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News flash: Nora likes prunes

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Looking forward to fall

Well, Labor Day has come and gone and the pool is officially closed until next summer. I will miss those lazy summer days. Nora really liked the pool. She kicked her little chubby legs and slapped the surface of the water with her palms, splashing water all over her face. She laughed and squealed letting everyone see those two funny little teeth. (I mean, those teeth are ridiculous. What are they good for? They’re just cute, that’s all.) There’s nothing like wrapping Nora in a towel and drying her off so she’s nice and warm and cozy.

I realize that summer’s not officially over yet, but I see a few leaves changing colors already. Why be sad about it? One of my favorite things about being a mom is getting to do the kid stuff all over again, from a new perspective.

This fall will be about apple picking (and apple crisp) and walking in the woods. Nora will wear cute hats and sweaters that Grammy knitted for her, like this one:

We’ll decorate our new house with pumpkins, squash and scary cats (that’s about as gory as I get) and we’ll sit on a rocking chair the back porch and where it’ll be nice and breezy. We’ll take Nora on road trips up North to Cold Spring and New Paltz where we’ll wander in and out of little stores and warm our hands with mugs of hot cider. We’ll drive up to Bear Mountain and look out at the yellows and reds and oranges for miles below. We’ll invite friends and family to our home (which will smell like apple crisp. I’m fixing to make a lot of crisp this fall, people.) Our nieces will ride their bikes up and down the street. It’ll be Nora’s first Halloween. We’ll dress her up in a cute/cuddly costume (most likely with bear ears) and take lots of pictures, and she’ll think, “What? What’s the big deal?” Nora and I will sit by the Hudson and look out at the boats. There will be a chill in the air, a cool wind rippling down the river. We’ll bundle up and head back to the car, bracing ourselves for winter.

(And why be all sad about winter? Think, baby in a snowsuit.)

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What’s on Nora’s reading list this summer?

Well, she turned 7 months this week. 7 months old! And I have to say, her reading level has really advanced. Here she is doing some light reading:

And now she’s eating The Business Writer’s Companion, which just shows how committed she is to learning this stuff.– you know, writing memos, proposals and abstracts.

After some careful consideration, Nora decided that That’s Not My Bunny was a little bit more engaging.

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Painting the piano

We’ve been in home improvement mode — mainly removing wallpaper and painting. I’m a little bit paint-happy right now. My mom and I were joking — she was a little worried that if she were standing in the room, I might paint her. This weekend, we hunkered down and got to work on several projects including, painting the downstairs hallway, sanding down the closet door in the bathroom so that it opens over the rug, painting two side tables and… painting the PIANO.

We feel pretty lucky to have a piano in the first place. The former owners left it for us, which was really kind. I always wanted to give Nora piano lessons. She’s already pretty great at improvising. She bangs on the keys and sometimes gets so into it, she gnaws on them, feeling the music, being one with the music, ingesting the music.

But we needed to figure out how to work it into our space. The dark color didn’t quite go with our decor.

BEFORE

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I don’t know what’s on TV there — is that Chopped?

The color we used is Benjamin Moore’s Filtered Sunlight: 2154-60. It’s a light yellow, creamy color. I applied one coat and then realized I liked how it looked to see a little bit of the dark poking through. It gave the piano an antique look. Here’s what we have so far:

AFTER

I’m still working on decorative pieces to place on top of the piano, maybe a photo display or a vase with a bunch of sticks. I didn’t make that sound very appealing, but I’ll show you what I mean when I put it together. I might also do another coat on this using semi-gloss.

What do you think?

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Oh rice cereal

Day one and day two of Rice Cereal Project went okay. Nora took it but was not that psyched about it. Day 1: She made the face she makes when we give her vitamin D, the “yuck, this is gross but I guess I’ll eat it” face. After a few bites, she closed her lips to let me know she was closed for business.  And then she batted it away with her hand and became very interested in her octopus toy. Day 2: She still made that face and did that thing with her lips, but she ate a little bit more of it. Truth be told, I don’t think it tastes/looks/smells that great so I don’t really blame her.

Here’s a few pictures of Rice Cereal Project. Note the really awesome personalized bowl she’s eating out of. Our friend Rob Cartelli made that for her! Here’s a link to his Ceramics page: http://www.cartelliceramics.com/

Don’t know about you but I can’t wait to try bananas!

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New house and slideshow

We moved to a new house! I haven’t posted for awhile because I’ve been a little preoccupied, over the last few weeks, with home improvement projects (packing, painting, unpacking, painting) while Kevin undertook a gargantuan wallpaper-removal project. We moved on Friday, getting the last box into the house about an hour before the torrential downpour. Kevin spent the weekend setting up the kitchen while I reacquainted myself with all of my old clothes and judged whether or not they should make the cut. High heeled boots — I’m sorry but you’re a goner. I have a baby now and I need my feet to be comfortable. Do you understand? Tie-dyed t-shirt that I made in seventh grade at camp and that I have not worn since high school — I should get rid of you, right? Nah. Welcome to my closet.

Nora seems to like her new abode so far. She’s felt comfortable expressing herself here. Her new thing is to move her mouth and her tongue and make these sorts of noises: Ah, blah, blah, bah, da, blah, gah, BLAH! She has also learned to grab her foot and stick her toes in her mouth. Oh, and we bought her this new Jumparoo, (thanks Ainsley for letting Nora borrow yours), and it is an endless party. Nora does this awesome sidestep jig sort-of move and there are monkey and elephant noises and music.

Well, I am way behind on my posts, so I thought I’d include a photo slideshow to highlight some of the events of the last month. Nora got to see lots of friends and family.

Here we go:

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2 Year Anniversary

I’m the luckiest girl in the world. Two years ago, Kevin and I got married on a beautiful (and hot) May afternoon with the love and support of our family and friends.

Today, we have an amazing little family. Last night, we celebrated our anniversary by taking ourselves and Nora to dinner at the Hudson House. We sat outside, enjoyed some scrumptious food and reminisced. Nora, the party girl, liked being outside and people watching/ eating her toy/ eating her hand/ squawking. I’m grateful for these guys.

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