"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Picture Recap

Here's some of what we've been up to lately...

Ella celebrated her fifth birthday with a party at the new "bouncy park" in Cedar Falls. If you have kids and haven't visited, you should. It's a great rainy day activity, and it so very inexpensive!! Jaden and Brandon both had a blast. There were some really big "bouncy" slides and jumpers -- and also some smaller stuff just perfect for Brandon. Plus, they had toys there for Brandon to run around with. We WILL be going back!

Brandon loved riding around in this car and spent lots of time sitting back while Cody leisurely pushed him around...
The birthday girl checking in on her youngest cousin...
This was the main attraction...
I realize this picture is blurry, but I just love how you can see Jaden's mouth wide open. Not only was this slide big, but it was FAST. Those kids just flew down that thing, and Jaden couldn't stop smiling and laughing once he worked up the nerve to try it out. ;)

One of Brandon's new favorite activities is to try on other people's shoes and then walk around in them. Here he is attempting Jaden's shoes. He can spend 20 minutes just trying on shoes and taking them off over and over again.
He also LOVES talking on the phone. If he finds one of our phones lying around, he brings it over to us and we immediately have to call somebody so he can "talk" to them.
How handsome is this little boy??
We celebrated Deanne's birthday with a night of family bowling. I didn't get to stay for very long because Brandon didn't like that he was not allowed to run up and down the bowling lanes. ;) But Cody and Jaden stayed the whole time, and Jaden loved it. He could have bowled all night long if we had let him.

Poor little guy doesn't understand that these balls are a little too heavy to throw around...

Look at how big his eyes are here!
I just love this picture...!

Giving it a little push...

Brandon has been able to climb up the steps for months... since before he could walk. But he has been refusing to learn the proper way of going back down the steps. He's finally understanding that he either has to crawl down backwards... or scoot down on his butt. Now that he has figured it out, he loves to "practice" over and over again. And he loves to do it after his bath when he's half naked. ;) This happens almost nightly.

For Memorial Day we grilled out at Tim and Deanne's. It was hot and windy, but they have a lot of shade in their backyard so the boys got to spend some time outside.

We capped off the holiday by spending some time outside with our water table at home. Brandon likes to drink the water out of it. It can be an issue... we're working on it. ;)
Brandon still gets a small bottle before bed every night. This particular evening I was cleaning up in the kitchen, and Cody told me to hurry into the living room. Jaden had grabbed his own cup of milk and was lying down next to Brandon. The two hung out together watching a movie before going "night-night."

I love the ages of these two little boys, and I can't wait for what the summer has in store for us... fireworks, swimming pools, petting zoos, parks and picnics and cookouts... a little two-day getaway with a trip to the zoo... etc. etc. etc.

Happy Summer!!