July 2012

July has been a great month! The weather has been perfect–80′s, no humidity, sunshine, cool nights. Today I washed all of our bedding and hung it out to dry, and sheets were ready to be put back on the beds within the hour. No better way of capturing that solar energy and putting it to good use.

I have been working a few days a week, which Nora spends with her babysitter, Laura. Anders has done a tennis class, ju jitsu class, and soccer camp. This week was art camp with his friend Henry, most of which has involved making props from the Harry Potter stories, so he is in heaven. He finished the Harry Potter series on his own this month. He’s so proud, but also disappointed that the story is over. He has been listening to the books on CD now from the library.

Nora continues to thrive. She loves going to the library and her Little Gym dance class. Today I was home with her while Anders was at art camp. I packed a snack and lunch for her and we got on my bike to get to a marionette show at the library this morning. Nora adored the performance, and when we got home this afternoon we got out our marionette tiger and made another out her duckie. She had big plans to make several more, but her worker was not willing :) I’m sure that we will be having a show very soon.

After the library we went downtown to buy some tap shoes for her dance class. Then off to the co-op to get some groceries and lunch for me, then to the park to eat our lunch. I packed Nora’s lunch, so we sat in the grass to eat and read the library books that she checked out. She keeps coming back to Bread and Jam for Frances and Angelia Ballerina, two all-time favorites. Then we biked over to the Little Gym for dance/gymnastics class, which is a great time as always. Nora loves going there. Her teacher is sweet and listens to all of her crazy stories, while creating fun adventures to keep the kids moving and giving them a chance to practice their skills. They do 15 minutes of tap, 15 minutes of ballet, and 30 minutes of gymnastics, all incorporating songs, stories and imagination. Nora is in heaven.

After Little Gym we biked home again, washed all of the sheets and made our marionette dolls. After Anders came home from art camp we had our dinner and cleaned up the house before the kids got a little video time and quick baths. They are generally very sweet and agreeable lately, and get along nicely. They were both in bed by 8:30, which gave me some time to cook up more breakfast cookies for Nora and post these pictures. Today was all I could ask for on a regular old summer day, except maybe I would have my boy around a little more and my Ted home. We get Ted back tomorrow, so we can shoot for a slightly more perfect day very soon.

That’s just a little snapshot of a good regular day when I’m home with Nora. We’ve done lots of other fun stuff this month, which you will see in the pictures, including going to Corvallis Knights baseball games, music in the park, and hanging out with friends. We’ve had the good company of our friend Cora all month while Mike has been on the East Coast doing an intensive professional course. The kids have learned that they have to get her on the trampoline before dinner, as is the case with all adults, in general. We look forward to getting Mike back next month to keep working on our complete majong game in the evenings.

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Bathroom Remodel Complete (enough)

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m ready to call my bathroom remodel complete (except for a little paint touch-up that still needs attention). We had a handyman do the tiling, painting, and replace the sink and cabinet, along with a few other fixtures.

Everything came from IKEA (except the toilet, which we did not replace, and the light fixture, which was $5 at the Habitat Reuse Store). On my epic trip to IKEA months ago to get everything, they sent me home with the wrong color wall cabinets, so we waited a month to exchange them on our last trip to Portland. Now everything is finally in it’s place!

Click on a picture to see the full size images. It’s hard to take pictures of such a tiny space!


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Nora’s Birthday Party Pictures

When I asked Nora what she wanted for her birthday, she always said, "a bug vacuum" and "rollerskates." She got the first of her wishes here, a bug vacuum with a little chamber that the bug goes into, which matches the bug dome that she also received. On the first day, Ted helped her collect about 10 different kinds of bugs.

Nora is skeptical of these Star Wars underwear...must be for Anders :)

Every girl needs a boa, and this one might not shed as much as a feather boa.

Building the Lego mini-figure set from Anders!

And for her second birthday request: rollerblades! Thanks Jen, Jerm, Casie and Nate. They will take some practice and growing!

Birthday party antics: Tree climbing with Mackenzie's sparkly belt. That's our girl. She has good tough girl role models.

The dads whipped up a rousing game of "monster," chasing the kids around the playground. Ian and Anders are looking dapper!

Nora and Fiona watch the monster chase.

The fancy tea party table! Lacy table cloth, real tea cups, and fancy party goers!

Cupcake time!

Ted pours the tea.

It's great to see all of these kids playing in their fancy clothes. The best of all worlds--we can be whatever we want to be!

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Nora’s World

Nora introduces bunny to some of the foods in her new cookbook, then performs her doll-play to a sometimes uncooperative audience. We see how she handles impromptu adversity.

Sorry for the poor quality on some of it. It was worth posting just for her huffy response to Anders during the play, then her generous offer to remedy the problem at the end. She is very pleased with herself throughout. If you can’t understand all of it, I can try to caption.

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More Spring 2012

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Spring 2012

McDowell Creek hike with the Baker-Burkes.

Nora dipping her feet in the creek.

The first of 3 waterfalls at McDowell Creek.

At the last big waterfall at McDowell Creek with the Baker-Burke family.

Anders participating in the water carrying work at the Engineering Expo at OSU. He made it to the end!

Atticus had a tougher time balancing the water on his head, but he had fun.

Nora kept trying the water balancing act.

Anders wields the sledgehammer!

Nora ready for the smashing event at the Engineering Expo!

Nora and her best friend, Ingrid. We try to get the girls together to play every week.

Today we had a REAL thunderstorm today--rare in Corvallis! Our roof could not handle the downpour. Our clean clothes on the rack will have to go back into the wash.

Nora picked the first ripe strawberries in our yard today. She brought them in, then washed and trimmed them one-by-one...

Then weighed them each, one-by-one. And got to eat 3 of them with her dinner. I had a salad of our homegrown greens and starwberries.

Cargo-mama on the way to the Corvallis Spring Roll. Notice that Nora is sitting on my rack, and her bike is secured in my side bag. Roll on!

Anders riding the road course at the Spring Roll. He did 15 laps!

Nora doing the sidewalk course at the Spring Roll--she did 2 laps, no training wheels.

Ted helping Anders pull his first top tooth on Sunday night.

First top tooth is outta here!

Monday night: No front teeth!

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Ah, to be a blogger. The ugliest word in the pseudo-English language. But here we are. Let the blogging begin.

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