Kicking off the holidays with Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don

As we mentioned in our previous blog, Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don drove to DC from Ohio to spend Thanksgiving week with us. It’s always fun to have family here for the holidays!

Noah spent the first half of that week just hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa at the house. They played trains and buses, read books, built with Legos, and did arts and crafts.







The preparations for Thanksgiving started early in the week. Noah helped Grandma Cindy make her famous nisua (sweet bread) and nut rolls. Mmmm… He loved rolling the dough. Yeah, all of his PlayDoh skills came in handy!





Our good friends Yvonne and Adam and their kids Isabelle and Ethan joined us for the Thanksgiving feast. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, nisua and nut rolls – yummy. We were stuffed but still managed to find room for cupcakes and homemade cookies for dessert!



And of course, Noah had a great time playing with Isabelle and Ethan – he always does!



The next day, Noah rode the Amtrak train to Fredericksburg, VA with Grandpa and Grandpa. If you missed our previous blog on their train ride, you can read it here.


On Saturday, Cindy and I went to Old Town Alexandria to do some Christmas shopping while the boys watched football at home.



Later that day, the boys met us in Old Town and we all went out for supper to celebrate Grandpa Don’s birthday – party time! We ate at Union Street Pub, which is one of our favorite restaurants in Old Town.

On our way home, we checked out our favorite local National Lampoon-style light display nearby in Springfield, VA. In previous years, we’ve watched this light display from our car (the music is programmed to a radio frequency), but since this was the opening night – and thus had lots of people – we stood outside and watched with the rest of the crowd.



Check out this short clip! (As 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.) Pretty cool, huh?

Once we got home, we continued the birthday celebration with cupcakes from Lavender Moon Cupcakery. Happy birthday Grandpa Don!



Yeah, Grandma and I had a secret agenda for going to Old Town earlier…


The week’s fun didn’t end there. Grandma and Grandpa also got to watch Noah at his swim class!



Oh, and we can’t forget that Noah got to open his Christmas presents from Grandma and Grandpa too. He got Legos, clothes, a train conductor’s hat, a remote control car and a Christmas ornament for the tree. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!




Whew, it was a busy week – but we had a blast! See you again soon, Grandma Cindy and Grandpa Don! Thanks for helping us kick off the holiday season!


Stay tuned to read more about our holiday festivities. Hint: “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!” Happy Holidays!

Janda holiday card 2015

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  1. Dana

    Love the card with all the pictures of Noah (and H and R too). Missed you at church last night – very nice service with loads of carols, all my favorites, and got to see James Wood, who came with his Dana, Joel, and Julia. Good to see him. Merry Christmas, all! I have a little gift for Noah – we’ll be in touch! – Dana

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