Sunday, May 31, 2009

End of School year and such

So I have three days of school left! (Plus three more without students) This has been a great school year, and I have enjoyed my class. I have had so many people ask if I am ready for the summer, but actually I have truly enjoyed this year and now I don't mind going to work. It is harder for me to go to work when it is the middle of winter and dark and cold outside. Don't get me wrong I enjoy my summers, but I love my class!
Sunday Brayden and I leave for Gatlinburg with my family for five days. Drew will be going to Phoenix for work on Tuesday. Then when we get back it will be time for Brayden's birthday party!
I also look forward to getting together with friends this summer. I feel like I haven't been able to see friends a lot lately, and it has been hard!
We had a good weekend. Friday night we went to a lady I teach with's retirement dinner. Brayden ate well and then walked around and greeted everyone at their seats. Saturday we went to Trevor (Krisi's son) birthday party at Tumble Zone. It was so cool! They had trampolines, a foam pit, spring floors, basketball goals, and all kinds of mats. There was also a baby area with TONS of baby toys. (The lady who owns the place has three little girls which she has raised there!) So Brayden had a ball. After Brayden went to bed Jessica and her friend came over and played some games.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Great Weekend!

This was such a great long weekend! I wrote about Friday night out with Drew, and that was fun.
Saturday Blake, Lauren, and Caleb came down from Ohio to visit. Caleb is five months older than Brayden, and they are about the same size now. The boys splashed in Brayden's baby pool Saturday afternoon, and then we cooked out. Caleb now runs everywhere, and Brayden tottles behind him or crawls behind him. After the boys went to bed we all played games. (We love games!)
Since the boys are on opposite nap schedules we didn't go to church on Sunday. We had lunch at Cici's. They did pretty well, but definitely wanted to get down and play. Which that is sanitary in a public restaurant. :) After naps we headed over to my uncle's pool and we enjoyed swimming. After the boys went to bed we taught ourselves the card game Rook, and had a lot of fun playing that until the wee hours.
In the morning the Cripes packed up and left. It was so great to spend time with them. I wish we lived closer!
In the afternoon we went to a Memorial Day cookout at Kelly and Todd's in our Sunday school class. We played corn hole, and Brayden crawled around outside. Since it is impossible for us to make sunday school, it was great to see everyone again.
Back in school now with 6 days left after today!

Saturday, May 23, 2009


It has been a little while since I have posted! Well I finished up my first grad class on Thursday! So exciting! I am taking another one in July.

I have seven more days of school!

Drew and I went out last night for our anniversary. (A little early but we are going out of town and have work things on the weeks coming up.) We went to the Melting Pot (which was so cool and yummy!) and then to see a movie. Brayden stayed the night with my mom and dad. It was the first time he stayed somewhere without me. I was nervous, but he did really well. The air went out upstairs at their house where the crib is, so he slept in a teeny pack and play I had left there. (Literally this is a mini pack and play) He was hanging out of it, but slept all night long!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

11 months old!!

Brayden is eleven months old today! It is hard to believe that this time last year, I was about to pop! Now here he is a beautiful little boy!

My favorite things about Brayden right now:
*He holds my hands when I give him his bedtime bottle.
*When I have been gone in the evening from grad class and come in, he gives me kisses.
*He is so curious and into everything. He loves getting dirty and exploring!
*When he goes to bed at night he lays his head down on your shoulder until you carry him to bed.
*He loves meal time, and always enjoys his food.
*He cackles when he is happy. Best sound in the world.

*He is walking. Pretty well now. Our main mode of transportation is still crawling, but we are getting more comfortable with walking.
*He is talking (somewhat!:)
1. ttttt- means hot, or Trent (friend at the babysitter)
2. pppp- means up
3. go
4. bye
5. mama, dadda, nana

*Is eating everything! There isn't much he doesn't like.
*Still won't stay with anyone unless he is 100% comfortable with them. So nursery is still a no go.
*Sleeps 9:30-7:00 with three naps a day. Total of about 4 hours of naps.
*Weighs about 24 1/2 pounds full head of brownish blondish hair
*love banging on things (anything)
*down to two or three bottles a day

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

I had a great first Mother's Day today! I had Brayden up and dressed for church, and he laid down for his first nap and slept through the entire thing! So when he woke up we had lunch and enjoyed family time together. We went and visited my Grandma today, and he had a ball playing around their house.

For dinner we went to my parent's house and had a yummy dinner.
Drew had gotten me a solitaire diamond necklace!! So pretty! And Brayden's chubby little handprint which is priceless. Thank you Drew!

To my mom:
I love you for always being there for me. I know we have had our ups and downs in the past, but you have been my rock these past few years. The sisters and I couldn't ask for a better mom!

To my sweet baby Brayden:
You have forever changed my world for the better. You were so fun today with your sweet smile and infectious laugh. I thank God for blessing me with my sweet little boy.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Juggling it All

Well I have successfully completed half of my first graduate class. It has actually been a good class with applicable technology knowledge for the classroom! I was nervous about starting my graduate work while working and having Brayden. The two nights a week I have class, Drew keeps him, and it has gone really well. Only two more weeks left....

It is crazy time at school with all of the end of the year tests, and parent conferences I am squeezing in. I have such a good class though, and am a little sad to let them go here in a few weeks.

Brayden is such a happy boy these days. He is walking pretty well now. His main mode of transportation is still crawling, but he can walk across our living room. He loves getting into things that are not toys- especially the kitchen cabinets and heaven help us if he finds a toliet lid up....we think it is a pool! He is jabbering constantly and says "htt" for hot, "mmmm" for moo cow "gggg" for dog mama, dada, baby, nana, ppppp (He really likes consonants!)

Drew and I went ahead and got the kitchen for Brayden's birthday. I am excited! And for all of my skeptics there was actually a little boy on the box it came in! We are now just looking for some play food to put in the kitchen.

Four weeks of school, two weeks of class...I can handle this!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Fun Weekend and some thoughts

Friday night was my mom's birthday so we headed to my parent's house for dinner with them. We grilled out steaks and it was yummy!

Saturday night Sarah, Greg, and Ivy came to visit. We ate pizza, and the babies played. (I call them babies but they are quickly growing up!) Ivy wasn't used to Brayden toddling around, and it took her a little while to warm up. Once she did they had a ball. It was so nice to get to hang out and talk.

Sunday we went to church and Brayden lasted twenty mins in the nursery before I had to go in there with him. The workers said he did so well until he realized he didn't know anyone in there. He screamed like a maniac. Once I was in there he calmed down and ate lunch.

I have also been thinking about birthday gifts for Brayden. He loves this play kitchen at Big Lots, and so I have thought that would be a good gift for him. Of course Drew first reacted like he didn't want this for a boy because it was too girly. Things like that don't even cross my mind. It doesn't bother me at all for him to play with any toy even a doll- I don't think a toy "girlies" up a boy. I have heard from a lot of people that they would never get their son a kitchen. Well- say if he wants to play cook- so be it...doesn't make him girly to me. :)

Family on Christmas

Family on Christmas
Merry Christmas

Spiky hair

Spiky hair
All dolled up for Christmas in Ohio

My little Santa

My little Santa
Ho Ho Ho!

Happy boy

Happy boy
On the way to church

Mostly about Brayden and Keaton, and the Beckett family! :)