last year all she wanted from Santa was a tutu and ballet slippers.  It has been a long wait for class, but we made it.  Honestly, seeing five little girls lined up in matching shoes and tights with pink leotards is pretty amazingly cute I have to say.  Once a month parents get to come in and watch them practice so I will have more action shots later, but trust me, it’s wonderful.  She loved class and skipped the whole way home.  Which is good, because two years of build up was a lot of pressure.

 

This morning after dropping Otto off at the bus stop Eric walked back home so we could take Mette to her first day of Kinderfolk together.  We tried to get some photos before we left but she was too excited to stand still or make normal faces.  Eric also shot some video so we maybe can get a screen capture later for a good shot.  She waked to class and went right in when the teachers opened the door.  I said goodbye about 5 times expecting more of a reaction or even acknowledgment from her but really, she just wanted to pick a job and then get on with the crafts.  I don’t know what is worse, Otto’s tears on his first days or Mette not even flinching when I left.  I can’t wait to go pick her up and see how her day was.  I told her we could go out to lunch just us girls to celebrate her first day.

So here I am, sitting in an empty house on a Wednesday morning.  This will be my new norm.  Every Mon, Wed, and Fri mornings Mette will be at preschool and of course Otto is gone all day.  Yes, I have lists and lists of things I have to do, and things I want to do and it will be really nice to get some of those things done (though the first two things involve painting ceilings which I hate so, bleh).  Still it’s funny.

For so long my goals have been things like:

being able to pee with the door closed and no one asking me questions.

having a chance to gather my thoughts and plan without always feeling rushed.

listening to NPR without worrying about having to explain war when they start talking about it.

wanting, just once in a while, to make myself some toast and not have to share it. (done, just finished two pieces!!)

Now, it seems like I have mountains of time to do all of these things.  I know from last year when Otto was at Kinderfolk that the 2.5 hours Mette really is gone go by so quickly and having to drop off and pick up takes longer than you think it will.  But still, it is a whole new era for me.  I have quite a few knitting projects queued up as well as house projects and of course there is always cooking and cleaning but for this week at least I am not going to do any of that.  Well, I am sure I will knit, I can’t imagine not knitting, but I am not cleaning, or washing anything.  I just might rest and have some more coffee.

I am gathering photos of the past few weeks for Friday’s post.  I should say that after a few tearful mornings Otto is over the hump and LOVES school.  He has come home ecstatic every day but was still resistant in the mornings until this week.  Now he is eager to go and has a blast.  He is writing letters and sounds out things ALL THE TIME.  It’s amazing.  And the greatest feeling ever.

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Ballet Camp

You will be surprised to know that when given a list of camps to pick from for this summer, Mette chose Princess Ballet Camp. It starts today. Eric came home from work early (!) to take her to the first class. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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