Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Horse and its Master

They've played his game several times and love it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Last Day

On our last day of Andrew's vacation we had lunch at one of our (my?) favorite spots in town. They also have a playground, so it works out pretty well. 

Me and the girl's have had an excellent week so far, but it's always more fun when everyone's home. 

On a side note, we've been trying to get Inara to pick up more after herself. It's going so so. A couple of weeks ago, she said she had a "surprise" for me in her room. The surprise was that she had taken down all of her's and Alba's clothes from their shelves and put them in a pile on the floor. She had also unpacked a few of the boxes of baby clothes sitting in the other corner of the closet and added them to the pile. When I asked her how the house would look if mommy and daddy just threw things on the floor, she looked me straight in the eyes and said " Really nice." Good stuff. 

On the other hand, Alba unpacked most of the freezer yesterday - and then put it all back again without us saying a word. I guess there is hope!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I'm not sure how, but somehow Andrew's five week vacation is about to come to an end. It's been really nice to just hang out as a family. We've seen lots of friends and relatives and spent some time at the beach (too little time if you ask me and too much time if you ask Andrew). The girl's have enjoyed having Andrew at home and just in these few weeks, Inara has switched almost entirely to speaking English to her dad. I've also enjoyed having another adult around. In terms of manageability, two adults + two kids = perfect. Sometimes an extra adult would be good too.

Here is an assortment of pictures from the past weeks:

Giving biggie a ride.

Getting so big!

Showing off her tattoos.

Harvest! We managed to get quite a few veggies out of our tiny garden.

The yearly watering ban is in effect which means no more filling kiddie pools, but they seem to enjoy this just as much.

Mandatory jousting practice

Swimming in a lake.

A quick stop at the beach on our way home

Visiting a farm. Main attraction: Kittens

At the playground

Sandcastle time
Andrew and Inara went to see the circus
Inara made an awesome necklace
Alba learned how to drive

A taste for sand

Bunnies (which Alba was terrified of - understandably so)
Wild strawberry picking

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Finally a video of Alba walking! For some reason, it's been tricky to capture. It seemed like every time we got the camera out she would start crawling.