Monday, January 31, 2011

Cafe Central - Again.

It's been a while. Last time was during the heat wave in July, when I had passed my due date and was hanging out in the air-conditioned cafe in order to not go crazy outside or at home. Ah, those crazy hot days seem so far away at the moment. Check out my "cake" - white chocolate mouse with raspberries. It was just as good as it looks!

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Ice Skating with Penguins

These penguin ice-skating aids are just the cutest. From Wiener Eistraum in front of Rathaus.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Six Months

She is six months today! Weeeh. My six months of experience with the incredible world of motherhood tells me it's the most exciting, challenging, fun, rewarding and nerve-wracking thing ever. I am willing to do anything for this sweet little soul, and I suppose that's what motherhood is all about.
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Monday, January 24, 2011


Pictures from a Sunday stroll along the Danube canal. We were enjoying a little bit of sun, even though it was freeezing cold. Today is also sunny, but different from yesterday there's snow too. Booh! I want spring.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Empty Bowls

So far the transition to porridge and mashed vegetables is going swell. A lot is ending up other places than the mouth, but she definitely seem to like it. We have started using baby sign language, so far just a few signs like eat, more, milk, which are put to use frequently (by us, obviously) during meal time. I hope we can stick to it. I was inspired by a friend of mine in LA, who was using it with her son, and it was incredible to see how he could communicate before he was able to speak. And if this can help her in our multi-linguistic environment (Danish, Icelandic, German) then it's even better.

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Liebe für die Wände

The other day one of my Christmas presents arrived in the mail. Yay!! Three illustrations by Blanca Gomez. I have been dying to replace the old and gloomy painting in our living room with something brighter, and these illustrations will provide a much needed change. Me and Silja went to IKEA yesterday to buy frames, but the ones we brought back didn't fit quite right. Instead they went well with the prints from Studio Violet I bought a while back, which now look even better in a frame. Today I got other frames for the first three, and can't wait to drill some holes and put everything up!
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

We are back in Vienna, and boy is it nice! As great as it is to go back to Denmark and Iceland to see everyone again, just as great is it to come back to our own place. We had a smooth journey back and were pleasantly surprised by how well the little one handled the rather long trip from Iceland with a brief layover in Denmark to Austria (which aside from two flights include a 50 min drive to the airport in Iceland and two train rides here in Austria). She is turning into a master traveler! Let's hope that continues.
Back in Vienna we have now unpacked, including all those great presents, and resumed to normal routines, which among other things include healthy eating (uuf, I was so done with sweets and junk food after stuffing myself over the holidays). As a new milestone Silja has started solids. Jeez, it's going fast!
I now got less than two months left of my maternity leave, and I plan enjoy every single minute of my remaining time off, before it's time to resume to university.
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year from Iceland

I hope you entered 2011 with proper celebration. We spent the night at Bjarni's parents, who always throw a big new year's party for friends and relatives.
Our trip is soon coming to an end and we are enjoying a couple of quiet days before traveling back to Vienna. We made it up north to the grandparents, met old friends, had the obligatory hot dogs from this place, as well Icelandic lamb and fish. What is still missing is my favorite ice cream (bragðarefur!) and some paper work for Silja, who by the way is her usual content and happy self up here, so we take that as a sign that she likes Iceland.

The past weeks' traveling and a baby have not given much time to reminisce about 2010, but of course this past year stands out from any other, because of the arrival of our sweet little girl. I feel extremely and overwhelmingly lucky and happy because of that! 2011 will for us continue to be in Vienna and what will happen after that is completely up in the air. But no need to worry too much about that just yet. There is so much to enjoy right now. First off is the ice-cream...

Gleðilegt nytt ár / happy New Year!
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