Monday, June 30, 2008
meanwhile, no sign of husband and sabin. then, a call from husband, something happened on the metro line (great timing) and it wasn't running anymore. there were no taxis in sight and less than an hour 'til our spanair flight was due to leave. panic! the announcements said it might be up and running again within 10 minutes. we were feeling the pain of having produced someone with a bladder the size of a pea.
anyway, 20+ minutes later, they did make it as the metro started to move again and we went in and straight to our gate, so no time for perfume shopping in the duty free. :-( we had a layover in madrid and at least got a candy fix there.
by the way, she isn't afraid to pee in a ditch, you just have to help a lot more than you do with the boys. :-)
First we hit the Gap. And lucky Sabin, the entire girls' section was on sale! She's loaded up now on clothes for her summer abroad. We're still unable to find the belt that was supposedly packed. And I forced her to buy pants that are slightly big, so we'll need to go out in search of a belt in the next couple of days. Anyway, our shopping continued at Lindale Mall at a place called "Justice; Just for Girls." The place was a little pricey, so we picked up only a swimming suit and a beach towel/terry bag combo thing there. We moved on to Kohl's for some tops as the Gap cache was largely bottoms. That was a good move, too, because there were many tops to choose from. Something I learned today. Girls clothing. It looks like a top, but put it ON the girl and you find that it's a dress. Very interesting.
Sabin has a tiny bladder. I'm finding that there are restrooms in many unexpected places. Like that shrimp and cell phone store just off the interstate in Chicago. They have a restroom not usually accessible to the public. And I guess it's no surprise that the sushi restaurant has a restroom, but I was surprised that we needed it TWICE during one meal. Really looking forward to that long, long drive to SoDak. I'm used to boys who can pee in the ditch, if necessary. Sabin's cries for needing to go potty are just so sad. With my boys, I get a casual mention and then a few minutes before the whining starts. When it does, it's usually pretty mild. Sabin opens up with extremely urgent needing to pee. This is a puzzling and somewhat unsettling experience for me. I actually thought she was going to pee her pants (and my backseat) when we were in Chicago.
Anyway, we had sushi together and then fetched the boys. Came home and continued reading the BFG by Roald Dahl. I'm thinking we'll probably finish this chapter book and then send it home with Sabin. She missed the first third of the book and you might like to read the whole thing together.
From Steve's house tonight, we brought home the Lego container ship. That's great, because Indiana Yones Lego guy might want to ship some bulk goods somewhere. Hey, these Legos are interchangeable! Fun, fun! And look here, some bare space on your floor, Anemonica, right over there in the corner behind the door. Oh, well it was bare floor just a few minutes ago. Owen, Finny is playing with your Lego!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
The complaints now are about the aircon. We don't have such a thing in Denmark and it makes my throat all gunky and it's not fun. I decided this morning that she's being put on a Zyrtec regimen during her gunky-throated stay in the US. It'll help her deal with the aircon irritation, too.
Earlier today, we were on our way home from the pool when the complaints were listed again in the back seat. Finn said, "Man, you really have a lot of problems!" Sabin didn't see any humor.
Today wasn't all complaints. We went to Cherry Hill Pool and the big kids went down the big slides several times. Mostly, they played in the big sandbox, though, as it was really windy and getting in and out of the pool made one feel icy cold.
So we made a big trip to the grocery store and came home to have big plates of nachos. Before the kids ate, I set out on the table all of the nacho ingredients; seasoned ground beef, melty cheese, salsa, jalapenos, vidalia onions & fresh tomatoes. I was paying more attention to the webcam conversation between Sabin and Poppelvej when Owen climbed up to the table to get a head start on the meal. He ate a jalapeno. At first he was completely fine. But then he realized that his mouth was on fire. Started bawling. Drank all his milk and then mine. Finny got him a bottle of water then, which was gone about 7 minutes later. His tummy full of liquid, he was no longer hungry and left the table. Over in the living room, he rubbed an eye. More burning. More bawling. Poor kid. Anyway, he keeps running to the bathroom now and has been eating some super-safe saltines.
Perhaps tomorrow, I'll serve a really mild meal; mac & cheese for the boys, some sushi for me & Sabin.
No picture posting today, they don't allow cameras at the pool here.
The good news is, Sabin has given in to her whiny, jetlagging and dry throated self and has now fallen asleep in her nest. The movie is almost over. The rest of us will do the same in just a few minutes.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
The eagle has landed.
Our Sabin arrived on time last night at Terminal 5 of Chicago's O'Hare airport. She was totally bleary-eyed and complained of no sleep during the flight. Nonetheless, we rushed into our bathing suits upon arrival back at the hotel and went for a little splash before starvation set in. We ordered some pizza to the room and after that was devoured, we put together some Lego. The Indiana "Yones" sets have gone over extremely well. Sabin is an expert at following the directions and she's a little dismayed as to the disorganized approach the boys take. You'll remember, of course, that Husband had to help put together the big Lego container ship projects of last year. My boys throw away the directions first and cut open all the bags.
Day Two began with more swimming. Finny and I worked Legos while the big kids jumped in the deep end with their floaties again and again. We then packed things up and attended a buffet breakfast in the hotel. Sabin ate a huge pile of scrambled eggs and Finn ate many sausages. Owen ate everyone's French toast and the waitress admired my tribe and asked our story. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and drove into the city. We parked near Navy Pier and went to the children's museum there. That was pretty good, and then we left to find some cold treats. You can see by the picture that the big kids ate slushes with a ton of food coloring. After the slushes, everyone played in the water fountain outside of Navy Pier (the reason everyone in the picture is sopping wet.)
At 4pm on Friday, we joined the Eisenhower Expressway only to have a potty emergency. If you know anything about downtown Chicago, you know that there are no bathroom opportunities there. I pulled over at a place selling cell phones and snacks and begged them to use their not-for-public restroom. They obliged and I bought some things from them with gushing thanks. We got back in the car and everyone but the driver fell fast asleep.
4 & a half hours later, we're in Cedar Rapids. Instead of Sabin adjusting to our time zone, my boys are now staying up extremely late to meet her in the middle. There are cries now of hunger, so I must wrap up and find a proper late night snack.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We have the following things planned:
* Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
* t-ball game attendance (Finn, Monday, Wednesday)
* Swimming pool attendance (loads)
* Bike rides (we can find an open bike trail)
* trip to So Dak in tiny Toyota Yaris (July 1 - 6)
+ inner tubing
- pulled behind boat
- down at Wheeler with Grandma (we'll make a long, long, choo choo train)
+ sand castle building (Snake Creek, not Wheeler, no sand - just rocks at Wheeler)
+ rock skipping down at Wheeler
+ Nachtigal family reunion
+ video lottery machines entertain while Anemonica has beer with Grampa Ralph
+ kitty petting
+ garden tending with Grampa Ralph
* Daily swimming lessons (July 7 - 18)
* Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha (July 12 - 13)
* Build-A-Bear Workshop at Coral Ridge Mall (if it's not under water)
* Nintendo play (Wii & DS)
I promise to make daily blog entries to log Sabin's first big summer away from home. We'll even post some videos somewhere, too. I expect our days to fly by. Before she knows it, she'll be on the plane back home.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
- sabin loves to watch cooking shows.
- and gardening programs.
- and hannah montana.
- and she needs medicine on her foot morning and night.
- and if you can find one of those shows where two teams try to guess what a property sold for, she likes that too.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is one word that describes you?
12. What is your Flickr name?
• Using only the first page of results, pick one image (this didn't prove possible for me, I must admit, I went to page 2 a couple of times)
• Copy and paste URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab's Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers.
Friday, June 20, 2008
- Sabin can't really take lands where it's too hot.
- She has to put medicine on her foot twice a day.
- They may not be able to produce enough cucumbers there to keep her happy.
- She's used to good chocolate.
- Also for breakfast.
- We will be sending Danish books with her. She will have to read them to us via webcam.
- We do not want her coming back with a dorky Iowa accent. The one she already has is dorky enough.
- She probably hasn't combed her hair properly since you left.
- She's probably gonna wanna buy shoes.
- And a build-a-bear or rather a build-a-rabbit.
We rode our bikes past the pool where our swimming lessons are supposed to begin two weeks from today. It's most surely a disaster area. I'll find out if there are lessons available at another pool tomorrow if someone at the recreation department will answer the phones. Am starting to get the impression that city employees are busy doing other things toward cleaning up the mess. Am also anxious to hear about the condition of the main public library. We really have a nice one and it had 9 feet of water in it just a week ago.
Am happy to report that Owen's t-ball madness will be over once Sabin arrives. Madness for sure! We've already had three games this week and we've got one under lights on Saturday night with a score board and everything.
Send a book or two that I can check out from your library. I just finished The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and liked it very much.
This licorice I need to acquire. Must it taste of real licorice? Or will the strawberry twists we called Twizzlers suffice? I assume not. If it needs to be real licorice, can we arrange to breathe the nasty licorice smell somewhere far, far away from Anemonica? I don't do licorice.
Does Sabin have any skills? Folding laundry, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning? The boys asked me today if it's okay if they pillow fight with Sabin. Has she braced herself for her cousins? They're BOTH boys, is she aware? She'll come home with horror stories, I'm sure. We'll try to photograph all of it.
Speaking of photographs, I'll leave you with a jump shot from Owen's birthday party in the park.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
- practice "yo mama" routine.
- get ready to "pick a card" (what's going on in the pic above), even if it's not cards but bits of licorice that can be split into 3.
- find supply of licorice for small danish palate.
- stock up on cucumbers (bearing in mind that she ate 3 WHOLE long (english) cucumbers the other night)
- stock up on tomatoes
- stock up on cauliflower and brun sauce (this is new, tonight at aspendos) steam the broccoli (oops, i mean cauliflower) and i will send brun sauce ingredients and recipe from neighbor Else.
- rubber sheets ('nuff said) and lice treatments (we'll do our best to send her lice free, but with the other parents at school doing NADA, i can't make guarantees)
- word lists
- get ready to do fun stuff with thick, long hair
- book manicure and pedicure
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
i know it's very nerve wracking with the flooding in CR, so i thought i'd post some happy thoughts pictures. my beautiful new iMac, husband hard at work (with safety gear in place) on the greenhouse, and one of my beautiful peonies. i hope things are less scary soon!!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
My usual subjects of photos have been in Minnesota for a few days, so I found this big bulldog yesterday in downtown Cedar Rapids. I rode the Danish bike with the baskets to the downtown farmer's market. It was a zoo of people and I also snapped quite a few of my friend, Karol, which I've posted on Facebook to share with her.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
well, his boss came to his senses (without the help of the armenians i was going to sic on him) and it's all ironed out and husband will come to oslo on the crown of scandinavia with sabin and me tomorrow afternoon. we will sail, eat too much at the buffet and have breakfast while sailing into the oslo fjord the next morning. then, i will go to work and husband and sabin will play all day in oslo until it's time to come to the family summer party at my work in høvik.
the weather is supposed to be glorious. we'll be home again on saturday morning when rafy, the good polish guy will show up and he and husband will build the writing house. hopefully in one go.