Monday, May 31, 2010
You marched in your first parade today with Becca for the city of Westminster. You were the epitome of cute, marching in your red checkered dress waving your American flag. You marched and rode in the patriotic decorated wagon for the entire 1.5 mile parade route! You were a trooper. And you had your own cheering crowd! Mr. Kevin, Ms. Trish, Nick, Grandma, Grandpa, Daddy and I all hooted and hollered when you marched by. You looked so confused and hot (it was 90+)!
Carnival season is upon us and warrants its own posting.
Sometimes it hurts when you are left out of a party or don't receive an invite to something you were expecting. It happened today. Maybe we should (again) learn a lesson from you: One shouldn't focus on where they aren't, instead enjoy the present moment before it's over. And Nora, you know how to enjoy a moment more than anyone else I know!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
We originally adopted Stan back in December as a companion for Brandy, but the two of you have become inseparable. The adventure and trouble the two of you will get in... I can't even begin to fathom.
exuded such pure elation I think it should become a beginning-of-summer tradition!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Nonna & Nonni bought you an outdoor ride-on vehicle at Unique Thrift (ask Aunt Molly and Aunt Clare about Unique sometime). They live on a semi-quiet street so we took you out to go riding. We thought it would be a nice leisurly walk around the block. Instead, you figured out how to push yourself forward and when you gathered enough momentum, you lift up your feet to really pick up speed. This wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't a very steep hill at the end of the street. You have no fear and a taste for adventure, if it goes fast, you try to make it go even faster. You love to spin around, go on rides, generally just take risks. You maniacal laugh is infectous and we all enjoy your presence... even Aunt Molly (she can be hard to please).
And after tonight's slip on water (that you splashed on the floor from the dog bowl), I think we should consider putting a helmet on you during all waking hours!!! Looking forward to our church carnival next week. There will be lots of rides for a little dare devil like you!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Since your conception, I have been making decisions for you. What to eat, how much to sleep, what to wear, what playgroup to join, swim classes to take, parties to attend. I am constantly making decisions for you. I can (somewhat) control the situation and outcome.
Or should I say, I used to...
Yesterday, I dropped you off at Ms. Patti's and you ran over to sit with the group and waved goodbye from the floor across the room, I waved back. Then you puckered up and blew me a kiss. As if to say, "Bye mom! Love you!"
You love the letter "a" (lowercase is much more interesting than uppercase). You can pick out the letter "a" from a group of letters. You seem to like words with the letter "a" in them, especially the word happy. Maybe it's the double p? Or that frisky y on the end? Maybe you just recognize the "a" but whatever the allure, you picked happy off the word wall during nursery and amazed everyone. Coincidence, I say, she doesn't know the word happy. Then you do it again. I ask Ms. Patti about your knowledge. "Oh yes, Nora loves the word happy."
You are only 14 months, but you are so independent. Independent in play, independent in decisions, independent in eating... sometimes I miss being that hovering mommy, knowing that you need me for everything. I am glad this process will be somewhat slow. I am not ready for this independence, but you seem to be.
14 months... going on 14 years.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Fairy Festival in Glen Rock, PA at Spoutwood Farm. This is where we adopted "Norah" our second monster and met pocket fairies and frolicked in the sunshine with woodland creatures.
Ashley's 1st Birthday at the park in Pasedena, MD
Using the "big girl" swing by yourself in Becca's yard next door.
Before the onslaught of even more parties and fun events, we should pause to be thankful for all the memories already made.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
But Crystal, your stylist, put all our (my) fears at ease. She let me hold in my lap and you even wore a special penguin gown! Crystal said, "In 7 years since I've been cutting hair, she was the best first haircut I've ever done. She's so well behaved!"
I'm not making this up. You, the most well behaved first haircut client. I attribute this rare moment of stillness to your intense curiosity about the surroundings. You didn't have time to fight the cutting. Your eyes were wide and it seemed as if you were concentrating on figuring out what this place was and why you were there.
We celebrated your first haircut with dinner out. Somehow you took over my seat next to Daddy. I guess I should get used to it. Someone has Daddy wrapped around their little finger.....
Monday, May 17, 2010
It was a carefree afternoon. The month of May is so jammed packed with parties and weddings and graduations, we are always driving somewhere. It was nice to have a couple hours without an agenda, without a plan, without looking at a clock. For a few brief moments, there was nothing to worry about except what slide to go on next.