28. June 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Anneli, Craft

For her 4th birthday, Anneli requested an embroidery kit. I got her one, and she completed it in many short bursts over a couple of months:


She started at the fish’s top lip and worked her way around, and you can see how her stitches evolved as she went along.

She promptly asked for something else to stitch! So I found a frame and some fabric, and drew hearts in a variety of sizes & positions as directed by her:


I am so thrilled that she enjoys this, and so proud of her skills at just 4 years old!
She is already itching for a new project … more hoops have been acquired thanks to our friends at the Red Cross shop.

15. July 2010 · Comments Off on Little people · Categories: Anneli

Those little people can be silly at times.  Our little one took a tumble in the bathroom the other night, and instead of catching herself with her hands (as is most common) or forehead (less common, but it’s happened more than once), she caught herself with her mouth.  This new technique resulted in one very loose little tooth, a bit of blood, and quite a lot of tears.

According to the dentist, the tooth is quite likely to be alright once the gum around it heals up nicely and snugs it back into place.   So she’s back on “baby” style food for a while – mushy stuff and things that can be cut up really small.  Which is a shame when she has really started to enjoy using her incisors on apples, knäckebröd, and other crunchy things.

The most perplexing thing about this episode is that it happened when she wasn’t even climbing on anything.  She’s such a danger monkey that we’re both amazed that the first tooth injury didn’t occur as a result of climbing in the fireplace, or out a window, or up on a dining chair to play with my laptop, or onto the kitchen stool to play at the sink …

15. June 2010 · Comments Off on Photo catch-up · Categories: Anneli, Photography · Tags:

I have been rather hopeless at posting on the blog lately.  Since our darling daughter started at daycare, she has become very good at bringing home strange and unusual bugs that our poor immune systems are not used to, and so there has been a string of colds going through the house.  My most recent one turned into a sinus infection that actually had me shedding tears in misery.

Happily, we are all healthy again now.  I thought I would post some photos from last month that haven’t previously had their public debut.

Back in the spring, everything started to green up and then the ground burst out into a sea of these little white flowers – vitsippor in Swedish.  This bit of forest is on our daily “commute” to daycare.  In the winter it was impassable, but in the spring it became the highlight of the day.

A local forest patch

Anneli enjoys the forest view on her way home

We had our own cherry blossom festival here:

And then we had a storm, after which they looked like this:

We had some stunning weather in May.  After a brief heat wave:

Richard arrived for a visit, and it turned back to average springtime.  But it was still nice enough for a picnic down on the beach.

And we took our guest to Universeum in Gothenburg, where we saw pointy pink birds and fluffy black monkeys.

I had one lonely tulip blooming in the tulip patch:

Most of its friends were nibbled to death by the deer:

Lonely tulip did eventually get some friends who also bloomed, but it was far from being the tulip patch of my dreams.

That pretty much sums it up for May 2010.  We did a lot of digging in the garden, but I don’t have particularly interesting photos to show for it.  Stay tuned though because the vegetable patch is starting to produce the goods!

07. May 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Anneli

On her first birthday, Anneli naturally got a few toys as gifts.  Several of them have become strong favourites, both for her and us, and they’re all the ones made of wood.

I think Anneli’s favourite seems to be the Brio stacking clown.  It’s a set of wooden rings that sit on a pole, and if stacked in the right order they make a wee clown.  The box said “19+ months” so I was expecting it to be ages before she had the coordination required to put the rings on the pole, however she cracked that part of it within about 2 minutes!  She still likes putting all the rings on, but of course they’re never in the right order.

Brio stacking clown

The Brio stacking clown

My favourite has to be the Buzzy Bee.

Buzzy Bee

Buzzy Bee

Of course it’s a NZ classic and I’m sure she’ll end up with a lot more Buzzy Bee merchandise in the years to come!  Now that Anneli has started walking I hope she’ll realise soon that she can drag this little fella around the house and watch his wings spin  🙂

Anneli also likes boinging the tail on this sausage dog, also from Brio:

Brio sausage dog

Brio sausage dog

Again, she’ll hopefully realise soon that she can take him for walks rather than just boinging his springy tail and flossing her bottom teeth with his leash.

Finally, there is this great wooden puzzle from Kärnan:

Wooden farmyard puzzle

We go through the various animal noises together, but the only ones she seems interested in imitating are the lamb and the tractor (yes, the tractor counts as a farm animal).

10. January 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Anneli

It’s hard to sum up the whole of 2009 in one blog post, so I’m going to break it up into topics. First up, the greatest and by far the most important thing that happened to us in 2009: our amazing little daughter!

Little Anneli burst into our lives on February 2nd, 2009, and starting stealing hearts all over the world.

She grows in cuteness and cleverness every single day.

She loves her food …

And a good laugh …

And exploring the great outdoors.

She’s a deep thinker:

With an interest in technology:

And she’s a cheeky monkey:

We’re hoping to see those first unassisted steps happening soon …

But mostly we are just enjoying every day with our little treasure.

20. November 2009 · Comments Off on Our daughter likes to hide in boxes · Categories: Anneli

Anneli’s first tooth made it’s debut appearance just a few days before her 9-month birthday. It is a sharp little bugger! Since this picture was taken it has grown quite a bit further, and its friend next door looks just about ready to join it.

13. August 2009 · Comments Off on New pictures · Categories: Anneli · Tags:

Anneli has turned 6 months old! There are a few recent pictures here.

Here’s a preview:

15. July 2009 · Comments Off on Sitting up · Categories: Anneli · Tags:

Our big little girl is now able to sit up by herself! Sometimes she has to support herself with her hands, sometimes not.

More photos here.

25. April 2009 · Comments Off on sewing for our little ray of sunshine · Categories: Anneli, Craft

I’ve been managing to do some sewing, the priority being on something nice for Anneli to wear for George & Eli’s wedding next weekend. I’ve made a dress & bloomers combination:

And since the wedding is in Spain, I’ve made a sun hat to keep her precious skin safe:

We also bought the little one a pair of sunnies:

More cuteness here.