December 2013

We decided to try a new tree farm this year. I was disappointed in Harner Farm’s selection and experience last year, so we went to Tannenbaum Farms this year and I’m so glad we did. They have so many varieties of tress to choose from and all trees you cut down yourself are $40. Plus, they trim, shake, and wrap your tree for free.

We went on December 1 to pick out our tree. Here we are walking up the hill to get the Fraiser Firs. Nolan helped Nevin pull the tree cart at first, but the progression of pictures shows how Nolan had to do it by himself.IMG_0839 IMG_0840

Pulling Dada’s hand off:IMG_0841

All by myself:IMG_0842

Here is the view of the farm from where the Fraiser Firs are located. There are also thousands of trees to the right and hundreds of tress to the left. The barn in the middle of the picture is where you pay.IMG_0846

Checking out the selection:IMG_0847

“Wait for me, Dada!”:IMG_0851

Taking in the scene:IMG_0854 This was the first tree we saw. We walked down the row of trees a bit more, but kept coming back to this one.IMG_0858

Nevin beginning the cutting down process:IMG_0859

Nolan had a tree branch in one hand and was eating snow with the other:IMG_0864

Watching Dada cut down the tree:IMG_0866

Nolan kept grabbing handfuls of snow to eat them, but they had grass and dirt in them. IMG_0873

I decided to help with a clean piece of snow:IMG_0875

Almost done: IMG_0878

Finally down:IMG_0879

I forgot to get a picture of myself in front of the tree before we cut it down, so we took one after we cut it down:IMG_0881

Walking back to the barn to get it cut, shaken, and tied:

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Watching Dada tie the tree onto the roof of the car:IMG_0887 IMG_0888

December 3, 2013 0 Hanging out on the couch while pulling apart a tissueIMG_0894

December 12, 2013 – I was trying to decorate the Christmas tree and Nolan was trying to take the wagon for a ride!IMG_0902

December 6, 2013 – Babi brought this hat back for from Slovenia and Nolan enjoyed wearing it.IMG_0905

This is what happens when you let a toddler feed himself yogurt:IMG_0910 IMG_0908

On December 9, right before bed, we took Nolan’s Christmas card pictures. I found the idea on Pinterest and it worked really well. He loved the cookies and now, every time he sees that Christmas tree plate, he says “coo”. We locked the dogs downstairs so they didn’t get the cookies before Nolan. Here are some of my favorite shots from the photo shoot:IMG_0935 IMG_0936 IMG_0937 IMG_0941 IMG_0943 IMG_0944 IMG_0945

This is the picture we used for the card:IMG_0946

Taking a break:IMG_0949 IMG_0952 IMG_0953 IMG_0957 IMG_0963 IMG_0964 IMG_0966 IMG_0972

“I’m ready for bed!”IMG_0977

Minitab’s holiday party was Friday, December 13, 2013. It was at the Penn Stater again this year. We had a great time talking with Trevor and Christa while watching the people on the dance floor. The food was delicious, too.IMG_0980

Mimi and Pop came to watch Nolan for the evening.IMG_0986 IMG_0988 IMG_0989

Nolan loves to sit on our bed and watch T.V.IMG_0991 IMG_0994

Watching so intently:IMG_0998

We got a lot of snow on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Nolan loved going outside to play in it. Mimi and Pop brought a sled with them and this was Nolan’s first time sledding. We all had a blast! IMG_1001

Lots of snow!IMG_1004

Dada pulling Nollie back up the hill:IMG_1007 IMG_1009 IMG_1010

Going down the hill with Mama:IMG_1013

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Helping Dada shovel:IMG_1019

Shoveling all by himself:IMG_1020

We traveled to Easton on December 22, but without incident first! I was taking a shower and Nolan was leaning over the tub to play in the water. He fell over the side of the tub and hit his eye on the faucet. Luckily all he got was a tiny cut and we were still able to make the trip.

Family picture:IMG_1026

Nolan loved ripping open his presents. This is a tractor from Mimi and Pop:IMG_1028 IMG_1029

Mimi and Pop got him the table behind him:IMG_1031

Opening the stocking:IMG_1033

Handing me the animal crackers so I could open them immediately:IMG_1034

Happy with this food:IMG_1038

What did you guys bring me?:IMG_1039

Nolan loves his bear from Aunt Megan:IMG_1040

Ripping into more presents:IMG_1042

Opening his overalls and button down shirt:IMG_1044 IMG_1045

Testing out his new Crayola toothbrush from Uncle Brad:IMG_1047 IMG_1048

Just hanging out at the kid’s table:IMG_1050

We had a great time eating dinner, drinking wine, and opening presents! Nolan definitely loved opening his gifts. On the 23rd, I got to see Lesley, Sal & Elise at Jessica’s parent’s house for our annual Home Girl Holiday Luncheon while Nancy came to visit Nolan. It was a short trip, but we had a blast!

We got a new humidifier and it came in a large box. Nolan loves playing with his trucks and cars in the box: IMG_1054

Hanging with Oscar (notice the blue truck on his back):IMG_1056

We spent Christmas Eve at Babi and Grandpa’s house. Great Grandma, Sirrki, Uncle Mark, Aunt Andrea, Uncle Kyler, Aunt Lynne, and Uncle Robert were there. We had our traditional dinner of fish and polenta and then opened gifts. We had a great time visiting with everyone. We didn’t get home until around 9:30, so we brought the gifts from Matisse and Babi and Grandpa home with us to open later.

Opening his nightlight from Sirrki:IMG_1059 IMG_1060

Yoda from Aunt Andrea and Uncle Kyler:IMG_1061

Opening his first bicycle from Aunt Lynne and Uncle Robert:IMG_1064

Here’s the helmet:IMG_1066 IMG_1069

Opening Aunt Andrea’s presents for her:IMG_1071

Opening his gift from Uncle Mark:IMG_1072

Helping Aunt Lynne open her gift:IMG_1075

Concentrating so hard:IMG_1076

Waiting for Santa:IMG_1078

Santa came:IMG_1082

Nolan is on his way down the stairs to see what Santa left him! And yes, his pajamas are too small. I bought 18 months for his Christmas card picture and by the time Christmas rolled around, they were too small already, but he had to wear them for Christmas morning pictures :). IMG_1085

When Nolan saw all of the gifts under the tree he said, “Whoa!”. Here he is checking out the gifts:IMG_1086

Opening the first gift (a wooden food set that he can “cut”): IMG_1089

Pointing to the apple:IMG_1090

Lady relaxing in the morning:IMG_1091

Testing out the cutting:IMG_1092

Getting help from Daddy:IMG_1094

Checking out his new book, Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz: IMG_1096

Opening some new jammies (don’t worry, they are 24 months size!): IMG_1099

Oscar and Lady get stockings, too:IMG_1100 IMG_1103

Looking at the pictures of the dogs and the cats on the wrapping paper:IMG_1107

Action shot:IMG_1108

Power tools for his new workbench:IMG_1112

Exploring the workbench:IMG_1113

Loving the drill:IMG_1114

Trying to figure out the screwdriver:IMG_1115

He loved the screwdriver and held onto it while opening more gifts:IMG_1117

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As you all know, Nolan loves the vacuum so Santa brought him a the perfect gift, a Dyson vacuum that really sucks up dirt! Here he is vacuuming the couch for Mommy:IMG_1120

Testing it out on the rug:IMG_1121   IMG_1124

Back to the workbench:IMG_1123

Time to open his stocking: IMG_1128

Nolan found the Goldfish and just had to eat them now:IMG_1130 IMG_1132 IMG_1133

A few more stocking stuffers:IMG_1134 IMG_1135 IMG_1136

Opening the last gift (a big boy potty):IMG_1137 IMG_1138 IMG_1139 IMG_1140

Exploring the big boy potty:IMG_1141

He was ready to go for a walk after we were done opening: IMG_1143

Nolan enjoyed opening all of his gifts from Santa! Since he wanted to play with everything as soon as he opened it, it took us a few hours to open all of them. Nevin and I said that we should enjoy this because when he’s a little bit older, he’ll probably rip open his gifts and Christmas will be over in a few minutes!

Since we were at Babi’s past bedtime on Christmas Eve, we only opened gifts from Aunts, Uncles, and cousins while we were there. We brought gifts from Babi and Grandpa as well as Aunt Barbara, Uncle Alex, and Matisse home with us to open on Christmas day.

Since I love Zumba and dancing as a workout during the cold winter months, Daddy bought me an XBox One so I can exercise at home. I didn’t let him open it until the day after Christmas because I wasn’t sure that I wanted to keep it. Of course, the next day, we opened it and I fell in love with my Zumba and Just Dance 2014 DVDs. He also bought me a string of pearls and a ring holder so my wedding ring doesn’t have to sit on the dresser at night.

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Nolan got up from his nap and began opening gifts again. This is a stackable block train from Babi and Grandpa that Daddy is showing him how to use. IMG_1146 IMG_1147

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This book is from Aunt Barbara, Uncle Alex, and cousin Matisse. They know he loves his construction vehicles!IMG_1149

Legos from Babi and Grandpa: IMG_1151

This is an outfit from Aunt Barbara, Uncle Alex, and cousin Matisse:IMG_1152

Here’s Nolan testing out his first bicycle from Great Aunt Lynne and Great Uncle Robert:IMG_1153

Babi and Grandpa came over for Christmas dinner so they could see Nolan play with all of his gifts. Here’s what the tables looked like with food cooked by me!  IMG_1156 IMG_1157

Family picture on Christmas: IMG_1159

Babi and Nolan on Christmas night: IMG_1162

Exploring the ornaments:IMG_1164

Overall, Christmas 2013 was a success. We got to see the Schaeffer and King families, opened lots of presents, and ate lots of delicious meals. Bring on 2014!

Nolan loves to give Oscar hugs and Oscar is so good with Nolan. He takes so much abuse (pulling of his tail, poking of his eyes/face, grabbing of his legs, etc.) and never has done anything to hurt Nolan. We are very lucky that Oscar is so good with him. IMG_1165

On December 27 Nolan got to meet his 2nd cousin, Channing. Ryan, Nikki, and Channing came to visit from North Carolina for the holidays.

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Checking each other out:IMG_1168

Nevin holding his first cousin once removed:IMG_1169

Who needs Christmas presents when a huge box will provide hours of fun?IMG_1171

On December 29, Grandma King, Aunt Lynne, Uncle Robert, Uncle Mark, Ryan, Nikki, Channing, Babi, Grandpa, Daddy, Mommy, and Nolan went to Brookline to visit with Grandpa King. Nolan enjoyed running up and down the long hallway. There was a lady in her wheelchair in the hallway yelling “help” and Nolan yelled “help” right back to her. There was also a man in his bed coughing, so Nolan pretended to cough too. It was an interesting visit to say the least!

The Eagles had a game that night, so we all wore our Eagles jerseys. When we got home, Nolan was willing to lay on my lap for some pictures, so I knew something was up. He had a fever, so we couldn’t join the rest of the family for dinner at Babi’s and Grandpa’s house. We did get some good pictures, though:IMG_1180

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On New Year’s Eve, Auntie J and Uncle Brett stopped by to visit:IMG_1184

Nolan had a sleepover at Babi’s and Grandpa’s house while Mommy and Daddy went to Jon and Katie’s annual New Year’s Eve party. Here I am posing with Nolan before we dropped him off at his first sleepover: IMG_1187  IMG_1185

Nolan did a great job sleeping over and I, of course, woke up early the next day to go pick him up because I missed him so much! Welcome 2014!!!