Okay, I've been putting off this blog update because it's so overwhelming - we have way too many pictures and did so much! Here we go!!
Tuesday - We left Raleigh in the morning... arriving in MD around 3-ish. Once there, we just relaxed. My mom made a great dinner - chicken pie, cooked apples, and salad! Yum!
Wednesday (Christmas Eve) - in the morning, we just relaxed again and enjoyed a nice fire.
Symphony of Lights in Columbia. I'd never been through it before... it was pretty cute. Noah actually seemed pretty interested and liked waving to all the characters.
After Noah went to bed, my parents, Waylon and I enjoyed a nice relaxing dinner (dining with Noah is rarely relaxing these days). We had crabcakes, twice baked potatoes, salad and bread. Yummy again!!
Thursday (Christmas) - Christmas morning was fun. When we got downstairs, Noah's train table (a gift from Grammy and Papa) was all set up and ready to go. Noah was very excited and loved playing with it! When Leah and Casey arrived, we had a great breakfast casserole and then the present opening began! Noah really got the hang of opening presents.
Coming down the stairs on Christmas morning
Eh, I'll just take a break from playing and stand on my head for a bit.
Hat and mittens from Aunt Ditter!
Hat and mittens from Aunt Ditter!
That afternoon, we had our family friends over (my mom's family friend and her family - basically aunt/uncle/cousins). Noah was so worn out from all the morning activities that he slept for almost 4 hours that afternoon! He didn't wake up until after our company arrived. We had a full on Turkey dinner (think Thanksgiving) - yummy (are we noticing a theme here?)! :-)
Roz's (my mom's friend) mother brought those popper toy things and inside some of them were these wistle/horn things. They each had a number and if you played them in a certain order, you could play Christmas carols. We decided that we'd go to our neighbors house to 'carol' but they weren't home, so we ended up carolling to a car that was driving by and stopped to hear us!! :-) It was so funny.
Friday - In the morning, we went to the B&O train museum. Noah really loved that. My mom bought him a great hat and he really liked to wear it!
Friday evening, we went to visit our other family friends. We used to spend every Thanksgiving with them but since families are expanding and we share time now, we don't see them every year. So we decided to visit especially since one of their daughters, Laura, has 3 month old twins. It was fun to show off all the babies!
Afterwards, Leah came back with us and stayed until Sunday! It was so fun to have her there for so long!
Saturday - Saturday morning, we just played with toys and relaxed some more. Waylon was packing up and also helping my dad install his new TV!! Waylon left around noon and had a rough drive home with lots of traffic!
While Noah was napping, I went with Julie to visit our friend, Katie, who had just had a baby. It was so fun to catch up with her and meet her new baby girl Abbey. Unfortunately, I didn't think to pull out the camera until the very end of our visit when Abbey decided it was her lunchtime!! She's so sweet and I'm so happy for Katie and Jeff.
That afternoon, my mom, Leah, Noah and I went out shopping for a bit. Saturday night, my high school girlfriends came over for my dad's famous pizza (a tradition for us!). It was so fun to catch up with the girls. I love that we are all still very close.
Sunday - Another relaxing morning playing at the house. We went to get Mexican for lunch - check out Noah's messy face pic from the restaurant -
While Noah was napping, my mom, Leah, and I went shopping again. My mom decided she hadn't gotten Noah enough for Christmas, so she just had to buy him some more clothes! Man, this kid is deprived! :-) We ordered in dinner that night and Noah had an early bedtime - I think he was just about ready to be home.
Also on Sunday, Waylon left NC for Birmingham to go to the NC State bowl game with two of his friends. He just got back tonight (Tuesday) at 10:30!! The outcome of the game wasn't great but they had a good time, I think!
Monday - My parents came back home with us in order to get the train table back and to possibly babysit for New Years Eve. We left MD around 11:30 and got home around 5:00. Noah and I sat in the back and napped and watched a movie on their DVD player! That was fun.
Tuesday - This morning we had a doctor's appointment for Noah. His pink eye had cleared up, but the stye he'd been working on was not looking so great. We got another prescription and hope that works. This afternoon, I went to pick up Stella Dot from daycare since Amy and Grant have been having a rough time (see Stella Dot's blog!). Noah loved playing with her, since he hadn't had much child interaction over the past week or so.
Tonight, we went out for dinner and Noah scarfed down a bunch of pickle chips, two sliders and a bunch of green beans. His tummy was hard as a rock tonight!! :-)
Now it's time for bed!!
Hope you all had a great holiday and have a fabulous New Years as well!