I had a good day today. I managed to organize the huge mess that was in our bedrooms (baby’s included) and living/dining rooms and kitchen and it only took me a couple of hours. I didn’t clean the house properly, was more putting everything in order, clean clothes in the right place, dirty in the basket, empty the dish washer, clear the dining table, etc.
Then it was time to pick Ivika at the station. It’s amazing how few hours of chat with a dear friend that I haven’t seen for a long time prompt so many ideas in my mind and good memories. She gave Laura a giraffe. Not only a giraffe, but Sophie, the French giraffe. I learned from the leaflet that Sophie was “born” on 25th May 1961 and has been produced exactly the same form since. Laura loved it. Even after Ivika was gone, she was playing with Sophie on her new mat.
Sophie-Laurie, the Giraffe - present by Auntie Ivika
Ivika is one of those people that no matter how long you go without seeing and chatting, it always feels like yesterday. And it’s always so nice that you ask yourself “why don’t we meet more often?”. I found out that she reads the blog, which is good, because I can send her messages through my posts. haha Here is one: Ivika, my dear, the reason why you had to go on the back seat was because Laura’s car seat doesn’t fit in the back. Thanks for coming over – I had a lovely time and loved all the great news!
Rubber duck, rubber duck, quack, quack
It’s funny how you can learn new things about your friends every day. Today I found out that she collects rubber ducks and have about 50 of them! Sorry, I can’t give you this green rubber duck, because it’s not mine. Neither Laura’s. Maya forgot it here last time she came for a visit. Last and only time by the way.
Nesquik whisker - I have another 7! Anyone? Just come and visit me
And we receive presents, but we sometimes give as well. Ivika left our home with a brand new amazing Nesquik whisker to make her hot chocolate time even more exciting! Uhuuu! Now on a serious note: boo to Nestle to have included that thing in their chocolate powder package. The choco without it costs 2,75, with that – and a massive paper packaging – only 2.00! You can’t help but think that they are overcharging for the product. And also, who the heck needs several of these things?? How many kids are they expecting me to have? Or are they hoping I’ll sell them all on eBay?
And since we are talking about presents, here is one of Laura’s 6th monthversary present:
Laura 6th monthversary present
Her play mat is too small for her and she ends up miles away from it. And why not place her directly on the floor? Because she turned herself on her back a few times and bumped her head on the floor. Besides hurting, I’m afraid my baby might get a bit cuckoo.
The new mat is big enough for her to crawl around – I didn’t put the numbers (1 to 10), so it’s bigger than what’s in the photo. By the way, she is much better in holding herself on her arms (she can even do some press ups) and her technique of crawling backwards is taking her far.
We got her another two presents for her monthversary that will (hopefully) arrive this week. Watch this space.
And last, but not least, Limbo is good to think about things, especially about the house. I’m in the process of framing some photos and thinking where I should put them and how many more photo frames I will need (and what photos I should print). It’s a very hard task this of filling in the blanks of our walls, especially because we have a lot of walls to fill in.
Here is something I’m trying for Laura’s bedroom: a 3D “photo”. The idea – discussed with Ivika this afternoon; how great it is to have fresh-minded friends over for lunch? – was to frame Laura’s first (and only) pair of All Star, giving by her auntie Lili, since they don’t fit her anymore. But of course the frames I have here are too small for it. And I didn’t have any other object to use so I got a couple of frogs that I had in Rio (apparently frogs bring good luck), a ladybug (ladybird in the UK) and an elephant (again, good luck). It’s very random, isn’t it? I guess the background needs to be of a different colour. The frogs and the elephant were gifts from my mum, the queen of symbolism and superstition (no creo in brujas, pero que las hay, las hay) and I got the ladybug – if my memory is not too crap – from Manu; I guess it was a little gift/favour from someone’s birthday?
My head is full of ideas for the house, but things are a bit slow at the moment. Now that the fridge and the tumble dryer are sorted, on the top of our list is our Christmas decorations, including an (artificial and reusable) tree. 😉