Friday, April 24, 2009

One shoe off and one shoe on...

Remember when Gray was afraid of his little chair? How I long for those days again. That chair has become his biggest enabler. He can drag that thing anywhere and reach just about anything. He's left no drawer/cupboard undiscovered. He's been into everything. And though he doesn't need his chair for this, I can't keep him off the top bunk of his brothers' bed. And he can climb out of his high chair. In all of this discovering, he frequently ends up with bumps, bruises, blood, or bug bites, but rarely complains. Half the time I don't even know he's been hurt. Pain is just part of the adventure and therefore worth it.

I know little boys, or any one year old really, are super active and mischievous, but Gray is like none other. I thought Parker was a handful. I find important things in the garbage all the time. I can't imagine what he's actually thrown out. If anything is lost we always blame Gray.

I was cleaning a couple weeks ago and had just mopped my kitchen. I went to vacuum the family room and dumped the dirt/ dog hair from my vacuum into the kitchen garbage and went back to vacuuming. When I finished, I found Gray dispersing the vacuum gunk all over my freshly mopped floor.

He started nursery back in March. What a blessed day. I've had my kids so close together, I haven't been able to enjoy my church meetings kid free in nearly five years. I also haven't had to pay attention in Sunday School for so long, I've been finding it a little difficult. I think I'm coming around. This is the longest gap I've ever had without being pregnant in so long. With my first two babies, I was having the next by the time they were Grayden's age. The thought of another right now makes me a little queasy. I think I'll just enjoy an infant-free home for a while (or maybe forever). As much trouble as Gray is, there is something to be said for independence.

So from here, there's nothing left for me to do but include a montage of pictures from my favorite 19 month old trouble makin' crazy.




This is the day he got into the garbage. I always find him like this...with his chair, one shoe, and a guilty face.




Can you believe how much two crazies can look alike? Parker was totally jealous I was taking pictures of just Gray and had to climb up on the chair with him.




Stinker!

16 comments:

Jen said...

Chase is my biggest handful by far. He's not afraid of anything. Right now he has a big goose-egg on his forehead. So I'm totally feeling your headache. Good luck! And by the way those pictures of Gray are adorable. Love them!

Genn said...

He is so cute. Parker and Gray really do look a lot alike. Isn't is crazy how that happens? What a mischeivous little stinker! :)

amelia said...

What a little model. Oh they are handsome little guys.

Kelly said...

He looks so onrery!! I love it! Just love how mischevious he is! Super cute, how can you get mad at that face?!

Traci Elizabeth said...

I think its a boys job to be mischievious...Boston is the same way! Gray is adorable, I think his looks are a good combo of both Parker and Reid.

Suzanne said...

I can't believe that is your baby! He's so big. My kids drag a stool or chair all around my kitchen. Sometimes I can't get around because of the chair jam. I love the colors of your floor & counters. I know you weren't taking pictures of those but I couldn't help but notice!

Lauri said...

Not only is he mischievious but he's also adorable. I love that little guy!

Amanda B. said...

That kids is hilarious! Funny how all toddlers seem to discover the usefulness of a chair...

It is definitely a good day when you can enjoy two hours of church in peace. I am not used to paying attention either so I frequently don't. My mind tends to wander a lot!

jeanine said...

He is too cute. I can't even begin to imagine the trouble that he and James would get in together! YIKES.

Amber Nish said...

Could he be any cuter?? I love the pic of him in the hat..adorable:) And, I cant imagine what things Courtlyn would be into if I did not have every room gated off. She is a busy little bee and manages to find trouble anyway. But, they are just so darn cute how can you stay mad for too long!

Kim said...

Hilarious!!! I think Gray could give Emma a run for her money. I can't believe he moves the chair around to reach things, smart kid!

Megan said...

He is one adorable little trouble maker. He and Lucy really would cause much mischeif together. The thought of another baby in our house makes me feel a bit ill too.

The drama known as Greens.... said...

I hear the stories and laugh but can only assume there is frustration! But, how can you stay upset at such a cute face?? He's trouble but he's super cute trouble!

Natalie said...

Good to know I am not the only one with crazy wild kids. I lucked out with the first two though.. I used to think my third was hard and then I had the fourth one... The gap between kids keeps getting longer and longer and for good reason!

Kris said...

He's got that gleam in his eye!!!!
What a cutie!

Autumn said...

This is funny because I had just been thinking about the chair thing and wondering if he still had fear--I think that would be AWESOME. I like his spikey.