Thursday, November 12, 2015


Have I mentioned before how much I love the play groups we belong to?
Sometimes I second guess getting out of the house because there is always so much to do, but it's so important for all of us to get out, get some vitamin D, let Norah burn some energy, and let me socialize with the other moms.
On this particular day there was a meet-up at the beach & since we had to return books to the library across the street, anyway, we decided that there wasn't a better event to attend.
After all, I don't think we had been to the beach since moving to Texas.

For those who aren't overly familiar with Texas, Dallas is smack dab in the middle of North Texas.  There aren't any oceans nearby... so, when I say we went to the beach, I mean we went to the lake to play in the sand.  Lakes are a big change for us.  We have lived by the ocean for the past 4 years.  I miss it, but I'm happy there is an alternative to our norm.

No matter how many play dates we go to and with Kid Care at church, Norah still prefers to play on her own.  When the kids would walk away from the toys they were playing with, she would snag them up and start playing at the far end of where our group was.  Before we left she had all of the buckets (except her own), sand toys, and somebody else's sunglasses & it took a lot of convincing to give them back.

And, like any other outing, I wore Piper in the Tula and she slept the entire time while I got my feet wet.  Thank goodness for the other moms making sure Norah didn't go too far into the water.


Piper is already tall enough to play with the Step & Play.
Her doctor always seems shocked by her length 
{probably because her mommy isn't really benefiting in the vertical category}.
She may just be able to be a Rockette when she grows up.

Norah is loving having a sister to play with.
It's definitely a learning curve for her having an extra set of hands playing with her toys,
but we're working on that.

Piper gets so excited with every note that plays as she steps across the keyboard.
And she could sit and watch herself in the mirror all day.
It's, by far, my favorite baby toy we own {because, after all, it allows me to be hands free for about 5 minutes}. ;)


Today I pulled my flute out of the closet.
It has collected dust for many years.
I started playing in the school band in 4th grade and dabbled off and on after I graduated from high school, but I hadn't played it since Norah was a baby.
I thought it would be fun to play Norah a few songs and play Piper's favorite song, "All My Loving" by The Beatles.
They lit up!
I always get a big smile out of Piper when I sing "All My Loving" to her... same effect when I played it on my flute.

And, of course, before I was done, Norah wanted to play.
I see music lessons in her future. :)


Before we bought our house, we knew we wanted to live in this neighborhood.  It is all about families & just across the highway from the development we had leased in for a year.
When we drove through there were kids playing at the parks, older kids out in the streets tossing a football, and families out in front of their homes riding their bikes & scooters around.  I felt comfortable here & knew I wanted a place that our kids would have friends to play with.

Norah has made a few good friends here, too.
I just love that we can go to the playground or the pool almost every day.
We have a great park just around the corner from our house & we try to stop there after our walks.  Norah asks for it the entire way.
And, the last stop is to visit with the horses behind our house.

Our park has a lot of things that spin.
My personal favorites are the spinning "bowls" (for lack of a better name).
Norah hates them.  Every time I encourage her to try them, she cries to get her out!!  
She's a swing and slide kind of girl.
She was not happy that I kept stopping when pushing her to take pictures.

Piper slept most of the time while Norah and I ran around, but when she woke up she enjoyed laying out on a blanket, under the shade of the trees, watching her big sister play.


When we lived in Maryland, Norah participated in Mommy/Daddy & Me gymnastics.
She loved it!
We all looked forward to Saturday mornings at the gym!

It took us a good year to find an activity that fit Norah here in Texas.
We tried dance classes over the summer & we decided, after a month, that she just wasn't ready for a class where she needed to follow strict instruction.  So, we knew we weren't ready to put her in an instructor led gymnastics class, either.

Today, our play group went to an open gym at this gymnastics center.
Norah had a blast with her friends on all of the trampolines, playing with the parachute, & walking across the balance beams.
She was back in her element.
So, we signed her up for the Mommy/Daddy & me classes for at least this year.
I think she'll be ready for instructor led classes after preschool starts.

Piper loves to nap while being worn while Norah runs around doing forward flips, kart wheels, and bear crawls.  It's a win/win for both of them.

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Brad turned 31 this year!!
Oh, to be 31 again... ;)

It was a pretty uneventful day.  Brad had to work that day, so we didn't anticipate seeing much of him, but the girls still made him little cards with their thumb prints and foot prints {with wiggly toes} & we made a quick run to the store to buy him a cake & ice cream {yes, it was one of those birthdays where there wasn't even a chance to bake a cake}.
I let Norah pick it out and, of course, she wanted Hello Kitty, but after explaining to her that those had to be special ordered, she picked out the most colorful one "WITH SPRINKLES!!"

To our surprise he was able to get out of work early and spend the evening at home with us celebrating his special day.

Norah was beyond excited to celebrate Daddy's birthday.
She walked around all day telling me it was her birthday!
So, logically, after singing Happy Birthday, Norah had to help Daddy blow out the candles...
...Piper was there, too.

Happy 31st birthday, Brad!!
I hope this is your happiest year, yet!
We love you!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015