Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Merry Christmas!

"In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only son into the world that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9

Jude woke up this morning to a train track and new trains in the living room.


Getting Jude to notice his stocking was full of goodies...



Below, I've taken the liberty to narrate what's going on in Jude's little mind according to his facial expressions.

Uh Momma, is this what I think it is?...

Daddy, is this really what I think it is?...

Bubbles?!...

Early morning family pic after opening way too many gifts...

Jude also received an enormous Tonka Truck from his Grammy and Pops. We've had so much fun welcoming this little piece of machinery into our home...





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We visited Santa Claus this week with Grandma.
Jude walked into the room and instantly started saying, "Santa, Santa." I couldn't get his coat off quick enough as he was marching right up to Santa.
However, he came to a screeching halt about 3 feet away when he realized this was a real, living, breathing Santa.
I sat Jude on his lap, but he didn't even want to risk looking at Santa. He just sat there, with outstretched arms, saying "na, na, na." (Which means "no" in Jude language.) Brett snuck a picture while the elves, aka scrooges, patrolled and prohibited all picture taking. I think that's why the picture ended up looking like it was taken in the 80's. Here's the only pic we got, and it's zoomed in...


Conveniently there was a Gymboree next door, with some great sales. And conveniently, Gymboree offers a little cartoon viewing area to keep little kiddoes occupied while the parents do the shopping. Brett snapped a pic of our little man.

Jude and Grandma burning off some energy outside...

Come back already Grandma!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Grandma Suzanne has been visiting and we've been celebrating Christmas!

The tree at Rockefeller...

Watching some Sunday Patriots football with Daddy and lovin' it...


Santa Granny brought more trains...

And a Mr. Potato Head...

And cute little play envelopes filled with cash money for indoor play gyms on crazy cold winter days...

And no Christmas would be the same without skyping Adam, Liz, and the kids over in Egypt...


Jude was a big help with the Christmas goodies...

And if you didn't know already, Ikea in Brooklyn has incredible views of the Statue of Liberty from their cafeteria windows. So, we like to take visitors for a cheap, and somewhat mediocre cafeteria lunch, with world class views...

And I haven't ever mentioned it here on the blog, but Jude loves my sunglasses. He will wear them all the time. Jude sporting my sunglasses is how I get through shopping trips at Trader Joe's now. If you see me there, just look for the cutie-pie wearing shades and always sporting a very serious, stoic expression. He's cool.
And so I won't forget: Last week when we were doing our grocery shopping Jude decided to use his new word(s) over and over. I was the one walking the aisles with the little one screaming Ta-da!, Ta-Daaaa! Ta-Da!
The entire time.
And yes, I love my job.

Friday, December 16, 2011

My mom guilt has been ever so slightly relieved this week. Why you ask? Because my son (lover of all things trains), has watched The Polar Express a ridiculous amount of times this holiday season. So this week when we checked out our library books, we picked up the book, The Polar Express. And to my delight, and relief, Jude prefers the book over the movie. Thank God I haven't created some kind of T.V. monster. But the bigger news here is that this is Jude's first big boy book to enjoy. This is the real deal, long children's book, with more words than pictures. And folks, he soaks up every last word. Last night it was so delightful to watch Jude sit on Daddy's lap before bedtime and patiently listen to every last word with wide-eyes. It's such a magical book, and we've enjoyed this choo-choo quite a bit.


In other "mom-mooshiness news"...and in my attempt to not forget the little details of my precious sweet pea...
Why is it that all little boys have to get down on eye level with their cars, trucks, and trains? It is the cutest thing in all the world to watch Jude day after day, get on his belly to play with his cars. It's very common to walk into the room and see Jude on his belly, sprawled out on the coffee table, pushing his trains back and forth.
I love it. And please God, don't let me forget this.

And just look at those tiny hands...


If you didn't remember, my baby is just a few weeks shy of his 2nd Birthday. Expect a little (okay a lot) of this Mama's sentimental, possibly melodramatic, nostalgic, and possibly sappy ramblings.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jude's become obsessed with trying to learn his jumping skills. Walking down a busy sidewalk the other night, he tried to jump for an entire block. I was laughing so very hard, and trying with all my heart to not forget any minute detail of this little jumping bean.
I tried to capture him on video this morning attempting his new skills. He was giving a half-hearted effort for the camera, but here it is...



And just for kicks, because gravity will always be funny in our house...


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Like we do nearly every night, we went for a walk around the neighborhood to burn off some energy and to look at Christmas lights. Brett stopped in for a slice of pizza. Jude and I followed Daddy in, and Jude walked up to the little ceramic, Italian Santa, grabbed his nose, and said "honk honk."

Then he hugged Santa.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Blame it on the cold weather, blame it on Mom being sick, blame it on Pinterest...whatever the reason, we've been indoors a ton, and we've been doing crafty things to get us into the Christmas spirit. ...besides watching The Polar Express an obscene amount of times.


The best idea swirling around the blogs and Pinterest is Jude's very own felt Christmas tree. After Jude shattered two Christmas ornaments (mistaking them for balls), I decided he needed his own tree to destroy, I mean decorate.

What I like most is his preference for stacking the felt ornaments.  We decorate the tree a few times throughout the day...This makes me smile.

The next craft is also courtesy of Pinterest and the fact that there's a Micheal's craft store attached to my Trader's Joe's. This just means we're casually walking into Micheal's and buying 99 cent items nearly every time we shop for groceries now.

After poking them in the little holes for quite awhile, we turned them into bracelets, or maybe armor, and wore the bowl as a helmet.

We have a sensory bin now in our home too. And oh how this is a miracle worker. This little bin now allows me to cook dinner, fold laundry, etc, while he's making a wonderful mess of dried beans.

It's not called a sensory bin for nothing...


And we had our first contact with glue this week. He did just fine dipping the little balls in the glue. He just preferred to dip all the balls in the glue and pile them in the glue...not put them on the tree.

So we ended up with a barely decorated little tree, and a pile of puffy balls in glue.

Bring on the cold weather! We can do this. (Repeat, repeat, repeat.)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jude and I have been stuck inside for the last 3 days, because I've been an unfortunate victim of the stomach flu.

And so not to totally forsake the blog, here's some pics of Jude wearing one of Daddy's shirts while wrestling on the bed. Wrestling in Daddy's shirt makes the whole wrestling thing all that more fun.
And way more cute!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Brett's parents visited this weekend and we were able to celebrate an early Christmas with the family!


Jude's new favorite toy? His tractor!

Jude got his very own Nativity scene from Grandmother and Grandpa. (He likes to kiss baby Jesus.)
And yes, we've explained to Jude that contrary to his Nativity toy set, Jesus and his family were not white. Cute, nonetheless.

And we've got lots and lots of hours ahead of us with Legos!

And what would a trip to NY during December be without visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center...

We miss you already! Come back quick!