Norah loves Ethan's toddler-sized recliner. Ethan loves whatever Norah loves, so he is squished onto it too. I guess he is still toting around his man-satchel (Alessia's old purse), while Norah continues to tote June around.
Monday, June 22, 2009
We sent Norah ahead of us to Nonna's house so that I (Chiara) could get some work in at my old job. Everyone is pitching in to watch her for the 4 days she is unaccompanied by parents in MI! She is having a great time, though.
Nonna said that Norah kept telling her that Mamma and Daddy were at the store (It's going to be a LONG trip to the store!). I wonder if she has figured it out yet.
Here are she and Ethan in his pool.
Baby Cy was over at our house and had a MAJOR situation with his diaper. Consequently, he was without clothes, and since Norah was napping in her room, the only option we had was to put him in her backup outfit which I keep in her diaper bag. So, like it or not, Cy is wearing a shirt with hearts all over it!
This was Norah's card for James for Father's Day. She wanted to help, and saw that the "I" which I was using for an "H" at the end of her name was sideways, so she fixed it for me. There was NO convincing her to turn it back on its side, so I just bit the bullet and took the photo.
One of our favorite evening activities is sidewalk chalking our patio. It has been raining so much that every day, we get a clean slate on which to draw our masterpieces. Norah always insists on drawing "Big Jet", and James is willing to oblige on most occasions. Here, however, he decided to draw a rattlesnake. Norah is helping.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Not a Box is still in Norah's room, and she still makes a beeline for it whenever she is up there. It houses random toys, stuffed animals, her 2 woolen blankets that she insists on sleeping with, tea cups, puzzle pieces, and Norah from time to time!
I think the colors in this photo turned out so crisply. It was a beautiful day for a 2nd birthday. Norah loved touching and smelling the irises that grew in our yard (behind her) this spring. Now, the irises are gone and she is always telling us: "Iris all gone. Go to sleep. Play hide-seek."
I sent James out with Norah on her birthday to get some cute 2-year-old photos, and this is what I find on the camera's memory card!
Anyway, Norah is 2! We had a quiet birthday, and then celebrated later that week with a barbecue for all of our local friends.
James, Nick, Jim, and my dad did many manly things during the weekend too. They went golfing, shooting targets, saw Terminator 17 or whichever one is out now, and played two-player Nintendo DS games. Who says guys can't have fun at a bridal shower?
One of the major and most noticeable things Grandpa and Oma helped with was putting the light fixture in the recently painted bathroom, and also framing out the mirror so it looks more inviting.
Here is a list of the other things they (we) did:
built a screen for one of our front windows
fixed the front door weather stripping and added a latch
built frame for mirror and world map (next photo)
hung light fixture
painted porch posts
planted vegetables and flowers
hung new blinds in our bedroom
fixed a snow shovel that was broken
fixed the deck boards that were loose
And so much more! All in about 1 week! Thanks Dad and Maria!
Grandpa and Oma helped us with so many project while they were here. I will list them in the next post, but here is evidence of one of them. Oma scraped and repainted my porch supports which were rusting badly. It took a lot longer than I thought, and I helped a little, but kept getting side-tracked. Anyway, thank you Maria for all your work on this--they look great! And, the Clematis plant loves his new, rust free trellis!
Norah LOVES the park, so we took a walk there one morning to show Grandpa and Oma the wonderful swings. Plus, they needed a break from all the projects they were doing at our house (more on that later!).
Grandpa and Oma got roped into swinging Norah, who is a very demanding swing-er. She loves to go "Higher!" I guess she does not share my fear of heights....
We have had a cold and rainy spring, for the most part. But, once in a while, God throws us a bone to keep us thinking that summer might be on its way. This was a nice hot day, and we set up Norah's pool so she and Baby Cy could splash around a little. There is Baby Cy's mom, Rachael, too.
I was working on the computer and Norah was playing with her tea set, which is housed in the box you see in this photo. I turned around (after hearing that unsettling silence that usually means trouble) to find Norah smashed into the box! She is like a hamster that loves to squeeze itself into small places.
Anyway, since the camera was right there, I took a photo....