Nora chose, entirely on her own and with no prompting from me, my favorite restaurant for her birthday dinner to celebrate 5 successful orbits of the local star. It went wonderfully! Colin slept the entire time and let us eat in peace, Nora enjoyed her dinner of black bean tacos, and then this giant hat ate her head while all of the waiters sang “happy birthday” loudly enough to wake the brother.
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We decided to celebrate Nora’s half birthday with cupcakes because:
- she’s a pretty great kid and
So we went to a place called ‘Crave Cupcakes’ not far from Nora’s school and picked up this handsome chocolate model with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles (Nora’s choice — simple, elegant, and messy).
Nora and I visited the Matthaei Botanical Gardens during spring break for a little no-cost fun. We learned that chocolate, bananas, and olives comes from trees and that vanilla comes from a flower. We tried very hard to fall into two separate koi ponds. We ate a picnic lunch in the lobby. We pretended to touch some cacti. We stomped on a translucent walkway. And we had a lovely pretend tea party at which, Nora informed me, her old friend Salomé was present. It was certainly nice to pretend to see Salomé again. It’s amazing how big we imagine her to have gotten.
[ as always, be sure to click on pictures ]
A couple weeks ago, Kevin and I had eye doctor appointments. Nora was with us for a few minutes, until Grandma came to take her to breakfast. Nora was nervous, because she thought she might get a shot (having recently had just such an experience at the pediatrician’s office) but all was well once she got a ride in the chair:
Also, this picture is from Nora’s 39-month-a-versary.
It’s taken nearly 4 years and a fairly massive investment of time, affection, and research dollars, but we finally have the fully autonomous self-regulating automatic cheese grater* we’ve always wanted.
* note: cheese grater is not fully autonomous, particularly self-regulating, or remotely automatic.
Nora had her second (and, as it happens, final) third birthday party tonight at her Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Many thanks to everyone (at both parties) for the cards and presents and excellent company and birthday wishes! This has been quite a week and we’re not sure how Nora is going to cope with the return to non-holiday & non-birthday life! Just look at the way the joy is positively dripping off her in the movie, though. She’s one very happy little girl and we’re two unbelievably lucky (and happy) parents.
These pictures were taken way back on September 26th. It was our 12th wedding anniversary (seriously) and Nora was exactly 2 years and 10 months old (seriously!). Here she demonstrates the kind of gentle, supportive parenting skills we’ve modelled for her by strangling her doll and then giggling uncontrollably about it.