Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dear Gray

Dear Gray,
Mommy dropped the ball. I had your 6 - month update written but I never  got around to posting it (smh). Matter - of - fact, I didn't blog once in the month of September (shame on mommy...I have to do better). It was a very busy month last month for our family, so this will be a 2 - in - 1 installment of Dear Gray combining months 6 and 7! 

So here we month 7!!!! You are literally more than halfway to O-N-E! I cannot believe month 6 has come and gone and we're on to the next one *in my Jay-Z voice.* Where did the time go? Waking up is such a joy, knowing I will get the chance to see your handsome face right by my bedside (in your bassinet - which you're inches away from outgrowing) with an enormous smile to start the day. 

During month 6 you had your very first out of state trip (first of many I pray) and flight. We (you, mommy, and daddy) traveled as a family to my home state of Michigan. It was an ACTION packed five days, with the majority of the events planned focused around you! You were able to meet a lot of family (including your Uncle Loren and cousin Prince), church, members and friends who prayed for your safe arrival and have watched you grow from afar via mommy's chronicles of your life through social media! 

During our stay in the mitten you were finally able to meet Gigi & Pop - Pop (mommy's maternal grandparents and your great grandparents...they were SO excited to finally get the chance to meet you in person and they haven't stopped talking about you since), you looked dapper at granddad's 25th pastoral banquet, you were blessed at granddad's church - Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, you met your god mommy (mommy's best friend) Jasmine for the first time, you had an entire afternoon planned to celebrate your life and to meet family and your extended Michigan church family, and lastly, we got to take pictures with Gigi, Pop - pop, grandma, and granddad all before boarding the plane back to our home in Georgia.

For your first flying experience you did an exceptional job. You didn't cry a peep. You slept most of the 2 hour flight home, while you stayed awake most of the flight going to Michigan. During the first flight you were very inquisitive, taking in the sites and sounds of the aircraft as well as the people around us. You were so good on the flight that the flight attendant gave us a goodie bag for you being on your best behavior. I really wanted to get a picture with you with the pilot but we couldn't make it happen this go round. Mommy will make sure it happens next time.

Another thing that happened during month 6 is your Nana (daddy's mom) came to visit you. She watched you while daddy took mommy flying in an airplane for the first time (iIcan't wait until daddy takes you flying when you get a little bit older)! She came all the way from Seattle just to spend time with you for a couple of days. How sweet! 

A few weeks later we were in the car traveling about 4 hours to St. Augustine, FL so mommy and daddy could attend a wedding of one of mommy's FAMU friends. We stayed at a timeshare with grandma and granddad. They watched you while, mommy and daddy attended the wedding. They truly enjoyed your company as well and said you were on your best behavior. They came all the way from Michigan to watch you!

Here's a quick recap of some things that have occurred during the last couple of months:

6 month check up
You got your first ear infection. You screamed at Dr. Niebeum but he prescribed you some medicine and it cleared up in about a week.

Expanding your pallet
At your 6 month appointment we were given the green light to start introducing 1st stage baby food to you in tandem with your milk. You are at the beginning stages of transitioning from milk to solid foods. While it has been a little messy, so far you have tried and finished (successfully) carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and apples. You also like your apple cinnamon puffs. You've even tried water! Mommy is proud of you for trying and exploring new foods. Keep up the good work.

Hand and Feet Coordination 
You started learning how to wave hi and bye. You're still trying to get the hang of it but for the most part you have the motion down pack. A little more practice and you will have it mastered! You also discovered your toes and the fact that you can put your feet into your mouth!

You're Growing
Not only are you getting older, but your body is growing longer, and your mind is getting sharper. You are wearing clothes that are 6 months, 6 - 9 months, and 9 months. You practice sitting up on your own and you've even started scooting to reach for things when you do tummy time. It's pretty remarkable to see you continue to grow and learn more about your body each day. 

Family Fun Day at the Atlanta Zoo
You had your first trip to the Atlanta Zoo! While you weren't able to totally lock in on all the animals, you had a new, exciting experience. You did however enjoy the massive elephants!

So as you can see it has been a couple busy months of travel, growing, and developing. One thing mommy wants you to always remember is the fact that you are TRULY LOVED!!!! There are so many people whose lives you have changed for the better. Your smile lights up a room. Your laugh warms people's heart. Your personality creates laughter. You are one special kid! Don't ever let anyone dim your light! Here's to months 6 and 7!!!

Mommy (and Daddy)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Original + The Remix

While I was searching the world wide web last year I ran across a compelling picture of a young dad holding his son with shirts that read "The Original" and "The Remix." I loved the concept of the message so much that I had to find out where the shirts were made. So I did a little investigating and came across a Fort Wayne, Indiana Etsy shop seller by the name of KaAnsDesigns.  This shop is the originator (although you will find many copycats of the design elsewhere on the Internet) of the shirts simple slogans: the original and the remix! Before I even had Grayson, I knew at some point I wanted to order the shirts and have our pictures taken as a family in them.

So fast forward to a few months ago, I ordered the shirts (which took about 2 weeks to ship) for my husband, Grayson, and myself. Then I called up the photographer, Raven from A Blissful Moment Photography, that did our maternity shoot (you can see my blog post that included the photos here) for her (and her boyfriend and business partner David) to shoot our first family photos as a trio. She happily accepted and the rest is history. 

I knew I wanted all of us to have matching outfits so I ordered the shirts (in Grayson's case his shirt was a 3/6 month onesie), then I selected denim jeans that were all around the same hue. Lastly, I knew I wanted us all to have the same shoes so I went on the hunt to find shoes that would match the vibe of the shoot, coordinate with the outfit, and a shoe that we could find in ALL of our sizes. I landed on the Adidas Superstars (#classicshelltoes). The shoe was the perfect item to tie all of our looks together!  

We chose a quaint courtyard to shoot the majority of the photos in downtown Macon, GA before finishing up the shoot in a swanky lobby of one of Macon's premiere downtown lofts. Overall, I was beyond pleased with how the photos turned out. It showcases the dynamic of our little family! I love to capture Grayson on film (whether it's via pictures, video, or even Snapchat) because I hold these precious memories dear, plus my child is a ham...he loves the camera. One day I will collect all the photos and videos that I've taken of him growing up and will present them to him when the time is right. Until then, I will continue to enjoy these precious memories we are creating as a family! And look back with great joy on how our family grew in size but most importantly, in LOVE!

P.S. I couldn't do this photo shoot without having a piece of DJ near, so I wore my double stacked DJ nameplate necklaces so that our angel could be represented in our family photos as well!!! We miss you every day DJ! You're our guardian angel. 

Outfit Details: The Original Adult Unisex Tee (here), The Remix Onesie (here), Adidas Superstar Men's (here), Adidas Superstar Big Kids (here), Adidas Original Superstar Crib Infant Shoes (here), Hubby's Jeans (Old Navy), My Jeans (Charlotte Russe+), Grayson's Jeans (here in denim blue)
I'd love to hear what you do to create memories of your family? Family pictures? Vlogs? Letters to one another? Trips? Leave your answers in the comment section below! Happy hump day luvs.


Monday, August 28, 2017

I'm Coming Home

2 weeks ago, I, along with my husband and son went back to the place I call home, MICHIGAN. If you've never been or have no clue where Michigan is on the map, it's at the very top of the map. It is considered the Midwest and is shaped like a mitten. You can literally see Canada from Michigan's [figurative] backyard hailing Detroit as it's most popular major city. 

It had been an entire year since I had last been back home. The last time I had been in Michigan was for a family reunion. During that trip [last year] is when I discovered I was infanticipating with Grayson (what a difference a year makes). During my time at home I had a jam - packed itinerary, from hanging with my grandparents (Grayson's GiGi & Pop - Pop), stopping by my favorite old school ice cream parlor (Washtenaw Dairy), celebrating my father for his 25 years of service as a pastor, to having Grayson blessed then having a garden themed "sip & see." To say this trip was jammed pack from seam to seam is an understatement. But it was one of the most fulfilling trips I've had in a while, because I was able to soak up time with my family and friends, especially visiting with my Aunt Phyllis (who was my dad's twin sister), because she passed away one week after we returned to Georgia. 

One of the many highlights of the trip was going to explore the new and improved downtown Detroit. Since the last time I went to visit Detroit A LOT has changed. Downtown was absolutely stunning. From Coney Islands to awesome shops I was very impressed at Detroit's transformation. One of the places where we stopped was a cute, on - trend, boutique called "Detroit Is The New Black" aka DITNB. I loved the store because it had such a cool - kids vibe. There was awesome merchandise as well as an art gallery. Plus they screen print the shirts right in the store, which I thought was amazing. To put the icing on the cake the store is owned by one of my husband's preschool classmates from Seattle, WA (what are the freaking odds) and it is located on prime time real estate, near Comerica Park

While at DITNB I purchased this dope tee. I love that it's in my favorite color combination and the fact that it has such a cool statement, which can also double as a great conversation starter piece. I paired the basic DITNB scoop neck t-shirt underneath my sheer peplum shaped tee shirt, along with my distressed jeans, a pair of sandals and a pair of cute clear - framed sexy specs. 

Outfit Details: DITNB Woodward Tee (here), Sheer Peplum (H&M), Distressed Jeans (Gap: old), Sandals (Forever 21:old), Clear Sexy Specs (Love Culture), The Lip Bar Liquid Matte Lippie in Prima Donna (here), Fitbit Blaze with Navy Strap (Amazon)

It's been a while since I last blogged, please forgive me for the long sabbatical. It was a  much needed break so I could just bond with my munchkin and settle into my new role as a mommy to a growing baby (who is almost 6 months).  But now I have new found wind and perspective to keep pushing through and taking Ali's Fashion Sense to the next level (which may involve a new domain and name change...stay tuned). 

All in all my trip home was a success. It was nice to visit some local shops (i.e. DITNBThe Lip Bar, Nike Town Detroit, The Detroit RiverWalk and many more). The sentiment does ring true: "There is no place like home!" Where do you call home? How often do you get to visit? What are some cool things to do in your area? Leave your responses in the comment section below. 

Until next time luvs,