Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dec.(no) Jan. (no) Feb (no). and yes, finally March brings a new blog entry!

Handmade gown from Morocco.


I CANNOT believe I have not done one single entry since (gasp!) last November!!!!

You know how they say time speeds up as you get older? Well, I must be pretty damn ancient since that much time has passed without feeling either the urge to blog or the guilt to blog. (Two sides to the same coin).

Since I last blogged, we have gone to Seville, celebrated the holidays, Sabine turned 4, got sick and better, took a trip to Amsterdam, stayed cozy in the house, parties, did lots of art, reading, cooking/baking, crafting and dancing.

Cozy reading time
Oh so funny!







As my list of stuff to do just grows and grows ... post office, dishes, laundry, plan spring trip to USA and on and on it goes. I knew that unless I just sit down and do a quick entry - just to let y'all know that I am still here (physically at least bwa ha haa).
Little tuft curly-Q

Little artist
 Here are some pics of the growing girls:

Incredible to me just how much they have changed in the last few months! Leo is starting to talk.... almost entirely in French which totally baffles me. Encore, do do, oui (= more, sleep, yes) and of course, her favorite NON!









Sabine's imagination is infinite. SO interesting to hear her thoughts on well ... everything. As her language gets more complex, so too do her ideas.

Leo at Sabine's salon






Yesterday she was fixing my hair. She brushed it with a brush and then took various toys and shook them over my head. She described all the things she was adding to my hairstyle. Cars were glitter, a teapot dispensed some stars, her mini etch a sketch was the conditioner, and on and on and on.... until finally: "Voila! There you go, now you are a boy"!

We have had lots of dance club days during the cold, dreary days. We listen to everything from classical, electro, tribal, pop, blue grass, funk and more.

So fun to expose the girls to the wide variety of music available! Sabine really loves Stromae, James Brown, Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Libana and Ziggy Marley to name just a few of her favs.

Being an only child, I didn't really know what to expect by having 2 children. Allow me to say, I love the love between them. The thrill of seeing each other each morning never diminishes. The hugs, the kisses and the care for one another - lovely! Of course, there are also tears and conflict - but they are learning so much about working it out - that I rarely step in. Make no mistake, Leo is a little toughie, she can push just as hard as Sabine. And just TRY to wrench something out of her tiny grip - not gonna happen! You'll observe the serious face on Leo holding the drum, who would mess with her?


Rabbit going for a ride
Drumma gurl
Sabine's class celebrating the big 0-4
I was surprised they used real candles.


Friday, November 22, 2013

And it's ... Friday

Well, hello again. Yeah, it might seem like I didn't blog last night .. but in fact I did. Thing is, Leonora woke up as she likes to do. So, I went in to breast feed her and meanwhile I fell asleep.

Then today, Sabine's big day back to school. I asked her what she did today. She told me that she did betise. That means that she did naughty stuff. She wasn't even trying to hide it either, cuz had she not told me I certainly wouldn't have known because they sure the hell don't say anything as you leave. They insist on that damned kiss and goodbye charade, but rarely pass on anything of any importance. AND, as a bit of an update, Sabine still (mostly) does NOT talk to the adults there. Just. won't. do. it. She seems to like the other kids a great deal though and enjoys going so that is what matters. Oh and she is learning new songs which makes my little songbird very, very happy.

For today though, I probably should have done like my friend did, as her son returned today also due to the chicken pox. He only went a half day. Because when I picked her up to walk home, she was slogging along on her scooter and like a broken record said,"I am so tiiiiiiiired mama", "I need to rest" and "I can't keep going". Poor lil thing. It was too long of a day and the teacher said she refused to listen to direction. I can't even blame her. The last thing you want when you are super tired is someone telling you to do shit you don't wanna do.

Anyhoot, it is Friday and I am glad about that. A nice weekend to take it easy around the house. Get revved up for next week where a routine will resume and Leonora will eat and sleep well and Sabine will NOT ask me first thing in the morning if she can wear leggings to school and I will not do as I did today: watch an hour of movie trailers. Yeah, I did. I had 2 precious hours with no kids in the house, could have done anything and by that I mean organized, cleaned, cooked, folded, scrubbed, emailed, planned, called, stretched, read a book, danced, oh you get the picture. But what did I do? Yeah, I watched romcom movie trailers on youtube and then read all about "Where are they now celebrities?"  on TMZ.

I know I shouldn't feel guilty about it but the thing is, I do.

Okay, this is real time blogging here folks.

My wonderful husband JUST got home from work. Course, he is all sweaty from riding his bike home. But my first words to him were, "Did you buy wine?" and he says, "Yeah, can you find a movie to watch?"  Well, hells bells!  Why yes, yes I can. As a matter of fact I did research all day for this very moment.

Guilt gone!

Hey hey. Here is my husband on the metro with Leo in the baby carrier.



Who better to make a big decision than a 3.5 year old?

Oh hey, yeah in case you were wondering about the long gap between the photo book deadline and my next entry...

Well, that's because they extended the date! Ha. So that meant that on the last few days before it was due, I was once again pulling all nighters (give me a deadline and watch me get busy!) - going through hundreds of photos and memories to put into a form that we can revisit regardless of technological changes.

I gotta say, I am very happy with the outcome. I am not overjoyed, but happy nonetheless. It was so fun to look at the wonderful people we are so fortunate to have in our lives and the beautiful places we are so lucky to have visited! Below are a tiny smattering of some 600 pictures in the books.
Can't remember where this was. (Why a photobook is imperative!)

At our welcome back for a visit party in Durham, NC

In our rented RV.

Utah, the magnificent

The technical process itself sucked ass. Photoweb.fr is the crappiest piece of shit software to make a photo book ever and would not recommend this company to anyone. I have used easier programs and this was ridiculous.

And some of the pictures which had been graded as "ok" during the making of the book (there wasn't a good category in typical French fashion) were a bit fuzzy. I wonder how the photos which were in the acceptable catagory would have looked had I not edited them a bit making them "ok" again. The last option was unacceptable. It reminded me of my French driving class instructor who told me repeatedly that she would NOT give me any positive feedback on my quick and efficient maneuvers through the craziness or my whirlwind ways through the roundabouts. She said, and I quote, "if I DON'T say anything, then it was okay".

Anyway, I digress.

So, if you want to see my photobooks, and who doesn't right? Just send me an email and I will send you the link.

For my latest installment of SCMtFU:

Last night I asked her to look through the amazing Family Guide Italy book. Book link here (I am NOT promoting Amazon, btw, just to share the book info.) We are just itching to go there but damn, there are just so many choices and places to go - we often get stuck in the planning phase and just end up staying home.

So, I asked her to look at all the pages carefully and pick a place that she would like to go. Yeah, you read that right, since I can't decide, I thought why not pass the buck to someone who seems to know what she wants to the point of tears.

This is what she picked:


While I have no doubt, this is a fine carousal, it doesn't even hold a candle to some of the incredible French ones she has already ridden! For example check out one of my old blog entries http://transitionkitchen.blogspot.fr/2011/10/absolute-coolest-carousel-in-land-of.html. In all of the land of Italy - she wants to ride a carousel. Yeah, like I said, a girl who knows what she wants.

So, then I passed the book to Leo ...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Glitter, chicken pox and SCMtFU

I am back and revitalizing my 21 day blogging challenge. Would have done it sooner but we had some chicken pox in the house and we went out of town and Leo was sick and and and and well whatev. 

Chicken pox are still here a bit yet, but well that's life and we have been keeping ourselves amused.

Paper mache makes the chicken pox blues go away!
Speaking of amused, I would like to start a new segment of the blog called, "Sabine cracks me the fuck up". Eventually, it will likely evolve into Sabine and Leo crack me the fuck up... that is not to say that Leo isn't already a hoot and a half but the segment will involve clever quips made by Sabine. Of course, she doesn't know she is being funny - and that is what makes it even funnier.



So, here it is SCMtFU #1.

Sabine has just finished painting and glittering her paper mache dinosaur egg. After which she has been directed to clean off the table and vacuum the floor (both jobs she finds incredible amounts of joy in... for now anyway).

She comes in the kitchen with the wash cloth for me to rinse off, which I do and return to her to finish the table.

Dinosaur egg with couscous and glitter! (you read that right)
She starts to rub off her hands and is getting increasingly pissed off that she can't get each speck of glitter off her hand.

Her grumbles turn into whines, turns into demands and then tears that "it won't come off! "It won't come off!" hysterics ensue. "I can't get the glitter off my hands! Mama! Help me! The glitter is stuck!!!!!! tears, whines and drama queen in action.


I tell her how lovely it is to have a bit of glitter on her hands, like on halloween.

"Oh" she says, "can I have some more"?

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bonus photo: toothy tooth teeth
Paper Mache instructions from this amazing blog:  Weefolkart