These pictures are from our first trip to Space Center Houston/the Johnson Space Center. We’d already gotten her pretty excited about the eight planets and the Sun and she was naturally excited about the Moon (who isn’t?). We got to see MOCR-2, the historic mission control that controlled the Apollo 11 moon landing and was one of two control rooms used for all of the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle Missions until 1998. The second historic control room, the cleverly-named MOCR-1, has been gutted and replaced is now a Starbucks, I think. Nora was totally into the whole thing but was ultimately wooed away from space exploration by the giant multi-floor climbing gym in the visitors’ center.
Monthly archives for June, 2012
Nora noticed, with no small measure of alarm, that her Miss Kitty was suffering from a tragic lack of wings. So, naturally, we hopped in the car and headed to Texas Art Supply and loaded up on construction paper, gold & silver pipe cleaners, pink featherz, and glue stick. You wouldn’t know it from the 1998-style website, but this place is amazingly fun. They have everything a little budding artist (or mad scientist, really) could want.
Nora drew a template for the first wing and then cut it out. Together we traced it to make a second wing, poked holes in them to thread the pipe cleaner through, and built a tasteful-yet-comfortable pipe cleaner harness for Miss Kitty to wear. This was a fun, easy, affordable, and ultimately practical project (Miss Kitty is much more mobile now that she can fly).
On Nora’s 4th birthday, we started reading Little House in the Big Woods to her each night before bed. It took about six months, but we read our way through the entire series — which Nora mostly loved, except for one scene where Laura fell into a rushing creek and nearly drowned. Here’s a series of Nora facial expressions during the reading of that scene:
Nora’s got a set of lincoln logs at her grandparents house that she just absolutely loves to play with. Here are some shots of her creations (with the architect in the background for reference). It’s impossible to mention lincoln logs without bringing up that they were invented by John Lloyd Wright, son of some guy who designed buildings or some junk.