Noah Ventures Out

This past weekend Michael Luke, Noah, and I went to visit my parents in Mississippi.  This was our first trip as a family of three (plus Emma the yorkie).

The drive wasn’t as bad as I envisioned.  What is normally a three hour drive took us four hours because we had to stop to feed Noah.  Michael Luke also took off work on Friday, so we were able to leave after lunch and get there in time to actually visit with my parents before we crashed for the night.  How sad is it that we start getting ready for bed at nine now?

Originally, we planned to stay in Birmingham for Christmas and New Year’s because Michael Luke is working both weekends.  But with Noah’s feedings spacing out to around three hours apart, my sister coming home, and just not wanting to miss all the Christmas festivities, we decided to visit the weekend before Christmas.

We enjoyed spending time with family, extended family, and friends.  I can’t say that Noah’s got everybody’s names down yet, but I think she had a good time too.  She even posed for a few pictures!

Unfortunately/fortunately, she slept through us opening presents.

I had fun unwrapping hers though.  One of the gifts she received was her Christmas stocking that my mom made her.

Isn’t it pretty with her name smocked on it.

I promised you an updated picture of the mantel (here).  It now hangs on the fireplace next to ours… waiting to be filled. (Maybe we should do a little shopping.)

She also signed the back with her grandmother name, Marmee.  I know it will be enjoyed for many Christmases.

Now we are back home and looking forward to celebrating Christmas as a family.  We are excited about going to worship our Savior and King this coming Sunday.  It will be Noah’s first time to see everyone where we worship.  What an appropriate day!  If I’m brave enough… and I hope so,  I also plan to cook us a special Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner.  We’ll see!  I’ll share photos if I do.

What about you?  Are you visiting family early this year?  Have you had the same stocking since you were little or since getting married?

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