Sunday, April 25, 2010

Brotherly Love


That is pretty much how I would describe my vision of having two boys.

I thought there would be lots of playing ball and trains together, peppered by occasional fighting.

It's not really like that. I am not sure if it is the age difference or what, but they fight....a lot. They fight over toys, cars, balls, who is first, who is last, who gets buckled in the car seat first, who is last getting out of the car. You name it, they compete over it.

If they are in the same room for a period of time, guaranteed there will be bickering.

I have gotten used to it. Accepted it. Realized my vision was not at all reality.

Then tonight, it was as if a cloud lifted and they actually spent a considerable time playing together. Throwing the ball to one another, taking turns jumping on me, dancing with each was glorious and just as I imagined it would be.

Kayden even pulled Bryce into his lap and told me to go grab my camera.

and I happily obliged.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Top 5 Spring Break Highlights

In NO particular order:

5. Bryce had a Doctor's appointment--he grew over three inches in the last five months.

Height: 36.5 inches, 95%

Weight: 29 lbs 7 ounces, 50-75%

He is still almost a full year behind his brother. Kayden was this size around ONE year:-)

A picture of my favorite dimple. I love dimples!

4. Kayden learned to ride a bike without training wheels.

Last year, we knew he was ready. However, it was the end of the season, so Josh and I both agreed that we would take them off as soon as it got warm this year.

In preparation, my mom bought this little handle that attaches to the back of the bike so that you can run behind it effortlessly.

Josh was taking it out of the package, and I told Kayden to hop on his bike and we would practice a little bit until Daddy came out and would run behind him up and down the road.

I pushed him two steps, and he took off down the hill on our driveway.

I ran after him, panicked, until I realized he was completely steady on his bike. Not one wobble; not one waiver. He took off down the road, circled around, then came back up our driveway.

I stood there dumbfounded.

You were right, mom:-) I should have taken them off a long time ago!

3. Our first trip to the ER with Kayden (I did not say all of them were good memories!)

We were unloading wood from Josh's pickup when I heard him crying,

And not that whiny, 'I got a little scrape' cry.

The one where you just know trouble has arrived.

I looked and he had blood dripping down his face and spilling onto his clothes, shorts, anything in his path.
I yelled for Josh and we headed straight to the ER. By the time we got there and into our room, the bleeding had stopped.

He only needed it taped together, but it was traumatic for him.

I couldn't believe it was his first ER trip after we have taken Bryce so many times!

2. Brycer turned TWO!

I cannot believe my little guy is now a big guy. There isn't any "baby" left to him anymore!

He is talking wholeheartedly, and today even sang me the Happy Birthday song. He is funny and bright, and full of laughs...and completely two years old. Into everything and full of attitude!

Chuck E Cheese- we were worried because it was Spring Break, but it wasn't that busy!

Bryce LOVES Chuck E Cheese.

At our house before the party.

Opening presents with Uncle Justin's help.

His present from Gma and Papa Van- a new train...

...which Kayden got a huge kick out of.

1. Great Wolf Lodge

Gma and Papa Birdy took us to Great Wolf, along with Josh's sister and her family. It was wonderful to spend some time together and relax in the water park.

The kids loved all the water slides and activities.

With his cousin

all the grandkids with gma and papa. So much FUN!

All in all, what a wonderful spring break we had. It makes me excited for summer, where Josh and I get to spend every day together with the kids.

Hope you had a good one, too!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The Milky Way

Kayden drew me a beautiful picture of the Milky Way, detailed with blacks and greens and LOTS of random scribbling.

The treasured picture was brought to Grandma's house, it made rounds to the teachers.

"Mom, I need to make sure Jesus sees this," Kayden said.

I adore the wonder and imagination of a five year old.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


Pool Supplies.
Summer can now officially start.