Sunday, June 24, 2007

Things we've received

Finally, we've got some great stuff lately. Mamma Cristie sent a cool blanket for young Miss Tammenpeterson. Its really nice and if that baby didn't have such a powerful kick I'd probably try to steal it. Amanda loves the yellow and green color scheme.

We had some friends over the other day, and my one amigo Brian Shullenstein is quite the wiz with making paper cranes. I challenged him to turn his napkin into one and he did not disappoint.

The other day we went into this little convenience store where they usually have the sort of cheap Little Debbie's style goodies that really make life swell. Anyway, we went in there and they had Drake's Coffee Cakes - not the junior, the full size. If there's one great thing about living on the east coast, its being able to fully understand old episodes of Seinfeld. It was an excellent coffee cake, but I think the kind they have out West are better.

St. Louis Trip

Amanda making a rare appearance: over Mother's Day all my family met in St. Louis for a Bechtold family reunion/happy birthday to Grandma Bechtold. We drove through Freeburg, Illinois - which ever since I was 6 months old I knew as the home of "Punky" - otherwise known as Daddy's mom. We stopped by her old home which she had shared with two older women and lo and behold, 12 years after Punky's passing, is still inhabited by dear old Margie - a woman I have known since I was small and always associated with Punky. We spent a few minutes on her porch and her manicured lawn, enjoying childhood memories! That and seeing my sisters and brothers-in-law was the highlight of my trip! Thanks to Momma and Daddy for making it possible!

Ipswitch Rocks!

So a couple-few weeks ago we went to Ipswitch. To most folk this don't mean much, but for fans of the world's greatest horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft, its a very important spot. Lovecraft wrote horror novels and short stories in the 20s and 30s and is considered the father of the modern horror novel. My dad read one of his stories when he was ten years old which terrified him, and ever since we found that out Eric and I have had an unhealthy fascination with his writings. Anyway, Lovecraft set all of his stories in the Northeast, primarily in Essex County, MA where Ipswitch is located.
So I was really excited to go, especially since it was a particularly foggy and creepy looking day when we went. Ipswitch has changed a lot since Lovecraft's time (fewer crumbling buildings, more cutesy tourist shops) but it was still pretty darn creepy in places.
The countryside in this area of the country is divided by long low rock walls that seem to be held to held together without any sort of mortar - each rock is perfectly fitted together, it was really impressive to study them up close.
While we were there we went to the beach. We got there and the beach was on the other side of this little hill. Once we got to the top of the hill I wanted to yell at everybody to get out of the water before they got themselves ate - it looked exactly like the beach in Jaws. I don't know if the photos quite captured it, but it was my first experience with a beach in New England and apparently this is what they look like. So I only went about a foot out into the water.
All and all it was a good trip, no run-ins with Cthulhu, but maybe next trip.

P.S. The reason why Amanda looks like a beach-goer from Victorian England is because we didn't know we would be going to the beach.

Baby Petertammenson

Well, at long last, here comes some photos. As you can see, Baby Petertammenson is growing! The first photo shows Amanda several weeks ago when she looked "so pregnant" but nobody else could tell. The second photo we took today and now its definitely clear that there is a small Petertammenson on the way. Young Miss Petertammenson likes to do a lot of kicks and somersaults inside Amanda. Anyway, up until this week I just had to take Amanda's word for it. But then Baby Petertammenson was feeling particularly feisty one evening and I got to feel a particularly sharp, powerful kick - it was awesome!! That kid's already more athletic than I am.