Saturday, November 27, 2010

4 months old!!

Dear Grayson,

          I am so excited about your first holiday season!  Your first Thanksgiving was a little un-traditional, as we celebrated at the beach.  Oh the fun we are starting to have little boy!  You laugh and giggle and smile all the time.  What a sweet, sweet sound!  I could just eat you up everyday, you are that cute.  I know someone else who could as well- Hi Aya!  What have you been up to recently?
  • I have no idea what you weigh but we go to the Dr. next week!  I have a feeling you are a little chubby, people always think you are older.  
  • You are still sleeping through the night and still sleep in our room.  I am not ready for you to sleep upstairs.  Maybe when you're 12 ok?
  • You like to eat so we are going to try a solid soon!  
  • We are learning more about your habits everyday.  You are like a puzzle! 
  • You will take your paci as you are going to sleep but spit it out once you are asleep. 
  • You are in a size 2 diaper. 
  • You are wearing 3-6 and 6-9 clothes.  
  • You have started napping during the day but not for long.  I will take it though! 
  • Between 5-7pm everyday you hit angry baby mode.  MELT DOWN CITY!!  We know it is time for  bed once this happen.  
  • (this is terrible) You LOVE TV.  HA!  If there is a TV on you try to find it.  Sesame Street is your favorite but you also love Dora, Yo Gabby Gabba* and some Spider Corner show on Nick Jr. 
  • You visited the beach for the first time this month!  
         *side note- Have you ever seen Yo Gabba Gabba?  Oh dear. That is the weirdest show I have ever seen.  Luckily I can change it when it gets annoying.

Mommy and Daddy love you so much.  There really are no words that adequately describe the love.  You change everyday and make me want to turn back time to those sleepless nights. You bring joy to everyone's life.  You are what I am most thankful for.

Done with the picture taking!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I am I am Thankful!

Well we are packed up and ready to go!  The sooner we get on the road the faster I will feel the sand between my toes- cold sand- but sand none the less.  I just wanted to wish all of my bloggy friends a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you travels are safe and your tummy's are full.  I pray for those whose tummy's will never know the joy of the Thanksgiving Meal.

I am so thankful for this little man.  
And his drool...

And his chubby belly. 
That does not fit in his pants anymore...

And his sweet little fingers. 
That he uses instead of a paci...

Monday, November 22, 2010


Time goes by so quickly these days.  I look up and a week has gone by.

Well our football team won again!  We played Gibbs out of Knoxville and beat them 42-3...every game we have played this year (except the first one) has had the mercy rule called.  That means that if you are 35 points ahead of the other team, the clock does not stop.  It makes for very quick football game!  The majorettes were so excited because the other band came and they have 5 majorettes as well.  Of course they are super cute!

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is this week!  Artie and I are headed to the beach for a long weekend and I am thrilled.  We have decided to drive through the night so Grayson will sleep and not need to stop.  I hope it works!  Since we will not be with my family for the holiday we celebrated on Saturday.  Artie fixed ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and dressing.  I made The Pioneer Woman's Creamy Pumpkin Pie.  Oh my- we ate like little piggies!  Everything was so very delicious!

Before our Thanksgiving meal I took some photos of a little boy for his birthday invitation.  His name is also Grayson!  He is a very sweet.  Grayson loved the camera and he was not shy about doing silly things!  Here is the picture for the invitation..his birthday is in December and will be a snowman birthday party.

Here are some sweet pictures of my Grayson!  I am so excited about his first holiday season.  He loves music so everyday I turn on Christmas music and dance around him.  He just smiles and giggles!  I love his little is so very sweet.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  And if you are one of the crazies who gets up to hit all the sales on Friday -I will pray for you while I am warm and snuggly in my bed.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


*Fair warning-this post is random.

Well HELLO my long lost friends!  Sorry for being a bad blogger...I have no excuse!  Actually I do and he is wonderful.  Life has been very busy.  Since we have such a good football team, we play all the way through November.  Once football is over, life will slow down a good bit.  I am still excited to make it to state championships though.

I am just so excited about the holiday season this year.  Last year was a really low time for me.  We had just been through 2 failed adoptions and I did not want to celebrate anything (to be perfectly honest).  I did not put our tree up until the week before Christmas.  This year I the tree is up and being decorated as I speak!  I have my Christmas candles lit and singing holiday tunes in my head...Artie is in the same room watching the first UT basketball game of the season.  I am going big and gaudy this year for Christmas.  Next year Gray will be walking and can guarantee he will be into everything!  I imagine the tree will only be decorated from about 3 feet and up.

Artie, Gray and I are headed to the beach next week.  I can not wait!  I love all of the yummy restaurants and the relaxation to be had.  It is a great time to go because the tourists are gone.  The only thing I am worried about is packing Grayson.  That is a lot of stuff for such a little person.

Grayson is still sleeping through the night consistently.  Every now and then (like this morning) he wakes up really early.  He is a kicking machine when he lays on the floor but is pretty content to not rolling over.  When did your babies roll over?  I'm not too worried...just not sure when to look for it.  I will do a full update on the 27th!

That is it for now.  Sorry for the lack of pictures this month...I do not know what I have been thinking!!  Here is a funny picture from my phone!

He is one of the cutest baby I have ever seen...but I think I am a bit biassed.

Oh!  Did you see The Pioneer Woman's Creamy Pumpkin Pie today.  YUMMY!!  
OK...That really is it now.

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I can not believe it is November already!  Where in the world did the year go?  The next time I blink it will be Christmas ha!  I really love this time of year and especially November because it reminds everyone to be thankful.  Unfortunately, most of us get caught up in everyday life to thank the Lord for everything we have.  Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what we have because we are envious of what others are getting.  So November helps us remember that we have a lot, even if we just have a little.  This year, Artie and I have a lot to be thankful for.   Grayson is the most precious gift we have ever received.  Everyday I thank God that he made Gray for us.  We are VERY thankful.  I really wanted a way to share with our friends and family how thankful we are.  What better way than with a card?! 

Look what I found!! Shutterfly has some really beautiful Thanksgiving Cards this year.  When I saw them, I was super excited about them.  I normally do not send Thanksgiving cards but this year is really special.  We just have so much to be thankful for.  Now just to pick one!  Help me out-which one do you like best?  

Last year I bought the majorettes photo books from Shutterfly for Christmas and really loved how they turned out.  So I know these will be just right.  They also have some BEAUTIFUL Christmas cards,
Party Invitations, and precious gift tags!  Go check out all of the cute designs for 2010.  

So what are you thankful for?

Maybe if our friends and family see our card on their fridge (at least that is where I keep mine ha!) they will remember what they are thankful for everyday.  

*This post was sponsored by a Shutterfly Blogger Promotion.  Go here to check it out!  

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gray's First Halloween!

What a fun weekend we had! It actually started on Wednesday with our annual Harvest Festival at church.   I love watching the kids get hyped up on candy haha!

Oh Barry! 
Austin and I in our festive shirts

I thought this was a funny face ha

Gray during his first cakewalk with his BeBe

 Friday night we had a football game which we won.   We are un-defeated wahoo!!! We are actually first in the state (in our division). Saturday, Artie had to work, so Gray and I had a relaxing day at home. When Artie got home we carved pumpkins after Gray went to bed! It was nice to spend some time together working on something festive.  I would have pictures of our cute pumpkins but they shriveled up overnight and were ruined!  Ha!

Sunday Artie had to work and I loaded up Gray for church.  October 31st is a special day for the Lutheran church!  It is Reformation Day! It is the day 493 years ago that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door.  He wanted to reform the Roman Catholic church.  The Roman Catholic church had made people believe (at the time) that they were the gatekeepers (if you will) to salvation.  Luther understood that it is "by grace alone though faith alone in Christ alone".   Every Lutheran wears red on this day and it is a BIG celebration!  Here we are before church in our red.  I tried to take it myself and it turned out really fuzzy! 

We did not take Gray trick or treating because of all of the church festivities on Sunday but we did get some CUTE pictures!!  

I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween weekend!