Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Independent Lady

It took us 45 minutes to put these shoes on this morning.

Yup, they even have velcro fasteners.

Close your eyes and envision this scene in our bedroom.

F: No mommy, I do it.
Mommy: Oh baby girl, that shoe needs to go on your other foot.
F: No mommy, I do it.
Mommy: Can I help you? The shoe will be much more comfortable on the other foot.
F: I do it.
Mommy: Please let me help you!

Rinse and repeat.

She's a girl of great will, that child of mine.

I ended up wrestling her in the 46th minute and finishing the job. My patience only lasts so long.

She's been exceptionally crabby and having inconsolable fits off and on the past week. I just put my finger in her mouth this morning. One 2yr molar broke skin - well no shit, she's been pissy. We're three teeth shy of finishing the teething race before starting it all over again. I hope Baby Deuce doesn't handle teething like big sis.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Little Swimmer

She's a big fan of the water. HUGE. I missed swim class last Thursday but my sis sent over this clip and pic to keep me up to speed.
All smiles.

love it.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Balling it up at 28

28 weeks?!

I think I'm having sticker shock.

This week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

And I thought I was big before....whoa 28week belly. It's like I stuck my thumb in my mouth and blew, right?
I've been told that I'm still really small for being this far along with my second but my hips definitely think otherwise. If I can complain for a minute about pregnancy aches and pains, it's this. My hips are not loving life. My MIL got me signed up in prenatal yoga. I'm hoping it'll help relieve some aches.
BD has not stopped doing somersaults, kicking and jabbing in the past few weeks. I hope s/he gets it out of her/his system within the next 10 weeks :D Here's to hoping!

oh baby.

I don't think there is a smooth transition for this. The pup lost his manhood last week. Poor thing had no idea what was coming to him. I just about freaked out when we put him on the scale, 69lbs!?!!!!! At his last appointment in December, he tipped the scale at 35.2lbs. How could he doubled his size in less than 4 months? At 8 months old, he still has some growing to do....help us.

What a sad face. He pouted for the first 24 hours home.

It's been just over a week and he's back to his chipper self. I don't think we shaved too much of his self confidence away.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Athens - Greece Part Three

I'm 99% certain I could live on a Mediterranean diet. Oh mah gah, it was amazing. I'm craving every bit of the fresh pitas, artichoke spread, tzatziki, real Greek salads. I think I'd be shunned though because I can't do olives. I tried for the 134563rd time while I was there. Black, green, ones from special family olive groves. Nope, nope & nope. Ick.

This isn't the metro but a train line that was built for the Olympics back in '04. It definitely screams "I'm not a commuter" as you can see there's a stop every few blocks. Not ideal if you're in a hurry but does the trick for tourists like us.

This intersection reminded me of Union Square in San Francisco. I'm not even sure why but standing on this corner made me feel like some sourdough....and miss home for a minute.

The craziest thing about the Acropolis is the old old old untouched (and I assume vacant) buildings literally touching brand new modern ones. Quite the sight.

...and so beautiful.

Surrounding the Acropolis is a plethora of shopping. Just about anything you could want/imagine. It's available here. Gypsies selling jewelry, wannabes selling off fakies, stores bursting at the seams of one-offs, cafe next to cafe next to cafe, high end designers. Name it because it's just around the corner. We shopped and walked the streets for nearly 8 hours. It's a full time job, that shopping.

Part of the charm is the separation of shops. If it's medically related, you'll find it at the pharmacy. You want bread? You'll find it at the bakery. The market is for produce, meats, cheeses, crackers, beer and toiletries.

Walking the streets will offer nut carts. Yuuummmmy. Fresh roasted and amazing.

Prior to entering the Acropolis, a tour of the Acropolis museum is a must. It was just finished sometime in 2009 and it is incredible. While excavating the site, they uncovered an entire urban settlement site dated from the Archaic to Early Christian Athens. The museum was built over incorporating the site...the majority of the floors are glass tiles. You're walking over history, literally.

Cameras aren't allowed inside the museum but check out the link above to see just how beautiful it is.

....then off we went to hike the Acropolis with the other 7569326 visitors that day. I'm sure there aren't many that have fewer than that. I'm not a touristy crowd person. At all. I mainly wanted to head up to the Parthenon a) because I few half way across the globe, I was going to see the damn thing b) I've heard it's has a magical feeling & I had to see it for myself.

It's definitely a hike up. Especially for an old knocked up broad, like myself. I managed. In flipflops, no less.

The outside/inside view of the amphitheater. I believe they still utilize this amphi for summer series. I could get behind that.

Once at the top, you realize you're not the only one interested in seeing the magic.

The view of the city is breathtaking.

The Parthenon is magical. All these pics are taken with my little ol' point and shoot. The detail is incredible, it almost looks like a fake backdrop. I was sold.

And to think, this place was built - by hand - in a mere 9 years. AND it's still standing today. That saying "they sure don't make 'em like they used to" comes to mind.


Obligatory bump shot a la Flat Stanley all over Greece.

Me ladies.

More Acropolis, could have wandered for days.

The odd thing about Greece is the amount of graffiti. It's everywhere. We were reading a book that said the ancient Greeks wrote on walls to communicate and express emotions. Assuming because they didn't have a paper and pen? LOL Does modern day Greece accept the new age graffiti the same way? I'm thinking yes. There is no way this type of art is acceptable here at home.

Old timers doin' their thang:

Modern day expression & some bad ass chicks.

Athens is awesome.

Wanna visit a Greek isle? It's up next.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Day, Earth!

What are you doing to save the planet?

I mentioned earlier of my 2010 goals and so far we've been keeping to plan!

  • We're buying local produce often (although not weekly, yet).
  • Baby Deuce already has a solid stash of cloth diapers. Woot!
  • I've planted herbs, albeit a small planter but babysteps to my garden.
  • Stopped buying toxic cleaners, excluding laundry soap. I'm trying to concoct a way to make my own without the hubs thinking I've spun into complete "hippy-status." Vinegar & baking soda are my new bffs.
  • Baking/cooking from scratch. This is an ongoing project though. Processed foods were out the door in early '09 and I'm working up the courage to toss baked goods. I have yet to find a sandwich bread that I can keep up with that will move it out of the shopping cart but not keep me in the kitchen for hours on end....work in progress for sure.

In honor of Mother Earth, I'm adding to my list and encourage you to do the same.

  • Install a clothesline.
  • Eat less meat!
  • Use less paper products, especially paper towels.
  • Building our own furniture. Remember this? My list is growing.
  • Having a garage sale - this weekend, in fact. If you're interested in coming by and buying our crap, let me know!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Party Picture Recap

As promised, party pictures! Thanks KLP!!! LOVE YOU.

A few detail shots. Blood, sweat & painty-fingers produced this banner. Thank you Martha, for your inspiration. Although, do you think she would cringe at my use of OE font?!

The ever-festive tissue balls...

OMG, you absolutely MUST make these cupcakes. I pass on cake/cupcakes 95% of the time, I don't like the consistency. I ate at least a half dozen of these delish little suckers. You absolutely must try them! It helped that the lemons were from our tree and I never pass up anything that is produced from our fruit.

Please invite me over if you bake them. I'm a gracious guest, really, I am.

Any chance she had to show off her birthday balloons, she did. I think she was in her room more than she was outside with the majority of the party. As soon as a new guest arrived, shequickly escorted them directly to the balloons. I think the hubs and I knocked this surprise out of the park.

She was so proud when the tune was sung - standing so tall and still with a grin. Love it.

What a lucky girl!

I'm not sure why the Lakers shirt is so funny. Lakers are serious business - especially this time of year.

Dancing with her new favorite pj's. I just don't get the allure of Dora.

Whew! What a day!

Thank you to everyone who came and showered your love to our baby girl! We are so fortunate to have each of you in our lives.

A Delphi Easter Weekend - Greece Part Duece

No rest for the wary, we hopped in the car first thing Saturday morning and headed to Mount Parnassus for an Easter celebration in Delphi!

We were a couple hours from the mountains so we got to enjoy the countryside view from the backseat of the rented clownsized car for 5 - including a pro waterpolo player touting a 6'6" frame...

We stopped along the way for a quick bakery treat at 90 Cafe. Yummm, spinach pie :)

Our new home for the next few nights, Hotel Olympic

This is the toned down daytime Easter celebration on Sunday. The midnight mass freaked me out...think M-80s, M-100s (and bigger firecrackers) and gunshots to the air. There is video, once I get a link from Martini, I'll post it. I had to rest because BD was not loving my anxiety.

First courses of our chef's special Easter feast. Not pictured is the traditional lamb course, of course. ha. Tasty!

Of course a trip to Delphi is not complete without a tour of Apollo's Altar. We hit both the museum and archeological site for free! Total score, saved about 20 Euro.

In school, I never took a liking to Greek mythology because I just couldn't wrap my head around 4th/5th century BC. A quick trip to Greece would have solved that, ma ;) Touring the museum and seeing this:

Then walking a short distance to the actual spot it was found?! Okay, I was enamored.

...and who can resist the symmetry in this?!

If you lived in Delphi or perhaps most of the region, this is how you'd roast your Easter lamb. These men sit from the wee hours in the morning until the balls are toasted manually spinning the spits.all.day.long. The women cater hors d'oeuvres and drinks to the men, after all what would happen if you stopped the rotation?

And when the testes have reached your desired crispiness, what do you do? You schlep it home for carving, of course!

Hey, Uncle Bud! This ones for you!!

This Easter was missing a plastic pastel colored egg hunt and my little munchkin but I must say this wasn't a half bad way to celebrate the holiday!

next up: Athens!
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