On the first day of Christmas…

Before we left for Ohio for Christmas, Noah and Ella Rae had a Christmas Dinner together in the traditional spirit of the holiday…Mexican food!

Ella Rae got me a present!

Ella Rae got me a present!

 

Presents?  I sure hope it's a burrito - I'm hungry!

Presents? I sure hope it's a burrito - I'm hungry!

 

I got a blanket - it belongs to someone named "Noah"

I got a blanket - it belongs to someone named "Noah"

 

Hey look - a fan!

Hey look - a fan!

Thanks for the nice, warm blanket!! I love it!

A Yule Blog…

**MOMMY BRAIN = TECHNICAL ISSUES** – If you looked at this slide show before 11:00 AM, I didn’t realize it had music attached – that was not intentional.  I was made aware the song didn’t fit the pictures.  Sorry!

 

Noah really didn’t get into opening the presents on Christmas, but he did like what he got!!  As we anticipated, he really liked the tunnel (Pacey and Kitty are trying to figure out what it’s all about now that we’re at home).  He loved the learning train he got from Aunt Kim and Uncle Aaron (and we heard the music all the way back from Cleveland!).  And surprisingly, he got 2 toys he’s had his eye on in playgroup – the Elmo Phone from Grandpa Phil and the Hammer Toy from Aunt Cher…and you thought Santa wasn’t paying attention!  He really did get spoiled, though – thank you everyone for the very generous gifts!

For Christmas Dinner, Noah ate…everything!! He had turkey, 2 kinds of dressing, mashed potatoes (a new favorite), lima beans, noodles, cranberry sauce, cornbread muffin and a crescent roll.  Of course that means, I ate all that too!!  WOW! This child hasn’t met many foods he doesn’t like.

And of course, what we enjoyed most was spending time with family.  The week went way to fast, but we have some great memories!

O-H-I-O

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!  We went on a road trip to Ohio for Noah’s big Christmas tour – Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland…then back to Atlanta – all in 7 days!  Mommy doesn’t travel quite as well as Noah.  I’m worn out from the trip, so here are a couple pictures of the newest Buckeye to tide you over until I upload the rest…  

Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

 

Who turned out the lights?

Who turned out the lights?

 

kim-noah-hat

The Rainbow Connection

Anyone who knew me as a kid would tell you that my favorite character (and best friend) was Kermit the Frog.  Imagine my excitement when I found that our son loves Kermie too!

Hey Noah, how 'bout a movie?

Hey Noah, how 'bout a movie?

 

Mesmerized!

Mesmerized!

Someday we’ll find it, the Rainbow Connection…the lovers, the dreamers and me

Playroom Planning

So I mentioned last week that Jill helped us come up with a new design for Noah’s playroom.  The first step was the checkerboard wall…

 

Noah, this is a tape measure...it is your friend

Noah, this is a tape measure...it is your friend

 

The brains behind this operation

Jill: The brains behind this operation

 

Noah stops for a snack break with Ella Rae (she's feeding him!)

Noah stops for a snack break with Ella Rae (she's feeding him!)

 

Now that the yellow is done, Noah tapes the squares to paint the white

Now that the yellow is done, Noah tapes the squares to paint the white

 

The finished wall

The finished wall

There’s so much more to see in Noah’s new playroom – we hope to have it finished by the time his birthday rolls around.

Hand in the cookie jar (literally)

So, you’ll have to use your imagination a little with this story because to stop mid-meltdown and take a picture or a video of this would have been cruel (even though I laughed hysterically through the whole thing!)

Let me paint the picture…First of all, Noah loves to play with his cookie jar shape sorter:

Exhibit A - Cookie Jar

Exhibit A - Cookie Jar

Second of all, this little guy has really chubby hands:
Exhibit B - Hand much larger than shaped holes

Exhibit B - Hand much larger than shaped holes

So, the stage has been set.  Now imagine you’re a mom watching your child playing calmly like he normally does with his shape sorter.  Shapes in, shapes out.  All of a sudden I hear a frantic cry, and I look to see Noah waving his hand in the air above his head with the cookie jar attached!   His hand was shoved through the heart-shaped hole!  It took a lot of squeezing, and even more self-control to maneuver the hand back out through the hole and convince him it wasn’t funny enough to try again. 
Once the hand free, back to sorting shapes: shapes in, shapes out.