Nora June- 16 Months

December 10, 2014

This picture above pretty much sums up 16 months! BUSY, CLIMBING, CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP TODDLING MANIAC. 

Did you catch that? Toddling maniac!!! That's what we have been calling her. She is nuts! She never stops! 

Things Nora does at 16 months:

- Climbs anything and everything- I turned around to get something from the fridge and she was standing in her eating chair that clips to the counter. I turned around to get something while grocery shopping and she was standing in the kiddie seat part of the shopping cart. She climbs on every couch, chair, pillow, bed and coffee table in sight. 

- Says a few words, but nothing much yet. She only has one syllable of each word as of yet. She says BA- bath, bottle, book, boots, baby, bum
NA- Nana
MA- Mama
DA- Dada
NO- snow (doesn't actually say NO yet!), nose
CO- cold
HAAA- hot
ME- please
UP- up
CHEE- cheese
CHEES- cheers!
PEE- pee
TEE- teeth
EYES- eyes

"Me" for Please is still her favourite word. It's too funny! I'll say "What do you say?" when she wants something and it comes out like this short little grunty "ME, ME, ME!" or I say "say please!" and she does it again. 

- Loves the snow and going outside for walks and playing

- Still eats anything and everything

- Has 2 more teeth- she cut one of her top "fangs" and one of the bottom ones. The other 2 are in process right now.

- She loves to wrestle with Tom and last week he had several scratches on his bald forehead that were quite noticeable! Oops!

- She still makes a ton of animals sounds- owl, snake, cow, sheep, horse, cat, dog, fish, pig!

- She LOVES books. They are still her favourite thing to play with. We recently took out all her Christmas books and she amazed us all with how well she can find things in the I Spy book. On the first page, she can find "A clock, a bumpy green pickle, Santa on a sleigh and a face on a nickel. A frog on a leaf, a chubby teddy bear, white and black keys and a yellow pear". I almost died after she pointed to all of those but the "keys". She sits and slips through pages of books many, many times throughout the day. 

- She has started to play with her Baby doll too. She tries to feed it her toy bottle and play food, covers it in a blanket and gives it kisses. It's too cute!

- She turns our apartment upside down all day long- cupboards (which are now locked up), every piece of clothing gets pulled out of her dresser and ours, my craft supplies are all over the place if she manages to get into it, etc. This is one of the disadvantages to having such a small apartment- there is no room to baby gate- the whole place is fair game!

- She is obsessed with the toilet and is always looking at it and trying to flush it, plays with the toilet paper and pretends to wipe with it and says PEE when she sees it! Maybe a sign that potty training may be on the horizon?!

She makes us laugh everyday and I still can't wait to kiss those cheeks a million times and squeeze her to death!

All ready to go tree hunting!
15 minutes later....

Always wanting to be the little helper!

On a side note... I attended my first craft fair on the weekend and it was a great success! 


Nora's first time in the snow (she just wanted to eat it!)

December 03, 2014


Craft Updates from October and November

November 26, 2014

I interrupt your weekly programming to bring you all the posts I had been planning for November in one! It's mostly just pictures, some of them not very good... but you can see all the crafty things I have been up to!

Mr. Tweedle and I hosted Thanksgiving and I made some super cute place setting cards with mini pumpkins! They were so festive for fall and Nora loved playing with all the mini pumpkins for weeks afterwards!

 Nana made her famous Apple Pie which is still the best I have ever had...

I made some post- thanksgiving pumpkin "muffins" which were supposed to be healthy until I added about a pound of maple cinnamon cream cheese icing to them!

We finished Nora's play kitchen that I had been dreaming up for ages. It was such a hard choice on which colour to go with... I agonized over whether to go white, pastel or bright for days and days and in the end the colour I picked turned out great. However, it doesn't do much to the decor in our living room. Her stuff is taking over little by little....

She loves playing in this kitchen, though and I love that there is a ton of storage for all her toys and play dishes/food in there!

I have LOVED doing art projects with my class! Here are 2 recent ones... chalk poppies for Remembrance Day and painted paper family portraits to go with our Social Studies unit on Families. 

As the photos were loading for this post, I was stitching away on Christmas hoops. It's only 10 days until the Christmas craft fair that I am in and I'm frantically keeping up with orders and making hoops for the fair. 

I made a Miss Tweedle sign to match my business card!

The mayhem that I is my "craft area" aka. the corner of our bedroom floor!

And last but not least, your weekly Nora fix... still doing everything cute and funny and smart all the time!


Weekly Nora

November 19, 2014

I am knee deep in hoop orders over here as well as preparing for my very first craft fair! (Cue nervous excitement!) I have a table at our local craft fair in a couple of weeks and along with the dozens of hoops I have been selling in my shop, I am frantically trying to make enough Christmas hoops for the sale! I am having fun with it and may or may not have listened to some Christmas music while I work already! 

I thought I would chronicle a day in the life with our little busybody for you today! 

5:47 Awake moaning, screaming, laughing, whimpering or talking and escalate said sounds until we finally go in and get her. 

6:15 Smile from ear to ear and lay still for the last 5 minutes of the day while guzzling a warm bottle. 

6:22 Shoot upright and demand to get out of the sleep sack by grunting and pointing wildly to the zipper and then take off to her bookshelf to do her morning reading session. 

6:26 Screech until I pick her up in order to "push the button" on the coffee maker. (Why did I ever let her do that in the first place....?!)

6:45 Time is up for me to be done checking the social media and emails on my phone and to enjoy my coffee while it is hot/while I am sitting down! Nora has now crawled behind her rocker and is switching the power bar on and off turning the lamp and monitor on and off repeatedly. (Note: when baby monitor loses power it beeps obnoxiously and cannot be stopped until it decides to). 

6:45-7:00 Move playtime to the living room and tear every play dish out of the play kitchen bringing me each thing one by to demonstrate with. 

7:00 Breakfast- smoothie, fruit and toast/pancakes- guzzle smoothie and throw bits of pancake on the floor and watch me pick each one up. Demand to get down by screeching and/or making the sign for "all done" while screeching. 

7:15-8 Head to the diaper bag and take everything out one by one, lay down and ask to have her diaper changed repeatedly. Continue taking toys in and out of play kitchen. Screech wildly at kitchen drawers until I open them for her to taker every pot and pan or tupperware out. Carry everything and anything into her bedroom or ours, leaving a trail of tidying to be done wherever she goes!

8:00 Get dressed and time for me to attempt a shower. Some days she will sit happily on the bathroom floor, lately, she screams at the edge of the tub and throws the wet shower curtain around, soaking the entire bathroom and herself. 

8:20 Go upstairs to visit Nana. Carry entire contents of Nana's tupperware around the whole house. 

9:00 Screech wildly at the counter in order to get up and one sip of the half-finished smoothie and then screech to get down again. 

9-10 I try and tidy, clean, answer emails, etc. while she interrupts be every 5 seconds for a story, to get up, get down, poke my belly button, say "eyes, nose, teeth" pointing to hers and then mine, lock herself in the bathroom, slam the toilet lid on her fingers, cuddle her head on my shoulder, haul the dirty laundry out of the basket, find the swiss army knife in Tom's bedside table, or eat the deodorant he left on the floor of his closet. Needless to say, this is why the 5 breakfast dishes I have to do takes a whole hour. 

10-11 Bundle up and go out for errands or a walk. 

11-12 More playtime, singing, stories, fetch and carry, snacks... 

12 Lunch time! Aka. begin the whole breakfast routine of eating/throwing food simultaneously while I clean and offer more.

12:20 Naptime. Stories, dark room, cuddle, song, sleep!!!

2:30/3 Wake moaning, screaming, laughing, whimpering or talking and escalate until I go in and get her!

3:15-4 Carry each pair of shoes in the house into a different room, suck on a dirty sock, scream for the tupperware drawer to be opened, try every lid on every container, hide every lid in obscure places around the house, cuddle her baby, make every animal sound, bust a move by head bobbing and waving her hands in the air, stick stickers all over the floor, carry a ball of my yarn around until it is tangled on her legs, take every button out of the button jar and scatter them all over the floor, find a speck of grass and put it in the garbage, open and shut the bathroom door, fall down in a heap when I refuse the computer mouse, iPhone, remote or keyboard, cuddle in my lap and shove a book into my chest for me to read it to her. 

4-5 Bundle up for more errands, visiting, park or walks. 

5-6 Suppertime and more of the same circus act of trying to cook/get something done with my busybody motoring around!

6-6:30 Lately Tom has been home in the evenings more which has been glorious! We can tag team the last playtime of the evening which usually involves him wrestling with Nora on the floor, giving horsey rides, tickling, stories, hide and go seek or dance parties! 

6:30-7 Bedtime routine and NIGHT NIGHT! 

NOTE: Even though it sounds like I am complaining, this post is meant all in fun. I am obsessed with everything Nora does and I love watching her play and fetch and carry and turn this place upside down from morning until night. I love my little busybody more and more all the time!


Nora June, 15 Months Old

November 05, 2014

Hello Tweedle Readers! Is there anyone still out there?!

I am breaking my blogging "silence" to tell you that the silence, unfourtunately will continue. I had intended to start back to my regular DIY and homemaking posts in November. However, the break from having to do that 3x a week was really nice and so I have decided to extend my break until the new year. I realized how much more time I had to pursue my many hobbies and spend time with Mr. Tweedle when I wasn't spending 3 evenings a week putting together posts. I really enjoy the blog and I'm always thinking of ideas for posts. I have an ongoing list on my desk with things I jot down that I could write about. But truthfully, the time it takes to take the pictures, edit them, upload them, write the post, preview it and post it, is just too much for me right now. If I could just sit down and write posts and have the photos magically appear, I would do it in a second.

I am sorry for those of you who have been looking forward to my restart! I know the feeling when a fave blogger takes a hiatus and you wait in limbo wondering if you will ever know what happened to them. It's annoying and you don't get any closure! I'm not going to do that to you, because I know the real reason you all keep coming back is to see the pictures of Nora anyway! THOSE will continue-- Wednesdays with Nora are still a thing! In the meantime, I am going to try and post more on my Miss Tweedle Facebook page and I also post almost daily on Instagram (@misstweedle).

Now, on to the main event...

15 months tomorrow!

Favourites at 15 Months: 

- "Fetch and Carry" as Nana Tweedle called it the other night. That is pretty much what she does all day long. Fetches things for us whether we want them or not, and/or carries things around. 
- Toys? Why bother?! The pots, pans, cupboards, toiletries, toilet paper, garbage, shoes, jacket hooks and remote controls are far more exciting. She really has hardly picked up a toy and played with it in ages. 

- Books on the other hand... are still a fave. She LOVES books and still sits quietly for several minutes flipping through pages. She also "fetches" them for me all day long and the way in which she tells me she would like me to read is to climb into my lap and shove the book into my chest repeatedly until I start reading :)

- The Park! At the mention of going outside or the park, she has her shoes in hand and is trying to turn the doorknob. She goes bananas when we say we are going and pants heavily trying desperately to put her shoes on herself. 

- She still loves animals and making animal sounds. No more real words yet. She says cheers, tickle tickle, and ba for bus, bath, bottle and book. But she knows so much more than she can say. She points to even the most obscure objects in books when I ask her, like "point to the scissors!" and she does. 

- She dances with some new moves now that she can walk. She does the funniest thing where she runs backwards quickly and then forwards and looks down at her feet, like "hey guys, check out my fancy footwork!" She also has a good head bob going on and pumps her fists in the air. 

- And MY favourite is that she has been quite the cuddler lately. She crawls up into my lap and puts her head against my chest or when I am carrying her, she will put her head on my shoulder. 

First ponytail!

She loves watching the photo stream on the TV when music is on!

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