October unblogged, part 1

October 27th, 2011

pear on a branch class is in session

October 2: Annalie’s been doing a lot of drawing on her easel chalkboard lately. I thought this one, of a pear on a branch, was particularly good.

October 3: Class in in session. (Homeschooling can be kind of awesome. In our dress code, pajamas and bedhead are perfectly acceptable attire.)

Oh, deer!

I looked out the window of Elliora’s room and saw four deer across the street in our neighbor’s yard. (One of the deer is just to the left of frame, behind a bush, so I didn’t bother trying to get it in the shot.)

Katy and Elliora - 10 months

Katy and Elliora - 10 months oops, I dropped it

October 4: I couldn’t get Elliora to lie on the couch for our monthly photo session; she kept rolling away. I tried to sneak some photos in one day when Katy happened to be in her bedroom while we were in there playing, but I couldn’t get Elliora to look at me for a single photo. Oh well. This is very representative of 10 months.

We got a new chair from our neighbors who were getting rid of it after it didn’t sell at their garage sale. Elliora loves it and has already figured out how to push it up against the couch and use it to climb up.

CMDR Gronberg and his girls just readin' in her chair

October 5: Troy had to come home on a lunch break. I grabbed the opportunity to take a photo of him and the girls. (He normally wears civilian clothes on his commute and changes into his uniform at work, so we don’t see him in uniform very often.)

Elliora, just reading in her chair.


October 6: My friend Carrie, who is married to a Swede and used to live in Sweden, mentioned that October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden, which inspired me to try making some tasty Swedish cinnamon buns, also called Kanelbullar. I knew that Swedish pearl sugar I bought just because it was pretty would come in handy someday.

painting with my girls like a big girl

I went painting pottery with both girls, and all things considered, I won’t be doing that again anytime soon. I managed to keep Elliora entertained and paint at the same time but it was exhausting.


I painted this sign (“NO WHINING. Kthx.“) for my friend Katie as an unbirthday gift for her to hang in her high-school English classroom.

in the toybox sisters in black

October 7: Elliora decided that her toy basket looked like a comfortable place to sit.

happy thing: our neighbors are Trekkies

October 8: We were invited over to our neighbors’ for pizza and the last swim of the summer in their pool. I was sitting in their living room when I glanced out the window and saw they had “Live long and prosper” painted along the inside of the fascia on their front porch, so you’d see it as you walk out the door. I’ve been over there a half-dozen times and never noticed it before.

the littlest Husker fans

Elliora on the left at 10 months; Annalie on the right at 17 months, in 2005.

she gets around

October 10: Elliora has discovered a love of being underneath tables. We’ve discovered how many gross things and choking hazards normally live underneath our tables.

menace to newspapers everywhere cutie sisters

October 11: Elliora has also discovered the basket by our fireplace where we keep firewood and old newspapers. She takes her job of spreading every last sheet of newspaper around the room at least once a day very seriously.

Speaking of Trekkies, Elliora looks adorable in her ThinkGeek Starfleet Academy Cadet onesie, don’t you agree?

it's hard to make mashed-potato casserole look pretty

October 12: It’s really hard to make mashed-potato casserole look pretty.

happy thing: geek friends come bearing geeky gifts <3

October 13: I love it when geeky friends come bearing geeky gifts. Well, technically Laura painted the bowl on the left for me because I painted a dottery bowl for her with a BBT quote (which I never got a photo of, I just realized). And Sonja mailed the bowl (with quotes from the song Friends Forever in the Scrubs episode “My Musical”) to me, she didn’t give it to me in person. But the point stands.

happy thing: apple pie cookies

October 14: These apple-pie cookies (via smitten kitchen) were extremely delicious. I kind of want to go make another complicated, time-consuming batch right this very second.

just a nibble of Fall leaves!!1!

October 15: Elliora getting a taste of fall. (Har har.)

happy thing: rainbow sparkly fingernails!

October 17: Rainbow sparkly fingernails! The polish (Rainbow Connection, natch) is from the OPI Muppet collection. It made me happy every time I glanced at my hands. Too bad it chipped and peeled so easily. But I’ve been told I should try a base coat next time and that might help.

Elliora is a climbing fool

October 18: Elliora is a climbing fool.

happy thing: an adorable spelling mistake

October 19: We went on a leaf walk for science, collecting red and gold leaves and talking about why trees change color in the fall. Annalie copied a list of words for handwriting practice and just to help her learn the words. I threw a couple of pictures in there and told her to write the words for the pictures. The picture for #6 was a tree, and I had to laugh when I saw how Annalie had spelled it. When I pointed her mistake out to her, Annalie thought it was pretty funny too. She said, “I don’t know what I was thinking. I know how to spell ‘tree!’”

16 Responses to “October unblogged, part 1”

  1. Rachelskirts says:

    Ha! Love the “chwe” thing. Also? So glad I read this post tonight. My mom and I have been trying to get ourselves in the kitchen more often this year, but we sort of lost interest a few months ago and have been looking for a good project to get us back. Those cinnamon buns and the apple pie cookies look like the perfect challenges. :)

  2. Ashley says:

    Love the polish!

  3. a chris says:

    Wow, what a lot of great photos!

    Troy looks very dapper in uniform, I must say. Haha at chubby toddler Annalie. So different now! (I’m already relating to putting the second baby in clothes the first was wearing much older.) Those baked goods look incredible. That nail polish is possibly the first nail polish that has ever appealed to me in any way. Love that Annalie can spell “photosynthesis” on a day when “tree” evades her. Some days are like that. Can’t see the forest for the chwes.

  4. sonia says:

    I’m Sonia, I live in Italy and I always read your blog, that I discorvered I don’t remember when and where. This serie of pictures is amazing, Elliora and Annalie are more similar day after day and beautyful too!
    Thanks for the joy and the serenity that you blog gives me!

  5. Rhi says:

    I cannot believe how big Elliora is/how much she is doing. WOW.

  6. Sonja says:

    I sort of want to try that polish with a black undercoat.

  7. angie says:

    I’m with ya on the crud that lies beneath our tables! Nora will come out from under the table chewing on something every time…even if I just vacuumed! Those cookies look delicious…not to mention cute, I MUST try them! Oh, and I love the nail polish too!

  8. bonnie says:

    So many things to respond to that I can’t remember now b/c I seem to be running out the door to go find some Muppet nail polish RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

  9. Sarah says:

    Mmm, I’ve printed out the apple pie cookie recipe … it might just get made! They look very yummy.

  10. Angella says:

    I’m glad you did a catch-up! I’ve been so far behind…

    I cannot BELIEVE how big Elliora is getting! You just had her!

    And Annalie is a far better artist than I could ever even try to be. :)

  11. Yara says:

    I’m gonna put my Rainbow Connection on over a dark purple I already have on my toes.
    And yes… you need a base coat. Always use a base coat ; )

  12. BeachMama says:

    What a lovely photoset!! The girls are both getting so big, I can’t believe it and Troy looks very dashing in his uniform, so lovely that you grabbed your camera… now we just need to see you!! :)

  13. ~moe~ says:

    What a fun and full month! Love the photos! And I love that nail polish – I’m going to have to find that! :)

  14. Lauren H says:

    Wow, October at yours looked really fun!! Hope you’re all doing well x

  15. Kuky says:

    So much to comment on, I did it through Flickr. Sorry, it’s because I’m not on a computer. And chwe? Love that spelling!

  16. Hilary says:

    I use a very similar polish in Deborah Lippman’s ‘Happy Birthday’, so pretty, and I find it stays on a long time, and because of all the odd sized chunks of coloured glitter you can’t really tell when it begins to chip, and you get few extra days out of it :)