Sunday, December 30, 2007
Early on it was a real nail biter.
But Penn State pulled ahead and Tovina cheered for every touchdown!
Yup, she is definitely a fan from head to ...
She even learned the importance of all the activities that go along with watching a college bowl game. (note: this is a local Hawaiian brew)
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I thought she handled herself quite well and plan to continue the experiment tomorrow.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
and these... uh.. no idea what these are actually. Anyone else have an idea? We thought they might be barnacles but that does not seem to be right.
In other news, Tovina finds the beach exhuasting
And sometimes really upsetting. Actually, this was because her mommy refused help her go to sleep. Bad mommy.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Here is the buffet table
and the coffee table with these cool outward-rotating drawers.
This is the kitchen table. They brought the stand in first and then just laid the top.... well.. on top. It is still very stable though. And we tested it out tonight and food stays on it really well.
There are 3 end tables. Here is the one with an aleph (there is also a bet and gimel but they are not featured here.)
And lastly, here is our Active Susan! The furniture store called it a mahjong table, but we like our name much better. It started when we tried to get a lazy-susan for the dining table. And it is also in honor of a good friend of ours who inspired us to get some Chinese art for our home.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
When we were in Shanghai, Tovina and I would walk past a park where people were doing their morning t'ai chi. Since we were usually walking past at 8am, it was just as one group was finishing. So here is what would happen: Tovina and I would be waiting at the crosswalk to cross to the park and at the other side would be a group of energized older ladieswho couldn’t help but notice this little person staring over at them. While I was waiting for the light to change, these lovely women who make their way across the street and congregate around Tovina – who was strapped into the front carrier. Every day the size of the group increased. On Saturday there were over 10 and they kept calling more friends over.
Unfortunately I understood practically nothing they say. After much repetition, there have been a few things that came through, mostly questions. Here is what they wanted to know:
She is 4 months old
She is a girl
She is mine
I am 32
We are Americans
She will be coming by tomorrow
She looks like Michael
I feed her breast milk
I learned to keep Tovina’s hands trapped with the little fold over flaps on her outdoor jumper, otherwise they admonished me about how cold her hands are. One day I had her in a little sweater under her outerwear. The top of the sweater was visible where the blue outdoor jumper was not quite zipped up all the way. The ladies were concerned that I had not buttoned the sweater up all the way so I woman took off her gloves so she could do up the very top button of the sweater which was right under Tovina’s little chin. I had left it undone because I could not convince Tovina to lift her chin enough for me to get it. Clearly these ladies had more skill, or at least determination, that I did.
They held us up through at least 3 turns of the cross walk light.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
we'll let you know more as it develops
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here is Tovina and Michael washing vegetables together.
Oh, and the soup was a big hit yet again.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Having just returned from the States, we were out running errands and decided to enjoy some lunch. As we were ordering, Michael was holding Tovina on his lap and she was looking particularly adorable in her leopard print outfit (see previous post). Well, the waitress, having finished with boring ol' us, squats in front of Tovina and starts trying to get her attention with hand clapping and general friendliness. Being a social kind of child, Tovina's all for it and responds with a big smile and a happy noise. That was about all the waitress needed and proceeded to lean in and pick our little girl up out of her daddy's lap. It is a good thing we had been exposed to this behaviour before or we might have been alarmed. As it was, when Michael looked at me as if asking, 'is this okay?' I immediately responded, 'Yes!'
The restaurant had a number of different rooms. We were in the one that had the front door. We're not sure how many of the other rooms Tovina saw but we do know that she disappeared for at least 10 minutest at a time. At one point a woman who was apparently eating back in one of those rooms, appeared to pay her bill. As walked by us she told us that we have a beautiful daughter.
Tovina was brought back to us when Michael finished his meal (I was still eating) slightly tired from her social outing but quite satisfied that she had been able to expand her fan base.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Looking at these pictures, its hard to believe that anyone who can smile that sweetly can be so tiring.