Saturday, October 31, 2015

it's a jolly holiday with Norah.

I didn't think I'd be in to Halloween. I'm not, really. honestly I really don't look forward to the days we come home with a bunch of candy - when Norah actually knows what it is - and wants to eat it. but as we navigate through parenthood, we're just trying to live and learn and love and have fun doing so. and a couple nights of dressing this girl up was f u n. it was also nice for me to be able to get creative and throw our costumes together. 

my one costume mistake.. Mary Poppins would never need glasses.

we went to Boo at the Zoo a couple weeks ago with some friends and she had the best time in the toddler area there. this little live band playing cute music was the highlight for her. best dancing penguin there ever was. and my mama's girl didn't hesitate for one second to be front and center (and then ON the stage!) to hear that music and dance her heart out. I love to watch her grow and bloom.

here's a short clip. she was slowing down at this point, but you can get a small glimpse of her dancing.

Halloween was last night for us here. they (I'm not sure who they are) changed the day because it's supposed to rain a lot here tonight. I didn't know you could just change it but they did. so I put Norah's costume on her and she helped me pass out candy, clapping for herself every time she put a piece in someone's bag. it was very cute. 

hope you're all having a nice weekend!

Thursday, October 01, 2015


she carried her laundry basket from her room all the way into the kitchen and wanted to get in. we've never done that before. she's hilarious. 

I've seen people share some cute things their kids have said, so I thought it would be fun to share some of Norah's latest adventures in using her words. she's not asking all of those funny questions yet, but certain things do make us laugh coming from such a little person. aside from her mumbling baby talk, which is equally hilarious. and of course, "no no" is a favorite. oy. 

she started actually saying all done while she signs it the other day. she's known the sign for a long time but now she will actually say it. mostly if I have the blender or my clairsonic out, haha. we're a little sensitive..

she has the longest list of words. I couldn't tell you how many, but I'd really like to take a few moments to jot them all down sometime. I told Chad the other day that I wish there was a camera on her constantly because there are so many cute things she'll say or do. he agreed, but then said, "at least we get to experience them." wise man.

here are just a few fun things Norah is saying..

she's always asking where something went, but it sounds like, "where dog go?"  we can usually figure out what she's talking about most of the time.

but now she will ask, "where mama?" or "where dada?" so that's cute.

"yes." (clear as day and in the right context. which for some reason has been blowing my mind.)

"sih wap?" when she wants to sit on your lap. 

"gah yit!" (got it.. one million times until we realize what she is trying to do)

and her favorite this week is this guy. 

"way da beeuh?" (where's the bear?) he's usually right under her nose.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

she knows no temperature, only adventure. while we stand and watch in amazement and melt.

been thinking about being a parent and judging things and how much more I judge than I think I do. we all do. but lately I've been remembering before parenthood and how much I judged parents and how sometimes now we can see others judging us. having to explain the way we do things and comparing ourselves to other parents ways of doing things. if I could go back and change something about my younger self, it would be that. who am I to even think those things? to not even try to understand their life or think if they would just do 'this'..

because everyone is different, every kid is different, every situation is different. you absolutely do not know what it is like to be in their place. to walk their steps. a situation might look terrible-or amazing-on the outside, but that's all we see. the thing we do share is that we have the same Father who is the ultimate judge and giver of life and grace and peace. And he calls us to love.

so be kind. extend grace. please don't judge such a vulnerable and precious thing we are all just trying to figure out. let's be a team.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


today marks my favorite's thirtieth birthday. I couldn't even begin to have the right words to describe how great this man is. I'm really excited his birthday falls on a weekend this year. we are really excited to spoil him all weekend! his parents and sister surprised him at our door last night.. hopefully he's not too mad about me keeping that a surprise. he had no idea!

I am so thankful for this man. his strength and wisdom have given my life so much security and hope in all of the good and the hard times. he is so patient with me (seriously, I love you so much for that!), which makes for a great husband and father. to have spent the last decade with him is such an honor and we are proud to call him ours.

it may sound strange, but I'm thankful for the years before we met as well. where he was shaped and molded into the great man, partner, husband, and father he is today. and while thirty is 'just a number', I think he is going to wear it well.

he sure is a catch.

we love you so much, Chad. happy birthday!