a tire, a bolt and the brakes…

29 01 2010

on our airplane.. took over an hour to fix, delaying our arrival in Minneapolis/St. Paul… tightening our connection time. One would think that given the hour plus time delay arriving at a connecting airport for many people on board, SOMEone SOMEwhere in the airport or on the airplane, or SOMEwhere… would have arranged for a gate to be ready.? Is that too much to ask? apparently.. because we sat on the tarmac in Mpls/St. Paul for 25 minutes waiting for a gate. Then we missed our connecting flight to Philadelphia, and are now at Jim’s parents’ house spending the night.

The funny thing is, they’re coming to Philly tomorrow to visit us!

A tire, a bolt, and the brakes… and a changed gate without a new available gate… means we missed our flight.

“Really Really?”

17 01 2010

Really. This is one of Kajsa’s latest phrases. “Really, really?” to just about anything… we’re going to church now, we’re taking Abby outside, let’s go play with your blocks, let’s go eat lunch… frequently the response is, “Really really?”

Kajsa under table

Another Kajsa story: yesterday I saw her chewing oddly, stick her tongue out, and try to take something out of her mouth. She was holding a Kleenex in her other hand. “What are you eating?” I asked her. “my Kleenex.” She said. “Kleenex?” I asked… “why are you eating your Kleenex?”  Another pause..then… “Um… Abby eat paper!”

She keeps us laughing. And busy.

Kajsa and Jim at playground

On another topic, our backyard has been enjoyable. Our  yard (which is the church yard/church parsonage yard) backs up to a small wooded area, which backs up to two cool places: Stewart’s Bird Farm, and a photography studio that also houses some sheep. The bird farm also has farm animals. I thought the big birds we’ve seen were ostriches, but, as it turns out, they’re emus. Two emus. The emus have occasionally approached the fence when we’re walking with Abby, but never too close, and never appearing that interested. Abby has given the occasional protective growl, but mostly, they ignore each other.


But yesterday, Abby paid more attention.  I was a little ways off, with Kajsa, so we quickly approached the fence to see what was up. Abby was intent on watching the fence…. And on the other side, one emu (no sign of the second one) was pacing, growing nervous. I grabbed Abby’s leash, and she, Kajsa, and I cautiously approached within a few feet of the fence. (Did you really really expect anything less of me?!) I wondered what the emu was protecting, then I saw them… two gorgeous eggs! Have you ever seen one?

Emu Eggs

I’ve now seen two, and will post a photo. I ran back to the house, hollered for Jim to come out and grab my camera, so he could hold Abby back while I photographed… from as far back as I could so I wouldn’t make the emu more nervous.

the Daddy Emu (we think) sitting on the eggs

from Harleysville…

12 01 2010

Abby in our backyard

Abby and Kajsa

sleep... finally

Kajsa's "map"

Kajsa and our house in the background

at the church playground

church playground

when the parents are tired..

12 01 2010

and the toddler plays alone… (but we could both hear her, and knew she wasn’t in any danger) she builds a “bridge” with her books. Either a “bridge” or a “train”. She calls it both. She was more than happy to pick the books up and pile them to the side, before bedtime. And this morning, she was thrilled to start rebuilding her bridge/train.

(By the way, she also loves to read books, and have books read to her. Not only use books as building blocks for a bridge/train.)


9 01 2010

We’re here. We left Madison on Dec. 28th, left Chicago on the 29th, arrived in Harleysville, PA on the 30th. A great welcoming crew was here, waiting for us and the moving trucks. It’s so surreal, and yet strangely normal, to arrive at your new home, your new town, your new church. The few days have become a blur, and should be blogged at some point, but tonight I’m just happy to even get some pictures on the blog! So, more later. pictures now.

Tower of boxes, Kajsa inside the bottom box

Packing and Moving Help..

Trucks (yes, notice the trailer as well) leaving Alder Road

Christ Covenant Church, from our house (with the luminaries)

Kajsa and Anna, New Year's Day

Anna and Kajsa laughing with AJ