Nora remains a beautiful, smart little girl. She is truly a bright light on a dark day. He smile and giggles are contagious. At three-and-a-half she talks well, sings, acts goofy, can write her name and others' names, can dance, loves school, loves trains and dolls, loves art, and is perfectly content not ever wearing a dress - unless she gets a "beautiful" one that she can twirl in. ;) She totally rocks!
Not long after my last update, Nora read her first book! She and I had been working hard on "Hooked on Phonics", and she learned the "-at" word family and some sight words. We are not working on HOP currently since Gray came along, but we still do some sight words here and there, and workbook pages out of a workbook. She is also going to Pre-K, and she LOVES it! We love it too. :) Her teacher is great, and Nora tells us daily about her friends at school. We are very happy with her progress.
This is Nora at her first movie in a theater, Finding Nemo 3D. She enjoyed the movie until the popcorn was gone. ;) Her favorite movie right now is "The Lorax", and she also likes to watch Thomas the Train, Veggie Tales, and Dora movies. A few weeks ago she was sick and she watched "Dora's Royal Adventure" twice a day, every day. ;)
One neat thing about Nora lately is that she is really into Legos. This is a photo of her playing with her daddy's old Legos in our basement. She also has a lot of her own Lego City sets, and also some "Duplo" type blocks that she plays with often. Nora's teacher had told us that Nora plays often in block area at school, and that she could see Nora growing up to be a little "engineer". We can see it too!
Nora loves to draw, write, and color. LOVES IT! She's so creative with her drawings, and loves to use stickers to enhance them. She draws and colors so much everyday that the clips on our fridge are OVER FULL with her art! It's just so wonderful to have her randomly produce a picture of daddy or a little piece of paper with "mom" on it. ;) Her drawings and writings are so unique and creative, just like her. ;)
Now that Gray is here, Nora and mommy will go on little "outings" together every so often. Sometimes it's just to the grocery store, but sometimes it's dinner and pedicures. It feels like just yesterday that we did this stuff all the time, but with Grayson here and Nora in school we have to make time for special dates like this now! The second photo is us at a Pre-K event at the library, on a another mommy-daughter "outing". I am thankful that her Pre-K does things like this so that we have the opportunity to do things like this together.
Nora has become a slight drama-queen as she has gotten older. When she gets sick, this is especially true! These photos are of her "waiting for the fro-ups" and acting goofy while recovering from RSV. She also truly believes that going to the doctor makes you feel better instantly. ;) When Grayson was in the hospital, Nora threw up in the backseat of Nana's car, so now every time she gets sick she tells people about that. Drama!
Like any three year old, Nora never misses a chance to show-off for mom and dad. These are all photos that Nora insisted I take - one of her in her "new apple vest", one of her dressed as a butterfly, and one of her with her trains. She also likes it when I take videos of her and then play them back for her. I got some PRECIOUS videos of her not too long ago, and they still make me laugh no matter how many times I watch them! For one she said: "Mom, I just want one of me opening and closing my mouth." And that's exactly what she did in the video! - Just stood there, opening and closing her mouth!! It was so funny and cute, just like her.
This year we got a lot of snow, and Nora got to go sledding for the first time with her daddy. We are fortunate that we live right next to one of the best sledding places ever - and Nora had so much fun! At the very end she slid into a bush and got a little thorn in her hand, but up until then, daddy says "she had a great time!" She and daddy also like to build snowmen together outside - well, they are really more like snow "mounds" with eyes, nose, mouths, and hats. ;)
Nora continues to be a very kind and caring big sister. She loves to talk to Gray, "read" him books, bounce him in his bouncer, put his diapers away in the diaper pail, and dress him up! I think when he gets older he won't appreciate that last part, but right now he just thinks she's the coolest thing EVER. He desperately wants to go chasing after her already, so I think I will have my hands full with them very soon! ;)
And - that's Nora in a (very BIG) nutshell! She is just such a blessing. She's independent, strong-willed (OK, stubborn!), sweet, and a very good friend. We love her and are very proud of our little girl!
Until next time . . .