This kid loves the water (actually, both these kids love the water.)  Most pictures of “baby’s first bath” include a bright red, screaming infant and very frazzled looking parents.  Nora’s first photos included a very calm looking (rather yellow) newborn.  At eight weeks we went to the seashore in Delaware and we dipped her toes in the Atlantic. At eleven weeks she went swimming in the hot springs in Ouray, Colorado (she went completely limp).  At seven months she splashed in the Caribbean.  (Is this kid indulged, or what?!).   At eight months she would attempt to literally LAUNCH herself out of my arms into the bathtub, whether there was water in it or not.  And last Friday she attempted to scale the wall of the bathtub to get in.  It may have been a busy weekend, but we decided it was in everyone’s best interest to take advantage of the warm and sunny weather and hit the Lancaster pool for family night.   She was a hoot to watch, and managed to drink most of the pool water all by herself.  Swimming lessons start in August.  We’re expecting a mini Michael Phelps within a year or two (without the bong, please).  But no pressure, Nora. No pressure.

The Triumvirate joined forces for a practically perfect weekend in Madison.

We braved the crowds at the Farmer's Market and played on the steps of the state capitol building.
 After a walk down State Street, the Memorial Union Terrace was an excellent place for a late morning snooze.
 And we all enjoyed lunch al fresco at Monty's Blue Plate Diner on Atwood.
Lucy was a happy girl at Gail Ambrosius Chocolates (she wasn't the only one)
 After a busy day, we had a quiet night at home.
 But got up bright and early on Sunday to go to a fundraiser at Henry Vilas Zoo.  Nora made a lion.
And Lucy made a giraffe.
Then we had a quick visit with the animals. Lucy thinks goats are pretty fantastic.
 Something Nora already knew.
Although, we got to see this face (and hear the accompanying noise) again after leaving EVERY animal enclosure. Apparently it is not just reserved for goats.

Nora at 6 months (12/11/10)

Nora at 12 months (6/12/11)

(Oh, and in case no one else's six months til Christmas)

We spent a quick weekend in Iowa City before heading back to Wisconsin for Father's Day.  Highlights included...

Walking the dogs at sunset at the Waterworks

Baby's first crepe at Crepe Delux

Playing in the fountain on the Ped Mall

Wandering around downtown

Trying a Java House iced latte

By Tanya Schwendinger,  Precious Moments Photography Studio, Lancaster

 It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~Joyce Maynard