Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Playing Catch Up

Where to start? Where to start....

My kids love each other. Braden thinks Avery hung the moon, and Avery loves to make Braden laugh. I'm truly blessed with two beautiful angels!

Now that Braden is 6 1/2 months old, I've decided to hold off on his 6 month post and combine it into the 7 month milestones. He's growing more and more everyday, weighing in at a whopping 20 lbs, 3 oz! He is 29" long, and is becoming quite the independent little (big) man. Everytime I think Avery or someone else is being too rough on him, I find him laughing so hard he gets the hiccups!

Avery and Braden joined their friends Griffin and Jaxon last week at the children's wing of the Shakespeare Museum. Braden enjoyed the hands-on learning as much as Avery did! We look forward to going back more often so we can take it all in and continue to learn.

Braden has a girlfriend named Riley. Yes, already! The thing is, she just celebrated her year birthday! I guess he likes older women like his daddy. ;) She's a doll, and they love to snuggle up with each other and give kisses. I have not been able to capture the cuteness on camera yet.

Track season is over! I enjoyed this season more than last, but seem to have gotten a little too attached to the kids. I found myself crying during Senior Sunday at church. Here are some pictures of Braden at the State Meet. He was great, going along for the ride, and Avery enjoyed her time at home with friends. I felt bad dolling her out to different people for the three nights we were away, but I think everyone had a good time. (Wouldn't it be nice if we had family in town?!)

And finally, Happy Mothers Day to me! My kids and wonderful husband made this year so special. Kenny brought home gorgeous flowers on Saturday; then that night we went to dinner and enjoyed great conversation while the kids sat quietly and behaved.

Sunday morning, I heard the pitter patter of little feet running to hand me my card. Inside was a gift card to my favorite restaurant (Olive Garden), which we enjoyed for lunch that day. I also received a very touching card from my great hubby with another gift card! One of our track runners, who is in the youth group, brought me a flower during our Mother's Day service at church, again starting the water works. (What's up with me crying so much now that I've had kids!?)

On Monday, Kenny called during the day to say he thought it would be fun if we went out to eat again that night. Little did I know he had planned for our friends to watch the kids while we were gone. We enjoyed each other's company for an evening of dinner and shopping for Avery's birthday present and new booster seat since Braden has outgrown his carrier and is going to claim her old car seat.

To sum it up; God has abundantly blessed my life!


Lerra said...

Thanks for the update! I feel like I haven't seen y'all in forever!

Kristy said...

Sounds like a wonderful Monther's Day. I may take notes on this one and slip them to Patrick at some point! :) Glad you all are doing well!


Cute pictures! Thanks for updating us. Glad you had a special Mother's Day. :)

Sunny said...

I loved the update! Way to go Kenny! I can't believe the size of Braden's thighs!!!! I thought that Jackson's were getting a little chunky, but oh my. Your kids are beautiful.

Bethany said...

If you figure out why the water works start after kids, let me know. I was never a crier until Tatum was born. Now I cry at EVERYTHING. (Did you see the Zales Mother's Day commercial? UGH!!)

I too had a wonderful Mother's Day. I am glad that your hubby appreciates you too...and then tells you he does!

God has surly smiled down on us!
Yeah us!!

PS: Braden has doubled in size since the last post I think! :) What two little cuties you have!

Brooke said...

You always have the cutest pictures posted! Sounds like your MOther's Day was perfect!

Stacy said...

Braden is getting Cuter and Cuter!!! Seriously!! :) Great update...glad you had a great mother's day! hope now that track is over you have more calm time as a family! :)

Roxy Wishum said...

Wow! That is a lot to take in on one post. Both of your kids are really cute. You should draw one of those Charlie Brown faces on the back of Braden's head before he gets too much hair and put his clothes on backwards. That would be funny. Nothing, however, matches his eyes except maybe his big sister's eyes.

Kenny Simpson said...

Love the pictures.

Shelley said...

I am so glad that you had a wonderful mother's day as well. You must have been really busy lately. I was wondering where your posts were. : ) I have been busy as well. I am finding it harder and harder to sit down and post. I just keep thinking I will be so glad that I have these when my kids are all grown up. I need to print them out or back them up or something.
The pictures are precious, as usual. I only wish we lived closer together!!!
Love ya,

The Bowerman Blog said...

What a great Mother's Day! Good for you! Your kids are beautiful.

JSM said...

Kenny is so thoughtful... two big thumbs up for Kenny!!
I agree with Laura, I feel like I haven't seen you guys in forever.
Love the new pics