We have been in full blown Christmas mode this past week. Tree is up, cards are ordered, we’ve made paper snowflakes and the very important letter to Santa is in the mail.
This year’s highlight (for me, at least) will definitely be the gingerbread house. We split the activity into a few days - first making the dough, then rolling, cutting and baking the walls/roof/floor, and on the third day, building and decorating.
Saskia seldom has access to bowls full of candy, so the decorating was very exciting for her.
Loads and loads of icing are the only reason we were able to keep it standing. We had to make an extra recipe’s worth of icing. Structural engineering is not my strong suit.
Tiny little door, drenched.
And today, she finally got to break off a piece and eat it.
More and more, they are playing together and it is so, so, fun to see it happen.
Lots of magazine reading and shredding,
Saskia is really interested in letters and writing her name,
and she is also drawing people! This person had two heads, so she’s still working out the details, but it is so interesting to see what she includes in her drawings.
The days of being able to load both kids in the stroller are numbered. For one, I think we might be reaching its weight limit (or weight pushing limit for my arms?), but more so because Saskia is increasingly insistent on walking or riding alongside me. Every time, she’ll say “I’ll walk just as fast as you!”, and more and more, she is able to.
They like it in there, I promise. They were just very cautious of the swans (“they pinch, mama!”).
These buildings reming me of old western movies.
Vancouver has the bear sculptures, Austin has guitars.
Brushing up on some Tejano history.
Th Capitol has the best lawn in Austin.
And trees for climbing.
Little girl on Congress avenue.
Frank’s for lunch.
Mesmerized by his big sister’s antics. I love these little dates!
I’ve been forgetting to to use my real camera lately, so I only have a couple proper shots of this last week to offer. This one, above, of Saskia, really captures how serious our little girl can be, even playing with her friends. And also, hurray for hat weather in Austin!
And this blurry, dirty one of Garneau, concentrating on getting every last little bit of coconut whipped cream (still allergic to the real stuff) off of the spatula. This boy gets so dirty everyday! I take it as a sign that he is having a good time…
14 months today for this charmer.
What a sweet, mischievous, loving, happy little boy our Garneau is becoming.