Sunday, October 23, 2011

Assorted Ipod Pictures


                         I walk by this tower and wall every day on the way to and from school.
                                          I suggested to Maria she should put some pads on (in the States)
                                            Inara at around 5 hours or so.

                                      The local fauna.  They're vicious. This one can walk upside down.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Inara has started laughing! It's the most wonderful thing and we did manage to catch some of it on camera. We went to her first baby swimming class last week and she loved it. It's a bit of a hassle to get her ready before and after, but worth it since she seemed so happy in the water. The instructor went around and poured water on the babies' heads to get them used to water in their faces, but because of her hair, the lady had to pour several times to actually get to her. We've been looking at some apartments, but housing is tricky to come by here. We'll see how it goes!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pants are for losers

Last night was below freezing here, so winter is definitely around the corner. Inara got some more shots yesterday and cried a lot but didn't get sick. She now weighs in at 6.2 kg (13.64 lbs.) and is 62 cm (24.4 in.) long, so right on track according to WHO! Turns out that just across the field from my mom's house lives a family where the wife is from Utah so they came over for dinner a couple of days ago. We had a good time and it was interesting to see how well their kids spoke both English and Swedish. My cousin Cajsa also came by to visit and got to meet Inara for the first time while my aunt Britta got to see her again. Today our little lady attended her first 90th birthday bash and there were more old ladies there than I think she knew what to do with. Actually, she knew exactly what to do, flashing smiles ever which way.

Inara and Cajsa

Inara and Britta

Pants are for losers

Baby necks - is there anything cuter?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Voltron Force

Winter is now definitely in the air and I've had a bout of the flu (I think), but thankfully everybody else stayed healthy. Not much has been going on. Andrew has spent some long hours at school and I've finally managed to get Inara to take daytime naps in her bed. It takes about 15 minutes to get her to sleep for 30, so I figure that's mostly a win. We met up with an aunt who I haven't seen for lots of years and who is also moving back to the island. Conditions have been perfect for mushrooms this fall so my mom has been busy picking a ton of chanterelles while Andrew has been picking even more walnuts (that's what's in those stockings in the previous post in case there was any question). Inara didn't cry this week at the song group, so maybe she does enjoy it after all. I'm still trying to catch her smiling on film, but no luck. However, she does enjoy playing Voltron Force with her dad as you can see in the video which will be added shortly. 

Thunder thighs

Don't you just hate it when you measure something over and over, but can't get it right?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wild Hair and Happiness

We had another nice fall weekend here. Saturday was about as gorgeous a fall day as anyone could ask for around here, so we went to town and strolled around in the sun. There was a harvest fest going on in the botanical garden and some other events around town. Seeing so many familiar faces in the crowd made me realize really how small of a place it really is. For those of you who have never been here (but surely will come to visit soon), I'm posting a few pictures of Visby taken yesterday. There is lots more to see, but at least it gives you an idea what it looks like. Saturday evening, another student in Andrew's program invited everyone to dinner at her house. The food was lovely and the company loud and wonderful and Inara somehow managed to fall asleep in the midst of it all. On a side note, I've signed up for a Masters program in project management beginning this spring. It's not exactly what I want to do, but since I have to take online classes my options are pretty limited. I'm still excited to get started and I think it'll be a useful degree that can be tailored to whatever I want to do with it.

On another completely different note, I feel like I have to mention that we are super excited about the upcoming arrival of the next Barney girl! I'm just sad that we can't be there to meet her when she decides to come, but we're hoping for some serious skype sessions!

Not sure why some pictures are sideways... Guess you'll have to tilt your heads. 

Walnuts in nylons.

Outside the city walls

Botanical garden

Wild hair and happiness

Andrew's university