Saturday, July 26, 2008
Soren's favorite spot in the backyard is this patch of dirt behind our shed. This spot is his pretend garden, we poke around in the dirt with sticks (gardening tools) and he says "I'm a worker!!" or we build "butterfly houses" out of twigs and leaves. Although it's not a real garden, it's a fertile place for imagination.
I've noticed that Ingrid is really sensitive to noises. Especially to Soren's voice, she seems to perk up when he's around and cries whenever he cries. She is very responsive to our faces... Chris and I make all kinds of noises and expressions just to see her light up.
Soren's had a cold this week. Yesterday we sat in the "reading chair" and looked at books all day long. Wrapped up in his favorite blanket, he held on to his "Corderoy" teddy bear and looked at one book after another. This picture was taken after a dose of Tylenol... you can see he's back to his old-self.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sweet sleeping Ingrid.
She made quite the journey from Pittsburgh to North Dakota!
For the most part, we've found adjusting to Grand Forks quite easy. Maybe it's because we both grew up in Midwestern college towns similar to here. We miss our friends and familiar places we grew to know over our time in Pittsburgh - such as Frick Park, Sixth Pres., the Co-op (basically a decent grocery store). But we've found that we're appreciative of the clean air and quite neighborhood (we don't miss the loud trains, horns and sirens outside). GF has a great Saturday farmer's market, a wonderful bakery (we've already become regulars there), and an expansive trail system along the Red River - Chris says it's a runner's dream. We've also found that the summer weather here is very pleasant. We are not hot weather people, so the 75 degree temps work for us. I've started attending a breast feeding support group and an Attachment Parenting Support group - in an attempt to make connections, and hopefully meet a friend. So far so good, we'll keep you posted . . .
Chris and Soren on their bikes in the backyard. We arrived in Grand Forks on the 4th of July. My parents drove me, Soren and Ingrid from Blm-Normal, IL. It was a very long journey, but the children did great and we were all happy to be reunited in Grand Forks. Chris' family did a wonderful job getting the house set up and ready for us. You can see the back of our new house in the background of the picture.
We left Pittsburgh on June 21st. Soren, Ingrid and I flew from Pittsburgh to Chicago. Overall, traveling went well - although Soren did figure out how to unlatch his seatbelt on the plane. This meant that I had to hold him down with one hand while nursing Ingrid. We spent the next two weeks at my parent's house in Blm-Normal, seeing family and getting to know Ingrid.
This is a picture of Soren on his trike at my parent's house. He had a wonderful time spending time with Joe and Grammy.