Friday, May 29, 2015

Family // May Trip to Michigan

Happy Friday everyone!

Henry and I are finally back in Portland after spending over two weeks in Michigan spending time with my family. We took Henry to Michigan for the first time back in March, but we weren't sure when we'd be going back. However, Cameron had two work trips come up back to back in May, and so it seemed like a perfect time to go. And since both of Cameron's trips were on the East Coast, he was actually able to Michigan for the weekend in between, which was nice so that way he could see everyone in Michigan too, plus that way he wouldn't have to be away from Henry for such a long time :)

I actually meant to put up a post about our trip to Michigan back in March...but I never got around to it. This time, I ended up not using my actual camera at all the entire time I was there and instead I just snapped a few pictures on my phone. Obviously I haven't had quite as much time for blogging over the past few months as it is and I'm realizing that when it comes to family stuff, I don't want to put pressure on myself to try to blog about every little thing we do. Our time together is precious and my first priority is being present and enjoying it, not worrying about sharing every moment on my blog or social media. That said, on the plane ride back to Oregon, I was looking back through all the pictures on my phone from the past two weeks and couldn't help but sharing a few of my favorites :)

I flew there and back by myself with Henry, and thankfully, he did great on the plane! Now that we have a few trips under our belt, I'm putting together a post about traveling with a baby so stay tuned for that! Also, my eyebrows look a little nuts...anything to try and get my baby to smile for a selfie...ha!

Once my sister found out we were coming to Michigan, she decided to fly in from New York for the weekend as well, so that was awesome! She's getting married this summer but it's been hard to try to coordinate a time for a bridal shower with everyone's schedules and the fact that we live on opposite sides of the country. However, my mom and I ended up throwing a bridal shower with our family for her while she was home and it turned out really cute! It was really nice to be able to celebrate her, especially since not everyone will be able to be at her wedding being that it's in France. The iPhone photos from the shower aren't the best, but there was lots of black, white, and pink!

My sister hadn't seen Henry since March and so they had fun hanging out together :)

She was only there for the weekend, but Henry and I were there at my parents' house the entire time and so he got lots of time with his Grammy and Grampy. My parents were clearly loving it :)

Henry also got to spend quite a bit of time with his great grandparents while we were in Michigan, and that was really special. My grandparents live close to my parents and so I was glad they were able to see Henry again because I feel like he has changed a lot since they first saw him in March.

We had lots of time with family while we were in Michigan, including time with my cousins. My cousin Olivia's little boy is a year older than Henry and seeing them together is so cute! I am excited for the two of them to be able to run around and play with each other once Henry is a little bigger :) 

We were telling Luke to hold Henry's hand and so he was very gingerly trying to grab his finger...haha :)

My cousin Kayla just graduated from college, and so we celebrated that while she I was home. She and I are the ones in our family that love cake so obviously we needed a picture together :) 

In addition to spending time with family, I was able to get my haircut, do some shopping (and go to Tim Horton's...definitely something I miss about Michigan!) and visit with friends. I forgot to take pictures with some of my friends I saw, but it was nice to catch up with people and have a little me time :)

Henry was really good while we were in Michigan; he's super social and loves having people around to entertain him. He's at such a cute age where he's just laughing and smiling all the time :)

Henry's toys at Grammy and Grampy's > Henry's toy's at home...ha!
He also got to wear a lot of his Michigan gear!
His faces kill me :)

I already posted this on Instagram, but how funny is this side by side of me as a baby with Henry?

The day I flew home, my sister happened to have a flight for work connecting through Detroit and she was able to take a later flight out so she could have a long layover to hang out with us. We had lunch in Ann Arbor (and had to go to Zingerman's of course!) and it was nice to visit a little bit more.

Plus, since we had flights out at the same time it was a huge help having her with me at the airport to help out with the baby!

It was really great to have some time with my family and it's always nice to be back in Michigan. We were there last May over Memorial Day weekend, and I had just told everyone that I was pregnant  with Henry so it's really crazy how much can change in a year!

But even though I had a great time in Michigan, it's also nice to be back home in Portland too. Unpacking and getting back in the groove of things seems to take much longer with a baby, but I'm hoping that this weekend things I can get everything done and things will start to get back to normal :)

Have a great weekend everyone! (And stay tuned for a fun giveaway coming up soon....)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Motherhood // The Best Gift

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend everyone!

I haven't had much time for blogging/social media this week as I'm still in Michigan spending time with family. It's been really nice to relax and unplug a little bit, but I did want to pop in today and share some photos from my Mother's Day weekend before too much more time passes :)

I told Cameron that the one thing I really wanted for Mother's Day was just to get a few pictures of Henry and I together. I am constantly snapping pictures of the baby with my cell phone, but it's somewhat rare that I actually get out the "real" camera these days, let alone actually have on makeup and something other than yoga pants and get in the picture with him...ha! He's at such a sweet age right now though where he's really smiley and I just wish I could freeze this moment in time. So the day before Mother's Day, we went down to the Rhododendron Garden (which is also where we took our maternity photos!) and Cameron snapped a few pictures of me and our baby boy. There were tons of rhodies in bloom, we managed to get there during the golden hour, and Cameron did a great job getting some really lovely photos. Words can't describe how much I love being Henry's mama, and I'm so thankful to have these photos to look back on from my first year celebrating Mother's Day as a mom!

His expressions kill me :)

Not too sure...

...but he can't resist smiling for long :)

My laptop automatically makes GIFs when I upload photos and these were a few of my favorites :)

Gahhh, I just love him :)

Finally, I wanted to share a special offer with all of you that I think is pretty great. Rocksbox is kind of like Rent the Runway meets Stichfix...but for jewelry! For a low monthly fee, Rocksbox mails you a box of three pieces of jewelry that are hand selected to match your personal style. You can wear them as much as you'd like, then mail them back, and they'll send you three new pieces. (You can also opt to buy pieces of jewelry that come in your box as well) It's a great way to keep your accessories fresh without having to invest in a ton of different pieces of jewelry...pretty genius concept if you ask me!

In my first box, I received this gorgeous necklace, along with two pairs of earrings, and I've already returned it and received my second box. I realized I want to get more statement necklaces so I was able to go online to tailor my preferences and so my second box had two necklaces that I absolutely love. Plus, it's just really fun getting a box full of pretty jewelry in the mail! If you're interested in trying out Rocksbox, you can get your first month free by using the code 'janemgrayxoxo' at checkout!

Henry clearly approves :) Hope everyone is having a good week!


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