First, we rang in the new year in Dayton, Ohio with Uncle Mark, Aunt Carrie, Matthew (almost 15) and Nathan (12 1/2). It was really fun to play games at their house. During an epic game of Hide-and-Seek, Nathan won "Best Hiding Spot of 2012" when he sandwiched himself between the mattress and box spring in Matthew's room. My favorite thing to do was sing classic rock hits on the Wii Guitar Hero. I loved it that when I proclaimed our band's name to be "Chick Rock" because we were singing Joan Jett, Matthew said dryly, "I would so not be in this band."
Next stop: Silver Spring MD to visit Auntie Tine, Uncle Kevin and Baby Zoe (also Nene and Pops were there)! The bad news is that this is when the plague struck so I have absolutely no pictures of being at Auntie Tine's house. We did take a field trip to the Museum of Natural History where we checked out dinosaur bones (Noah was good at pointing things out!), mammals and butterflies. We loved seeing Auntie Tine's house and playing with Baby Zoe...but we really hope that next time everyone is much healthier!
When we got home from Auntie Tine's we had a few days taken up by Noah's surgery. Then our good friends Omar, Domenica, Luke (4) and Maia (2) came to visit us from New Jersey. We had such a great visit despite the fact that Noah was not 100% and Omar was also a tad bit under the weather. Omar is both a teacher and photographer and took some amazing pictures of our family (mostly Grace and Noah. Please check out his pictures of us here and his general photography website here.); we are so grateful for the photo shoot!
A few days later as we got ready for Noah's birthday party, we had a bit of snow, which Grace happily helped shovel with her Far.
Bibi & Jen came from NYC for Noah's birthday, Brooke & Dave came from Connecticut and Auntie Meghan's gang came over too. Noah's 1st Birthday also turned into celebration of the Patriots' big win and the kickoff to Super Bowl countdown. While Noah might not have cared, it did add a lot of excitement to his birthday party!
PHEW! Did you get all that?!
I think we're hoping February brings a slightly slower pace and maybe some more news about our future. Although we are a bit antsy to move on with our lives, we are also grateful that we were able to see so many loved ones this past month. What a great way to start a new year!