Friday, September 28, 2007

Today's conversation

Me: Wow, look how curly your hair is.
Soren: And blonde, I have blonde hair. Do you have blonde hair?
Me: Yes, I do.
Soren: We both have blonde hair. (Thoughtful pause...) Who blonded it?

Could it be he's already noticing my darker roots? ;-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fresh Grape Juice - Yum!

Well, my hopes of creating a fascinating cohesive video of our weekend exploits has come to naught as my video editing software and video camera aren't wanting to play nicely together. Ah, technology. Anyway we can overcome that small obstacle and do it a bit more low tech with a play-by-play.

This year Peter's garden is bursting with wonderful Concord grapes. They are new plants, so this is the first year we've been able to enjoy them. This weekend, Soren and I decided we'd make some grape juice.

Step 1: Harvesting the grapes


Step 2: Rinsing them off


Step 3: Rinsing of the feet.


After thinking about it, it seems like a good ol' grape stomping event would logically follow. But alas, we missed that part.
Step 4: Cleaning the grapes and picking them from the stems.


Step 5: Mashing!


Step 6: Testing! Yum. Good stuff.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A two year old riding a bike?

Ok, so mostly this site is dedicated to all the amazing things that Soren does every day. Undoubtedly, his fans from all over the world are checking in regularly just to see what he's been up to. Well, we're going to take a very brief respite from Soren news just to share an incredible video of Luke, Soren's cousin.

Luke turned two in August. He got a two-wheeled, pedal-free bike for his birthday. At first he didn't really know what to do with it. Mostly he just walked a little bit while pushing it. His dad had to coax him to keep trying. Well, that is certainly ancient history! It is so amazing (and just a tad bit scary!) to see how fast he can get going on that thing. He's two and he can balance and steer a two-wheeled bike already! How cool is that?!

Monday, September 17, 2007

The latest Soren sayings...

Some random funny Soren sayings:
"Listen up!" I have no idea where he got that one. I don't think Peter or I say it, but when Soren wants my attention he's been saying it. Pretty cheeky, but I have to admit it makes me laugh.

"Can you go a little faster please?" He says this again and again as I push the car cart around the grocery store. People were totally cracking up to see the speed demon in aisles.

And a conversation as we were walking to see the neighbor's goats:
Soren: ...and we'll see the spider web and the spider. But we don't eat spiders.
Me: You're right, they wouldn't be very delicious.
Soren: We eat fish. They're very tasty. But we don't eat their tail or their face. Those are too crunchy. (ever since he saw Peter cleaning fish (a.k.a. "taking their face off" he's known that we don't eat fish faces.)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Fishing with Grandpa

Another of the thousands of fun things to do at Grandpa and Grandma's in Michigan is fishing. Strictly catch and release (or, more accurately, catch and release and catch again and release again, and catch yet again and release yet again...since the pond is small and each fish has probably been caught often enough to be named and have a thorough personality profile). Soren really had a great time with Grandpa this time.

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Finding "the hot spot":

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mackinac Island

While we were in Michigan we also took some time and drove up North to visit Mackinac Island. Normally we stay pretty close to Holland (where my dad lives) so while Peter has been to Michigan many times, he really hasn't seen much of the state. So we're making an effort to to fix that.

For those of you not from the MidWest, you may not have heard of Mackinac Island. It is a small island located between the lower and upper Michigan pennisulas. The most intriguing thing about the island, and probably what secured it as a prime Michigan tourist destination, is that no cars are allowed. All transportation is via foot, horse & buggy, or bicycle. Oh, and the second thing that makes it worth visiting (and it is a very close second place!) is that they make the best fudge! The tourist brochures say that they sell 10,000 pounds a day. Wow, and after seeing how much the people in front of me in the lines were ordering...I believe it!

We stayed at a small B&B, the Bogan Lane Inn. Lovely. Lots of antiques. (And may I point out that we didn't permanently damage any of them). Here's Peter and Soren on a bike in front of the B&B:

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We rented a tandem bike and rode around the island - twice! It is only an 8 mile trip. So the first night we just rode around, had a small picnic on the beach. The next day we rode around again, but this time we stopped off at all the nature trails, view points and other sites.

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Here's a photo of one of the horse teams that was taking a tour around the island. Aren't they beautiful?!

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Next time we visit we want to spend sometime downtown Chicago. Poor Peter has a really nasty impression of that town since all we ever see there are the areas around the airports and those are far from the most fabulous spots in Chicago!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Flyin' high

The flights on our Michigan trip were the first time we've flown since Soren turned two, i.e., the first time we've actually had to pay for seats for him. But you'll see he made himself pretty comfortable.

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We also rented a DVD player for the longer legs of the flight. Now that is awesome! Makes it much easier than trying to figure out how to entertain a two year old in two square feet!

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But you'll see that he didn't rely entirely on electronic entertainment...

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We managed to get ourselves bumped on one of our return flights. Yes, that did mean that we had to endure a bit more waiting around in airports but the reward - three free roundtrip tickets! - were more than adequate compensation. Now we're working on planning when we can use those tickets to get back to Michigan!

Doesn't he look like a seasoned traveller?

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We're back from our wonderful Michigan vacation!

Wow, what a trip. I swear heading to Michigan is better than Disneyland for Soren (and, to be honest. for us too!) Never a dull minute. Horses, tractors, fishing, new toys, the beach...so much fun. I went a bit crazy with the camera and took 250 photos in a week! So, rather than load them all in one day, I'll post some of the individual stories separately.

I suppose the most obvious place to start is with the horses. Soren has always liked them, but this time he was more excited than ever.

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How cute that Luke and Soren can fit together in the saddle!

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Dear little Max (full name, which is bigger than he is, is Sir Maximillian Highlands - isn't that a hoot?!) is so much fun. He's so tiny that he almost seems as much like a dog as he does a horse. Especially when he trots after you in hopes of getting some carrots.
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Friday, September 07, 2007

Tons of fun with cousin Luke!

Hi all - We're still on our Michigan vacation...coming back soon. But we wanted to share a few photos of all the fun we've been having. We haven't yet downloaded any of the 200 photos we've taken since we've been here, but here are a few from Amanda. So much fun watching Luke and Soren play together....

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