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!
Nonna, Aunt Alessia, and Ethan came to visit for 4 days in late September. They thought it was funny to put Norah's scarves on her like a babushka. Norah got a kick out of it too. We did it to Ethan too--which was hilarious! Check out Alessia's blog to see that: jimandalessia.blogspot.com
We have been experimenting with utensils lately (notice the spoon), but Norah seems to just hold the spoon in one hand while she uses the other hand to pick up the food (in this case, cottage cheese and pears). It is quite a mess, but she's learning.
Whenever Iowa gets a touchdown, the cheerleaders come out with big I-O-W-A flags (one for each corner of the stadium). We were the O's and we chanted "O!!!" when our flag was lifted. It is quite stirring to hear all the people shout in unison. Can you see the cheerleading guy flipping in the photo?
Also, there was one guy who held a cheerleader on ONE arm for about 5 minutes straight while she led a cheer!
We went to this football game on August 30 with Alessia and Jim, Nick and Sunny, and Francesca and Jarrod. It was a good time, but a little bit HOT in the sun all day. Iowa killed Maine, so we left after the third quarter (we couldn't take the sun anymore!)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
We have lost:
1) All digital photos from 6 years ago to today
2) most of our digital videos from vacations
3) all of our music (though we can recover most from our iPod)
So, we have a commission to our faithful readers: If you have digital photos of trips or events that James and I (and Norah or Samuel) were there for, could you burn them to a CD and send them to us in the mail? We will try to piece our photo collection back together with your help. We will have lost some really great shots (particularly from our trip to the Grand Canyon, and another trip out West), but we hope we can get some of the more important occasions back.
We will buy a new hard drive soon, and put some more recent photos (still in our camera) on the blog soon.
Oh, and a note to those of you who are thinking: "I should get an external hard drive and back up all my data ASAP so this doesn't happen to me!": the company we sent our drive to discourages that since most of the drives they try to recover data from ARE external drives--they tend to fail a lot. So, we will probably be using an online back-up system from now on. Lesson learned. The hard way.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
There she was, sitting in her crib, happy as can be, looking through her photo album in the dim light of the nightlight. She was saying the names people she knew!!! Once she saw me, though, I had to pick her up. We cuddled for a while, and then I put her back to bed.
James thought I should post this so I can remember it.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
We were there yesterday playing with the trains, and another little girl and her dad came to the area we were in. Norah and the other girl were playing, and I saw Norah take a train from the girl, so I said, "Norah, are you sharing nicely?" in my disciplinary tone. The other girl's dad looked at me strangely; here is the conversation that follows:
Girl's Dad (named Randy): What is your daughter's name?
Randy: That's my daughter's name too!
Me: Oh! I hope she didn't think I was just telling her to share! Do you spell her name with an 'h' or no 'h'?
Randy: With an 'h'. I wanted no 'h', and my wife wanted the 'h', so we went with the 'h' at the last minute.
Me: That's so funny! Our Norah has an 'h' too, and it took us until the last minute to decide whether we wanted it that way or not!
Randy: Wow! I can't believe they have the same name. That is strange. You don't hear that many Norah's running around.
Me: What is your Norah's middle name?
Randy: Claire, what's your Norah's middle name?
Me: Claire!!!! I can't believe it!
Then he went on to explain how they had come to name her Norah Claire, and I did too. Finally,
Randy: I hope we don't have the same LAST name, or we have entered the twilight zone!
Me: Your last name isn't Hemsley, is it?
Randy: Nope. Phew!
I just thought it was so funny that these two girls, born about 6 months apart in the same city, have the exact same name and were in the library at the same time playing with the same train set (and having trouble sharing it!). Bizarre!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
She also made up her own sign for when she wants to drink out of our cups--we are very impressed that she has the imagination to do that! I am so glad we did baby signs--they really show you that there is a lot going on inside a 16-month-old's brain--a lot more than they can tell you with spoken words anyway.
Progress on the hard drive: it has been sent to a firm in Madison, WI, where they will try to recover all of our precious photos and videos, and then charge us an arm and a leg (which we will pay!) to get the data back. A lesson to all: back up your hard drives from time to time!!!!
More photos ASAP!
Chiara, James and Norah