I have a ton of catching up to do here, but for now I’m starting with yesterday, which was Reid’s first day at the beach. Uncle Michael is visiting, so Henry had a ball playing with him and Cumbie while Reid and I enjoyed the shade of our beach tent.
Henry playing with Uncle Michael:
Daddy and Reid:
It was a beautiful day!
(Trying to do some catching up…)
We tried once or twice to do some maternity progress photos like the weekly ones I did when I was pregnant with Henry, but it’s a little bit more difficult this time as they always seem to end up like this:
:) But that’s okay. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We didn’t take very many other photos in November, but we did get our Christmas card photos done with the help of some pretty weather and my tripod. I couldn’t choose between my two favorites, so I ordered two different cards to distribute at random this year!
And that was all the photos I took in November! :)
At the beginning of December on a beautifully warm and sunny day we went downtown for the annual St. Pete Christmas parade.
It’s awesome to have a very tall Daddy!
At some point Henry realized many of the parade participants were throwing candy and beads. It didn’t take him long to figure out he could stand on the barriers looking tiny and cute with some other kiddos and just hold out his hand to get almost anything he wanted:
This Christmas my in-laws (better known these days as Pops, Grammy, Aunt Haley, and Uncle Michael) came to town to celebrate with us. Pops, Grammy, and Michael drove down the Friday before Christmas and we all met at our waterfront rental in Apollo Beach; but after finding several disappointing and deal-breaking issues with the house, we canceled our reservation and spent the night back at our house. Luckily, the next day we found an even better house in St. Pete Beach! We arrived right at sunset and unloaded our cars… again!
(Here are a bunch of photos from my camera and Grammy’s too!)
The next morning we wasted no time filling up the crab traps with ham scraps and fishing off our little pier in the intracoastal waterway:
Henry was even brave enough to take a dip in the freezing pool. I helped him peel an orange to recharge:
Later we let Uncle Michael open an early Christmas gift: a remote-control amphibious shark car that zoomed around the yard, pool deck, and pool. Henry supervised the assembly and then might have given Michael a very short turn playing with his own gift!
Henry absolutely adores his Uncle Michael:
On Sunday after breakfast Cumbie and I headed to the airport to pick up Haley while Grammy and Uncle Michael handled Henry’s naptime superbly:
The next day Cumbie had to work, but most of the rest of us took advantage of the beautiful weather by spending the morning at the beach. Henry and Aunt Haley built a sand snowman:
Grammy braved the chilly waves with Henry:
Uncle Michael tolerated Henry’s loving-but-slimy “squishface” snuggles:
After nap, Henry and Pops baked and decorated Christmas cookies together:
On Tuesday Cumbie had to work again, but Henry and I fished together and drew Christmas pictures with sidewalk chalk:
Later, Henry, Grammy, and Aunt Haley constructed and decorated a lovely gingerbread house:
Some epic games of Scrabble and Jenga were won and lost:
Daddy got home early from work, so we played, wrapped presents, goofed off, and snacked on the constantly-renewed supply of sweet treats and savory dips.
That night we put out cookies and juice (Henry insisted Santa preferred juice over milk) for Santa and strawberries (oops… forgot to get carrots) for the reindeer and went to bed! The next morning Henry was up around 5:30, but was happy to play and eat breakfast with Cumbie and me while everyone else rose at a slightly more reasonable hour. Then Henry played Santa and handed out gifts for a little while:
He also helped Uncle Michael (and everyone else) open their gifts:
We snuck in a sleepy-faced family portrait:
Then we played and ate and ate and played the beautiful day away. Santa was definitely good to us!
One last sunset, sitting on the seawall feeding the birds with Daddy:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This week we went to a playdate hosted by our friend, Maisy. The idea was to construct a city or fort or tunnel or whatever out of a bunch of cardboard boxes. However, the kids mostly concentrated on painting the boxes instead, which was just as fun.
These two look like mad scientists:
Henry took a break from painting to ride Thomas for a bit:
My little Hulk:
Artists at work:
Afterward Maisy filled up the baby pool and Henry got at least clean enough to ride home without destroying his carseat. :)
Later in the week we went to a pumpkin decorating party. I bought a big pumpkin from the grocery store and brought markers and stickers for Henry to go to town with. I thought I was being clever, avoiding a huge mess… but of course Henry immediately commandeered paint and glitter glue from the other kids.
Henry gave plenty of unsolicited help to his friends:
Gobs of paint and glitter glue, plus one feather and one googly eye later… voila! Henry’s Halloween masterpiece:
Speaking of Halloween decor, I made a fun green monster wreath out of a million yards of tulle, infested our already-scary shutters with giant black spiders, and added pumpkin and ghost stake lights to our front walkway. We’re officially ready for Halloween!
Happy October! :)