Sunday, October 28, 2012

Girl's Weekend 2012

This weekend was our annual Girl's Weekend  (+ Connor).  My aunts Miriam and Mara and cousins Sarah and Connor came up late Friday night from Iowa to spend the weekend with us.  This year, we stuck closer to here, and did some shopping and had Caribou in Northfield before heading to our hotel in Faribault.

We stayed at a nice place with a 2-bedroom suite and pool area that had a zero-depth entry kiddie pool/splash pad.  It was perfect for the girls.  After a nap Saturday, we checked out the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, which was having a special Halloween event.

It was pretty packed, but we still enjoyed a jack-o-lantern trail walk, a "haunted" house, some cider, games, and a bouncy house.  After supper, Abby did some swimming with everyone, then we enjoyed some game-playing time after she went to bed.  This morning, we did some more swimming and some Christmas ornament crafting before parting ways.  We always have a great time, and this year was no exception!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Family time

This weekend was a rare weekend where everyone in my family came home--these weekends go by in a blur, but are so much fun.  Lots of yummy food, tons of game-playing, and beautiful weather made for the perfect weekend.  My mom's goal was to get a family photo taken for their Christmas card, and I think we were able to get some good options (my cousin Ben was up for the weekend, too, so became our photographer):

We soaked up the family time, and look forward to having everyone together again at Thanksgiving!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pumpkin patch

Life/school has been pretty crazy lately, with conferences, meetings, and schoolwork galore, leaving little family time...  Our weekends have been full as well, with no end in sight until probably Thanksgiving.  It's just a little crazy, so when the opportunity presented itself to meet up with Dave in New Prague after work on what was probably the last nice evening, we snatched it up and headed to the local pumpkin patch to stock up for Halloween and get some cute photos of the girls.  Abby has an amazing memory--she said, "Do you remember when I didn't want my picture taken here?"  She was referring to last year, when it was really sunny and she cried when getting her photo taken by the big display out front.  She was much more cooperative this year, and we got some good pics.  Abby got to pick out a pumpkin for herself and Norah, and helped make sure Norah wasn't eating too much hay or getting into trouble.  :)  Soaking up these precious moments with my girls!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

7 months old

Our sweet Norah girl turned 7 months old last Wednesday.  Life has been crazy busy lately, so we finally found time to take her 7-month pictures today.  She is such a happy baby--loves everyone and everything, especially anything she can put into her mouth!  She's going to be a busy one once she's mobile.  She will grab anything that looks fun/yummy--necklaces, buttons, tags, etc.  She loves sitting up and playing with her toys, especially her piano and Little People.  She's tried lots of new foods in the past month, and really hasn't found anything she doesn't like.  A new favorite is Gerber puffs, which she can pick up and put in her mouth on her own.  Those are a nice distraction when she's fussy at suppertime (which happens when we don't feed her fast enough!).  She's still doing great at daycare, and has even started going to ECFE class on Wednesday nights.  She's not a fan of staying up past 7 on those nights, but is enjoying the toys and the friends there.  She's really settled into a good routine, taking two good naps at daycare each day and then sleeping from 7-6:30 most nights.  Now that she's discovered how much she loves sleeping on her stomach, the nights are going a lot better (she was in a phase where she'd end up in the corner of her crib on her stomach, stuck, crying in the middle of the night).  Norah's still a peanut, weighing in at only 14 pounds.  Here are some pics from her 7-month photo shoot: