Friday, December 28, 2012

Look out world....

Here she comes...
At eleven months and two weeks, we have a crawling Brookelynn!!


 So excited!  The last few weeks, I could tell she was attempting it, but couldn't quite get the legs down. Not a problem anymore! She is officially crawling. It started after she went after my chip today. :) She really wanted it, and she got it!

Look out world, here comes Brooke!

I will get some Christmas photos on here and some real updates soon. Just wanted to share the awesome news!

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A very thankful holiday!

Just a few little things to be thankful for this season!

The first, and foremost, is our new little Thanksgiving turkey, born the day before Thanksgiving, my CUTE nephew, Timothy Daniel Bradberry. He is a little 6 pound, 15 ounce blessing! I was so very, very grateful to my sis in law, Shelly, who let me be present for his birth. Wow, what an amazing day!

Isn't he cute as can be??? I think he's a keeper!
And what a sweet little turkey!

And then, here are a few cute little pics from our other little turkeys on Thanksgiving day at GG's house!

Auntie Deb and Brookelynn 

Watching the Macy's Parade!

First scone!

His new favorite food of all time, "Pie!"

First scone!

Gotta love the Fischer scones. Yum. This picture brings back memories since my first job ever was working in the Fischer scones booth at the Puyallup Fair in Washington state. Good times.

Lots to be thankful for. And...thank you, Auntie Deb, for taking the pics! I have labeled her our official family holiday photographer because she is just good! :)

God bless and let the holidays begin!!

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Colds, stomach bugs and double ear infections, oh my!

 Okay, so here's this month's update! I will start it off by saying, officially, that Brookelynn has hair. That makes a momma so happy!! It's so fun to work on this lovely little head!

 I am afraid, though, that she may already at ten months (yes, ten!) be objecting to momma fiddling with her head. She is beginning to realize there's something up there, and taking it out...ALREADY!! Nooooo! :) Lol.

Did a fun photo shoot this week with Baby Legs also. I just have to say they are my new favorite accessory for our girl, even though I know they've been around for a little while. Winter hasn't, though, mind you! And my sister in law just brought me over some really adorable ones the other day (thank you, Shelly!) and reminded me of all the fun that these little accessories are. ya go. :) She was in a good mood!

 Brookelynn loves blocks. She also loves to throw them!! Lol. I try not to condone it but it's kind of cute anyway.

Miss Brookey, these days your milestones include:

* hair! Curly hair!
* still loving to sit. You just love watching your brother and you are SO happy doing it that you forget about doing other crawling!
* clapping
*playing in your walker. You DO love to walk, however, and I am wondering if this is what you'll do first even before you crawl!
*can scoot. We leave you in a spot on the floor and next thing we know, you've moved. On your bottom! Maybe this may be your preferred method of transportation in the near future...I don't know! :)
*are actually tolerating tummy time these days. You can push up really far and you will tolerate it for longer than, two minutes. Haha.
* are SO happy. Hardly ever do you cry and you LOVE to play by yourself.
*like to play peek a boo, a lot! You are a flirt with daddy, and you LOVE him! You laugh and giggle around him so much, and you love to play peek a boo with him. Tonight at the dinner table you would move to one side, then the other, and laugh when daddy would do the same, and you did this a bunch!
*love to dance when there is any music on at all! 
*can say, "hi," "daddy," "uh oh," "mama," and we are pretty sure you've said, "hi, daddy," a number of times! You are very verbal, just like your brother, and we LOVE this!
*love your ba ba in the morning, and then you eat lots of different solid foods during the day. You don't feed yourself yet, but we are getting there. You love fruit. But not peaches!
*are going to move into your brother's room and out of our room really soon, after he transitions into his toddler bed. Wow, can't believe that is actually going to happen! Momma's going to have withdrawals from having you in our room for so long! Makes me sad to think about!

Love you to pieces, sweet pea girl!

Here's a little on our little man...

You are FUNNY!!

K boo...

You are too funny. You like to make us laugh! The other day you wanted to be just like sister, so we put a pink barrette in your hair too and that made you happy!

These days, you are...

*very, very, very into cars.
*loving a certain book (the same one) every night, and guess what it is about...Cars.
*reading a bible story with us every night.
*having to have your night light on now. Every night.
*eating like CRAZY!!!! I sometimes wonder where it all goes! You eat breakfast, then have a mid morning snack, then lunch, then after your nap you have a snack again, then dinner! Growing boy!
*starting to tell me when you need a diaper change. Yes, we are going to do potty training again! We stopped for a bit because you didn't seem quite that ready. But momma bought a new potty seat tonight and we are going to try again. Oh, and big boy underpants on them.
*sometimes throwing tantrums, so we now put your in your room until you stop crying. After a few minutes, you come out laughing after throwing one. Not sure if it's because you're so happy to get to come out of your room but it has become humorous. Almost.
*loving hide and seek. It is your FAVORITE game, and you laugh so much!
*still eating the little pouches we buy for you from Plum Organics to get you to eat your veggies. They have spinach in them so we know you are getting some greens...along with the green drinks we make in the blender. It's HARD eating those veggies but we've got to do it!
*saying your ABC's, your numbers from 1-10, and a lot of colors. We are still learning shapes!
*LOVING Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Chuck and Friends, and Diego. Bubble Guppies is your absolute favorite these days though.
*still in love with cheese. ANY kind.
*are going to transition REALLY soon into a toddler bed. Like, in a few days. I think.
*saying SO many things, and you are SO verbally advanced! You pretty much say sentences now. Today one of them was, in not so many words, but I totally understood you..."I want to go to Oma's house in the car." Some of the cute things you say include, "Oh, man," "Oh, boy," "Wow, cool!" "Oh, no!" and now just recently, "Ew, yuck, poo poo!" when I am changing your diaper. Lol!!! Another reason to transition to the potty! You are getting too big to put on the changing table and change that yucky poo poo diaper!
*loving the outdoors. You LOVE the park!
*also loving the IPad. You showed me today that you know how to work it pretty well!

Love you so much, little man. You are growing into quite the character!

A couple more things before I go....This will give you an idea of my days!! Here's a small story and a peek into my life. :) 

So, it started as a normal day today. I had plans to make some cookies for Justin's work party tomorrow, give the kiddos a bath together, and put some stuff in the crockpot for dinner. But that changed fast while I was changing Little Missy's diaper. Aside from getting to the bottom of the wet wipes and finding my wedding ring I had lost along with another ring and two dimes, I realized I had run out of diapers for Brooke and the changing pad cover had gotten poop all over it. So...I set her down on the floor in the room while I ran to the laundry room and grabbed her bag to find an extra diaper in there and to grab another changing pad cover. I returned to the room to find her...covered from head to poop. She evidently had not been finished as I had thought. And not only her body, but the dresser next to her had been smeared with poop. It was in her hands, all over her legs, and ALL over the floor. And she was smiling just as big as ever, not even realizing I had seen her yet, just playing and having a good old time smearing it everywhere. Oh, the sweetness of innocence. Sigh.

Thankfully it did not end up in her hair...but that was the only place! And of course, Kaleb came in while this was going on, and said, "Ew, yucky poo poo!"
It did make me laugh despite the circumstances.
So, I promptly moved her to the bathtub, where yes, the poop got all over the place in there, and no, I did NOT let Kaleb join her in it this time as I had planned! Instead she splashed and it got in my face...

So, after getting a very, very clean (probably cleaner than she's been in awhile since I made sure I used more soap than usual!) Brookelynn was transported to her very clean spot in the living room, I let the disenfectant do it's job in the bathtub while I scrubbed the poop off the floor and the dresser in the kids room.

Kaleb finally got his bath but it took a little longer than I'd anticipated. Goodness!

And, mind you, this is following the last three weeks, which began with a cold Brooke had, which she passed onto Kaleb, then a stomach virus, which he passed onto her, then Brooke getting a double ear infection. When it was all said and done, we had six bottles of different kinds of medications on our counter. And the stomach bug included a total of six days of diahrrea, which meant there were 14 days of that because Kaleb got it first, then Brooke. (And to think my sweet sister in law has five children going on six. I am in awe of her strength right now.)

So, yes, I am tired of "ew, yucky, poo poo." And, I have learned a lesson about thinking Miss Brooke is done and setting her down after she's had a bowel movement!

But...every day is an adventure with these kiddos, and I wouldn't trade this adventure for ANYTHING. Despite the stomach bugs, the double ear infections and the "ew, yucky poo poo," nothing beats being a momma. Absolutely nothing beats the loving hugs, the games of hide and seek, or the girly accessorizing.   

So...motherhood is not all glamorous. But, it is an adventure.

And it's one I am happy to be on, craziness and all. :)  

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

October highlights!

Here is an update that is about a month overdue...but better late than never right? :)

So, this month is Miss B's ninth and wow how time flies. Cannot believe that but she is. Here is what she's been up to, along with some other highlights of the month! Enjoy!
Standing, with momma's help of course! She loves this table that K got for his birthday and I have a feeling it's going to become an even bigger favorite when she can cruise and walk!

Just had to add this one too to her "standing" pics. Love these jeans! :) Gotta love Old Navy and it's become one of my favorite places to shop after having kiddos. 
Had to add another toenail pic. I LOVE painting her nails!!! Haven't done the actual fingernails yet but the toes are so fun (and when she sleeps of course!). 
She still loves her exersaucer but gets tired of it faster than she used to. :) 

First noodles! :) Yes...she is still learning! Her pincer grasp is there but as far as getting it to her mouth, she is like, "Why bother when someone else can feed me?" Lol! 

Yay for curls!! We have recently gotten some in the back...and Momma loves them! :)

 This month has also included a trip to Dallas to the state fair with Nana and Grandpa. It was great fun, and Nana was in heaven because it was her first time to spend time with the grandkids on an actual trip.
Grandpa also had a ton of fun! This was at Red Robin, my absolute favorite place to eat! :) 

 We ate very good. Of course, it was the fair...

If this isn't a bit Halloweeny, I don't know what is. ;) 
I always love seeing the dancers!

Pumpkin carving! 
Can you spot the train? :) This was probably the coolest part of the whole state fair to me! It was a train that weaved through a greenhouse (and it was warm! The temperature didn't get above like 55 this day, of all days!) 
Petting zoo! Among the animals...camels, alpacas, cows, etc!! 

This was really cute. There was a "play farm" where kids go in and help work on the farm! 

Getting our apron on to "help" at the farm!

Cute cowboy!! 

Kaleb loved all the cars and trucks at the automobile show!!! 

And K got to ride his first rides!! Looks a bit somber here? 

Here's a better one! :) 

I so wish this had turned out! was cute. :( This thing actually bounced UP and was hilarious to see Justin in there with K!  Clearly it was not meant for big 6 foot men! 

 K also rode two more rides I didn't get great pics of either but the airplane was among his favorites! He kept asking for it again and again and tried getting back in line on his own!

This was taken in the hotel. :) We were spoiled ALL weekend by my parents...who got us a suite by ourselves at The Embassy, paid for most of our fair food and rides, and took us to Pancho's as well. Can you say, "Thank you"?

Lost the paci...You know it's a good sleep! :) Gotta love the sleepy pics in the car. Don't get to take them often because I'm usually drivin. :) 
Random pic when we got back home...:)
Daddy and Kaleb time. Love these moments! 

She LOVES to grab her shoes. And it's funny...but kind of annoying too because then they come off! But....gotta love her!
We have also gotten the privilege of going on a date this month! Justin and I left the kids with Alana and John McRoberts, our kids other "grandma and grandpa," while we went to a Snyder Tigers game! First one, mind you...Sad to say, I know. But true. But we like to think we brought good luck because they won, 31-21. :) 
Halftime. :)

New milestones...

K, you are...

*saying all SORTS of terribly cute things! Cannot even begin with how much you can say. Everyone who knows you comments on how verbally advanced you are! Among the cute things are, but certainly not limited to, "Oh man," "Oh boy," and "Sit down!" You also say whole sentences, stringing words together, of course, but sentences I can understand. Which is...awesome!

*loving trucks, cars, etc...anything mobile. :)

*starting to love dinosaurs, and you say, "Roar," a lot!

*shouting every once in a while. We are trying to stop this sometimes and telling you, "That's LOUD."

* eating better, in some ways, but it's still the "twos"! You love peanut butter sandwiches, these little organic pouches we buy that mix spinach and peas and apples together, juice, and cheese, of course. Oh and you have recently fallen in love with pistachios! We have also been making "juice" for you that you will drink that has spinach, and kale and other things in it mixed with yummy fruits, so that you'll eat it. You like it, so that's awesome!

* sometimes really sweet to your sissy~ and it's so cute! You go over and hug and kiss her, and say, "Aww," and makes my momma heart melt!

* wearing an 18-24 waist and a 2T shirt. Lol!

* too cute. You make us laugh every day and I wish I had more time to share!

Love you SO MUCH, big two year old boy. Cannot believe it's been that long!

Miss B, you are

* clapping!

* babbling a lot, but you have started actually saying (randomly!) "hi," "yay," and "uh oh!" Love it!

*standing very good with the help of our hands, and you love to "walk"!

*eating all sorts of things. However, you still love your "ba ba" and you love to be fed by momma...
meaning you don't feed all...yet~!

* in the 70th percentile in height and weight! And your head? It's in the 90th. Yep. You're just smart!

* loving your brother. Every step and move he makes is something you adore and watch. In fact, you have decided not to crawl because you love to just watch his every move. Which is fine!

*are still sitting happily by yourself.

*are happy for hours on end just entertaining yourself, unless there's something wrong. You are such a happy girl, for the most part!

* are starting to love books, and you love to feel the "soft" part...some of your books have soft things to touch and that is your favorite!

* are very into soft things! You love stuffed animals!

We love you so much, sweet pea!!!

It's been a good month! OH, and one random thing...This kind of made us laugh...that Big Tex (at the state fair) burnt up today! Sad, huh, but kind of funny, no, in a weird way? ;) We were just there and staring up at him in awe! Now...he is no more. Sad and random!

Will leave you with this..."As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." Psalm 18:30


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