Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We set up our tree the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have been playing Christmas music and reading Christmas literature ever since. The best thing I have read so far is out of the December Ensign (our church magazine). The article was written by President Henry B. Eyring (the 1st Counselor to the Prophet of our church). Here is a link to the article: (click on "Home for Chrismas" on the left)
My favorite part of the article is "Feeling the Joy of Giving". At Christmastime we are celebrating the Savior's birth therefore he is on our mind a lot more. This helps us to be more Christ-like and want to reach out to others. We also realize how much He has blessed us and this fills us with the spirit of charity and makes us want to give to those around us, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. I have felt this more this year than ever before!
My Little Elf:
The story of this clip begins back at Nana's house. We went there a few weeks ago and every inch was decorated with Holiday Joy! There was a little snowman about Brent's size in the Den that Brent was scared of. To help with this fear, Brandon showed Brent how to throw down the snowman and then tackle him. Well, while Brandon and I were gone that day hunting, Brent proceeded to do as his Daddy taught him and threw down the snowman and jumped on top of him. At our house, we also have a little snowman about Brent's size. As soon as I brought him out Brent knew just what to do. He picked up the snowman, threw him down, and harassed him. Now our snowman's head has popped off! Thanks Daddy! :)
Monday, December 14, 2009
This is where they slept, ate, and bathed.
Brandon was in a room with 7 men and he was the only one that didn't snore. Needless to say, he didn't get much rest.
Have you ever seen a doe with horns? Well, now you have. This deer has no "male parts" but has horns. Crazy, huh.
This is one of two "trash bucks" that Brandon was able to kill. When the ranch owners don't want particular deer to breed they will allow others to kill them off.
This is the "trophy buck" that Brandon killed. He's a whopper! Brandon definately got spoiled in Mexico.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
At Party #2 (Crayola Moms)...this time we did a mustache. I love both of these pics because he is making a "mean pirate face"
Cake I made for Party#3 (Church chilli cook-off and trunk-or-treat)
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Brandon had yet another business trip this past week and this time it was to Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the FFA (Future Farmers of America) representative for his company in the area. He got permission to take Brent and me with him on this trip, and ofcourse we went. Brent may look like his Daddy, but his personality is much more like his Mommy...we like to go!
So, before leaving, I did a little bit of research on where we were staying. While doing so, I discovered that we were 3 miles from the LARGEST Children's Museum in the world! I was so pumped! I also discovered that our beautiful hotel was connected to a HUGE mall! Oh yeah! Fun for Brent and fun for Mommy!
I was a little nervous about the flight since our little buddy has turned into such an active little guy. Actually he has always been real active it's just now he can run! Well, he was perfect on the plane, I can't complain at all.
Our first full day there we attempted to go to the museum. And I use the word attempt because I totally pulled a "Crystal". After discovering that the hotel shuttle would not take us to the museum and it was going to cost $40 to take a cab there, I decided I was going to push Brent in a stroller and walk it. I mean, I run 2 miles a day so I figured I could easily walk 3 miles. And I did...in the wrong direction! After about an hour of walking in a less-than-welcoming area I stopped to ask someone how close I was to the museum. The response I got was, "Oh honey, you are real far from the museum". Yeah, turns out I went the wrong way right off the bat. So I decided that I was not going to walk back, I was going to take a bus. After attempting to get on 3 different buses we finally got on the correct bus which took us right back to our hotel. We were gone for 3 hours and accomplished nothing! But I was just happy to make it back safely to our hotel.
So, the next day we took the bus to the museum and had a WONDERFUL day! I have never seen Brent so excited! He played so hard for about 3 hours until he was absolutely exhausted! I was really impressed with this museum and would totally recommend it to anyone with children passing by the area. It would have taken us 3 days to do all they had to do in this museum.
The next day, we shopped! ;) Enjoy pics of our trip to the right ----->
Monday, October 19, 2009
We let Brent drive back on the Hunting Club.
Don't worry, Daddy was helping.
A spike-horn posed for us!
Hunting wore Brent slam out!
Monday, October 12, 2009
The second day went we did a little shopping and strolled through the market where we bought a few things. That evening we ate dinner with the group at the hotel. Brandon and I went for a walk around the hotel after dinner and decided to go to the spa. We were walking by the pool and guess who we saw! Shaquille freakin O'neal! O yeah! When we walked in and
Brandon said, "that's Shaq", I said, "noway", he said, "yes it is!". When we got closer Shaq looked up at us and said "look at the two love birds". We chatted for a few minutes then left him alone. No, I didn't have my camera and I didn't ask for his auto because he was obviously training and I didn't want to harass him. But yeah, I met Shaq.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I think I was around 7 months pregnant here.
Just days old.
3 months old.
6 months old.
1 year old!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Brent started taking steps about 3 weeks ago. He went back and forth for a while trying to decide if he preferred walking or crawling more. Well, just a couple days ago he discovered that if he walks, he can carry things as he travels-goodbye crawling! Brent walks all over the place now carrying anything from stuffed animals to buckets of who-knows-what. So everyone has warned me that it is "a whole new world" once they start walking. Well, hello "whole new world" here we are....(now, I just need to buy the poor kid some shoes!)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Brent and I were in Michael's the other day and they had just put their Halloween decorations out on display. In the isle, there was a life-size skeleton that moved and made noises when you touched it. I was curious to see how Brent would react to this since he's never seen anything like it before and I just happened to catch it on camera.
There were moms all around staring at me. They must of thought I was a terrible mom for filming it but I thought it was pretty darn funny. So, this Halloween should be lots of fun!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Brandon and I stayed at the Grove Park Inn (wow!). That place was absolutely beautiful! It's been a while since I've been to NC mountains and I was just blown away by its beauty. We were wined and dined (minus the wine) and really, really enjoyed this time alone.
The second day we were there we went on an adventure to Mt. Pisgah's National Forest. I absolutely love waterfalls and I was told this was the place to go to see one. They have over 20 breathtaking waterfalls in this area and we were able to see a couple of them. It was so nice to be out in nature and to spend this much needed time with my best friend and husband!
Pics to the right-->
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Last year when we went, I was 8 months pregnant with Brent so I was not "allowed" to swim in the ocean. Well, this year, you couldn't pull me out of the ocean. All the boys and I enjoyed getting beat up by the waves and stung by jelly fish as we boogie boarded for hours every day. Brent turned into quite the little beach baby and showed no fear as he played in the sand and the ocean. He absolutely loves playing with his cousins Kara and Deanna and they were such a big help with him.
Since we live the furthest away from Brandon's family, it is really nice to look forward to this vacation every year. It's a great time for Brent to bond with this side of the family and learn new things. This year, Brent learned to spit and give a high-five (thanks, Uncle Chad) We look forward to all the new things Brent will learn from this annual vacation :) There were too many pics to post up here so to the right is the album from the whole week.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The first 2 nights we stayed in a condo at Southwinds. The last night we stayed with Wayne and Rachel at their condo in Summerwinds. Brent absolutely loved the beach! He loved the sand, the ocean, the shells, everything! His first 15 minutes on the beach consisted of him stuffing sand in his mouth and me rinsing it out. After a while, I think he realized he didn't like how the stuff tasted. I was really surprised at how comfortable he was out in the ocean. We are so glad that Brent likes the beach because this is just the first of many, many beach trips!