Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Violin Break

Unfortunately we have to take a break from Norah's violin lessons! Her classes were switched to the same day as her ballet class and its been too much for one day for her (and me). We'll go back in a few months to a new time and with an older Norah. In the meantime, we'll miss Mrs. Kelly!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Snow Day

We woke up to a chilly day of light snow - just enough to entertain us, but not enough to inconvenience...This is as close as Emerson was enterested in coming to the snow. I tried to give him some, but he was having none of it!
Norah was thrilled - she even made a miniature snowman (her first).

With such small amounts of snow, we managed to pick up bits of bark in our snowman. In case you are wondering, his eyes and mouth are made of dog treats. :-) We left him on Grammie's porch.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Shout Out

Little Oliver Knack! Amy is going to have to post all his stats - he is a cutie. We are going to arrange a playdate (OK, it will be hard when he is in Colorado, but we can meet in the middle) with Emerson and Norah!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Crazy MK Day

We haven't visited Michelle in quite a while - so it was GREAT to stop at our old Starbucks and hang out. I really miss NE Portland and all the action there...its so quiet in our new 'hood. After coffee we dropped by the adjacent library and made it to storytime. Even that is a different experience - one of the songs was about making pizza and all the kids were throwing out toppings. Someone said they like natural yeast and another liked veggie sausage. Hehehe. Eventually we made our way over to Ryan's office for lunch with Ryan and a family friend, Ron Ricks. Whew, that was a lot for one morning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Busy Tuesday

Tuesday are a busy day for us! Norah has both her ballet and her violin lesson, so there is lots of running around. After violin we stopped for lunch at Burgerville with Hadley and Kimmie (and their parents). The jukebox was like a magnet for all the girls.

Emerson has to spend a LOT of time in the car and his patience tends to wear thin. He was very cranky and gnawing on his toe. :-)

Monday, January 21, 2008

Neil's Birthday

Neil's wife, Dannelle, invited us over for cake tonight to celebrate Neil's 25th birthday. Norah and I had a girls night out excursion and had quite good time playing with everyone. We were the first to arrive and the last to leave! (sorry you had to kick us out...)

One of my other SIL, Katie, had a birthday on the 17th, so we sang to her as well!

Neil, imitating one of Robert's goofy faces

Norah helped Neil scoop ice cream - she'd scoop a bit out and putit on the plate, then lick the spoon off - then repeat. :-)

Chillin with the G'rents

A lunchtime visit with my grandparents. Norah loves it - she gets to bask in all the attention, recieve a ride on Grandpa's cart, PLUS there is a stage that she can dance on. Ahhh...good times. My mom joined us as well.
Emerson found his favorite place to nap, with my mom. No one else can get him to fall asleep like this!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just like Daddy

Emerson is perched on the arm of the couch, right next to Ryan's man-chair, playing along on the X-Box. If you look, you'll see his remote doesn't have the battery pack...but Emerson toggles and pushes buttons right along. If you stand between him and the TV, he'll crane his neck to see around you. LOL - I wonder what he thinks he's participating in?? BTW, Ryan has a similar glazed/focused-but-distracted expression when he plays. :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008


This was the view out our back deck this morning - so cold!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Dress up

Give Norah, Kimmie and Hadley fancy dresses and pile of my shoes and they can play for hours! Lots of discussion goes in to who wears which pair, if someone else can borrow them, etc. It reminds me of times at Pi Phi. :-)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Third time is *NOT* a Charm

Today was such a beautiful day I decided to take the kids to the park again. Since it was so nice, I invited Grammie and Kodiak to join us. Whew, who knew things could go so wrong?? After unloading at the park we walked up to a play area, where EVERY CHILD (count 4) I had with me went into an hysterical fit. Crying, sobbing, yelling...you name it. What a disaster. Eventually Kimberly calmed down and enjoyed herself - and Emerson had a couple moments of happiness. As soon as my mom arrived and Norah and Hadley caught sight of her they bolted over, sobbing in her arms. What a welcome. Needless to say, we left after about 15 minutes. Ugh.

Emerson's short happy period

I love this tree and make everyone get their pic with it. :-) Even Kodiak, who is too cool for pics. Check out his spiffy WSU sweatshirt - he is taking early enrollment classes at the WSU - Vancouver campus.

Kodiak, running back and forth to spin Hadley and Kimmie!

Saturday, January 12, 2008


I have to be creative while trying to keep everyone entertained! This morning I took out my wedding dress and let the girls try it on. Much happiness ensued until...

...I made them take it off. :-)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tenney Park De ja vu

There are some wacky toys at this park - this one has a disk at the bottom, with this pole attached. You climb on, hold on, and try to spin yourself round and round...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tenney Park

We've been getting a bit stir crazy - our home is not big enough for 4 children to run around in! Today I took the girls out to a park we've driven by a few times. It had tons of fun toys and a neat layout. Lots of paths to wander around on.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Hadley Ballerina

Cousin Hadley joined Norah's ballet class - they are close enough in age that they are in the same class. We had a really fun time getting her all ready - shoes, tights, hair and fancy leotard. She just couldn't wait for class to begin! She is a natural, incredibly graceful and quick to pick everything up. And adorable!
She kept peeking out the window to wave at me!
Learning how to do ballerina hands
Norah, leaping over a snowman. She has a funny tecnique...

Hadley's first leap!

Crazy tap dancing

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The Princess Tree

This year Norah and I made a special Christmas tree for her bedroom and we've been calling it the Princess Tree. The only rules are that the ornaments must be pink, sparkly or silver. It will be fun to pick up ornaments as the years go by. As Kimmie and Hadley are spending some time with us, we've decided to leave it up till they move into their new home - they've loved it as well.
We are brainstorming ideas for an Emerson tree for next year - if you have suggestions, let us know!