Nora Is Three!

March 26, 2012 By: erik Category: News, Offspring, Partying, Photos, Spain 555 views

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Taking pictures with new digital cameraNora turned three years old this weekend. We drove to her Spanish grandparents’ house in Mondragón and had a party at their Centro Extremeño, a cultural center and social club for emigrants from the Extremadura province of southern Spain. Nora was quite wowed by all the presents and attention. She gets a lot of presents and attention throughout the year, but this was definitely a more special day. She got many dresses, and a doll, a wooden bowling set, and a Hello Kittyâ„¢ digital camera, which is iPhone-shaped, so she calls it her “mobile”. The digital camera was her favorite gift, which I’m proud to say came from her loving parents (it was marked down from 70€ to 20€!!), but her second favorite gift, the bowling kit, was more fun to play with in the wide open space of the cultural center.

Nora Bowling

Bowling is hard. Perhaps the rules should be revisited?

Nora Bowling

Her first innovation to the game of bowling was realizing that a straight perpendicular line is much easier to hit than a triangle of pins.

Nora Bowling

Her second innovation was to drastically reduce the length of the bowling lane.

Nora's new dresses

Dresses! That thing that says “RANO” is a set of individual chocolate bars with the letters of her name.

Nora's Third Birthday Cake

Her birthday cake. Zorionak is “congratulations” in Basque.

Nora's Third Birthday Cake

I love cake photography. Even more than cake.

Nora's Third Birthday Cake

I had been coaching her all morning about how she’s going to have to blow out candles. The moment has arrived!

Nora's Third Birthday Cake

Huff and puff and…

Nora's Third Birthday Cake


Nora's Third Birthday Cake


Nora's New Doll

A doll and crib.

Nora's Third Birthday Party

Feasting with family.

Nora's Third Birthday Cake

Here’s your piece, dear blog reader! Enjoy!

Taking pictures with new digital camera

Happy birthday, Nora! I love you more than I can put into words. It’s kind of hard to believe that you didn’t even exist just a few years ago. This last year has been my favorite year so far, and I feel as if I’m really getting to know you. I’m very much looking forward to continuing our lives together. Happy birthday, my love!

  • Jake

    Happy Birthday Nora!

  • Happy birthday Nora. I assume this nonsense about preferring photographing cake to eating it is a joke.

  • Feliz cumpleaños Nora!! What flavour was the cake? It looks yummy.

    • It’s a milhojas pastry that’s very sweet and “caramel-y”. I’m not a big fan of it personally.

  • Amaia

    Nora speaks so fluently that sometimes I forget she is only three. Happy birthday little lady!

  • Feliz cumple, Nora! I love that she calls it her “mobile.” Maybe she’ll have some more conversations with rude classmates soon.

  • Just catching up here.  Happy Birthday to your little sweetie, even though the day has long passed.  I just love how you’re enjoying it all so much, and it gets even better…at least until they get to adolescence.  Then they start moping around, saying everything “es una mierda”.  Enjoy this part while it lasts, because it goes so fast.  I remember when ours were Nora’s age, it was a lot of work, but they were just so adorable, and they changed every day, always learning new stuff.  It was amazing to watch.  Now’s fun too, in a different way, but I miss the cuteness.