I know I have a lot of updating to do, but the thought of trying to post everything we've done this summer is a little overwhelming! So, these are from today. I finally got my camera to upload my pics on the computer - all 610 of them. So, I have a little organizing to do!
Grady is 7 months old already - he is getting up on his hands and knees and scooting around on his butt! He trys to play with everything that he is not supposed to, but Gavin is really good at keeping an eye out for him - he lets us know right away if Grady has something of his! Gavin loves being a brother. He takes his job very seriously! Just yesterday, I overheard Gavin talking to Grady - he was saying "Grade, I need to teach you things... first lesson, never point a laser in your eye." Good thing Gav is there to teach him all the important things in life! We cannot believe how fast both of them are growing. Gavin starts Kindergarten in just a couple of weeks! We are busy trying to sell our house, get things ready to move and start anew in Waconia. Its kind of crazy at our house, but we are enjoying all of our blessings!
I know it has been forever since I have blogged! I need to get my pictures of Grady downloaded on my computer, so I can get them on here. Looking back at those one month pics makes me realize how big my baby is getting! And speaking of big, we are busy getting Gavin ready for Kindergarten! I can't believe in just a few weeks, I am going to be sending my baby off on a bus to go to school all day! Yesterday, Gavin and I spent the day planning his birthday party. It took him forever to decide what he wanted the theme to be. It was close between angry birds, star wars, mario and the avengers, but in the end, the super heros won out and we had a lot of fun picking out supplies for his party! We have been having such a fun summer, but more on that later... now if I could only get those pictures downloaded... I'll try not to be such a stranger to this site!
It's that time of year again! Time for the March of Dimes, March for babies! We all know this is something near and dear to my heart - and like last year, I'm walking for my nephew Landen! He has had an amazing year, and because of the work the march of dimes does, Landen is a perfectly, healthy one year old! Also, because of research the march of dimes supports, I was able to prevent a preterm delivery and carried Grady past 37 weeks. If you'd like to donate to this wonderful organization, simply click on the march of dimes button on the side of my blog. Here's to happy, healthy babies!!!
Last weekend we celebrated Sam's baptism! It was such a nice weekend, getting to spend time with my family. It was fun to take a picture of all of the boys together - they are going to have so much fun growing up and making all sorts of trouble together!! The picture of Landen with the two little babies, makes me laugh every time I look at it!!
One of the biggest regrets I had with Gavin was that we never got newborn photos taken. The first professional photos we had taken were at 3 months - and they change so much those first months! I'm really happy with how our pictures of Grady turned out!
Grady Brandon made his grand, and much anticipated entrance into our family on Saturday, January 14 at 6:41 PM. He weighed 6 lbs 12 oz and was 19.5 in long! Gavin is so thrilled that his little brother is here and has been more patient and understanding this last week and a half than I could have ever dreamed of! He is loving his role of big brother and is immensly in love with Grady! We are loving all of the visitors we have had and could not feel more blessed. We cant wait to watch Grady grow and discover this great big beautiful world!
On December 23rd, the Strey family welcomed a new little miracle into our lives! We are so thrilled that Samuel Eric is here and happy and healthy! Owen is going to make such a great big brother, and Gavin is absolutly in love with his new cousin. Right after seeing him for the first time, he told me that we had to text Laurie and tell her that "if they every go anywhere, where there are no babies allowed, that we would love to babsit Sam!" We cannot wait to watch him learn and grow and help him to discover this great big world! Love you Sammy - you are so perfect!
We celebrated a little family christmas, the weekend before Christmas. I was feeling pretty good, but we were not going to go anywhere, so we had a nice dinner together and opened gifts. As you can tell, Gav was a little excited to open his Wii and his new lego set!
This picture was taken at 35 weeks. I am currently 36 weeks and 2 days I have now surpassed Gavin's gestational age of 35 and 6. It has been a long, and strenuous journey, I'm pretty uncomfortable most days, but I know that this precious little baby boy is all worth it!
One of my favorite days of the year, is our annual cookie baking day! It's just a day full of family time and lots of goodies! The kids always put together a gingerbread house, and each year it gets more and more detailed and well done! We also got to spend lots of quality time with Landen, including going to meet santa and do a little shopping! It's a great way to kick off the holiday season. This year, Shane helped Bryan deck the house out with lots of fun Christmas lights and made our home look very festive. I can't wait to do it again next year!