Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Visit from Grandmother

We had the privilege of having Grandmother from Mississippi visit for 5 days in March during Davis' spring break. There was a lot of anticipation so we resorted to making a to-do list of activities. In true Grandmother style, Jean arrived with an entire suitcase full of goodies for the children. Each day, Jean allowed Davis to pick a matchbox car and a book. It was hard for him to wait until after breakfast for this. They had Easter egg hunts in the yard each morning as well. Andrew and Davis took her on some bike rides to see more of our desert wildlife. She ventured with us to swim class and the train park and was able to meet lots of our friends and their children at a Sunday get together.  Grace enjoyed the extra attention and being read to. Grandmother just missed showing her walking. I'm sorry to say we sent her home a little exhausted. As always we made great memories.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Baby Grace!

Happy Birthday Baby Grace!

Two pink lines on that stick while rushing out the door to whitewater raft while vacationing in Montana – that was YOU.  Measuring in the 97th percentile for growth while in utero and scaring your mother into a scheduled c-section – that was you.  Arriving 10 days before your due date in perfect timing. 8 lbs, 13 oz, blonde hair, blue eyes staring right at us – that was you.  Leaving us all speechless, holding my breath, until I heard yours, while the doctor announced “it’s a girl” - that was YOU.  Cephlahematoma, jaundice and reflux baby, bravely visiting the hospital your first week for daily heel pricks – that was you. Changing our world from blue to pink, trucks to dolls and from full to complete – that was you.  Rolling with the punches, easy going, fun loving, adaptable YOU. Our second blessing, little sister to Davis, first daughter, first granddaughter, niece and God’s Grace to us all – that’s YOU.  Traveler to Montana, California and Louisiana, Arizona born, product of Southern parents and influenced by worldly aunts and uncles,- that’s YOU.  Grace-Grace, Gracie, Gracie-grace, Sweet girl, Ladybug - that's YOU.  Sweetest girl, cuddle loving, great sleeper, great eater, great attender to all of brother’s activities and observer of all his shenanigans, independent player, forever content baby – that’s YOU.  Lover of that pink blanket, your brother’s coveted toys, books, balls, and brother’s entertainment.  It’s YOU – our sweet Baby Grace and today you are 1!

Weight: 20 lbs (40 %)
Height: 30 in (75%)
Head circumference: 48 cm (90 %)
Clothes: 12-18 months
Diaper Size: 3
Favorites: reading books, cuddling with pink blanket, bathtime, toys with music, eating trains & hot wheels, walking with your wagon, hanging out in the fridgerator

Words: mama, dada, bye-bye
Signs: milk, all done, time to bed
Milestones: walking, drinking cow’s milk, bottle to cup

From the fullness of His grace, we have received one blessing after another.
John 1:16