A few weeks ago we watched the “swashbuckler” ad from the church on Youtube and Avery loved it. It’s been a while and we haven’t really talked about the ad since, but today Avery woke up from a nap and was playing with Ivan and pretended to be asleep again. Ivan said “oh, shhhhhh, the baby’s sleeping.” I responded “The Princess is sleeping!” like in the ad and Avery perked right up. “Yeeahh!” she said. “The princes is sleeping!”
We heard a really funny story on Sunday from a friend in our branch. This friend is from Ukraine, but she’s lived in Budapest for 10 or so years now and she teaches English and Russian here. At one point she had a group of Chinese students all studying together that hired her to teach them English. One of the assignments she gave them was to read a paper about the American Independence holiday and answer some questions about it. The next lesson they all came to class and she asked the first one to explain a little bit about Independence Day.
He said some things about making barbecue and other typical things and at the end he said “and the Americans fry a frog.” Our friend thought this was a little strange, but moved on to the next student who explained Independence day and also mentioned that Americans “fry a frog.” After 7 or 8 of the students mentioned frying frogs for Independence Day she finally asked why the students thought Americans fried frogs for the 4th of July. “It’s in the text” they said. In the text it said Americans have barbecues and fly a flag, which, of course, with a Chinese accent sounds like “fry a frog.”
In other news, I’m way behind in my blogging. This saddens me, but happens when Christmas coincides with the existence of a toddler and an 8 month old. So. Quick update. We went to Munich, Neuschwanstein and Salzburg two weeks ago. It was a ton of fun and we got to see our fabulous friends Mark and Gretchen while we were there. Pictures are coming. I got them up on Facebook, but haven’t gotten them organized enough for a blog post yet. It’s a lot easier to throw captions on them and dump them all on Facebook. We’re going to Istanbul in a little over a week, so I’m hoping to get the pictures from our last trip up before our next trip.
Christmas was simple but fun this year. Hopefully I’ll have pictures up of our Christmas soon too. We (re)discovered beigli this year, and ate way too much of it. I’m slowly falling in love with poppy seeds. I still prefer the other Hungarian obsession, walnut, though.
Evelyn is super close to standing. She spent 10 minutes or so today leaning on my hands and standing up and sitting down and standing up and sitting down. I let go of her the other day and she stood on her own for a couple seconds. I love this stage where they’re learning to move and balance. Everyone says they’re excited for their first child to walk and after that they know better, but I think I’m about as excited for Evelyn to walk as I was for Avery. I love it when they walk. It’s the cutest thing ever. I love how short they seem when they stand and walk on their own. You don’t notice so much when they’re crawling or on their bellies.