Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011

Happy Halloween from our little fish!

We had a FUN filled Halloween Weekend!  I am hoping to post more pictures soon of all the fun!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy 17 Months

Once again behind...
however I am trying to catch up :)

Anyways these storyboards do take a bit of time, but I do love how they turn out.  They may be a bit detailed, but it is more for his photo books and memories.

Happy 17 Months Sweet Grayson

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dancing and Playing Grayson style...

Our boy is full of character these days...

this is one of my favorite things to do with Grayson sing and dance... I am not a great singer at all and I can't always remember the exact words to the songs, but Grayson loves it and that is all that matters!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Week 19 baby no 2

It really has been FOREVER since I blogged, but we had a few things happen in our house that kept me away!
1.  Grayson got a double ear infection
2.  I ended up getting the flu
3.  I was on my own with Grayson and just trying to survive most days with not feeling well etc!

I was able to get some pictures this weekend so I could do a quick Week 19 Update.  I thought about skipping this week because I am not feeling all that great, but I didn't want to miss a week so here it is...

Now that you have completely read my weekly pregnancy update you are probably going to ask when are you sharing the news with everyone...
I will tell you by next week everyone will know!

Also I have worked on emailing blog comments back tonight so I hope I got back to everyone if not please let me know!

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

week 18 baby no 2

happy Saturday eve!

Just spending the evening catching up on our many recordings on the DVR.  Fun times!  Really it is because it is relaxing.

Week 18 already...

no picture this week with Grayson he was napping when we took these pictures. 

Chad took us to the pumpkin patch so we could complete our front porch fall decor.  Here are a few pictures of Grayson today at the pumpkin patch.

finished product... what do you think?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

the everyday

A few months back I did a series on working moms and I loved reading the ins and outs of each guest post.  Today I was in the routine of life and thinking WOW I do the same thing each day with Grayson for breakfast and dinner.  Usually during the day hours Grayson is at school and has lunch there, but it is so funny to me how each morning and night we do the same thing. 
I am sure a lot of you know what I mean...
I can tell you that each morning this is what we do:
I get up for the day usually between 6:30 or 7AM and work until Grayson gets up for the day.  Sometimes he is up at 7AM or other days he doesn't get up until 9AM.  But when he wakes up I go and get him from his crib we gather up his blanket and pacis.  We go to the couch and snuggle while watching cartoons and having milk in a sippy cup.  This usually lasts any where from 10-30 minutes.  I shock in every moment of the snuggles because I know some day he won't want to snuggle with his mommy.  After morning snuggles Grayson is off to go and play in his playroom.  I get breakfast ready for Grayson, he eats breakfast, while Grayson is eating breakfast I am busy unloading the dishwasher and getting Grayson's clothes ready for the day.  I also pick up the play room and get my workout clothes on.  After Grayson eats I end up cleaning the kitchen from breakfast and Grayson runs off and plays.  Next I get him dressed and we move into my bedroom where I either get ready myself or I make our bed.  After all of this we are out the door and heading to school.  We drive the same route, we see the same buildings, and we watch the same movie in the car each morning.  It is this daily morning routine that gets us both going in the morning.  Grayson now knows when we are leaving and goes to the door and waves bye.  This little guy of mine is growing before my eyes.  I try to embrace it with a smile and continue to show him and teach him about the world around him. 
Our evening routine is similar.  We come home following the same route as the morning, we watch for the school buses, and the big kids walking home from school.  Grayson enjoys a sippy cup of milk and we listen to Praise Baby music on the way home.  We arrive at home and Grayson quickly runs to our room to see Bella.  Once the excitement of seeing Bella is over Grayson moves onto his playroom and begins playing.  Shortly after arriving home Grayson wants a snack.  I give him a small snack and he is off eating and feeding Bella at the same time.  I put things away from the day or do laundry.  After that I am preparing dinner for Grayson.  Dinner is prepared Grayson eats and I am off getting his bath ready and PJ's, diaper, and his evening milk ready...all before Grayson finishes eating.  After Grayson is done he quickly runs to the bathroom because he knows that it is bath time.  We complete bath time and getting ready for bed.  Grayson is off again to play and I quickly clean up the bathroom and kitchen.  Some nights I than prepare dinner for Chad and I and other nights I wait to eat after Grayson has gone to bed.  The rest of the evening is spent playing and reading books with Grayson.  Again embracing each moment with Grayson playing, reading, working on puzzles, or building with his blocks.  Learning is all around him and seeing the sparkle in his eyes is priceless.  Those are the moments I can't get back.
I write all of this to share that yes it seems as if I do have a routine that seems some what strict or you may think WOW she is a busy girl, but I look at it this way...If I do all of those things when Grayson is doing independent things I can have those moments with him playing etc.  Because every chance I get I am on the floor playing with him.  I also share this to document my thoughts and share the season of life we are in so I can look back on this day 5 or 10 years from now.  HA! 
I hope I didn't bore you too much!  Maybe my routine and odd things I do during breakfast and dinner time can give you some ideas on what you can do too.  Does that make sense?  Or you can just call me crazy busy girl!!!  
I added the bath pictures because a post without pictures is no fun!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week 17 baby no 2

I can't believe I am already at 17 weeks pregnant with baby no 2!

I am thankful for feeling much better and I am not as tired, but I am still going to bed earlier.  I need all the sleep I can get because no naps happen in this house during the day.  Grayson naps, but I usually am running around catching up on things to rest.  I really am not a napper so going to bed early works best for me. 

Now onto the highlights for Week 17...

as you can tell by the photos this week Grayson was not into taking a picture with me he just wanted to have the sign and if I gave it to him he would run off.  This is the best we could get.  It is in the moment and I am fine with not always having the perfect picture. 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Fun

On Saturday Grayson and I joined some friends at a local pumpkin patch. Chad was BUSY showing houses...but we missed him so much. Grayson tried new things and it was fun to see him with all the new things around him!

a first look at the animals
a first touch so brave...

a first pony ride...
this child of mine seems not afraid of anything. 

Grayson's favorite thing at the pumpkin patch was the tractor.
and he finally got to ride the tractor!

going on a hunt for the perfect pumpkin...

in case you ask Grayson's shirt is from SheShe Made

Friday, October 7, 2011

this past week

this past week Chad and I spent Monday - Thursday evening in Dallas.  We both were away for work.  I attended the Dallas Toy Fair Preview and Chad worked in the Dallas Market traveling stores etc. 

Anyways we decided to take this trip together to get away and spend time just the two of us.  I ended up having a headache from the day we got there until we got back in Arkansas.  I think that there was something in the air that was giving me a headache.  It was not fun!  But as soon as we got back to Arkansas I was headache free. 

While we were away we had our friends Mary and Greg stay at our house and care for Grayson.  He was so loved and had the best time.  Grayson was under the weather a few days awhile we were gone.  He started the week with pink eye and ended up having a fever off and on all week.  I think he was teething.  All and all he was happy and played and wore out Mary and Greg. 
We love that we have these special friends to come to our house to take care of Grayson when needed.  They love Grayson like he is their grand baby.  Thank you for loving our sweet boy this week. 

Mary did a great job of taking pictures for me each day so I can keep up with my 365 day project.  Here are many fun pictures that she captured. 

I love the below picture I have always wanted a picture of Grayson in his monkey blanket...  
Grayson loves hats...
Newest thing Grayson does each morning is carry all his paci's and his blanket around...
playing in his tent with Greg's hat...
New toy in the playroom is a slide from Grayson friend's Kendall and Kelsey... he loves it!
Homemade Spaghetti... he loves it!
after spaghetti bath time fun in the sink!

The best news is that Grayson no longer is drinking from a bottle.  Mary was able to get him to drink milk from a sippy cup all week and he hasn't wanted the bottle at all.  This is a big blessing.  I was afraid to do it myself because I kept thinking that he would not drink milk anymore and I wanted him to keep drinking it.  Not an issue any longer.  As of October 3rd, 2011 Grayson no longer has milk in his bottle. 

Have a happy weekend!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Week 16 baby no 2

Week 16
it seems as if this pregnancy is going by quickly.  Maybe because I am just busy keeping up with everything and it is not on my mind as often as it was with baby no 1...grayson!  Plus I have been feeling SO MUCH better! 

In case you ask my top is a sweater that I got from Target... it will be great with a long sleeve shirt in the colder months with my growing belly too!

Also in my last weekly post my boots are from last season and I got them at nine west! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Grayson's Clothes Where do we Shop...

I get asked a lot where do I purchase Grayson's clothes?

So a day late I decided that I would link up to Kelly's post from Friday and share a few places. 

Since Grayson goes to daycare every day during the week I put him in clothes that I am okay with him getting food, paint, etc on them.  Most of these clothes are from Children's Place.  Every day he will wear sweatpants and a shirt with his Converse Shoes.  You can really find CUTE shirts that don't have silly animals on them etc at children's place.  Does that make sense?  Plus the prices at Children's Place are GREAT. 
shirt from Children's Place

For weekend wear and Sunday mornings at church Grayson usually wears his nicer clothes that usually come from:
Baby Gap
H&M (Chad just was in Dallas and brought back some really cute clothes from this store)
He also wears polo shirts and khaki pants that we usually purchase from TJ Maxx. 
I also like CrewCuts for Grayson, his Auntie JJ spoils him with clothes from here.
For shoes I usually put him in his TOMS.
  above shirt is from Gap, shorts from Old Navy, and gray TOMS

Another question I get asked a lot is where do I get Grayson's PJ's? 
I love pj's from Baby Gap and Children's Place those two are my favorite, but we also get some at Old Navy! 
I like Baby Gap and Children's Place because they have footed pj's for Grayson's age. 
above PJ's are from BabyGap

Have a great Saturday! 
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