Thursday, January 29, 2009

Baby Papooka

One of Emerson's favorite songs and his first favorite book - Baby Beluga (Raffi).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Story Time

OMG. Today I took the kids to a new storytime...there were AT LEAST 75 kids there. It was a zoo! Everyone was so overstimulated, including me. The library is on the mall, so after a crazed coughing fit from Emerson we left and played in the kids area instead.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

More snow?

I can't believe we woke up to more snow this morning! It looks like it will melt soon, but we enjoyed a little walk outside. Emerson decided he didn't like walking in it, but after a bit got into the action!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sleep my friend

Emerson has been pretty darn good with the transition to his new bed. But tonight he fell asleep in his doorway, with his special blankie in hand.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday NEMB!

Neil's birthday today - he and the fam invited us for playtime at a park. Pretty park, but the ducks and geese creeped me out. Neil and James
Josie, Dannelle, Hadley and Norah
Emerson was so excited to see Josie when she woke up. She was still a little sleepy and when he ran over and yelled in her face she reached out and punched him ROFL. It was a gentle punch and I was lucky enough to catch it on camera.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Glamour Kitty

Off to school. We love this outfit from Gramma Joyce - Norah insisted on bringing her purse to school as well. Cute!

Happy Inauguration Day!

A cute little thumbnail from the kids photos through Fusion Photography.
Ready to celebrate!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Zoo, Zoo, Zoo = Cold, Cold, Cold

Brrr...N, E and I met friends at the Zoo today and it was COLD. Overall we had fun, although at one point or another everyone had a meltdown. Except Shannon and me, we managed to keep it together. :-)Paige, Brannon, Norah and Emerson
Brannon pushed Emerson all the way up Zoo hill - nice!
Very cool tarantula, photography by Norah.

Checking out the insects

Adorable Paige! I wanted to sneak her home with us.

The last time we visited the zoo the otters were "R" rated and I had to hurry the kids past - but today they were much more family friendly.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Scootering Around

Today has been gorgeous - we took advantage of the chilly/windy, but sunny day and went on a walk by the Columbia. Norah and Emerson were able to break out their Christmas scooters from G&G Butterfield finally (so far they've been riding them around the house) and test out their skills. Ryan has never been one to follow rules, so he risked life and limb to give Emerson a close up view of a train. E was in heaven with the trains going by and the planes flying overhead.

Watching the river

After a short scooter trip, Emerson decided it was too slow and he was just going to pull his scooter along after him. :-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Ridgefield Library with Norah, Kim and Hadley
Multitasking. I believe he was pretending to talk to Grammie Peggy on one phone and Uncle Dave on the other.
Big boy bed update - so far Emerson has been doing really well with his new bed! All bedtimes have been under an hour before he falls asleep, and most considerably shorter than that. He is even taken to napping well. yay!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

G'night Emerson

Tonight is Emerson's first night in a 'big boy' bed! He has a fancy new bed shaped like a car, which he and Norah enjoyed immensely this afternoon. However, come bed time he was not so sure about this whole concept. After about 45 minutes of testing his new boundaries he finally fell asleep. I crept in on him a few hours later to take a peek and found this pose - his bedding all switch to the end of the bed, arms thrown up and special blankie over his head. Is this a sign of surrender to the new bed?? We'll see how the rest of the night goes!

A Day with Grandpa

Grandpa drove up today to join us on an outing to OMSI. We visited a few nooks and crannies we'we haven't been in before, including a reptile lab. After OMSI we stopped by for a quick visit at Union Station, the train station in downtown PDX.
Favorites of the day...
Emerson - the earthquake simulator - he must have sat on it at least 40 times.
Norah - the chemistry lab
Grandpa - he says he liked the lab and the earthquake (good grandpa) but he played the longest with a $75,000, high-powered microscope.
Heather - the big, giant ear

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just cute

Norah, in an outfit from her Aunt Lynne and riding the scooter Grandma Carmen and Grandpa Lyman gave her for Christmas.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Christmas with Gramma and Grandpa Skogen

Finally! After two aborted attempts at Christmas in Corvally (weather and illness) we made it down for a fun Christmas party! N&E had such a phenomenal time they didn't want to leave...we had to have terribly sad crying when it was time to go. G&G showered them with fun and thoughtful gifts and Gramma outdid herself with a lovely Christmas dinner. G&G gave Norah the Glamour Kitty outfit pictured here - she had to go put it on right after opening presents. It came complete with beret, purse and tights with kitties up the sides. Sassy!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Rojo the Dinosaur

G&G had a llama visit their home today, so we snuck in for some of the action. The kids were entranced by Rojo - he was very tame. As far as llamas go. :-) Norah was like a llama paparazzi, several of these shots are from her. Emerson initially called Rojo a horse, but then decided it was a dinosaur...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


N&E and I had a treat today, when Grammie Peggy and Hadley joined us on our excursion to visit the great g'rents. It was a bit of a zoo! Norah and Hadley, pretending to sleep in Great-Grandma's bed
Great-Grandma, reading to Emerson

Visiting with Great-Grandpa

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

As we greeted the New Year (miserable colds and all), I was surprised to take a look a back at 2008 and see how many FIRSTS we had - notable moments that made our 2008. Some big, and many more small, fragments of our day-to-day lives. Norah and Emerson will both begin 2009 as brand new four and two year olds, respectively. Here is a look at a few of their FIRSTS in 2008.