A Bowlful of Cherries

Celebrating Matty and Noah

Christmas in the Garden State.

On December 24th, we packed up the car and hit the road. Onward to Jersey! It was a nice day for a drive up to my homestate and Matthew remained agreeable and in good spirits the whole way there. Upon leaving our place, I puzzled to Mike, “Our big car here is already packed, and we only have 1 small babe. What could possibly next?” And then he said it, the dreaded M word. “Minivan”. Ewwww. Mike admits that he thinks the automatic sliding doors are cool. My thoughts? No. No. And no. Please not yet. Anyhoo, we arrived to NJ on time (can you believe it?), relaxed for a bit and then headed over to my stepsister’s house for a wonderful Christmas Eve celebration. Matt’s traveling caught up with him apparently, and even though I know he enjoyed meeting more of his relatives, he was definitely in a crankypants-teething-I’ve-been-up-for-46-hours-straight-mood. I hope no one noticed much.

The next morning Little Face woke up refreshed and happy and we enjoyed watching him opening his first Christmas present. I like the blissful droopy eyes.

After we got Matthew dressed in his festive sweater (the cutest!), Grandma Rose and Poppy Stan acquainted him with KC. She was thrilled. Okay, not really. But isn’t Matt’s sweater cute?

And now, onto Colonia! We arrived early and Aunt Shari bogarted Little Face immediately. She oohed and ahhed over his sweater (of course!) and then let him at some of his presents. I love how determined and serious Matt looks as he works at the paper.

Grandma Chrissy sits with Matt and hears all about his new Brainy Baby toy.

Presents, presents, presents. Brett helps Matty along.

At one point, he stops and does a few push-ups on one of the gifts. Show-off.

In the end, right now, at this age? It’s all about the paper. Of course some of it went right in the mouth. But no worries, we kept his holiday gift wrap consumption to under 4 pounds total.

Ahhh, a white Christmas. Technically a day late, but we’ll take it. Matt doesn’t quite know what to think of it. “Is the sky falling?” “Is somebody spitting on me?” “Bird poop?” In the end, he seemed to be tickled by it.

We had a lovely visit and were glad to spend so much time with our NJ family. We thank everyone for their hospitality and generosity. See you all soon!


Written by Donna

29 Dec 2004 at 1137am

Posted in Misc.

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  1. Good stuff. Good stuff. Four pounds total, awright.

    That 3rd-to-last one is my favorite: “What is this in my hair?”


    29 Dec 2004 at 1205pm

  2. great pics, miss u guys already, and i did share matty with everyone else………i can’t help it when he comes to getting my time in, don’t get to see you guys in person that much


    29 Dec 2004 at 432pm

  3. Oh I know you shared. And I know that you adore him and he adores you! šŸ™‚


    29 Dec 2004 at 649pm

  4. Happy New Year’s to you guys.


    01 Jan 2005 at 845am

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