Jolly Days 2016

It’s that time of the year for our favorite display at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum which is the holiday themed Jolly Days!

Since we knew it would be crowded as always, we took a Friday off work to go which turned out to not really help with the crowds because there were several school groups there on field trips. However, we were one of the first few in line to see Santa which was very important since this was Grayson’s first Santa visit!

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We saw Santa as he walked in and I love this picture of Elin running up to him to say, “hi”.

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Grayson did pretty well with Santa. He was not all smiles but I think he was confused about what was going on. He started to cry a little when he was by himself with Santa but then stopped as soon as Elin joined them.

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Elin was ecstatic to see Santa and eagerly sat there and told him that she has been very good and she wants Barbies for Christmas.

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Elin did the slide a couple of times and Grayson even went down once.

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Elin enjoyed all the other usual activities like the snowball fight, reindeers, and train to look at. Grayson enjoyed checking out the baby area.

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We all had such a good time and I was so glad that Grayson had a good first visit with Santa and that he enjoyed the museum.

Our Thanksgiving

I can’t forget to recap our Thanksgiving festivities. Especially since it’s Grayson’s first.

I attended Elin’s Thanksgiving feast at school and was in charge of the games. It was so cute to see her and her classmates eat on their little placemats they made in their little pilgrim hats.

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The kids seemed to love Thanksgiving bingo and a hot potato game with a stuffed turkey.

Then on the actual day of Thanksgiving, we went to two different dinners which made for a long day. I had to snap several photos of the kids before we got started.

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Grayson certainly enjoyed a couple containers of his baby food. He has loved everything we have fed him so far.

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Elin and Max got to sit at a special table themselves and after dinner they did some adorable crafts that helped keep them busy and entertained.

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Grayson is such a good baby and did so well during the meal and the whole day.

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Life Lately

I have been so bad about blogging lately, so this is from a few weeks ago but I didn’t want to miss sharing it.

Elin and I attended a cupcake and canvas event at her dance studio. It was free as a customer appreciation event and it turned out to be such a fun evening. We painted our background and then had pizza for dinner as the paint dried and then we painted out tutus on top and then had cupcakes as that dried.

Elin was one of the youngest girls there but she enjoyed painting and talking to the older girls. I hope the dance studio considers doing this again because it was a lot of fun.

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We also have been slowly putting up all the Christmas decor. I’m so excited for Grayson’s first Christmas.

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Elin has had so much fun putting on and arranging all the ornaments. She is not supposed to touch the ornaments now but I’m not sure if that is happening because it seems as though I find little clusters of them down at the bottom of the tree.

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This little guy just got his first little tree for his room. Pictures of that to come soon. Grayson is enjoying looking at the twinkling lights on the tree. We are so excited to share in all the holiday excitement with him.

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Christmas Pajamas 2016

It’s Christmas Pajama time! I love to see all the cute little kids all decked out in their Christmas pajamas. I got Elin and Grayson two different sets of personalized ones this year. Plus, lots of non-personalized holiday sets as well.

I am co-hosting a little linkup with a few of my favorite bloggers. I would love for you to join us for a fun linkup showing off your kiddos Christmas pajamas and where you found them. The linkup will run from Dec 15-22. More details to come.

Meghan – The Adventure Starts Here
Liz – Ellie and Addie
Jen – And Hattie Makes Three
Julie – The Girl in the Red Shoes
Whitney – Work it Mommy
Ashley – I Love You More Than Carrots
Chrissy – Simple Joys Blog
Sara – Running from the Law
Amy – Keepin’ Up with the Smiths
Natasha – Hello Happiness
Crystal – Hall Around Texas
Ashley – Being Brickner

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Grayson (6 Months) & Elin (4.5 Years) Pics

About a month ago we had fall pictures planned for a sunny Friday morning. Even though it was sunny later in the day, it was pretty cold during our outdoors session! Also, Grayson is always so happy and smiling all the time and during this session he would not smile much a all! We later saw throughout the day that he was not feeling good at all and he ended up having a little virus. Needless to say, I was very disappointed in how the session went but luckily our fantastic photographer was able to still capture some lovely pictures for us.

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Can you tell this poor little guy was just not feeling the photo shoot? Poor baby!!! I wish we had seen more signs in advance and had time to reschedule. Oh well!

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Luckily, Elin was a in good spirits and happy to sit for pictures in between running around and kicking up the leaves.

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After giving Grayson had a bottle and some time to warm up in the car, he came back for a few smiles.

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One thing I will never ever regret is investing in a photographer to capture family images. I will treasure all these photos forever. As much as I despise the process of making photo books, I love having the end product and looking through all the images and having all the memories from each session.

Grayson’s 7 Month Update

Look who is 7 months! Grayson has had another great month of big milestones. Let’s take a look at the stats.

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THE STATS:

Weight: 18 lbs
Height: 27.75 inches
Head Size: 17 inches
Clothes:  6-9 months
Diapers: size 2

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This month Grayson has started taking solid foods! He has loves all the vegetables so far and has quite a good appetite. Sometimes I have a hard time shoveling it to his little mouth fast enough. We have to be really careful when feeding him because sometimes he will get excited and flail his arms all around and knock the container right out of our hands! Has a gotten better about that over time.

Grayson also finally conquered sitting on his own! I am so happy to see him hit this milestone because I think he will enjoy playing with his toys more and Elin enjoys playing with him even more now that he can sit with her.

When Grayson is on his tummy and rolling around he has started to kind of pull up in a crawling position. I can wait for that milestone, though! I can only imagine the craziness of him crawling around!

Our sweet boy is still an awesome sleeper and sleeps through the night like a dream. He would probably sleep in longer on the weekends but Elin gets up to go the bathroom and is super loud and I think that usually wakes him up.

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Grayson continues to be such a sweet and happy baby. A pure joy to everyone!

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Halloween 2016- Grayson’s First Halloween

Halloween was such a busy night this year! We had a lot to do and a lot of people to see in a short period of time. Immediately after work I went to pick up the kids and got them all dressed and their Nanny and Papa’s house so they could see them all dressed up.

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Grayson received a new sleeper a baseball rattle and a book about pumpkins.

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Elin scored a cat and carrier Doc McStuffin’s set. She has been loving it.

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Then we went over to the cousins’ house to see them and Elin stayed this year to trick or treat with them and some of the neighborhood kids.

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Elin was so excited to have other kids to go around with this year. She couldn’t keep up very well because these kids ran from house to house like they were in a race. After about 30 mins of going door to door she was done and declared she had enough candy and didn’t need anymore. She mainly just wanted to walk around holding Papa’s hand after that.

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On our way home from trick or treating we stopped at another family friend’s house to trick or treat.

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Then we got home and visited a couple of neighbors as well.

We got some pics of Grayson all dressed up as well. We got him a “First Halloween” rattle and a Halloween book. Elin got a cute dress that looked very similar to her costume for her Bitty Baby doll. I failed to get a picture of that.

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Elin stayed up way too late looking through her candy and helping me answer the door.

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Grayson’s 6 Month Update

How are we already at the halfway point to one year old? It doesn’t even seem remotely possible!

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Grayson had his 6 month appointment and did so well despite getting 4 shots. He is one tough little baby because he calms down so fast after the initial cry out from the poke of the needle. He grew a little bit from his last appointment but he is leveling off and is in the 45 percentile for weight and 90 percentile for height.

THE STATS:

Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 27.75 inches
Head Size: 17 inches
Clothes: 3-6 and some 6-9
Diapers: size 2

Grayson has had such a good month of firsts and one bad first. Let’s start with the bad. He had his first bad cold! It lasted over 3 weeks and he is still coughing and wheezing some. Thankfully not as much as he was! He did have some nights where he woke up in the night because he was so congested and coughed so much. I am very thankful that he is on the mend and sleeping through the night again.

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Then he had some really big firsts this month like jumping in his Jumperoo for the first. He enjoyed just standing and playing with the toys at first, but now he is starting to understand that he can jump in it. He really enjoys bearing weight on his feet so he can stay happy in the Jumperoo for awhile before he gets bored or tired.

Grayson also visited his first pumpkin patch! He enjoyed being outside and checking out the sights from his stroller.

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Grayson is drooling lots, but still no sign of a tooth yet. He is enjoying chewing on his fingers and toys for now. He has no interest in the pacifier at all. I’m glad because that is one less thing to keep track of.

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Grayson has the sweetest smile and loves to make laughing and cute high pitched squeals right now. He really is just the sweetest and has the sweetest disposition. We are so grateful that he is so sweet and laid back. As the second child, he often gets drug along on adventures that are not necessarily for him, but he is so easy going.

I can’t wait to see what all he will learn next month.

Pumpkin Patch #3: Kelsey Farms

Our third and final pumpkin patch of the season was to Kelsay Farms.  We had never visited there before but since the weather was so lovely we decided we should give it a try.

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The first order of business was to let Elin take a ride on the cow train.  She loved it!  We hit it up a the perfect  time where there was no line and she got right in with no wait.

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There were so many photos ops that we had to stop and take pictures to as many as we could.

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Elin was so excited to see Spookley the Square Pumpkin!  In fact they sold the dvd of the movie there so I went ahead and bought it since she loves it so much.   It really is a cute one if you have not had the chance to see it.

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Elin’s favorite part by far was the sandboxes of corn to play in. She could have stayed in there for hours! We practically had to to dray her out of there because she loved it so much.

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We didn’t get many pics of poor Grayson there because he was sleeping most of the time.  He was getting over a cough and runny nose.  Below is  the only two pics I got of him.  He is such a good baby to go along and be happy and content at all the places we drug him too.

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Grayson picked out this little pumpkin to take home. I love this picture of him really checking it out.

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We rode a hay ride and Elin got to check out some tractors, some baby cows and practice milking a cow on a cow machine.  Elin had a lot of fun bu the third pumpkin patch did us in.  We have had enough patch fun until next year.

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Pumpkin Patch #2: Appleworks

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A couple of weekends ago we made a last minute decision to go to another pumpkin patch since the weather was so beautiful! So after one of Elin’s T-ball games, we went Appleworks in Trafalgar. We had such a great time. The weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny with bright blue skies but crisp enough to wear long sleeves. The perfect fall weather!

Elin wanted to immediately start looking for the perfect pumpkin. I limited her to only once since we already had quite a few pumpkins from the last patch visit.

Grayson was all smiles and enjoying the bumpy ride in his stroller as we walked him along in the patch. He loves to be constantly moving!

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After picking out the perfect pumpkin, we took non-hay filled wagon up to the kids area. We had to wait quite a long time to get on the wagon, but once we were on it, the ride was so nice because it was a little longer than your typical ride. Elin loved going around the large pond on the property.

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Once we got up to the kids area, Elin quickly spotted a train and pony rides. I told her she could do both so we got in line for the ponies first.

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Elin loves the ponies and I had a hard time getting her to hold on with two hands because she wanted to pet the pony with one hand the whole time. She could have ridden them all afternoon if they would have let her.

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Then she eagerly waited for the train to come back and it never did! Apparently it ran out of gas and so they had to stop the train rides. What a bummer!

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I just love this pic of Grayson smiling up at Elin. He loves it when she comes over to his stroller to be silly which she does a lot!  They had so much fun at the patch that we decided to hit up a different patch the next day. I’ll share those pics soon!

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