Sunday, December 21, 2008

Logan in Paris!






We are just back from a super quick amazing trip to Paris. It was loads of fun and Logan was so good on the whole - we have decided to take him to Europe again!!
We nearly missed our connecting flight from Vienna because the YEREVAN flight was late. Unfortunately our bag missed the flight though because of a broken X-ray machine!
So we were grubby in Paris (Logan of course had a heap of clothes).
But other than that it was a fantastic trip and so good to stay with Manue and Dave who showed us the life of the Parisian:) Paris was decadent - the food, the wine, the art, the language.
Here are some of the photos:

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dilidjan





We went away for the weekend - an hour and a half north to Dilidjan to celebrate Pete's boss's (Tim) Birthday. It was heaps of fun - we left on Friday evening and came back Sunday afternoon.
1. Ducks huddling on a frozen pond
2. Group photo - sorry about the quality!
3. Photo of the room we stayed in
4. The lake we had the party at




As requested by Mum...some photos from the trip

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We're back!!






Sorry for the delay/absence! Logan and I made a trip back to NZ for 4 weeks...well 3 in NZ and a few days in Singapore. It was great :)
Long flight with a lil one but he behaved really well. We went swimming in lovely warm Singapore and Logan had a ball with all 4 of his grandparents. Oooh - and it was nice to have babysitters :)
He also got to meet his lil/big cousin Jayden (who now weighs 400g more than him despite being 10 weeks younger! They are going to have fun together!
The weather in NZ wasn't too bad either... just warming up for Christmas. Logan is now sitting unsupported (for brief periods), rolling both ways and eager as a beaver to crawl...covering some distance. Like when he hid behind the door after my shower this morning and I thought he had disappeared. Heart-stopping moment.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Goris...and first cold





We had our first weekend away! South to a town called Goris. Stopped at a few sights along the way. The first was Norovank "New Monastry" ...Don't know what is so new - it was built in  the 13th century!
We had a few more stops on the way - saw the Armenian Stonehenge. Got stung by a nettle when Pete said - "is that mint?" I went down to pick it - and it most certainly wasn't. I suppose that was a prize for my stupidity!
Logan did really well on the trip except at bedtime when I was starting to wonder if we should have gone away at all! Poor fella has had his first cold this week so he has been a little more grumpy than usual Here he is before the cold hit with a lil laugh at Dad's hiccup:
video
Photos:
1. Monastry outside Goris
2. Where we had lunch en route to Goris
3. Edith and Logan (cap from Dave & Manue in Paris)
4. Norovank

Happy Halloween for Fri!



Monday, October 20, 2008

Taking the bull by the horns...







1. Pete taking the bull by the horns
2. Park near The Opera
3. Cascade Museum
4. The markets on Saturday
5 & 6 Mum and Logan

Sorry about the lack of posting! Internet was down for a few days and camera ran out of batteries! We are also trying to post a video clip - its not ready yet...but should be by next time. Not too much has happened over the past couple of weeks. Logan is getting to be more fun every day. He is now grasping with both hands and occasionally surprises all of us (incl himself ) with rolling. 
The weather has definitely taken on more of a chill - although it is a beautiful day outside today. Hey here is a little video of Logan with his toys.
 
video

Pete is well. He is still helping me cook (ie taking over) when he gets home from work. I don't really mind though - I think everyone knows he is a better cook than me. But I have been trying - with some experiments (vegetarian lasagna) more successful than others (beetroot soup).
Had to make the soup because I bought beetroot when I thought I had turnips!!
We are heading away for the weekend this weekend - so hopefully I will be back next week with photos from outside Yerevan.
Love to all - and Happy Birthday to Great Grandma Lyn for tomorrow. xx

Friday, October 3, 2008

3 months!!

Logan is 3 months today...and he rolled!!! Yay! Tummy-to-back. First for me while Pete was out shopping - then he showed Dad when he got back! Birthday present for Mum and Dad :)

30th!





Hi All...

Well it was my 30th birthday on the 30th. Officially the last time I will be honest about my age. Was going to make it a resolution about wearing make-up every day...but that might have to wait till my 35th or 29th...depending how you look at it.

I was spoilt by Pete. Family too - tho there seems to be an issue with Armenian post and addresses (or wrong addresses...oops!)
Anyway - went out for lunch and Pete cooked a great dinner. Logan was a honey all day (OK - he grizzled at around 8pm then fell asleep).
My only issue with my little boy is that his weight has been the same for 3 weeks now...grrr. Started eating almonds and oatmeal and having the odd stout too!
Hopefully he passes 6kg next week! The photos are of Logan and Pete at lunch and home, the view from our balcony and Logan expressing how I must feel getting old!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



1. On the walking tour with guide
2. Logan doing a half-turn and holding rattle and sarong
3. Republic Square on Independence Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photos

OK - I give up - will try and post photos tomorrow!

Walking tour of Yerevan and 17 years independence


Amazing how quickly time is going! Logan and I have been here nearly 5 weeks now. Firstly - pic of Kate (my sister) and Sam's little on Jayden. He is very cute and apparently gaining weight fast!
Logan and I are settling into a routine now.  I am learning to cook (I think I can hear laughter from here!) and Logan is learning all the other skills necessary to be a smart baby. Last week was grabbing toys, this week its the half-turn.

As a family we went for a 2 hour free walk around Yerevan run by the Envoy Hostel here. It was really interesting and we had a funny smart guide too. Funny thing is I was more worried about Pete's behaviour than Logan's because Pete hates tours - but both boys behaved well!
Then on Sunday night we went out for dinner to celebrate Armenia's Independence and had a walk around the busy Square.  Look at he next post for the photos...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New nephew/cousin






Yay! We have a new nephew. Jayden Allen arrived last week. He is very cute (unfortunately I have no photos to post though) I was actually on the computer every 10 min last week waiting for photos - they never arrived though. Luckily I have Facebook and Skype!
Mum and Bubs are doing well. Jayden weighed in at 3.75kg - just a tiny bit more than Logan.

Wow - Logan is developing fast this week. He is picking up toys now and smiling a lot (especially at his Dad...grrr does he forget who feeds him?) Speaking of - bit of a growth spurt this week - which is great... now he's headed for the 50th percentile in weight.
He has been sleeping thru the night since 8 weeks and most of the time is just a lovely satisfied baby...always sleeps when we go out :) 
Pleased to see NZ's weather is improving. Its lovely here now...Autumn and so comfortable. Not looking forward to the Winter though!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Logan's first sail






Hi everyone!
Thanks for the comments :) I was hoping to post some video today but unfortunately we are still figuring out how to get the video on the computer - so photos will have to do.
Yesterday we went sailing on a catamaran for Edith (one of Peter's friends) birthday on Lake Sevan. This is basically the only big body of water Armenia has. It is apparently the third largest high-altitude lake.
We got down to the lake at 1pm (after Pete had done the fruit and veggie shopping and made breakfast!) and went sailing for four hours. Logan seemed to really enjoy the fresh air and sunshine at first - but when he started to grizzle a little we took him downstairs into the cabin where he promptly fell asleep (and stayed asleep for the next six hours!)

That allowed us to have dinner after sailing in a small Armenian restaurant selling fresh trout as well as other BBQ'd meats. The food here is very delicious and fresh. Lots of cheese, yoghurt, fresh vegetables and breads are served with most meals. Jalapenos and pickles are often served too. And , of course, vodka for the toasts - which are always positive, flattering and warm.

Speaking of Vodka - Pete got 20y Brandy for Father's Day. Very considerate of Logan as I do believe Mum loves the brandy too. Happy Father's Day to all Fathers, Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers out there xxx

Key to photos 
 1. Hayley on the catamaran
2. Edith and her friend Alex
3. The view from the boat
4 and 5 Logan on his first sail 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Trip to the markets and around Yerevan







Thanks for the comments - like all of you I wasn't sure I could do this myself! 
Friday was quite fun. Walked Logan down to Republic Square and had lunch in a cafe there. It was all going so well till I had to pay and they didn't accept credit card which was my only way of paying! Fortunately there was a bank across the road so I was escorted there by the waiter and paid cash (it wasn't like I would do a runner with a pram!)

Friday night we went out for  a lovely dinner and Logan performed like a star. I really hope this behaviour continues! We have found that - as long as he is part of the action he has no problems. If you try and put him in a quiet room - that's when the trouble starts!
On Saturday night we had a lovely dinner with Iranian food...mmm...very good!! And salty - so the red wine went down a treat :)
Yesterday we had another trip to the markets which Pete loves doing and I can think of a few people reading this post that would love it too! Probably the only downside is the multiple butchers along the pathway. If you ever thought that meat came from a fridge - this sight would quickly change your opinion. Oh - and there are no fridges... so the meat bakes there in 30-40 degree heat....
But the fruit and veggies are amazing - you can get anything - peaches, plums, nectarines, berries (the punnet shown was $3.60 - with raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and another berry I do not know!), figs, pomegranites, oranges, bananas, even kiwifruit!
Following this we went for a big walk around the Opera House and Vernaissage ( I think that's right) where artists display their works.
Today I did a big walk from the apartment back to that area. It is much busier on a weekday - though I think it must be school holidays. I have never seen so many well-dressed 15y olds - seriously our school balls were more casual. Though I could do with some fashion advice from some of them!!
Key to photos:
1. Logan and I in the park around the Opera
2. Logan and Pete foreground of Opera
3. Logan getting ready to tackle the markets (Pete dressed him!)
4. Berries at the market
5. Fresh produce on the way to the market
6. Republic square