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.


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


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.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hair Question

Doesn't Norah have fabulous hair? It's getting so long and I love the way it looks in a headband (which she'll only wear if we distract her long enough to forget that we've put it on her head). I'm looking for suggestions for products that will help us keep her curls defined. She has millions of spirals that are naturally about the width of a pencil. Straight out of the bath they're very distinct as long as we comb her hair before the last rinse and then leave it alone to dry. As the day progresses, however, the curls tend to frizz out and get tangled. They also get compacted when she's in the carseat, bed, or stroller. This might be her hair's natural tendency, but I think it has more to do with something I'm doing wrong. We generally keep her hair braided or in poofs because she hates having her hair combed and it gets far more tangled when it's loose.
So... does anybody out there have experience with similar hair and suggestions for products that might work better. Currently we're using Carol's Daughter rosemary mint shampoo, black vanilla hair smoothie, and hair butter. When I put her hair up in braids, we use loc butter and I mist the kids every day or so with a mixture of coconut oil and water. This regimen seems to work well for keeping their hair healthy, but Norah's hair tends to frizz out of the braids more than most girl's hair. Should I be doing something else?