Sunday, August 28, 2011

B.I.G. B.O.Y.

We finally changed Braxton's bed into a daybed! Slowly adjusting towards a bigger bed I suppose. He thought he was pretty cool getting the rail taken off:) I think he was most excited about getting to use daddy's tools!

...and we quickly learned how to jump on the bed:)

Brad got some large sticky-note packet and Braxton and him found fun with it! Although this looks cute, this is how I should be applying notes to myself to remember things! I am SO forgetful!

I arranged a quick weekend get-a-way to Lake McConaughy to meet the Widhalm's, and the Preister's! On our way, we stopped in North Platte at Fort Cody (?I think?) and Brad enjoyed showing Braxton some things he got to do when he was a little boy, too, when his family stopped here as well.

I love it...after we took the picture, Braxton said, "no more mama", as you can see his "nooo" face:) For about a week now, 'mama' is ALL he calls me...I think it's kinda cute:)

I cannot remember whose idea it was to ride these go carts, but Brad informed me that he got kicked out of here (!!!) when he was younger...hmm...nice Brad!

Hangin' at the lake waiting for all to arrive...Braxton is big into 'candy necklaces' right now...along with CANDY in general:)

Thought this was super cute of 'my boyz' ;) Wish I could say one of these boats was ours:(

Mr. Dock took an excellent family photo for us;)
We did some fishing quick, too! Brad caught large 20some inches long I suppose...and while Braxton and I lolly-dollied over there and got to catch a glimpse of it, the line broke and 'the big catch of his life' got away...good thing he still has 'the best catch of his life' yet:) hee hee

Aaaahhhhhhh.....KIDS EVERYWHERE!!!! It was a struggle to catch a 5 year old, 4 year old, 2 2 year olds, and a 1 year old all on the same shot...but I managed! They were ALL so WILD Friday night! It was AMAZING seeing them all together playing!!! Charli being the oldest was a great leader, and Conner just a year younger really looked up to her! Next in age, Braxton, (the only child), was excited and had fun, but was VERY whiny and territorial of his things...Harper, next, just followed Doe-doe (Charli) around and hung out, and last, Sweet little Londyn, is the most MELLOW thing I have ever seen!!!! She is just along for the ride:)

I haven't had picture with my big sis and big bro in you can see, Londyn was attached to mommy, and I grew a set of arms around my neck...hmmm...

On our way to the campfire, Conner got to ride in our deluxe-built-in-car-seat...vans got it all, what can I say?!?!? Braxton was really proud that Conner got to ride with us!


Pretty girl enjoying her s'more:)

Handsome having a grahm cracker...who needs the rest?!

And mr. bug collector found himself a grasshopper! He has an official 'bug catcher' container, with holes in it and all!...okay Jen, I'm sure you are right and someday I will have one, too..ICK!

Look who gave me a flower!!!! AWW...I hope he is always this sweet on his mom! he did pick one for Aunt Jen, but it got a little demolished on the 20 foot walk back to her....

Thank you Mr. Grill for taking out photo...
Amanda*Braxton*Brad Chad*Charli*Brenda*Harper Conner*Justin*Londyn*Jennifer

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the Widhalm's, and the Preister's for coming 4 1/2 hours to play with us!!! I am SO glad that it actually worked out for us to all meet up and hang out! Of course the weekend was waay to fast as I figured it would be, but it was A BLAST!!! Hope we can do it every year!!!! Thanks for the meals, too girls! It was Ddd-elicious!!! (miss you all already!)

p.s. I somehow deleted a few pictures out of I will add them later...sorry Londyn!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I think it is safe to say it...we are diaper free at our house!!!!!! One night watching the hunting channel, Brad told Braxton he could go turkey hunting if he wasn't in diapers anymore! So, he runs to me telling me "mommy, I wanna wear nun-derwear". Knowing that was a longshot of it working, we threw the 'cars' undies on and a few accidents later, 3 days later, we were ready to be A BIG BOY!!! I'm sure there will still be accidents, but I suppose that's expected! It has been a month and a half of NO DIAPERS and Brad and I AND Braxton are ALL EXCITED!!!

We have collected pampers-gifts to grow points- from out diapers for 2 years and 3 months, olny to end up 2 points away from the largest prize---the BIG WHEEL! Thankfully Brenda borrowed us a few, and we got it!! All in all I suppose the big wheel costs us a mere $6,000...we are still excited to have gotten something! He was SOOO excited to find it when he got home from school!

The rule hasn't changed. Braxton is still not allowed to sleep in our bed, but when he gets up at 6:30, I go shower and tell him to go wake daddy. This is the 2nd time I have come back to this...HOW CUTE!!! (notice they both even have their mouths hanging open! Sorry Brad!)
We started one Friday taking treats to the kiddos at school, and now it is an every week thing for Braxton. He was so excited to make this school bus cupcake cake!

This one made Braxton giggle, he told me, "it looks like Miss Brandi mom!"

For those of you who know me, you know it was a BIG step for me to let Braxton have playdo.. as I H.A.T.E playdo!!! The smell freaks me out...but I'm learning to get over it! Braxton LOVES to 'dig dirt' in the yard, or sand box, but when it rains, we can' he has adjusted by settling for clumps of playdo to bulldoze!

Grandpa Bob, do you have to work on your Harley this often, too?!??!!?:)

I love pillow pets!

So sad I missed out on this...I was working my long shift at the bazaar, but I hear thanks to Cousin Carson, Braxton had no problem going down this slide over and over! Towards the end of the night I got to see him go down it, ended up in me freaked out as he caught air and did end over end unplanned summer saults! And he loved it:)

We didn't get the B&B Repair or Xpress Salon car in this round, but he was still excited to ride. Tyce, Braxton, Marley & Zoey...a few of them are Future Bulldogs:)

he L.O.V.E.S this slide at school!

...and shocked me by starting off on his bottom, to turning to his belly, to ending face first! I guess the 2 year old daredevil is coming out!

I think Brad had a little more advantage! (they were seeing who could get higher)

They were 'poppin a wheely' on the tire swing!

I swear he really was giggling...I think you can see it in his eyes! Brad likes to roll him up like a hot dog and tickle his toes...poor kid!

he started with his silly 'cheese' smile! We were making a project 'for my daddy' he tells me.

Friday, August 5, 2011

I Help....

Braxton and I made ewwy-gooey fudge chocolate chip peanut butter filled cupcakes to take to "jackie's house" aka daycare... They didn't get done til late Thursday night, but right away Friday he remembered!! And was SO proud to carry them in this morning! He is (kind of) learning to share...;)

Brad pretty much made the sweet corn this was his turn, right?! He had the best helper ever. Braxton didn't understand that he couldn't use a knife, so he got himself a fork:)

...and did EXCELLENT putting it into the bags! (one scoop went in the bag, and a handful in his mouth!)

It's so fun to squirt Papa Bob with his new pink :/ gun

It's a dark picture, but these cool dudes had their shades on ridin' the harley and Braxton wanted his picture taken:)

Don'tcha know that cowboys wear puma?!?

This makes me chuckle..small story..we are NEEDING new carpet, so we got samples laying around, and he has decided that is his new 'rug' where he enjoys snacks now. Who needs carpet, we will just buy samples:) and the easy cheese, yea, it's much yummier to squirt it directly into our mouth I guess!