Thursday, December 26, 2013


This was the first year Nate stayed awake after church, so he could leave a snack for Santa. He chose a Christmas bagel (bagel with cream cheese and Christmas sprinkles) and lemonade. When he woke up, though, his first order of business was to cuddle with Grandma Happy, who was visiting. He stayed so long we thought maybe he'd forgotten it was Christmas morning. But after a while, he said, "Well, let's go see if Santa Cwase weft pwesents and ate his snack."

So downstairs he went, bypassed the tree and toys, to check on the snack. After expressing amazement that it was in fact eaten, he asked why Santa left some. Fearing hurt feelings, I was frantically searching for an explanation, when he brightened and said, "He weft some for me!" and dug in.

Then he took his time playing with his toys, handing out presents to others, and playing with Happy (and cousin Sara when she visited in the afternoon.)

He's a very wise three-year-old, so we took his advice:

Friday, December 20, 2013

{This moment}

Janet gave us a big roll of paper. One rainy afternoon, Mama turned it into a mat for Nate's cars and animal figures. Hard to say which of us enjoyed that more ;)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nutcracker and Homestead

Jenny-Jen and Alex generously took us to Ballet Maryland's Nutcracker today. We had been reading a picture book about it from the library, so he'd know the story. Since he is so detail-oriented, I was worried that he'd be upset if the soldiers' cannons didn't really shoot candy like in the book. I stashed some soft peppermints in my purse, and brought them out at the right time. Nate and Alex also enjoyed Franny's opera glasses and taking their own nutcrackers to the show.

Afterward, we met Jack and Janet at Homestead to see the model trains and other Christmas displays. Nate shared some secrets with Santa's reindeer.

Friday, December 13, 2013