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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Greyson's 1st Birthday Party!

We hosted Greyson's 1st birthday party at the house on Sunday and although it was a lot of work for a little bit of party, I think everyone had a good time, including (most importantly), the birthday boy.

Already a ladies man with Avery and Emme...
Grey and his friend, Chloe...
Birthday boy gets the first swing at the pinata...
Gavin taking a go...
We decided to try and keep it casual by doing a tailgate theme - pigs in a blanket, wings, mini pulled pork sliders with slaw and shrimp with a vodka cocktail sauce, all accompanied by various chips and dips, football brownies and birthday cake. 

Unfortunately, hosting 30 adults and 15 kids (it's insane how the kids have multiplied over the past three years!) is never 'casual' - between the prep that went into it (costco and target runs! setting up! cooking the food! icing the cake!), the hosting during the party (refreshing food and bevs, wrangling the kids who without any sort of structured activity came close to killing each other once or twice) and cleaning up after the party, Grant and I were EXHAUSTED Sunday night, our bodies literally aching from being on our feet all day.

At one point, after Hayes had reached out and slapped his friend, Gavin across the face for no reason (to which Gavin responded with an amused smile) and I asked him why he did that, he replied, "We're play fighting." Duh, mom.

Anyways, I think we'll be moving the birthday parties elsewhere moving forward, but we were happy to celebrate Greyson's 1st at home and it was all worth it when we saw the enjoyment on his face after having a taste of the good life (and eating the whole damn thing!).
Really getting in there...
Check out those meat hooks...
Appropriately hectic family photo ;-)
Still stuffing his face!
Special thanks to Nini and Pa, who as per usual were our biggest helpers - we couldn't have done it without you.

Now that the birthday madness is over, we're looking forward to welcoming the holidays with open arms. Thanksgiving up at GG and Pops', early Christmas with my family at our house (minus the Kellys who are on double baby watch), Hanukkah with Grant's family and then actual Christmas at home this year. In Janurary, we'll be taking Hayes to meet his new cousins - our new nieces who are due to arrive sometime in December ;-)

Can't wait for lots of family time - it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy birthday Grey Grey!

Greyson's 1st birthday is today. Yep, our baby is now officially a toddler. Can't really believe he's already a year old. A part of me feels like this year was the longest ever and another part of me wonders where the time went. 

As I reflect back on the last year, I wanted to start the tradition with Greyson and pen my annual letter to the birthday boy.

So, this is Greyson at one...

You sure took your time joining us, arriving a whole week after your due date, hours before you were scheduled to be induced. I like to think that this was our first glimpse into your personality - you are a baby who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to say so! You've handled being a living doll for your brother like a champ, putting up with constantly being sat on, dragged around, picked up by the neck, pushed down on the floor and smothered with hugs and kisses by a three year old who knows no boundaries. You do all of this with a smile on your face (most of the time!), only really complaining when he's gone a little too far. Mostly, you're enamored with your big brother, constantly watching him with an amused look on your face and engaging in games with him, screaming back and forth or letting him carry or walk with you all over the house. You are a total foodie and will inhale your food faster than we can serve it to you. You hate avocado but love all fruit, bread and cheese. Your favorite song is Wheels on the Bus. Your favorite books are the lift the flap books about babies and animals. You love to throw and catch balls. You HATE the car. You are generous with your open mouth smooches, have recently taught yourself how to clap and are this.close to learning how to wave. Just shy of one year, you took your first steps. You're cautious with your new skill but thrilled when you are able to pull off a couple steps at a time, giving yourself a round of applause or a victory twirl. You are curious, into everything, especially the toilet and trash cans. You are stubborn and determined and definitely aren't a pushover, traits I think will take you far in life. While you know what you want, you also know how to charm a room and have the brightest smile that lights up your entire face and turns your baby blue eyes into full crescents.

Before I had Greyson, I never believed that two babies - two BOYS - from the same parents could be different. Greyson has not only been physically different (he cut his first tooth a good 6 months before Hayes did, started crawling and walking a little earlier too), but we're getting glimpses into his own distinct personality as he gets older as well. It's so fun to see the two of them interact with each other and I hope with all of my heart that they become best friends.

Having two kids is no joke. There is constantly somebody who needs something - food, water, a diaper change, a bum wiped, a snuggle, a nose blown... I could go on and on. I start my days often before the sun comes up and collapse on the couch immediately following dinner, sometimes feeling as if somebody has sedated me, I am so effing tired. But I think having Greyson and learning to juggle the two of them has made me a better mother - it's certainly given me more experience on the job! And at the end of the day, there is no job I would rather have than taking care of my boys. 

Sometimes I wish I could freeze time and keep things the way they are forever - thinking of them growing up scares me in a way. But I'm also loving seeing them move onto their new stages and grow as little human beings.

So, happy 1st birthday, my little Grey Grey! May you enjoy this day that's all about you for once!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy birthday, dear husband!

Happy birthday, to my dear husband, who is finally catching up to his cougar of a wife (for the next 4 months at least!).

He's currently on a European business trip in our old stomping grounds in Londontown and it feels very strange not to be with him on his birthday, seeing as we've celebrated the last 16 years together. I have officially known the guy for over half of his life - how's that for making one feel old?!

So I'll raise half a glass of pinot to him in his honor tonight as I enjoy a frozen pizza with the current man of the house, Hayes (who has happily taken Grant's place in our bed for the last 4 nights while he's been gone) and look forward to a belated celebration this weekend.

We love you bigou, happy happy birthday!