This past weekend Graham went on his first big trip. We went to Pennsylvania to visit mom’s family and friends. We haven’t been up there since the Thanksgiving before Graham was born and it was so nice to get back up there. I was actually pregnant the last time we were there, but no one knew except me and Casey. I wasn’t sure how we would all do on the drive, but it went surprisingly well. We were all piled in the minivan with enough stuff for a month (we were there for 5 days, 2 being travel days). I did most of the driving and drove around DC which is never fun, but we didn’t get stuck in any traffic. It was busy, but at least it was moving. On the way up Graham only napped for about an hour. Yep, a 7 hour drive and he only slept for one of them! Thankfully my parents were both in the back entertaining him the whole time or I am sure he would have been screaming. We had a great time visiting and Graham eventually let everyone hold him and play with him. Of course if I was in the room or nearby he would whine for me and crawl over to me. He is fine with everyone until he sees me!

We had a great time visiting and I spent a lot of time digging through old pictures and documents. I have been doing research on our family tree and found a ton of great stuff up there. I have so much stuff now that I need to organize, but I need to focus on Grahams’ first birthday for the next two weeks. I can’t believe it has been a year already and there are so many things I want to do that most likely won’t get done. I am planning to make a book of photos of his first year, but want to have pictures from the party so I won’t make it until later. Still, there are thousands of pictures to sort through. I don’t take one or two pictures, I take hundreds. Most aren’t good, but I of course save them all anyway. So it is a huge mess that needs to be organized. Most of them haven’t been printed and I want to print some. We are having a small party too so I need to get everything ready.

Anyway, back to our trip. Graham did a great job sleeping and taking naps there. We took him around visiting lots of strangers and he did great. It was kind of nice for me to have other people to entertain him and even though he was crawling around he was in a new place he didn’t get into nearly as much as he does here. Now that we are home I spent all day moving the cat’s food bowl and water bowl and keeping him away from the cat. We have gates, but none are installed yet so I have to really watch him now. He also likes to eat just about anything he gets his hands on! The second something is in his hands it goes to his mouth. I am constantly fishing stuff out of his mouth. He always holds his mouth as tight as possible to keep me from taking away his awesome new find. Today he managed to get a handful of cat food in his mouth before I caught him and it took several attempts to get it all out of his mouth. He seemed to be enjoying it, yet he hates jar baby food. What does that say about jarred food?!? Although I think if I put it in the cat bowl on the floor he would happily eat it.

A few pictures from our trip. I have a couple videos too that I will add soon.

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With Uncle Gary and Christine

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With Uncle Ned

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Opening his birthday presents from Uncle Gary and Christine

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