Uncle Nicholas and Aunt Sunny got Norah and Luca a "little people" nativity set, which they both love! Norah loved playing with it, though she had a little trouble with the fact that it was just as much Luca's as it was hers. She got over it and shares quite nicely, now!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Norah and Luca's Uncle Marco sent some real hits our way. The first is the purple skirt that Norah is wearing (that just happened to match her pj's beautifully!). She wears that skirt all over the house and it's all we can do to get her to take it off for mealtimes, naps, etc.
Here is Luca scrutinizing his gift from Uncle Marco: a cute fleece sweatshirt!
James' parents brought Norah back to us last week, and we all spent a few days together. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Here's Norah on the main interior steps of the Art Institute. She loved all the colorful words!
Some people can share their bed with their children, but I have always insisted that the kids sleep in their bed, and James and I keep our bed to ourselves (except in rare and extenuating circumstances, of course!).
Well, we recently had a little vacation in downtown Chicago, and we thought that there would be a pull-out bed for Norah in the hotel room, but it was a misunderstanding and there wasn't. SO, Norah got to sleep in our bed with us. This is the position she was in in the morning. THIS is why I don't enjoy sleeping with the kids--they always end up sideways, and they kick and move around all night long! She IS cute, though....
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Norah's last bath at our home! It was all I could do to keep from crying. She probably thinks I am going crazy (am I?)!
But, I think she understands, too. On the way home from the store on Thursday last, I heard her singing this song (to a random tune):
"I don't want to move. I love my house. I don't want those people to buy it. I will miss my house. I will miss my friends. I want to live in my house."
Amelia and Norah had to say goodbye this past week, since Norah is at her grandparents' house. It was a sad time for all, I think. Norah seemed to go in and out of understanding that she wouldn't see Amelia again for a long time. At one point, she said, "I love (yove) you, Amelia!" and that was really special.
Amelia has been such a wonderful caregiver to Norah and Luke! We will sorely miss her smile and spirit!
It's hard to believe, but Luca is 6 months old!
I have a similar photo of Norah in this same spot when she was close to this age...I will go back and post it after this one.
Luca is a joy to be around. He is a happy go lucky guy, loves to laugh and play with Norah, and we are so lucky to have him!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
The other day, I was talking with her about moving, and she said some cute things.
Me: "What does our house look like?"
Norah: "It's purple."
Me: "What do you like best about our house?"
Norah: "It has toys in it."
Me: "What do you want our new house to have? Do you want a big yard to play in? Do you want your own room?"
Norah: "I want it to have a big-girl bed and toys."
Also, for the longest time, she had the words hotel, dentist, and apartment mixed in her brain. She would say things like, 'I want to go see daddy at his hotel' or, 'When are we going to see Daddy at the dentist?'
I think she is starting to get frustrated with all of our looking at houses, because this last trip, she went into a house, and said, "Oh, I really like this one. I think we should buy it!"
All in all, I don't think Norah will remember much about our house on Linden Court, but James and I will. It's where we watched her and Luca grow. It's where we had great times with our family and friends. It's where James and I learned how to be homeowners. It has been our home and we will all miss it.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We really made someone else's Halloween memorable:
When Norah got home from trick-or-treating, she was about to eat her 3 pieces of candy (since she's 3) and the doorbell rang. It was some more trick-or-treaters. I asked her if she wanted to hold the bowl for them, and she did. As one boy was reaching into the bowl, she puked all over the bowl, the candy, and his hand! The poor boy didn't know what to do! I kept saying "I'm so sorry!" to his mom, and she was really calm about the whole thing. They came inside and washed the boy's hand off. Sadly, Norah didn't get to eat her candy until a couple days later--when we were sure she was over the stomach bug.
Norah was a purple dragon, and Luca was a clown. The clown outfit barely fit him because I bought it 2 months ago and didn't anticipate his "robust" figure!
When we went to people's houses, they would say to Norah, "And what do we have here? A dinosaur! How cute!" Norah got more and more annoyed the more she heard this, and soon we could hear her muttering under her breath, "I'm not a dinosaur, I'm a purple dragon!"
Doesn't Luca look pleased in this photo?
We celebrated Halloween with our friends and here are all the people who dressed up. Rear left: Drew as a Ducky, Tim as Spendler from Ghostbusters, the Movie, Claire as some roller skater girl, Luca as a clown, Amelia as the Sun-Made Raisin Lady, Eli as a frog. Front Left: Hannah as Belle, Norah as a purple dragon, and Cade as SuperWhy.
The kids had so much fun trick-or-treating!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I finally got my life organized enough to sit down with Luke and give him his first solid food. Norah was great at feeding him, too (though his expression in the photo seems to say, "Help me!").
The baby food book that I use told me how I could tell if my child was ready for solids:
Does the child take great interest in watching you eat and drink? Yes.
Does the child make chewing motions when he/she is watching you eat? Yes.
Do you feel guilty eating around your child? Yes.
I guess we were ready! He did great. I forgot to put a bib on him so it was a bit of a mess.
Norah, Alessia, and I had a "Girl's Day" and brought Norah to get her very first haircut. We were going to save the sucker for a treat after the haircut, but it was the only way we could lure her onto the seat. She actually did great, despite how pathetic she looks here!
Luke Calvin was baptized on October 17th by Pastor Kyle. It was a beautiful service all around, and we were able to share it with my parents and James' parents, and close friends, too. What a great day!
Luke is wearing the same baptismal gown that my cousins, my siblings, my daughter, my nephew, my second cousins, and I wore when we were baptized. It was a gift from my great-grandmother.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Norah and I recently attended "Princess Night" at our church. It was a program designed for 3-5 year old girls to teach them how to be beautiful children of God. They all got to wear their princess dresses, and made crowns, decorated cupcakes, had a small lesson, watched a short movie about being beautiful on the inside, and had a marvelous time! Here are Norah and her friend Hannah listening to the lesson.
Luke had his first bath in the big bathtub, and boy, did he every LOVE it! He was splashing and cooing and squealing in delight! Every once in a while, he would splash his own face and get a very surprised but delighted look on his face!
I can't believe he is almost 5 months old already!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Me: "How should we do your hair today?"
Norah: "With our hands."
Here's another from today on the way to the park.
Norah: "That's a weeping willow tree. You can almost reach the branches to swing on them."
Me: "When I was a little girl, I used to swing on weeping willow branches."
Norah: "When I was a little girl, I did poopoo in my pants."
I will post more as they occur, as my memory is all but non-existent these days!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
"The baby on his Bumbo"
Luca loves sitting upright in this Bumbo seat (courtesy of Alessia). I tried it a couple weeks ago, and it was a definite "no" because he would arch his back and slip out, but now he just sits in it and takes in the world around him!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Here are Luca and I on our way out of the zoo. This is one of his usual faces. He looks like he is saying, "And who are you again?"
One funny story from the zoo. While we were in one of the indoor exhibits, James pointed out some lizards to Norah. They must have scared her, because she said to us very loudly, "Let's get OUT of here!" as she was running toward the door.
This past weekend, the kids and I went to Chicago to visit James, and on Saturday, we took a trip to the Brookfield Zoo. It was a beautiful day, and we had a lot of fun. On the way into the zoo, they had lots of pictures of animals on signs, pointing the way to here or there. We didn't see a real animal for a while, and finally Norah asked, 'Are there any real animals at this zoo?' That made me laugh.