Thursday, October 28, 2010

All done!

Late October025, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

A typical Luke look!

Luke eats Solid Food!

Late October018, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

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's First Haircut

Late October038, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

That sucker sure saved the day!

Norah's First Haircut

Late October030, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

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's Baptism 4

Norah had fun showing her friends the sandbox.

Luke's Baptism 3

More grandparents!

Luke's Baptism 3

It was great to be with the grandparents!

Luke's Baptism 2

Here's Luke meeting the people of our church, particularly, the children who were called to the front to watch the baptism.

Luke's Baptism

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.

Leaf Monster

Can you find the leaf monster hiding in the leaves?


Grandma and Grandpa H came from NV to visit Luke and Norah and James and I and help us celebrate Luke's baptism on October 17th. Here's Grandma and Luca getting to know one another.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A plethora of princesses!

Here they all are! So cute!

The queen mother

Here's Princess Norah and the!

Norah just ate the frosting and the candy--she didn't touch the cupcake! I think she has my sweet tooth.

Princess night

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.

First bath in the bathtub

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


Norah has been saying some pretty funny things, lately. At least they are funny to me!

Here's one:

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

Norah and Anna

We visited our friends Eric and Krista in Chicago this past weekend, and Norah got to play with her friend, Anna. Anna dressed her up and paraded her out to see us--it was hilarious watching Norah walk in high heels, but she LOVED IT!

Still her favorite

Swinging is still Norah's all time favorite activity! She can even pump her legs now and swing herself!


All Norah has to do is stand in place and jump, and he just goes nuts!

Norah and Luca

Norah loves being near Luca. She can't resist making him laugh (photo of Luca laughing coming soon...).

Il bimbo sul suo "Bumbo"

"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

Eau de juice box

I rarely wear perfume, but today I actually had time to get ready for work so I sprayed a little on. I came downstairs, and Norah, who is into smells lately, said, "What's that smell?" I said, "Maybe it's my perfume. Come smell me." She did, then looked at me and said, "You smell like a juice box." Ha! What a funny girl we have!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Big Sister/Little Brother 2

What a great big sister she is! I found her sitting next to him and singing songs like, "The ABC Song", "Twinkle Twinkle Yittle Star", "Zacchaeus" and "Part of Your World." Super Cute!

Big Sister/Little Brother 1

Norah wanted to hold Luca the other day, so I let her. She did great! Here are some photos of them together.