Thursday, October 23, 2014

2 years ago today...

Grant Gregory came into our lives and made our family complete.  It's hard to believe how quickly two years have gone.   I feel like he has grown so much in just the past month.  His vocabulary is expanding almost daily, and his stubbornness gets more stubborn almost daily as well.  He is constantly singing his ABCs and counting (sometimes in Spanish).  He loves to mimic everything, and I mean everything, that his sister does. 

His temperament seems to be changing a bit as well.  Perhaps it's not his temperament, he's just becoming more independent (which I love and but also hate when I'm in a hurry).  We were extremely lucky with Ava and never really experienced the "terrible two's".  I'm pretty sure that we may get more than we bargained for with Grant.  He had the biggest melt down this past weekend at the wedding.  Shockingly enough guess what it was!  Oh, not just any food but a cupcake.  A whole table of cupcakes.  After my blood was boiling and I was ready to take him home, I handed him off to Nate and when I returned he was smiling and devouring a cupcake.  Ava informed us on the way home from the dance that she had two cupcakes that night.  Grant piped in and said, "I had free (3)" and was so very proud. 

Along with his tantrum he was also stuck to me like glue all weekend.  Everybody tried to help me out, but he just cried when I wasn't around.  He's once again crying at daycare drop off, and when I took Ava to dance last evening I left him with a sitter.  As I pulled away from the house I looked in my review mirror and saw this snot faced little boy running down the driveway after me crying "mama".  I felt worse for the sitter than I did for Grant.  Praying that this phase ends very very soon!

As I mentioned, we were at a wedding Saturday.  My cousin Daniel and his wife Vanessa got married.  We went back to IA Friday morning in time for Daddy to go play golf with his buddy Nathan that afternoon.  It was so great to be back and see most of my family.  My brother and sister-in-law were even back from MO.  I enjoyed every minute that I got to spend with everybody, and can't wait to see some of them again this weekend for Grant's birthday party. 

Grant's big birthday party is on Saturday.  We didn't do to much to celebrate today.  We had ECFE this morning, and Ava started swim lessons this evening.  I'm so glad that she enjoys them.  She told me multiple times, "I love swim lessons".  Unfortunately, she is not good at them!  Thankfully she likes them and doesn't yet realize that swimming is not her forte.  The teacher told me today that she should really be swimming with her face in the water and that she may have to move back a class.  I don't know why I was so bothered by this.  I don't want to be one of "those parents" who thinks my kid has to be best at everything.  However, I did struggle with that tonight as one of the 3 1/2 yr old girls  skipped two classes and is already swimming.  So Ava won't be a professional swimmer, why do I care?  I don't know, but I do.  I sure hope I feel better about this tomorrow.  Like I said, I don't want to be one of "those parents".  She 4 1/2 for the love!  As long as she doesn't drown that's the important thing.

Anyway, back to Grant.  We got home from swim lessons, had dinner, and he enjoyed the messiest and yummiest cupcake of his life.  It was then off to bath to clean up the cupcake and time for a few presents.  He loved his new books from Auntie Lisa P., Uncle Craig, & Nick.  He read those for bedtime, grabbed his football, gave kisses and hugs, and headed off to bed (with his football).  As of last night, he can no longer sleep without one of his footballs.  He is such a boy!

I almost forgot to mention, Nate and I "celebrated" our anniversary Monday.  Seven years it has been.  I remember that day like yesterday as well.  It was one of the greatest days of my life.  I often tell Nate and I wish we could throw another party like that again.  Great friends, family weather, food.  It truly was our perfect day.  What did we do to celebrate you ask.  Well, we both worked, came home and made some pasta for dinner, gave the kids baths, and fell asleep on the couch while watching TV at 9:30 only to wake up at 11:55 to go to bed.  Oh how seven years changes things.  :)  We are actually going to go out to dinner next Monday evening.  Rumor has it that Uncle Wes is coming to babysit while Nate and I go out.  Could be an interesting night in our house.  :)

Thanks for checking in.  Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
Grant loved driving the fire truck.  He loves driving anything he can get his hands on.
Balls and tractors, I think he dreams of moments like this.
Ava & Grant fighting over who gets to drive the tractor
Grandma & Grandpa with Zacky, Reece, Ava & Grant
Reece actually took this picture
Our family all together, it was great!
Great Grandma with her great grandchildren
G looking sharp in his suit
My entire family on my mom's side (minus a few)
We missed nap time due to pictures, thankfully he fell asleep at the ceremony.  Unfortunately it was at the end of the ceremony. 

My mom, sister, and sister-in-laws.  Great women!!!
This would be the cupcake that turned Grant's night around (his first of three I guess)
Grandma and her granddaughters (minus Megan)
Aunt Sara got him away for a little while, but he just had to be near me. 
Both of the kids got a second wind (or perhaps a sugar rush) and rocked the dance floor.

My Aunt Darlene and me. 

My cool dude.
Happy Birthday G-man.  We love you so very much!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Grant's 2 yr pictures

We got our pictures last night from Grant's 2 yr photo shoot.  I had to laugh as I looked through them.  Trying to get pictures of a 2 yr old proved to be quite a task.  However, Ava stepped right up and volunteered to have her picture taken.  Needless to say, we have many more pictures of Ava from Grant's shoot than we do of him.  Most of these you will not find hanging on our wall in the near future.  However, they make me laugh and tell the true story of our life.  Our life doesn't sit still and isn't all smiles.  However, it's a great mix of smiles, tears, laughter, tantrums, high fives, dance parties, and a lot of love.  Thanks Angela Courtney Photography for taking the time to photograph the kids and our family.  Enjoy!

Can't believe that this little man will be 2 in less than 2 weeks!

Grant's constipated face
Ava's open mouth face

Nate, you forgot to look back

Love these pictures, and the series to follow of Ava on the tracks.  She has so many facial expressions. 

I'm not sure how we can so quickly go from this....
to this.  :)

Finally, after 326 pictures we got a keeper.  :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall fun

We've been so busy having fun that I haven't found the time to update the blog. As always, I have good intentions to do it, but the couch and a pre-bedtime nap usually wins out at the end of the day.  Our weekends have been packed with gopher games, apple orchards, formal events (for me, Nate got childcare duty...sorry babe), etc.  I'll let the pictures tell the story of our fun.

As far as an update on the kids, they are doing well.  Ava can't get enough of her dance class, somehow loving it even more every week that she goes.  We got smart and starting hiring a sitter to watch Grant while I take Ava so that I can enjoy watching her rather than running around the studio trying to keep Grant quiet and entertained.  Ava was having some "issues" a few weeks ago, "needing help" with everything.  After a few talks with her I figured that she was trying to ask for more attention in her own way.  So, we're now "helping" her a bit more since she sees Grant getting help with everything.  Our days are going much smoother.  She still loves school.  She's also still not sure what she's going to be for Halloween.  When asked she replies, "I'll let you know when the time gets a little closer".  She must be her father's child, I would have planned it out a month ago.

It's hard to believe that my baby is going to be 2 years old in just 10 days.  Crazy!  He is talking so much now (most people probably can't understand him, but we can most of the time).  He's also becoming a bit feisty and definitely lets us know when he's not getting his way.  We never experienced the "terrible twos" with Ava.  I have a feeling that Grant is going to let us experience them in full force.  With that being said, he's still my snuggler at the end of the day and loves hugs and kisses.  He was doing great at daycare for a couple of weeks with no tears at drop off.  For some reason we have regressed back to crying.  He is stuck to my side, and even cries when I leave him with Nate.  It's great to feel loved, but this is a bit excessive. 

Since we've been in our house almost two years we thought we should probably start doing something to the inside to make it a bit more homey.  So last month we had a large portion of our house painted.  It's nice not to see white walls everywhere you look.  Now to get stuff up on the walls.

Last week Nate took a half day off work so that we could get Grant's 2 yr pictures, as well as our family pictures taken.  It's amazing how much work it is to get everybody to look at the camera at the same time, hoping the wind isn't blowing our hair everywhere, and keep Grant from squirming free or crying.  I'm anxious to see what kind of shots Ang got for us. 

I promise I'll try to do better with the updates.  We have a busy couple of weeks coming up with cousin Daniel's wedding in IA, and Grant's birthday party the following weekend.  We're very much looking forward to seeing my family next weekend! 

Now, for a look at what we've been up to....
I got to spend an evening dressed up for our hospital's gala in St. Paul.  It was such a great time to see my friends/co-workers outside of the hospital, dressed up, relaxed, and having a great time (along with some fabulous drinks). 

The morning of the gala we spent a beautiful morning outside at the apple orchard by our house.  We have always gone to Emma Krumbee's in the past, but decided to stay more local this year.  A nice 10 minute drive and we were there.  The kids have fun riding on the hay wagon, picking (and eating) apples, and playing on the tractors and playground.  Nate made some amazing apple crisps that week!

Grant wanted to try on Ava's headband.  I have to say, he looks pretty cute with it on. 
We took yet another trip to the zoo.  It was a rainy day so we stayed inside.  I'm so grateful that we have such a great zoo, with indoor and outdoor exhibits, so close to home. 
My cute little man.
Another trip to the Children's Museum.  Looking forward to our next trip to see the new Clifford exhibit.

Last weekend we spent Sunday morning at Pahl's Market near our house.  We wanted to go and get some pumpkins, and invited some neighbors to join in the fun.  The kids had a great time in the bouncy house, the corn pit, and the straw maze.  We picked out some pumpkins, and the kids devoured popcorn.  It was a great morning!

Grant getting ready to jump into the corn.  We found corn around our house for the next 24 hours.

Some of the neighbor kids
Grant may have a crush on our sweet neighbor Abby.  It may not appear this way due to Grant's size, but she is an older woman. 

I got to spend another evening out with friends from work celebrating a co-workers marriage.  Once again, a great evening of catching up, dancing, and laughs. 
Nate had the day off work today so we both picked the kids up from daycare and headed back to Pahl's Market for a couple more pumpkins.  Ava and Daddy played in the corn pit once again.