Monday, January 31, 2011

Rowan and The Challenge of Eating

Rowan is somewhat ambivalent when it comes to food. This is in stark contrast to Abby and Rambo, who are both completely obsessed with food. As a result, it can be quite challenging for Rowan to eat in the Mettlinger house. If he isn't in the mood to eat his sandwich at lunchtime, when Abby is distracted by the food piled in front of her and Rambo is distracted by the food crumbs piling up beneath her, and gets a hankering for something foody a few hours later, this is what he has to deal with:

But don't feel too bad for him. I think he kind of enjoys the attention.

Intrepid Explorer

With Peanut Butter Sandwich.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

For Olivia

Abby Stories

Some cute things Abby has started doing recently:

1. She has caught on to the fact that when I am thinking, trying to come up with something, I say "Ummm." She really likes the way it sounds. Now whenever I ask her a question she prefaces her answer with a big, long "Um."

2. I've been anxiously awaiting the day that I can ask Abby what she did today and get an answer besides "today!" I think that time has come. Here are some answers that I have gotten recently. To get the full effect, imagine her nodding emphatically while she answers, and a confirmatory grunt at the end.

"Bi an Hea-er house"
"Lunch" (usually followed by a list of sometimes accurate lunch items)
"Read books"

But my favorite answer came yesterday, in a very quiet whispering voice that I had to lean close to hear:

"Shhhhhh, whisper. Rowan seeping"

3. Since our Subaru died (RIP), I have been bussing Abby to Brian and Heather's house. I don't particularly enjoy spending over an hour on three different buses in order to get myself to school, but the inconvenience is outweighed by how VERY excited Abby is to ride the bus. Once I mention bus in the morning, it's all over. She starts frantically getting all her winter clothes on, excitedly repeating "Catch bus!" I've learned to wait until it's almost time to go to mention the word bus.

The first time Abby rode the bus, she was surprised by the sound of the recorded announcement to "Please remember to take all your belongings with you when exiting the bus." She looked all around and didn't see anyone talking. Finally she pointed in the air and started nodding saying "Rachel!" Apparently she caught on that Rachel is moonlighting as a bus announcer.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Abby's hair is long enough now that I can get half of it into a pony tail. Here's the adorableness when I do the bottom half.

Here's the adorableness when I do the top half.

Can't wait 'til the two come together!

Monday, January 10, 2011


She goes all the way to ten, but I didn't get that on this video.

Abby Gets A Massage

Cutest Pirate I've Ever Seen

Tuesday, January 4, 2011