Sunday, December 19, 2010

In the car-

Digital photo, but I think it looks a bit like film


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Festival of Lights

I am behind on posting pictures because we've been fully enjoying the holiday season! I'll try to catch up a bit here these next couple days before family arrives and then I might not post again until the new year...

This past Friday night our town had a light festival at the local park and community center

A couple of Santa's reindeers were there.


And there were lots of fun inflatables inside the community center


Nora got her nose painted like a reindeer by one of Santa's elves (and she's been using my lipstick to do this to herself ever since)

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Outside the water splash park was all decorated and there were warming stations with hot chocolate carts throughout the park

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And an ice skating show at the ice rink

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The evening was capped off with a night sky-diving show which was really impressive. We first saw the light of the plane circling above and then two sparks of light appeared in the sky as the two jumpers came out of the plane


(Erik doesn't have some weird skin condition- I think this is just a shadow on his face)


Then they landed with showers of sparks and lots of cheering from everyone watching- I can't imagine jumping from a plane in the pitch dark!-


Then last Saturday we went to the annual Parade of Lights down Main Street- it was cold, but fun- next year I am going with folding chairs, blankets and lots of hot chocolate!

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful December and holiday season. I know it has been crazy weather for a lot of people around the country but we haven't had a drop of any moisture in days- I hope it starts snowing right after our family all arrive safely to our house this week.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Good Things

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

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and decorating it-

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keeping all the ornaments close together and on your eye level-


Getting a donut that is both pink AND has Christmas sprinkles

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Reading in your pjs on the couch


Decorating a gingerbread house

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Downtown Tree Lighting

Our town kicked off their annual Festival of Lights this past Friday with a tree lighting and some other fun events on Main Street.


Rudolf was there-


Which some little ones were really excited about


Father Christmas, a Toy Soldier and a Penguin attended as well


as did some dancing Christmas trees


Nora liked the candy canes that were handed out and the 3D glasses that made all the tree lights look like giant multicolored snowflakes


Main St was all decorated-


as were some of the store windows

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But the highlight of the evening was getting to see Santa (and his elf) read stories at the local bookstore.


Nora was brave enough to get on his lap, but she didn't know how to answer when he asked her what she wanted for Christmas- and she's been telling me that ever since: "Mama, I didn't know what to say to Santa!"


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Advent Season

The first signs of Christmas around here are the Christmas sheets on Nora's bed---


And then the advent calenders come out (as you can see, the Christmas tree one is already completed- and redone daily)

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And then the Christmas books and various knick-knacks come down from the attic--

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The tree goes up this week- and I'll try to catch up with some more posts; I have been unmotivated to blog lately but I feel inspiration returning with all the Christmas events and decor!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Things I am Thankful for

My family- (this is Nora's family portrait of her extended family)


God's amazing creation (Nora and Mor-Mor watching the full moon rise)


Giving to others- and having a daughter who gets truly excited about giving


That ski season is almost here

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That we had a delicious Thanksgiving meal and a wonderful holiday week. (Nora was especially thankful for the sparkling apple cider)


Sunday, November 21, 2010

A November Walk

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The Death of Autumn

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

When reeds are dead and straw to thatch the marshes,
And feathered pampas-grass rides into the wind
Like ag├Ęd warriors westward, tragic, thinned
Of half their tribe; and over the flattened rushes,
Stripped of its secret, open, stark and bleak,
Blackens afar the half-forgotten creek,––
Then leans on me the weight of the year, and crushes
My heart. I know that beauty must ail and die,
And will be born again,––but ah, to see
Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky!
Oh, Autumn! Autumn!––What is the Spring to me?

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Good Things

A fire on a snowy day
(I took this at a funny angle so that you could also see the beautiful bookshelves Erik recently built- we have one on each side of the fireplace and they look great- I am still figuring out how to best fill them)


Wearing ALL your pairs of clean underwear at once


Making a marker "forest for Chicken"


Folding laundry for Mama without being asked- Nora has always loved to help me out with everything I do around the house- and lately she has started to be truly helpful in the sense that I don't have to go back and redo everything she "helped" me with.


Nora has been requesting a nice, hot shower every night. Erik and I both hate baths and never take them- so I guess it makes sense that she would love showers so much- I just didn't expect that she would give up her baths so young. It seems to relax her more for bedtime- maybe from all the steam. She likes the water HOT!


And when she's done she loves to clean the door with the squeegee.


Thursday, November 11, 2010


I took these a couple weeks ago but I wanted to share them. I took Nora to get her hair cut at a barber shop on our Main St that is one of the oldest existing barber shops in the country. It has been there since our town's founding in 1872.

It has the striped poles out front-


beautiful tile work around the sinks


old fashioned barber chairs and even a wood stove in the back of the store-


I wish I had gotten a better picture of the little seat that they clipped on for her to sit on- but you can see a bit of it poking out under her in that picture above.


Nora was very focused on what lollipop flavor to pick when it was over, so I am not sure she appreciated the charm of the place as much as I did, but she seemed happy with her haircut. What a great place this would be for first haircut pictures- especially of a little boy! I sent Erik to try it out after we went but he wasn't thrilled with the cut so I think he'll be back the chain in a nearby strip mall. He's not quite as enamored with everything vintage as is his wife ;) Oh well!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tiny Tutus Class

Nora started ballet this past friday. She's in a "Tiny Tutus" class of 3 year old girls. It was so fun to watch them all and Nora seemed to really enjoy herself.

They started off with a song where they pretended to sleep and then wake up

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They were instructed to hold hands to form a circle. It was quite sweet as Nora and this little girl grabbed each others hands and held on long past the ending of the circle dance.

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Then the "princess walk" where they walked across the room balancing a crown on their heads. I love the two thumb suckers in the background of this picture- I didn't notice them when I was taking it!


Admiring herself in the mirror


The grand finale scarf dance

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