We drove down to Carlsbad, California for Nora’s birthday/thanksgiving weekend and spent a day having fun at legoland.
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Nora had her sixth birthday party with five of her closest friends at San Mateo’s Central Park. We had a homemade banana walnut cake (with cream cheese frosting), played pin the tail on Twilight Sparkle™, rode the Central Park Railway, and generally had a great time. Birthday party in a park is a pretty nifty treat for a Michigander born at the end of November!
After playing we headed back to our house for pizza and cake and quality time with the giraffe. It was a fantastic day! As you can see, though, Colin wasn’t entirely on board with the whole “let people sing to me while I wait for that cake over there to be MINE” thing.
The title of this website changed on September 1st, 2012 when Nora graciously made room for her new baby brother. It’s been a year and that little brother has now successfully completed 1 full orbit of our beloved medium-sized star. We threw a little party in San Mateo’s Central Park to commemorate the event with friends Sylvie, Noa and Meghan up from Palo Alto and Elizabeth and Ellen down from San Francisco.
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.
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.