This sweet guy turned 11 months old today! To celebrate, he became a walker over this past week. He’s been taking steps for about a month, but got his balance last week and walked right across the room. And once he realized he could do it, he officially has decided that he’s going to walk. He’s my earliest walker, and definitely seems to be active and anxious to be with and keep up with his brothers. It’s so fun watching him grow and develop. He is really sweet and will snuggle with me, especially when he just wakes up. In that way, he reminds me of Chaz. But he loves to make us laugh, and can be pretty vocal and loud, which reminds me more of Bradford. He’s got his own little personality for sure, and seems like a mix of the 2 older ones. Some of his favorite places to play are inside the refrigerator and freezer, and in any of the kitchen cabinets, outside in the grass, and at the toolbench. He loves to eat, but has thrown me for a curveball with his taste preferences. The older boys both loved fruit, bread, cheese, and would do well with veggies especially at his age. He is definitely more picky! He is my first meat lover, and loves rice, beans, and yogurt but spits out a lot of other foods like certain fruits, and veggies! It’s funny trying to feed him different things and seeing what he likes and doesn’t like. I love his blue eyes and hair…we get a lot of comments on how white-blonde his hair is! It seriously is so cute! I can’t believe we’ll be celebrating his 1 year old birthday next month.
Both boys use the term “last day” instead of “yesterday. I said “yesterday” today, and Chazzy emphatically corrects me. “No mama, it’s ‘Last day!”
Their appropriate use of the term “actually.” It makes them sound proper, which is funny to me.
When we went outside to see the back yard after the flood last week, Bradford says “Look mommy at all the water. We need to let some of it out, there is too much!”
At lunch today, Bradford tells Chaz, “Chazzy, you have a mommy, and I have a daddy. Daddy, he is mine.” Chazzy got upset about this, and I explained to both boys that they both have a mommy and daddy, and that we are both their parents who love them. To which Bradford then responds, “But I still have a Daddy who loves me, he really loves me. He is my Daddy.”
Bradford and Chazzy got to watch their cousin Ella do ballet last year, and it has stuck with them ever since. Bradford is trying to figure out the boy/girl thing a little and we have told him that girls do ballet, so he says to me the other day, “When I climb back in your tummy and come back out as a girl, I will do ballet then!” He also has a pair of shoes that he calls his tennis-ballet shoes, and he loves to wear them.
On his birthday, he asks me, “Am I going to be 5 tomorrow?”
Also on his birthday, I tell him that I am so glad that God gave him to me and his Dad as a special gift. I told him that he and his brothers are gifts to us and that we love and cherish them so much. He then said, “yep, like when God gave me to you, I was a little baby in a box, with wrapping paper and you opened up the box, and their I was.”
I have been surprised at how opinionated they are about the clothes they wear. Both boys, but especially Chaz, love to pick out their clothes and insist on wearing certain things. Bradford wants to wear his monster P.J.’s (from his cousin Jack) every single night right now. Chaz wants to wear his ball P.J.’s every night, and his favorite shirts are his Curious George shirt or his black Elmo shirt (that is a bit too small.) They hate to wear jackets, socks, or shoes. Chaz wants to change out of his pajamas the second he wakes up in the morning, and Bradford would wear his P.J’s all day long if he could.
Sam currently loves to play in the toilet (which we are working on every single day!), he is obsessed with his toothbrush, he loves to be with his brothers at all times, and loves to make funny noises with his mouth that make his brothers die laughing.
After eating a pack of Smarties, Bradford tells me that he is not growing Smarter. He is not an adult yet but growing so much smarter and so much taller because of the Smarties!
To celebrate B man’s birthday, we took a family adventure to a place called Lion Country Safari. We had heard about this place, and were definitely impressed by the experience. It was crazy how many animals we got to see, and how close they were to our car. The first half of the trip was a drive through safari, where we saw tons and tons of animals. The boys were able to get out of their seats (which they loved), since we drove through really slow. Here are some pictures from the experience:
After the drive-through, we went into the park where there was a petting zoo, and several other animals to see. The boys enjoyed feeding the birds and fish, petting some goats, and they especially loved feeding the giraffes.
I can’t believe this little guy is 4! He is so much fun! Bradford continues to live his life with full energy, and with lots of personality. Some highlights over the past year of growth were: watching him love music and learn to sing and play his guitar at the same time, seeing him love his brothers, play with them, laugh with them, and be the big brother to Chaz and Sam, watching him love to learn and grow to love sitting and reading books with us, and being a participant with him each day with his larger than life personality! He seriously makes me laugh every day with something funny he says or does.
Some of his favorite things to do right now are to set up “sleepovers” all over the house with his sleeping bag, all his “friends” (stuffed animals), and play pretend. He loves to jump, bounce, run, and climb just about anything. He is still terrified of loud noises, and intensely fearful of anything that he believes may cause a loud noise (any type of shows or performances, the garbage truck, and hand dryers are probably the worst fear). He has an intense love for his Dad, and wishes that he could be by his side at all moments of the day. He is happiest when with people that he loves, including all his grandparents and cousins, and loves to play outside, dig in the dirt, and play with his cars with Chaz.
I feel so blessed to be this boy’s mom, and often wonder how we got such a cool kid to call our own! We had a fun weekend celebrating Bradford’s birthday as a family, and love this boy so much. Happy Birthday B Man!!
The day after Christmas, we loaded up our van (so thankful for the minivan), and headed north. It still is crazy to me to think that we went from shorts and sandals to cold…jackets, hats, socks and shoes (which are foreign to our boys). They were really, really excited to make the trip and did great on the drive up. We made a quick stop in Orlando and got to visit with Brunertown for a minute. Aunt Sarah gave the boys these awesome hats, which they loved: (thanks Sarah!) We all loved and cherished the time we had with family. The boys played hard and enjoyed being with grandparents, cousins, Aunts, and Uncles throughout the week and a half we were there:
They were loving all the presents. I think they associate going to Georgia with non-stop fun, because it truly is! They get to see family, celebrate, open presents, stay up late some nights, and do fun outings. It’s a blessing to be able to do these trips and connect with our families: We had a blast taking the boys and their cousin, Olivia to the GA aquarium for the first time. They were fascinated by all the fish and creatures. B loved the penguins and whales, and Chazzy loved the dolphin show. The boys with Olivia:
Bradford did not stop smiling for the entire trip. He loves his cousins and family so much!!Anxiously awaiting their gifts from Papa and Gigi:
The boys were so excited to get new guitars!: Cousin band: Sam and his newest cousin, baby Annie:
Bradford asked if we could celebrate his birthday this year with all of his cousins and grandparents, so we did an early party at Gigi and Papa’s house. Andy, being the creative brain in the family, did a scavenger hunt for all the kids. B loved getting to run around with his cousins and GA friends, and was super excited about the whole experience. Can’t believe this guy is almost 4!I always love getting time with these friends:
Riri and Olivia: GA friends, Autumn and Cade: Present chaos:Thanks for everyone who came out and celebrated with us. We feel blessed to have such wonderful families and friends, and are thankful for each and every one of you!
I realize we are in the New Year, but my brain is still stuck back somewhere in 2013. I have not thought once about this coming year, or taken time to reflect back about the one we just finished… I’m hoping to get some time in the next few weeks to do this. So for now, I just sat down and looked through some of our Christmas pictures and wanted to share. Christmas this year was so much fun with the boys. They are at the age where they are really fun to celebrate with. They understood that we were celebrating Jesus’ birthday (although when they realized they were getting presents, they both asked if it was their birthday.) So we talked a lot about Jesus, the manger, the angels, and the meaning of this wonderful holiday. Out of all of it, their favorite thing pre-Christmas to do was to drive around and look at lights and yard art. I have never been a huge fan of the massive blow-up things in the front yard until this year when the boys would get so excited and yell with delight when they saw them. One yard had a Thomas the Train, which we drove by lots of times, per Chazzy’s request.
Christmas morning was more fun than they could handle. With Andy’s creativity, and to continue one of his families traditions, he created a really fun scavenger hunt for the boys that ended with them finding their gift. We were really excited to give them a trampoline this year, and it was all worth it when they jumped non-stop all day. The day felt fun and full, and we feel so grateful to celebrate our Savior’s birth with these precious boys. The day after Christmas, we headed up to Georgia to visit all of our family, and had so much fun. I’ll include pictures and more about that trip in the next post.