I wasn't completely useless while Jörg was out of town. For one thing, I dug up the old videocamera I bought for a great deal, used, on eBay over two years ago, and finally figured out how to get the footage off of the mini-DV cassette and onto my computer. The main problem was that my used camera, while perfectly functional, came without instruction manual or the proper cords. Also the battery won't be winning any longevity awards.
After finally digging up a proper replacement cable, the girls and I sat in front of the computer, watching recordings we'd never before seen. Here's one of my favorites, recorded in Berlin, during our visit two years ago. Not that there's anything particularly German about the setting, mind you.
Some things to note:
1) The university apartment we were staying in featured glass walls, an open staircase, and really cool red microfiber furniture.
2) As you will see, neither of my kids at that time were particularly skilled at keeping themselves upright for any length of time.
3) I still cannot believe we managed to leave that apartment with all the kids' limbs intact, all the walls standing, and none of the furniture irreparably damaged.
4) Nevertheless, notice how I have carefully placed a glass of chocolate milk (in a glass glass) on the low table nearby where the children are playing wildly. Because I do believe in tempting fate.
5) My favorite part of this video is how excited Frankie gets when she steals Annika's pillow. So excited, in fact, that she loses the power of vertical locomotion. See #3.
6) My second favorite part of this video is Frankie gurgling, "I need you!" at the end, with the "oooooo" part of "you" stretched and exaggerated enough to get me to stop the camera, overcome with the adorable neediness of my youngest, almost-not-a-baby-anymore.