Jeff, Andrea, Braxton & Adelle
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Straight Up! Don't ask me what started the conversation Jeff and I were having the other night but it led us to KIDS INCORPORATED! So funny. It was like midnight when the conversation started and both of us were lying in bed, unable to sleep because we couldn't remember the theme song. Then it came to me and I sung it like it was nothing. I used to absolutely LOVE this show! So did Jeff....those of you who really know him are not surprised by this information. Lesha (my sister) and I would always argue over who was Stacey. I always really wanted to be her because she was the star but Lesha actually looked like her and had way more singing/dancing/acting talent than me so she usually was Stacey. I have such good memories of coming home from school and watching this show while singing and dancing along. I consider myself so lucky to have gotten to be born in the 80's! Maybe I wouldn't be so "anti-t.v." if shows like this were still aired! Seriously, whatever happened to good clean fun on t.v.?
So....as our quest continued into the next day we got online and found these videos of KIDS INCORPORATED on youtube. Talk about a total time-buster. I have a million and one things to do but instead I sat at the computer with Jeff and brought the 80's back right in our living room. It was really refreshing. Then Jeff's asks, "Stacey Ferguson, is that like, Fergie?" "No!" I told him absolutely not. Then we looked and sure enough it is Fergie! What? Are we the only people in the world who didn't know that? Then I got sad and I said to Jeff, "Hollywood really ruins people!" Take my sweet little superstar "stacey" and look what she turned into...I'm not so much a Fergie fan, nor do I listen to her or even really know what she sings. So, there you have it. This is what has been consuming our "alone" time together after the kids go to sleep in the evenings.
So if you were ever a fan of KIDS INCORPORATED I would highly recommend looking them up on youtube. It makes for great entertainment and could bring back some pretty fun memories! Did we really dress like that? I know I did! And the hair? Yep, even the hair!
*Thanks Vashti for the step by step instructions for posting a video from youtube...easy!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Until then however, I will enjoy being the mom and getting to come along for the fun, drink the cider take the pictures and pose by the tree. Somebody has to do it!
Friday, November 28, 2008
The kids and I have had a fun week making turkeys, not real turkeys, but the kind that you make by sticking your hand in paint and then pressing it to the paper. Braxton loved this activity this year and was very independent about doing it, "all by myself, mom." Adelle wasn't such a fan but she was a good sport, as usual. It was tricky with her because her fist is usually in her mouth so I had to make sure to have a wash rag with me at all times because as soon as I let go of her fist it goes straight for her mouth. Anyway, we made little thanksgiving notes and sent them/gave them to family members. During this process Braxton and I had some beautiful conversations about everything he was thankful for. It was really sweet.
So then last night, after a wonderful dinner and a busy day, Braxton, Jeff and I were cuddling on the couch while Adelle was asleep.
Braxton (completely out of the blue) says to me, "mom, where is your turkey card?"
Me: "we didn't make one for mommy, huh, that's ok mommy knows that you are thankful for her."
Braxton (now he's distraut and sad for me that I didn't get a card) says, "oh."
Me: "why don't you just tell me why you are so thankful for me."
Braxton: "it's because you really love me."
This of course was better than any card and completely melted my heart. All week when we had made cards he had said he was thankful for treats, and playing ball, and going fishing, and playing crazy (with Jeff) and for his sissy.
I am so thankful for moments like this that remind me of my blessings in such an innocent way. My children are so sweet and straight from heaven. Braxton could have easily said, I actually expected him to say, that he was thankful that I read him books or that I made him yummy dinners or that I sang songs with him....but he didn't. He is truly thankful that I "really love him" and I soooooo do!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I had some friends from high school over the other night for dinner and we were "girl talking" and one of my good friends noticed some buckets in the corner labeled "wheat" and she was like, "what is this." "Wheat," I said. Then she started cracking up laughing, like really laughing. After I explained to her the method to my madness she decreased her laughing but never completely stopped. A few weeks later when the stock market was suddenly dropping and banks were in turmoil she called me and was like, "wow, maybe the whole food thing you have going on isn't such a crazy idea." "It gives me a lot of comfort," was what I told her.
It's true, I find comfort knowing that I have a house/garage full of food, should I ever need it and not be able to get out to get it. This past year Jeff and I made a resolution to increase our food storage supply. I really, really want to go to Hawaii with my husband and kids but I must be getting old and more mature because I have really enjoyed saving extra money and using it for food storage. Jeff has been building me shelves in any spare room we can find for storage, here is the garage.
Braxton is totally into helping. He got to wheel the sealed mylar bags from the kitchen to the back bedroom. He didn't get to help in the packaging process, that could have been really fun? The "food grade" buckets are filled with beans, wheat, and oatmeal. They fit really well in Adelle's closet and aparently they are also really fun to sit on (and really high to fall from).
I'm dorky, but here I am demonstating how easy this process is that we have been doing. You buy the bulk of whatever (I found split peas and lentils at cash and carry and brown rice at Costco) pour it into mylar bags, throw in an oxygen absorber and iron the bag at the open end to seal it. It's amazing and quick and easy and the bags are perfect for storing smaller portions....
This was actually our date night last week and what an efficient and productive date it was! Also the mylar bags are really nice because you can fit them in a small space, under the bed, in the closet....wherever.
More shelves in the garage! Here I have a variety of dried foods right outside the door into the house so I can stand on the ledge in my socks and reach whatever I need. So handy! So here's the formula folks: More food= more comfort =more sitting at home in your pajamas when it's snowing hard and you don't want to venture out for hot cocoa (or milk or sugar or rice....)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
His birthday was a huge hit. I honestly have never met anyone more excited for a birthday party then Brax was. It was so much fun. We are so blessed to have such great family who all love him so much and helped him have such a wonderful day, actually such a wonderful whole weekend!
Now with the second it's like, "slow down, you are growing up too fast!
Adelle has been sitting for a while and rolling over and last night she was scooting off her blanket. It's going too fast!
This made me really nervous! Adelle has lost her swing privledges because she won't just sit back and relax. She wants so bad to be up and running around with Braxton.
I love, love, love that Adelle and Carson are so close in age and that we live so close to them. They are so fun together. Usually Carson is trying to get his hands on Adelle but she can definetly hold her own, thanks to Brax, and if not she has her big brother to stick up for her. Every little girls dream! She is quickly catching up in size to Carson.
Many of you who know Braxton well know that he is a huge "mimic"er! This is him mimicing dad at work, digging in the dirt. He reminds me of my brother Brent who's tongue is always out when he is really concentrating on something. This picture doesnt' capture the smile but Adelle is loving watching her brother work. It is so fun to watch them interact with each other.
Yesterday Braxton and Adelle were both on my bed and they were playing hide and seek. Braxton's idea. So Braxton would put the covers over Adelle, hop to the end of the bed, count to 7, then go pull the covers off of her and "find her." It was so funny to watch and they were both giggling.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I don't know how to put these in order....this is us today at the Pumpkin Patch.....now we will go back in time.. My handsome little cowboy....not be confused with my manly hunka hunka cowboy down below.
This is us when Braxton was almost one at the Pumpkin Patch
This was the very first Cowboy I ever loved....he didn't think he'd ever have any competition
This is us last Halloween, Braxton almost 2 and mom 10 weeks pregnant with Adelle
This is Braxton and Adelle today at the Pumpkin Patch. The second cowboy I ever loved....
Sunday, October 5, 2008
So we introduced Adelle to the Jump-a-roo this weekend and she loved it! As she was chewing on her fist in it I had a deja-vu moment and I could picture in my mind when Braxton would do the same thing. I decided to search for the picture of Braxton and to compare the two. Ironically in the jump-a-roo pictures they are almost the exact same age. (duh, I guess thats the age they do the jump-a-roo and chew on their fists)