Monday, April 20, 2015

Good Weather and Birthday Shenanigans.

I feel like I'm having an out of body experience, as this is the third post in a row where I am actually blogging within an acceptable time frame post-events. AND the post has pictures from the big girl camera, which seems like a rarity these days. It's like you're getting a double bonus and you didn't even ask for it ;)

The weather this past weekend was iffy on the forecast, but we were given glimpses into perfection, of which we took full advantage of. Drew's mom came up for a short visit on Friday, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed showing their Mamaw around some of the local trails. The weather was absolutely gorgeous while we were out. 15 minutes after we pulled into the driveway, the worst hail storm I had seen since we've lived in our new home swept through the area and about gave me a heart attack that we were going to have to replace our roof. Although, given the choice between hail and tornadoes, I'll pick hail.
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Tyler was clearly excited about picture taking.
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we decided after this was taken that candid will have to be what we go to with Ty.
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the ragweed is blooming. It's pretty, and does a pretty number on all of our allergies.
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the boys were ALL OVER THE PLACE at the park we went to. And we realized that us avoiding the fights with Tyler and allowing him to wear flip flops to the trails was not our best parenting decision.
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might be my new favorite picture.
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Saturday we were supposed to have soccer, but that got canceled, so the boys spent most of the morning playing games and coloring with Drew's mom while Drew and I got things ready for Brayden's birthday party. It was a semi-lazy morning, which was an unexpected blessing given the fact that our schedule this month hasn't allowed for much laziness. Drew's dad came up for the day too, so the boys were pretty spoiled with lots of attention.

Saturday afternoon we celebrated Brayden's birthday with a few of his closest friends. Brayden was insistent it was a BOYS ONLY party, so we kept it simple and small. We had originally planned to have an indoor swimming party, but I didn't like our chances of having a swimming party rained out (they close it during thunderstorms even though it is indoors), so we switched plans at the last minute and had the party at a local place that's similar to Chuck-E-Cheese. Brayden loved it, the boys all had fun and everyone went home wiped out. It was a good day for celebrating six years of this boy!
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We're back off to a busy start to the week. I finished my last day of volunteer work at Brayden's school today. It is surreal to me that we are about to wrap up our first year of Elementary school and usher in summer. Here's to hoping Spring spreads just a little farther for all of us....

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Boogers and Boys.

I don't know about y'all, but Easter being early this year really has thrown me completely off track and I'm not sure I'll recover until we hit summer. I knew that April would be busy, but I was caught off guard when Easter came and went and now we're on this ever quickening downhill slope of school ending, sports colliding and me standing in the middle of it hoping my kids will one day soon eat foods other than pizza and corn dogs.

A few short stories for you tonight:

For his birthday, Brayden received a card from my dad that said it was made out of recycled boogers. Brayden carried it around for several days, then on Monday before school we had this conversation:
Brayden: Mom, do you think this card is telling the truth? I don't think it is made out of boogers.
Me (playing stupid): I mean, I'm not sure. I think they probably are. Don't you?
Brayden: No. I think they're lying.
Me: Why do you think that?
Brayden: (licking the card) they're definitely lying. It doesn't taste like boogers.

I normally am able to maintain composure during situations when my kids say things like this. But this situation was not a composed moment and I about peed my pants there in the kitchen. We had a good laugh together, and I explained that sometimes people say things just as a joke on cards so that they can make people laugh. I also love that Brayden was concerned about finding out the truth... he is my justice fighter and will not stand for something to not be right. Can't wait to see where God leads his little heart to help fight for justice in the world.

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We were sitting at a stop light today after bible study. The light happened to be right next to a Sonic, and from the back I hear Tyler yell "strawderry flush! strawderry flush!" At first I couldn't quite make out what he meant, and then I realized he wanted a strawberry slush. I'm not sure whether I should be proud or embarrassed by the fact that my two year old knows what he wants to order at Sonic.

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I have dug into my past and found my old friendship bracelet gene is still working well. The boys love having different bracelets and things on their wrists, so I tried my hand at paracord bracelet making this week. It's extremely easy to do, and the boys LOVE them. Even Tyler likes wearing it. Glad to know that all of those hours tying cross stitch thread in my junior high years have come in handy all these years later ;)

I ended today realizing that my dream of being the house that all the boys flock to is quickly becoming a reality. At one point today I had 5 boys other than my own children in my front yard playing. Everyone was well behaved, but the moment that they said they thought it would be a good idea to use the Razor scooters on Tyler's roller coaster track, I knew that I might have bartered for a bit more than I can chew (I don't stomach large gashes and broken bones that well). It did make me laugh, and thankfully no one was hurt in the stunts. I'm so very grateful for where the Lord has planted us. In the past month He has made it abundantly clear that His hand is in even the smallest of details, down to the boys that have also been planted in this neighborhood and who we now have as a part of our daily lives. Now to just figure out how I'm going to feed all these boys when they're over and get hungry.....

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Brayden Turns 6.

Six years ago today, the world changed and not many people knew it.

Six years ago, Brayden Thomas entered the world, and our lives changed (for the better), forever.

This birthday has been particularly bitter sweet for me. It just seems so.... BIG. As evidenced by this absolutely adorable video of his last night as a five year old (this was unprompted by me, and I may have watched it twenty times last night after he went to bed- ha!)
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As a rule of thumb at our house, birthdays are the third most important day of the year in ones life (only behind Christmas and Easter), so today was a pretty big deal. because Brayden has caught on to our rule of thumb ;) The opinions were very particular about what he wanted for today (You get to pick out all of your meals, and what you do for the day) Brayden chose "adult" donuts (apple fritters), a double cheeseburger happy meal with Sprite and monster cookie (from our local bakery) and corndogs and tater tots for dinner. I asked him why he chose those things and he said "because I really like those guys!" So, we went with clean eating, Brayden style. He was pretty stoked about it (and I am thankful his teacher didn't kill us with all of that sugar intake during school hours!).
Lunch with the birthday boy. #Bturnssix #mboys2015When you have a birthday in our house, you get to pick all your meals. So far he's had: adult donuts (apple fritters), double cheeseburger from McD's and dinner is corndogs and tater tots (because he "just loves those guys!"). #cleaneatingBraydenstyle #Bt
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(this picture cracks me up because Connor was pretty stoked about something in the background)
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We already gave Brayden his big gift (a mountain bike), but wanted to give him something on his actual birthday too. I found this Captain America Nerf shield and knew he'd love it. Can never go wrong with Nerf for a school aged boy.

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I usually stick with Walmart or Sams for the boys cakes and cupcakes, but went to a local bakery here in town instead today and was blown away by this cookie pizza cake. Looks like I have a second option for cakes now.

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Brayden,

I know I say it often, but I can never say it enough, the world became a better place when you were born. You are the answer to so many prayers, and I am so proud watching you grow into such an awesome young man. You are tenacious, loving, empathetic to others needs, have a willingness and insatiable desire to seek truth and your desire to learn more about Jesus is the best of all of your traits. I'm so glad that God made you and that He placed you in our family. We think you're pretty awesome. Happy Birthday, big guy!

 

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