Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Yesterday, I sat down with Brady to teach him how his Leapster 2 works and he was engrossed in it and how it works and what he can play on it. At one point while sitting on the couch with him while he was playing, he bent down and kissed the screen. I said "what are you doing, buddy?" as I was thinking: did he not understand the instructions that the Leapster just said? He looked up at me and said: "I just really like this, Mom." How cute?!?!
On Christmas morning after the boys saw what Santa left them, they enjoyed going through their stockings. Evan had Woody hanging out of his...which is ALL he cared about. He held Woody and just kept saying: "Wooeee", "Wooeee" and then "ooooooo", with his little mouth in the shape of a very dramatic "o"....he was so delighted with this Christmas morning surprise!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Evan...this has been a new area of parenting for me as well. Evan has this immense LOVE for Woody from Toy Story. Brady never attached to any one character/toy, etc. like this at this age...actually not even at his current age. The funny thing to Chris and I is that he only has seen Toy Story in a clip or two here or there when Brady has watched one of the movies on trips. He first saw a "doll" of Woody at Grayson Kim's house (Brady's best buddy and our next door neighbor) several months back and just loved him...picked him up and did not let him go the whole time we were there. Evan has the average - or a few more - number of words for a child his age and since Brady received a Toy Story toy set from Noah at our family Christmas that included a little Woody...he has now added "Woody" to his vocabulary. He says it constantly as he walks around, sleeps with, plays with, etc. this little toy. "Wooeee, wooeee, woooeee" He gets sooo excited...truly loves him....immense affinity "and beyond"!!! Hopefully Santa includes this in his stocking this year!
Still hard to believe this little cutie pie is going to be a BIG brother...in just 2 short months!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I feel like I am living in a very exhausting stage of my life right now. With Brady being a very demanding....not in the stomp your feet, yell, pitch a fit kind of a way....4 1/2 year old and Evan being a very strong-willed "typical" toddler, and being pregnant...I am pretty wiped. Add the rest of life, COO/CFO of household responsibilities, outside organizations, friendships, Priddy Stiddy business, etc. and you make a very worn-out, low-energy old broad!
We started celebrating Advent as a family 3 years ago and have truly enjoyed the time as a family to pause after dinner and come together for Christmas as we should....for its true meaning. It has been a blessing to watch our boys learn and grow in the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus.
Two nigths ago, Brady said the prayer for us after our Advent reading and filled my eyes - and I think his dad's eyes too! He bowed his head and in his own words....we did not talk about it during Advent said: "Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us and giving us life. Thank you for your birth, for dying, and for coming back. Thank you for hope and peace (the two candles we are currently lighting). Amen." So sweet..the whole gospel right there....so touching, so meaningful....I LOVE it! It was a nice pause to the busyness, to my frustration and fatigue. The perfect reminder of WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!!!
He exhausts me, wears me out, often makes me crazy but MAN he is a GREAT kid that is so sweet and has an amazing HEART!!!!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Last Friday night we went to the annual Lighting of the Summit parade which concludes with Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck, the whole shopping center being lit up for Christmas and an awesome fire work show. We always are able to secure a good spot on the sidewalk to watch that also strategically puts us in line to see Santa in a really cool sleigh right outside of Belk where we can take pics and we receive a free pic from a photographer. We knew Evan was going to have a hard time since he is in the separation anxiety stage so we put Brady on Santa's lap to tell him what he would like first before we added Evan to his lap for the pic. While "chatting" with Santa and telling him all he wants, he had his finger on his cheek in the "thinking pose" and after going on and on and on.....Santa says "I think you have your self a pretty good list there, Brady". It cracked Chris and I up that Santa felt the need to cut Brady off!
This past Monday I took Evan and Brady to Portrait Innovations for Evan's 18 month portraits and I was going to get one Christmas shot of Brady and Evan in front of the Christmas tree to use for our Christmas card. I had Brady dressed nice in something "Christmas-y" and he knew he would be having his pic. taking as well. While he was in the bathroom going potty before we left our house I heard a drawer in the bathroom open. Making sure he wasn't getting into something he shouldn't I called into there: "Brady what are you doing in the drawer, bud?". He yelled back: "I am putting some deodorant inside my elbows so I can taste good for my pictures." I LOVE it!!! He will "use" (with the lid on) Chris' deodorant from time to time, copying his Daddy.
In the car yesterday, quietly (rare) riding along, Brady says from the back: "Mommy I am thankful to GOD for all the cheeses from around the world and for bread." I said: "That is GREAT, buddy." Apparently he was sitting there thinking about what he is thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Then about 5 minutes later - again, after silence, he says: "Mommy I am glad that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins." I thought I would CRY....I said: "Brady, that is a great thing to be thankful for....the GREATEST thing.".
Oh, I sure do love what this guy says (well, most of the time!).
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
At his 18 month well visit, he weighed in at 24 lbs. 10 oz. (40th percentile), measured 34 inches tall (90th percentile), with a head circumference in the 90th percentile (it is because he is so smart!).
I love all the open and generous displays of affection Evan gives to his loved ones. He often walks up to Brady and gives him a big hug. He will come up to me with lips puckered and say "mmmmm" while coming in for a kiss. He will walk up to his "Daayeee" (the way he says "Daddy") with his arms extended out to be picked up for a big, bear hug.
He is definitely fully emersed in the separation anxiety stage. Whenever we have to leave him...MOPS nursery twice a month or Church, he cries so hard with big, alligator tears and clings to your clothes....so sad! Luckily, he is a typical child in this stage and within 5 minutes of us out of sight, he dries up and is fine.
We took Evan for his first haircut at Sport Clips on Sunday afternoon and he did GREAT. I thought he might cry with the whole separation anxiety stage, but he did not. He smiled the whole time and sat VERY still with his smock on and was so still.
I took Evan for his 18 month portraits yesterday and, of course, they are GREAT!!!
Evan has just recently added a new word to his vocabulary...."no". Luckily it is not in the obstinate, toddler way....just in the literal way to answer a question. It is really cute how he says it....with two syllables and a little lift on the second syllable. LOVE it.
So many firsts....SO MUCH FUN!!!!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
He is saying more words and those he was already saying he is saying much more clearly. He is saying "ky" (sky) now. He is saying "good job". He is saying please "pease" a little more clearly.
He is in a stage where there is so much that he wants to do regardless of his ability to do it yet. I am constantly amazed at what he is able to do, especially in regard to his fine motor skills. He enjoys building with blocks of all kinds and is good at even the little things you have to put together...like some of the kinex pieces. When he tries to do things that he is physically unable to do he gets REALLY frustrated! He likes to have things in order...he will take all the little matchbox cars and line them up along the windowsill in the playroom in a perfect uniform line.
He is a VERY playful, mischievous little boy. He LOVES to be chased. He LOVES to get into things he should not get into and all the while he laughs and giggles with the cutest smirk on his little face.
Evan and I have really been enjoying our Mommy & Me music class. He seems to have a crush on his teacher, Miss Stephanie.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Tonight was his first time in the wagon with Brady...they had so much fun riding and LAUGHING together. I love watching them have so much fun together and enjoy one another's company as much as they do.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
He knows how to turn on the charm....so cute!!! He will say over and over again: "Momma, Momma, Momma, Momma" and when you look at him he has his pretty little head cocked to the side looking at me, what a charmer! He "talks" on the phone. When he gets his hands on Chris' cell phone or one of his toy ones, or actually any thing that vaguely resembles the shape of a phone he holds it up to his ear and starts "talking" away....hilarious!!
Very, very interested in any and ALL balls. He will spot the soccer/baseball/tennis/football/softball/plastic ball, any type, across a room and scoot FAST across the room to get to the ball to throw it, kick it, get some kind of handle on it.
I still can't believe this little sweetie is going to be a big brother in just 5 short months!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Labor Day weekend, Chris and I had the opportunity to take Brady to the movie theatre for the first time together. We were in Atlanta visiting Chris' family so we had the opportunity to leave Evan, while napping, with Pop Pop so we could take Brady to see "Toy Story 3" Mimi, Zachary, Aunt Mi, Uncle Kevin, Maegan, Callie, and Ashley went with us. We had a GREAT time until the end. I was emotional with the whole Andy growing up and moving away...of course that made me think about my boys...although I have a while to go I was crying pretty hard. As we are walking out of the theatre, all of a sudden Brady starts falling apart, crying hysterically. We try to talk to him, but he can't talk. We try to get him to express why he is so upset. We can not get him to express himself....it was like he was unable. Finally when we got back to Chris' folks house and Chris sent him to lay in his bed for a little bit to get his emotions together, he was able to talk to me. He said he was very sad because of the bear being mean to the baby in the movie. There is a part where the baby (a doll) wants his momma (a talking doll that says that) and the bear (a stuffed toy) is really mean to the baby saying that his momma doesn't want him and chose to leave him. It was pretty harsh as I remember thinking during the movie: "yikes, that is pretty hard core." Anyway, Brady was crying and just kept saying: "How could that bear be mean to that baby? He just wanted his mommy." It was so sensitive and compassionate, that I was proud but I also felt bad for him and his little tender heart. Something like seeing a fun movie, affected him so strongly. Poor lil' sweet fella!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
(1) yesterday while brady was napping, i rearranged a few MINOR things in our den. when he woke up he commented on a couple of them and then while walking to his playroom in complete SERIOUSNESS says "this is not our house anymore" - completely straight-faced and serious. chris and i fell out hysterical because - it was HILARIOUS but also because he and his brother, jeff, are the EXACT same way if their mother changes ANYTHING in her house...even the placement of the kitchen trash can. i guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree after all.
(2) today i overheard brady talking to chris while he and evan were in the bathtub. he was asking questions about when he was born, in my tummy, etc. he then said to chris: "where was evan when i was born?" chris said: "he wasn't born yet." brady then says: "he was waiting in heaven?".........how sweet is that, especially since moms always call their sweet lil' babies "angels" and everyone always refers to lil' babies as "heaven sent". i loved it.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Here is my big guy during his open house on Tuesday, checking out his seat in Mrs. Mara's class:
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Evan saw his first fireworks in his 14 month of life. We spent the holiday weekend with Chris' family so we went and parked in a lot near Chateau Elan to watch their firework display. He really seemed to enjoy them! He kept pointing up in the sky and smiling.
Evan's new thing is his fist raise. He always points toward things with his fist as if he is hailing something. That is his way of drawing your attention to something either he wants or wants you to see.
He is constantly in the pantry. He opens boxes of crackers, etc. and reaches in and just helps himself. He LOVES to eat!!! I thought teenage boys ate you out of house and home....I think my 14 month old is going to. He is not one to sit still while you read him stories. He grabs the book and LOVES to turn the pages himself. On each page he points at the pictures and "talks"....like he is telling the story. It is great! He is mimicking what he has learned....pointing at the pictures and saying what they are.
His ninth tooth has started breaking through....another tooth on the bottom.
He is a very playful little guy. He loves to "run" away...scoot away. He will take off and laugh so hard and if you call after him "come here, Evan." he scoots away faster, just chuckling.....loving being chased.
We sure do love our little Evan and watching all the new things he is doing and experiencing.
Friday, July 2, 2010
It is contantly "no touch", "soft touches", "no scream" to Evan and I am constantly the manners police to Brady. And he is talking......NONstop!!!! It wears me out. The crazy thing is....he gets it from ME.......GREAT! By the time they take a nap in the day and go to bed at night, I am ready to crash!!
Surely, this too shall pass!
LORD, please give me the patience and wisdom to get past this season with the joy and fun I know is sandwiched in between all this other JUNK. Amen
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
BRADY MAC a couple of weeks ago before Brady was going to bed (we were hanging out in his room as he waited for Chris to come in and read and pray with him....he was getting Evan in the bed) he said "Mommy, will you sing me a lullaby?" "Of course, buddy, I will sing you a lullably" In my mind I am thinking.....do something with my sweet boy that is getting to cuddle him and him be my baby??? YES, PLEASE!!!
So I put him in my lap and rocked with him and sang a lullaby and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! After Chris put him to bed, about 5 minutes later or so, Brady called for me in his room. I went in there and he said "Mommy, thank you for singing me a lullaby. I love you!"
Oh, Brady! I LOVE you too!!!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Last week Evan started pulling up some. He threw a toy into the bathtub while hanging out with me when I was trying to get ready and then he started pulling himself up to look over the tub to see the toy. While sitting in Chris' lap this weekend, he started pulling on the back of the chair and a half to stand up. Growing up too fast, if you ask me!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
On Sunday, we witnessed one of Evan's firsts...just a cute lil' thing I want to remember. When I went to get him up from his nap he was sitting up in his crib, just looking around. He, of course, has been sitting up on his own for a while but this was the first time that he was sitting up in his bed waiting for us when we have gone to get him out of bed.
Bruiser........Brady went today for his 4-year-old well check-up and, luckily, everything is a-okay!! We are thankful for that....very thankful!! He is a BIG boy!!! 90th percentile in height and in weight at 42.5 inches tall and 41lb. 2 oz.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Evan is scooting ALL over the place and FAST, it is amazing!! It is very interesting to Chris and I that we have babies that don't crawl, just scoot on their bottoms....I guess they prefer to face the world upright and head-on....I admire what that can mean!
Weaning.......not as methodical as it was the first time....with Brady I knew I was going to nurse until he turned one or it didn't work out for all involved anymore, whatever came first. With that in mind, things worked out fine so I planned on wrapping it up at one when it is "safe" to replace breast milk and/or formula with cow's milk. I gave my body one week for each of the four feedings he had at that point to adjust and dry up so I would not be in pain or get an infection or anything. With four feedings, I started a month before Brady turned one...dropping one feeding per week. I nursed him the last time the morning of his one-year-old wellness check-up, which was the day after his birthday, then discussed introducing milk with his pediatrician and we did it that afternoon and DONE...nursing was over....methodical, neat, orderly,
BRADY MAC finished his first year of school......I can not believe it. Tuesday was his last day of school - the 25th - and we all went up there for a picnic outside his school with his class. It was fun but hard to believe his first year is already over...what a quick 9 months that was! Our very first summer vacation is here...so many fun things in mind for summer. Last night Chris gave Brady his "summer cut"...we did it last year for the first time. It makes him look so "grown" to me...he is so handsome!!!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
- he wants to be a fireman when he grows up
- Chris and I were hugging in the kitchen and Brady comes running in saying "got room for one more?" and started hugging on us... LOVE it!!
- he is very into the weather....in the morning when we have the news on in the kitchen and he is eating his cereal, he gets very excited when the weather comes on and watches it intently. When the 7 day forecast comes on the screen he is looking for which days have the sun graphic on it and which days have rain clouds on them. After he intently watches, he broadcasts it to Chris and I. This morning he informed us: "There are 5 clouds in the weather. One in the West, one in Texas, one up North, one in America, and one uh....somewhere else." Chris asked him if he was going to be a weatherman when he grows up and he said: "I would love to do that, Daddy." So we discussed how maybe when he grows up he could be a weatherman on t.v. and he said "how can I do that? I can't fit inside the t.v." gotta love it! we then continued to explain how it works and then he said he would practice downstairs with his "weasel" (his art easel)
- he is wearing flip-flops for the first time....and he LOVES them and feels like quite a big guy in them. we were running errands a couple of weeks back at Big Lots and he found a Batman pair he wanted so now he is a big guy in flip-flops.
- he is wearing sunglasses with purpose this spring as well. Chris bought him a pair of Disney Cars sunglasses at Dollar General the other day and now he has to have them on when he is outside or in the van...looking at him in the mirror with his shades on is awesome.
- he is obsessed with the word "SERIOUSLY?" he says it OFTEN and with the right inflection and the right timing. We discovered he picked it up from his Daddy.
- some of his favorite people right now are the Kims (are next door neighbors and dear friends). Grayson is 7 months older than Brady and Olivia is 6 months younger than him....a true blessing for Brady and his parents as Chris and I really enjoy Amanda & Stefan's company as well. We are constantly discussing how Brady is a Kim stalker because he has to know what they are doing and where they are at ALL times and he is ALWAYS asking about them. "where are the Kims?" "what are the Kims doing?". Our favorite is when he referred to them a couple of times as his Kims. "Mommy, I want to go see my Kims." How endearing. Then one day before nap while we were praying I was thanking GOD for friendships and Brady interjected with "yes, GOD, thank you for my Kims." I guess it is official....they are HIS Kims!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
- every time he sees a cross now - since learning about Easter - he says "look, Mommy, there is the cross where Jesus died."
- we practiced riding his bike in front of our house the other day and he gets real nervous thinking he is going to fall, even though he, of course, has training wheels on. I was trying to encourage him by telling him how to pedal and I said: "See bud, you are doing it...that is great. When you know how to pedal and ride you can go wherever you want....you have the freedom to ride, to go...isn't that cool.?" He said: "Yeah, Mommy, I am going to ride to the beach." I LOVE it, a man after my own heart!
- after doing my usual tasks around the house with my dear boys...Brady looks at me and says: "Mommy you are doing a great job. You are my best Mommy."
- praying before his snack yesterday after school, unprompted, he says: "Thank you Jesus for my day. Thank you for our blessings. Thank you for my snack. Thank you for dying on the cross for me." PRECIOUS!!!
- Tonight at dinner when Brady was playing with his fork I said: "Brady put your fork down please." with a bit of an annoyed voice (this is something that has to be said OFTEN). He said: "Mommy I need it. Stop being grumpy, Mommy" without even skipping a beat or being funny. Chris and I had to hide our faces to not laugh in front of him.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
This Easter season while we had fun with Brady with all the parties, festivities, crafts, egg hunts, etc. I really wanted to focus on what Easter is....what this day represents. I had a hard time with the wording...it is not pretty what our LORD suffered through...there is nothing romantic, magical, or mystical about being flogged, beaten, or crucified. Explaining this to a 3-year-old is tough...you question yourself as to the extent of the details, the depth, how honest....but again, I don't want to romanticize it. We had a few conversations come up as we discussed the fact that Easter was approaching.
- Brady - "I don't want Jesus to die"
- Brady - "He came back to life?" "When I die will I come back to life?"
- Brady - "Why did Jesus have to die?"
- Brady - "Jesus is in heaven? I thought Jesus was in our hearts?"
It is not enough to say Thank you, Lord, but without any other words - Thank you!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- a week or so ago, Evan was fussing in his car seat waiting for us to head out the door to Brady's school. I turn around from inside the kitchen to see and hear Brady leaning over him, praying for him. I almost cried! After Brady said "Amen" he said, "Mommy I prayed for Evan so he is all better now" How sweet!!
- With Evan teething, he has been fussier than usual and - frustrated from constantly hearing it, I said out loud: "Oh, Evan, you keep fussing. PLEASE stop fussing!" Brady, without missing a beat...very calmly, said "Mommy, he is a baby, babies fuss. That is what they do." So wise!
- After getting Brady up from his nap, I told him that I was tired. He asked me why I was tired so I told him because I had stayed up too late the night before. All groggy and sleepy-eyed, he says "Mommy that is what grown-ups do, they stay up late. They just do." I said "Oh really, they do?" Brady - "Yes, Mommy; they do. Grown-ups stay up late and kids go to bed early."
- Always encouraging, my sweet Brady Mac always has an encouraging word for me...some of my favorites lately...."Mommy, have I told you lately that I am proud of you. You are doing a good job, Mommy. You are doing good work as a Mommy." and another...."You rock it out, girl!"
- Brady and Evan have quite a bond. Ever since Evan has come home I do not think Brady has ever wanted - not even for one second - to have Evan somewhere different from him nor he somewhere without Evan...even in one of his most yucky moods, phases, etc....these have never been directed toward Evan. A couple of weeks back, when we were in Atlanta visiting family, Pop Pop & MiMi were discussing having Evan stay at their house with them, without missing a beat Brady said "No, he can't stay here. He has to go home with me, he's my baby brother."
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Webster defines greed as having or showing a selfish desire for wealth and possessions. It doesn't say "a lot of". It is not about the amount. It is all about the desire of my heart and if that desire is for my own benefit, my family's benefit, my peace of mind, my easier life, anything me-focused then it is greed and greed is sin!!
I am GREEDY because I am always focused on how I can save money, how I can make more money, how I can sell something.... focused, focused, focused on MONEY....one way or another I am focused on MONEY and it's affect on MY life!!!! This is GREED because it is all about I, my, and me!!! My focus should be on GOD, you, and them!