Wednesday, December 16, 2009

X'mas Cookies
















My wife is the family baker. Just like the previous years she baked and decorated some wonderful, tasty, colorful X'mas cookies for us to munch on. The last batch finished in no time, this one probably won't last too long either.

Monday, December 14, 2009

No Pictures!



I picked you up last week one day from the daycare. You were still in your little bed taking your nap. You were so sweet I couldn't resist taking a picture (or two) of you but then the flash went off and you covered your face with your little hands. You and your brother could be a handfull duirng the day but whenever I look at the two of you sleeping like angels all the frustrations automatically go out the door.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday Breakfast and Lunch



Took our time on Sunday to have breakfast. For lunch we had some kind of surf and turf (steak and scallops) with mashed peas and potatoes.

Reading Time


Love these moments of the two of you reading together. Kai aksed Anna do you want to read with me? Anna replied ja. Kai said ok sit next to me. And so you two began reading...

Chorizo Stew(again)


Love chorizo. But I can never finish the whole thing. Always end up making a stew at the end. Just dumped all the ingredients in the pot (corn, olives, pepper, garlic, beans, sausage, potatoes, cannned tomatoes, bay leaves, oregano, salt and pepper) and simmered for 20 mins.

Bruder Jakob

videofor Meike.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sprinkles Sprinkles





It was Kai's turn to be sick. He stayed in bed for a long time in the afternoon so the freshly baked goodies were all Anna's. Of course you must just licked the sprinkles off but it was still fun to watch you getting so excited.




Monday, November 9, 2009

Anna is 2!



videoAnna turned two today. Time really flies. Happy Birthday my sweetest baby girl. I love you so much. You probably know already, that I would do anything for you. Well, besides baking your birthday cake. That your mother is much better at.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin season is almost over. Have to make the most of it so made this seasonal risotto. Prepared the pumpkin by chopping in pieces, skinning them, mixing with olive oil, salt, and oregano. Baked until done in oven, let cool, and mashed.

Made the risotto in the usual way. When the rice was done, added the pumpkin, parmesan, and butter. It was a nice satisfying lunch for a Sunday afternoon.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kai the Pirate








It was your mother's idea. Dressing you up as a pirate for your first all boys birthday/Halloween party at your friend Nico Kaiser's. Of course no pirate costume would be complete without a beard.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Hug


It's really nice to see the two of you play and interact with each other more. Out of the blue one day, Kai went to mom and said, 'Look mama, I am hugging Anna!' And the beautiful is that she didn't mind! So your mother quickly grabbed the camera to snap this real kodak moment. I hope there are more in the years to come. And look! Kai is a whole head taller than Anna!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Breakfast!

b videoHad to take this video of the two of you waiting to be fed breakfast. We bought that table for us but you two took it over recently for your breakfasts. I am not the most cheerful in the mornings but looking at you two laughing and smiling always makes me happy.

Holding Hands with Mama


What can I say except that it is the cutest when you kids hold hands with us or with each other. But Anna is the cuddlier one though, at least with me.

Kids in a Box


Like I always say, there's no need to buy toys. For some reason boxes are your favourite. We save all the diaper boxes so that the two of you could do whatever you want with them.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Weekend in Mainz

videoAdd VideoWe spent the holiday weekend in Mainz. Took some cute videos of you two with your grandparents. These two I like best, reading with Opa, and baking with Oma Petra. video

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Apple Head



It wasn't that cold so we took the hood off the vest you got from Grandma Chan. When we came home from the daycare you just put it on yourself. I thought you looked so funny like a very fashionable deep sea diver. Coolest thing was what Kai said. Out of the blue, he said 'oh Anna, you are so cute!'

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rebecca, Kai, Anna

Your mom is right, I rarely take pictures of her with the two of you. I don't know why but I guess I am just not the picture taking kinda guy. Even when I am on holidays I tend to just shove everything in my brain and am too lazy to take out the camera. Anna looks cool though in her new coat from Grandma Chan.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Chinese Fried Noodles


I've been sick after the marathon, caught a cold. Kai has a stomach flu. So for the last two days I made congee. Today I made plain congee with some simple soy sauce fried noodles. Topped with sesame seeds.

Field Trip Anna




Bad timing for these, you actually looked really happy to be in your field trip gear when you came home. But then you wanted to get the back pack off. I got it for you a while ago. I though since Kai has one you should have one took. But of course the girly version.

Kai in Berlin





We went to the Berlin Zoo. I am not a big fan of zoos but at least the kids like it. Before the zoo we went to the biergarten nearby and you two played with this boat 'Gisela'.















Anna in Berlin






We went to Berlin over the weekend for my first marathon. It was nice to be in a big city. We had Dunkin Donuts for breafast, took the subway, and went to pick up my runner's number at one of the airports. Besides seeing lots it was also nice to see Harry and Anthony. You kids certainly had fun.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Chicken Wings, Garlic Bread, Carrot Salad










Sunday dinner. Store bought garlic bread, lingoberry juice, grated carrots marinated with sesame, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. The chicken wings were marinated with lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar, salt, and pepper and grilled on this gas burner with a korean bbq fitting.







Papa's Suspenders


Those suspenders belonged to me, when I was a bit older than you. My mother loved to dress me with them, I remember I had a big collection of suspenders which she kept and which the two of you have inherited.

Grilled Ham and Cheese


Preping forthe big marathon so did a longer run on Sunday. Rushed home to make a quick lunch. Grilled cheese with ham and tomato along with some chips.

Brother and Sister




We don't have too many pictures of the two of you together. But these are nice. Needless to say we both love it when you play nice. Seems like since Anna gets older you two play nicer together. Sometimes you would even share things and make the same silly gestures.