Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Windy City

The talk of the town is the filming of Transformers 3. Here is a picture of the movie's mobile homes below. We thought it was kinda ridiculous that they brought their caterer with their truck all the way from West Hollywood. Hmmm, not very economical.  There was tons of debris littering the downtown Chicago streets-- upturned buses, newspaper stands, and cars. Also, there were large concrete slabs, billowing smoke, and general destruction.
The used these tanks in the movie. There were 4 parked tanks across the river from Mark's parent's condo (their red/green condos are in the background). The tanks are real, guarded by army personnel, but the guns on top of the machines are rubber.
Nate and Heidi came down to Chicago from Madison. So lovely to see them!
Sadie likes to hang out in Grandpa's room-- her main entertainment is ripping pages out of catalogues and bopping foreheads with Grandpa.
We went to brunch with Nate, Heidi and Nadia at Tre Kroner-- a favorite North Park spot!
Sadie went napless on this morning, but rallied and was all smiles when Nadia showed up. My social butterfly! Below: Nadia with mama!

Playing at Grandma and Grandpa's
Mark, Aunt Fern Emma, Mom, Sadie, and Uncle Arthur out on a walk. It was so nice-- on their way to Indiana to visit my other aunt and uncle, they stopped by downtown Chicago for an afternoon visit.
Uncle Arthur (Mark's Doppelganger) plays with Sadie
BP Bridge in Millennium Park
The view of the lake from Mark's parent's place
Aunt Fern Emma with Sadie Fern
Getting ready for her first dip in the pool in her swimmers!
So far the trip have been wonderful and relaxing. Sadie is sleeping well and has loved seeing her grandparents. We are heading to Wisconsin for the weekend with the entire Anderson clan!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photo Bomb

I've been a neglectful blogger over the summer. These past couple weeks we've packed a lot in--book club, visiting with old friends, cousins and aunts, chilling with baby friends, and hanging at home. This morning the Anderson clan went to the Ferry Building with Sooz, Matt, RoRo, Ruby, Mom, and my awesome Aunt Ruthanne and cousin Laura. We had a great time drinking Blue Bottle---mmmm my favorite coffee--- and walking around with the napping kiddos. So here's a photo montage....
We hosted book club at our place and made some corn cakes with shredded pork, and a kicking side of beans. This pic is of the day-after leftovers...MMM, yumminess. The food and the conversation with friends definitely overshadowed the book.
Whatever-is-in-the-fridge pizza: Pancetta, cherry tomatoes, marjoram, brushed with garlic olive oil---
MMM, again.
With Polly! Sarah's (Aaron's gal!) sister's baby. We couldn't wait for these girls to meet--they are only a week or so apart. We had a great brunch at my mom's place with the ladies of Sarah's family-- they are so sweet!
I harvested 18 ripe tomatoes from my driveway garden this week. Bliss!
Yeah!!! My BBF Trish came to visit with her baby! We went on a lovely walk. She lives all the way in North Carolina, so I savor her visits out west! She came with some awesome homemade gifts, hair clips and a pillowcase dress with bloomers for Sadie...check out Trish's new Etsy shop here where you can buy super cute girly hair clips for your wee one. Trish's little girl taught Sadie to wave...she's been doing it all day today. She also said "bye-bye" at least 5x!
baby bffs!!!
Good times at the Ferry Building---with grandma here.
Papa Prinz with Roro.
Cousin Laura with baby-toting Sooz.

1 hot mama!
Our family :)

With the crew (sans Mark)
mom, sleeping ruby, and sooz...lovely!
relaxing at home, Sadie helping herself to some water (such a big girl!)
Love this photo of my 2 sweeties!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Talkin and Playin

Here are some recent videos of Sadie talking as she plays the day away! Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Laundry Day

I plopped Sadie in the laundry bin for some fun the other day. I love how Sadie knows she's being super silly--her face says it all! She's even standing on some dirty laundry...
so she sank a little-
I love my silly baby. We've been having some good laughs this summer.


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hop On!

I know I keep talking about it, BUT....

Is the whole world reading this freaking wonderful book series? Now, it seems a little bandwagonish, but I have some good company---

Seth's sister
Aunt Fern Emma
Mark's whole family (Claire, Andy [Andy's whole Family too], Scott, Lida, Vince, Sally)
Sarah P
Sarah M
Girl at Wheel Works yesterday
Susannah?? I don't think she started it though...

Besides, it's that good.

What are you reading this summer?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Oakland Love

Check out the Scaper Bike movement in Oakland. The neighborhood featured is where Mark and I teach.

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

First Fruits

This week my first tomatoes ripened. Mmmmm, and they were delicious. Picking and eating food from your own garden brings a certain joy to your day. It is a joy filled with wonder and accomplishment. I think some summer squash will be ready soon too.

We are getting our house painted next week, and I worry that the painters might do some damage to my tomato plants. I'll keep my fingers crossed that they are gentle to my garden friends.
The tomatoes are trying to climb up to Sadie's window to watch over her as she sleeps... as a guardian tomato plant.