official walker

Check out Miss Nora, Walker Wyoming Ranger!  I think walking is her new found freedom!  She really is starting to enjoy it (minus the falls), but she’s getting so good at it!


well on her way

Little Miss is getting braver and stronger with walking.  She isn’t completely on her own but she is well on her way!  She’s always grabbing our hands to lead her around and taking steps in between pieces of furniture.  Anytime she is standing, she will usually take off, walking like the cutest little weeble wobble.  I think she gets a little frustrated with falling all the time, but who wouldn’t!?!  If you fell on your bum every time you took a step I think you’d feel a little defeated too.  But she has persistence and keeps getting back up!  We try and celebrate every time she takes a lot of steps so she keeps wanting to do it.  I’m ready for her to walk.  Yes she’ll be a little quicker (she’s a pretty speedy crawler anyway), but going places where she wants to crawl and I’d rather not have her hands all over the dirty floor will be a plus when she can walk.

My baby isn’t a baby anymore.  She’s a (almost)walking, talking, toddler.  Wait for it…

return to vibes

Yesterday was the first day of the ‘fall semester’ at Vibes Kindermusik (remember our first day at the summer camp!?).  We were really excited!  We signed up for the same age group as last time but after class had begun it became apparent that Nora was the oldest kid in the class.  Not that that is a bad thing, BUT it wasn’t stimulating enough for her.  She was the only one crawling an there were even some newborns in there!!  So the instructor and I decided she needed to move up a class.  My baby is already GRADUATING!!!

Next we will start our bigger kid class and I think it will suit Nora much better!  I’ll take pictures next time, I was too busy trying to keep Nora from poking and proding all the babies!

Making it work

So I have been a little MIA lately.  We haven’t necessarily been doing much or anything in particular but Cory has been working out of town. And let me tell you, I have MUCH respect for single mothers.  And I know what I am dealing with doesn’t even compare to being a single mom.  Props to all of you single mamas out there, you rock!

Cory’s line of work (welder), would usually demand him working out of town.  Fortunately for the majority of our relationship and marriage he has been able to come home every night.  This may be coming to end.  Work here in Wyoming isn’t as hopping as it once was with oil prices being so low, so you gotta take work where you can get it. We’ve decided that for the next year or so Cory will work when and where he can so we can save up money for a new home…our forever home.  Do it now while Nora is younger (she won’t remember it) and when we have the money saved up he can get a more secure job closer to home, maybe making less, but he will be home every night, in our dream home, and we all will be together and happy. So, for the time being, we are all toughing it out.

I gotta tell you, I didn’t realize how helpful those couple of hours after Cory got off work were!  He could entertain her while I cooked dinner, get her ready for bed or just play with her for awhile while I got some things done.  Nora is a momma’s girl for sure, and its really hard to cook dinner while you’re holding a 19 pound one year old.  But we are doing all right and I know it won’t last forever!

I have nothing but love and appreciation for how hard Cory works for us.  He is the best father and husband we could ever ask for.

IMG_1121That moment when she hugged me so tightly I had to sneak a picture.