Friday, October 24, 2008

All Aboard!

This past Sunday, Nate and I put on a Polar Express birthday party for Brennen's 3rd birthday at our house. There were lots of people and we generally had a good time. I made a railroad crossing sign for the front of the house and put down duct tape on the floor to make railroad tracks to the backyard. There were train stamps to make an art project, our wonderful train table was moved outside, and we played "Stick the 1 on Thomas" and musical chairs. I had fun making a soundtrack of train songs for the games, with songs like "Choo-choo Soul" and "Down by the Station." Brennen received many fun gifts and Daddy was super excited to give Brennen his first set of real golf clubs. Unfortunately, B was ovewhelmed at that point with the whole ordeal, so he wasn't quite as enthusiastic as we hoped he would be. But overall, he had a really great time at his party with all of his friends. Thanks to all of you who came and made it so special!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mckenna Maren

I went to hang out with my baby niece today. She is only 5 days old and she is adorable. Her name is Mckenna and I am a very proud auntie. Her big brother, Nolan, already stole my heart, but there is always room for more love. I just wanted to share her with you.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brennen's 3rd Birthday

Today is Brennen's birthday. He is now a whopping three years old. I can remember the day he was born, but not like it was yesterday. There have been a lot of days in between then and now, some good and some not so good. Brennen has taught me that having a son is so very different from having a daughter. He has taught me that it is possible to be infuriated inside about certain behavior and at the same time wonder in your head, "How did he get so cute?" Having Brennen has made me appreciate adjustable waistbands, baseball caps that cover a bad curly hair day, and the fascinating process of getting the trash inside the garbage truck. He constantly amazes me as he flies around with one leg straight out on his Razor scooter.

Lately he has been impulsively declaring, "I wuv you, Mommy!" for no apparent reason and I wuv that. This year has been The Year of the Train and his obsession with his train table is impressive. Since Christmas Day of last year, he has played with his cars and trains on that table every single day. The Polar Express was also an obsession and he must have watched that movie one million times. We even had a Polar Express train birthday party this year to commemorate his devotion to this classic tale.
More than anything else, Brennen has made me laugh, smile, giggle, and beam more than ever before this year. He has also made me cry, yell, frown, and sigh many times as well, but I'll just focus on the positive. And one thing I am positive about: I love my Brennen boy.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The First Ever...

Well, I did it. I started a blog site. I sort of already do this on my Shutterfly site at, but I like the idea of documenting all the little moments of our lives. So, here I go. Watch me. Come laugh and cry at the little things with me.