Friday, January 2, 2015


Brad has had some time off over the holidays, which has been nice & allowed us to get all of these Christmas activities checked off the list without cramming them all into weekends.
This particular night we decorated the tree.
I was unwrapping all of the ornaments on our dining room table, so when I would hand them off to Norah to hang on the tree, she certainly favored that particular side of the tree.
She really enjoyed rearranging the ornaments, but for the most part, once the tree was decorated, she was good about keeping everything in place.

This year she hung our angel on the tree.
Daddy held her last year while he hung the angel, but this year, with a lift, she did it all on her own.

Brad made it clear {again} that he is not a fan of colored lights on our tree.  I offered to go out and get white lights {or, better yet, his own tree}, but he amused me for another year...
...and I'm glad he did, because the second Norah saw the bubbles in the bubble lights, her face lit up & she screamed, "BUBBLES!!!"
Who can replace that magical moment with white lights?? :)
So, even if it means they end up on a smaller tree, in a different room, the bubble lights will be as much of a tradition in our home as they were in my mom's!

12.11.14 {A Visit with Santa}

Since Norah was terrified of the fireworks at the park & we didn't have the opportunity to go sit on Santa's lap that night, we decided to head down to Bass Pro Shop to check out the Santa there... I had heard great things about the experience there & I knew Brad would be all about going to Bass Pro Shop.

When we arrived, we expected a long line, but we were lucky to only have to wait for about half an hour.
Norah was so excited.  
She kept pointing to Santa & the choo choo!
I thought, "this is going to be a huge hit!"
Boy, was I wrong!!
She was happy up until Daddy handed her off to Santa.
Those smiles immediately turned into a meltdown!
I was actually convinced at one point she was going to be sick & Santa was going to need a wardrobe change.
But, all was better again once Santa handed her a candy cane & she was back in Daddy's arms.

We rode the merry-go-round a few times as Norah waived to Mommy {or Daddy} on each go around & did some browsing!
This was a year of Santa pictures in the books...
...maybe we'll get a smile next year {or two screaming kids}!

After our Santa adventure we went to the mall across the street to find some dinner.
Norah's face lit up as soon as she saw the gift shop to Rain Forest Cafe!  The entire time we were walking around the mall she asked to go back to the "frog."  So, we figured why not eat there for dinner.


As soon as we entered the restaurant, the waitress sat us down under a moving cheetah.


Norah was TERRIFIED & wouldn't leave our laps.  We asked to be moved next to the fish tank, which they were nice enough to do so, but then there was a moving gorilla with a Santa hat in sight.
There wasn't a seat in the entire restaurant that got her away from a moving or roaring animal.
We managed to eat our dinner, while holding Norah.
She didn't take a bite of hers, so we headed home vowing never to return again!
It certainly was a traumatic night for our little 2 year old.