Unforgettable...it's the word my friend Abigail used to describe The Lion King last night. I am still in awe at the magic that Disney creates! It was easily the best musical I have ever seen. In fact, it is honestly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! I had tears in my eyes during the opening scene because it was just so perfect and magical. If you visit the link above, you can see a sneak preview of the show. I would go see this musical again in a heart beat! Here is the Simba stuffed animal that we picked out for Noah. Isn't it great??
We had dinner at Eagle's Nest at the Hyatt downtown before dinner. It's a revolving restaurant at the very top of the hotel. The view was unbelievable...but I have to be honest, I did get a little dizzy if I thought too much about the fact that we were moving. I had a 10 oz. filet mignon, white truffle mashed potatoes, and baby vegatables. It was all so glorious! Ryan and Abigail both had lobster tail, and Ryan had a petit filet with his lobster, too. Devin ordered the same thing I did but got it stuffed with crab meat. The food was simply to die for! :)

All in all, it was a great way to celebrate Christmas with some of our best friends! Please go see The Lion King so we can talk about how wonderfully perfect it is. :) Merry Christmas!


Is it almost Christmas?

Wow! Christmas is right around the corner, and it's hard to believe that Noah just turned 7 months old a few days ago. This year is really flying by! I am a few days into my 3 week break from work for the holiday. I love my job! I don't think you can find a better deal than working part time...having 3 weeks off at Christmas, a week off at Thanksgiving, and all summer off work. I am one lucky girl! I have been loving my time at home with Noah. He is fighting his first cold and is doing pretty well. He gets a little whiny right before his nap but falls asleep soon after I lay him down. We have these Vicks plug ins, and they are incredible! His whole room fills with the Vicks' scent and keeps him clear while sleeping. He took a 3 hour nap the other day, probably because he is sick, and it was wonderful. I got so many things done around the house, though I have to admit, I did check on him a few times to make sure he was still breathing. Hey, I'm not used to him sleeping for more than 2 hours during the day!

Noah wearing his big boy jammies!

I haven't written lately because there just aren't too many things to report. Noah is still rolling around and moving around with his arms; however, he still hasn't figured out crawling. On the one hand, I'd love for him to be able to explore the world a little more through crawling...then on the other hand, I love that he isn't into everything! We started giving him fruit a couple weeks ago, and surprisingly, he hates it. I have never seen him gag and make such terrible faces before. I thought kids were supposed to love fruit?? I have given him bananas, applesauce (which he still won't eat), avocado (what was I thinking? he hated it), and pears. The bananas and pears have gone down the best so far, but it took several days to get him there. He just likes his veggies and milk still. He can be a little pokey at the table, too, which I know is paybacks for when I was a kid. I could sit at the table and eat dinner for 3 hours if you let me. This was mostly because I was super picky. I still don't eat broccoli, lima beans, or other gross green veggies. :)

This little guy is sooo ticklish (just like his daddy!)

For Christmas this year, we are trying to keep things reasonable for Noah. While it would be so easy to go spend a million dollars on him, the truth is...he doesn't need much! He is quite content with his bouncer and little toys that people have already gotten him. He doesn't have a clue what is going on with the gifts, though he does love to stare at the Christmas tree. We bought him two toys, a sit-to-stand and a car wash for the bath tub, which he won't even be able to use until he is a bit older. We also got Noah a toy box. I don't ever want him to get to the point where he is materialistic and focused on "things" rather than what is truly important. Wish us luck!

Merry Christmas from Noah the Elf!

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas this year! We are definitely looking forward to time with family and lots of delicious food. Ryan and I are going to see The Lion King tonight with Abigail and Devin, some good friends from Hanover. I can't wait!!!


Noah's First Thanksgiving

It's been so long since I've written that I had to see what I wrote about last time. It seems like ages ago that Noah had carrots for the first time. Since then he has also had butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin, and he seemed to like all of them! On Saturday, we started Noah on peas, and I have to admit, I felt bad feeding them to him. I hate peas! I kept a smile on my face and lied to him, saying that they were so yummy. He seems to like them just fine...well...until they cool down. Once they get a little chilly, Noah starts gagging. It's so sad and funny at the same time! He's so complacent, though, because even though he is gagging, he keeps eating them like, "Ok mommy, I'll do whatever you say." :) What a good boy! Here are some pictures from the first pea experience. By the way, homemade peas really are GREEN!!!
In my last post, I mentioned Noah getting his two first bottom teeth and also wrote about how he hadn't bitten me yet. The keyword here is "YET". It probably was that same night that I wrote or soon after that he got me twice. OWW!!! I scolded him, telling him "No, no!" A few days passed, and he didn't bite me again. I thought we were in the clear...that he had learned not to bite. Well, I was wrong! He was having a really fussy night, which doesn't happen often, but he was just all out of sorts. I was feeding him right before putting him to bed when he bit me really hard! I was screaming OWWWW before I even knew what had happened. I said to him in a stern voice, "Noah that is a bad boy. You don't bite your mommy. That hurts mommy." And then....the tears and screaming ensued....not from me...but from Noah. I'm telling you, it was a cry unlike any other I've heard him make. It was so pathetic and sad!! Ryan was downstairs, and he came up to Noah's room. He said he felt so bad for both of us! Noah kept burying his head and crying...something he had never done before and hasn't done since. He would look at me with his little frown, start crying, and bury his head. Oh it was so sad! He ate a bit longer and then finally went down for bed. He hasn't bitten me since!

My dad and Danette came down the day before Thanksgiving to spend some time with us. We had a nice visit going out to eat, playing a game (HOORAY!), and just talking. On Thanksgiving we went to Ryan's sister's house to celebrate with Ryan's family. The food was amazing...all your favorites: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, corn casserole, dressing, and rolls. Ryan's mom brought deviled eggs and peanut butter pie, and I made a pumpkin pie. Then, to keep up our tradition, we went Black Friday shopping at 4:30 a.m. the next day! I love it! I think we all got some pretty good deals, too. My brother and his wife came for a visit Friday afternoon, which was great. We hadn't seen them for a few months, so it was a much needed visit!

Ryan and I took all last week off, and it was so nice to just be home with Noah and to visit with family. One night, Noah was in an especially good mood. I was running down the stair, waving my arms, yelling, "Hi! Hi! Hi!" He was cracking up. Here's a video for your enjoyment.


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