On Saturday, we made a visit to see Santa Claus at Old Westbury Gardens. The old Phipps mansion was dressed for the holidays, with roaring fire places and Christmas trees in every room. The big patio had cookies and hot cider, with a toy train circling the room -Grahms favorite part. We made our way up to see Santa, and Grahm seemed enchanted. He gave him plenty of high fives, a hug, even gave the beard a poke but wasn't quite up for sitting on his lap. Santa understood, maybe next year!
An elf appeared on a shelf one day after Thanksgiving. Grahm spotted him first, and everyday since he has been in a different spot. He sits quietly and watches us all day, our guess is he is that he is taking notes for Santa. We are trying to be on our best behavior...
It's beginning to feel alot like Christmas...and that might have something to do with the Christmas tree in our living room! We weren't sure if Grahm would be able to handle the temptation of its sparkling ornaments all within his reach, but we've been pleasantly surprised with his self control. He stands and stares at it, pointing and saying "woah". It's pretty cute.
We can't believe November came and went... it was a busy month chock full of visitors, half birthdays, spring-like weekends, fall leaf piles, laughing and of course: turkey! Here are the highlights in photo:
This is just a silly picture, from when Grahm realized that the toilet paper would just keep going and going if you pulled it.... he made it from the bathroom through the living room and around the kitchen before if finally snagged on something and tore free.
November brought some spring like weekends -including this one when we bundled up to walk Jaccob Riis Beach, and quickly took our jackets off. Jacob Riis is even more beautiful when its empty... you had your pick of sea shells, though Grahm preferred the golf balls he found washed ashore. He was pretty proud of his golf ball find...
Bath time continues to be the time where we get the most hysterics out of Grahm...
Spring like one day, and cool and crisp the next.... We spent a fun afternoon at Fort Greene Park jumping in leaf piles.
Grahm had his first friend sleep over! Issac flew out for his east coast debut, and we couldn't wait to finally meet him. He was as cute in person, and Grahm thought so too... he spent alot of time tickling his toes, and just generally being very attentive to him. It was very cute to see Grahm as the big boy, and being so gentle. We expect these boys will be super pen pals one day!
We were on Long Island for Thanksgiving year and Grandma had her hands full with 18 for dinner! It was extra special as Grahm finally got to meet his cousins who drove from Michigan to be there! Grahm had so much fun with them, especially at the park where Hayden and Grace gave him a dozen rides on the bouncy, and were there to catch him each time he went head first down the slide. He can't wait to see them again!
Another spooktacular Halloween! Things started out the same as last Halloween -house party at Cleo's, where we handed out candy to what had to be most of Brooklyn. We enjoyed tricks and treats, and lots of running around outside. Then came our attempt at annual tradition: the group picture. Which is when we realized just how different things were from last Halloween- last year most of this gang could barely sit up, and this year none of the gang could sit still. We did our best to get them together, but the video of the roundup captures the spirit much more!
Fort Greene Park hosted an afternoon of Halloween fun -hayrides, costume parade, dog costume contest.... just as we decided where to start, we look down to find a snoozing Grahm! When he finally woke up, he shared snacks with a new friend (Ruby the cat) and took a romp in the leaves. Fun is fun!