Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!



Both of the kids can now turn on Paul's iTouch to look at photos.
Paul says I take too many photos of him sleeping. They look adorable though, don't you think?
I tried to post these yesterday and got distracted. Real Christmas pictures will be forthcoming. Happy Holidays!





Monday, December 21, 2009

Shedd Aquarium





We took a trip to Chicago today to visit the fish. Atticus has been missing the zoo now that it's closed for the season and we were hoping this might cheer him up. In addition, Norah has grown quite fond of "Baby Abooga" and requests that we sing and read her Baby Beluga book most nights. Sadly for us, the beluga whales were on maternity leave today because one of them gave birth to a new baby last week. The kids were entranced anyway and loved the aquarium.
Highlights of the trip included all of the trains going into the city, the dolphins and penguins, the tide pool that had real waves, and the play area where kids could pretend to be penguins. By the time we got to the stingray aquarium that you can walk over, the kids were ready to lie down and observe carefully. We started to fear that Atticus might fall asleep right there since they had missed their nap and had had an exciting day. As predicted, by the time we exited the parking garage there were snores coming from the back seat.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cookies!





The kids are occupied having a dance party together, so I finally have a moment to post some pictures of our cookie-making adventure last weekend with friends.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Things We Love

  • Atticus has been commanding us to act out emotions. "Mama be happy. Mama be sad. Mama be grumpy. Mama be applesauce!" We hear him talking about this to himself many mornings, complete with applesauce at the end.
  • Norah is in love with a stuffed hippo who sings "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". She can sing large parts of the song herself.
  • Atticus loves to fetch things and frequently makes it his mission to retrieve Norah's favorite doll for her.
  • The kids often entertain us in the car with their favorite songs. Popular renditions right now include "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider", "Head, Shoulder's, Knees and Toes", "The Alien on the Bus Goes Beep-Beep-Beep" and "All Around the Mulberry Bush, the Norah Chased the Dora".
  • Did you realize that Norah and Dora rhyme? I have to admit, that was NOT on our radar when we chose her name. However, it is a popular coincidence around our house these days.
  • Atticus has been insisting on taking off his own shirt every night. Sometimes this production can take up to ten minutes and involves him stumbling around blindly with a sweater stuck over his face. He gets very upset if we try to help.
  • Norah put on her own underpants this morning. She accidentally put both legs through one hole, but it took her awhile to admit she wanted help fixing them.
  • Norah randomly initiates "Big Hugs" in which all members of the family are expected to drop everything and run for a group hug. It's pretty darn cute.
  • The kids have been talking a lot about sharing. They're really pretty good about it and they love to tell each other that friends share, brothers share, sisters share.
  • They do NOT like to share their parents with other kids. They love other kids until somebody touches me or Paul. Then we're treated to one of our kids lecturing someone else's child, "No. Mine. My Mama. Mine." We hope they'll get over this eventually, of course, but for now I'm kind of loving how possessive they are of us. If we'd ever doubted their attachment to us or their understanding of our relationship, the answer would now be quite clear.
  • When Atticus is tired, he often starts to yell, "I'm not grumpy! I'm NOT grumpy!" without being asked.
  • When we leave someplace fun, he'll wave goodbye and sadly say, "Bye Happy." It's both pathetic and adorable at the same time.
  • Two weeks ago we assembled our Christmas tree and the ornaments were pretty evenly spread out. As of this morning, there are no longer any decorations on the bottom three feet of the tree.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Just Call Us Eight-Eyes



Norah got glasses today. Keeping them on her while simultaneously getting her to pose for pictures has proven next to impossible for tonight. She's in love with the pink "purse" that they came in and telling her she can only carry it if she's wearing her glasses seems to help. Tonight I wore my own gold glasses to show my solidarity.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Yard Work


It's supposed to snow here for Thanksgiving, so I'm glad we could get out this weekend to enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friends

I am loving this hand-holding phase that they're going through. It melts my heart every single time.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Two Years



It's hard to believe that two years have passed since Atticus and Norah entered our lives. Time is flying by.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's Never Dull Here





You know when you give your kids a bath and then leave them naked in a bedroom while you go to get a diaper and then you come back just in time to see the one who isn't potty trained having an accident on the floor and then the one who is potty trained bursts out laughing and proceeds to pee on the floor on purpose and then they both try to dance in it while you madly look for towels? Yeah. That's how our Halloween started. It ended with Paul and I hearing a strangely familiar noise as we were putting Norah in her jammies. Atticus had wandered down the hall about thirty seconds earlier and was now sitting outside her door spreading an entire family-sized jar of Vaseline all over himself and the floor (see third picture).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Zoo Boo



Our local zoo hosts an annual Halloween party. We collected candy, rode the train (!!!!), and some of us even managed to stay awake to attend a presentation by some symphony ensembles.

Norah's New Sheets



Norah has new hair-friendly satin sheets. The color selection for such sheets is rather limited which is why her bed resembles one that might be found in Barbie's dream house. The kids think it's fantastic.

Pumpkin!




My dad continued our Halloween tradition of carving a Really Big pumpkin. This year's contender is 128 pounds! Atticus still wasn't too sure about the whole affair and spent the time in the living room with my grandma, but Norah dove right in.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Update

Immediately after my last post, we had a week of family and daycare illnesses. It's taken us a while to get back in the swing of things, so I've put off posting. Here are some of the exciting things going on around here:
  • Every night at bedtime, Atticus lies down on Norah's bed and pretends to fall asleep. This prompts a total meltdown from her ("Rah-Rah's bed! Rah-Rah's bed! No Ahdie! No!") and then he giggles and gets up.
  • Norah loves her big girl bed and often asks to go to bed. It's a good thing her bed is just a mattress on the floor, however, because we often find her in the morning with her body on the floor and her head on the bed.
  • They hold hands when they go down the stairs in the morning and on their way into daycare.
  • We went to a party for my grandma's 90th birthday on Wednesday. Happy birthday Grandma! (Hopefully my mom or uncle will email me some pictures soon to post.)
  • Atticus and Norah lasted for a record two hours in the restaurant! Of course, this involved lots of books, crayons, playdough, paintbrushes, distracting walks around the parking lot, transfers of seats, and the license to put spaghetti in their water glasses, but we still managed to go two hours without screaming or food throwing which Paul and I thought was pretty great.
  • Yesterday we drove past the restaurant where the party was held and Norah wanted to go back. "Oh no! Oh no! GiGi's party! Balloons!"
  • This morning I awoke to the sound of Atticus (loudly) planning out his day. "Att-cus go outside. Att-cus go zoo. Animals. GiGi's party. Birthday party. Att-cus go BeeBe's house! Play choo-choos!" We'll see what we can do.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Locked Door











Today's photographs were taken on a hike in the woods today. A good time was had by all. Also pictured is an image of what happens when you let your two children play together while you get dressed; they take all the baby wipes out of the container, remove the curtain, and clean the windows for you. The "video" is from our drive home from the grocery store. Paul and I love driving quietly and listening to the kids chat in the backseat. If you choose to watch the video, be forewarned that you might want to turn the volume up and then look away. The camera points at the backseat the entire time.

Upon returning home, we deposited the kids, let the dog out, and then ran out to the car to get the groceries. Collecting the groceries took maybe an entire minute. When we arrived back at the house, however, we were greeted by a locked door. Atticus and Norah were standing on the other side of the door window waving to us and one of them had apparently flipped the knob that locks the door. Neither of us had a key. A slight panic ensued as the kids started to get upset that we weren't coming in the house but were instead knocking on the door window and gesturing to them to play with the lock again. Luckily, Paul remembered that he might not have locked the back door after letting the dog out before we made the decision to break one of our new windows. He scaled our fence and discovered that the back door was indeed unlocked. Let me tell you though, it sure was a nailbiter.