Monday, June 23, 2008
This video was shot tonight. Today is really the first day where she has been comfortable not holding on to things as she makes her way around the house. It really blows our minds to think that yesterday she didn't have much confidence and now, she walks around and even changes direction!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Chiara and Norah dared to cross the bridge. Here they pose for a picture on the West side of Iowa City. The water is flowing south. Normally, there is a 5 foot roll-over dam. A lot of the turbulence is caused by that and the water rushing under the bridge.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
James turned 30 on June 1, the day we were driving home from MI.
[In between Norah's party and this photo, we also attended Ethan's baptism, which was very nice, but also which I didn't take any photos of!!!!]
James was upset because he felt that his 30th birthday was going to be very uneventful and boring. Little did he know that I had planned a surprise party for him back home with all our friends! We got to our bible study location (a few minutes late as planned) and they got him good!!!! He was most surprised, and happy that we were able to celebrate his birthday after all. Amanda (front, in the pink shirt) hosted and made a fabulous apple spice cake! Thank you Amanda!
Here are Norah's 2nd cousins, Christopher and Emily. They are lots of fun, and Emily made a beautiful birthday card for Norah. They gave her lots of fun summer outdoor play stuff, like a baby pool and a sprinkler. If summer ever kicks in here in Iowa City, then maybe we will be able to use it!!!
We went to Michigan for our nephew Ethan's baptism, and while we were there, we also celebrated Norah's 1st birthday. Sunny (Nicholas' girlfriend) helped decorate, and it looked great. Imagine pink and orange and yellow balloons above this vase.
Lots of people came, and Norah got her own little mini spice cake. She had lots of fun eating it, as the next pictures will show!
Here's Norah, almost 1 year old, at the Kernel's Ball Park. We went here on Memorial Day (also Samuel's birthday) with the Bensons and the Gehlbachs. It was a good time, and we had great seats. Unfortunately, the Kernels were obliterated by the other team.
We hosted a birthday picnic at our local park on May 24, Chiara's Birthday. Here's Norah trying to eat a raw carrot!
The day was fun--a little cold and windy, but fun. We were joined by our friends Melissa, Ron and Kai Bose, Karen Brewer, Mike Unruh, Amanda Owen, Mindi Woods, and Andy Smothers.
There was a little incident with something we now call the "Ring of Death", a piece of playground equipment at the park. Imagine a ring, with no center, that spins. It is tilted at an angle of about 20 degrees, and you can walk on it and make it spin--if you are 9 years old, that is. If you are 30, then you end up falling in a big heap and throwing your back out, which is what happened to Karen and Amanda. We are just glad they weren't seriously injured--though Karen did end up going to the ER to make sure she hadn't broken her back! Sorry Karen!