Monday, January 31, 2011


Oklahoma is expected to get pounded by a "blizzard" overnight tonight, along with a good majority of the rest of the country. My office and Grayson's school have both already closed tomorrow despite not one bit of precipitation actually falling from the sky (yet).

I'm looking forward to a day to stay in my pajamas and play with Grayson, catch up on some house chores and do a little cooking (assuming the power stays on). I'm hoping to also finally sit down to write a few new blog posts, so stay tuned. I have three posts written in my head, but have yet to take the time to upload pictures, etc.

Right now, happy hour by the fireplace is calling my name so you'll just have to wait until tomorrow. Hope everyone stays safe and warm out there!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Grayson has recently coined a few new phrases. Nobody would probably know what he was talking about if Michael or I weren't there to translate. Here are a few examples:
  • It too fit = It's too big or it doesn't fit 
  • Kitchenroom = Kitchen (not to be confused with the living room, bathroom or bedroom)
  • Ikeen = Lightning McQueen (from the movie Cars)
  • Hammy Hammy = Handy Manny (he has a tool bench with the cartoon character Handy Manny on it)
  • I dood it = I want to do it
On a related note, he has learned to enunciate the word bible in Jesus Loves You, so no more bad boys telling you so.

Also, during a recent conversation with one of his teachers, Gray told her, "mommy is working." She asked where mommy worked and he said, "at McDonald" and I can only hope he means Old MacDonald's farm and not Mickey D's.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Snow Day!

Last Thursday Grayson and I enjoyed a snow day. Since Aunt Emmy lives down the street, she stopped by for some afternoon fun.

Gray dazzled her with his Play-Doh skills

Then she dazzled him with her baking skills and Gray was a happy little helper

And by helper I mean mess maker, but Aunt Emmy was a good sport

The end result was a very yummy apple cake.

Gray kept saying, "it's awesome" and "it's yummy" while we ate, and he was right.

It was so good he had to make sure he licked off every last morsel. Kind of reminds me of his Pappa finishing off an ice cream bowl. Guess it's in his DNA. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tour de Casa

We gave Grayson a bike for his second birthday knowing it was a bit premature going straight to training wheels and skipping the tricycle phase altogether. He loves donning his shoes and helmet (house rules for even being able to sit on the bike), even though he couldn't manage to get very far, that is until recently.

Something has clicked in his coordination (or maybe his daddy's cycling skills are coming out in his DNA), but our hallway which used to be more than enough room to tire out Gray's cycling abilities is now proving to be too short of a track.

Unfortunately, we're expected to get some ice and snow tonight so going outside isn't really an option at the moment.

Despite having to navigate a few corners and turns, I'm surprised at how well he can steer. The only distraction seems to be when he drives by our oven and tries to catch a glimpse of himself in the oven door reflection.

Here are a couple of videos of his new skills:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Jack!

Baby Jack arrived on Saturday afternoon, weighing in at 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20.5 inches. He looks just like his big brother Luke did as a baby, except with darker hair.

Grayson enjoyed singing to his new cousin and decided it was the appropriate setting for Jingle Bells, Happy Birthday, Jesus Loves You and Bad Boys (yes, he now sings the actual version from Cops).

We are so excited to welcome baby Jack into our family and to see him grow with the rest of our boys.

Handy (mini) Manny

Michael's parents were in town this weekend which meant we tackled a few projects at the lake house. And by "we" I mean I wrangled the kiddo and tried to stay out of the way.

Grayson is a big fan of the Handy Manny cartoon so he was all about ladders and tools. Nana and Popper also bought him special kid-sized work gloves which he gets to wear out there, making it one of Gray's favorite places.

Trying out the ladder

Securing the shed roof

Taking a break to play cowboy

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Speechwriter in training

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Gray's class created mobiles based around the "I have a dream" speech. The children colored on the pieces and the teacher filled in each child's responses to the prompts.

When I heard about this I thought it was quite a meaningful and ambitious art project for two-year-olds, but when I saw Gray's responses it made me appreciate the teacher's attempt at such a serious topic considering it's difficult to write a speech (or even finish a prompted sentence) when your vocabulary (and attention span) are quite limited.

Forgive the squinty eyes, but I can't get him to stop closing his eyes when he says cheeeeese.

I have a Dream...

...for my community: My Mommy!
...for the world: Basketball!
...for my country: Wow! Um, Basketball!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tug of War

This picture sums up how I've felt the last few weeks. It was taken the day after Grayson was born when my dad got a kick out of my multi-tasking skills as a brand new mom. I think it's an honest representation of the many directions moms (and dads) are pulled in during everyday life.

I feel like life has been bombarding me from all sides lately, not to mention my foot is still giving me trouble which adds to my frustration. I'm looking forward to a three-day weekend to hopefully unplug and relax while enjoying some time with family. I'm also expecting a new family member (baby Jack via my cousin Suzanne) to arrive any day now and cannot wait to meet him.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

No Girls Allowed

Michael has been looking forward to building forts with his son since we first found out we were having a boy. This week, Grayson discovered a love of fort building as well. 

So far the forts have been fairly simple in design, but I have a feeling that one day I will come in to see our entire living room transformed into an elaborate blanket tunnel system.

Despite all of this male bonding, when Daddy asked Gray who his best bud was he replied, "mommy!" which melted my heart. I'm enjoying it while it lasts because I know soon enough it will be "no girls allowed."

Friday, January 7, 2011


I had to show off Roxy's new haircut since it's basically been the high point of the week. She's prancing around with a whole lotta attitude!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bad Boy Song

Grayson is very into singing lately (which is ironic considering the Christmas Program performance), but we are quite entertained by how he "remixes" songs and lyrics.

For the last week, he's been asking to sing the "bad boy song." We thought this was Santa Claus is Coming to Town, since it talks about being good and bad. We also may have broken into the intro song from the TV show Cops, you know, "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"

Grayson went along with Santa Claus is Coming to Town for a few days without correcting us until one day we caught him singing his version of the bad boy song.

We were quite surprised to find out that he was referencing Jesus Loves Me (whoops!). Here's his version of the lyrics:

Jesus loves me this I know
For the bad boy tells me so ...

After rolling around laughing, Michael and I tried to teach Grayson that "bad boy" is really the word bible. Every time I tried to enunciate it, he would repeat me in the same tone but still saying "bad boy." He's so serious about it, we can't help but crack up.

And thanks to our bad guessing, he's now mixing in the beat from the Cops bad boy song into his version of Jesus Loves Me. I'm curious what his teachers will have to say the next time they are in Chapel and Gray busts out with Jesus Loves Me set to the Cops theme music.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011: The Year of the Crutch?

I'm typically not a Debbie Downer, but 2011 hasn't gotten off to the best start. After a whirlwind few weeks celebrating Christmas, I was looking forward to savoring four whole days at home to catch up on a few things before heading back to work.

During this time I decided to attempt another round of Potty Training Bootcamp with Grayson. After a day of slight but exhausting progress on Thursday, I tucked Gray into bed and plopped down on the couch to finally get a moment's rest and catch up on my book.

An hour later I was awoken by the phone ringing and tried to wake myself up enough to get up and get it. Unfortunately, I was too out of it to realize my foot was asleep so as soon as I took a few steps my left foot rolled out from under me and I came crashing down.

Michael was in the garage during all of this, so I had to reenact the "I've Fallen and I can't Get Up" commercial to try and get to my cell phone so I could call him to come help me. We ended up heading to the ER after a golf ball-sized knot appeared in record time on the side of my foot.

Luckily, it doesn't look like anything is broken, just a really bad sprain. I've had to use crutches for the last several days and still am not able to walk on it. That should make for an interesting work week. The swelling and bruising are slowly improving and I really hope I'm able to get my mobility back shortly.

I also hope this start isn't a sign of what is to come in the new year. That said, I have revised my goals for the year down to two: 1) not have to use crutches anymore, and 2) potty train Grayson once and for all. Wish me luck!