Saturday, December 25, 2010

Hello, goodbye

Goodbye Minnesota, cold weather, snow, and work.

Hello Florida, sunshine, and family! We're too busy to really blog now, but we'll do it when we return to our life stuck indoors. Merry Christmas!

Nina has pink eye and an upper respiratory infection, so please send prayers for Christmas. It's a chilly 60 degrees, the guy at the pharmacy just told me and Kara to "stay warm" haha.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We went to Aunt Annie and Uncle Adam's house to celebrate Christmas with cookie decorating, games, Charlie Brown, and presents. Nina got the hang of ripping paper and looks extremely cute in the sweater than Aunt Annie knit for her.

Cousin Gus also got in on the action

We spent a fun evening with Emily Kaiden and we had a brief visit with Mary Sue, too. Despite the difficulty of parking downtown, getting to see Emily was well worth the struggle and Nina added some conversation.

We went to see a Christmas Concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The music was fantastic, Nina enjoyed the show, laughing and smiling at the kids in our area. Only twice in the hour-long show did we have to quickly give her a pacifier as she tried to sing along with the choir.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowed in

Well, following the "snownami" of 2010, snow plows didn't get to our street until early Tuesday morning. If it hadn't been for a fun celebration with some family on Sunday, the extended weekend had the makings of the 12 days of Christmas gone wrong: 5 frozen church goers, 4 stuck cars, 3 shovelers shoveling, 2 feet of snow, and one snow plow driving the wrong way.

What did we do when stuck inside for such an extended amount of time? We made another video! We actually tried to cut down on the amount of pictures we're storing by deleting some unnecessary ones, but in doing so, we found some funny outtakes and silly faces and decided to put together a short video:

Friday, December 10, 2010


We recently shared a holiday tradition with Nina by going to the Holidazzle parade, visiting 8th floor Macy's, and meeting Santa. It was a relatively warm evening and we all had a great time.

After watching just a few minutes of the parade, we hustled over to Macy's. We beat the line and enjoyed the fact that Nina was little enough that she didn't know that we had skipped a lot and was content to look at whatever was in front of us. Both Santa and his elf commented about her laid back attitude.

After all the fun of the parade, the display, and meeting Santa, downtown Minneapolis had one more treat for us. As we walked through the St. Thomas skyway, we stumbled across a magazine cover featuring our famous friend and one of Nina's favorite walking buddies, Adam. No Christmas celebration would be complete without him!

Monday, December 6, 2010

5 Months

Nina is 5 months old today and we look back on a month which included growing teeth and drooling, her first trip to Nebraska and drooling, Johnny Jump-up and drooling, and time spent in the snow with freezing drool. It's crazy how quickly time is flying and we're all excited for the upcoming month of holiday fun and our trip to Florida! We've been somewhat surprised to see that Nina has remained a blue-eyed babe, we'll see if it stays.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Walkin in a winter wonderland

Being in Nebraska reminded us how much Nina loves walking outside, so today we bundled up and took a trip around Como Lake. She had a good time looking at all the pretty, snow-covered trees.

The Christmas season has started inside as well. Nina has been dancing to the seasonal tunes while watching decorations go up throughout the house. She and Kara trimmed the tree and Nina once attempted to pull it down.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

All I want for Christmas...

... is my two front teeth:

Nina's had plenty of quality time with Nana this week while Barb is on vacation. The two have been reading together, taking a car ride or two, and inventing new games. Tonight we all went to a local coffee shop for P.J. Stories, a night of storytelling. Nina was captivated by the two stories, the Magic Gourds and the Polar Express. She turned all of her attention to the storyteller, the man wearing green on the stage. She enjoyed seeing a bunch of kids dressed in their pjs, too. The pictures don't show it, but she's also been moving her tongue a lot more these days; we think it's another sign that she'll like starting solids in a couple weeks.