Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Wrap-Up

We had a hectic/crazy/wonderful trip to Long Island. Noelle had a blast and was a hit wherever she went (which was a lot of places!). We're comfortable relaxing at home and getting ready for the return to the norm on Monday. Here is a snapshot of our holiday visit.

 Modeling the latest bath/swim fashion

 Checking out her first set of wheels

 So many presents it's overwhelming!

 The best toy, of course, isn't a toy

 All dressed to go visit the relatives!

 I don't know about these birds

 Though, Grandpa seems to like them

 Dad gets all the 'chicks'

Ready to jump!

Finally, here is a short clip of Noelle playing with her new baby doll and stroller. She has her priorities straight =)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Swim Class

Belt buckles are hysterical, don't you think? 

After yesterday's day of travel, we're safely deposited on Long Island. The trip really couldn't have gone any better. Things were greatly improved when not only were Alex and I both upgraded to first class, but we got the bulk head first class seats. So, Noelle had a ton of room to play on the floor in front of our seats! Her favorite part of the trip, though, wasn't the first class seat, riding the train, or even the fancy food she got; it was the belt buckle on the plane seat! She cracked herself up for 10 minutes straight just opening and closing it!

Finally there - passed out!

Today Noelle had the special treat of meeting one of Alex's oldest friends, Andrew. She soaked up all of the attention she could get =)

Meeting Andrew and Tara

Grandma and Grandpa's house is full of wonderful surprises that have been keeping Noelle entertained and busy. The chair below is a big favorite... as are the signing stuffed-animals.

This chair is just right!

Nothing compares to the best thing of all, though; the pool! Noelle couldn't get enough of splashing around this afternoon. She'll turn into a little fish if we let her! What exciting surprises will Christmas bring?!?

I can swim by myself!

Father/daughter time =)

Swimming Video! (click on video to watch)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let There Be Clean!

The Monday of Thanksgiving weekend our clothes washer broke. Our new washer (and dryer, because, they have to match - yes, we fell victim to classical marketing) finally arrived on Thursday. We survived 18 days without a washer... with two dogs and a baby. Needless to say, a ton (literally) of laundry got done around here over the weekend! Here they, and Alex, are in action:

Alex almost doesn't mind laundry with a machine this high tech!

The silver lining in this temporary inconvenience was that the old washer broke on the last day of the Thanksgiving sales - so we got the new machines for 50% off!

The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend. Unfortunately, poor Noelle had the flu. Our weekend was spent napping and cuddling indoors. A lot of Sesame St. was involved too! Here's my poor attempt at taking a picture of Noelle. She wouldn't let me put her down and our camera is big and unwieldy, it's the best I could do =)

Ugh, I do not like the flu!

With Noelle napping so much, Alex and I had time to make some Christmas cookies. Our first attempt at Russian tea cakes was a major fail. Apparently, melting the butter was a BIG mistake. The little balls all melted together in the oven.

Cookie FAIL

While Noelle and I were at Target, Alex re-did the tea cakes all by himself. We came home to beautiful sugary balls of goodness. The candy cane cookies are yummy too!

Mmmm, Christmas cookies!

It may be because she's sick, but, strangely, Noelle didn't want anything to do with the cookies. Really, she didn't want anything to do with food all weekend. I ended up wearing almost everything we got her to eat. Besides being permitted vast quantities of apple juice during her sickness, there was one other bright spot:

Yum, I'll eat this sucker, sure enough!

That's the happiest she was all weekend =)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Daddy's Helper

The last 6 months we haven't been the most diligent renters... allowing our lack of watering and the dogs' digging to take a toll on the back yard. Huge dirt patches have developed. Often, this leads to muddy doggy paws which make a mess of the inside of the house as well! So, this past weekend we decided to uproot and reseed the back lawn.

By 'we' I mean 'Alex'. Oh, and Noelle helped. At first, she was more interested in playing with the dog's outdoor beds:

It's a mini-trampoline!

Soon, though, she was doing her part. 'Only' a few hours later, there was a wonderfully re-seeded back lawn. Now, of course, we'll be walking the dogs for the next month or so instead of just letting them out the back. It's worth it, though, to avoid cleaning the carpets over and over!
This shovel is just my size.

Look, I can carry the lid!