Tuesday, August 30, 2011

30 on the 30th

I have been waiting a long time to have my "anniversary birthday" when you turn the age of the day such as turning 30 on the 30th of August, or for you, turning 25 on the 25th of March or for Lucy turning 4 on the 4th of July. I've had a long time to hype up this birthday since all of my sisters had their anniversary birthdays in the first 11 years of their lives.

Today was filled with baking & cooking, lunch dates, eating gourmet cupcakes, swinging at the park and enjoying a day with my girls. Family and friends made me feel so loved and appreciated from visits to phone calls and texts including one where I was labeled as a "moldie oldie" by Aunt Clare. When it comes down to it, love and friendship is all that matters in life. So my "30 on the 30th" birthday wish is for you and Lucy to always know and appreciate the love that family and friends bring into your life, especially the kind that a sister gives. There's nothing like it :)

Take it from this moldie oldie, I've been around for 30 years, you know.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stay-cation Photos

Because it's just not the same without the pictures. At least Aunt Molly appreciates it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EARTHQUAKE! And Stolen Nutella

Oh Nora! I know I haven't been good at updating or making a decision about this blog with the arrival of Lucy. I have contemplated some BIG changes to the blog and I am close to committing to them. Exciting.

What could be more exciting? How about an earthquake!

We had the "Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011" yesterday. All 5.8 of it. We were at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. As Daddy's office, all the federal buildings, John Hopkins, and other museums in the Inner harbor were evacuating, the Science Center was busy creating a teachable moment. Instead of announcing an evacuation the Science Center announced: "We have just experienced an earthquake! If you should have any questions on how an earthquake works or why they happen, come to the front lobby for a demonstration!"

I was actually with Lucy in the bathroom changing her and Troy was with you upstairs in the museum. I was completely confused after finding you in Troy's lap in the Space exhibit playing with Legos. Troy asked if Lucy and I had felt the earthquake and I had no idea what he was talking about! I didn't know what an earthquake was like. Thank goodness we had an experienced West Coaster on our hands! Troy had enough sense to gently pick you up and hold on tight. You had no clue what happened and wanted to keep playing with the Legos. There was major overreaction in the region to the earthquake but it was very indicative of 9/11 and the unknown. We couldn't call from cell phones but we were able to text. Daddy made sure we were all ok then we went to check out the dinosaur exhibit.

This whole incident did make me start to think about what would have happened if it was more serious, like in Japan. What would I have done if I was separated from you during an emergency. Troy was excellent in remaining calm and taking care of you when I wasn't around. But it made me realize the nasty panic feeling of being separated from my kids during an emergency. It was different than being separated from Daddy when he was in his motorcycle accident or my family on 9/11 as Nonna and Nonni tried to make it home safely from DC / Pentagon. Those were awful feelings but just thinking about not knowing if you are / will be safe is absolutely sickening. I pray that I will never feel that for real. However fleeting the "emergency feeling" was yesterday, it was enough to make me understand how gut wrenching it would be. God help me if either of you would ever get seriously hurt or worse, be killed. I don't think I would survive if something happened to either you or Lucy. I would physically die of a broken heart. Oh what horrible, horrible thoughts.

And then if the earthquake wasn't exciting enough, I accidentally stole an entire jar of Nutella from Target today. It was a complete misunderstanding involving Lucy's car seat. I was flustered at checkout as Lucy was screaming and became distracted. I forgot about grabbing the Nutella and it had slid under Lucy's car seat. I didn't discover the stolen booty until we were out at the car and I lifted her car seat up. Lucy was screaming, I was debating what to do. Somehow I justified putting in my bag and driving off with it. Can I blame it on my nerve-wracked crazed state when Lucy becomes hysterical and nothing calms her down like a good pot hole ridden road? I don't think straight! Thank goodness you were at Ms. Patti's and had no part in my deviant behavior.

In other news Marta has arrived at our house and is now a resident in the upstairs bedroom. She is starting her Masters program at John Hopkins school of Nursing. She will be staying with us for a little bit; traveling downtown to go to school. Troy, her husband is only here for the week as they transition to a bi-coastal marriage. Fun times ahead with Auntie Marta! You have already become quite smitten with her and she is the best baby whisperer around too.

Although we didn't do a formal vacation this year, we did visit the Aquarium with Ashley and Jessica, do the Science Center with Troy, attend the annual Crab Feast with friends, and go for a ride on the Wheaton Regional train where we also spent the night with Nonni and Nonna. All on our vacation week from Ms. Patti (who went on a Caribbean cruise. Lucky!). However by the end of the week you had the meltdown of all meltdowns about our tablecloth. You heaped on the floor and screamed "other sheet!" over and over for at least 10 minutes. I had bought (I thought) a very nice tablecloth. I replaced the old one during your nap. Once you woke up, you were not happy about my switch-a-roo. You couldn't handle it. Part of me wanted to yell or make fun of you for this crazed behavior. Then it dawned on me, "You miss your friends and Ms. Patti don't you, Nora?" You just nodded your head and started screaming all over again. I forget sometimes that being 2 is hard and you rely heavily on routine. I had completely uprooted every part of your routine last week including the tablecloth that we eat on. I don't think you missed not having a vacation but I did. I'm not 2 and I enjoy a little relaxation and excitement away from my routine.

School started back for teachers. I am a little sad and forlorn. I miss being part of my school community. I miss the interactions and the problems to be solved and some of the people. Every morning this week when I would have been on my hour commute into work, I get to gaze into Lucy's eyes and watch her smile. It's a consolation and helps with the melancholy. I have no idea what I'm doing but knowing I get to figure it out with you and Lou makes it a little less scary.

Here are some pictures from our "stay-cation" which sounds more fun that it actually is:

Stratch that. The uploader is being rude and not letting me post pictures.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sundays in July

Our town has free concerts on Sunday nights during the month of July. The last two years we have not been able to make all of them because of moving / traveling / other plans. But this year was different. We went to all 5 concerts since there were 5 Sundays! It was quite an accomplishment for us to make it to ALL the concerts this year. It probably won't happen again.

Lucy is a month old now. In a way these concerts chronicle her first 4 weeks of life. It also shows what a ham Nora is!

Week 1: Lucy would make her appearance about 15 hours later!

Week 2: Lucy's first concert

Week 3:

Week 4:

Week 5: Lucy's a month old and Nora is obessed with Tom the Talking Cat App!

We should be in Wisconsin right now celebrating great-grandma's 90 years of life, instead we are sitting at home. I wish we could have made it out there but just walking down to the city park once a week for these concerts with you two was enough travel for me.