Can’t see them very well, she so wasn’t impressed with my taking this picture, but there’s two little teeth by my fingernail.
BigKid loves going to feed the horse. And since it’s above freezing this week, she doesn’t need bundled so much and it’s a lot easier on both of us. She’s so funny, just spends the whole time yelling at Bailey.
I made bread. Squirrelly-type bread with lots of grainy goodness. It’s actually called Mashed potato flax bread. The recipe says “the potatoes give this bread a light, smooth texture”. Eh. It’s pretty good, but I think I need more practice. For the flour, I ground some wheat in the blender. The recipe calls for fresh ground wheat, but they use a mill and I don’t have one. I think the blender worked nicely, but I used the coffee grinder first and some of the grains didn’t get ground very fine. It’s a nice bread, heavier and grainier than I’m used to, but very tasty. I think I’ll try sticky buns next. Maybe for our crafting group next Thursday.
The recipe actually makes 4 loaves, but I turned one into buns and the other was in the oven when I took this picture.
And BigKid was busy getting herself stuck on the table leg. I moved her to different places in the kitchen not less than 5 times. Every time she wound up stuck on this single table leg. I guess it’s more magnetic than the others.
She has decided, now that Daddy has gone back to work, that she simply can not sleep anywhere but his spot on our bed. How sweet. She misses him a lot.
More excitement, I strapped her on my back with our new bug carrier this morning when I went to feed the horse. She was in her snowsuit and it was fairly warm today. We were outside for about an hour (no reason to go in if there’s no baby inside waiting for me), and she spent the entire time laughing at Bailey. She just loves that dog. Charlie wasn’t sure what to think of us.
So apparently, someone pretending to chew on your cheeks and tummy is most funny. It brings peals of laughter and attempted retaliatory chewing. Which, of course, is funnier than the initial chewing was.
BigKid is not quite crawling, but she’s definitely mobile. She can scoot across the room faster than anything. She does it backward, but she makes it there. It’s really pretty entertaining. Then she gets hung up on a wall or a chair and screams for someone to fix it. She can also scoot considerably well sitting on her bum. Not sure how she manages that, it’s some sort of thing with her legs pulling her, I think. When I put her in the crib, or a laundry basket, she now pulls herself to standing. Which is very exciting if you’re a baby. But it just reminds Mom & Dad that we need to get on that babyproofing.
Also, I got my hair cut & dyed. It was time for a change, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
BigKid and her Great-Grandma Lake.BigKid and Great-Grandpa Lake.
(I think she likes him, what about you?)
BigKid Elizabeth and BigKid Alizabeth. Me & Aubrey. I can’t believe she’s 11 already.
Plans are in place for her to come visit us this coming summer. Yay!
Me & Brynn.
She’s almost 7. Wow!
Grandpa Lake made this horse for me when I was a little girl.
With a bit of modification to the mane & tail, it is new again for my little girl. Just because she’s cute.
And, I finally had a chance to finish BigKid’s stocking, so here it is.
This is going to be a big jumble, because I’ve got 3 weeks to update. Bear with me.
First things first, dear sister… It’s been exactly 2 weeks since the last picture, not three. So there.
We have had a whirlwind few weeks. We left here on Dec. 20 and headed south. Spent the first night with Andrew’s sister and her family. Left there the next morning, late because there are kids there to play with, but we made it to Grandma & Grandpa’s (the Greats) house in N. Idaho that night. The border crossing was super easy. We think that we got the same guard as we had when we went down in September but he wasn’t so friendly this time. I imagine that the holidays are stressful for them too. We did Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa, and also Gary, Joy & Rob on the 23rd, then headed south once again Christmas Eve to surprise my parents with an early arrival. Stayed there until the morning of the 5th when we headed back north to Idaho for 2 days, then back to Olds for a night and homeward. BigKid did amazingly well travelling. We’ve decided that she doesn’t mind long trips but she hates short ones. She doesn’t like the in & out, I think. She wants to be in & stay there then out & stay there. There was really very little crying in over 20 hours of driving time, and the little crying there was could be solved by some food, a clean diaper or just turning on the light so she could see.
We arrived back in Northern Alberta just in time for “the biggest blizzard since 1968” which over the next 24 hours became the biggest since 1980 and the biggest since 1978. We’re not sure what the deal is there. Didn’t seem like much of a blizzard to me, but what do I know, I grew up in the Willamette Valley where it doesn’t snow. There was a bunch of wind and about 7 inches of snow, but it didn’t seem much like any blizzard in any book I’ve read. Needless to say, though, Andrew had to plow the driveway the next afternoon when we decided to venture out of the house again. Or rather, he ventured out because one of his mom’s friends needed a tow out of a ditch.
We’ve been home for almost a week, and it is so nice to be home. Bailey was most excited to see us. Andrew’s cousin stayed here for her, but that’s not the same as having her family home. Although, she obviously got away with more when Aunty Kristy was here than she usually does. Charlie is happy to see us, especially since we decided to start feeding him 2 meals a day. Morgan is Morgan. She acts the same now as she did when we left. And Jose is a fish, what do you expect from him?
And, we have a tooth! You can’t really see it yet, it’s barely broken through, but it is out.
I think that’s all for now, except maybe one parting note:
Some of you have seen our dining room chairs. For those of you who haven’t, you can peek at them here. People tell me I’m crazy to have white dining room chairs. “But,” I say, “they have slipcovers. All you have to do is take them off and wash them.” And they say ok, but secretly still believe I’m crazy. I can see it in their eyes. Well, they were looking dingy, so yesterday I took the covers off and washed them. And they are bright, shiny white again. Not so crazy after all.
Pictures to come next.