Retro Kitchen Photoshoot

Back before Valentine’s Day I signed Elin, Grayson and their cousin Max up for a cute Valentine/retro kitchen photoshoot. The kids had so much fun dressing the part and of playing with all the kitchen stuff.  I wish there were more good pictures of Grayson but his little ear was bothering him and he was a not a happy camper for the photo shoot.

We can’t wait to try another fun theme out for photos.

Grayson’s 10 Month Update

The sweetest baby in the world is 10 months old!

THE STATS:

Weight: 23 lbs
Height: 38.75 in
Head Size: ?
Clothes:  12-18 months
Diapers: size 4

Grayson has accomplished so much this past month!  He started talking and his first word was, “mama”.  He also says, “baba”, “hi”, “hey” and he said “hello” once!

He has finally learned to crawl!  He has been working hard at it for months and now he he has finally mastered it and crawls everywhere!

He has been enjoying the warm weather by swinging in a baby swing at the park and riding in his little car.  He loves to hold on to the steering wheel and stand up.  He has always like standing and is trying to pull himself up on furniture.

Grayson remains so sweet and happy.  He is my little shopper and never complains when he comes along on shopping trips.  He has started eating more table foods and less baby food.  He only has 3 bottles a day now.

Valentine’s Day 2017

Valentine’s day has come and gone and I’m not going to let it get to all the way to March before I post about it!  It was Grayson’s first Valentine’s Day so in the morning I planned for extra time to get pictures of Elin and Grayson together opening their gifts before I took Elin to school and helped out at her Valentine’s Day party at school.

I absolutely love this photo of Grayson peaking into Elin’s gift bag to see what she got!

Elin received a book and a Cinderella lipgloss set and Grayson received a book and the softest little stuffed bear.

I enjoyed spending time with Elin and all her little school friends for the party and later on that day she and Grayson received more gifts from Nanny and Papa and then her cousins Ethan and Max.

Please notice that somehow Grayson knew it was silly picture time and he stuck out his little tongue, too!

Later that night Elin and I  had so much checking out all her Valentine’s from school. She was so proud of her little bag she made.  She said the hearts were made from her thumb print.  Such a cute idea.

 

 

Blogger Love

 

 

Elin and Grayson had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and they got some beautiful Valentine’s from of our favorite bloggers.  I have gotten to know some of these bloggers well over the years and I’m happy to count them as friends. I love reading all about what their children are up to and we exchange fun stories in our facebook groups.   We always try to go a little Valentine exchange with the kids so they get some fun and happy mail to open.

This year did not disappoint.  Elin loved opening all the cards and hearing all about her pen pals.

We made sure to display our Valentine’s front and center in the playroom.

Check out the other bloggers who participated.

Ashley with Being Brickner

Sara with Running From the Law

Karli with Sept. Farm

Liz with Ellie and Addie

Whitney with Work It Mommy

Meghan with The Adventure Starts Here

Jennifer with And Hattie Makes Three

 

A Peter Rabbit Themed First Birthday Party

Grayson is 9.5 months old and it’s already time to start thinking about his first birthday!  The first birthday is such a huge milestone and big celebration.  I feel like it was just yesterday I was planning Elin’s first birthday party and she will be turning five in May.

Since Grayson’s birthday is in the Spring and so close to Easter I though a Peter Rabbit theme would be perfect for him.  I’m already trying to think of cute bunny themed  decor and treats.  Luckily, since it it is close to Easter I am hoping to fine more Peter Rabbit themed items in stores in the next month or so.

I made an inspiration board to gather colors and ideas.  I can’t believe our little bunny is almost one!

Grayson’s 9 Month Update

THE STATS:

Weight: 21.6 lbs
Height: 38.75 in
Head Size: 18 in
Clothes:  6-12 months
Diapers: size 3

Grayson is 9 months old!  He celebrated his very first Christmas this month which was so very special.  It was so much fun to have him enjoy all the festivities for the first time.

Another big milestone this month was getting his first tooth!  He now has two little teeth and he is loving getting a chance to use them on all the new table foods he has been enjoying.  His new favorite foods are grilled chicken, bananas and bread. He has loved all his baby food and table food that he has tried and hasn’t turned down anything we offered him.

Grayson his trying desperately to crawl but hasn’t quite mastered it.  He gets on his knees and rocks back and forth but just won’t take that step forward.  He does know how to roll around and get whatever toy he is going after.

He may not look like he has much hair but it’s growing and getting thicker everyday.

Grayson continues to be such a good sleep and happy baby overall.  He always has such a sweet smile on his face.

 

Favorite Christmas Moments 2016

This Christmas was a special one becasue it was Grayson’s first Christmas! I just love this picture of him by his little tree I got him for his room.

I got Grayson the cutest little santa suit to wear and he was such a little ham with his hat on.

Elin got a Tsum Tsum advent calendar and it was so fun to see her excited everyone morning to see which one she got. She was thrilled with her surprise!

On Christmas morning Elin was eager to get downstairs to see what Santa had left. I had them sit under the tree for a quick picture and I love this picture of Elin stealing a kiss from Grayson.

Elin did such a good job at helping him check out his stocking and helping him open all his presents.

This picture was right before we set out visit family after we opened presents.

This last picture cracks me of Nanny and Papa with the grandkids because Elin’s smile looks rather aggressive and Grayson is getting his little head patted. His head is pretty irresistible! This was right before we left in the evening and it had been quite a long day.

 

 

Grayson’s 8 Month Update

 

THE STATS:

Weight: 19.8 lbs
Height: 28 in
Head Size: 17.5 in
Clothes:  6-12 months
Diapers: size 3

This little boy is already 8 months! In Grayson’s 8th month he has continued to love all of the baby food he has tried. He shovels in his own puffs and hasn’t been great at making it into his own mouth but he sure does try. He loves all flavors of puffs and and so far has eagerly enjoyed all the baby food he has tried. I think Banana is his favorite. I can tell his kid is going to be one good eater and not picky at all. He has also enjoyed grabbing and holding on to his bottle sometimes when having it. Other times he likes to just hold his hands over his eyes and enjoys someone else to do the bottle holding.

Grayson is still so happy and smiles all the time! I still can’t get over what and cuddly sweet boy he is. Such an easy baby.

He hasn’t crawled yet but he loves to get up in a push up position or on his hands and knees and rock back and forth. You can tell he is interested in crawling. He knows how to roll everywhere and anywhere, especially when chasing a toy.

We love our sweet Grayson so much.

 

 

Merry Christmas

It was so exciting to schedule the annual Christmas card photo shoot with the addition of little Grayson this year. I was nervous about getting smiles from both kids and getting them to look straight ahead at the camera, but I shouldn’t have worried because the photos turned out great. We used several on our cards.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Angel of course got photos with the children but let us get one of her solo.

Christmas Events 2016

It’s hard to believe that all our Christmas activities are over until the big day.  At the beginning of the month we did Jolly days at the Children’s Museum and then the next day we took Elin out to dinner and then to see The Nutcracker ballet at Clowes hall on the Butler campus. This is the second year of taking her and she did again did very well.  It’s quite a lengthy ballet but she stayed quiet and  only got tired at the very end.

She loved  the big tree in the lobby so I made sure to get her picture with it.

Then the next morning she got to attend a special breakfast with Santa event at the Indianapolis Zoo.  Her nanny took her and they had a great time.  They ate breakfast, visited with Santa, made crafts and played instruments and sang.  Elin really seemed to enjoy herself.

 

Elin is looking so forward to Christmas this year and asks me everyday how much longer we have.  The season has flown  by and it’s hard to believe it will be over in just under a week.