Doesn't Lucy look like she has just figured out how to escape from the sled?
Monday, January 16, 2012
Luca and Lucia are only about 2 months apart in age, so we hope they will be great friends. In the meantime, we are forcing them to spend some quality time together on a sled in the middle of a sea of deep snow--they have no choice but to hang out together!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
We went to the National Automobile Museum one day to check out the cars. The kids had fun looking at all the old cars.
All the cars (or at least most) came from Harrah's (of Harrah's casinos) car collection; his criteria for collecting was that he wanted cars that were extremely rare, or that were one-of-a-kind. So, there were some pretty spectacular cars there.
Here are Norah and Jacob checking out some other toys. You might be wondering where Luca is...he was taking a nap! In fact, he didn't open his gifts till about a week later--there never was a good time! Luckily, he was none-the-wiser that he had been passed over on Christmas!
Norah, Daddy, Uncle Peter, Aunt Liz, and Jacob went ice skating one day. Norah fell a lot, but she was such a trooper. Last year, she would have started crying and would have wanted to quit. This year, she has been telling me, "I want to walk on the ice with those special shoes" so she was determined to give it her all. We were very impressed!
While I was snapping that last photo of Norah, I ASSUMED James was bringing my baby back to me, unharmed. I looked up, and there, about 8 feet above me, was James balancing precariously with my precious baby! All air left my lungs, and my heart skipped a beat (or 2 or 3), and then I yelled at him and snapped this photo!
It didn't snow AT ALL when we were in Reno. In fact, one day, it got up to 70 degrees! The ski resorts were using machines to pump snow out on their runs, since Christmas time is their peak season...they were not happy with the weather. I was delighted with the weather because driving over (usually snowy) mountain passes, which is usually a time when my blood pressure goes through the roof, was a calm and lovely experience this year!
Here's the Family Band at an overlook at Lake Tahoe. We drove over the pass one day because the weather was so mild and we wanted a change of scenery. Norah did not want to go at first, but soon, she was begging us not to leave (once she got a chance to climb some boulders...see coming photos)!
James got Luca these little construction cars for our plane trip out to Reno, NV. He loves them and can identify them when asked. He even says 'bulldozer' in his own Luca way.
Speaking of Reno, we flew out for a couple weeks to spend time with the Hemsley clan. Norah was a superstar (as usual) on the plane; Luca earned a C- on the way there. He would not fall asleep until the very end and spent a lot of time kicking and writhing. But, we made it, and had a great time once there!