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.

 

Christmas Pajamas 2016

I was so excited to get Elin and Grayson matching Christmas pajamas this year!  I always go overboard and have tons of holiday themed pairs for Elin and Gryason got his fair share this year as well.  But, these personalized matching sets are my favorite!  I ordered these way back in the summer when I was still on maternity leave!  Apparently that is when a lot of shops take pre-orders for the holidays and I jumped on the chance to order early.  I remember being nervous about sizing for Grayson but I think I picked pretty well.  I also remember that I could not believe he would be sitting by Christmas and so excited for that milestone to come!

Elin did pretty good for their pictures together.  It’s hard to get them to both look at me and smile at the same time so I only got one good shot of that but I think the other shots are cute as well.

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Check out all the other ladies in the link up to see all the cute Christmas pajamas.

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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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Indiana University

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A couple of weekends ago it was a beautiful sunny fall day and we made a spontaneous decision to drive to Bloomington to walk around Indiana University. Despite the fact that we are only about 40 mins away, we had never taken Elin there to show her where we we went to school.

I had Elin and Grayson dressed in their matching sweatsuits, so of course I had a little photo shoot!

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The drive down was very pretty with lots of beautiful trees to see along the way. We parked in the downtown Kirkwood area and walked in through the Sample Gates. The flowers and trees were so beautiful. It would have been a perfect day for fall photos outside. Elin had lots of questions about how it was a school that you lived at. She also could not understand the concept that she was not born yet. She kept saying, “But, where was I when you lived here? Was I still in your tummy?” I tried explaining to her that was many years before she was born but she didn’t understand.

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She loved this first statue we came to near Franklin Hall. I actually don’t remember this statue at all and this was Elin’s favorite.  She was so cute as she talked to him and she asked me to take her photo with him.

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She of course loved the sitting statue of Herman B. Wells.

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Then we made our way to the Rose Well House. It’s a beautiful gazebo building made of stone in 1908 and this is where Phil and I got engaged. I wished I got a good picture of the outside of it because it’s so pretty.

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Then we meandered all through the pathways and eventually to Showalter fountain. Elin was starting to get tired from walking at this point and had to go to the bathroom so we then walked back the Union building and walked around in there.

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The campus just gets more and more beautiful over time. I hope that we can come  back in the spring for a more extended excursion and maybe pack a picnic to bring with us.

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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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Elin’s Last Day of T-Ball

Elin’s last day of fall t-ball came and went and I haven’t had time to blog about it.  First I just have to say how proud I am of Elin and how far she has come since her first practice.   I am also proud that she always went out there and tried her best.  She may not have always been paying attention to the game when she was on base or in the out field but she did always try.

Elin had two hits from being pitched and one of the tee.  I was amazed at how well she did from being pitched.

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As you can see from her silly face she was pretty proud of herself as well.  The hardest part is getting her to pay attention to the other batters and not just sit there and talk and dance around.

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She  really has more of a hard time when she has all that time to kill when the other team is batting.  I have to remind myself that she is only 4 years old and one of the youngest ones out there.

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Overall I think Elin learned lots and has a lot more of a understanding of an organized sport.  She still enjoys hitting off her tee in the back yard.

She was super psyched about getting a trophy and she looks at it almost every night before she goes to bed.

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