I forgot to mention a big first for Annika a couple of months ago, before all this began. She stepped onto an escalator! OK, it doesn't sound like much, I know, but she was really really excited. She's always been fascinated by escalators, as most kids are, I guess. So we stood there at the bottom of the escalator for quite a while, as she worked up her nerve. We had to move back to let several groups of people go by, some of whom gave her some words of encouragement. Finally, with a big breath, and a little tug from mommy, she hopped on and rode all the way up and then back down. She had such a proud look on her face!
Anni has still been having a good time helping me bake, but she has discovered how much fun it is to spoon baking powder into water and watch it bubble. So I usually give her her own bowls and spoons to concoct her own mess while she occassionally contributes to the effort. She "contributed" last week by dumping a bunch of extra baking powder into the dough, but the cookies came out OK anyway. I guess she is trying to cure me of my obsessive perfectionism in the kitchen!