On August 23rd, while eating an apple in the Stanford phonetics lab, Nora lost her very first tooth! It had been loose for only a couple of days and it just popped right out. She’s extremely proud and excited. The tooth fairy stopped by and gave her a dollar. What’s up with that? Why hasn’t the tooth fairy kept pace with the rate of inflation?
Monthly archives for August, 2013
One of the better traditions at Stanford is “fountain hopping” which, as you might well infer from the name, means hopping into one of the dozen or so beautiful fountains on campus. Nora came to work with me today and part of her reward for being so incredibly good and quiet while I worked was riding her scooter between a few of the grander fountains (in her bathing suit and water shoes!) so she could hop and frolic in the fountains. I forgot my proper camera, these I took with my laptop.
Our departure from Houston happened to coincide with N2K (Nora’s 2,000th day on Earth) so right before we left, we had an N2K/farewell party for Nora and a few of her friends that featured two of our favorite things: a splash park and cookies from Paulie’s
Nora rode the train to work with me on Wednesday and spent the morning being insanely good in the lab so I could get work done. Then we went to a courtyard where she could ride her scooter and take her shoes and socks off to play in a fountain for a while before Jen and Colin showed up and we all had a picnic lunch. Here are some photos of the family enjoying the new lab!
[ note: I am posting things out of order and will be for the next few weeks. each post will appear at the top of the page and stay there for a few days to a week before being refiled back to its appropriate spot in the timeline. These pictures are from 7-28. ]
About two and a half blocks from our new apartment there is the wonderful San Mateo Central Park. This is a fabulous place to meet other kids, practice biking, slide on a honest-to-goodness metal slide, visit the Japanese garden and its koi, and (on the weekends, anyway) ride the train! There aren’t really any terrific places for a baby Colin’s age to play, but he’ll need shoes soon enough and then I’m sure he’ll love it.
Colin loves black beans which, for him, are a much more immersive experience than beans are for you mere mortals. Note the fancy plate he’s using. We bought it because its unique design and non-skid edge make it more difficult for the child to turn over. So much more difficult that he almost didn’t use a single fluid motion flipping the plate upside down and flinging it off the table the first time we put it down in front of him.
Colin’s fairy name is Sunsneezer, but we haven’t fully worked out his accessories yet. Here we see him being fitted for (and soundly rejecting) a pair of tiny wings.
Later, during dinner, he decided to convert his bib into a Dr. Seuss themed cape! It’s rough on the clothes, but the style factor cannot (and will not) be denied.
Nora and Colin took us parental types over to Half Moon Bay to see the ocean. Three of us have never lived this close to an ocean before and none of us has ever lived near the mighty Pacific! It’s very exciting but also, it turns out, very overcast, drizzly, and cold. We’ll be better prepared for the weather next time.