Having the happiest of holidays: Part 1

This past month has been busy with holiday festivities. Check out what Noah has been up to…

Starting the holiday season with Thanksgiving feasts

As I mentioned in our previous post, Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod flew in from South Dakota to spend the week of Thanksgiving with us. They got to join Noah for a Thanksgiving lunch at his preschool earlier in the week. Noah was so excited to show them his classroom!


Here is Noah’s favorite Thanksgiving artwork from school.


It’s a good thing that Grandma and Grandpa just got preschool-sized portions at school, because they had to save room for the big feast at our house! Our good friends Matt and Carolyn and their son Jerome joined us too…and so did our good friend Barbara (she’s hiding behind the camera). We had turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread casserole, stuffing, homemade bread and pie – yummy. We were stuffed!


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Spotting our first Christmas tree of the season

Earlier that week, we went to National Harbor, Maryland; Noah took Grandma and Grandpa on the Capital Wheel. While we were there, we stopped to pose in front the HUGE Christmas tree in the plaza. Cheese!



Decorating our Christmas tree

Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod helped us put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Just like last year, Noah gave the shatterproof ornaments a run for their money, but they did not shatter (whew!). He had a great time decorating…just look!





Grandpa Rod’s family has a tradition of hiding a pickle ornament in the tree. The person who spots the pickle first gets a special prize. Thanks for the pickle, Aunt Jeanne! You should come visit and find it. Hint, hint, hint…



Since the tree was up and we were in the holiday spirit, we gave Grandma and Grandpa their presents early. As I’m sure you can guess, Noah opened their presents for them – he’s so nice! Ha.





Here’s a video of Noah spreading some early Christmas cheer with Grandma and Grandpa. It’s a little long, but you’ll get the gist after the first few seconds. Noah has too many people to wish a Merry Christmas!

Just a quick reminder: If you’re reading this post in an email, you may need to open the blog webpage in order to view the video. To do so, just click on the title of the post (the link in blue) at the top of the email to open the blog in your web browser.

We were so glad that we could have an early Christmas with Grandma Debbie and Grandpa Rod! And yep, this is our best Christmas tree yet!


Watching the best light displays

One of new favorite holiday traditions is checking out the local National Lampoon-style light displays…and we found a great one nearby in Springfield, VA. Our good friend Barbara came along for the show too. Check out these two short clips. The music is programmed to a radio frequency so you can listen from your car.

What’s not to love about having a pajama party in your car in a stranger’s driveway? Ha. Thanks for sharing the holiday spirit, Springfield! Barbara and Noah had a blast dancing to techno Christmas carols in the backseat!

Riding the Santa train

A few weeks ago, Noah and his friend Isabelle rode the annual Santa train – the Cupid Express – on Virginia’s Railway Express (commuter rail line). This special event is a fundraiser for Operation Lifesaver (a nonprofit focusing on train safety) and Toys for Tots…two great causes. The highlight of the ride was of course seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus. Here are a few of our favorite pictures from our train ride…









If you missed our previous post about the Santa train, you can read it here.

Chatting with Santa

Santa also visited Noah’s preschool, so Noah got to talk to him twice this year – you know, in case Santa needed a reminder or further details on the perfect gift. Noah asked Santa for a trolley for his train track…and we’re happy to report that he got one! Lucky kid. We hope Santa treated you all well too!

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Stay tuned to read more about Noah’s holiday happenings – there’s so much more to share! Until then, we hope you’re having the happiest of holidays!

Categories: Fun outings, Grandparents, Holidays, Preschool | 1 Comment

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  1. Dana Payne

    What a nice picture of H, R, and N on their card! So glad you all had a good holiday! See you in church! Love, Dana

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