Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Birth-mas Adventures

I was talking to a friend and complaining that I haven't really been home much over Christmas Break and felt a bit exhausted. Then, while I took a much-needed nap on the couch, Scott worked on this during his last day of vacation.

I can't quite find the "measure" (Nolan's new favorite question) to say how much I appreciate that he takes notes/documentation of all our little moments.  Here's a little 3 minute snippet into our vacation time, Christmas, and Birthday.

We hope you had some enjoyable moments with your loved ones.  We aren't ready to go back to work, but do know that 2019 is going to be a busy year!

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Exiting Toddlerhood

I know Nolan is quite ready, but this mommy is certainly not ready for 4. We have the infant stage, the terrible twos, the terrifying threes, and then you have a kid. He certainly is looking more kid-like these days. Nolan is quite independent, comfortable telling me to leave his playroom to give him more space to build, and learning new ways to try to outsmart/negotiate his way into anything. For instance, he told me, "I think I'll just stay home while you go shopping. I'm still building.. and I go potty by myself." He lost that negotiation but has won plenty of "see this toy says '5'. It is cheap. We can buy that."

We were battling a cold this month, but that did not cease his excitement. I mistakenly told him that his birthday is when it snows (back in the summertime... but there's no forgetting at this age). I'm not sure why I said that, aside from stopping the 'whys'. Of course, being Michiganders, Nolan has been asking if every day is December 22nd since mid-November at the first snowfall... followed by "it's snowing, so can I have cupcakes today?"

He is spending his birthday season (sure... we will call it that) traveling for celebrations, overstimulated by all of his wishes. I truly enjoy that ecstatic excitement, but am pretty sappy when I browse through our Nolan & Elephant monthly albums.

We hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween - 2018

You know the drill - it's Halloween time!

I'm sorry, Nolan. For the next 15 years or so (and hopefully more after that), you're stuck with your mom's silly traditions, dad's time lapse skills, silly costumes, and corny picture edits.  Some day, you'll appreciate us.

From our crew to yours, we hope you had a safe and happy Halloween!

Lots of love,

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tres y Medio

Tired of these yet? I know most people joke about not doing a baby book for their third kid, but Nolan, my dear first-born, this is going to have to suffice. I'm hip and modern, right? Not lazy, just cool... 

Goodness. 3 and a half.  #BabyCressman is long gone and we surely have a little boy.  These past few months have been pretty rough. Scott was super busy, I was finishing school, and we were dealing with a pretty big daycare issue.  While I don't want to get into all of that, preschool discussions were always on my mind and search history.  We have settled on an early preschool and have made a comfortable decision, but I still have to remind myself that I am looking at schools, not caregivers.  Despite it feeling good to put my academic career to good use, it is crazy to think he will be walking in to the same school that houses much bigger kids.  I know he'll do great, though... so I'm trying to wear my "tough momma" pants proudly.

This kid is quite the ham.  Here's the Nolie rundown.
Likes: bugs, sand, automobiles, cookies, mommy's school, "summertime" (said as emphatic as possible), playing in water any chance he can get, and his friends.
Dislikes: not having control, leaving anywhere empty-handed, going to bed before it is dark, and stopping to eat.

These past 6 months have been spent learning letter sounds, completing a "soccer" season (trust me, 3 year old soccer deserves quotes), swim lessons, and traveling southeast Michigan (Oh! And a plane trip to DC). His need for control causes some pretty epic meltdowns when he is approaching nap/bed time, but i try to grit my teeth or hide under the table smile while getting him through it.

He makes a great 'little brother' to Orie and Floyd (pestering, chasing, and too-tight hugs make a good little brother, right?). He can build like a champ and enjoys flying spaceships with daddy.  All in all, I'd classify him as a pretty cool kid, just like mom.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Boards Shmoards

As we speak, Scott is mid-board exams.  I haven't done a post regarding med school/residency in a while (it's not like Nolan has taken over at all 😉), so I thought it would be a good opportunity to talk about residency life and give a quick shout-out to my other half.

Board Exams are an intense beast.  He's probably spent an entire year prepping, but a solid month turning down events, locking himself in an office, and cramming, cramming, cramming. I know I joke about how exhausted I am of doing bedtimes on my own and hearing the phrase "I can't come with you," or watching someone stare at his phones doing questions all day, but I know that pales in comparison to the sheer exhaustion and mental preparation he's been going through.

This exam is at least 600 questions (I don't remember the exact number). I pulled this description from the American Board of Radiology website:

I can't imagine two 7 hour days of testing, but he's a pro in this by now.  Including Step exams, this will be a total of $4,915 in testing alone. There are some little tests he's taken here and there, so that's probably a low estimate. He packed his snack bag along for those short thirty minutes (I'll save you the picture of the large back of junk food), Nolan and I threw in our surprise napkin notes, and wished him luck.

All of this to say, we couldn't be more proud of him.  But, I'm very much looking forward to a weekend of no books, no office, and no studying! Dr. Scott, good luck!

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Friday, December 22, 2017


I think every birthday is difficult as you watch your baby grow up, but there's something "big" about 2 to 3. He's now a preschooler.

He hasn't changed much since our last post. He's still our goofy little guy. His obsession with Legos continues to evolve, and his curiosity and love for new facts continuously brings me joy. A typical diet for Nolan (if he got to choose) would be fruit snacks, cheerios, chicken nuggets, and mac & cheese.  He's starting to dabble with "red soup" as well.  It's absolutely disgusting if it's called tomato soup before dinner, but red soup is perfectly acceptable, delicious, and messy.

This year, for his birthday, he has asked for a pink and black police car.  Ya know, the only gift that is not sold. So, like any crazy parents, we shopped, requested others to shop, and stalked Toys R Us, but ultimately painted a pink police car. This will be affectionately referred to as the slime car, because it looks like it was just rolled through pink slime. But, I am looking forward to him having the birthday cake with the police cars on top, as he hasn't changed his mind in the last month.

We're still balancing the Christmas/Birthday/FamilyChristmas act. It's still messy, but he's content with a week of presents. On an unrelated note, I hereby propose that we do not have school this close to Christmas. I'm exhausted, but after baking cheesecakes, buying gifts, distributing gifts, cleaning the house several different times, and 24 Christmas-loving second graders, I'm ready to snuggle my two boys.

Oh, Nolan. Thank you for bringing mommy and daddy so much happiness this year!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween - 2017

I just realized I have 3 different drafts that I've written since our last post, that I haven't published for various reasons... but I'm going to publish this one despite my terrible track record. This blog has turned into my own sort of TimeHop. I can quickly find pictures I've used in the past for Christmas cards, or our annual pumpkin carving.

Anyway, Happy Halloween from us! :)

Here's our annual video. I am not ashamed to admit that Pumpkin Carving + Time Lapse + Family Costumes is one of my favorite times of the year. #Traditions. However, one of the three of us said the family pictures may be getting a bit too much. ;)

And, for good measure:
2016 - How to Train your Dragon
2015 - Rubber Ducky, you're the one.
2011 - Our first video.

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