I watch my friend's son Cyrus once a week, and Norah loves to play with the "baby!!!". Here she is stealing all the dangly things on his play mat. I think she is just paying back what all the older kids used to do to her when she was littler and more immobile!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Norah LOVES the Christmas tree. She has been really good about being GENTLE with the ornaments, but her favorite activity is going around the tree and pointing out all the ornaments that she knows. We taught her to say "HO HO HO!" for Santa, and that is really funny!
We got tired of posing with penguins, so we had to play some peek a boo--and of course, this only works well behind the sofa. It is really difficult to get a good photo (with a natural smile) of an 18 month old!!! At least one named Norah! The next photo will show you what I get when I say, "Smile!"
I have been trying to get a good photo of Norah for Christmas. This would have been cute if she was looking at me, but intead, the penguins had her rapt attention. Isn't it neat how the snow-globe magnified her dress?
Oh, and I quickly learned NOT to give a snow-globe to an 18-month-old child!
Norah loves to be read to. We pull out a stack of books, and say, "This one?" She says "No!" until we get one she likes. She is now making requests, too, like "Choo Choo" for "The Little Engine that Could". That book is so repetitive, we just make up our own words for it.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Norah and James and I went on a hayride at Jim and Ruth Dane's farm. JIm and Ruth go to our church, and they invited all who wanted to attend to this hayride. It was a beautiful night (about 60 degrees) and Norah got to see a real John Deere tractor up close (though she was terrified and wouldn't let go of James for anything).
You know, everyone says that Norah looks like James, but sometimes I see myself in her too. My parents took a photo almost exactly like this when I was Norah's age, and there are very distinct similarities. Mom and Dad, do you remember which photo I am talking about, and do you see it too?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here we are at Fire Point. There is a series of mounds that ancient American Indians made to this point overlooking the river. The mounds were ceremonial in nature, often in honor of the dead, but not always. They are called "effigy" mounds because many are in the shape of bears or birds.
Here we are at the top at Eagle Point. I hate when other people take crappy photos of the three of us, but this is all we have. I told James that I am going to be more discriminating about who I choose to ask from now on--there were some photo enthusiasts there with massive cameras and tripods. I should have asked one of them.
Anyway, you can see the Mighty Mississippi in the background.
We decided to go to Effigy Mounds National Monument to see the fall colors over the Mississippi River. It was a beautiful sunny day, and all the maples were a bright yellow. It was really neat. We didn't have a baby carrier for Norah so we just took turns carrying her up this massive bluff so we could see the view. Here is James taking a breather after one leg of the journey!