Monday, May 31, 2010

Hello Summer!

Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer. Pools open, barbeques happen, and women wear white shoes again.
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+)!

We got to go a picnic of sorts. Katelyn (a friend of the family) graduated from high school. They had a Memorial Day pinicic as her grad party. Guess what? There was a moon bounce! You became an expert at moon bounces last weekend at Aunt Clare's graduation party. You were so adorable, attempting to jump and rolling around. Your laugh was infectious.

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!

Thank you for your patience as Mommy tries to figure out what the important things in life are. Not only are you cute, you're wise too.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sprinkles with Stan

After we left the house on Friday for playgroup the dogs found the toppings from my Ice Cream Sundae Celebration for my Lego Club at school. Brandy took the rainbow sprinkles from my work bag and brought it outside. I discovered the open container on the walkway but had my hands full when going inside so I could not stop to pick it up. By the time I came back outside you and Stan had stumbled upon the sprinkle oasis. It was too late to salvage anything from the mess so I did the next best thing, I went back inside to grab the camera.

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.

During this spontaneous sprinkle feast you exuded such pure elation I think it should become a beginning-of-summer tradition!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Little Dare Devil

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

14 Months

Life has a way of taking its own twists and turns. I am a planner. I like to have a vision of what we are doing, where we are going and what to expect. I spend alot of time envisioning the future and working toward that vision.

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...

You are 14 months today and your personality is bigger than ever. And decisions. YOU need to make the decisions, what to drink, what to eat, what to wear, where to go, participate, not participate. I am loosing control... and it is somewhat scary but more exciting.
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 now lick water out of the dog bowls, just like Brandy and Stan. You discovered what fun a water fountain is and whenever you see one, you immediately make a beeline for it and demand a drink. We both end up with water all over our shirts, a permanent grin pasted on your face.

You communicate your wants and needs better than ever. You use words, like juice or cookie to let us know that you want to eat / drink. You are very good at gesturing for up and out. When getting dressed, you lift your leg up (one at a time) to put on your pants. You stand there one leg up in the air waiting for the pant leg. Then you lift up the other leg to put on the second pant leg. I pause and think, do all 14 month olds do this? Where did you learn how to put on pants? I didn't teach you... You also put your shoes on.

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.

We went to Becca's varsity sport banquet, all the proud moms and dads, watching their babies receive awards. One day you will be in high school and I will be on of those moms who can only look on proudly at who you've become. The only decisions I will control are my own words and actions, setting the example for yours.

14 months... going on 14 years.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Forgot to Mention...

I wasn't joking when I said we have something every weekend in May. It isn't getting any less busy or hectic and this weekend isn't an exception. We have Aunt Clare's graduation and graduation party and playdates with friends. Next weekend we have Brew at the Zoo and another graduation party and a Memorial Day parade in town. I didn't want to forget to remind you of all the fun we had on the 1st weekend in May 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.

After the Fairy Festival, you had a lovely evening making friends with some of Daddy's old friends in Glen Rock, PA.

Ashley's 1st Birthday at the park in Pasedena, MD

Using the "big girl" swing by yourself in Becca's yard next door.

Where did you learn to balance like that?!?! Or how to pump your feet?!?!

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

The First Haircut

So way back on Friday May 7 we went to get your haircut for the very first time. I was a bit worried and sad about the whole thing. I almost didn't allow it to happen. Hair is very important and I didn't want to make the wrong decision.

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.

What did you deduct from your surroundings? What did you store in your memory from this event? You are a sponge, Nora. Everyday there is something new you do or say. Daddy clarified something for me today and I said "Ohhhh, I get it" and the next thing we hear is "ohhhh" in the same tone and length. An exact replica. Daddy and I looked down at you in amazement. How did you do that?

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

An Afternoon at the Park

We had to go to a wedding on Saturday night for my cousin. So we spent the night down at Nonna and Nonni's house. The next day (Sunday) Aunt Katie and Uncle Kevin wanted to take you on the train ride at Wheaton Regional Park. Except when we got there, the train was shut down due to "emergency track repair" and Aunt Katie had a small spaz. As Daddy says, "its not an event unless a Marcot girl has a spaz." They took you on the carousel instead. You got to give the operator the ticket yourself!

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.

And if Aunt Molly ever tries to deny her relantionship to you, show her this picture. There is no way she can refute your shared genetics.