Archive for the ‘Baby Grant’ Category

Yep, that is right…he is getting older. And I am not aging at all…well that second statement obviously is not true and I am feeling it for sure since we keep having sicknesses every other week. Makes me not look forward to this fall/winter season. I am praying that we start staying a little healthier.
Chris and I keep having these conversations about how much Grant is turning into what we classify as a “kid” and no longer a “baby.” It happens faster than you think, I mean…he is not even two years old at this time. I can only imagine how I will feel on his birthday this year.
I recently sent my camera lens in because the auto-focus was malfunctioning. This is the second warranty service on the lens and I have not owned it for a year yet. I am nervous about what will happen when that warranty runs out. When the lens came back (fixed) I was anxious to take some pictures of Grant. He was having fun jumping off his pottery barn kids chair onto our oversized bedroom pillows. A favorite past time of his. So this was the perfect opportunity to get some “happy” Grant poses/faces. I love the happiness that comes out of these pictures. Makes it worth the thought put into snapping them and the brief edits that I performed in Lightroom. I want to hold on to these moments as long as I can…and am so grateful that I can stay home every day and experience them. They are worth so much more than anyone can understand or know, but I value them as much as my little mind will let me.

Credits: Emily Merritt Summer Walk, Karla Dudley Modern Marvel, Tracy Stroud Beauty in World, Erin Ink Ink Blot Number 10


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As a thank you to my mom for keeping track of our photos. We know where they are and they are well cared for, what more could you want? I scanned a bunch of photos (>6 years ago) for a slideshow that ran prior to my wedding. Now here I am today, wanting to scrapbook my son and realizing that I have a picture me in a similar situation. Actually, I am pretty sure I remembered that picture when I made the decision to let him eat the cake batter. Funny how a picture can influence the decisions that we make and how we feel about our actions. I guess maybe I felt like an “adventurous” mother that day, letting my child eat raw egg whites incorporated into cake batter. Sometimes I feel like I over-analyze situations and if I never let my child experience things then he will have fewer memories. Fewer instances of just enjoying life and not letting that enigma known as “what other people think” constantly barrage our thinking. So thanks to my mom for letting me live on the “edge” and taking a picture of it…and Grant thanks you too (although now he wants to sample my cooking every time I get that kitchenaid out and doesn’t always get his way).

Credits: Kitschy Digitals Calico Dream (Paper), CheekyMonkey A Happy Heart (staple), Hazel Olive Oh Baby (red button), Traci Stroud BeautynWorld (red ribbon), ErinInk (inkblotit-template)

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We had a great day today, full of fun outside our house. I am playing in a church volleyball league and today was our first game…well it wasn’t a game because the other people didn’t come. So we won by default and ended up scrimmaging. I think we did pretty well considering several of us haven’t played in a few years. We took a family nap after hitting a local ice cream place for some pumpkin ice cream. Then we went to look at Chris’ new place of work and ended up at the playground. I think we will all sleep good tonight. Chris and I both were snapping photos with our phones at the playground…and I had to work them onto a scrapbook page.
On a different note I really like a font called “Reklame” and wish it wasn’t so expensive! There is a free version but it doesn’t come with punctuation. I had to use it anyways for the title of the page…I don’t need punctuation there anyways!

Credits:happy days (deco tape), kstudio backyard adventures (paper, element), ledger paper r smith, viva artistry altered girl talk (stain)

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I think this thought crosses my mind at least several times a day. I mean, he just meets life with such an intensity. Today’s new activity was diving or belly “flopping” onto the floor, which I had padded with pillows, from his pottery barn stuffed chair. Thought he was hilarious and kept looking to Chris and I for our approval. That last part he gets from me…although hopefully he will find his fulfillment outside of his momma’s consideration.

Interestingly he does not really care for ice cream and popsicles, which I think might be due to the coldness. This picture was taken at a friend’s house in Pittsburgh after an afternoon of constant play. Hopefully he thought it was refreshing while meeting the challenge to “conquer the icy treat.” LOL!

Credits: Kristen Aagard All Aboard digital kit

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I forgot to mention yesterday that I am participating in another class, Shimelle’s Love Your Pictures, Love Your Pages. It is a bit different than the previous two classes I have taken. Just trying to get some inspiration and motivation to continue recording a bit of life history. Anyways, today I decided to focus on the evolution of Grant (kinda like the evolution of dance…or not). I am sure parents (if they read this) would attest to the ever changing relationship between parent and child. As Grant gets a little older and “wiser” every day our interactions change. I’d be lying if I said they were always positive and perfect. So in this photo Grant is on “the line” as my mom would put it. I drew a line (bottom of the stairs) and that is where Grant sits. Happy and a bit provocative in his attempt to see if I mean what I say. That look says it all, doesn’t it?
Credits: Chelle’s Creations Bug Catcher, Queen of Quirk Cirque du Ciel, Paislee Press View Finder Frames 3

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Summertime Fun

Grant has been having fun this summer, as long as he can be outside. Sometimes mommy just doesn’t feel up to it though…never have really loved the hot weather. Most of the time we go outside in the morning either after a walk or a run through the neighborhood. We have set a little pool up a few times, and Grant enjoys that…but he would much rather play with the other kiddos when they are home. Having other people around just makes things more fun sometimes. This photo makes me feel “back in time” or something, maybe that is why I like it so much? Already have it on the wall at home…now I have it on here too 🙂 Grant makes me smile, except when he is exerting his little will…or big will depending on how I choose to look at it. We are both learning every day, Grant is learning how to exist in this world and I am learning how to help him survive it!

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Grant has been changing so much lately into more of a little man. He has started practicing little words and just babbling all the time (at least around Chris and I). The photos are from April, which seems to have been so recent but when I am writing this more than a month has passed. I changed some of the photos around our house this evening because he just isn’t the same little boy that was in those photos. I still keep the photo of his first day up on the wall, which is a great reminder of how small he was not that long ago. My role of a parent is ever changing, and is much different than it was those first few months (basic survival time). Now I have to learn to say “no” and set boundaries, and I know that I will get plenty of practice with those things in the years to come. But for now I will just enjoy these pictures and thinking about what a special little boy I get to share my life with. Sigh….

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