Life has changed a lot since I used to post! We moved to Houston, then back to Colorado, where we hope to stay. Health was the overriding factor in moving back, but it sure is great to be back! We really missed the mountains and the snow and our church. We’re not actually living in the mountains this time, but we’re near the foothills and have some pretty views. We got plenty of snow after moving at the end of February, and the boys loved it! I was pretty happy to see it again too. Christopher and Luke got to have their first snowball fight:

Luke got his second brace a year ago, then in November, his spine was still straight, so he got to take a break from the brace. We had another checkup a couple of weeks ago, and his spine looks perfect! The doctor said Luke is essentially cured now, and is no more or less likely to scoliosis than any other person. We don’t even have to go back for more x-rays unless there’s a concern from us or the pediatrician. So no more brace!

Luke turned 3 Sunday! We had a birthday party at a park with a nice playground. Luke loves bears, so I made him a chocolate bear cake. This Sharffenberger recipe makes amazing chocolate cake! Sharffenberger cocoa powder is a huge step up from any other cocoa powder I’ve had. I want to try making brownies with it.

A picture from Luke’s party:

birthday cake


I’m on WordPress.com right now, but I’m going to be moving back to a domain soon, and redesigning things. Pictures on old posts don’t currently work, but I’ll be fixing that when I get the domain up and running again.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re in Houston now, staying in an apartment for a month while we find a rental home. The boys handled the trip well, and took things better than expected. I was worried how Christopher would handle bedtime in the hotels and apartment, sleeping in new rooms in a pack and play, but he’s been great with it all. Unfortunately, we got hit with the flu a few days after getting here and are still sick, but we’re slowly improving. We’re having a pretty quiet Thanksgiving as we try to recover.

“So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.” (Psalms 79:13 NASB)

The Winds of Change

Big changes on the horizon! Ryan got a new job in Houston, with a starting date of November 18. So we’ll be moving next week! Things have been moving along quickly, and this last month has been extra chaotic. We would appreciate prayer as we make a big move with two toddler boys, try to find a house in Houston, and try to sell this house long-distance.

Pumpkin Patch

Monday, I took the boys to a pumpkin patch. Christopher had a blast! The weather ended up being pretty cold and windy, so Luke stayed bundled up in the stroller. Christopher didn’t mind the weather, though! First we went to the petting zoo there. They had a couple of goats, a turkey, roosters, and alpacas. Christopher was so excited, he kept running back and forth, and didn’t know what to do with himself! I told him he could hold his hand out and let the goat smell it. Christopher thought it was really funny and kept yelling, “Tickle! Tickle!” I carried Luke around to see the different animals, and he kept pointing at the goats and saying “dog”. He’s pretty into dogs.

Next, we checked out the pumpkins. Christopher has really liked pumpkins lately, and gets excited whenever we see pumpkin decorations somewhere. So the pumpkin patch was perfect for him!

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

He helped me pick out our pie pumpkins. He also picked out some smaller gourds, which are going into the sensory bin later!

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

pumpkin patch | Adventures with the Nortons

Still here…

Just wanted to write up a quick post to say I haven’t forgotten about my blog! We’ve been trying to get work done on the house and I’ve been sick, so we’ve been taking a bit of a break. I have some posts in the works, though, and can hopefully get some posted soon! Hopefully we can get going on the next theme soon too, and have more fall-related things to post about.

Cast #3!

Friday, July 19, Luke got his third cast. He also turned 15 months. Things went great while we were there. He woke up quickly from the anesthesia, ate well, and was ready to go home soon after. We picked up Christopher from the house of some friends, and headed home.

Luke slept badly that night, tossing and turning a lot, and he seemed to be having stomach pain. The next day, his reflux got bad, and he just couldn’t get comfortable. After a few days of stomach problems and him barely sleeping, I realized the band across his stomach felt tighter than on the previous casts. I took him back in to Children’s Hospital, and they loosened up the cast around his stomach. Thankfully it was just a quick 5-minutes fix. The stomach problems went away and he’s been doing great since then! The x-ray results from cast #3 look wonderful. His spine is so much straighter, with the degree of curve still below 10.

The next step is to have him molded for a brace. They’ll put a cast on him, then cut it off to use as a mold. Then they’ll put him in another cast that he’ll wear for a few weeks while the brace is made. The tentative date for that casting is September 10. So hopefully less than 2 more months of casts! There are a couple of major benefits to moving to a brace. #1) We can take it off for a bit each day so he can play, bathe, etc. #2) Less stink! We’ll be able to switch out and wash the shirt that goes underneath, as well as give Luke full baths again, so he won’t have to smell like sweaty feet anymore. With the summer heat, he gets sweaty, and the cast gets pretty smelly. The shirt underneath is supposed to help with that, so hopefully being able to wash and change the shirt with the brace will make a difference.

In other news, we’re fixing our house up to sell so we can move closer to work, church, and friends. As much as we love it up where we are, the strain of being so far from everything is costing us more than it’s worth at this point in life. I’m really looking forward to being closer in to town, as well as not having a fixer-upper house anymore! The house is a lot more work than it appeared originally. We’re looking into getting an apartment for a while, which will be a nice break from having to fix things ourselves. I will really miss all the wildlife though!