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


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.