One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

iMovie is a dangerous, dangerous thing

For those of you begging for more of those a-DOR-able home videos, I've posted another over at The Wait and the Wonder.

Friday, June 09, 2006


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World Cup mania has hit the Tiede household. This is the only sporting event that Jörg insists upon watching, and it's only every 4 years, so I'll roll with it. Training of the younger generation has begun. Video to prove it.

Friday, June 02, 2006

in the chapel

in the chapel Frankie, in the chapel in Bloomington, Indiana where Jörg and I were married. (Click to go bigger)

Dear Readers of this Blog

(should there be any left), Everything is OK. Well, Annika's labs still show that her liver is failing. She's started a new drug to try and lower her ammonia levels, which were screwing with her little brain and turning her into an incredibly sleepy and totally drunk-sounding almost kindergartner. Today she's getting an intramuscular vitamin K injection to try and lower her bleed times. We took a last-minute trip to Indiana on Wednesday, showing the girls the little chapel on the campus of IU where we got married, then heading up to Indianapolis to see the zoo and loll about in a hotel pool. I got all weepy during the dolphin show, where we were surrounded by hundreds of children all breathless with delight while Annika wiggled around on my lap, unable to get comfortable, and clearly not enjoying herself. "Let's just get out of here," she whispered into my ear. Mainly, I'm just wiped out trying to keep up with my required 5 posts a week over at my new blog. Over there, it's clear that the point of the job is to get as many clicks as possible and there has been some discussion on ways to increase readership on the private discussion board for the other ClubMom bloggers. Some of the suggestions have been things like "doing memes" (or "not doing memes," the field is divided on that issue) and writing "short posts with breezy content." I think I am going to have to take up the short posts idea, just because, well, they take less time. But I'm still trying to think about "breezy." When I sent in my application, I pointed out that my topic was probably not the kind of stuff they were looking for. It's not that I'm more "serious" or whatever. It's just that I'm not sure it's the kind of thing moms looking for an escape and a fun read are going to gravitate towards. It's probably not the kind of thing that inspires readers to click on advertising, unless it's advertising for the latest, greatest anti-depressant. I did just post a shorter entry about Frankie and an M&M disaster, but really it has nothing to do with my assigned topic "Children's Health and Diseases." (BREEZY!!!!) Anyway, so thanks for asking, Tina.