Let us pause in life’s pleasures…

Isn’t it interesting how much the seasons affect blogging?  I can post multiple times a week in the winter (less work, less playdates, less trying-to-squeeze-in-every-possible-activity-while-the-weather’s-nice), but summer whizzes by in a second and my blog sits here, neglected.  And it’s kind of our family scrapbook.  So nothing we do in the summer gets documented with words.  And sometimes not with photos, either.

But I guess that’s part of living life in the present, right?  Won’t always have time to record the memories.

Anyway, Markus was 7 months yesterday, and the little bugger is just a hoot!  So full of personality.  He’s a “talker” just like Daddy and big sister.  He rolls everywhere in lieu of crawling.  He’s sitting up okay (not great) now for 2 minutes at a time before he loses balance.  And we now play “catch,” rolling a ball back and forth (he catches really well, actually), on an almost daily basis.  He started solids at 5 1/2 months and likes his rice cereal, peas, prunes, applesauce and sucking on the occasional piece of fruit through one of those mesh thingies.  He sleeps, mercifully, from around 9:30 pm to 8ish am most nights, and even if he does wake in the night, is usually comforted easily with a pacifier and goes right back to sleep.  He loves to watch his big sister dance, read, play with toys, just about anything, and he always tries to get in on the action.  Very social.  He also has about the saddest little face ever (which is amplified because he’s so happy all the time normally) when she does something mean to him or he’s scared.

In other news, Anja is FINALLY making progress with potty training.  And just in time!  She’ll soon be three and starting preschool, and the potty readiness is a prerequisite.  After 5 months of torture, she has decided to cooperate and pee on the big potty.  Happily and (usually) willingly, I might add!  Thank you, Lord!

Lots of weddings and seniors have kept me busy in the photography realm lately, which is why I haven’t been able to read or write much for leisure.  Sad, but it’s what helps us pay for groceries and air conditioning (which we’ve actually needed this summer—another praise!).

The end, since I have work to do during naptime.  Hope you’re all well and enjoying summer as well!

Minnesota State Fair – Food Picks for 2010

I am so glad Minnesota has seasons.  Because even though it’s August already (I’m still mad at June and July for coming and going in such haste), there’s stuff to look forward to.  Vikings games, apple orchards, and, even sooner than those, The State Fair.

If you’re planning to go, save yourself the trouble of costly food mistakes…here are my recommendations (and things to skip) from last year.

I realize not everyone is on the same page with me regarding Sweet Martha’s (obviously, since they are the top-grossing vendor at the fair), but you would truly be better off buying a package of refrigerated Toll House dough and baking them at home.  They are NOTHING SPECIAL.   If you are looking for a baked good to go with your all-you-can-drink milk, get something from French Meadow Bakery’s stand.  You will not be sorry!

New foods I’m hoping to try this year: Caramel Apple Puppy (from the Fudge Puppy stand) and O’Gara’s Sweet Potato Tots.

If you want to see what eats are at the fair this year, here’s a link to the Food Finder.