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Winter

Bath TimeWinter is passing very quickly this year.  However, Andy may dispute that opinion!!  He is beginning a work schedule of 4 ten hour days this week.  Although that is very appealing in summer, I think he is still a little worried about the weather still to come (and the thought of ten hours out in it).  It does mean that he will have Fridays off to hang out with the girls (me, Sage and Parker). 

 We’ve been blessed by having daily play dates for Sage.  Parker’s mom, Rene, had to start her student teaching recently, so we get to play with Parker every day.  Sage is in heaven (well, most of the time!!)  They actually play remarkably well together for their ages.  Sage loves to give Parker hugs, and almost picks her up off the floor.  They nap in the same room and I know they are awake when I hear them both giggling furiously and jumping in their beds!  Parker has had the rotovirus, but she is still always ready with a smile.  What a sport!!  We’re looking forward to when the weather is a little warmer and we can all get outside to play.  

 We were able to open up the windows and get out of the house a little this weekend.  It was mid-30s and we were loving it.  Sage went for a run around the block.  She really can move.   We just recently got her a backpack/child harness.  It’s really cute.  They make the harness look like a plush puppy dog…that way you don’t feel so guilty putting it on your child.  Hopefully it also helps other people be less judgemental about having it on your kid…because I think it is going to be a standard part of Sage’s wardrobe this spring and summer! 

 We also went for a hike in the woods.  Andy carried Sage, and she just hung on to her ball and loved the ride.  Sage’s new favorite toy is a foam football.  She carries it around like it is gold!  She’s gotten pretty adept at throwing and kicking it.  We’re pretty sure she has her father’s coordination…thank goodness! 

 Also new to Sage’s world is climbing.  We’re talking rock climbing here!  She scales anything she can find.  So now the chairs are all pulled away from tables (unless you want her playing on top of it).  We bolted her bookshelf to the wall.  It all started innocently enough with Sage just trying to get up on the couch.  Now she will attempt anything!!  Andy just said yesterday there is no longer a safe place in the house.  That followed an incident when she somehow got a knife off the back of the counter!  Another episode that illustrates this is when she got into a candle this week.
I lit the candle while Sage was taking a nap because the house was stale.  It was on a table, but I thought it was far enough back.  When Sage got up from her nap she went right for it and managed to pull it down before I ever had a chance to get there.  Luckily, she didn’t burn herself!  Unluckily, she ended up with wax all through her hair.  I knew she wasn’t hurt when she was trying to eat the wax…that orange flavor sure is convincing!  She spent some time in the tub and then used some olive oil to get it all out.  That, however, led to the problem of getting the olive oil out.  Several washes, and some dishsoap later, she was good as new! 

 Sage definitely has qualities that will serve her well in her future.  She is determined, focused and adventurous.   However,  I think that it will lead to many, many more stories!

Make sure you click on the photo or go to http://noths.shutterfly.com/ to check out all our recent photos.

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I know, everybody told me Elizabeth would be a confirmed tomboy.  And she may yet decide she’s into baseball and Chuck Norris movies.  But I’m keeping these pictures handy just to prove she’s all girl, at least right now!

She’s SOOOO close to crawling, but she hasn’t quite figured out how to get that front knee out of the way.  But for now, she can get to everything she wants by scooting!

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Well, we got through 8 months and 3 weeks with no colds, flu or even a sniffle. But, that run has ended. Last night Hannah went to the ER with a fever. We found out when we got there that her fever was at 103.4 and that she has croup! She was given a steroid shot at the hospital as is doing much better today and her fever is gone. But, she also had the start of an ear infection, so she is on an antibiotic for that.

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Fall

Sage at 11 months

Sage at 11 months

Andy and Sage on rock scramble

It’s been a busy, fun summer. Last week we finally started to feel the fall air sweep into our area. We’ve started firing up the woodstove in the evenings. I can’t deny that the smell is great and so comforting, but behind it is the knowledge that winter is quickly coming. We went out to the Blue Hills this weekend for a hike and we also snapped Sage’s 11 month photo. The trip included a rock scramble to get to the overlook. I almost had a heart attack watching Andy scramble to the top with Sage on his shoulders. But surefooted Andrew made it up and down without the least bit of drama…even with Sage in tow. I, on the other hand, looked like quite the spectacle. I should have been fearing for myself, I think. It was a great view, however, and brought up back to the days on the trail in norther PA.

11 months old. Unbelievable. Also the fact that Sage is walking. Unbelievable. Last week, Monday, she started off on her own. At first she couldn’t keep up with the momentum of her feet and was falling directly on her face. By Wednesday she would fall on her tush after 4-5 steps. By Friday she could stop her momentum and drop meaningfully to her knees. Now she is walking across the room and arriving exactly where she intends. It is amazing the difference that a week makes.

Another big hurdle is that she is saying a couple distinguishable words. Mommy, daddy and kitty are all pretty clear at this point. Well, perhaps not clear to the untrained ear, but we can distinguish them pretty well. She chatters to herself pretty much all day, so we know all those stored words are going to start popping out in the next couple of months.

Sage and Hannah at wedding

Sage and Hannah at wedding

We’ve recently enjoyed a quick trip to Ohio for my cousin’s wedding. Along the way Andy stopped at a specialty archery shop and got his bow all set up. He has since been practicing and in ready to get out and bring some meat home to fill our freezer. The garden was officially closed this week. It was a great year and we didn’t get frost until October…unheard of. We estimate that we grew about 250-300 pounds of tomatoes this summer. We still have 60 pounds ripening in our kitchen. We were also successful with peppers, beans, cantaloupe. It was a fun season, but we are certainly ready for a break. We picked the pears this evening and they are the last thing we have to do (other than those 60 lb of tomatoes).

We’re looking forward to a slightly less hectic fall and are anxiously anticipating our anniversary, Halloween, Sage’s first tea party, Amy’s 30th, deer hunting, Thanksgiving and Sage’s 1st birthday party. Did I say less hectic? But all these things remind us why fall is our favorite season. We’ve posted some new photos on our shutterfly page. Be sure to check it out. http://noths.shutterfly.com/ or click on any of the photos to get there.

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Big Steps

Just wanted everyone to know that Sage took her first steps last night.  After two solo attempts that both ended in Sage bumping her head with style, she braved it again.  She let go of the ottoman and instead of lunging into Andy’s waiting arms as we expected (we didn’t want her on the floor again), Sage took two unaided steps and collapsed into Andy’s arms with a grin.  We don’t know when we’ll see it again, but it was a huge night around the Noth house.  Everything changes again…gotta love this parenting thing.

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After some *encouragement* I went hunting for the camera cable so I could share photos of the kids.  After uploading 133 images and 11 movies, I realized how much we’ve done this summer that we haven’t shared.  So here’s a recap of our summer so far.

I’ll get the photos from Elizabeth’s Baptism posted soon.  Although we start school on Monday, so it may be a while before I get time!

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Photos up

Just wanted to let you all know that I finally got the photos updated on our website. You can click on the photo to get there, or the address is http://noths.shutterfly.com/

Sage is staying with her grandparents in Green Bay this week and Andy is on a last minute trip with a friend to Colorado.  This means I am home alone, and I am finally getting things done.  The main focus of my energy is transforming the basement into a playroom for Sage.  Also, I am working to keep up with the garden.

Sage sounds like she is having fun in GB.  She went to her first parade, and Grandma Linda noticed that she is saying her first word…”up”.  The girl know what she wants.

More to share next week.  Love to all!  Headed to see grandparents

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