Very Zen

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos,random,video — posted by nathaniel & nicole on August 30, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

very-zen

After a very steamy summer (heat indices well over 100/40) a lot, fall is already settling in here in the north midwest, so we are enjoying the last days of sun and fun as much as possible.

Nonie loved summer camp (no pics sadly as the camera was MIA) — lots of swimming and boating and outdoor sports and activities, and basketball training, oh, and more swimming) — and has loved going to water parks and having play dates and riding her bike (she can ride a very big girl bike now). Lots of Mummy and Daddy time and even a visit to Miss Jane at Lifeways where she got to show all of the little kids how big she has gotten (i.e. she gave heaps of piggy back rides).

We went off to Door County (the peninsula north east of us that separates Green Bay from Lake Michigan) for two nights. Really, really beautiful. We found delightful beaches, gorgeous state parks, and yummy food (oh, and bugs, of course). Nonie made lots of friends, loved the ferry to Washington Island, and rode nearly 11 miles (18 kilometres) on a rented bike.

Nonie’s favourite phrase of the summer: “that’s awkward!”

School has started for the very big kids, and Nonie is very excited to join Miss Jeanette in Grade 1 (which is upstairs!!!) at DMA after Labor Day.

Love to everyone. We miss you heaps! See you here at nerdtobe soon with some video highlights and, most likely, after Thanksgiving with more pics and news.

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June 2012

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos,random,video — posted by nathaniel & nicole on July 4, 2012 @ 3:23 pm
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Me and daddy have uploaded a mish mash of great photos and videos from June 2012, including a visit from Patrick Lichty, and camel and bike rides in Milwaukee (the latter I learned from walking to trail-blazing – literally – in 3 days flat!). I saw cousins and aunts, uncles and grandparents, good friends and newborns (and art!) in New York, and helped daddy pick images from my folks’ time in Leeds. It was my first time away from Mommy and Daddy, while Pop-pop and Babba, in from NYC, took care of me at home. It was super fun – and I’ve been loving JCC camp – but I’m glad to have my parents back just in time for the 4th of July. Yay, fireworks! TWICE! I’ve been learning to read and doing lots of fun math over the Summer, too. Today: bike parade! More photos soon. Love to all my fans – Nonie.

Nonie 6.0 !!!

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on June 3, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

As the lake continues to make for a strange spring (temperatures shift day to day from 80/26 to 50/10) we celebrated  Sidonie’s sixth birthday in style, and a lot!

Unbelievable, but true: Nonie is SIX!!!

“Now I am six I am as clever as clever. So I think I’ll be six for ever and ever.”

Christopher Robin, A.A. Milne.

The birthday extravaganza started May 22 when we decorated cookie packets for everyone in Nonie’s class to hand out after her birthday story (about her name).

Birthday eve cake followed. Birthday morning the girl opened presents; after school more presents and then out to share a birthday party with Christiane. The next night was dinner with Hans, Soy and Eva (who are, sadly, leaving town). After breaking in her new ballet shoes, we all undertook the annual pilgrimage on Memorial Day to fly kites and ride bikes and go-karts. On Saturday June 2, after hot chocolate and her first piano recital, the PARTY! Bowling and friends and cake and games! Oh, and lots of girl hugs! Nonie, without any help, managed two strikes and a very reputable score of 105

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, for sharing my celebrations with me in so many ways, and, of course, for the fabulous gifts.

Videos to follow from Dad soon. Watch this space!

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Nonie’s first letter

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 9, 2011 @ 12:33 am


first-letter
I wrote the whole thing by myself, and drew a picture at the back – daddy only helped me with the spelling. It says:

deAr nAnCY:

SchooL is
greAt. thAnk
U 4 AsKing.
i miss U And
i <3 U LoVe,

Sidonie Stern

Nonie and Leo do Halloween at Disney, 2011

Filed under:family,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on November 13, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

Nonie and Leo in Costume for Halloween

The family met up with Leo and Stella, Auntie Sam and Uncle Emy, and Babba for a long weekend at Disney. Much fun was had by all.

Thanksgiving next! Stay posted.

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Doings and Stuff

Filed under:family,photos,video — posted by nathaniel & nicole on October 29, 2009 @ 10:16 am

Here are some of the things I have been up to since August (busy, busy, busy) and here are two movies of me (firstly, eating Halloween cookies and telling scary tales of monsters and then dancing in a Isadora Duncan/Mick Jagger sort of way). Enjoy … We miss you all!!! Happy Halloween!!!

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CLICK ME, TOO! ANOTHER MOVIE: Cookies and Storytelling Time movie

My Summer Vacation

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So, so, so sorry about how bad the ‘rents have been at keeping up with the posts. Here are a bunch of pics from my August visit to NYC. I had a wonderful time and saw lots of folks and I gave my first speech at a rehearsal dinner – for Mark and Jill Buckley-Jones. Sadly, I had put fingerprints all over the lens, so this event is not recorded for posterity.

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Play the above slideshow for more. Some samples:

friends

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Zaelia, Nonie and Big Isaac at Lake Park

Zaelia, Nonie and Big Isaac at Lake Park

Florida+Bahamas 2008-9

Filed under:family,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on January 19, 2009 @ 12:34 am
Pirates Growl

Pirates Growl

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean

What fun in Fl-aaaaaar-ida and beyond! See more photos from Florida+Bahamas 2008-9 via flickr or in the slideshow below.

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Christmakkah, 2008

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Present Unwrapping by Nonie: 1. Climb Up

Present Unwrapping by Nonie: 1. Climb Up

Present Unwrapping by Nonie: 1. Climb Up

2. Lie Down and Roll Around

2. Lie Down and Roll Around

2. Lie Down and Roll Around

3. Jump for Joy

3. Jump for Joy

3. Jump for Joy

What fun! See more photos from Christmakkah 2008 via flickr or in the slideshow below.

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Winter Wonderland

Filed under:landmarks,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 20, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

My first sledding advanture, and my first snowman. At home, anyway. But my daddy and I were cold, so we kind of just sledded in front of the house, and made a baby Frosty. This was our 6th snow of the season (and it’s not even Christmas!) adding another 16 inches to the already large sum of white stuff from the sky – until it all freezes into ice tomorrow when it is 20 below (F, which is more than 30 below in C – granted this includes the wind chill, but STILL). But it does make for pretty photos and hot cocoa in front of the fire!

sledding, weeee!

sledding, weeee!

baby Frosty

baby Frosty

pooped (snow angels)

pooped (snow angels)

See more snowy photos here.

These are a few of my favourite things!

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on December 16, 2008 @ 2:32 am

Sid-a-Nonie Ridgway Stern – 2 1/2 years old.

Nonie’s favourite things:

Tapping my forehead like Pooh and saying, “fink, fink!” Oh, and speaking of Pooh, I love Lumpy (the baby Heffalump – which is kind of like an Elephant – in the new movies).

Telling stories (I always begin with, “One little time” and end with “the end”.)

Halloween (dressing up, trick or treating, going to parties).

I ride so well I can do it in a tutu now.

I ride so well I can do it in a tutu now.

Obama (yah! and it makes Daddy smile, a lot.)

Yay, we won, we won, we won.

Yay, we won, we won, we won.

Singing (especially Old Mac Donald, Frosty the Snowman and Rock-a-bye Baby).

Puppets (sock, finger, and my “just pretend” hand puppet, “Bobbie”).

Bathing (“I big, I swim”).

Making houses and having tea parties.

My house, come in, please.

My house, come in, please.

Friends (at Lifeways — my creche — and Isaac — who I spent Thanksgiving with. We also had a make-Christmas-cookies playdate. We like “hanging out” and “chillin” — Daddy is teaching me a lot of American slang).

Hide and seek (most especially when we run into the closet, taking “tiny, little tiger” to hide from “big bad tiger, he huge”).

Snow (we’ve had five snows so far and although it can be “so cold” and I wish it was “too warmer,” I like it a lot and cope better than Daddy and Mummy.)

Dancing (to everything, with everyone, but especially to “They Might be Giants” … see video post below).

Food (broccoli and olives, and Parmesan and Asagio, and chickpeas and cumin, and marshmallows. Did I mention marshmallows? More, please).

Having my ow-ies (real and imagined) kissed a lot (and bandaids, I like them a lot).

Saying, “I don’t like it.”

Holding up a finger in a rather schoolmarmish way and saying, “I’ll be right back”, “Just a minute”, “Not do it that way”.

Going to parades.

Christmas Parade, Downtown Milwuakee

Christmas Parade, Downtown Milwaukee

Putting up our Christmakkah Tree and opening my chocolate advent calendar.

Having my haircut in a salon!

I love this look!

I love this look!

Running, jumping, laughing, teasing, tickling and being tickled. Reading, and playing with my toys, and talking (a lot) and helping with the dishes and vacuuming.

Oh, and of course, cards and presents.

Happy holidays one and all. Love and Hugs!

More pics here or as a slideshow here.

Boo at the Zoo!

Filed under:landmarks,photos,random — posted by nathaniel & nicole on October 28, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

Nonie and Abrianna went trick or treating at the Zoo! See pi and a slideshow below….

I'm a butterfly!
I’m a butterfly!

Boo!
Boo!

Baba and Popop!

Filed under:family,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on @ 12:55 pm

My grand parents came for a visit! Here are two sample photos from our great time, and a slide show…

Grant, Sue, Popop, Baba, Daddy, Mommy (Ari was sick)
Grant, Sue, Popop, Baba, Daddy, Mommy (Ari was sick)

Like da Pink Flingos! (flamingoes)
Like da Pink Flingos! (flamingoes)

it’s been a while.

Filed under:family,landmarks,photos — posted by nathaniel & nicole on October 4, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

So here are 150 photos or so, in slideshow format, from July – October of this year, covering our last days in Dublin, the stopover in Switzerland, our lovely trip to see family and friends in South Africa, and the start of our new life in Milwaukee (via NYC).

Click below to play.

My fans can also view them one-by one and for print-out from here.


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image: 'sidonie' by nathaniel stern