Sunday, August 17, 2014

Alonia Taverna, our Restaurant

This week I finally got myself organized to create a facebook page for the restaurant. Well, truth be told I started the page about a year ago but I really only got as far as writing 'Alonia Taverna' before I gave up to watch the Kardashians or Coronation Street. Actually I got a bit farther then that. Under 'Address' I wrote something like '111 FixThisLater Street' with our postal code.....but at least the postal code was right. I think I might have put the phone number too. Anyway, the point is there was nothing on the page, but I fully intended to come back to it later and fill it up with photos and info and then send it out to everyone I know.....

.....but then people started finding the page....

....and these people started hitting that little 'Like' button with that little thumbs up that lets you know they've been there, they've seen your page, that page with nothing on it except that you're located on FixThisLater Street......

Huh. I didn't expect that to happen. 

So I decided I better say good-bye to the Kardashians and the Barlow's, grab my camera, and FixThisNow before too many more people discovered that I'm a procrastinator. 

Here are some photos from last night's live music. It was fun night, lots of people dancing (Antonis included) and drinking (me NOT included) and eating (oh yeah, I definitely did my share of that) and just having a good time. 

Full tables
Our Torstenos in the corner 

Mine and Nicole's feast!
Fava, aubergine salad, Greek salad, 
ladotiri saganaki (we ate that before I remembered to take a photo) 
and grilled sardines

Aubergine salad (left corner) 
and an almost empty plate of fava....that plate was licked clean 10 seconds later
mmmmmmmmm faaaaavaaaaaa....

I know many of you back home cringe at the thought of eating a fish with the head and tail still on
but let me tell you
it's amazing!
You don't have to eat the head or the tail, 
but when you cook a fish whole, and this goes for any fish,
it keeps the meat nice and moist

Some Turkish friends who visited us last year
Dancing up a storm

 More dancing

Go here to see a little more dancing from Antonis:

More food pictures
this is supposed to be up with the other food pictures but it doesn't want to move for me 
of course
so I'm just going to leave it here
lets all pretend that I meant to do the name of artistic expression?

More dancing 

And here's one from about a month ago
Eleni playing with her friend Antoinette from Holland, 
eating Oreo cookies and running around the restaurant
Antoinette's mom, Wendy, sent me a ton of photos of our 2 girls playing together in the restaurant
but I can't figure out how to get them onto the blog
....this one happened by some crazy miracle that I haven't been able to do again
I'll keep trying though....

So if you're on facebook, look for Alonia Taverna and give us a thumbs up. You can follow all of our yummy and exciting goings on from there. 

And just quickly to update you on life in general for us: all is good!

Eleni is great! Baba is just going to pick her up now from Yia yia and Papous. Antonis is great, but getting a bit tired from working his butt off everyday...and it's been 40 degrees here lately which makes things a little more difficult. I'm great too, feeling good, we have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, just a regular check up, so I'll let you all know how that went next week.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tons of Photos For You

(oops, not sure what happened here but there seems to be a bit of a glitch happening and I can't get rid of this giant photo in this very strange spot. Sorry guys but I'm not going to spend all day trying to fix it, I'm off to the beach, so just scroll down and pretend this never happened haha! Thanks!)

Today I find myself experiencing something I wasn't sure existed anymore.......FREE TIME!

Eleni is over at her grandparents house, somehow I cleaned the entire house yesterday without realizing what a great job I did until this morning, and there's nothing else that needs my attention.

Except for me!!

And you!

So the first thing on my list of things to do today is to attack you with a ton of pictures. Some old, some new. If we're friends on facebook then you've already seen a lot of these but there are a few extras as well.

First I'll just quickly update you on what's going on around here:

Eleni's great! Talking like crazy in both English and Greek. This week I noticed that she is consciously switching between the two languages depending on who she's talking too. For example, if she's spent some time with Yia yia and Papous (who she can only speak Greek to), then she comes home with mommy (who speaks to her in 98% Englsih), she might start to say something in Greek to me, but then she'll stop herself, think for a second, and then say that same word in English. So she definitely understands that there are two different languages going on and she knows which one to use with which person.

But she also knows that Mommy understands Greek and Baba understands English. Because, for example, if she only knows the word for something in Greek, she'll say the Greek word to me but she waits for me to say the word in English. The she repeats it. I get ridiculously excited about this.....I just think it's beyond amazing!

Anyway, until now I couldn't tell that she understood that there were two languages going on around her because she was always thinking before she was saying anything. Now her language skills are more developed, so her response time is a lot faster, which means a hesitation is more noticeable now when she suddenly has to switch from speaking all Greek to all English or vice versa. But weirdly, when she talks to Antonis and I at the same time she can switch back and forth between languages instantly, without hesitation. My guess is that since she's used to using both languages in our house it's easier for her to transition between the two wheras maybe it's a bit more difficult to go from speaking only Greek for 2 hours (or whatever) then switching over to only English? I don't know, this is just a guess that I'll never get an answer too, but I find it interesting anyway.

This might not seem like a big deal to some but it's pretty exciting for us because we weren't sure how her language development would be affected by teaching her both languages at the same time. A lot of what I read about this method said that it works well but not to expect your child to say anything until about 2 years of age.

Well, Eleni will be 2 in just over 2 weeks....her language skills are way beyond what the books say, so we're relieved and extremely proud of her. From the moment she wakes up to the moment she goes to bed, the girl doesn't stop talking, and I might roll my eyes sometimes or joke that she "takes after both her grandmothers" but really, it's the best sound in the world and I could happily listen to it 24 hours a day.

As for the rest of us, we're great! I'm feeling really good, finally! I'm a lot more energetic and I haven't felt sick in about 2 weeks. I do have a lot of pain in my hips, back and lower stomach, but it's not all the time and it's just normal growing pains. About once a week or every 10 days or so I've been experiencing growth's pretty painful and all I can really do is lie down and wait for it to pass. But it isn't anything to worry about....except that every time this happens I can actually see my belly has grown again which is a bit frightening since I'm only 14 weeks but look about 24 weeks. It's insane! Seriously, how big will this belly get??? I had another one of these growth spurts last night, it lasted a few hours, and by midnight last night you could already tell the belly had grown again. It's kind of weird and cool at the same time. But also terrifying because I'm pretty sure I'm going to be as big as bus in just a few short weeks.....

Anyway, I want to get to the beach before I run out of this thing you all call FREE TIME, so here are a bunch of pictures from when Eleni and I were in Canada, and at the end are some recent photos of Eleni. I haven't taken an updated belly shot but I'll do that this week once I get around to recharging my camera.

Have a great weekend!!

Her first time in the snow
First snowman
she wasn't too sure about it at first 
but then who is when you're dressed like a marshmallow and can hardly move!

Building a snow kitty on the balcony

Eating snow for the first time

Before bed snuggles with Papa and watching The Cuddlies on his phone 

Shopping with Gaga in a race car

Fun at the park with Gaga!

Making friends

"Come on Gaga, we're going to play over here now"

Cuddles with cousin Charley
And a big birthday kiss to little Charley Mae who turned 2 yesterday!!
We love you girlie!

More cousins! Heidi and Spencer, both cute as a button

And still more cousins! Kora being awesome, as always! 
We miss you Koko!

And MORE cousin fun! And some auntie and uncle fun too!
Cuddles for Brianna, who Eleni fell in love with immediately
And here's my mom and my auntie Pat side by side so you can see that twins really are genetic in our family

Just goin' for a drive...with a towel on her know, normal everyday stuff...

Cousin Savannah!

Playing with Auntie Bonnie, Uncle Kev and Savannah at our early Easter celebration


Easter baskets

Chocolate time!

Reading a book with Uncle Kev

Having a chat with Sandy

A winter's day at the beach and looking for sea lions with Gaga and Papa

One of her favourite things to do, throwing rocks in the water

Music time with Uncle Dale and Sandra

And now here's some more recent photos from here in Molyvos:

Tubby time outside on a hot June day

I dare you to come a little closer Baba!

Dancing with Christina on the balcony

Cutie pie!

Super cutie pie, on her way to a birthday party

Alexandros turns 4! (He's in the yellow). 
Eleni's very excited to have her own birthday party now because she had so much fun at Alexandros' party
She's decided to have chocolate cake
and she will be inviting Alexandros...or "Ekshandos" as she calls him

Birthday parties are fun!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

And Then There Were......5?

It's been so long since I posted anything on this blog that I almost forgot how to do it!

Or maybe it's just that I've been a bit distracted lately by the fact that our little family of 3 will very soon become 5!!


Here they are having a little chat together

We're calling this one Baby Alpha (A) for now...
well the doctor's are...
I still think it's weird but I guess it's easier then saying 
"this is the one that hangs out to the left of my belly button" everytime

This is Baby Alpha again, giving a little wave
This baby was very well behaved and gave us lots of good photos

 And here's Baby Beta (B)....
or in my words, "the one that hangs out to the right of my belly button"
This one's a little naughty and wouldn't sit still for the camera
So here's a nice photo of Baby Beta with his/her back turned to us

And Baby Beta again...
upside down...
What can I say? They seem to have their own little personalities already! 

So here are the details:
  • I'm 12 weeks now, or 3 months for those of you who are mathmatically challenged (don't feel bad, I am too, I had to look that one up)

  • The twins are FRATERNAL which means they come from 2 eggs not 1, they won't be identical, they're just like regular syblings except they'll be born at the same time, and they each have their own little spaces in there with their own placentas EDIT: Today I found out that just because they are in separate gestational sacs and they have separate placentas, it does NOT mean that they will be fraternal. In this case it's about an 80% chance of fraternal, 20% chance they will be identical because they still may have begun from 1 egg........I will now humbly admit that I still have A LOT to learn!

  • We don't know if they are boys or girls yet but I'll let you know as soon as we know....I'm thinking about doing a gender reveal cake this time know, when you get a cake and the inside is either blue or pink, so you cut into it at a party of friends of family and they all find out together what you're having? Actually just writing that made me tired and I think I just want cake so maybe I won't do that......moving on.....

  • Everything looks perfect, everyone is healthy and growing exactly how they should be

  • While I'm healthy and growing exactly how I should be too, I feel like crap and I'm growing so fast that I literally went from wearing a pair of jean shorts one morning to having to take them off in the afternoon because they didn't fit anymore....if I put those shorts on now, there's about 2 1/2 inches space between the button and the button hole....I was wearing them comfortably 10 days ago. This is shocking to me.

  • I shouldn't say I feel like crap really. I'm tired. Very tired. I definitely don't have the energy I used to have, but that's normal. I threw up yesterday for the first time in 3 days. Before that I'd thrown up everyday since the day after I took a pregnancy test, about 8 weeks ago. On good days I threw up 1 - 5 times. Bad days...lets just say I lost count on those days since I can see you all making faces and saying to yourself "waaaay too much information Tara"...moving on....

  • They are due February 2nd, so you may all start placing your bets now...

I wanted to put the belly picture right under the part where I told you how fat I'm getting, but it's not working and I have an almost 2 year old jumping all over me, so I'll just keep it here.....

....please ignore the dirty towels, the paint peeling off the wall, the dirty bathroom, the crib over flowing with books...basically ignore fact maybe I should just take this picture down since it's makes us look like we live in dumpster...

Ok, Eleni is screaming at me because Jake and the Neverland Pirates isn't on yet and there's a leaf on the floor...??? I said, she's almost 2....I've heard some things about the Terrible 2's....I believe this, all of it, to be true and 1000% accurate. More on that another day. 

I better go. She's hit nuclear meltdown phase. We're in for a good day.....

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Canada Here We Come!!!!

I don't have time to write a lot because my laptop is now beginning to take it's final breaths (I think) and it only stays on for 15 minutes at a time before it shuts down. So please excuse all spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and whatever else you'll see here today because I'm about to type at the speed of light and I don't plan on editing a thing......good luck to you!


Holy crap, what a relief it is to finally be able to say that! After so many months of thinking "ok, maybe next month it will all work out..." and all worked out.

So February 18th Eleni and I take off from sunny Molyvos.......

Ok, I didn't count on Eleni waking up while I was trying to get this posted. So now I have 2 1/2 minutes left before my computer blacks out again....I'll have to do this in point form

  • We arrive February 18th 
  • leave April 9th
  • it's just Eleni and I, Antonis can't make it this time
  • I hope it snows
  • I'm excited
  • see you soon
  • she's awake again
  • here's some pictures from today
  • it was sunny
  • we went to the harbour
  • ignore my make-up free paleness, I've been sick for 2 weeks
  • if anyone in Molyvos is missing a sheep, there's one hanging out in my garden right now
  • it's white and fluffy
  • I don't know her name
  • she looks very intelligent
  • ok, I gotta go get my baby
  • probably gonna be a long night