Archive for March, 2011
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
My friend, Hannah, asked me what a typical day here in Barcelona looks like and said I should blog about it. So here it is. Although I dont really know if there is ever a “typical” day. This was our Monday:
8:00am: Good morning!
Is that strap really doing anything?
9:00am: what to wear?
10:30am: work on sewing projects
11:00am: get everything ready for 9 month photo shoot
11:30am: baby’s awake
12:00pm: photo shoot
12:30pm: A’s lunchtime.
1:00pm: playtime before afternoon nap
1:30pm: adults lunchtime
2:30pm: finish sewing project
3:00pm: baby’s awake again
4:00pm: swim class
5:00pm: walking home
pigeon watching on the way
5:30pm: more laundry (this time A helped)
6:00pm: entertaining A while getting her dinner ready (listening to The xx)
6:30pm: A’s dinner time
7:00pm: bath time
7:30pm: so ready for bed
8:00pm: catching up on emails, budgeting, blogging
9:00pm: skyping with Taylor
10:00pm: Josh is home which means dinnertime
10:30pm: watching the latest episode of Modern Family
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
9 months old. Thats three months away from one year old. I. can. not. believe. it.
I think 9 months might be my favorite age so far. Perhaps I’ll say that every month. She is just the darn cutest little thing ever. It seems crazy to say but I feel like I am finally feeling relaxed and in the groove of living with a baby and having somewhat of a schedule figured out, etc. It certainly feels like it gets easier and easier. Perhaps that will change, but for now I am soaking it all in.
A is so fun right now. She is all smiles. It melts my heart. When she is playing or crawling and hears my voice she will stop, look up, and give me the biggest grin. She flashes that grin to everyone. And of course they all love her for it. She makes friends everywhere.
She just started doing this funny head nod. She nods her head all the time. I even catch her sitting in her crib after nap time nodding to herself. Its pretty hilarious. It makes me feel like she understands what I’m saying when I ask her a question and she responds by nodding her head. Its also turned into a rather humorous game asking her random questions, knowing you are going to get a head nod (yes) response. I mostly just ask her if she thinks I’m pretty. She thinks I am:) The other day we were out and on the train and she was nodding her head at people and they were nodding back to her and it made me laugh looking around seeing all these grown ups nodding their head. I’ll post a video soon. Cause its pretty adorable. She also likes playing peek-a-boo with herself. And does this thing we call, “riding the horse”. She sits on her knees a lot and when she gets excited about something she starts bouncing up and down and it looks like she is riding an imaginary horse.
She is talking a lot more and putting new sounds together. She still says mom and mama a lot and recently started saying papa and da. She also says yeah alot which cracks me up as often times its said very enthusiastically with her arms raised.
Its been a bit of a struggle getting her to eat enough food. She is not much of a fan of sitting in her highchair and is ready to get down and play after about 4 bites. I have recently come up with a bit of an interesting system to get more food in her though. Ill share more about that soon. She does do really well with finger foods though and amazingly eats strawberries, peaches, crackers, pasta, beans, steamed veggies, etc. really fast without having any teeth (still no teeth!). She is a bit temperamental with food though. One day she will eat something really well and the next she wont have anything to do with it. I am learning to be patient and creative in getting her to eat thats for sure.
She is still a speedy crawler and continues to push things taking steps behind but is still rather wobbly. She does do a lot of standing and holding on with one hand. Baby steps:) She is not nearly as close to walking as we had thought she might be at this point. And that is ok!
She is truly a joy and is becoming such a fun little companion. I love seeing her personality evolve.
She is growing too fast. Goodness how fast time flies.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Even though A would rather play with wipes, my keys, phones, remotes, and paper rather than any actual toy, I have still been wanting to make her a few toys. I came across this tutorial to make a little house and thought it would be a fun first attempt. Although, lets be honest, its not really the right age appropriate toy for A at this point. Oh well, it turned out cute and she has tried to eat the chimney a few times. And I was a bit nervous at first but it really was soooo easy.
After finishing the cute house, I thought I would attempt a project on my own and decided to make a mushroom house with no tutorial. Crazy, I know. Well, thats about how it turned out, crazy. Its more of a small mushroom house pillow. I suppose it has a bit of whimsical charm and I actually think A likes playing with it a bit more than the actual house.
I do love how the little stitched flowers in the window box turned out. The more disastrous part is that terrible stitching on the top. I couldn’t figure out a good way to attach the two pieces.
My wonderful mother brought me this book I had blogged about when she came out for a visit (and I am so excited about it cause its full of adorable patterns and sewing projects). One of them being a play town. When A gets a little bigger I think I will have to attempt making it to go along with her house and mushroom house. And its pretty adorable, so why not?
Monday, March 28th, 2011
I couldn’t help it. She was just too cute in this outfit. So I took a lot of pictures.
When Papa and Lita were in town they bought A a new toy. She thinks its pretty cool.
She loves throwing the sand.
Picnic lunch at the beach.
We have been busy this last week saying goodbye to our house full of guests, recuperating, and prepping for the next guest that arrives today. Little A is getting so big. Today she is 9 months. Yikes! We will celebrate by doing a big girl activity; swimming class! Hopefully today A splashes my face a little less, like maybe not the entire class.
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
While the extended family was visiting we thought we would explore more of the area so we decided to take a weekend trip up Costa Brava to Tossa De Mar. Only an hour and half bus ride away, and it was so beautiful. It was so different than Barcelona and such a cool town to explore. Right on the edge of the water is the “old town” which is the last fortified medieval town still standing on the Catalan coast. The sun was shining and we hiked up into the old town enjoying the rich history and the incredible ocean views. I so enjoy the ocean and had a great time relaxing and taking it all in.
We were also able to enjoy some incredible seafood. We had some delicious mussels and calamari and of course a number of different fish dishes. I cant wait to go back!
Not a bad view to wake up to in the morning.
It was bright out.
The water was gorgeous.
The entrance to the “old town.”
A loved hanging out with her aunt and uncle. They were so great with her. Wish I could carry Austin around in my pocket and bust him out for entertainment when baby is cranky.
Where shall we explore next?
Friday, March 25th, 2011
In the past I have revamped several articles of clothing of mine. Its an easy way to to bring new life to old clothes and add a unique fun piece to your wardrobe. Recently I have seen several embellished sweaters for babies that I love. So I thought I would attempt to embellish my own, and save a little cash in the process:) I picked up a basic green cardigan at H&M and added my own special touch (the ribbon and lace). I LOVE how it turned out. And it looks so cute on baby!
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
..to the Welcome Wagon. I’m pretty much obsessed right now. Give them a listen and you might be too.
*Wow, those videos are pretty terrible. Every time I find new music I want to share I look for cool videos and there never are any. I guess I like all the low budget musicians:)
Monday, March 21st, 2011
Going with Mom to get her hair cut.
Sightseeing with the family.
black polka-dot long sleeve onsie: Gap (gift)
grey leggings: Zara
pink birds dress: decaf plush (gift)
floral sneakers: Target (gift)
felt flower headband: handmade by me
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
Since moving to Barcelona I have been really bad at taking pictures around the city. We have had visitors in town for the past several weeks so have been doing a lot of sightseeing and I have made a point to take photos along the way. Its about time for some posts about this beautiful city that we live in. Last week we went up to Tibidabo, which is a mountain overlooking Barcelona. There is a church at the top, the Temple de Sagrat Cor, but its mostly famous for the amusement park that sits at the top. The best part though, is the incredible view of Barcelona. And its pretty fun to enjoy that view while riding fun amusement park rides.
My favorite part of the park is its history and the many simple antique rides that are still functioning. The park first opened its doors on October 29th 1901 and one of the most famous rides still functioning today is the Avion, “Tibidabo’s most emblematic ride and history’s first flight simulator. Powered by its own propeller it has been flying since 1928 on a flight that will stir your imagination.” according to the website.
We had a blast exploring and enjoying each other’s company.
Temple de Sagrat Cor.
Enjoying the view.
A’s first carousel ride.
View from the top.
Crazy mirrors. A’s leg is looooooong.
In the museum there were lots of old vintage arcade games that people played at the park. Many were circus acrobats, dancers, etc. I thought it was humorous that two of them were executions. Push the button and the man gets hung.
Getting ready to ride the plane.
Old school. Only 10 people can ride at a time. They probably should not install this ride at Disney.
The view of the city while riding the plane.
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
I havent posted about Wednesday craft day in awhile. Mostly because we have been working on the same project for three weeks. It was a beast and made us want to pull our hair out but we FINALLY finished it. We made wallets out of vynal and paper. But the funny thing is that I have made one before. My sweet friend MacKensie taught me how and even printed me off step by step instructions. I used my nice sewing machine back home and made one no problem. I brought the supplies here so we decided to give it a try. Well Mariona and I have the same sewing machine, which was purchased from a discount store for 75Euro so not exactly top of the line. These wallets pushed those machines to their limit. It was humorous how ridiculous the process was. But we were so determined. By the end Mariona was manually using the machine to finish the last bit that the machine had given up on. We are rather excited to now move on to a new project.
Desperate to finish.
A hott mess.
The outside and the inside.
Dont look too close.
We are SO excited to finally have a finished product.
We had just cleaned everything up and I packed it all in my bag and Mariona and I were so excited to take our photo with the finished product, we didn’t notice Adelaide dump everything out. We turned around to see her and LLuc having so much fun in the mess.
*Mariona also blog’s about our crafting at La Nina de Drap, although its in Catalan so you might not catch a whole lot:)