Monday, November 21, 2011

Seattle and More

Last weekend we went down to Seattle to meet up with Grandpa Paul, who was visiting from Phoenix. We also spent time with Melissa and Kristen and their girls Ida and Poppy, and met Paul's girlfriend Sam--who Greta really got along well with.
On Sunday we went to the Pike Place Market. Here are Greta and Grandpa Paul riding the carousel together! This was Greta's first carousel ride. She didn't want to go on a horse just yet, but liked the idea of sitting on a bench with Grandpa Paul.
It was so fun to see Greta take in the carousel!
I used to love to ride the carousel when I was young, especially the one in Spokane. The carousel in Spokane had a special part where you could try to catch tickets and get an extra ride or a treat! I'm looking forward to the day when I can ride next to Greta on a carousel horse!
Greta was a little nervous about touching a crab at the market, but she did it anyway.
We didn't get many pictures this weekend, because our camera battery was on its way out! Here is Paul with the girls. He hadn't met Therese until this weekend! She took to him well :-) We tried to get a photo of Paul with all four of his grand-daughters, but this was quite tricky! Maybe next time...
Therese had a really bad night over the weekend. I think she had a stomach bug or something, because she kept me up for most of the night and wouldn't even nurse for 12 hours! She NEVER doesn't want to nurse! Poor girl (and poor me, sleep deprived the night before my birthday, and keeping our hosts Natalie and Ben up too!!) The next day she was pretty exhausted, but she did alright and fortunately seemed to feel better.

We had such a nice visit with family, and enjoyed spending time with Natalie and Ben who let us stay at their house near Green Lake. After Christmas we will see Grandpa Paul and Sam again when we go down to Phoenix for a few days. We are looking forward to it! Greta often says "And Sam will tickle me again!"--she liked that. Also, Sam and Paul were faithful about calling Greta "Donald Duck" nearly the whole weekend, which I'm sure scored them MANY points :-)
The other day we got our first dusting of snow. Greta was SO EXCITED! She couldn't wait to get outside and play in it!
Shortly after this photo was taken we all got ready to go out into the cold. Greta, true to form, didn't take long before deciding to lie face down in the snow, at which point we all realized it was time to buy some proper snow clothes for the poor girl! Hopefully it will snow again soon so we can use them and she can get all in the snow without getting cold and wet.

Greta loves to sit on her window sill...but soon this will absolutely not be allowed anymore, because next week we move back to our 3rd floor 2 bedroom!! The sills are narrower up there, so not as tempting to sit we will make it clear that it is simply not an option to sit on the sill anymore. Hopefully all the extra space elsewhere will be enough to keep her away from that temptation :-)

Today during her "nap" time--which is usually just a "quiet" time--Greta decided to jump off of her window sill. I heard a loud crash and then a second later loud crying!! I raced in there and she was very, very upset. I was so worried she had a broken bone or something! But she was fine, just shaken up. She was so shaken up, in fact, that she asked me to hold her and rock her in the rocking chair for awhile! I can't even remember the last time I rocked was kind of nice :-) But I made sure to help her understood that that was NOT a safe choice and that she should NOT do it again or she might have to go to a hospital! That seemed to make an impression.

Therese, on her 7 month birthday (Matthew and I were sick with the stomach flu this day, but she was fine!)
Still a little smiler, and she still spends a lot of time lying on her side...
...even though she is really good at sitting up all by herself now!
Look at those cheeks!

Greta did some dressing up recently--quite the fashion statement! (by the way, those are leg warmers on her arms)
Here is Greta feeding Therese her first bite of ice cream. Greta is usually really good about sharing and she is still oh so sweet with Therese most of the time. They love each other so much!
(Greta was serious in most of these shots, despite the costume...this was as close to a smile as we got, even though I'm pretty sure she requested we take this picture!)

My girls!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

The other day in her Kids Pace class, Greta had her face painted for the first time. I guess she spent nearly the whole hour and a half also wearing a clown wig!
At the end of the day Greta cried when it was time to remove the face paint :-(
Greta as a fairy.
On Saturday there was a Halloween carnival at the community center down the street from us. The gym was all set up with crafts, play areas, face painting, and treats. Greta had a blast, and Therese was very pleasant throughout, even though it was her nap time :-)
Towards the end of the carnival there was a magic show, so the area with mats and blocks cleared out and Therese had it all to herself!

Our little side-poser.
Greta getting her face painted at the carnival! Hooray!

She got a lollipop after making a spider--she made a bat puppet there as well. While doing these projects Greta was full of concentration and totally engrossed in creating! (If you notice on the left Matthew has his Hebrew flashcards with him, so studious!)

Our beautiful fairy!
The next day Matthew painted her face again--she is really into face painting! I jokingly suggested she paint his face...and I let her paint mine as well.
Here we are! Scary...
Yesterday was Halloween. Greta was very excited to go out and trick-or-treat! Here she is with her wand, all ready to venture into the night.

Greta doesn't really like it when it's dark, but she didn't seem to mind too much last night. She and I held hands and went to many doors while Matthew had Therese in the carrier and tried to get her to stop fussing and go to Vancouver people light fireworks for Halloween, so it was very noisy out!
Eventually I took over Matthew's job...Therese just needed her mama (she's definitely in that phase...I don't really mind at all :-) )
Greta started to get a big spooked after about an hour of trick-or-treating. It was really noisy with all the fireworks, and there were many scary sights as well. She wanted to be held by Papa, and she wanted to go home! The whole way home she did what she does when she's scared: she closed her eyes tight and held on to Matthew with all her might! She was sure glad when we got home, and was relieved to hear that we would not be going trick-or-treating again tomorrow...through the whole ordeal she did not shed a single tear, though.
She likes having all the candy!
She was very sweet going door to door--she often remembered to say "trick-or-treat" and "thank you", and when people told her "Happy Halloween!" she would say it back to them, and if they said "Have a good Halloween" she would say "Thank you, I WILL have a good Halloween!" What a sweetheart.
Non-Halloween now...Greta often says "You should take a picture of this", here was one of those moments :-)
We have come to the conclusion that Therese is totally into Matthew's stuff. She always goes for his Filson bags when they're on the floor, and his shoes (especially his shoelaces...)!
Filson back-pack, about to hit the jack-pot!

Good news: we're moving (again!) But really, this is great news. The people in our old apartment, the two bedroom upstairs that we vacated a year and a half ago, are leaving. They told us ahead of time in case we wanted to take it...and we DO! We moved out of it to save money, but we can afford it now and Matthew will be done with school in April, so things are looking up--we are enjoying Vancouver and want to stay here longer...but WE NEED MORE SPACE!!! Matthew and I cannot wait to have our own bedroom again! And we LOVED that apartment. It is almost too good to be true. We move in at the end of the month :-) So, come for a visit! We will have room for you again!