Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Atticus has been sleeping in a big boy bed for a couple of weeks now. The transition was at his own request and has gone beautifully. Until this past weekend, it apparently didn't even occur to him that he could get out of bed on his own.

Tonight about half an hour after the kids "went to sleep" I heard a noise that sounded suspiciously similar to the one our bed makes when you jump on it. It continued as I slowly climbed the stairs and spotted a small blur crossing from our bedroom back to Atticus's room. As I arrived in his doorway, Atticus was settling deep into bed with an innocent, "Hi Mama!" Sadly, it was at this point that he realized his beloved Bear was no longer in bed with him. A search of my bedroom failed to turn it up, as did a look around the upstairs bathroom. It seems Bear must have gotten out of bed all by himself, wandered into our office, and emptied the desk drawers before going to sleep underneath the chair. In the words of Atticus himself: "Silly Bear!"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Norah's Birthday Party

Despite the fact that she has a slacker mom who neglects the most rudimentary aspects of birthday party planning, Norah had a fun Dora-themed fiesta at the park today.

A couple more pictures of our recent activities:

Thursday, August 6, 2009


At Bebee's house today, another child took the toy Norah was playing with and that made Atticus scream.

When Norah hugged me goodnight she patted me on the back and clearly said, "Night-night pumpkin."

The reason the kids have spent the last couple of days at Bebee's house is because we've been having our windows replaced. The only "after" picture I have that only shows a portion of the house has some funny things going on with the light that make the window look a little warped - it's not. Also, the two side panels are slightly open in the picture. We had many old windows that were not designed to be opened. Now that they do, I've already noticed much better airflow in the house (I tested this out last evening by forgetting a pot of rice boiling on the stove) and the low-E glass has cut way down on the amount of heat that accumulates in the house from sunlight.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Delicious Birthday Dress

Norah wore this beautiful birthday dress today when she went to her Grandma Bebee's house. It wasn't until I caught her chewing on the skirt this evening that I realized she's been systematically eating all the sequins off it throughout the day. I guess this will make for some festive diapers.

Happy Birthday Norah!

Happy Birthday Norah! You have brought so much light into our lives and you're everything we ever hoped for in a daughter.

The following clip contains the poem "Blueberry Girl" by Neil Gaiman. It's one that has special meaning to Paul and describes so many of our wishes for Norah.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Public Service Announcement

Atticus loves playing with his battery-powered Brio train engine whose wheels roll by themselves. He also loves running his hands through my hair. Tonight we found out why the two activities shouldn't be combined. After ten minutes of struggling to unwrap my hair from the train wheels while it was stuck on the back of my head, I am finally free.

Tuesday's Video

I don't know why this video is so fuzzy. Featured is a snapshot of Atticus and Norah jumping in Atticus's crib this morning. Exciting highlights include discovering that a stuffed monkey has fallen behind the bed and Atticus deciding that he doesn't want Norah to invade his space anymore.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pictures from My Phone

I had no idea that my phone camera could take such clear pictures! The one below is from the stroller ride home from the park on Friday. Atticus fell asleep. He must have been a little sweaty and salty, because Norah couldn't resist getting a taste of him.
We visited two different parks today. At the first one, we ran into some friends. For the first time, Atticus got involved in a project with older kids. They were quite intent on building a big pile of rocks using their shoes and helmets as shovels. At the second park, he tried to join in a game of chase with some older boys. I'm not sure he understood the rules, but he was very enthusiastic about running after them. My baby is getting so mature!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Notes

Paul is out of town for awhile and asked me this afternoon to make sure to post liberally while he's away. The request came a little too late for photos (plus our camera is really acting up), so here are a few notes:
  • The kids climbed into the race car on the front of our shopping cart at the grocery store all by themselves and then Atticus screamed because I forgot to buckle his seat belt.
  • Norah has invented a new game where she jumps from one side of her crib to the other while counting to herself, "One, two, three, GO!" She didn't want to get out of bed after her nap because she was having so much fun.
  • Atticus opened the bathroom door by himself, climbed on top of the toilet to get down a roll of toilet paper, and threw it in the toilet all in the time it took for me and Norah to climb the stairs.
  • We took our goldfish Margaret to live in a pond today and both kids keep talking about the fish going bye-bye.
  • I let them watch this YouTube video while I was cleaning up after dinner and they were both breathless from laughing so hard.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Some New Photos

We had a tree removed from our backyard yesterday. I was worried the kids would completely freak out, but instead Atticus slept through the whole thing and Norah was fascinated. She watched out the window the entire time and kept asking for a turn on the cherry picker the men were using to reach the high branches.
It turned out that the entire dead tree was full of very live hornets! The poor tree men!