Friday, April 16, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Check out these ladies...

I wonder if the babies realize they are already on such close terms with their little cousins/siblings :) The future Moms are standing like this because they eat together, and they are the final two to kid this year. (This is the "before" picture, Mom will be posting the "after" pretty soon.)

Kids galore!
How lucky is Dad, that this is his job every morning and night.

Little Sweetie

Curious George

Harriet and Family Portrait (and while these photos were taken, every single family member had their motor running)

Little Smokey
Morning views from the farm-

I was trying to get updates of everything for KT, and totally forgot about the chickens; oh well, I guess you have those in Italia.


P.S. Coming soon, Liz's photo shoot with her new car.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Baby Lingen

I mean, how cute is this baby? Ve was also moving around like crazy the whole time.

18 Weeks

The following are pictures from Easter. I'm apparently too spacey to remember to take pictures when everyone is around, so I missed a bunch of people, and somehow missed my Mummy, even though she was still there; but here's the rest of us...
And oops! I accidentally caught Steve in the garden and Trav itchin' his butt.


Ultra sound picture post will be coming soon...

I planned on putting up my pictures last night, but got home from errand running too late and plumb wore myself out. I promise to post them tonight. (Everything went well :)

And yup, I'm having a baby. I'm happy to see that Miss Eveline Divine is also following the blog... Hopefully you don't mind if I put your blog on our little blog roll. I'm excited to see what you've been up to in China.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Buona Pasqua!

Hello all!
I hope you all have had a delicious and enjoyable Easter. I went to my friend, Alessandro's, house. We ate, and ate. His mother had made pasta and we ate lamb and chicken and pasta ... If I had stayed any longer I would have become a ciccione (fat person). For right now I'm just going to post a bunch of photos and write about them later.

To be continued ...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Especially to Percy (who baked and decorated this cake) and Katerina in Italia- we love you!

~The Wistes (& Trav and Steve)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

It was just like Al's...

We were up at 5 a.m. for (the completion of?) our bathroom remodeling project, and swung by Bloedow's to see what time it opens - 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Later in the morning, around 7:40 a.m., I swung by again, by myself, but prepared with a list. And it was packed. I had to walk a block just to get there, meaning the parking lot and one block of the street's worth of people were already getting their weekend doughnuts.
Now Bloedow's is a small building, pretty narrow, shot gun style like most of the other buildings on the east side; and the line was stretched out the door. It reminded me of Al's Breakfast, when KT took me there as a must visit place last fall (she started going there upon recommendation of Megan Jones, and it really is just as bizarre as all of the reviews claim it is). Of course the line has a different sort of atmosphere, with lots of sweet older Polish gentlemen.
There is always that moment of, "Should I stay, or should I go? Da da da da, da da da da." And then you decide, yes I should have known better and got here earlier, but I have a mission to accomplish (plus Trav's dad is coming, and he really likes doughnuts and hes helping us with plumbing). And just like Al's, there is a set of rules one must follow. Please, Google the rules and reviews of Al's Breakfast before visiting, and tell me they don't make you nervous. And the servers all have attitude problems, except they seem so cool that you want them to like you. Bring coffee for the wait, use the bathroom prior to visiting (so don't drink too much coffee), and open the door for people as they exit the building. And scoot down if ordered to, (don't scoot if they don't tell you to) or you might actually get kicked out- dead serious. Bloedow's is not that crazy, but you better know what you want to order. No hem hawing around. People like me (somewhat indecisive)- bring a list, its a must. First, let them know what size of box you want, read them your list, and then if something additional looks extra tasty, its okay to slightly deter (but no dawdling). That's my list of Bloedow's rules, at least for a Saturday morning. Oh yes, and get there right at 7:30 a.m. (At Al's, its best to get there at least 1/2 hour before opening, otherwise be prepared to wait for potentially 2 hours!) And yet, its soworth it (just ask Megan). And I am rating the custard Bismark I just ate- 5 stars.
(*I do think they should add a pregnant lady rule- right to the front; but at this point I would probably have to announce my condition, as people probably just mistook me as someone who's ate one too many long johns, and there is no sympathy for that.)