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He Changed Our Lives

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Twelve years ago in faraway Minnesota, this baby boy was born who absolutely changed our lives forever.

 

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Karter was our first grandchild (he is first out of 11...), and we had no idea how quickly and deeply we would fall in love with our grandbabies!

 


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I started this birthday tradition with him last year...a lunch date and birthday shopping spree, just the 2 of us.  This year we went to a new restaurant that neither of us had tried, Ford's Garage.

 

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A super fun place...


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Am I the only person who takes photos inside bathrooms of super-cool places?

 

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Even a subtle humorous touch...as I was leaving I about flipped when I got ready to open the door and thought I was in the Men's room!  I quickly glanced around...no urinals...then slowly opened the door and looked at the outside.  It WAS the Women's room...just a little jokester decided to play tricks on us!

 


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Look at that sandwich, complete with a Ford's Garage brand!

And look at my handsome date...oh, those blue eyes just melt me!

 

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After lunch, a shopping spree at Macy's...what a hunky model, there!

 


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And, of course, no outing with Gramaw is complete without an ice cream stop!  

 


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Fun day with my first grandbaby!  How did he grow up so fast?!

 

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Then over the weekend was his birthday party with the family.  It was planned for outdoors, but the storms moved in which moved the party inside the rec room.

 


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No worries...we had a great time anyway!

 

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The birthday boy with his gifts.

Yes, I went all out on my wrapping...why waste a colorful Lego bag?!

 


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And another generation of Gray men obsessed with the Far Side books.  I guess Karter's of age to be introduced to the finer side of life....

 

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Such a sweet kid and so appreciative of everything and everyone!  Love him!!!

 

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The obligatory (by me!) family birthday photo...

 

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At Karter's request (how could I ever say "no"?!), I made jelly cake for his birthday, a favorite of the Gray family.

 


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Just love that smile!

 

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Uncle Kyler pointing out some of the favorite Far Side cartoons...the men couldn't wait to get their hands on Karter's birthday books...

 


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Never too old for a momma snuggle!

 

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As the oldest of this crew of 11 cousins, Karter is adored by all of them.  And he is so good with the little ones.

A very special young man, for sure.

 

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He changed our lives.

 

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