Monday, April 27, 2009


When Brayden goes to bed before 8pm, the nights are a little bit rough.
So we decided to try to keep him awake.
Normally we do that by taking a walk.
Seeing as it is snowing, and 7 inches are expected,
tonight we read a book.

And for a little while, it worked.
Then I remembered how much he loved the
mobile from his pack and play
(which, coincidentally, has the same freinds as the swing).
so we dug it out and tried it!

He was WIDE awake for quite a while,
kicking his little feet to ask for more when the
spinner stopped spinning his freinds around.
Peanut loves when we try these shenanigans!

It actually worked so well, we had to move it out from over his crib to get him to go to sleep!

Too bad we bought another stupid mechanical lights and songs and showy mobile. I had searched everywhere for a mobile that was less then $40, and not lights and songs. Too bad I didn't just look in the pack and play!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

You just never know what you are going to find...

I always keep the camera in Brayden's diaper bag. That way, we never miss an opportunity for a great picture. Like this week for example, as we were passing Western Ranch Supply on errands, we saw...camels!

This is Katie. She is an Asian camel.

This is Winter. And I wanted Brayden's picture with her, but wasn't sure how to get it myself. So I asked the camel guy to take our picture with her. He obliged, but then the wind started blowing and when I was trying to get my hair out of my face he snapped the picture (I didn't want to ask for another one). Besides-Brayden didn't seem to thrilled (zoom in on his face!).

We also went swimming in the Warm Pool.

Brayden is an excellent swimmer!

We belive he could easily beat Micheal Phelps in

the 50 freestyle.

But we also think that when he is tired and fussing he says

"night-night" and "mama" and "dadda" and that

when Daddy is holding his hands that he walks around the living room.
He also says "hi", but of couse doesn't know what any of that means.
We love his babbles!

Right after we went swimming, he was pretty tuckered out!

Brayden also discovered flying this last week.
He really seems to enjoy drooling on us!

I love that little butt!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Tooth Fairy commeth...

Well, this week, Brayden began to really, really suck on his little hands in addition to an increase in drool. After careful inspection, we noticed the some signs of the Tooth Fairy at work. Brayden is teething. And he is pretty good about it. Except when I was trying to get him to go to sleep (after an interupted nap for a showing), he dropped his pacifier, couldn't get his thumb and decided to suck on my arm (I thought I might lose it to him!!). He left quite the mark!

And just in case you are wondering-those mustaches from the
last post are not actually on us!
They are stickers on the picture, not the baby!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Facing Forward

Happy Easter! This was a big week in our household. Our beautiful little red house on top of the hill officially went on the market. We have had 5 showings in three days and keeping the house this clean and organized (with the spring shedding dog and cat) isn't the exhausting part. It is the being gone during the showing. We get a two hour notice, which is really nice, and then we pack up the dog and the baby (Peanut gets to stay) and head out; the only issue is that it throws Brayden's nap schedule off so he doesn't sleep and gets over tired...and that is the hard part! Other then that, he remains his happy, smiley, wiggely, fast growing self, and we can't imagine life without the joy that he surprises us with every day (and back to middle of the night!).

We went to the Faith Center for church this morning and after the first half hour of joyfulness (Brayden was VERY surprised by the applause) his eyes shut inspite of himself and he slept through the rest of the service and brunch at Perkins. (His onsie says "mommies little jelly bean"!)

After church we put the camera on the timer and took just a little too long. It was time to eat (five seconds before the timer went off, he was sleeping), and that is why you don't see Griz and Peanut.

Some of our neighbors have fantastic decorations for every holiday. When we were out for our walk, we snapped a quick picture-hope they don't mind (or at least, didn't notice!).

And also this week, Brayden began facing forward himself. In the front pack/Baby Bjorn, Brayden was happy to watch the house get a few last minute touch ups from chest height. He loves to be part of his world!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

On a Wing and A Prayer

This past week, Brayden and I took one last trip. I had a second interview in Minnesota, so he and I packed up and parted from Daddy one more time. This time, we even had some company. Kayla and her little six week old dolly came with us. And all I can say is thank God, because there were some very blizzardy parts of the trip! Our first day of travel was clear and bright and just as it got dark, the roads started to get questionable. We stopped at a hotel for the night and called it quits.

The second day we had white out conditions, so we did everything in the car.

We ate in the car...

We changed diapers in the car...
We kept hitting the road again as quickly as we could, but we stopped to take this picture of the hub caps. That is how yucky it was outside.

The little ones had lots of firsts...including a sleep over! Brayden and Jordan shared the same pack and play and seemed completely undisturbed by each other. Brayden is old enough that he noticed Jordan (when they were awake) but Jordan is still a bit young for baby friends.

The best part of the trip was that we stayed the Grammie and Buppa! Brayden had lots of company. Great Auntie DeeDee, Joycee, Janelle, Auntie Sharon and cousin Kayla all got the chance to love him up (unfortunalty, almost everybody was loving him in the rocking chair and that doesn't make for good pictures).

Brayden also got meet his cousins! Including baby-crazy Mavie!

Here are all of the boys (just missing Gavin).

On the way home, we took a little more time. We even went into gas stations to change diapers and stretch!
We spent one night at the hotel and we took the babies swimming. They loved it! Unfortunalty the person taking the picture didn't know how to use the camera and we don't have any pictures. But we can't wait to do it again (swim that is-no more driving!!).
Both babies were angels the entire trip.

Here we are finally back at home, relaxing and spreading out in our familiar bathroom sink. I think this will be the last sink bath for our fast growing little one. It is getting harder and harder to keep in him warm and the water in the sink.

This was our last trip for a while. I go back to work on Tuesday. Hopefully the next one will be to stay!