"So throw away those Lamentations,
We both know them all too well.
If there's a Book of Jubilations,
We'll have to write it for ourselves.."

-Josh Ritter

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Apparently a trick, because my Halloween post published below my "Coming out of the closet" post. So Scroll down for all the arrrrrrr-ction.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Coming out of the closet

Look who can reach the doorknob! I keep getting ridiculously sad about how fast Nora is growing up. Reaching the doorknob? Seriously? Get a grip, woman.

In other, marginally related news, this door represents the completion of this house. The room Nora is standing was the last one. Every wall is painted. Every door is hung. Every floor covering has been replaced. Every appliance has been updated. Quick! Sell the money trap before anything else can fall off!

Happy Halloween! Yar!


Anyone who has spent time with me or my brother (or God helps you, us together) had to know that this costume was inevitable. I just had to do it when my child, now renamed the Bonny Cap'n Morgan, was too young to fight back. In my defense, she loves the hat.

'Tis better to not ask about the antacids. Just a warning. Avast! On to the lame pirate jokes, me hearties.

Yar! If anyone comes in the front door, they'll be checkin' out me booty!

Did that grog give anyone else hearrrrrrrtburn? (or GERRRRRRD?) Back to the galley, Mom- you scurvy bilge rat!

This be me first mate, Argyles McScruffybeard. His arch-nemesis, Moby Decter, once caught him sleeping and he now has the scars to prove it. Yarrrrrr...ouch.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Nora discovers the iPod

So, after we got home from daycare tonight, Nora found Eric's iPod and started pushing buttons. I have many videos of her dancing to "Mana Mana." Unfortunately, the files are enormous. Instead, please enjoy this video of Nora dancing to the next best thing. Which apparently is always Vampire Weekend. Ah, my little hipster....

Notice the coordination she received in spades from her mother. And the actual, real, not sarcastic rhythm that she received from, ummmm, someone. I honestly can't say if Eric can dance. I suspect not.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Bye! See ya!

There are some excellent videos of Nora and Lilly impersonating Ewoks, as Jenni says (I think they look more like Jawas, but I have seen those movies far, far too many times). Check them out here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lilly comes to play!

Lilly came over to play for a while this weekend! Hooray! Wee went to the Landis Vally Museum's Harvest Days, which the girls weren't too sure about. Especially when Lilly got licked by an ox. Licked. By. An. Ox. That's right. Poor child- I wouldn't be too sure about that either. But they liked the chicks and the horses and the straw bales. And they definitely liked it when we went to the children's museum next door, The Hands-On House.

We have some great videos of the girls talking and dancing and giggling in the car, but the first one was loading all day today at work and after nine hours, it still had not uploaded. [sigh] I'll keep you posted on whether you will ever get to see Nora and Lilly's free-form interpretive dance to Vampire Weekend's "A Punk."

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fashion Plate

Nora's penchant for picking out her own clothes strikes again. What is it with the hats? Of course, this one goes right along with her new phrase, "Aw, jeez." And in my head, that's followed by, "Come on over for dinner- it's lutefisk with lots of butter, doncha know!"

And in related news, Nora only had red eye in one eye in this picture. My motherly inclination is to get her honky butt to the eye doctor. Then, my doctorly side kicks in and tells me to get a freaking life. Anyone care to comment on her light reflex, symmetric or otherwise?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Apple Picking

I just haven't been feeling it for the little stinker the last couple of days. Sure, I love her, but she's wearing me out with the four-tantrums-before-eight-o'clock routine. Seriously, tantrums about shoes? Really?

So, let's look at some cute things. We went apple picking when we were on vacation. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time. Since then, Nora has been totally in love with apples. We picked a whole mess of these tiny little tart pie apples and she just loves to have one of those to gnaw on after I pick her up from daycare int he afternoon. The added bonus is that she's cut three new teeth (including two molars) on those apples.

Here are the afore-mentioned cute things: