Sunday, September 23, 2012


We have been very lucky this week as we have had a lot of Norah time!  Thursday & Friday night I babysat her while Mommy & Daddy were at church (Wendell was there also) and then yesterday we had her for the whole day as they were in Montreal at our temple which is a 2 hour drive away.  This was the first time Kelsi has left her for a whole day and it was hard for her to leave.  I completely understand that feeling, as I had it when mine were young.  But she was very brave and really wanted to go to the temple, so off they went.  Wendell and I had a fun day with Norah.  We went to their place around 7.45am and gave her some breakfast.  Kelsi had pumped enough milk for the day and she is also on some solids now.  We did a little shopping on the way back to our place and then she had a little nap.  In the afternoon we had to drop Rebekah at the mall, so we did a little window shopping and bought a little pooh bear for Norah.  Wendell had fun feeding her and we spent the day just enjoying her and watching her.

Having fun with applesauce

 With Grandad's cap
 There go those two fingers again!

 She likes to hold the bottle herself

One proud Grandad!

My mind has been wandering to Christmas lately.  Now because I only started this blog in January, those of you who don't actually know me, won't know that Christmas is a big deal to the Wagners - it is our favourite time of year!  Wendell and I go to Maine for a week alone at the end of October to celebrate our anniversary (31 years on Nov 6th).  we do a fair bit of Christmas shopping while we are there and when we get home, our Christmas tree goes up.  Now obviously, it's an artificial tree, or it would be dead by Christmas day!  As soon as the cooler days hit, I start to think of Christmas.  I love the cozy nesting feeling it always brings.  Now please understand that I am not a winter girl at all.  I was born in England and was not made for Ottawa winters, but Christmas is different and I love the crisp white snow and all that goes with it.  It can disappear in January for all I care, but in December it's a whole different story.  I am already gathering gifts and making plans.  I look forward to checking out all your blogs for ideas as well as time gets closer.  I will be cutting back substantially on the Christmas baking this year as we don't need as much, but I love to make things as gifts.  I always make something from the kitchen for our neighbours.  There is a chill in the air now and the nights are drawing in so that's where my mind is right now.  Any of you started your Christmas planning yet?  It's never too early you know!


  1. Oh Julie, she just gets more beautiful doesnt she? No wonder you are both besotted with little Norah!
    What a wonderful christmas you must have and I cant believe you trim up so early!! We love to have a real tree for the smell so of course it doesnt go up until a couple of weeks before christmas. I am doing bits and pieces but nothing much, like you gathering plan s and ideas. There should be a little something heading your way this week, hopefully customs wont have opened it!! Let me know it arrived safely, love Anne X

    1. Hi Anne,

      You didn't need to send anything at all. That is so kind of you and I will certainly let you know when it arrives safely. I went to an epicure party (don't know if you have those in the UK) last week and I ordered all kinds of spices and stuff for Christmas. I love the smell of cinnamon and apple juice at this time of year. Like I said in my post, I am not a winter girl, but I sure love nesting and making our home cozy. Much love,
      Julie X

  2. Hi Julie,Norah is adorable.I LOVE christmas too and can hardly wait!Xxxxlove julieX