Wednesday, January 30, 2008

New Nanny

Well we have a new nanny, her name is Kristina. She is very nice and has even started to come each day this week to help Lindsay with her last week. This will really help her to get to know the girls and the routine while Lindsay is here. Particularly Anja who initially was very "anti new nanny". She declared on Saturday evening after we had several girls over for an interview that "she did not like any of the ladies and that she wanted Lindsay to stay".

Kristina officially starts next week. She is pretty young with seemingly lots of energy. She is getting married in May to Sean and they are currently building a house in the local area. She is taking a part-time business degree (online I believe) which should be finished in two years. She has a strong interest in photography and eventually wishes to have her own portrait studio.

We welcome and look forward to having Kristina help make our hectic lives a reality!

I have posted a few pictures of Isabel from this week.

The Cousins

Shown below is an updated picture of Ella, Thomas and James, our neice and two nephews. These are Keith and Sam's kids who live in Esher which is very close to London, not far from where Lynne grew up.

Thanks for the picture Keith, cannot believe how quickly they seem to be growing!!

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weekend Update

Sunday afternoon and it's been a little more busy than usual around here. Yesterday was a jumbo nanny interviewing day. We had six scheduled but a few didn't turn up so the load was lightened. I guess they didn't like the way I spoke with them on the phone.

We met several great girls yesterday, many of whom we would be happy with. We had some tough decisions last night but I think we and teh girls will be very happy with our choice. We have yet to call each candidate so there will be more updates later on our new nanny.

Still really cold here, well below freezing. Took this picture of Iasbel this morning. She is really getting into her solid food and as you can see is starting to get very steady when sitting. They each have the nasty cold/virus that is going round. Ruby has also been quite ill this weekend. It's tough being a parent and being quite helpless when watching the kids not feeling very well.

Not much else to report, have a great week.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Weekend Ahead

Hope you are all tucked in. It is still very cold here in Indiana and we certainly will not be venturing out much this weekend.

Today I had lunch with Feng and spoke with Håkan in Sweden. it was good to catch up with both since I have not seen or heard from either in a while. Both keeping well, each looking after their kids.

Tomorrow is going to be a jumbo interviewing day. We have five nanny candidates coming round. We have been running an ad in the local paper which has resulted in many enquiries and some very well qualified. We are looking forward to meeting them all tomorrow.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lindsay Will be Leaving us.....

We have some sad news indeed but not that surprising if you have been watching the updates over the last week.
Lindsay will be leaving us shortly. As she has outlined in their blog, she needs to devote a little more time to her family given Ruby's recent peanut allergy diagnosis.

Lindsay has worked with us now for over twenty two months. Over that time she has literally allowed our crazy lifestyle to happen. We would not have been able to keep up with my job in Indy and Lynne's job at Purdue if we were not totally assured that Anja and Isabel were not being looked after in a manner that we could be fully comfortable. Lindsay did this and more. She has been such a great Nanny to the girls, we literally could not have asked for one additional thing. I know it may sound impossible but if you know Lindsay you will know and believe it when I say that she cared for our girls with as much passion and love as she did her own little Ruby. Hard to believe but I think very true.

Almost two years is a long time and peoples lives change. When she started with us we only had Anja but we now have Isabel and they have Ruby so both our situations are a little more complex. She is graciously staying with us while we try finding a replacement. More on that later but for now......Lindsay I know we will say it many times before you eventually leave us but we love You, Mike and Ruby and we thank you sincerely for what you have done for us over the last two years!

Paul, Lynne, Anja, Isabel & Daisy of course!

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cold in West Lafayette

Not really that much happening here in this neck of the woods other than the cold. Today it's truly beautiful outside. Clear blue skies and sun shining magnificently, only problem is that it's really cold. Today we have 0F or -18C with the wind chill. Cold enough to keep one inside that's for sure.

Lit up a big open fire last night and kept warm and snug. Same today, we are exploring DVDs and what's on TV although Anja is dominating with requests for Cinderella.

Anja came into the study yesterday morning announcing that she had acquired a new dress, my polo shirt. It was cute, particularly since my socks were pulled right up over her knees!

Keep warm everybody and have a great week.


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Peanut Allergy

This has been a busy, worrying and very stressful week for Lindsay and Mike. Ruby had quite a severe reaction last weekend to a small amount of peanut that she was exposed to. She has been on medication all week but they learned yesterday, after a definitive allergy test, that she is indeed very allergic to peanuts. This turn of events will have a significant impact on their lives. They have outlined some of these changes on their blog.

These recent events will also have an impact on our lives but right now we are just hoping that Mike, Lindsay and Ruby can quickly adopt to the changes that will be necessary.

They will of course be able to make the necessary changes since anybody with children knows, one can search very deep to do whatever it takes to ensure our children are cared for.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tindra Wikström at Two Weeks

We received an updated picture deck from Håkan and Eva-Lotta today. they have named their little girl - Tindra. It's Swedish for "To twinkle" or "To sparkle".

She had jaundice but appears to be fine now.

Congratulations to you all once again, hope you are getting some sleep!

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Real Food......Yum !

The highlight of the weekend so far, Isabel had her first taste of solid food. As the pictures below show, she was very hesitant at first but this morning she was very happy with her her new delights.

Other than this it has been a relatively quiet weekend. Lynne was ill yesterday, 24 hour bug, so we have been keeping low. Watched some football with Matt last night so I'm tired today! Took the Christmas down this morning. Not much else planned for the day, I may go for a run but I may just as well snooze!

Have a great week everybody!


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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Friends Children

Here is another set of adorable looking children. My friend from work at Lilly, Feng, sent me pictures today of their beautiful daughters, Nina and Stacy! Their dad, Jin-Rong, is an associate professor at Purdue just like Lynne so we almost have mirror image families with their two girls. Nina is a little older than Anja!!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It's a Girl!!

Congratulations to Eva-Lotta and Håkan who became new parents yesterday, yes on Jan 1st. They had a baby girl. We have no names yet but I'm sure they will be forthcoming! Yes new parents....very exciting indeed!!

Hå sure to send us the blog address ....::))

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year & Family Tree

Happy New Year everybody! Hope you all had a very enjoyable New Years Eve evening!

This morning we assembled our family tree. This was a small fun project we decided to do over the holidays so that the girls could know everybody by name!! Individual pictures can be seen in an album.

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