Monday, June 25, 2012

Lots of Fun "Days"

Grayson hit the 8 week mark last Friday and we don't know where the time has gone. (Actually, a fair amount of it has been spent in the middle of the night feedings.) A family in our ward blessed their 1 week old yesterday and we thought "he looks so small compared to Grayson!" The list of people in this world who are smaller than Grayson isn't very long. So it was weird to see the difference between the 1 week old and the 8 week old. We've been so busy with the comings and goings of taking care of a newborn that it is easy to forget and not appreciate this stage. Here are some pictures of what we've been up to the past few weeks.

Quirky Grayson
We realize that any facial expression Grayson makes right now is purely happenstance. Nevertheless, he does make some cute faces. 
Deep in Thought

Super Relaxed
Most Common Grayson Expression - The "Ooh" Face

Visiting Aunt Sis, Uncle Pete and Great Grandma Gosney
We took a trip down to OKC to visit Matt's Mom and Dad. While there we were able to introduce Grayson to Matt's sister Tami (Grayson's Aunt Sis) and his Uncle Pete. He also got to meet his Great Grandma Gosney, who was very excited to see another Great-Grand.
Out Cold Sleeping on Aunt Sis

With Great Grandma Gosney & Dad
 NWA Baby Shower
Several of Sharon's friends wanted to hold a baby shower prior to Grayson's arrival. Well, Grayson had other ideas and showed up early. So we took the opportunity as soon as we could to make our way back out to Centerton to see our friends across the border. We sure do miss NWA! Thanks to Cori Graham for organizing and Jan Saumweber for hosting. We had such a great time catching up with everyone. (We also thought it appropriate that Grayson's first Sacrament Meeting be at the Centerton Ward. That way if he cried he'd be drowned out by the 150 other babies.)

Grayson Got a Lot of Lap Time with a Lot of People

Catching up with Good Friends

Grayson Assuming the Cuddle Position with Cori - Laura is Rightfully Jealous!
Visit from Aunt Cathy, Uncle Will & Aunt Lauri, and Cousins!
A couple of weekends ago Sharon's sister Cathy flew in for Grayson's baby blessing. Matt's brother Will and his wife Lauri and their kids Tag, Lucy and Sam came up the next day. So it was an exciting time at our house! Everybody went to the Jenks Aquarium where Tag enjoyed the sharks and Lucy found them to be scary. Tag did not, however, enjoy the smell around the beaver exhibit. Evidently beavers and otters do not smell very good.

Tag Playing in the Back Yard

Lucy Having Fun in the Yard

Aunt Sharon, Grayson, Cathy, the Beaver, and a Non-Plussed Tag

Grayson with Dad at the Shark Tank
Grayson's Blessing
On June 10th we had Grayson's Baby Blessing. As you can see from the photo we had the support of so many family members, we felt very loved and supported! Grayson is now all blessed up, although we haven't really noticed that much difference.

The Whole Baby Blessing Crew

Mom, Dad & Grayson
We thought for certain that we could get some really great photos of Grayson in his cute baby blessing outfit. Instead he thought it would be a fun time to make silly faces. So, here they are, Grayson's silly face baby blessing pictures.
Excited Grayson

Grayson Knows Something You Don't Know

This is Probably Just Gas

The Smirk
Aunt Shonee & Uncle Aaron Visit
After the baby blessing Sharon's brother Aaron and his wife Shonee spent a couple of days with us in Tulsa. While we were here, we went on a tour of the local Blue Bell Ice Cream factory. It really wasn't quite as awesome as it sounds, but we did get free ice cream.

Note Sharon is Holding her Free Ice Cream

Aaron and Shonee

Grayson is Ready to Blow this Popsicle Stand

Grayson was Glad to Hang with Uncle Aaron, Despite the Frown

Penny Enjoyed the Excitement of It All
Favorite Way to Sleep
Unfortunately, Grayson doesn't get to sleep in his favorite position all of the time. But when he does, as you can see below, he takes full advantage.

With Mom
With Dad
Matt's Birthday
Matt had another birthday on the 16th of June, and as usual his sweet wife did a wonderful job making it an extra-special day. He started with breakfast at one of his favorite places (a local spot called Brookside By Day, awesome buckwheat pancakes.) Then that evening everyone (Matt, Sharon, Grayson and Penny) went to the drive-in to see The Avengers! Seeing the movie was great, but seeing it at the drive-in made it that much cooler. (Not cooler temperature-wise. It was actually boiling.) We pooped out before the 2nd feature, but still had a great time and Matt had a WONDERFUL birthday.

The Admiral Twin!

Dad and Grayson at the Drive-In - Dad Wearing His New B-Day Shirt

Anxiously Awaiting the Movie to Start
Father's Day
Matt was born on Father's Day, which means his birthday usually falls close to that Sunday. This year, the day after Matt's birthday he got to have his very first Father's Day. Grayson got his dad a beautiful personalized frame for his desk at work. (Mom probably helped with that purchase.) But Grayson is the best Father's Day gift a Dad could have! (Mom helped a LOT with that one, too.)

This One is Going in the Frame

After Church on Father's Day

Dad Needs to Work on that Double Chin

Dad and Grayson on Father's Day

Lesli & Roger and Crew
Matt's cousin Lesli and her husband Roger and their crew of three made a quick visit to Tulsa on their way to see Lesli's Mom and Dad in Centerton. The girls wanted to see Grayson. And, given how cute he is, it's totally understandable.
Grayson surrounded by Women!