Wednesday, June 29, 2011


One. How did my baby go from this
to this so very, very quickly?
Bree baby,

You are so big now.  Everything about you is big.

Your happy is as big as baby happiness gets. You giggle with abandon and light up a room with your smile. When you run, yes RUN, to the door when Dada gets home form work your make us all laugh. You lurch around the corner and barrel towards the door. Sometimes staying on your feet, sometime not. But you just cannot contain your happiness. You love a good joke. When you know you're about to do something funny you always try to catch someone's eye first. If that fails, you yell to get some attention.

You love big. You are great at giving kisses and hugs. Sometime you even pat the back of the person as you hold them close. You do that especially with your dada. The loves of your life include Mom-mom, Dada, Tyler, Becca, Hope and Mav (the dog)the many grandparents you are blessed with and your blanket.

You play big. You don't want to settle for baby toys. Your favorites are your sisters' "laptops", the play kitchen set, books of all kinds. You want to swing with the big kids, go down the big slide (with Ty's help), ride on the big rides, walk where they walk. You are not content to be the baby sister any longer.

You are growing big too. You wear size 18 month clothes, although some 12 month clothes still fit. You are walking, running, climbing stairs and trying to climb up the step ladder if it gets left out. Dancing is one of your favorite activities too. You are a head banging, body wiggling girl. It is so much fun to watch you! You love to talk. "Dada, "Mom-mom", "dis" and "dat" (when pointing to things), "I wuv" (when daddy tells you goodnight), "Hi", "Bye", "yuup" (to tell Mav to hush) are all words you say daily. You are trying to come up with other names. Sometimes you will try to repeat names of toys, people, things. 

We love you, baby girl, so very much. I am so grateful God saw fit to give us the gift of you. Happy Birthday, Breeley.

2 days - Loved already!

1 month - Smiling!

2 months - Great Grandpa and you!
3 months- You found your thumb.
4 months- Last picnic of the summer
5 months- Hanging out with Hope!

6 months- Merry Christmas!

7 months - You look so much like your grandma.

8 months- You and Great-Grandpa.

9 months- Snuggling with Daddy in Florida.

10 months

11 months- Only your second time in a real swing!

ONE! Banana Pudding for our banana fanatic!

Wordless Wednesday - A Drive By Shot.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I've Been

  • Finishing School! I am now Mom to a fourth and second graders. WOW! Where does time go?
  • Enjoying the spring weather. 
  • Planting my vegetable garden. The kids were such big helps this year. Hope loves to come help pull weeds. Unfortunately, she has yet to learn to watch for little plants. The beets haven't seemed to  mind.
  • Reworking my flower gardens.
  • Spraying my kids with the hose.

  • Spending time at my parents.

  • Taking care of my hubby while he recuperates from surgery. 
  • Finding out my oldest can get stung on the lip and not feel it.

  • Finishing my final year on the Kid Stuff Sale committee. I think our budget is going to be happy I will only be shopping one night instead of two days next year. :)
  • Planning our next family outing with our new small group from church. It will be our first trip to an amusement park since Becca was two.
  • Putting four pony tails in because my third wants to look like a moose.

  • Trying to finish Breeley's baby afghan. Shhh....she doesn't know it's a year late.
  • Wondering how on earth my baby is turning a year.
  • Wondering why on earth my children like to walk before they turn a year. 
  • Learning that my baby has the odd ability to squat flat footed. (Thanks, Mom, for that random inherited talent). Who knew you could do that? 
  • Praying for a bloggy friend and her baby as they walk a rough road.
  • Trying to keep my house clean. I'm about ready to give up. I had forgotten what it's like to have a toddler and a preschooler on the prowl all day.
Why yes, that is a ginormous bag of flour I left on the floor.
  • Trying not to laugh when my oldest tells me he no longer needs toys. He's ready for BB guns and tomahawks.
  • Enjoying watching my middle girls develop a sweet friendship.
  • Breaking up fights.
  • Testing the limits of how long I can go without going to the grocery store. The thought of going and taking the kids with me is overwhelming right now. We made it three days with no bread. 
  • Wondering if it's sad or resourceful that I'd rather make bread than go to the grocery with four kids in tow.
  • Thinking I'll probably have to break down and go to the store for real next week. We made a quick stop. Some things in life you just have to have. Toilet paper is one of them.  
  • Learning to have more patience.
  • Enjoying the crazy, exciting, sleepless, busy, sweet season of life.
Grrr. Blogger won't let me put the pictures in center. Any advice?