Friday, February 27, 2009

Luka's First Love

Luka is quite the Casanova these days. I think he falls in love everytime he sees a pretty girl. Here he is with one of his favorites...Nynke. This was taken by Paty (Nynke's mom) at her birthday party celebrating her 1st birthday. Every time he sees Nynke's photo he goes crazy and says, "Nikki, Nikki, Nikki." For weeks the Engelhard Family Christmas Card was in our toy box because he didn't want to part with it and had to give kisses to the whole family and repeat thier names several times, but I think he was most fond of Nynke. Oh, lord...lo que me espera!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Gardeners at the Embassy

Okay, so I am not sure if I am allowed to post this photo...I don't think I am violating any top secret Dutch law....but I thought it was too funny to pass up. The Dutch Embassy is building a new garden. The original estimate was that it would take two has been two months. I think the picture says it all. You have to love Mozambicans....they really know how to make the most of their "breaks."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oldies But Goodies

I have recently started to organize the videos I have of Luka and learned how to use iMovie (thanks Susana). Here are three videos of Luka from months ago. He is so different now, but I guess it is good to see how he got to be the big boy that he is. Now he is talking in English, Dutch and Spanish. I don't know how he learned three languages at the same time and he knows exactly who to speak what to. Well anyway, here are three videos of some of his "firsts." I hope to post a new video soon. For some reason I am intimidated by videos, unlike photos. I will try and be better about it.

Friday, February 06, 2009

It's Oscar Time

Every year I get a little obsessed with the Oscars and I try to see EVERYTHING on the list. I mean everything. This year I am getting a real kick out of watching the animated short movies. You should see them on youtube...but here is one I really liked - Lavatory Lovestory. It is so simple and yet sad, hilarious and fabulous all at the same time. Just be sure to set aside 9 minutes to really watch the video. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

35 Years Strong

As you can see from my previous post, my life has been a little crazy. But on Sunday my parents celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary. Yes, 35 years can you believe it!

Congratulations, Mami y Papi te felicito! Many things have happened during those 35 years...many good times, the occasional bad times, tears, laughs, scary times, adventures but in the end your love for eachother has been the foundation for our family. Our family may not be perfect, but I know that it is the perfect family for me. You guys have taught me so much through your examples and sometimes even your mistakes. But having both of you in my life together as a constant for 35 years has made me a stronger and better person.

I love you both and hope that you enjoyed your special day. The only bad thing about celebrating your 35th Anniversary is the reality that I will be turning 34 this year! Yikes.

PS Mom and Dad...Could your cake have been any bigger??!?!?!?!?

The Terrible Twos....They Weren't Lying

I don't know why I thought that I would be spared from the "monster" they call the "Terrible Twos." Luka was always such a good baby. Almost always did what he was told except for the occasional incident...but that Luka is gone and "Luka the Terrible" has been born. 

I say that with all the love in my heart. I love Luka so much and most of the time I want to crack up and laugh at the things that he is doing...but my goodness! How can a child change so much in a matter of days. Since we arrived back in Maputo (6 days ago) Luka's past times have gone from playing with cars, legos and musical instruments to flying off the sofa, seeing how fast he can go up and down the stairs, climbing on the kitchen counter and then showing me his version of bungee jumping (without a rope), emptying out our bookcase, climbing the bookcase, taking the ornaments off the christmas tree (YES, my tree is still up)...etc. I am just exhausted typing this and reliving each moment. Oh and did I mention that he likes to wake up at 5 am now...lucky me.

Parents weren't lying when they use the term terrible twos. I really didn't understand it before. Luka is only 22 months, but I guess he decided to get there two months earlier. 

Can someone tell me how long this will last? I am a nervous wreck. Luka is a total boy and now with his "adventurous" side I am always looking over my shoulder to make sure his face and limbs are still intact. Seriously...I am totally paranoid. I thought I would always be this laid back kind of mom, but no one told me that my child would turn in Evel Knievel.

But even with all that said I enjoy every moment with Luka!  At least I am never bored and man can that boy make me laugh! Everyday he comes up with something new that amazes me, drives me crazy and makes me fall in love with him all over again.

PS Mom, I am sorry for everything I did when I was two years old :)