Norah received a Potato Head family from Aunt Rita and Uncle Mike. She loves to play with it. I was in the kitchen and heard her saying "Hat" "Hat", and I came in and she had placed this had on her head at such a sophisticated angle that I HAD to get a picture of it!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I heard beautiful music coming from the living room, and I come downstairs to see Norah playing so skillfully that she can still maintain the tune while turning her head AND taking one hand completely off the piano! Amazing!
[Norah pushes random buttons on the piano and can get to some really cool demos. We don't know how she does it.]
It was good to give Norah time to really connect with the family. I felt like she really knew everyone by the end of the trip.
I liked being away from home, because I really got to RELAX instead of be thinking of the millions of things I could be doing!
Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for opening their home to us and for such a blessed time together!
To make Jacob stop fussing, we would usually put him up so he could see Norah. She made him smile. The oranges were grandpa's attempt to make Norah smile earlier in the day. He drew faces on them and then they ate about 6 oranges between them! That was an interesting diaper change.....
Norah was in love with a book called "Busy Timmy", and we used her love for Timmy to get her to eat her food, clean up, go to bed, sit still for diaper changes, hold our hands when walking in parking lots, stop crying, give up her pacifier during the day, go down for naps, stop being naughty, and more! Timmy has really had his work cut out for him!
The book is all about Timmy and how big he is; he can do lots of things by himself. The book ends with this (written from memory since I have read it about 9,000 times!):
"Yes, Timmy IS a big boy, and he is fast asleep.
You are big, too.
Timmy does lots of things, and so can you!"
After the last two sentences, Norah looks at you and says, "Yeah!" It is really cute!
Grandma and Grandpa have a little pug named Chong, and Norah and he were best buds. Norah would feed Chong his food one nibble at a time, AND moisten it in his water first, so it would taste better! He didn't mind!
She also would climb into his bed when he was napping. He is such a mellow dog, that he would just sit there and watch her!
But, Chong benefited from the relationship too. He would loiter near Norah whenever she was eating, and eat her fallen food. He also licked the food off her hands and face after every meal (much to Mama's dismay!).
Norah woke up every morning and the first thing she said was: Chong!!!!!! Also, her first instance of putting two words together for a mini-sentence was: "Hi Chong!"
Grandma had a really beautiful Nativity scene that Norah took a liking to. By the end of our visit, two sheep had lost limbs, a donkey had lost his head and subsequently his whole face, and the other member of the Nativity set recoiled in terror whenever Norah entered the room!
That's why we call her Norah Destructo Hemsley!
"Where there are babies fussing, I will be there!
When nuks (pacifiers) fall out, I will rush to the rescue!
When other people's nuks aren't in use, I will gladly give them a try!"
Norah was pleased as punch that baby Juice or Judy or whatever her name is comes with her very own NUK! I saw Norah attempting to suck on the nuk later in the day. Apparently Norah's needs come before those of her baby (who doesn't fuss much anyway!).
Perhaps the highlight (for Norah anyway) was getting this doll with various accessories. I think it's name is going to be Baby Judy (she suggested "Baby Juice", but I think that is a little strange, so I countered with "Baby Judy" and she okayed it. Who knows, it might change tomorrow. Maybe I will suggest Baby Ruth!
Reno has a neighborhood that goes ALL OUT on the Christmas lights. There are three houses in particular that have their lights timed to about 15 different Christmas songs! People just pull onto the street, park, and watch the 40 minute show! There are angels that "fly", a dancing Santa, and lights, lights, lights! It is pretty cool, and Norah loved it!
Norah likes to play in the snow, so I took her out one balmy afternoon. She likes to get all bundled up, but has a really hard time moving and getting back up when she falls....it's funny to watch.
I also keep thinking she is saying "no, no", but she is saying "Snow, Snow" over and over. She's like a broken record!