Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Day











We had a lovely Christmas morning at home as a family of four. Isla was showered with gifts from Santa and family near and far. My parents were up in the afternoon and more gifts were opened. We had a wonderful meal that evening and counted of Christmas blessings of health and happiness. Tuesday morning my brother Harrison and sister-in-law Leah arrived in Denver to set up their home here. Wednesday evening my whole family, include Monica, Stacey and the boys, were here for a belated family Christmas meal. Though we promised not to do gifts for each other, I am loving my new iPad from Zums. And, though just a couple weeks old, Finlay was not completely forgotten, as he got a brand new crib from my parents.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Finlay's first photo session








At 4 days old, we had Finlay's newborn session with Farrah Jobling Photography. He was a little trooper and so patient and a good little model. He's smaller than Isla but we do see similarities in the two of them. He's got big hands and feet that we're sure he'll soon grow into. Love him so much already!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A star is born









We became a family of four on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:07am with the arrival of Finlay Calum Blaze Graham. He weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. He seems so small to us, as Isla was 8 pounds 4 ounces. He is sweet sweet sweet! Isla has warmed up to him on her visits here at the hospital and we can't wait to get home to get settled in to our daily routine with a new bundle of joy. We are so so blessed with this early Christmas present! Isla has been doing well at home with Grandma Boody. Kalyn came to visit us at the hospital Wednesday night and meet Finlay. He'll have many more people to meet over the holidays.


















Sunday, December 4, 2011

I play a great Santa!



My then-36 week pregnant belly came in handy as the perfect Santa during our photo session with Farrah Jobling Photography. I do have a jolly ol' belly like a bowl full of belly that is constantly kicking and squirming!

Holiday Photo Session







We did a mini session with our fave photographer Farrah Jobling a couple of weeks ago and couldn't be happier with the results. Isla is at a tough age to get her to pose and smile on command, but somehow Farrah worked her magic and got some perfect shots!






















Fun times with Uncle Bubba









My brother Harrison spent the past week with us as he and his wife Leah found a house to rent here in Denver before their big move the end of this month. Isla LOVED having Uncle Bubba here and all of the play time she got with him. Very excited to have them so close to us and getting to see them more often!


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Thanksgiving at the Graham House







We had a full house for Thankgiving week and loved having everyone here. There were 15 of us on Thanksgiving Day, and we have so much to be thankful for. Everyone got their fill of delicious foos and quality family time. Isla was a little under the weather unfortunately, so luckily we weren't doing any traveling. Don't know what we'd do without all the extra help from my Aunt Jane and John in the kitchen...they're the best!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween





Isla was dressed as a bumble bee for Halloween this year. We trick or treated to all of our neighbors, though she wasn't impressed with M&Ms or gummy candies. She did like all the trick or treaters we had and passing out candy to them.








Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Harrison and Leah's Wedding











We made the long trek to Connecticut last weekend for Uncle Bubba and Aunt Leah's wedding in Simsbury. Luckily, there were lots of friends and family who also made the trip, so Isla was loving all of the attention and being constantly entertained. We did lots of touristy stuff and ate lots of seafood. The wedding was a beautiful affair, and we'll see the newlyweds here for Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Daddy runs marathon #2





Sunday the weather was perfect for the Denver Rock 'n' Roll marathon. Dad, Isla and I headed downtown and were able to watch Zums cross the finish line with an impressive time of 3:19:28. He trained so hard and was very happy with the end result. This won't be his last!

Weekend with Papa





My dad came up this past weekend and got to spend lots of quality time with Isla. Saturday we had a surprise snowstorm and it was declared pajama day in the Graham house. Isla loved reading all of her books and doing all of her puzzles with her Pops.





Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sweet kisses



I love this photo that was captured by our talented photographer and friend Farrah Jobling at her daughter's 2nd birthday party earlier this summer. So sweet!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scotland Trip







Traveling internationally with a toddler while 6 months pregnant is not in the column of 'fun' things to do, but once we arrived in Scotland we all had a great time, and Isla quickly warmed up to Scottish family and friends. We were in go go go mode for the whole week, but we were able to see everyone and even spend a day in Edinburgh. Isla was a trooper on the flight, though it wore us all out!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

18 months



It's hard for us to believe our little Isla is already 1 1/2! Time needs to slow down! We are loving this stage with her, though, and everyday is more fun. She's only been walking for about 6 weeks but is now running and running. She loves out nightly dance parties (her favorites are Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce!), playing golf with her daddy, doing her flashcards and reading book after book. She knows that there is a baby in Mama's belly, but we don't think she has any idea how her life is about to change.

Geri, Brody and Tiff come to Colorado!






We had so much fun a couple weekends ago when my dear friends Geri and Tiff flew to Denver from Minneapolis and Chicago. Geri brought her 2 1/2 year old Brody who Isla just loved. We had so much fun catching up, lounging, over eating, playing at the pool and spending quality friend time together. It had been way to long since we were all together, and I hope not as much time pases til we're all together again!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Morning at the zoo



We made an impromptu trip to the zoo this morning, as Zums had a free morning. We arrived just after 9am to beat the weekend crowd. Isla had a great time watching the monkey, giraffes and flamingos. We've been putting our annual passes to great use, as it was our second trip of the week. We went with the Pfalmer clan on Tuesday and had a great day. We're anxious for the Asia Tropics exhibit to be completed!

Baby Boy on the way!



Time surely does fly with the second pregnancy. We're just about at 21 weeks now and can't believe that in just over 4 months, we'll be a family of 4! The official due date is December 19, but we'll be having a scheduled c-section which will likely be on December 13 or 14. I've been feeling great lately and trying to get as many home projects done while I still have the energy and am feeling up to it. We've got some big upcoming trips to Scotland in September and Connecticut in October, so here's hoping that the health and wellness continues. We feel incredibly blessed that we're going to have a son, though right now we kind of can't imagine loving any child more than Isla! We've got plenty of love to give though!