Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Nick loves his new table and chair! Can't wait to have more chairs so he can share with his friends :)

Nick also loves his new basketball hoop from Aunt Krystyn and Uncle Zack.

Nick especially loved his new UM tricycle from Grammie and Papa. He can't quite reach the peddles yet, but he enjoyed being pushed around the house and ringing the bell. Such a cutie!!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Nick's First Hanukkah Party!

Nick's friend Emily and her family invited our family over for a Hanukkah party! Here are Nick and Emily watching the "big boys play."
Nick enjoyed playing with Emily's new train table!
Nick's first Hanukkah present - he even opened it himself! (mostly) - wooden lacing beads - thanks Emily!
Nick and Emily finished off the night with a fruit eating contest and some laughs on Emily's sofa. What a fun night!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

TLE Christmas Party!

Nick did not enjoy his visit with Santa, so rather than post a picture of that, here's a picture of him and his friend Emily having fun in the ball pit!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas 2010 Pictures!

We could not be happier with how they turned out! Isn't Nicholas just the cutest little boy ever?? They did an amazing job at coaxing out his smile. We can't wait to show these to him when he's 20! :)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nick Needs a Toy Kitchen!

Today we went to Ikea. Nick had so much fun playing with two toy kitchens they have set up. He definitely needs a toy kitchen at home! I'm trying to convince his dad and grandpa to build him one out of an entertainment center, like this:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Tree 2010!

Here's Nick, helping to decorate the Christmas tree! He loves balls in all shapes and sizes, so this year we only decorated the top half of the tree :)

Eastern Market!

Today we had a whirlwind day! We ate breakfast, then headed out to Eastern Market in Detroit. We picked up some locally made sausage and vegetables for breakfast tomorrow, some great bread for garlic bread tonight, and bought a lovely grave blanket for Grandma Juarez's grave. Then we headed to Slow's BBQ for lunch. Uncle Zack and Aunt Krystyn thought it was delicious! Nick liked mom's chicken and his own (sugar free) housemade applesauce, but wouldn't even try the macaroni and cheese. Then we went home and watched the UM v Ohio State "game." It was a fun day!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Playing in the Leaves!

In preparation for winter, Jeff decided to rake the leaves in our backyard. Nick was a big help. We tried to get him to jump in the pile, but he wasn't interested in that. He was, however, interested in helping us put the leaves in the bags. Love that boy!

First Carousel Ride!

He didn't love it. He clung to mom for dear life the whole time :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

2010 Northville Christmas Parade!

Not a great photo, but what can you do when your town's Christmas parade is at 6:30 on a Friday night? Nick enjoyed watching all of the lights and received a nice bouncy glow ball from a local church. :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today Miss Madeline came over for a playdate! Nick and Madeline played together so well, it was so fun for us parents to watch. Madeline got in the Cozy Coupe and I said "Nick, why don't you push Miss Madeline in the car?" And he did! Then he decided he wanted to ride in the car too - they *almost* both fit :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nick's Friend Ian Turns 1!

The birthday boy opening his presents.

Moms and babies - we had so much fun!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nineteen Months Old!

Well, we are past the halfway mark in Nick's second year –so hard to believe! He had his 18 month appointment last week and he is 25 lbs (25th percentile), 31 ¾ inches long (25-30th percentile) and his head circumference is in the 50th percentile. His doctor asked about his words, checked out his eyes, ears and throat, watched him walk and declared him a very healthy boy. Nick also had to have one shot. Nick did not like this appointment but he calmed down pretty quickly once he started nursing. His doctor said there's no reason to see him again until he's 2 years old. This made us happy, because that's a long time in between appointments, but it also made us sad, because now it'll feel like he's 2 years old before we know it!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nick's Friend Lilly Turns One!

Today we celebrated the first birthday of Nick's friend, Lilly Swanson! It was a great party, with lots of kids to play with, a delicious spaghetti dinner and fun all around!

The birthday girl giving Nick his first kiss!

Digging in the toy chest with Cooper - Nick loves playing with older kids!

Here's the cutest boy ever!! This was the first time he wore a belt. He stood there like this, holding onto it, for the first twenty minutes we were there. Ha!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Nick's First Haircut!

Jeff was over Nick's "baby mullet," so today we had it cut off! He was not very excited, so I ended up holding him while the stylist did a quick trim. She actually *should* have cut more off but under the circumstances, it turned out ok :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Return to the Zoo!

Today we took Nick to the Detroit Zoo again. He seemed to be much more interested in the animals this time! It was kind of hot but we survived. Nick really enjoyed the stone frogs on the playground and the lions. Can't wait to take him back next summer!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Three Cedars Farm 2010!

Today Nick and his BFFs went to Three Cedars Farm's pumpkin patch. It was chilly but we had fun! Nick saw the pigs and sheep and chickens, and played in the hay a little. We all took the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch and Nick picked out Jeff's pumpkin :) Then we took the hay ride back in and Nick snacked on some all-natural fruit snacks while Jeff and I snacked on cider and donuts :) We agreed next year he can have a donut - he'll be 2 1/2 years old :) Maybe we'll do the corn maze next year too!

p.s. Today Nick is 18 months old! Wow!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Today Nick's BFFs came over. We were supposed to go to the pumpkin patch but it was raining :( So we hung out in the playroom instead, and Jeff brought the climber downstairs, much to the boys' delight :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fall Day At The Park!

Today we took Nick to the park by Mill Race Village in downtown Northville. It has a nice big playscape and there were lots of other families out enjoying the beautiful fall day! We met Nick's BFF Ian and his mom at the park.

Nick and Ian.

Enjoying a ride on the swings!

After Ian and his mom left, we took a family stroll to Starbucks and then walked around Mill Race. We discovered a beautiful pond/small lake in the back, with a waterfall and lovely old trees around it. Gorgeous scene!! We also found a giant spinning rock outdoor art display - very interesting. We are loving our "new" community!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nick's Friend Oliver Turns 1!

Today we went to Nick's friend Oliver's first birthday party! We had a ton of fun and Oliver's parents have a very lovely home :) We enjoyed meeting their families and friends and Nick had so much fun playing with Oliver. He did not have so much fun with the Mickey Mouse ears, however :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hail! to the Victors!

The Wolverines are 2-0 when Nick attends their game :) This is me, Aunt Krystyn and cutie Nick at the UM v UConn game. He lasted in the Stadium until the bands started playing - we spent the rest of the game on the concourse and in Crisler Arena :) Still had fun! Go Blue!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Today Nick had a playdate with his friend Emily. They were so cute - they played nicely together for three hours! They shared snacks and toys and generally had fun :)

Aunt Krystyn and Uncle Zack Visit!

Aunt Krystyn, Uncle Zack and Lucy visited this weekend. Nick and Lucy got reacquainted, and Aunt Krystyn and Uncle Zack got to enjoy some time with Nick Saturday and Sunday. Just look at that smile!