Monday, February 21, 2011

Vote for Norah and Luca (for Charity)

Hi All,

Recently, I had some professional portraits of Norah and Luca taken by the same photographer who took pictures of our Samuel when he was born. That, as you may remember, was through a charity called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, which donates professional photos to parents who experience infant loss. The photos of Samuel were so meaningful to us, and when I saw this contest as a way to raise money for this organization (and have photos of the kids taken), I was excited.

If you feel moved to vote monetarily (no pressure!), you can donate 1$ per vote at the links posted below. If you just like the photos, and don't want to donate, that is okay, too. You can still follow the links, register your email, and you get 5 "likes" to distribute across the participants. The "likes" translate to points.

Norah and Luke are in "Region 4." The top 5 votes and points getters in each Region move on to Round 2, where the photos are judged by professionals. There are lots of prizes, like a savings bond, a trip, etc.

Personally, I think it is a great way to donate to this great charity, which I think has helped so many people like James and I. I just wanted to extend the opportunity to you, too.

Here are the links if you are interested.



Here is a link to the organization's website:

And here is a link for this contest:

And here is a link to the article about this charity, the photgrapher, Lisa Francescon, and James and I from 2008:

We hope you like the photos!

Chiara and James

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Did you know?

A few recent conversations:

James: "Norah, your hair is getting so long!"
Norah (in a serious tone): "Well, I guess you should start calling me Rapunzel."

Norah: "Mom, do you know what God's last name is?"
Me: "No, what is it?"
Norah: "Jesus!"

Me: "Norah, you should put your unicorn away with your ponies."
Norah (frustratedly): "Mom, it's NOT a pony. See, it has a poke."
[I think she meant to say "a horn" but I didn't correct her!]

You will notice that she has started calling me mom, like she's a teenager! I still get "Mommy" from time to time, but she is phasing it out in favor of the much less endearing: "mom."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Good Morning Sunshine

2.3.2011007, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Luca Bear this morning

Cutie Pie

2.3.2011006, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Norah Bear this morning

Snowpocalypse Subaru 2

2.3.2011002, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Here's the Subaru after James and some neighbors spent and hour or so cleaning it off and shoveling the snow out from behind/around it.

You know you've had a blizzard when there are about 6 inches of fresh snow UNDER your vehicle!

Here are some other funny names I heard on Facebook for the blizzard: Blizzaster, Snowmageddon, Snowkidding, and my favorite (after Snowpocalypse): SnowbodyknowsthetroubleI'veseen.

Snowpocalypse evening stroll 2

2.3.2011018, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Norah likes to eat snow; I have to watch her like a hawk because she will pick it up from anywhere (next to cars, piles that were plowed, next to bushes (yuck!)--she hasn't learned the trick of only eating untouched snow yet....

Snowpocalypse evening stroll

2.3.2011016, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

We took a stroll through the neighborhood last night; only this guy was nice enough to clear his sidewalk! You can see how high the snow is--up to Norah's waist--about 20 inches or so.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowpocalypse heroes

Snowpocalypse006, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Someone in our complex needed emergency help today. The Rolling Meadows FD came out and shoveled a path from the road to the apartment, then brought a stretcher in, and later carried the sick person back to the ambulance. It took them about 1/2 an hour.

Snowpocalypse Subaru

Snowpocalypse001, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

The Subaru is under this snowdrift....somewhere. More photos soon when we go dig it out.

Snowpocalypse 2011!

Snowpocalypse007, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

Snowpocalypse 2011 strikes terror into the hearts of children!

Here's Norah next to our Nissan, which, because it was shielded by other cars upwind, actually isn't that bad. Check out the next photo of the Subaru!

Norah is crying because: "I am going to blow away!!!!!"

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bathtime 4

EarlyFeb2011012, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

These are the eyelashes that girls will be jealous of when Luke is a teenager. Heck, I am already jealous!

Bathtime 3

EarlyFeb2011011, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

"What?!?!? I am 8 months old already? Man, time flies when you're havin' fun!"

Bathtime 2

EarlyFeb2011007, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

"Yummers! Toys taste good, especially bath toys!"

Bathtime 1

EarlyFeb2011002, originally uploaded by Chiara and James Hemsley.

"I just LOVE baths!"