Ellis Ann’s first Easter was so much fun! It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, we took these photos to announce that she was on the way and now here she is celebrating Easter at 7 days old! Dadima and Pop Pop were in town. Graham got to open his Easter baskets and his sisters, which he loved! The biscuits and the balls were the biggest favs! We spent almost all day outside. Playing in the backyard and then to Renolda for a picnic. I adore the family photo that Pop Pop snapped of us at Reynolda. Aunt Amy sent the cutest crochet outfit for EA to dress up in for Easter. What a great first holiday for our sweet girl and a wonderful day of fun for big brother!
We spent a long weekend at the beach soaking up our last trip as a family of three. I was 34 weeks pregnant with sister and it was our last chance to get out of town! We had perfect weather all weekend! Graham is at an age now where it is so fun to see him explore and try new things. We had breakfast at our new favorite spot! We walked around town and checked out the shops. We had lunch on the water. We played and played at the park. We watched the airplanes. Aunt Jody and Penny joined us too! We got to go out for a date night, which was so fun but the new restaurant we tried was not so good!
The absolute best part of the weekend was watching Graham run straight for the ocean on the beach. The water was cold, but it was warm enough to play in the waves and the sand. Graham absolutely LOVED it! It was such a joy to see him splashing in the waves and digging in the sand. We spent most of the afternoon on the beach and it has me looking forward to summer!
We completed the weekend with Graham’s first happy meal and a McDonald’s parking lot picnic!
We had a special day getting Graham’s first haircut. Mike gave me my first haircut when I was about 2 years old. He was fresh out of school and for some reason he just hit it off with my family! He has been doing all of our hair pretty much ever since then. Graham is the fourth generation of our family to see Mike! Dadima and Pop Pop, Aunt Jody, and Penny all joined us for the haircut. Graham was such a good sport, just eating crackers and letting Mike trim up his hair. We had a very tiny little trim done just to get it out of his eyes and got the back trimmed up so it would be more even. I just love his hair so much and didn’t want to loose the baby curls! Although, I’m pretty convinced he is going to end up with my curly hair, it looks a lot like mine did when I was little. We went for pizza and ice cream afterwards to celebrate what a great job Graham did!
Thirteen months was probably your biggest month yet! You hit so many milestones and it was such a joy to see you learn so much so quickly. You started walking on your own. One day you were holding on to the couch cruising and the next day your were off. We had your first big snow, it was mostly ice but still. You really started talking this month, saying more, bye, hat, hot, nose (you also know where your nose is), night night, and ball (ball was your first word). You will also growl when we say lion now which is just the best. You had your first trip to the dentist, you got so many new teeth this month that I honestly lost count. We finally went back to swim lessons this month and you love it as much as ever! You’ve been making the most hilarious disapproving look at the dinner table, where you look down under your hair at us and we all crack up! Poppa Bob was with us most of the month; daycare closed twice for covid exposures so you were home with him so mom and dad could go to work. There were lots of afternoon couch naps with mommy this month, since you were home from school and I just love them! The silver lining for you being out of school so much this month was that we all got to spend extra time with you and see you bloom this month!
Fourteen months! You’ve continued to grow and learn so quickly. It took us a bit to settle back in to a routine after you were out of school so much, but you finally found your groove at school with your teachers and friends this month! We celebrated Valentine’s Day this month, the balloons were your favorite. Swimming is going great! You’re going under now, although you are a bit distracted by what all the other kids are doing so you’re not closing your mouth sometimes. Our afternoon naps have suddenly become a thing of the past, you’re far too busy! They sure were sweet while they lasted and I will miss them! We’ve had some nice days for playing outside and are loving our backyard! Hats are still your favorite! Mom and dad went away for a weekend at The Greenbrier this month and you stayed with Dadima and Poppa Bob at their house, your first time in a different place without us. We took our last trip just the three of us to the beach this month! It was a blast to see you on the beach, playing in the waves and the sand!
Now at fifteen, almost sixteen months old it’s hard to believe you will be a big brother in just a couple weeks. You are laughing and running and playing nonstop now. It seems like everyday brings a new word or a new skill. You have so many words now that I’ve lost count and you know quite a few of your body parts. You had your first haircut this month! We’re loving the warmer weather and being able to play outside. You’re developing your own opinions about things now. You’re in a phase where you only want to eat fruit and are throwing all your other food in the floor. You have brought so much joy to us over the past year! Your smile lights up the room and hearing you giggle makes our hearts sing!! Growing up as an only child I always dreamed of having a sibling. I hope that you and your sister will be a gift to each other. Being so close in age, I hope you’ll develop a lifelong friendship and many wonderful shared memories together. We look forward to seeing you grow into your new role as big brother. We love you so big little boy!
Graham’s First Thanksgiving
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! We started the day with a FREEZING cold Turkey Strut. It was good to get out of the house and get in some exercise. We ordered most of our meal from Salem Kitchen so all we had to do was heat it up. I made a green bean casserole and homemade dressing, but otherwise we kept it low key. Aunt Jody came in the afternoon to have Thanksgiving with us and brought 2 pies and some deviled eggs. Graham tried and liked all of the food we had for our meal, he even had a bite of pumpkin pie! It was a great first Thanksgiving for G!
Christmas in Old Salem. We spent the morning walking around, listening to the carolers, and eating fresh Moravian Sugar Cake. I love the bridge in Old Salem at Christmas.
Christmas at Graylyn. We had a nice lunch at Graylyn before going to meet Santa. This was Graham’s first time seeing Santa. As you can see he was intrigued at first but then like most kids he was not a fan of sitting in his lap. Sorry, but I love the picture of him in Santa’s lap. It is a classic.
Christmas visit from Grandpa Jack.
Christmas at Reynolda House on a warm December day. Playing in the water fountain and the fields.
School Christmas Party! I love this background the teachers set up for the photoshoot, the kids did a gift exchange and everything!
We spent several days in West Virginia at Sean’s parents house this year celebrating Christmas. It was so much fun to see Graham start to be interested in Christmas. He liked the lights and all the shiny things best of all. Sean’s brother and his wife were in town for the holiday’s as well, so it was fun for Graham to be able to spend more time with his aunt and uncle. It was unusually warm so we spent a lot of time outside on walks and on the porch which was nice.
Champagne wasn’t the only thing popping this New Year’s Eve. My belly officially popped. We had a nice dinner out with friends while Aunt Jody baby sat G, and that wrapped up our holiday season this year!
Graham is going to be a BIG BROTHER! The Easter Bunny is bringing Graham a little sister. I am due on April 17th, Easter Sunday. I know that Graham is going to be a wonderful big brother and look forward to them being so close in age. It may be a bit chaotic for a while, but how lucky are we to have two little ones that can grow up together and hopefully become the best of friends. I have been feeling great other than being tired from chasing a one year old and being pregnant at the same time. We are soaking up the time with him as an only child, but we are so excited to meet our sweet girl.
Winter Onederland First Birthday Party
Waking up as a one year old on his first birthday!
Graham had a wonderful first birthday party at our home on the day before his actual birthday. I decided on a “Winter Onerderland” theme. We served potato soup and chili and had a hot chocolate bar to go with the theme. I set up a cookie decorating and snowman making station outside for the few older kids that came. My coworker made the most adorable shirt for Graham to wear. I think the whole party turned out really cute. Graham had a good time with all of his new toys and books, and of course the wrapping paper. We had such a good time celebrating with friends and family! I was so thankful to be able to have a small get together safely in our home this year! As you can see from the photos the smash cake was a huge hit. All it took was one bite and Graham was ready to demolish the cake. We love our one year old boy!!
48 weeks – day light savings time got to us all
48 weeks – napping with Aunt Jody while Mom and Dad went to the Panther’s game. (day light savings time at it again!)
48 weeks – first time in a grocery buggy – of course it was at Total Wine
48 weeks – napping with Mommy. This will never get old to me sweet boy.
48 weeks – eating spaghetti
48 weeks – First Chic-Fil-A
49 weeks – eating stir fry and cheesing it up!
49 weeks – dinner at Moe’s – the black beans were a hit – one of your first times in a restaurant (Covid Kid)
49 weeks – Your First Thanksgiving
49 weeks- post Thanksgiving nap
50 weeks – home for a sick day with Daddy – Facetimeing Mommy at work
50 weeks – In a real pickle – stuck under the bar stool
50 weeks – lounging at the table out to lunch
50 weeks – Christmas at Old Salem
51 weeks – starting to learn how to use your cup
51 weeks – your favorite face to make
51 weeks- Reynolda Gardens
My sweet Graham how can it be that you have been ours for over a year! It has been the hardest, most challenging, sleep deprived year, that has been the most wonderful time with SO MUCH JOY! You are the absolute love of our lives and watching you grow this past year has been just the most rewarding experience. At 12 months you are cruising around with ease and getting anywhere you want to go. You’re not quite walking but it will be here soon enough. You happily eat most anything we serve you and are getting better and better at using your sippy cup and feeding yourself. You want to do it all with no help! You’re sleeping through the night very well now, which we are SO THANKFUL for. You’re doing lots of jabbering and talking. Your first word was “ba” for ball. You are almost always happy and smiling, and able to go with the flow most of the time. You still love playing ball with Bertie. Books are becoming more interesting to you. We are soaking up this time with you because you are just SO MUCH FUN right now! I’ve said it before but you were such a bright light for us in a challenging time for so many. While 2021 was certainly better than 2020 for us, we are so thankful for the light and joy you brought to us! We love you so big little one!
We had family photos taken a few days before Graham’s birthday. We used Amber again and I am so happy with how they turned out. She is so wonderful to work with and so good with Graham. The location she picked and the time of day is just perfect!! Sean’s parents were in town for Graham’s first birthday party already so we asked them to join in on the photos as well. How cute is Graham in his bowtie and suspenders!?! I just love these photos so much!