A Visit With Gram

August 21, 2013

Mazen, Mom and I drove up to Baltimore to visit my grandmother and family last week. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures!


Here we were back in November when M was just 2 months old


Things have changed a lot since then! Mazen showed off all of his skills for Gram, including crawling about, standing, assisted walking, talking (“night night!”), waving, eating and clapping.


This strap-on high chair was a shower gift from a family friend and was so great to bring with us. M kept us all entertained during meals.


He loved playing with this Twinnings truck


Zoom zoom


Unfortunately the dog’s bowls were also a good source of entertainment.


He had a blast exploring new nooks and crannies after bath time


We adults loved the smoked salmon my grandmother served


Along with a yummy breakfast and lunch in the bistro


But the highlight of the visit was this early birthday cake Gram got for Mazen! We were frosting happy the whole time. Just 3 weeks till he’s one!


We gave our love to Uncle Mel and Aunt Betty.


On our drive back to Cville, sweet M fell asleep with a cracker in his hand. When he woke up he just kept eating it! Ha!


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1 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Sounds like a fun weekend! Mazen is so cute!


2 Barbara August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

Aw visiting with family is always so much fun! I can’t wait until I have kids of my own and get to show them off :) PS is it sad that I could totally see myself falling asleep with food and waking up only to continue eating it? haha anyways very cute pics, M is getting so big!


3 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe he’s one in three weeks. That seems sooo fast! What a little cutie with the cracker!


4 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

Aww what a darling! Mazen is such a handsome little guy and all of your photos capture him and his personality so perfectly :D!


5 jillian August 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

LOVE the cracker photo! :) Sounds like a great time with your family!


6 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

What a fun weekend! Mazen is so adorable with that cracker, haha!


7 Kelley August 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

Awe, those are such great pictures! I love the cracker in his hand. =) Enjoy these last few weeks til he turns ONE!! It was an emotional time for me and the best advice I got was to celebrate, celebrate, celebrate to get through it. Happy time, indeed.


8 Shel@PeachyPalate August 21, 2013 at 11:36 am

Awh that photo of him asleep is so cute!!! Holding on tight to his biscuit/cracker :) Too busy having fun to take lots of pics I’m sure!


9 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 21, 2013 at 11:38 am

Wow, I can’t believe he’s almost 1!! This year has flown by! Love the crack pic and all of the family pics. So cute!


10 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

haha- don’t you wonder what was going through his mind when he woke up? “why is there a cracker in my hand? hm, guess I better eat it!”


11 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

He’s almost one already?! Time is flyin’! The cracker story is so funny :)
Looks like you all had a lovely time visiting your grandma!


12 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Looks like fun! I have one grandparent still living, and I know she LOVES when we come visit with our baby/toddler. Says it keeps her young. 😉


13 Lisa C. August 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I love the picture with the cracker in hand!


14 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite August 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

hahaha, the cracker part “cracks” me up! (really terrible pun intended)


15 Racheal @ Running with Racheal August 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

My daughter has one of those seats and she loves it! So good to see Mazen getting quality family time!


16 Kim August 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

How cute that he fell asleep with the cracker in his hand! Adorable!!


17 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

How fun that Mazen is able to spend time with your grandma! That must be really special for her to get to know her great grandson.


18 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget August 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Such fun with family! My brother just had his first baby over the weekend and it will be a few weeks before I get to go visit. I love some quality baby time!


19 Lesley Zinn August 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Love that cracker pic! What kind of crackers do you give Mazen? Penny is 13 months and I am still giving her Mum-mums but I’d like to mix it up. She has a lot of teeth but I still want to give her something that dissolves a bit, as it looks like what Mazen’s got a hold of might. thanks!


20 KathEats August 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

These. I like them a lot.


21 Lisa @ bakebikeblog August 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

what a womnderful family trip :)


22 lucy August 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

two words for this whole post: feel-good


23 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I can’t believe how big Mazen is getting! Just crazy. Looks like a fun time! Love the spread of food – especially that smoked salmon + capers! Yum!


24 Emily @ Life on Food August 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

It is so sweet how kids can and do fall asleep anywhere and everywhere. If only the rest of us could be so lucky.


25 Nicole August 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I love that he fell asleep holding the cracker and then just picked up where he left off. Adorable. It looks like a lovely weekend.


26 robin August 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Oh my gosh hes going to be one already? Crazy how time flys!


27 Jo Williams August 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Can’t believe a year has passed! Looks like a fun visit!


28 Livi August 21, 2013 at 8:35 pm

how cute is he! so sweet :)


29 Katie @ Balanced RD August 21, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Your little boy is so cute!! It’s amazing how quickly they grow up!!!


30 Kylie @ immaeatthat August 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

That smoked salmon plate looks delicious! I’m actually serving smoked salmon crepes at my wedding…so excited about them:)) Love smoked salmon dishes!!! Or just smoked salmon alone haha

And Mazen falling asleep with a cracker in his hand and then waking up to only keep right on eating it is too funny:))


31 Julie August 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

This was a great post. I love when my kids keep on eating their crackers in their hands in the car after a nap. You have such a great family. I love the pics.


32 Kori August 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

The pictures of you with your mother and grandmother are so sweet! Capturing four generations in one photograph is so neat. All of the food looks great, especially that cake! The last picture of Mazen is too funny as is the fact that he woke up and went right back to eating. I would too! 😉


33 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna August 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Oh my gosh. The cracker pose. So cute!


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