Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas 2010

We had such an amazing Christmas this year! We were able to celebrate Brayden's first Christmas with so much family! On Christmas Eve, we celebrated with Jason's family. On Christmas day, after opening presents from Santa, we headed over to my sister's house for a great Christmas lunch! Needless to say, Brayden and Ashlyn got plenty of toys this year! Brayden also got his first two teeth for Christmas so he was a bit cranky, but we made it through the day:)

Brayden - 7 Months

7 months have just flown by! Brayden is becoming a lot more active these days! If you leave the room for one minute, he might be on the other side of the room when you get back! He isn't crawling yet, but he sure knows how to get around:) Brayden continues to be such a happy little baby! He just loves his sister so much! If he gets a little cranky, all I have to do is get Ashlyn to come in the room and he lights up! I can't wait to see them grow together! It just melts my heart to see them laughing with each other! Here's what Brayden is doing now....

  • very quick roller now!
  • sits all by himself
  • still sleeps pretty much the same as last month
  • eats all kinds of baby food now (apples, bananas, and green beans seem to be his favorite)
  • loves to play with, chew on, and shake all his toys
  • loves to flip over while I'm trying to change him....at least he's not screaming or crying:)
  • says, "dah" and "bah"

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brayden's First Trip to the Zoo

One of our Family Advent Calendar Activities was "Go the the Zoo!" It happened to be perfect December weather in Houston that day for an outdoor activity. This was Brayden's first trip to the zoo. We didn't know if he would even understand what we were doing, but he was looking around quite a bit. We happened to be there the weekend they opened the new African exhibit for members only to preview, so we got to go in! It was very exciting getting to be some of the first to preview the area!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Brayden - 6 months

I can't believe Brayden has been in our lives for half a year now! I looked back at some of his newborn pictures a few days ago and I can't believe how he's changed! He has quite the personality now! His daddy especially knows how to make his smile and laugh! It is so sweet seeing Ashlyn and him starting to "play" together now....which mostly consists of rolling around on the floor together:) Here is what he's doing now....

  • rolling all over the place
  • loves to be in his door bouncer
  • eating rice cereal (that's all we've tried so far)
  • great sleeper
  • grabs everything now...especially my hair:)
  • has his hand in his mouth almost all day
  • assisted sitter
  • still not taking a bottle, but taken a few sips from a sippy cup
And here are a few pics....

Christmas Crafts

I realize that I mostly post blogs of family stuff and pictures of the kids.....so I am finally doing a blog post just on some of my recent crafting:)

A friend of mine asked if I would make her an Advent Calendar for their family. Not only did I make her one, but I also made one for our family too! It took a lot of work and I am very happy with how it turned out! We are going to put a different family activity to do together on each day of the calendar! I can only imagine all the fun we will have over the next month!

Also, I made some Christmas bibs for a friend and made some extras for Brayden. They turned out so cute!

Thanksgiving 2010

What a great Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for this year! We made our annual trip to Austin for Thanksgiving. It is so fun seeing so many people in my family in one day! It was definitely a bittersweet year, because my Aunt, whose house we go to, passed away about a month ago. So much of the day reminded us of her!

We always take a little photo shoot outside after we have lunch. Right before we took the pictures a cold front blew through (literally!) and it got really windy and cold. It definitely made taking pictures a little more challenging, but we got some good ones!
Brayden with Aunt "Jeca" Jessica
Ashlyn, Brayden and Auntie Rachel
Brayden with his Great-Grandmother
This picture was taken a few months ago when my Aunt came down to visit and got to meet Brayden

My Best Friend's Wedding Reception

One of my best friends, Laura, got married in Panama (yes, the country) on 10-10-10 (what a cool date to get married on!!). I, unfortunately could not go because Brayden was still so young. I definitely know that I missed out, but I got to see lots of pictures and some video from that day and I know it was great! A few weeks later they came to Sugar Land and had a reception to celebrate with everyone who didn't go to Panama. Ashlyn got to be the flower girl as they walked into the reception....she did so great! I also got to see many of my high school friends that I haven't seen in a long time! I was so fun catching up with everyone! Laura married the perfect man for her (Aaron) and now they are traveling the world together!
Congratulations Aaron and Laura!
Aaron and Laura
Flower Girl

Me, Kelly, Laura, and Allison
High School Friends (and a few extras:))

Halloween 2010

I know I am a little late posting this, but I had to at least post a few pics of Halloween:) Our community group at church had a block party in our neighborhood and had lots of fun! Here are a few pics...
Little Red Riding Hood
Charlie Brown


Charlie Brown and Hooty the Owl

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dewberry Farm

Ashlyn's school took a field trip to Dewberry Farm! Jason took the morning off of work so we could all go together. We had a great time, although they didn't have everything open during the week (I didn't get my yummy kettle corn popcorn). There were a ton of kids there on field trips, but it still wasn't as busy as it would have been on the weekend. Brayden was a trooper and made it through the morning ok. Here are some pictures from the day...


Brayden - 4 and 5 Months

I can't believe it has almost been 2 months since I last posted. I guess you can say that I've been busy, but I was really just too lazy to put the pictures on the computer and sit down and actually write. So now I need to play catch up!

First, just a little update of what Brayden has been up to:) Brayden has grown so much over the past 2 months! He is completely off of his reflux medicine now and all vomiting issues have stopped!!! Yay! Ashlyn just adores her little brother so much! He has such a sweet personality and we just love to make him laugh. We dedicated Brayden at church on 10-10-10....meaning....we will raise Brayden to know and love God!

Here is what he is doing now:

  • he has a very consistent schedule
  • rolls both ways...but no barrel rolling yet
  • drooling like crazy!
  • loves to hear him scream
  • makes the "d" sound sometimes
  • blows raspberries
  • likes to suck on his fingers...especially his thumb:)
  • NOT taking a bottle AT ALL
  • pushes his chest completely off the ground when on his tummy
  • sits up by himself for a short time
  • loves his door bouncer and exersaucer
  • still taking 3 naps
And here are a few pictures from the past 2 months