Saturday, June 19, 2010

Downhill Ride

I just thought we'd share a short little video of Grey doing some more "off-roadin," this time down the hill in our backyard.

AHHHH Summer, love it.


Andy, Leigh, Grey

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grey's story

I've been meaning to write out Greyson's story and I finally have! Here it is...
Grey's story

Love to all!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Six month check up??

*disclaimer---for those that don't know, I (Leigh) am a dental hygienist...

Nope, Grey isn't ready for his first visit just yet...but we are getting him ready! :) When Grey first started popping in those teeth, I of course started brushing them. And by brushing, I mean holding him down while he screams and trying to cram a toothbrush in. Yeah, he wasn't a fan. Recently though, we have come to an understanding that brushing isn't all that bad. We take turns...first I start...

Then he gets a turn...
Yum...he wouldn't be doing a good job if he didn't get a big taste! :)

My turn again...(he occasionally pulls the "I'm not going to open" bit...)
And then he is back at it...making sure to get every nook and crany!

I sure love his crooked, crazy teeth!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cowboys and ice cream...

There really isn't too much to say about this...
Grey had his first ice cream cone over Memorial Day weekend...
He LOVED it!! (We knew he would!)

We were lucky and he wanted to share. :)
He also faced his fears about this guy
This was one of his Christmas gifts from grandma and grandpa Neal...but he just couldn't bring himself to ride it...until today...
Then we put his cowboy hat on and he REALLY got into it!

We finally decided to take it outside and he stayed on it for at least 20 minutes...just sitting there enjoying his ride...He was rockin' all over the place!
Wooaaahhh Horsey...
It was getting HOT and it was time to take a dip...I'm not really sure what kind of contraption Andy made with all of those noodles, but Grey seemed to like it!

It was quite the day for our little guy!! Ice cream, horses, and crazy noodles in the pool! Just a typical day for out Grey!!

In other Grey related news, he had his first UTI this past weekend. UGH!! NO FUN!! He is feeling much better now, but the poor baby was pretty sick over the weekend! He was back to himself by Monday and we are praying that we don't have to face another one of these for a LONG time!!!

Love to you all!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Grey is an animal

Well yesterday uncle jim and aunty em treated us to a trip to the zoo. Thanks again for bidding on those tickets at the fundraiser auction...worked out pretty good for everyone involved :) Anyway, it was a beautiful day to get out and check out the animals with the family. Turns out Grey was not exactly as pumped as uncle jim was to go to the zoo. Here he is on the way there...not too enthused.
But then when we got there, he was pretty happy!
That happiness soon faded when i pulled an "aunt pat" and wanted to get a picture of the three of us in front of the famous John Ball Statue. Just like my aunt Pat would do to us cousins every time we'd go anywhere!!! (love you for it though aunt Pat :) Here's the family, and what appears to be John Ball kissing my wifes head. hands off buddy

Grey was pretty happy as he entered the zoo stopping off and checking out the alligators, he was making his funny little noises he makes when he sees dogs and was quite content...untill we entered the aquarium...

this is when things went south...

we thought he might like the petting zoo...nope, hated it.

but wait... he kinda liked it.

We then made our way thru the zoo, and it was pretty cool. in fact heres a bear that was acting pretty cool!

So out of all the incredibly great animals that were there to view, Grey seemed the most excited with the drinking fountain...oh well. :)

oh but wait... now it was time to go and look how happy he is!!! rascal!

thanks again aunty em and uncle jimmy!

great times :)

love Andy, Leigh, & Grey

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Huge Success!

Last night was our big fundraiser for the West Michigan Spina Bifida Association...It was a big success!! Emily Bush and I decided a few months ago that we wanted to do something more to help raise money and awareness so we started brainstorming. :) We came up with this idea of partnering with a restaurant and holding a silent auction.

Vitale's in Ada was kind enough to donate 10% of the nights revenue to the WMSBA. Thanks again, Vitales!!
We were a bit nervous about our silent auction, nervous that we wouldn't get enough items and nervous that no one would bid on them! We were wrong!!
Some of the top sellers were these original pieces done by non other then Greyson Gibbs and Carson Bush! Although we did realize that they are spending too much time together...their paintings look oddly similar! :)
Here is Grey with his Grandma Neal, the big winner of his artwork! (mom, it better be hanging up next time we are there!!) :)I can't say thank you enough to all of the people that were able to make it out, and to all of those that were thinking of us. I was overwhelmed at the end of the night when I thought about how many people came to show their love and support to our two sweet boys. Greyson and Carson are so blessed to have so many people who love them and care for them. When we found out that I was pregnant, I thought that my life would be full of t-ball games and soccer...instead it is full of therapy, appointments, and now fundraising!...I woudn't have it any other way. :) Last night was a big moment for us...showing people that spina bifida isn't something to be afraid of or look down upon. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!
Andy is taking the picture or he would be in it too. :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day...

Boy oh Boy is it great to be a mother!! :) Earlier this week, Andy informed me that he and Grey needed to go to Aunty Em's house (Andy's sister) for a little "mother's day surprise". I assumed that they were going to be doing something involving clay...maybe a clay handprint or footprint. Maybe Grey would try his hand at the potter's wheel (Emily is quite the creative type and has all of these fun toys at her house.) Turns out, I was quite wrong! :) This morning I received the best Mother's Day of a kind artwork from my very talented one year old!! Here we are this morning showing it off.

Andy also made me a "making of the artwork" book full of photos of their night. Oh. My. Goodness. These pictures are HILARIOUS! Emily made Grey a beret that apparently he wore the entire time. He is just too cute!

Here he is getting started. He knew just what to do. Dip in the paint...and...
Go crazy!

All of the best artists have mustaches...Grey is no exception. :)

It's a good thing that he had this painter's smock on, he may have gotten more paint on it than the canvas!
Such a cutie, even with the painted on mustache...
Needless to say, he had a bath before coming home. :)
Thanks for all of your help uncle Jim and Aunt Emmy!
Here are some other pictures from today...Mommy and Grey
HA!! What an adventure trying to get the perfect family picture. This is us trying to get Grey to look at the camera (that was propped up on our garbage can, the neighbors must think that we are nuts!)
Ah, there it is. Our happy family!!

I hope that you all had as great of a Mother's Day as I did. I have been so blessed with such a great husband and son. God is good!! :)

Happy Mother's Day, Mom! and Mom! We love you!!