Saturday, December 16, 2006

Three boys, two generations, one theme...

I thought it was too cool when I found Thomas and Braden matching pajama pants a while back. But there was only one thing missing....Bryson didn't have any! I couldn't have him left out, now could I? So I searched high and low for baby Spongebob PJ pants with none to be found. Luckily, I have a talented mother who can sew just about anything, so she was nice enough to whip up a pair for the little guy.
Are they not the cutest bunch?? Seriously, I am one lucky girl!

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Tooth

I was surprised to learn a couple of nights ago that Braden has a loose tooth! As a matter of fact, BOTH the bottom ones are wiggly. This called for something special! My good friend Nichole had her oldest lose his first one just last week and when we were talking about it, I commented that we'd probably have that happen in a few months! Little did I know how quickly it would happen. So I was inspired by her project to make a little something of my own! Only a few more days until toothless pictures! I can't wait!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Look at these cuties!

Here is the boys' Christmas photo. Braden had school pictures and they said Bryson could be in them too! Turned out pretty good I thought. (sigh) I used to have time to do the portraits myself, and had been struggling to make time for a while so I finally gave up and let someone else do them.

So much going on lately. Mostly been trying to take care of 2 sick boys for the past 3 weeks. It's been rough. From croup and a double ear infection to viruses, dehydration and a flu -like thing! I am SICK of this already (no pun intended!)

Gearing up for Christmas. I'll tell you what....I think it means your old when neither you or your spouse can even figure out what you want for Christmas. I used to think my parents were CRAZY when they wouldn't exchange gifts or just do something really small. They always say "Oh, the funnest part is watching you kids get stuff" and I was like "What the...?????? You have GOT to be kidding!" You know what? They were right. I can't wait to see my boys' faces in just 13 days!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

Woo hoo! I made somethin'!!

Lookie lookie! I made something cute for Halloween! I'd tell you more about it, but my baby is crying.....AGAIN! Oh, happy day! < insert insane laughter here >

Monday, August 28, 2006

A fun little project...

Just got a couple of minutes this morning to do a simple little project. Got this idea from Stacey Julian's Big Picture website. Braden was in need of a container to put his computer games in. A long lost friend of mine sent him a ton of them that her boys had outgrown (Thanks Nicole!) and this mini crate worked perfectly! I even let him pick the paper (notice the frogs!). Fun.....Easy....I love those kinds of projects!


Saturday, August 26, 2006

A week of firsts...

Well, this was an exciting week for us! Braden started going to preschool 2 days a week. He was so cute in his spiderman backpack, and so excited too. I think he really likes it. He was too busy to even tell me bye the two days I dropped him off this week! I'm glad he's like that, though. Better than having to leave a screaming, clingy kid. I'm already dreading next year. How can I be without my boy all day 5 days a week?!? That will definitely take some getting used to. I used to be worried about him not being able to start this year because of his birthday falling late, but now I'm just glad I get to keep him for an extra year. I'm really going to try to enjoy it while it lasts.


Second, Braden started karate classes! This is something he's talked about since he was probably 2 years old. I'd been promising him that after I had the baby and things settled down a bit, we would sign him up. I just LOVE him in his little uniform! And watching that class of kids is quite entertaining! As you see, he takes it pretty seriously!

Third, my baby boy Bryson rolled over for the first time! I know I've done this stuff once already, but it really is exciting the second time around too. I think that you just find yourself equally proud of each child for their accomplishments.

....Even if they are completely different!

Oh, these boys.....They always make me smile!


Monday, August 14, 2006

Fun stuff!

Love, love LOVE this website I just found!
Awesome papercrafting stuff.
I think there is something there for just about anyone!
Have plans on ordering a few things there myself.

In other news, I've been trying my papercrafting hands
at something new...Canning!
Here are the pickled squash I did last week!

Tried some apple preserves too, but we won't talk about that right now! Let's just say my Mom had to rescue those! I was following the recipe...Honestly, I was!

Well, back to work!


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Fun on the 4th

July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. I suppose it's probably because that's when my family usually gets together to celebrate my birthday too. Here are some of the highlights from this years fun:

Me with my baby boy! There are very few photos of me at all so I decided to hand the camera over to my hubby who did a great job at capturing this sweet photo of us.

My brother doing fireworks with the kids. Nope, he never really grows up. I think he enjoyed it as much as they did!

My niece catching a snooze on the swing outside. Still trying to think of a way to use this as some sort of bribery. Don't worry, Alaina...I'll think of something!

It was fun to watch Thomas and Braden shoot off fireworks at night. They were really into it this year. I'm sure someday this will end up as bottle rocket fights or some such mother's worst nightmare!

Yep. Good times.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

32 years ago today...

I was born! It's hard to believe. I remember when I was a kid thinking that when I got into my 30's I would be OLD! Although, I feel pretty tired sometimes, I think I have a few more years left in me. So here I am. I can point out a hundred imperfections in this picture, but it's the real me.

I am happy.
I am Mom to 2 boys.
I am tired.
I am more blessed than I thought I'd ever be.
I serious need of some make-up!

I am 32.

Happy Birthday to me!


Friday, June 30, 2006

Check this out!

I actually did a scrapbook page! Granted, this took me practically all day from start to finish. I guess that's what happens when you have a 4 year old and a baby! I worked on it 5 minutes at a time! It's inspired by my idol, Cathy Zielske. She is the absolute master of scrapbook design. Anyway, I'd done the journaling on this a couple of weeks ago and have been dying to put it together.
The patterned section flips up to reveal journaling that reads:

"It amazes me that two kids from the same gene pool can be so totally opposite. At only 1 month old, Bryson has already proven his individuality. When I compare him to Braden as a baby, they are completely different. I'm sure time will tell so many more things as Bryson grows and his personality emerges."

I will be sticking this in the new "Brothers" album I am starting and will add to it over the years. I've even thought of doing a compare/contrast page like this of them once a year. I hope I get more time to crank out some more pages because my journaling book is filling up and I want these boys to actually have some scrapbooks to look at one of these days!


Thursday, June 29, 2006


Feeling incredibly lucky this morning to have my sweety. Sometimes, it just hits you, ya know? My neck is out of whack and my back has been hurting and he gave me a 30 minute massage this morning before he went to work! Is that not awesome??? That got me thinking about all the little things he does every day and just how lucky I am to have him. So here's a little tribute of random things I love about him. Here's to you, baby!

- He almost always wakes up to do the 2AM diaper change before I feed the baby.
- He's in better shape than most 35 year olds I know. (I like to call him my eye candy...wink wink)
- He shares my love of shopping.
- He supports my scrapbooking obsession.
- He's funny and fun to be around.
- I think he's a great Dad
- He makes me coffee every Saturday morning.
- He tells me he loves me every day.

I'm sure I could list hundreds more, but I'll spare ya.
You're the best, T....And I love you!


Friday, June 23, 2006

For Sanity's Sake

How often do you think this happens and how long will it last? BOTH of my boys are asleep! Bryson was already napping and Braden was watching TV when I slipped away to have a few moments to myself. When I went back to take a peek at the baby this is what I found: Two sweet boys sound asleep. Now, don't panic...It's just the angle that I had to take the photo that makes it look like the baby can't breathe! He has plenty of room. The blanket just got sort of bunched up on that side and I was afraid if I attempted to move it, he'd wake up and I'd lose the whole photo-op.

Aren't they the sweetest? Now these are the moments I live for!


Photo shoot

Last weekend I finally got around to taking some pictures of my boys...not just random things...A REAL photo shoot. Let me tell you, it is nearly impossible to get even just ONE good picture of a 1 month old and a 4 year old together! Whew! What a workout! I took about 75 pictures all together and this is what I finally came up with. Not too bad. They're pretty cute if I do say so myself. Of course, the outtakes might just be more fun to scrapbook than the real thing..........

This one shows their personalities in true form.
They're 2 little stinkers....
But they're all mine!


Friday, June 09, 2006

A quick thought.....

Baby is sleeping and Braden is quietly entertaining himself with a huge pile of pipe cleaners...crafting all sorts of neat things. Anyway, I actually got a couple of minutes to be on the internet and catch up on things I haven't looked at in a long time. Was going through some old posts of Stacy Julian's blog. She is the editor of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine (for those who don't know) and I enjoy learning much from her about scrapbooking. Anyway, I saw this quote:

Being a Mom means
never having a minute . . .
yet always making a moment.

- Michael Nolan

...And it really caught my eye. Because that is EXACTLY how I am feeling right now. Life is SO busy with new baby things and I often find myself exhausted and sometimes a little stressed out. BUT...somehow I seem to make the time to get done what is really important. And in perspective, that is taking care of my two little ones. I need to stop and remember not to get caught up in the craziness so much that I forget to stop and enjoy all that I have been blessed with. And if you are making a moment to read this, I challenge you to do the same!

And so I leave you with the cuteness photo of the day!


Thursday, June 08, 2006

My 2 boys

Aren't they sweet? It's been more than 3 weeks now and Braden is STILL unbelievably good with Bryson. He goes to him every time he cries and tries to do whatever he can for him. I must admit, I was expecting at least a LITTLE bit of jealousy by now, but nope...Nothing but love from this big brother!

Trying not to think about it too much, but Bryson does have an appointment next Tuesday to have his heart checked for a murmur that the Dr. heard. I'm hoping that it's long gone when they check, but we'll see, I guess. He's growing like crazy. Seems like he changes every day. He smiles at me every once in a while when I talk to him...I live for those moments! Caught a half one on the camera...Barely.

Isn't that the sweetest face?


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Can you believe it? He's here!

It seems I've been quite the bad blogger, but I have an excuse. Really, I do! Packing up and moving to a new house 8 months pregnant kept me really busy and then having the baby a month later to top it off. I just wanted to share the story of the arrival of Bryson Cole with everyone and this was an easy way to do it!

He arrived on May 16 at 8:03 AM during a planned c-section. The one thing I DIDN'T plan was the spinal not taking effect and I had to be put to sleep. That was scary, but let me tell you, not half as scary as still having feeling in your belly when you're about to have surgery wide awake! Anyway, he weighed 8lb 5 oz, was 19 3/4 in long and had a head full of hair. The old wives' tale of hair and heartburn proved true with me because I had it BAD the entire time! Just trying to recover from the surgery and doing pretty well, really. Lots of sleep deprevation going on here since this kid has to eat every 1 1/2 - 3 hours. Big brother Braden is totally in love with his new baby and has been very good with him. He checks on him and hugs him when he cries and tells Bryson a hundred times a day that he "loves him forever!"
Nothing can melt a Mom's heart like that! I don't have all of the pics uploaded yet, but here are a few.

I hope to be a little better about updating from now on so just check back from time to time. I might actually get a spare moment to post something! Now, if I could just get talented enough to feed Bryson and type at the same time.....


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Be a Clown!

Yesterday was "Circus Day" at Braden's school. They talked about animals and even had a real clown. He was REALLY excited about that part. I couldn't miss taking a picture of my little clown after he had his face painted. Isn't he the cutest little thing? I think so!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

You wanna eat WHAT?!?!

OK, so are there any rules about not dipping anything and everything in Ketchup??? Not these days! Braden is an official dipper. So it shouldn't have surprised me when he pulled out the Sugar Snap Peas and Ketchup at lunch time today, but it did! I said "You're NOT going to eat THAT!!" And of course he insisted he would....And he did! Weird kid, I tell ya. Don't know where he gets it from!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Mmm Mmmm....Good!

Just thought this was too cute. Last night, Thomas and Braden were kicked back in the recliner in their PJs sharing a snack of Graham Crackers and Marshmallow Cream. I looked over and B was a mess. Too funny not to take pictures. He sure was enjoying every bite!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Snow Day!

Can you tell how much fun Braden had in the snow this morning?? He's been waiting for a snow like this all winter and it finally came! When he got up this morning and looked outside, he could hardly wait to get out there. SO after putting 14 or so layers of clothes on him (It WAS 25 degrees!), we went out. And after a nice play in the snow, we came in to have a cup of hot chocolate. Ahhh....To be a kid again!

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