Friday, August 21, 2009

10 Month Old Nora!

Our lovely Nora is ten months old today! We marked the day by going to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy new kitchen rugs, and then picking up some Lou Malnati's for dinner.

Please enjoy some of our favorite Nora pictures from the past few weeks, as well as these updates:

- You can't see from these pics, but she's up to 6 teeth (two on bottom, four on top)
- Baby food's no longer on the menu, she's a table food girl now. Favorites? Cinnamon apples, yogurt Cheerios, and beef!
- Her vocabulary now includes: "Mama" "Dada" "Uh-Oh" "Hi," "Papa" "Bye Bye" "Baba" (bottle)
- Play ANY music, and she'll dance (watch for a future video posting)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What a unique family!

I'm sitting at the breakfast table with Fiona, who has decided to opt out of breakfast in favor of playing Candyland all by herself. She's not actually playing the game, mind you, but rather is playing with the four playing pieces that you use. For those readers who haven't played Candyland in a while, they are different colored gingerbread men.

So she's walking them around the board and is talking to them. She introduces herself:
"Hi, I'm Fiona Boldischar Alex."

That gets my attention. "What did you say your name was?"

She repeats it: "Fiona Boldischar Alex."

"Oh," I casually respond, "and what's my name?"

"Daddy Boldischar John."

"And Mommy's name?"

Without missing a beat, she answers "Mommy Boldischar Chan."

That just leaves one more family member, who is sitting next to me eating Cheerios in her high chair. "What about your sister? What's her name?"

"Nora Boldischar Donut."

How about that! Look for these names in a few months on our Christmas Card!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swiffer Children

Nora turns 10 months old this week, and her mobility continues to improve. Back in June she started rolling around the room - at first she would just move a few feet, but soon we would walk into the kitchen, come back a minute later, and Nora would be underneath a dining room chair.

Her scooting/army crawling skills have quickly advanced, to the point where we've installed a gate at the stairs. Just last week, she ventured into a new environment - the kitchen tile! Wendy caught this video of Fiona coaching Nora along the kitchen floor. Check out Nora's technique - she's like a frog swimming or something!

Personally, I think Nora will be crawling on her knees within a couple weeks, but Wendy thinks she'll stick with this scoot/swim move for a while. What do you think?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

GOOD morning

(First, let me say there are no pictures today. Our main computer is broken, hopefully only temporarily)

This morning was sweet. One of those sun-glistening, holding hands, skipping through the field kind of mornings that makes you forget the whining, screaming, fit-throwing evening the night before.

The girls were eating breakfast, I was making mine, and Jim was packing up to leave for work. He kissed Nora goodbye and she said "buh buh" (bye bye) for the first time, waved to him, and then blew him a kiss. That was a sweet first! Then he kissed Fiona and then kissed me goodbye. Fiona saw us kiss and said "Ummm, looks two....are.......IN LOVE!" We weren't sure what was going to come out of that mouth, but were pleasantly happy at what did. We laughed and told her that we were in love and she just smiled.

Thats a good way to start the day!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Blink your eyes and suddenly it's a new month! This is our first August blog posting, though it's been a busy month already. A week ago Wendy and I were enjoying a vacation in Boston. It was a very nice 5 days, highlighted by:

- No early morning visits by 3 year-olds
- Meals that were enjoyed hot
- Zero diapers

In all honesty, while enjoyed the time to ourselves and got some rest and relaxation, we missed the girls a lot. Boston was fun to visit, tons of good seafood, and lots of history to experience first hand. Here are a few photos from our trip.

The entrance to Boston Public Garden, highlighted by George Washington.

George up close. This bronze statue was dedicated 140 years ago!

The Shaw Memorial, located in Boston Common. If you've seen Glory, this is shown during the credits.

Yes, we went to this tourist trap: Formerly the Bull & Finch, this bar is now officially called Cheers.

I didn't see the Harvard Crew team, but I got this photo of a lone rower on the Charles River.