December 2, 2010

On Family

Sorry I've been quiet but what with being 8 months pregnant, working and getting ready for Christmas I've been kind of busy.  Oh, and being a single mom this week while Ralf's in California. 

I'm looking forward to a quiet family Christmas this year. I  have three stories to write up before the children's book I'm writing is finished and I have great plans for sewing extremely simple doll clothes over the next few weeks. 

Next weekend we'll procure and decorate the tree, listen to Nat King Cole and bake gingerbread cookies - and I can eat as many Christmas cookies as I want because let's face it, I'm not getting any thinner until at least February. 

I can even look out at the snow with a charitable eye because this morning my neighbor shoveled snow out of my driveway.  I tell you, once you've known them for about ten years, Germans turn into wonderful, loyal friends!

Little Beauregard is doing well, although I hope I'm not about to change that with the slightly past its prime chicken I'm baking right now.  Ralf read about how some woman had her baby at the Vienna Opera house and got a lifetime membership so now he wants me to start hanging at the Allianz arena.  Just in case.

K is acting in a Christmas production and needs an angel costume, a requirement that caused me some anxiety since the child has no white clothes except t-shirts.  And I'm not one of those moms that can sew a white dress and make glittery wings out of cardboard.

Yesterday she was absolutely frantic to knock next door and ask to borrow an angel dress.  When I asked her why she was in such a rush she turned haunted eyes to me and said: 'Last night I dreamed I had to perform in a white t-shirt and polka dot leggings!'

Which, to be fair, was an option I had been considering.  I congratulated her with a straight face on figuring out her own costume while chuckling to myself that she definitely knows her mum.

I guess family are the people who know you well and love you anyway.


  1. I just can't believe you are already 8 mos. pregnant. I know that is a long time for you, but I guess I've really lost track of time since you announced your pregnancy. You're keeping very busy. Best wishes for the book and for a blessed holiday for you and your family.

  2. Wow! 8 months! Sounds like all is well, keep us posted on that lifetime membership ;)

  3. This is so funny! She knows you well...

    And hurray for snow and gingerbread cookies. In Sweden, they say that gingerbread makes you nice or nicer!

  4. A quiet Christmas sounds wonderful to me.

    K is too funny with her dream!!!

  5. I can't believe you are 8 months already! It seems like you were just telling us you were pregnant!

  6. Hum....a quiet Christmas when that baby could drop anytime now?

    Hee Hee.

    K may have to dance in the polka dot leggings anyway.

    Yum. Gingerbread.

  7. That's because I was stealth gestating the first few months.

  8. nice post and Merry Christmas to you and your family

  9. Only 10 years, huh? Not too shabby! Now, you eat all the cookies you want, order a dress online and relax!

  10. I don't know, I think an angel with polka dot leggings would be very cute.

  11. I love babies. They are so cute. The most lovable thing is their smiles,i love those smiles.

  12. If Oberammergau is anything to go by, the Bavarian is hard core with their Christian Pageantry and she's at least half Bavarian. Sooooo, you might say your kid has history. And you'd never know she might be the Angel that speaks to the Shepherds. You know being hoisted over the entire tableau.
    Basically you might have one on your hands with an early dress sense. Polka Dot, obviously being Wood Sprite costume.


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