Thursday, December 25, 2008

kala christougena (merry christmas)

we wish all of our family and friends a wonderful and blessed christmas holiday and happy new year! we miss you!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

bethlehem coin purse project

my friends andrea and dawn partnered with mountain movers international and launched their ministry in bethlehem a couple of years ago. recently, they have learned of about 100 women from the Deheisheh refugee camp who are making coin purses as a primary or supplementary source of income. won't you consider giving these as gifts this christmas or throughout the year?

you can watch the whole video and learn more about the coin purse project by following this link:

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it's beginning to look a lot like christmas...

this is our mini-christmas tree that has been with us since 2003! so far we've lived in places that only allow a small space for a tree so it's worked well. our house in greece doesn't have a fireplace so we had to hang stockings on the bookshelf this year. i told ken we'll retire this tree to the kids' room next year because i want to buy a nice BIG pre-lit (with white lights only) tree. too bad i won't have those after-christmas sales to peruse this year! if anyone finds a good deal, let me know and maybe i can catch it online!

isn't she the cutest reindeer you ever did see? echo is sporting her winter coat she got from aunt granny deb last christmas. she loves it!! just so you don't think i only care about our beagle girl, i must share with you a sad story. our kitty, morris, decided to run away on the last day we were on vacation to the states, about a month and a half ago. so far he hasn't come back. we sure hope he does though...he's a great cat (and that's coming from someone who used to not be a cat person.) we look for him several times a week but so far we haven't found him. :( morris, if you're reading this...COME HOME! we bought you all kinds of kitty treats while we were in the states and i'm sure you'll love them!! :)

this last picture is what cornbread dressing looks like when you only have YELLOW corn meal. my mom was kind enough to send us white corn meal last year but it didn't last us until this thanksgiving/christmas. those darn little nasty greek bugs got to it and we had to throw it out. i don't know though...the yellow corn bread is growing on me. it tastes the exact same...yummy!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

25 weeks and baby stroller engineer

thought you would enjoy a few photos of my belly at 25 weeks and ken putting together our chico cortina stroller.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

the "convenience" of peeled, ready-to-eat baby carrots & greece riots

sunday night...i woke up at about 11pm sick as a dog. i could not keep anything down and after about 12 hours of this, i threw up some blood so i called the doctor. he immediately made me go downtown to his hospital because when i mentioned "blood" he thought something was wrong with the baby. so we had a little translation issue. i explained i couldn't keep anything down and he said, "oh, ok. you scared me. i thought it was the baby. it's something you ate. i'll give you an IV and take some blood tests." apparently the blood i threw up was a ruptured vessel which was no big deal.

i thought for sure it was the stomach flu but i didn't have a fever or any other "sick" symptoms and doctor knows best. he was tests came back with bacteria present so i had food poisoning. the only thing i had eaten different than ken was some raw carrots from our nex (base food mart). it's about the only vegetable i buy at the nex. and why?? especially when i have all these wonderful organic, fresh veggies at markets in town?? because of the phenomenon of the "american convenience" peeled, ready-to-eat, baby carrots!! this incident has definitely put a stop to eating these little carrots, at least until i return to the states!! (having them shipped from wherever to here, makes me a little leary of how "fresh" and safe they are.) from now on, i'm going old school and getting the regular "bugs bunny" carrots from the fruit & veggie market. ones i have to peel and cut myself!!
oh...the torture!! :)

trivia question: when did peeled, ready-to-eat baby carrots enter the marketplace? because i certainly don't remember them as a kid!

the riots:
my doctor made me stay overnight in the hospital to make sure they flushed out all the bacteria and wouldn't let me leave until i was 100%. that night around 10:30 the riots that were started in athens over the police shooting a 15-year-old boy 2 days earlier, made their way to the streets of chania, right in front of the hospital!! i had a front row seat to it all. from my window i watched protestors break all the windows of a bank and throw desks and chairs into the streets. they also burned garbage in dumpsters and pushed them into the streets to block traffic. i admit i was a little scared but the doctor came to my room, as well as the nursing staff to assure me of my safety. the entire incident has turned very political and now americans are not allowed in downtown chania & athens for the time being. (as a point of reference, we live 15 mins from downtown chania so we feel completely safe.) and the riots are not ongoing in far it was only monday night.

more info if you want to read about the riots:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

6 month belly

here's the 6 month belly shot. once our camera starts working, i'll take another one in my usual spot under the texas flag facing sideways so you can actually see how big it's getting!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

6 month stats

this is the baby boy. what? you were expecting a picture showing he IS a boy? yeah, me too. but when i walked out of the dr's office, they handed me this. a pic of his head, belly, and arm. now he's too big to fit on the screen for a whole picture so i guess future pictures will just be in parts. hopefully next time i can get the lower half! :) as you can see, my doc doesn't have the fancy 3-D ultrasound machine. this is greece. :)

baby 6 month stats:
- 12 inches long
- 1.3 pounds
- kicks mommy during yoga and at 5 a.m. some mornings

mommy 6 month stats:
- weight gain to date: 5 kilos or 11 lbs (i like to measure in kilos!!)
- weird must have foods/drinks: caramels & country time lemonade
- attending yoga 3x/week and can still shave her legs!

daddy 6 month stats:
- successfully put together stroller!
- loves his job as nightly back rubber to mommy

i promise i'll post a belly pic as soon as my friend sends it to me. our camera is on the fritz so i had her take one yesterday...