|Christmas 2008 in Ohio|
|I test-drove Nia's Christmas dress before we left NYC|
The one member of the family Nia absolutely loved was Tanner, our family dog. He's 10 years old and here's a picture of when we first got him:
|Nia bonding with Tanner|
|Tanner and Nia's tummy time|
It was taken at Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia on Christmas Eve. We were about the 30th family in line, and I actually went to get my eyebrows threaded while my parents waited in line with Nia (I could hear her shrieks about 50 feet away). Nia's used to my sister Ariane since she lives in Harlem too and sees her often, so when Ariane rescued her she calmed down. They were able to get this shot while waiting in line:
As we got closer to Santa Nia was getting more and more restless. She had a teething ring she was playing with and we distracted her with the decorations nearby while we took it away. Once it was our turn we let the photographer know Nia was nearing a meltdown and she advised us to back Nia into Santa. If we approached him face forward it might be disastrous. This completely made sense and it worked!
We used a stuffed bear to distract Nia from looking up at Santa and to make her look at the camera and my family started singing to her. I stood to the Santa's right (left if facing the picture), and he noticed Nia kept looking over to me so he used that to his advantage and used his hand as a shield on the left side of her face to keep her gaze looking up at him. We were able to get the cutest shot of them "gazing" into each other's eyes this way, but when it came time to select the pictures although we ordered 3 copies it could only be of one pose. We decided on the forward facing shot since in the future we think it'd be best to see her head-on with Santa.
Now I don't expect to make annual visits to Santa. I think I only have maybe two pictures max with Santa during my entire childhood and waiting in line is a real pain. I can't even imagine what Macy's lines would be like! I may venture next December to ABC Carpet and home like I mentioned earlier since they have a very authentic Santa, but his visitation window is so short which caused me to miss him this year.
|The Family (LIVE!) Christmas Tree|
Here she is being held by Ariane:
Video of the wrapping paper meltdown
My parents know how much I abhor electronic toys that make noise, but they gave Nia one anyway! Since then I've found the off button on the back so I think I'll keep my sanity.
Here she is playing with her baby radio while being held by Uka:
What was very interesting to me about this toy was that it played Jackson Five! Whatever happened to Twinkle, Twinkle Little star???
Nia also received clothes and teething rings.
For me the best part of Christmas is the food! My parents had a very yummy menu:
- Honey baked ham (from THE honey baked ham store!)
- Green beans
- Candied sweet potatoes
- Mac & cheese (although my mom objected, I doctored it with fresh ground pepper, cayenne, mustard powder, garlic and fresh bread crumbs and it came out GREAT)
- Rolls (my dad makes THE best homemade rolls!)
- Waldorf salad (Uka had never had it before, but decided he liked it)
- Christmas punch (an concoction of sparkling juice, Sierra Mist and thawed frozen strawberries)
- No-bake cheesecake
- An assortment of homemade Christmas cookies
I have a bit of a habit of taking pictures of my food, so here's my Christmas plate (I ate 2!):
After we ate everyone got the itis, even Nia! I was helping my dad out in the kitchen when we looked over to the family room and saw this:
|Can you spot the baby???|
- Watching Lord of The Rings (it's an annual tradition, but we only made it through the first movie)
- Playing Wii (well really only my brother and Uka!)
- Watching Inception (my parents and brother hadn't seen it yet)
- Going to D.C. to "see the lights" (there actually were none to see and I stayed in the car with baby)
Overall, Nia had a fun first Christmas!