Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Making Anna laugh

Step One: At approximately 7:30 pm, lean as far back as possible (idealy while wearing super cute yellow pyjamas).

Step Two: Fall down on your bottom and emit a delicious belly laugh.

Step Three: Go to Step One.

This is practically becoming a nightly routine with Anna and Elsa. Of course, Anna eggs Elsa on because Anna thinks this is incredibly funny. Elsa continues to do it because she loves to make Anna (or anyone for that matter) laugh. It is wonderful, and makes me laugh too, but I would have to say that it is not the most conducive activity to getting the girls relaxed and ready for bed!

This is why I love autumn:

I love the color the leaves as they start changing. Plus, the blueness of the sky on a clear, crisp September afternoon is stunning. Put the two together, and voila - you have my perfect day.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Body Shop

I was sad to hear that Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, died this past Monday. Here's an article from the Guardian about her. She was only 64.

I think she was really inspiring and forward-thinking. I wish more businesses would be built on her Body Shop model (even though she did say that the Body Shop moved forward, really, through a series of fortunate accidents).

18 months

Elsa turned 18 months yesterday. She is such a bundle of energy, despite the fact that all 4 canine teeth are coming in at the same time.

Here are some pictures taken in the garden.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Berlin & Barcelona

Just photos right now. We went to Berlin for the weekend of the last UK Bank Holiday weekend (last weekend in August), and from there we went to Barcelona to finish out the month. More to come. In a nutshell, Berlin was great - definitely need to go back with more time. Barcelona was way too hot and humid pour moi. I was a cranky sweaty mess there.
This is the view from our hotel - you can see where the Berlin wall used to be -- it marked on the pavement in the light colored stone.

Anna at the Barcelona aquarium.
More aquarium and funny faces.
Anna and her godmother, Merce, at the aquarium.
Anna and I at Checkpoint Charlie.
Anna enjoying a huge mango smoothie in Berlin.
Anna and Papa at the Brandenburg Gate.
The ladies at the Berlin zoo.
Elsa trying to escape.