Sunday, September 27, 2009

Wagon rides and ballet class!

I'm trying to be good about getting the kids outside because I know the days of beautiful weather are numbered. Bella is always happy as ever to ride bikes. Graydon loves the wagon! He's very content and relaxed in there. This photo had such an old-fashioned feel to me, so I desaturated it to play that up a bit.
Mr. Graydon's top teeth finally broke through! The top middle two are definitely through and I'm pretty sure the side ones are as well. I don't think I've ever been so relieved. His crankiness was at an all-time high and I was about to lose it. He needed to be held all of the time. I couldn't even sit down and hold him. We had to be walking around. He's not a light kid. Very tiring. Since the teeth made their debut, he has been a much happier guy. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen him so consistently happy. Ever. Not that you can tell from the few photos I took this week, but he is constantly smiling and laughing. I am loving it. Must be our reward for dealing with all the misery.

He is also into everything. Outlets and cords are his favorite followed up by the teeniest, tiniest specks that he finds on the floor. I try to be so careful and pick up every small object I see; which is a much tougher job this time around now that we have an older child in the house. Last week, I found a small sticker and a little piece of those green pom poms in his poo. Lovely.

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Guess who started ballet class!
Over the past couple of months, I've noticed that Bella really likes to dance. More recently, she has taken an interest in ballet. Her favorite movie right now is the Barbie 12 Dancing Princesses. A friend from church has her daughter in this class and, when we looked at the prices - which were reasonable - it seemed like a great thing for Bella.

Every morning this week she'd ask if we were going to ballet class? All week I had to say, "Not today. We have to wait until Friday." Her class is at 9am on Friday mornings. On Thursday night, I put a very excited little girl to bed. She knew what was in store the next morning. Wouldn't you know, Friday morning arrived and she slept in. I had to finally wake her up at 8:20am so that she could get dressed and have breakfast and still be on time for class.

I had so much fun peeking in on her throughout the lesson. She imitated the teacher's motions and seemed to just take it all in. I felt so proud of her.
Graydon's first trip to the shore layout
While Andy and I were getting dinner ready last night, we peeked into the playroom and saw that Bella cleared off the toy table, turning it into a stage. She was performing this for Graydon. . .

Friday, September 25, 2009

This is my life. . .

Toys emptied out all over the floor. Toy box turned launch pad. Bella in the air. Can you even see Graydon? If so, can you tell that he doesn't have a diaper on?

This is my messy, crazy, chaotic life.


And it is good. :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Trip to the Shore and a Surprise Visit!

Andy's annual Pastor's Retreat at the shore was this week. Families were invited, so the kids and I tagged along. We are slowly turning our kids into beach bums. Bella could live at the beach - she loves it! Her little feet don't sit still for a minute. The crashing waves produce such a thrill in her that she wants to spend every minute playing in the water.
Graydon was happy in the sand. . . . . . until he proved that he couldn't be trusted to not eat it. Andy and Bella ran down the beach. Even with my zoom as far as it could go, they were tiny. This photo reminds me how little we are in this big world. During one of the meeting times, the kids and I hung out downstairs. Big Sister Bella wanted to snuggle with Little Brother Graydon. I couldn't ask for a better big sis for Grady. She is so attentive and gentle. She tries so hard to make him happy and is often successful. She also keeps him in line with a gentle, "no, no Graydon" when he's trying to get at something that he shouldn't have. And she's always happy to get some extra snuggle time with him. Not to mention she has lots of patience for his hair pulling, face grabbing, and sloppy kissing.There's a happy boy! Back at home. . . he is a difficult boy to feed cereal/pureed food to. He's always grabbing for the spoon. He could have one spoon in each hand and will still let go of one to grab the spoon that we're using. Such a stinker. A fun package from Grandma Debbie arrived this week! Here's Bella sporting one of her new outfits and new pom poms. Graydon got a new cowboy outfit. Here's the hat. He kept trying to take it off, so I needed to keep his hands occupied. That's where the tag comes into play.Still grabbing for it anyway. I love this one. And it was just begging to be tampered with. When we got back from the shore, there was a surprise waiting for Andy. He headed through the dining room, ready for relaxation after our car trip. The room was dark, very unassuming. Then just as he headed through the opening towards the living room. . .WELCOME HOME PASTOR ANDY!!!!!!!!!!! Josh jumped up from the couch and surprised Andy. Here's a reenactment of their reunion. Josh and Andy became friends while we were in college. They still keep in touch as often as they can, which can be a little difficult since Josh and his family live overseas. Andy hadn't seen Josh in over two years. He and his family are back in Wisconsin for a short break before they return again at the end of the year. Andy was pretty disappointed because, though Josh was back in the states, he was in Wisconsin and we were in New Jersey. Our next trip to Wisconsin won't be until after they leave. Little did he know that Josh and I have been conspiring for the past few weeks for a surprise visit. The surprise went off without a hitch and the two had some great hang-out time.

Here are the BFFs: Josh and Andy
Thanks for the visit Josh!!!

A couple more scrapbook pages:
Something I don't want to forget: Bella has been into role-reversing with me lately. She is "The Mommy" and I am "The Bella". Today was Rally Day at church with a lunch to follow. Before I even realized it, Bella had gone through the line and got my lunch: a hotdog, potato chips, and macaroni salad. She then went on to get her and Daddy's plates. "Because I'm the Mommy." she said. Such a sweet girl.

I'll leave you with a video. To preface, I must say that Graydon has been a handful this week. I sure wish these teeth would just get on with it. I'm having flashbacks to his newborn days around here - which weren't pretty. So, on this day, he was miserable. Lots of crying. Then Bella suddenly gets these new pom poms out and here's what happens. . .

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Do you see those two little teeth. . . ?

Graydon's bottom teeth are finally grown in enough to be visible. Don't get too used to this look though, his upper teeth are not far behind.

Something must have been funny here - but I've already forgotten what it was.There has been a lot of U.S. Open coverage going on in our house this week, which inspired both Andy and Bella to want to get out and play a little. Bella genuinely enjoys playing tennis with Daddy. Graydon watching from the sidelines. Mary! This is for you! I couldn't get him to smile as he was so focused on that toy, but here he is in the "Grandpa Chris" had. He always gets good comments whenever he wears it. Lots of scrapping has been going on. When my computer crashed, I also lost a handful of pages that I'd done for Graydon. This event lit my fire. In the past two weeks, I completed 19 pages! (which are all safely uploaded to my printing site in the event of another computer malfunction). Here are a few of them.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Graydon's Portraits

I wasn't too optimistic about how these photos would turn out. Graydon was incredibly fussy that morning (his top two teeth are just about to poke through). He struggled going down for his morning nap and was woken up after only a half hour by Bella, who went into his room to get her baby (that didn't even end up being there). I couldn't get him back to sleep and he was sooooo crabby. The appointment had already been made so we just decided to go and see what would happen. The new environment must have helped. He was quite serious for many of the photos, but also let loose some nice smiles that we managed to catch.
This is one of the serious ones - but I thought that this photo was precious. I love the lighting. . . and this is a very common expression on Graydon's face when he is examining something new or just concentrating really hard. And for fun, here is one of Bella - also at 8 months.
Do you think they're related?