Christmas with a toddler is so much fun! James asked for three things for Christmas: a walkie talkie, play kitchen, and a baseball bat. It was so much fun to watch him open and play with them! His Melissa & Doug kitchen is his new favorite thing. So glad to have that in our play room now! We celebrated the holiday with my family in Orlando and then a late Christmas in Tampa a week later with David’s youngest sister and her new husband. I snapped a few pictures of James in front of our tree just like I’ve done the past few years. Look how much he’s grown from 6 months, 18 months to now 2.5 years old. We had a great Christmas as a family of three and looking forward to having our little lady join us soon!
2018 Stoker Christmas
2017 Stoker Christmas
We are so excited to share that our family will be welcoming a precious new baby in January! James is going to be a big brother and we are going to be parents to two!! You probably made your way here through one of our announcement posts. Thank you for sharing in our excitement! Here are more details about our journey so far!
David and I love the mountains. We love the calmness of going to a quiet cabin in the mountains with no visible neighbors, a vast night sky with countless stars, and a chance to get away. We have been going up to the Blue Ridge, Georgia area once a year since 2016. This was our fourth trip together (second with James) and we always stay in new cabins in new areas. This time, we ventured to Bryson City, North Carolina. Our cabin was tucked away high up on the top of a mountain. We enjoyed a beautiful view, the fire pit, hot tub, a porch swing and easy day trips to the Smoky Mountain National Park and to Asheville. I didn’t bring my big camera but I snapped a ton of iPhone photos. I wanted to share them on the blog as an opportunity to look back on this sweet trip. Love going on adventures with my boys! I’ll narrate the details of our trip below…
Christmas came and went so quickly! I’m glad I snapped some photos to remember this special holiday. Last year, we had a little 6 month old baby boy and now we have an active, charming 18 month old toddler! It was a great Christmas with our family. Here are some pictures of James by the tree in his adorable elf PJs and some iPhone pictures of our Christmas in Orlando!
I was recently looking at a photo of David holding baby James in his hand from our newborn session with Tiffany McClure and I asked him, “do you think you could hold James like that now?” And an idea sparked… let’s recreate his newborn session now that he’s a big one year old! We got out my camera, the newborn basket, a few blankets, and the outfits we wore last year. It is so fun to compare the photos and see how much James has grown! He was 7 pounds at birth and now weighs 22 pounds. He was an exclusive milk baby for six months and now he eats anything and everything (grapes and pasta are his favorite!). He had a tiny head with dark, wispy hair and now he has a head full of thick, blonde hair. James used to stay in the same spot until someone moved him and now we’re chasing him all over the house! It’s been such a fun year and I’m so excited for all the fun to come with our TODDLER!