Monday, October 17, 2011

Grady (doesn't like) Cakes

Lily's favorite song of all time is a good ole' belting of Happy Birthday. She sings it regularly and changes the star of the song. Whoever puts her to sleep and does prayers with her, she sings happy birthday to the other parent who is waiting downstairs with an enthusiastic "yaaaa". This happens nightly without fail. She likes routine and traditions and sticks to them like it's her toddler oath. Apparently, Grady doesn't like the song as much.
I saw the lip quiver as we began the song and wanted to stop the singing mid song but I was in slow motion in my mind going through it when the dam broke. I was so surprised bc he's Mr. I Wanna Be the Center of Attention Kid who waves and seeks smiles from any person he meets.

He does the cutest thing ever when he cries. When he stops and composes himself, he always takes this GIANT audible sigh like "woah, that was a rough go at it, but I'm cool now". It is so sweet!!

So are the cracker jacks and peanuts (7th inning stretch song) and the upside down sign.

I got these adorable party favor bags from Glenda who does any type of favor bag you desire. the backs said "Grady-1" and they were adorable!!

A few weeks ago I asked David his most prized (non people) possession and without skipping a beat, he said his no-hitter baseball. Bingo! I found it and it was part of the display. Made sure not to get any salsa on it. Holla!

and my super talented friend Jessica made this banner for Grady and will make one for you too for the holidays.

Check out her shop and send her some love. Use the coupon code HutchesonIsCool and nothing will happen, but it'll make her smile. I have this Happy Halloween banner just waiting for tape to be hung made by her.

Order one here just for giggles and screams.

our little bat girl had a blast too but not for sale...

I have more big league gum then my dentist would ever care to know about....

things got a little crazy thanks to Jamie....

Grady was running a fever days before his birthday and not sleeping (youch!!) and although he was on a healthy streak before his birthday, he wasn't his normal happy- smile -at- his- shadow- self, but he sure looked cute and was that much more snuggly.

i can't say enough about the joy i feel when i see the cousins together....feels like we're the Duggars with all these kids who are close enough to call siblings....I want that to last a lifetime. I'll do everything in my power to always foster these relationships.

David's gear acted as a the springboard to most of the decorations.

these water bottle wraps I got from Etsy as well and love the concept. My dad was kind enough to wrap them and chill them in his refrigerator. I thought they were such a nice touch, but everyone, including me was afraid to drink from them bc they were so pretty.

These 2 lead the pack in being the oldest, coolest, sweetest kids that our kids all strive to be like one day. Crazy to think they're 10-12 years old then our kids. That seems like a million years from now, but I remember when they were just little toddlers zipping around running circles around us all.

This picture CRACKS me up because it looks like Grady was an Oops baby after their own kids were grown. He sure fits in! Seriously, what a cute family they are!!

I love this picture and these people SO much I had to re-post it.

life is good.

PS David got me the Apple TV for my birthday and it is one of my most favorite gifts ever. I can't say enough good things about it and I only know about 1/200th of what it does. My favorite part about it is that it streams ALL of your pictures from your PC to your tv as a fancy slideshow and plays all of your music from your itunes. All wireless. Somehow you hook this tiny box to your tv, it reads anything on your computer in another room and plays it through the tv with your music. I'm going down every memory lane possible since feeling an overabundance of gratitude from all the ups and downs we've experienced in the last 10 years. We have 20,000 pictures in roughly 10 years so it'll jump from our dating days to Grady being born to nieces and nephews at Halloween to our IVF days to buying this house to weddings to 1/2 marathons to pool parties to vacations to days in our old condo to our bridal shower to sunsets to every other memory you can possibly think of all set to our favorite music. I'm brought back to that moment in time in a nanosecond. If I'm in the picture I can sense the emotions I was feeling during that time; especially during the TTC years; it's like I can see an emptiness in my eyes or maybe I just remember it when I see those pictures. Our friends told us about it, but thought it was only for mac users or it'd be hundreds of dollars and you'd need fancy equipment to go with it. Um, not so much! It's pretty much plug and play and easy peasy. I think I'll be up all night seeing our life unfold in slow motion set to music. If you don't have one, go out and buy one or ask for it from Santa or for ask for it for Thanksgiving. Or give it as a gift to anyone who lives in your house. Gift it to your pet; just get it. It's really a must have and I think I'm going to start selling them on the corner so everyone can experience this joy and gratitude seeing your life in lights. It does a million other cool things, but this is by far, my most favorite-ist part of it thus far. Go buy one. Mention the coupon code KellyIsTheBombDiggity and they'll hang up on you.


Cibele said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! cant believe that he is one already. What a lovely bday party. I adore you family, I can always feel the love!!

Andreza Novaes said...

Hi Kelly, my name is Andreza and I found your blog through Kelle's. I'm from Brazil (yeah, Nella's history reached South America too) and I started reading your blog in a while now... I don't think I ever commented so here I am now.
So, I read your entire blog, and on the first ones I can say that I cried so many times with your words and I cheered 'with' you when I read you were pregnant with Lily. (That sex reveal video makes me cry everytime!)
The only thing I can say: You're such a strong woman and a great mom! Seeing your posts telling about your life with the kids makes me just wanna thank God for knowing your history and beeing able to be here, commenting for the first time (I hope to comment more, for sure)
So, that's it. I hope you like comments and God bless your and your whole amazing family.

The Manrings said...

happy happy birthday sweet grady are such a happy, loving baby boy growing up so FAST! kinsley and sammy are glad to be your special friends and we are sooooo glad to watch you grown up! loooooove the family picture with everyone in the baseball shirts. really festive and memorable. your party was everything baseball and so perfect for your big one year old. xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

That was the very BEST day. That darling son of yours was the star of the day and he charmed EVERYONE!! His smiles never ends and I love him so very much!!! Watching him develop thru all his stages is just the best.

And Kelly, you made the day so special with all of your touches!! These pictures say it all!!

Leah said...

WOW!! What a great family photo in the blue shirts! The pouty lip shot when singing to G... precious. LOVE the kids costumes. Hope Lily is feeling better! Hope to see you soon! xo