Lovin' the spring!

April 21, 2015







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Nora June, 20 Months!

April 08, 2015

I'm sorry I don't have our vacation video as promised! I am still working on it. I spent a lot of time with family over the Easter weekend as well as worked on several new hoop orders I had come in!


Life with Nora continues to get better and better. In the last 2 weeks her vocabulary has increased immensely and there almost isn't anything she won't say now. She comes out with words we didn't even know she would have heard before, which amazes up daily. She isn't speaking any sentences or phrases yet, but the number of words she knows is crazy! I can't get enough of her running around yelling and pointing with real words!

When I think about how much vocabulary she has to acquire in a matter of months, it's mind boggling. She is so fun to watch and listen to and I can almost see the light bulbs going off in her brain all the time. When we are reading, it takes a while to get through any story now as she is always seeing things in the book that remind her of something else, which she either has to go find in the house, point to out the window or say the word a million times. Sometimes I think she even surprises herself with the words she says, because she will say something, and then say it again surprised, and then again louder and then again with another word and so on, just trying out the sound of it coming from her own mouth.




I wish I could just record her talking all day long and show you all because telling you doesn't do it justice. It's so darn cute!

She has two of her "own" words that she has been saying for quite a while and I FINALLY figured out what the exact translation is: "So-wee" is "excuse me" and "Da-toe" is "that one". Now that I realized when she is actually using these words and how, it makes it that much funnier to hear her say them. She was trying to move a chair past the table and saying over and over "so-wee! so-wee!, like EXCUSE ME, move!!!! Also, this week, she was trying to get Tom's attention and she was saying, "da, da, dada, TOM!!! TOM!!!" We almost died laughing!


Our typical day when I am home (and mostly when she is with her grandmothers) involves reading lots of books, going to the park or outside, a walk in the stroller, maybe some errands in town, nap from 12-3ish, several snacks and a smoothie, a big lunch, playing with her dolls, moving things around the house and back again, drawing or colouring (she is just gaining interest in this!), helping me clean and wipe things up (she loves cloths- "cooooooth"! and always needs one at some point during every activity she is doing), visiting Nana upstairs and being a clever little stinker 24/7!

She is still drinking whole milk from a bottle first thing in the morning and before bed at night. She LOVES her bottle. It wasn't my intention to get her attached to a bottle and she doesn't ask for it throughout the day, but at bedtime, she feverishly pants and grunts in anticipation for it and then grabs it in her chubby little hands with a death grip until she sucks it dry! We are starting to think about weaning her from the bottle (we still hold her like a baby and feed it to her), but the routine is just so easy right now, I hate to switch it up!




We have also gotten in to the habit of a few morning cartoons. It's nice for me, because Mr. Tweeds is often away when I am getting ready for work in the mornings and it gives me a chance to shower and get dressed without my demanding little friend waiting for a story! The three shows that happen to be on right around when she wakes up are Sesame Street ("Elmo!"), Dora and The Backyardigans. She quite likes all three and usually watches and play simultaneously throughout all of them. All those kids shows have portions where the kids have to talk back at them or do an action and it's too funny to watch her actually play along with it. She watches 1-2 shows in the mornings depending on how motivated we are to get the day going. We had made a deal with ourselves not to allow any TV for her before the age of 2, but it just didn't happen. When 5:30 am wake ups happen, sometimes you just throw on the TV in a fit of hazy sleepiness and it turns into a habit. I don't think it's doing her any harm and really, she went 18 months without seeing a single cartoon or the dreaded screen time, so I think that's pretty good.


This is what she did when we asked her what she did with the Easter eggs! 

When I think back to Nora as a baby, I think about how every stage had it's challenges but also so many special things to be amazed about. Every stage has been my favourite and I wouldn't go back and freeze her in a certain age just yet. Maybe that will come! Since having her, my heart has grown a million times in size. No matter how she behaves or misbehaves she always brightens my day and puts a smile on my face. Hearing her say "mommy" with a smile and a giggle has to be the best sound in the whole world.


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Nora's Beach Holiday!

April 01, 2015

We are back from our relaxing Mexican holiday! I am working on a video of our trip to share with you and a lot more details about traveling with our little busy body... I hope to have it all ready for next week! But until then... here are some pics!











Thanks and stay tuned for more next week! 

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Big Ol' Nora Update

March 18, 2015

It has been a while since I have written a nice detailed post about all the developments and new things Nora is doing these days. I looked back on my posts from when I was on maternity leave and then I felt bad for neglecting you all over these last few months! Life is busy when you're working with kids!!

Sometimes I feel like I am being repetitive week after week saying the same things over and over- "now she eats XXX, now she has teeth, now she says mommy" etc. Maybe it's not all that exciting?! But then I imagine that I am writing this blog for Nora and not actually for the readers (sorry, everyone) and I realize that she will love it. What a detailed picture I have painted of what life is like for her and all the things she experiences. So many times I have thought about shutting the blog down due to time constraints, but then I'll have to explain to her one day why all these weekly pictures and stories just stopped! It's not like she just stopped doing things, I have to keep it going!!!!

Nora is officially the tallest 19 month old that ever lived. She is as tall, and sometimes taller than most two year olds, two and a half year olds and even some three year olds! It is crazy! I forget that she is abnormally tall until we see another little kid her age and they look like a tiny baby compared to her. I mentioned that the health nurse told us she is likely to be 6 ft. tall as an adult. I don't know how I feel about that! She won't be able to date! She won't be able to find pants easily! These are two very important things that plague girls, you know! I was lamenting these points to a friend the other day and her husband piped in and said, "yeah, but she'll be able to dunk a basketball! She'll get any guy if she can do that!" Silver linings!



Lately Nora has loved to dress up in anything she can find to put on. She even balances her toys on her head and says "hat!" She LOVES socks, but cries in frustration when she can't put them on herself. She is a stubborn one, because she will sit there trying and trying to stretch her little socks over her feet and I can sense that she is becoming agitated. When I ask if she needs help, she wails and throws herself on the floor in defeat and still doesn't let me help her. She is always coming out of our bedroom with an article of either mine or Tom's clothing on in some creative way. She had Tom's boxers around her neck the other day!

She has started counting things which is hilarious because she counts "two, two, two" as many times as it takes to finish. We have been TRYING in vain to teach her other numbers, but I guess "two" will do for now. She also knows several letters now, but they are hit and miss. I have not forced this at all, as you know she loves books and reading and she has many alphabet books that she reads all the time. Any letter in general is "E!" when she sees a letter on a sign, t-shirt, etc. But she actually often points correctly to A, I, E, P and B.


She has started to say "No, Dad" and "Mommy!" which are both super funny. She says "No, Dad" to Tom in a concerned voice, but she also says it to other people too when she wants to disagree. She had never said Ma, Mama or Mommy much at all up until recently. It was usually just Da all the time. However, she started with "mom" which she said continuously for about 2 weeks and finally switched  to "Mommy" which is pretty cute! Everything is "mommy" now. She calls me from her bedroom in the mornings and if Tom goes in instead, it's a frantic "mommmmyyyyy" repeatedly! She has also learned "mommy, teacher" which I was QUITE impressed with! She has a few books with teachers in them and she points to that teacher and then to me and says it.

She says her own name too now which is also seriously cute. Any little baby or kid she sees a picture of is "Nora", pronounced more like "Nowa". One specific Little People figures is "Nowa" and the little figure that is actually Belle from Beauty and the Beast is "mommy"! :) She says some of her grandparents names too- Opa is is "Okie" which we all think is pretty funny and she will also say "Papa" but the grandmothers have to wait a little longer!



She is a BUSY girl. I really think she is more so than some of the other kids I know. When we are out and about, she is GONE. She doesn't stick by our sides at all. She can easily run out of my sight as I am grabbing something off the shelf at the grocery store and she often does this. It is near impossible to take her anywhere and plan to browse or have her sit in the cart still and quiet and look around anymore. She is on the go all the time and/or chomping at the bit to get going somewhere! She doesn't like to sit back and watch anything ever, she always wants to be right in the action, hands on! Her favourite place is the park right across from our house and she would go there on her own if we let her out of our sights. The second she gets out the door to play outside, she is yelling "park! park!" and she is off running towards the park. I have to bribe her into the stroller for walks now with snacks and "other parks" (that we mysteriously never end up at!) which is unfortunate because walking with her in the stroller was one of my favourite things to do.


Obviously, I love her little active and curious personality. I love coming home to her after work and seeing her eyes light up and of course hearing her little voice say "Mommy!" And I love waking up to entire days where all we do is attempt the grocery store circus act and go to the park a million times. A day without her, although really wasn't that long ago, seems so hard to imagine now. I often wonder what on EARTH I used to do to fill my time back then?!


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Weekly Nora

March 11, 2015


My dad, "Grandpa" was visiting last week! It was great to see him and Nora pretty much loves anyone who is willing to read books with her for hours, so Ga-Pa was her man all weekend :) He also did funny things like take selfies and wear her barrettes, so it was all around pretty fun!
Here's my little dip monkey with her ketchup and friend egg sandwich! Look at how long her hair is getting!
We did lots of this on the weekend- lazing in front of the curling briar, reading "tories" and gazing out the window. 


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This week in photos

March 04, 2015







The adventures are never ending! As you can see, we have been experiencing spring-like weather here, which is unheard of for this time of year for us! We woke up this week to a whiteout and -15 temps... so we are back to the snow suit and boots... however, on the Mexico countdown too! We head to sunny Ixtapa for a spring break holiday in exactly 2 weeks! Yay!


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Miss Tweedle's February Round Up

March 02, 2015

February was such a short month! I haven't been doing anything inspiring in the kitchen, so I have no recipe updates for you, but here are a few things I can report on!

My etsy shop is humming along nicely and I have had about 3-5 orders a week consistently all month. Just when I think I am all caught up and I'll have a weekend off, more orders come in. It's nice and I've found my groove with it all and I'm still learning a lot every day about marketing and how etsy works, too.






This is how I plan my hoops. I look at what customers send me for details and play around with my felt pieces, fabric and thread until I see something that will look appealing. I go through all orders and get them all ready and then I just go down the list of orders to complete and they are all organized and ready for stitching. I can typically get 2 done each nap time. I make it point not to work on them in the evenings and instead do housework and/or spend time with Mr. Tweeds!



I can't talk about February without mentioning the Valentine's photo shoot again. Mama Tweedle picked up those giant cardboard hearts from a Hallmark cards shop selling off things from their old window displays many years ago. I had always meant to take them to school and use them in my classroom, but thankfully had them laying around the basement for Valentine's Day!


Of course, the only other thing of note this month has been my thrift store visits. I picked up a few more GREAT finds this month, including that little doll stroller which is super lightweight and easy for Nora to push around for $1. She also LOVES Richard Scarry books and I found 4 out of print ones for 50 cents each along with a few other goodies! 



Lastly, one of the things I am really enjoying with my Etsy store is doing etsy trades. Instead of buying someone else's goodies, we trade handmade items and then share pictures of the other person's stuff on our social media. It's a win-win situation because I get a free, adorable product and I get some marketing out of it too!

Here is one of of Nora's new trade items- a felt kitty mask from Opposite of Far. Jessica, the shop owner, makes so many awesome animals masks. Nora isn't super keen on wearing these quite yet, but I am sure she will in no time!
The second trade this month was with a shop called Penelope's Eclectic Closet in which Ashley makes the sweetest dolls from scrap fabrics. She sent up this one and I am in LOVE with it! So much work went into it right down to a sparkly ruffled front on the dress!

Thanks for reading Miss Tweedle! See you on Wednesday with another episode of adventures with Nora! 
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