Thursday, September 28, 2006


The Wagners gave us fruit from their apple and pear trees this year - we got 16 qts. of free (not counting labor) applesauce, and slightly larger muscles from scrubbing the apples. The pears are amazing. I've never eaten pears so juicy in my whole life. Ben, who doesn't usually like pears, even liked them. We're now considering how we can stick a pear tree in our yard, just for fresh eating in a few years.

Mariah is really learning the advantages of speech. She can put 2 words together, she can get help when she's stuck, she can tell on Lily, she can ask for a beverage of choice, she can ask for someone to read to her... Tonight she climbed in my lap and started tickling me (unprompted) and told me that was what she was doing! She also gets lots of milege out of the word "hiding"... Mariah (heading behind the couch), where are you going? 'iding. Mariah, where's duckie? 'iding. Mariah, where's (name anything else)? 'iding. Meaning: I don't know where it is, you go find it!

Tonight, we drove by SIA (Subaru Isuzu Automotive) where they have a huge parking lot with rows and rows of newly manufactured cars. Lily commented as we drove by, "There are cars all over the place."

Oh yes, we bought a van tonight. We've joined the ranks of 2-kid families with mini-vans. It's a Toyota Sienna. 8-passenger. Desert Sand Mica is the color. Theoretically, this is the best mini-van to fit six car seats into, just in case we get to that point. With the IN car-seat laws, we might get there. And then again, we don't really want to dwell on the logistics of 6 kids under 8. Three seems like plenty for now. At least we have room to tote them all around and the myriad of things that seem to go with. I guess the best feature is that there are three spots for car-seat "latches" across the middle seat. The second best feature is that you can be 9 mo. pregnant and get into the back seat without having to do a) gymnastics moves or b) pivot on your big belly. We like Toyotas. But don't tell that to Deda.


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Mark and Tara said...

As always, I love reading about the happenings of the Larson family. From fruit, to speech, to vans, you covered it all! :-)

I love Toyota Siennas, and to be honest, we'll probably head toward mini-van mega-fun before we know it... Doesn't bother me at all if it means I can more easily get the baby in and out of the car seat (read, no garage, no garage, only street parking!!!).

Take care and come visit Indy!

At 7:18 AM, Blogger BamFam said...

Hey Anna,
yum applesauce. Over here in Oz people don't eat it, they would have stewed apples instead. I think you would love our backyard, I just discovered that we have plum, nectarine, peach, and something else tress to be added to the orange and lemon I already knew about. Can't wait to start eating!

So you have a mini-van. We have started thinking about getting a larger vehicle but I think for now B wants to wait. Mini-vans are called poeple movers over here, not as popular as the wagon option.

I guess you are due right after I am, can't wait for the day to come. I am starting to feel a little too large, as I'm sure you are. Hope the last few weeks go well for you.
Meg Fish


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