Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cousin Play Day

One day this week, bub and I headed to L.R. to play with Malyn and love on Addy. Malyn and Brody love each other, and they have fun playing together; it's pretty sweet to watch. One of our adventures was going to the park. As you will see, it was difficult to get a good picture of two active children playing at the park.

still not too sure what I think about this swinging thing

I'm grateful for this spring break and having family near, so we can see them on a pretty day to play.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A day in the life of...

William Brody

Rainy Wednesday edition.

Woke up at 7:30.
Played with toys/books etc.
Milk and breakfast 8 - banana and cereal.
Destroyed the house.
Hair cut at 10:15
11:00, home to change shirts and eat lunch - grilled cheese and strawberries.
12, load up again to go see daddy at work, and mom and dad eat lunch

ready to go see daddy at work

this is what I was pointing at and saying "dog"
{it was a rainy day, so the Remi-girl was in her kennel in the garage}

flirtin' with the girl's at daddy's work

Came home and took a 2 hour nap - 1-3
Snack at 3 - apples and animal crackers
played with Lolly while mom got a hair cut.
family dinner at 5:30 - (me) spaghetti, green beans, peaches

reading with daddy

getting sleepy

more milk and toys

"what's daddy watching?" think I'll go check it out

crashed at 7:30.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


It's officially Spring Break and we are enjoying every second of it.

Early Saturday morning we dropped off our little bubba with my parents and headed to Branson to shop, eat, relax, spend quality time together, and eat some more! We're going to the beach pretty soon for vacation, so we decided to do a long weekend away so that J can save his vacation days for the summer. The weather was perfection while we were there! Justin and I haven't ever stayed at Big Cedar Lodge, so we knew that is where we wanted to stay. After one visit, we are already planning our next trip back. It's lovely. Justin hadn't been to Branson since he was a little tiny tot, and his commentary as we drove down the main strip was hilarious. We love to travel and see new places together, and this was no exception, even if it was only a couple hours from home.

On to the pictures....

Before we went in to eat
I cannot brag enough about this place. Justin chose the perfect spot for us. I had the salmon and J got the scallops. DELISH. Oh, and they had Justin's favorite wine from Napa that we cannot find many places in Arkansas, so that was a special treat for him.

The next morning we ate breakfast at the little bakery shop and walked around. We came upon this fish. Without question, Justin hopped up to get his picture taken.

Next, we headed to a local winery that Justin found. It was fun!

After we left the winery, we went to the Branson Landing to eat and shop some more. Justin was in heaven at Joe's Crab Shack for lunch. The kid loves sea food. As do I, but he takes it to another level.

While we were away, bub got to spend half the time with my parents and half the time with the Swann's. Let me assure you he was spoiled rotten. He got to play with Nan, ride the big rocking horse at Lolly and pop's, go to a friend's birthday party, go to the park to swing, slide, and climb, go pet the actual horses and see ducks. Then, with the Swann's he got to eat at his favorite place: Dixie Cafe, shop for shoes, go for a red wagon ride, and play with his cousin.

Speaking of cousin, Brody has a new baby girl cousin. Addison Campbell Swann decided to come a little over 2 weeks early. She is gorgeous! She and mom are doing great. Jon (Justin's twin) and Candace didn't find out the sex, so you can imagine how much fun it was for all of us! We got to love on her again last night, and I will be going back this week to spend more time with her and her big sister.

I'm hoping to be back again this week with more updates. Until then.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Its been awhile

Like most, I aim to blog once a week. It's been over a month since my last post. Last spring/summer while I was staying home with our little bambino, I was able to blog even two times a week. All this to say, I've really been slacking in this department; however, it's okay with me because I would much rather enjoy every second with my man and growing boy when I'm not bogged down with paperwork and papers to grade. Now, with my Praxis III behind me, I think I will have more time on my hands for this blog thing.

So, moving on to the little boy, here is what he's been up to and likes to do at a little over 13 months:
*He has four new teeth (plus some, we think) emerging. It's SO much different this time around than the other previous times he broke teeth. I feel like it wasn't a big deal the other times. He is so much more vulnerable now. AND vocal. Possibly because they are his side teeth.

*Walking. No running, yet. He keeps me on my toes!

*His favorite words to say: bird (they have a 'stuffed' parrot in the classroom at school), dog, star, cow, duck, ball (oh my lands, I'll expand on this one below), horse (sounds like whore - nice, right), and of course, hi, bye-bye, ba for 'milk'.
-Instead of "dada" for daddy, now he'll point at Justin and say dad. I'm still "mama," and boy does he overuse that word when he is upset.

*He loves to play with all of his balls. We have a gazillion it seems. With boys it's almost a given. Anyway, he throws with both hands and eats with both hands.

*He mimics the sounds that all the animals make. We will be looking a book and he'll see a dog, and he'll say "dog" and point. Then, I'll say "what does a dog say," and he'll do his imitation of a dog bark. It's so cute and fun! The best is a cow. He really gets into the "MOOOOO!"

*We're working on "please" and "thank you."

*The child LOVES to climb. It stresses me out! He's already had many "boo-boo" accidents. Currently, his obsession is climbing out of the bathtub. Goodness, me.

*He loves to wrestle with Justin.

*Supposedly he is supposed to be feeding himself with a spoon and fork. HA! I haven't been brave enough to try this one. I can only imagine the mess I will have. He makes a huge mess just eating with his fingers. Boys are just messy!

*He still likes to eat, but sometimes he is picky. I guess my being picky for years is backfiring.

*This is such a fun stage because everyday he is learning something new. I will say, it's been difficult making my "no" a "no." There are so many times I just want to start cracking up when he tests me because he gets the cutest little grin on his face. Disciplining is hard, especially at this age.

[I had to throw in these pictures. Even if they are cruddy cell phone pictures.]

Have a great week!

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