Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beginning of summer fun....

Just like everyday when spending it with my two favorite boys - we had fun!! Summer will surely bring many adventures and countless hours of playing! We played with your drum set, played with brother & read books, enjoyed your swing set & your pool that you got as your birthday present, had a "picnic" on the back yard table (which you loved), had a bubble bath with brother & last but definitely the sweetest moment - you crawling onto my lap saying sweetly Hi Mama Hi & resting your head on my shoulder. You definitely could tell you had a very happy & full day. Seeing the smile on your face is so rewarding!! I love you sweet boy, enjoy tomorrow with Dad & brother as Mama goes back to work for a few nights. I can't wait to hear about your adventures with the boys!! Nighty night sweet boy, Mama, Dad & baby love you to the moon & back

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Brady!!!

Happy Birthday sweet boy, Mama loves you so much! There is a million things I want to say that I fear I'll forget something. If nothing else, I hope the love I have for you is conveyed through my words to you. I can't begin to describe what you mean to me - whenever I'm away from you I miss you, I think of you & wonder what fun you're having. You are such a sweet, compassionate, energetic, full of life & love, happy, smart, witty boy & the list certainly doesn't stop there. Your memory never ceases to amaze me, the things you understand at such a young age baffle me! I love having conversations with you, wondering what you're thinking - what you are going to say next. Everything about you is so special to me! You show me love like I could never ask for, you're always willing & wanting to give hugs & kisses, telling me to sit next to you or come play Mama....I love it when you want Mama or Dad to play with you! You are an amazing big brother, you've shown such sweetness & acceptance of your brother. Youve rarely shown any jealousy instead loving him & when he's upset you tell him, It's ok baby, it's ok. Your ability to understand & show empathy/sympathy at your age is what makes my heart melt. To see such tenderness & such a loving heart makes me so proud of you & thankful. I know you have a tender heart yet you are very strong & brave. You are stubborn at all the right times, stubborn when you want to finish something you've started, determined to figure things out - rarely giving up & knowing to ask for help. I love hearing, help Mama help as it show me you know some things you need to depend on others for and I'm hoping as you grow older this will teach you so many life lessons. I can't tell you what an amazing little boy you've become....sometimes parents fear their children will inherit their negative traits along with negative things they pick up on their own, but you sweetheart have taken any negative traits we may have or show & somehow you make them positive. For instance, I thought mine & your daddy's stubbornness would equal a strong willed child - yet, you are stubborn only in the fact that you don't quit or give up if something is hard - you simply keep trying or you ask for help. I pray this next year that you'll continue to grow & learn, learn to be the best 2 year old you can possibly be & that we will continue to learn through you. You've taught us to enjoy life as it's given, you've taught us patience, perseverance, & forgiveness. You continue to teach me things you don't even understand yourself....because of you, I want to be a better mother, a better friend, a better wife & so on. Thank you for 2 amazing years sweet boy, filled with fun & a million wonderful memories!! You are spunky, quick, funny & everything I had hoped for & ten times more. I love you my sweet, sweet firstborn son more than life itself - you are my sunshine on rainy days - you are my bright & shining star! I have such high hopes for you, hopes that you'll always feel & know my love for you is unconditional.....hopes that you'll see Christ through us & be a better man for the Lord than we could have ever dreamed, that you'll always be true to yourself, respect yourself & others, be a great & loyal friend, always finish what you start, believing in yourself even when others don't, having courage to be a leader in a world of followers, and a million more hopes & dreams for you my love. Happy Birthday to you my sweet handsome boy! You bring so many smiles to me, you melt my heart - I could never imagine life without you. I'm so thankful the Lord lent you to us - entrusting you in our care, I pray we won't fail you, and while we aren't perfect by any means I pray you'll see forgiveness in us & give it as well as needed. Mommy will always admit to you when I have hurt you or wronged you, I pray when you get older that you'll see my heart, my love & my devotion to you and our family. I love you to the moon & back & back & back &.............. Thank you my love, my Brady boy, for bringing so much joy to my life! What an incredible little boy you are!! Praying your life is blessed as you go through this next year! I refuse to call this year as the terrible twos, as you are terrific 2 & we will respond accordingly. We will support you, love you, & train you throughout these years - working through each difficult time & praying for positive outcomes. Mommy will be by your side Brady whenever you need me, I will always be there for you no matter what. I may be disappointed of you misbehave or have a difficult day listening but each moment is a new moment, another chance for us to make better choices & decisions - you can guarantee each morning you wake is a fresh start& each night you lay your head you can have sweet sleep knowing today is a learning experience for tomorrows fresh start. Big hugs my loving boy, mommy & daddy & baby love you so so much!! You, my sweet, sweet, boy have no idea how special you are but I'll sure do my best to show you & appreciate you & never take you for granted. I will promise to respect you & love you! I can't wait to see what this new year has in store!! Let the adventures continue & the fun carry on! I love you, love you, love you my Brady! As we say every night - Thank you for being such a good boy, sleep well, rest your little head, and I'll see you in the morning where the fun will begin allover again!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Whew - I've been busy

Now that my little brother is here its a little tougher for me to get on here and update everyone.  I'm so busy playing with him or doing big boy things that I forget that you guys might be wondering what I'm up to.

Let's see, I'm almost 2 years old, can you believe it?  I'm having so much fun growing & learning that times just seems to fly by.  Just yesterday I was celebrating my 1st birthday or so it seems and now in about a months time I'll be celebrating my 2nd!  I can't wait as I know each year holds wonderful things.

My brother & I have been bonding, getting to know each other.  I kind of let him do his own thing & he pretty much lets me do mine.  Every now and than I go check on him and make sure he's doing ok but Mommy & Daddy pretty much have that covered.  Baby brother doesn't really interfere with my daily routine so I'm not at all bothered that he came around.  In fact, I think its hilarious when he talks to me or kicks his feet & they touch me.  I like to look at him and make him smile & pretend like I'm a baby and play with his toys.  Sometimes I help Mommy get diapers, wipes or burp rags.....I like being a big helper.

Which brings me to another topic, cooking & cleaning.  I"m very much into cooking right now.  I love to help with whatever Mommy & Daddy will let me.  I like to stir, pour, mix and well pretty much everything.  I'm pretty good at making myself toast now, from putting the bread into the toaster - to pushing down the lever, to buttering my own toast and of course I'm great at eating it too!  My favorite breakfast right now is toast & eggs w/cheese.  Sometimes pancakes but mostly the toast & eggs.

I love to dip things when I eat - if you give me tofu I'd probably eat it as long as I dipped it in something - well that's what my mommy says anyhow.

I'm talking really well now, I say please most of the time without being asked to and that makes Mommy & Daddy really happy.  I'm pretty self sufficient - or so Mommy tells me, not sure of that big word....but I know how to get my own bowl or plate, spoon & fork and push my chair up to the table to eat, I can feed myself quite well, I can fill my own cup with water (spilling a little I suppose), I like to vacuum after I eat because sometimes I get crumbs on the floor.  Mommy thinks I might spill on purpose just so I can vacuum since I enjoy it so much.  I love to help give brother a bath and pour water on him.  Baths are my favorite past time too, I love playing with all the toys and pouring water into everything & dumping it.

Well I was going to write more but I'm keeping my brother awake with all this typing so I'll write more again later, much sooner than last though I promise!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Februrary Fun

Hi all, just saying Hi & checking in.

I hope February has been good to you, it's been a fun month for me. I've been getting to know my little brother a lot more & I enjoy talking to him, bringing him toys & helping Mommy & Daddy when they need me.

I've learned a few new words, such as house, mouse, more, room, outside, and things like that. I usually say one or two new words a day & sometimes my Mommy says how surprised she is because she didn't know I knew those words. I've been watching my Mommy & so when I recently put my hand to my mouth & said Hmmm, I'm not sure why she laughed. She knows I copy EVERYTHING they do. Mommy asked me what I wanted for lunch so I said Hmmm, she thinks it's funny but really sometimes it is difficult to choose so I need to think about it!

I'll update you again later, Mommy is just finishing feeding brother & Daddy? Well hes still snoring shhh :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sigh, it's been a long time....

since I've been on here and updated everyone on my little life.  This little life has been very, very busy & so I'll try to update you but I'm sure I'll forget something, I apologize in advance.  :)

Let's see, well - my brother, Ethan, or as I like to call him, Bub-bub, is now here.  Well, he's been here for a couple weeks but it seems like he's always been here.  I like him just fine.  I wasn't sure about him when he first came home because he was so tiny and I was a little scared of him.  Now, I like to go and look at him and touch his hands & feet.  Sometimes he kicks his feet at me and I laugh so hard because I think he's playing with me.  Lately he will look at me and make funny faces & noises which make me laugh too, I talk to him in a high pitch voice because it sounds more like how my Mommy talks to him and he seems to like that.  There isn't much playing around going on though as all I see him do is eat, sleep, and get his diaper changed, ALOT!  He sure does poop and pee-pee a lot but Mommy says I did too when I was a baby.

I'm starting to see the benefit of being a big boy, I mean, I think it's neat to be a baby sometimes - but I get to do so many more things than bub-bub does. He doesn't get to go on the slides at the park, he doesn't get to eat popcicles, he doesn't get to sit in the shopping carts that have the steering wheels on them, he doesn't get to run around the park and find friends.  There is a ton more he can't do just yet and so I'm pretty happy I can do those things.  I think it might be boring to just lay there all day and have people stare at me but than again who knows, maybe I'd like that? Nah, I enjoy being a big boy.  I like to help Mommy and Daddy with brother, I give them diapers and burp cloths, I love to throw out the dirty diapers and toss them in the garage so they don't smell up the house, I like to give brother his chupi when it falls out of his mouth and occasionally I like to share my monkey George. 

Latest and greatest things I can do now - let's see, I go down really big slides all by myself and I'm not scared in the least, in face I squeal Wheeeee like the commercial with the big zip lining.  :)  I am talking a lot! I can say, Let's go (dets doe) - See ya soon - Hello (he-whoa), Yellow (Ye-whoa) - Blue (Bwue) - Apple (Appo) - Banana - Bub-bub for brother - Ice (it tastes great by the way) - Juice - Milk - Wa-wa (water), and many other words.

I know some of my ABC's and I can count to 2, saying two is my favorite.  I know A,B,C,D,H,M,R,S & W...I'm not sure why they are so random but I know them very well.  If I see them in a book, a puzzle or Mommy draws them with a crayon I can say the sound they make.  We are working on others but these are the ones I know the best and get right every time.  I think I might know what a circle looks like, Mommy asks me and most of the time I point to the right picture.  I know my colors if Mommy asks me to grab Red, Green, Yellow or Blue but I really only like to say Blue & Yellow so far.  I know that a Red signal light means stop and I hold out my hand to motion stopping - I know that Green means, Let's go and I usually say - Dets Doe with enthusiasm.  I love puzzles, coloring and playing with cars & blocks.  I'm pretty good with puzzles, I can look at the picture and put the pieces in the right spots, Mommy has to help me put them in all the way but I know which pieces go where.
Mommy says she is proud of what I know and I love learning so we try and learn and remember what I've learned each day.  Daddy recently bought me some crayons that I can play with in the bathtub so we work on our colors and drawing while I take a bath - it's a ton of fun, you should try it!  It washes right off when I'm done and cleaning is half the fun!

Some of my favorite things to do: play with my ABC puzzle, big wheel cars, wrestle with Daddy, watch Cars and Toy Story movies, run outside, play at the park - the slides are my favorite, go anywhere with whomever will take me, I LOVE to go places!  I love animals and big trucks, so whenever we are in the car I like to try and find them.  I love to color with my Mommy and Daddy, I do a pretty good job. 

My latest food/drink favorites: diced banana with peanut butter on them, apples, oranges (cuties), hot chocolate (from starbucks of course), chocolate milk, milk, water, quesadillas, pb&j's and grilled cheese. 

My best buddies are Ryan & Drew Serna, we have play dates and our latest playdate we made sugar cookies, it was a ton of fun!  Drew is a few weeks older than I am and Ryan is a few years so it's a ton of fun whenever we get together....they are great friends!  I also love playing with my cousins, Marcos, Bella, Ava, Mario & Adam - we like to wrestle and rough house. 

Well, its my dinner time and I'm pretty hungry so I'd better sign off for now.  I'll try to update a little more frequently but its hard to have Mommy help me when she's so busy playing with brother & I.  Hope you enjoyed my update!  See ya soooon :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Outsmart, Outwit, Outplay?

Sounds like survivors mantra right? nah, it's just mine for now :) -  Mommy & Daddy tell me I can outplay them any day but this little story below might prove the other two are coming along just fine as well.

Mommy has been teaching me the ABC's & 123's, nothing too structured or serious seeing as I'm almost 19 months old and no where near preschool or regular school.  She said we can play & learn at the same time and it seems fun to me so sure why not!  Let's go for it.  She recently bought me two puzzles that were suppose to wait for Christmas but....I saw them & immediately loved them so she's been letting me play with them.  In previous posts I've told you that I know quite a few letters, so seeing them on this board is pretty exciting for me.  I love grabbing the M and running to my Mommy and saying Mama - Mmmm, Mama!  She seems really happy and tells me how smart I am when I do that but honestly, it wasn't all that hard so maybe I should tell her? nah - I love seeing how happy she gets when I show her what I'm learning.

So back to the story - lately Mommy grabs a few toys and says, 1 truck, 2 trucks, 3 trucks - than she asks me to repeat back 1,2,3 - sometimes I can and sometimes I can't remember how to copy her. 

Later that night, Daddy was feeding me dinner but I was too tired to eat, I had played really hard all day.  I usually scarf down my dinner so Daddy thought maybe something was wrong.  Mommy told him not to worry and that if I was hungry I would surely eat.  Mommy suggested that Daddy show me I only had a couple of bites left because I like to clean my plates, gives me a sense of accomplishment :) - Mommy told Daddy to count the bites so I can tell how many left I have.  So, Daddy says, Brady one more bite ok?  Onnneeeee and he put the fork to my mouth - well I suddenly remembered what came after one - so instead of opening my mouth and eating I said, Twwwoooo!?? - Mommy and Daddy started laughing so hard and telling me that was pretty good.  Daddy had not heard me say 1,2,3 so he was shocked and felt I had just outwit & out smarted him.  :)  I realized that I had just done something wonderful so I kept saying it and clapping with a huge smile on my face.

I love learning - I love making Mommy & Daddy proud and happy.  They say I'm not a baby anymore but their big, big boy.  I'm going to have my very own baby brother here very soon and I can't wait to show him the ropes around this place.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

My sweet boy,

Hello sunshine!! You bring the biggest smile to my face & I fall in love with you all over again every single morning I see you & kiss you!! I fall in love with you all over again when you blow kisses to me, or you hug my leg & say Hi in your sweetest little voice!! God couldn't have blessed your Daddy & I with a sweeter boy - I love you to the moon & back!!!

Your brother, Ethan, is coming very soon. I can't wait to see what a great big brother you will be! You hug & kiss your animals all the time, lately you've been pretending to rock them, sing to them, & love them! You are so strong & yet such a sweet spirit! How did we get blessed with such an amazing combo in you??

Mommy can never tell you enough how much I love you, how you brighten each & every day since you were born, the minute you were born I knew, just knew you were and are so very special!! God has BIG plans for you my love - Mommy & Daddy will always be by your side, loving you, supporting you, cheering you on, catching you f you stumble, brushing you off & helping you in every way!

Stay so very sweet my son, I love you - I love you - I love, love, love you!!!!