The Adventure Starts Here: November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

First Snow Day of the Season

Chris LOVES playing in the snow with Noah.  We went out many times last year, but we were looking forward to the snow this year since it's so much easier to just walk out our front door to play.   On Wednesday, New Jersey got some snow and Chris immediately asked if we could go play in it.  So after Noah woke up from his nap, we bundled up and headed outside.  I have to give Chris credit... he doesn't just go outside with Noah, he gets on the ground and rolls around in the snow with him.  He gets wet and cold while I stay relatively warm and take pictures... a match made in heaven ;)

my hat | my scarf (other colors)

^^^ Noah had fun throwing and catching snowballs!

^^^ two versions of flying... both lots of fun!

^^^ he even thinks shoveling is fun!

^^^ I had to remind these boys it was getting dark and cold, and that they weren't at the beach ;)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a look back at Noah on Thanksgiving in 2012 and 2013.  I am always amazed at how much he changes each year!

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this year.  That's because today, instead of eating turkey, we will be flying to Toronto and celebrating at my brother's rehearsal dinner with a big steak! However you are celebrating the day, enjoy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's The Little Things | Mama and Noah Currently

Now that Noah is 2, I have decided to stop with my traditional monthly updates.  Since I know everyone is dying to know what Noah is up to, I will probably do an in-depth update quarterly.  Instead, I will be documenting some of our favorite things each month.  I really liked what Elise does monthly and decided to use her as inspiration (copy her).

This is what we've been up to in November 2014... 



Chocolate Covered Almonds | Greek Yogurt


 How to Get Away with Murder | Curious George


Words with Friends | Talking Tom Cat


hat and mittens (similar) | hat and mittens

Make sure to stop by Jess and Ashley's blogs for the link up!  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gallery Wall on Stairs

I am officially in love with gallery walls!  After hanging one in the dining room, I decided the stairs would be next.  I had always envisioned one being there since the stairs are open to the living room, but I have to admit I was a little intimidated.  But once I saw how easy it was in the dining room, I started planning.  

I already owned all the frames, and while they don't all match, I do think they go well together.  A lot of these frames were up in our apartment, but they all had wedding photos in them.  Now that we have Noah, I wanted a mixture of wedding, honeymoon, family, and Noah pictures.  

^^^ pictures from our honeymoon in Italy 

^^^ some of our Engagement photos

^^^ a burlap "F" from Etsy 
this is the picture we used for Noah birth announcement 

^^^ I got the "Flinn Family" sign from Etsy when we got married.  
This is our most recent family picture.  
A full family shot from our wedding 

^^^ here's Noah as a newborn, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years.
One of my favorite pictures from our wedding

I love looking at the pictures as we go up and down the stairs.  I also like to look at them while sitting in our living room.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

An Early Thanksgiving

Since we will be away on actual Thanksgiving this year, Chris and I decided to host an "Early Thanksgiving" with our families.  My parents and brother and Chris' parents came over yesterday after Noah's nap.  It was my first time hosting a holiday and my first time making a turkey!  Thankfully, Chris is a huge help and both our moms brought some side dishes.  

Normally, I would have loved to set the table the day before, but since Noah likes to touch everything, I opted to do it while he napped the day of.  It was also our first time using the China we registered for when we got married.  I was racking my brain as to what to do for a centerpiece, and then Chris came home with this on Saturday... it was perfect!

 Here's a closer look at our dishes and place settings.  Noah got a special Thanksgiving plate, since there was no chance he would be getting our nice China!  

We had a few appetizers, a huge turkey (followed the Martha Stewart recipe) and a bunch of sides, and some yummy pies for dessert!

The grandparents played with Noah while we finished making dinner.  He sure is loved!

I even set up the tripod so we could get a group shot.  One in front of the fireplace and another at the dinner table.

Then Noah got a hold of the camera remote and started having fun taking a ton of pictures!

^^^ resting after eating too much food... and texting Tyler ;)

Noah loves when company comes over and joins in on the laughing when ever a joke is told.  He is such a riot!  

I wonder who he gets it from???

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving, even if it was a few days early :)

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