Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tis the Season

Merry, Merry Christmas (a little late) from our family to yours!

This Christmas season has been fun-filled, jam-packed, and is sadly coming to a close. I am so grateful for this season with family to celebrate the Son of God coming into our world as a tiny baby. This year has been especially fun as our little girl is beginning to "get it". LOTS of celebrating has gone on these past few weeks. The following is a summary in pictures...

Christmas Eve service at Legacy Church! I love getting to hear my daddy and see all that is happening with this amazing group of people.
Christmas Eve Tex-Mex feast! Grayer quite enjoyed the black beans...
leading to the inevitable post-dinner bath.
One of my favorite Wilkes clan traditions includes opening presents to/from each other on Christmas Eve. Sadly, Grayer guy was partied out and missed the rest of the evening festivities. Thank you to Aunt Summ for the TOMS! I have to convince Cambell Grace nightly we can't sleep in them because our bed would turn into a mess of pink sparkles. She is quite reluctant to take them off or wear other shoes.
Lolli MADE this beautiful Rapunzel dress for Cambell Grace. Pictures do not do this masterpiece justice. Dress-up is a part of our daily routine, and Cambell Grace has already put this beautiful gift to good use.
Cambell Grace LOVES her Aunt Summer and Uncle Ryan! They are superheroes in our book!
Carrying out the tradition my Poppy started when my dad was a little boy of reading The Night Before Christmas before bed on Christmas Eve.
Checking out what Santa brought...
Grayer enjoying his new chair...
Mommy and Daddy's presents :) So cheesy, but so true!
Cambell Grace and Sally Grace all ready for church. Legacy had a neat little service gathered around the Christmas tree in the foyer.
At Legacy Church with Pop... Cambell Grace loved getting to hear him speak in front of everyone. She did have some sad moments, though...
but Grayer guy was happy as can be!
Grayer's turn to open gifts after Christmas dinner (or late lunch, as was the case)...
Gingerbread house factory!
Graham took the entire week off in between Christmas and New Years, making for a relaxing end to 2011. We look forward to all 2012 has in store for our family of four!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Grayer is ONE!

My precious baby boy is one year old. What a year! Life with Grayer is sweet, constant, and definitely entertaining. This year has been so fun, so hard, and so good. Looking back on this year brings a flood of differing emotions. This year has been hard. Grayer has already seen two different medical specialists, had surgery to get tubes put in his ears at 7 months old, and survived a trip to the ER. He has required breathing treatments and a great deal of worry from this mommy. (I realize that he is still a very healthy boy, and for that I am thankful, but all of this has been a new experience for our family.) I struggled with the routine of having 2 little ones more than I thought I would. BUT--this boy has brought a joy to my life that I cannot even put into words. I melt every.time I look at him. His sweet grin and sloppy kisses send me over the moon. I am IN LOVE with our contemplative, yet silly; mischievous as can be, yet sweet to the core little boy. He is so serious, especially with new faces. Grayer is a miniature Graham and I wouldn't have it any other way. Even though it means a struggle with smiling at new faces, I know he is like his daddy, which will result in an incredible man.Grayer Moments/Mannerisms:

Grayer loves to wear his angry bird eyes and keep his arms out to the side 90% of the time.

He is quite used to his breathing treatments by now...

Grayer is MESSY. If I let him feed himself, he goes immediately to the bath afterward. He devours anything placed in front of him with great speed and special technique. By grabbing fistfuls of food in each hand and bringing them to his mouth, he works the food through his fist, out through the hole made by his thumb and pointer finger and into his mouth. It sure does sound nasty when he is eating bananas. Ew. Grayer can make ANYTHING messy. You may think that a plain cracker or tortilla would be safe, but no. Bibs are always required.

Grayer takes off his right shoe EVERY time we are in the car. No matter the pair of shoes. No matter the weather. Only the right shoe.

Little man cruises everything, including the wall. He will crawl to his walker, stand up, and proceed to push it wherever he wants to go. He stands up with great stability, but just will.not.walk. by himself. We don't get it. He even holds our hand and walks beside us with ease. I am quite alright with prolonging the whole walking thing because this boy is into everything as it stands. He gets into the toilet almost daily--even when the lid is down. He can open every cabinet and has some sort of magical power where he can find any electrical outlet. Anywhere. We obviously have covers on ours at home... but everywhere else... he finds them... within a few seconds. Will he share his daddy's affinity for electricity?

My sweet little guy is prone to mischief. Disciplining is quite a task because it requires a straight face, which is not easy to keep because the dude is so funny. When I am able to keep it together, a stern, "NO" is all it takes and the little boy falls apart. It is so sad... so sweet... so funny. Everything about this boy makes my heart happy.

I am so thankful for Grayer's little life and look forward to what this second year will hold. I do wish the first year could last longer, but having a front seat to watching this boy grow is such a gift! Happy Birthday, sweet Grayer Guy! You are our precious budsy!