Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gazebo Playtime

While in NY, we spent one afternoon with Gramma Wells, Happy, and Aunt Marge. We spent our time playing in the gazebo and enjoying lunch. Nora also spent much of her time flirting, giving away smiles and giggles, and showing off her self-feeding skills. Cheerios and fruit were the favorites of the day, along with crawling all over the place. And I mean all over the place! Nora was so active that I only got these two pictures!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Front Yard Campsite

While in NY, Aunt Mary Anne set up a little campsite for us to enjoy and to provide a couple of extra beds in the camper since there was such a big gang around!

The Bendons

Although the camper was only used for one night, we took full advantage of the campsite and had some fun family time out there. There was a campfire, storytelling, s'mores, and general fun-making.

Madeline's super-sized s'more

Matt, Nora, Kristen, Madeline

with Pop Pop Tom

Love and a campfire

Monday, July 23, 2012


We took a trip to NY to visit family and to (pre-) celebrate Nora's 1st birthday. This will be the first of a couple of posts about the trip. While we were up north, Nora met her cousin Madeline. They were fast friends! They played and giggled together. One of the funniest and cutest thing about their time together was how Madeline wanted to pose Nora's face for pictures. See Exhibit A:

Face Pose

It was fun to see Nora with a new friend and playmate for a few days. She loves other kids so much and Madeline was no exception. They spent a lot of time together. There was...

Playing in the tupperware cabinet...

Sharing chairs...

Goofing around...

Sharing chairs and goofing around!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independence Day

Sweet Ride...
The 4th of July.

It. Was. Hot.

Too hot.

So hot that we spent most of our time indoors, away from the festivities. We did venture out a bit in our new wagon. Isn't is amazing?

It's so hot, I can't even smile.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


On the morning of Nora's 11 month birthday, we were going through the house looking at pictures of Daddy and saying, "That's Dada!" Nora then started pointing to pictures of Jeff saying, "Dadadadadada..." THEN she pointed to Jeff and said, "Dada!" 

How sweet is that?

Nora laughing with Dada

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

11 Months Old

OMG! I'm almost a year old!
Nora is...

On the move! Our sweet girl is on the go, seemingly all the time. Crawling is a cake walk these days. Pulling up? Easy-peasy. Walking while holding onto Mama or Dada's fingers is preferred. She is also pretty good at cruising around (walking while grabbing onto items like furniture). Perhaps those first steps are on the horizon.

Teething. We started out the teething process without too much discomfort or unhappiness for Nora. Well, her fifth tooth has brought along with it crankiness, drool, snot, and fever. We are really feeling for our little sweetie.

Munching. Nora now prefers to feed herself so finger foods are all the rage. We still spoon-feed her some foods, like her baby cereal, yogurt, and some pureed veggies. The veggies have to be snuck in between bites at times. We are also starting to transition from "baby food" to "food." A couple of the meals that we have shared with Nora lately include zucchini tacos (minus the shell) and ginger/zucchini/tofu pasta. She loves eating these tasty and flavorful foods that her Daddy is so good at making. And although it's a bit too early for Nora to be chomping down on Mommy's specialties (baked goods), she has been introduced to banana muffins. One word to describe the muffin experience: devour! She devours them. It's pretty fun to watch. :)

Vocal. When Nora wakes up in the morning, she is content to babble away in her crib for a bit. We love laying in bed listening to her chat, chat, chat while we get an extra few dozes in. Nora also talks it up when we are in the car, playing with toys, going for a walk, having a meal, at the pool... Maybe our little girl is going to turn into a chatty-Cathy. Between Mommy, Daddy, and Nora our house will be filled with chatter!

Adorable. Seriously, have you seen her?