Monday, August 25, 2008

A Morning Stroll and a 6 Month Birthday...

So Brynn has made it to the half way mark. I can't believe in another short 6 months she'll be celebrating her first birthday! Yes, I've already started planning it. Even her attire for that day. As I mentioned earlier we had her check up Friday. Shots included.
Height: 27 in. (90th percintile)
Weight: 17 lbs. 14 oz. (75th percintile)

We've got ourselves a big healthy baby! She did fabulous at her appointment and had no reactions to the shots except for being a little fussy the past 2 days. She loves going for walks in her stroller, wearing her adorable shades and is on her way to being a sitter! She's got 2 fave songs, "Baby's Hammer" by The Features and "All I Want Is You" from the Juno soundtrack. If she gets fussy in the car I can turn them on and she immediately calms down.
And that's your daily dose of Brynn updates.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Runnin' on Fumes

I stretched myself way to thin this weekend and am thrilled I actually made it through it. I've had big plans for a yard sale for a while now and realized if we didn't have it this weekend we wouldn't be able to for another 3 weeks at least. The pile of junk sitting atop my steps was just making me angry. Not only did I want to have a yard sale but I also wanted to Clean Sweep my garage while in the process.

Thursday I start to not feel so hot. Sore throat, allergy feeling. Not Good! Friday was Brynn's 6 month appt. (I will post about her later). So I get up, drive Logan to school and get back home in time for Brynn's nap and the Clean Sweep began. Our garage was Horrendous to say the least!! Josh and I got about 1/3 done before we had to go for her Dr. appt. at 10:45. A few shots and some crying later and we're headed back to finish. Garage gets done then comes all the yard sale organizing.

I had planned on having our old neighbor come for a sleep over and only planned on having 1 kid but his 4 yr. old brother really wanted to come too so how could I say no. I also had to get their things for the Lemonade Stand ready. Then my cousin calls and says she is coming to town and wants to meet for dinner around 8. I have to go because I hardly ever see her.

I am SO worn down by this point and I still have to get up at 5:30 AM for the sale.

I get some coffee down my throat Sat. morning and feeling like I'm running around like a chicken with it's head cut off (I rarely drink coffee). Kids are selling Lemonade, we're trying to sell our junk and I'm trying to keep Brynn happy...mind you she's just had shots. Plus my throat is still sore. I HAVE to lay down or I will not make the wedding we have to go to that night. So Brynn and I take a nap and Josh keeps the boys til their parents get them at 2. Then we're up and getting ready for the wedding which I have to miss my nephews 2nd birthday for. The in laws are keeping the kids thank goodness!

The wedding was probably the best one I've been too. She's in a sorority and him a fraternity. So basically a big frat party. After their vows the bridal party (13 bridesmaids and 13 groomsmen) seriously walked back down the aisle to "Walk It Out" and danced the whole way!!! Why was I not in this wedding!?

Finally we get home around 10. I was supposed to drive to Smithville today for my little cousins skating party but I could not bring myself to do it. I took a nice long afternoon nap and feel refreshed. Finally! Here's a few Yard Sale shots...

$$ from the Lemonade Stand

Mikey, Helen Grace, Logan and Aden...the Cul-De-Sac Clan

Thank Goodness for re-enforcements!

She was over it and so was I
Sneak Peek of Our Junk

The End

Monday, August 18, 2008

Brynn's New Tricks

Brynn is almost 6 months now! I can't believe we're half way to her 1st birthday! Time really does fly. We go Friday for her 6 month check up. Here is a pic of her feeding herself for the first time. She will shove anything that comes into contact with her hands into her mouth.

Mmmmm this is delish!

She's really into her toes right now and tries to suck them. Too cute. She's slowly but surely getting the hang of sitting too.

So far, we have ourselves a healthy, happy baby! We're so blessed. She's also FINALLY started sleeping through the night!! From about 7/7:30 til about 5 or 6. She'll then eat and go right back to sleep for about another hour. She takes 3 good naps a day. Two naps around 2 hours long and then a short 1 hour nap in the late afternoon. She's definitely getting her beauty rest. I'm just glad we're finally on a schedule. I looooove schedules! They make my life so much easier. Thought her facial expression in the pic below was hilarious and had to share.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Discovery School Update...

Logan has been in his new school for about a month now and he's finally getting used to the new friends and structure of his day. The first few weeks were pretty tough for him. If anyone asked him if he liked his new school his response was, "I hate it!" I was just praying it was a phase. Last week I found out there was a little girl that transferred from Siegel and was having a really hard time too. Crying every time she went to the bathroom. Logan said she was school sick, missed her friends and has since gone back to Siegel. I think the little girl was making Logan miss his school too. Since she's been gone he's got a completely different outlook about school. He's making lots of new friends, completing his work on time and likes his teacher.

A lot of people have asked what the difference in this school is compared to others. They follow the same curriculum as city schools but have a different way of teaching. It's not so by the book. Very out of the box. Lots more thought are put into lesson plans and a big thing this year is learning Time Management...which we all need to know. If work is not completed during the allotted time they must finish it during recess and can then play. Morning work is not just busy work. They have a Math Journal and a Writing Journal. There are problems on the board that they have to work out in their journal and then write how they got the answer. Not put, "I just knew." They also read out loud from a novel and if they get stuck on a word they take turns looking in a dictionary to find the definition. They record the word and definition on their ABC list and can go back and look at it for reference if they get stuck again.

I personally love the level of parent involvement. I really missed that when we started Kindergarten at CLA because there was sooo much of it at St. Marks Preschool. So that's it in a nutshell. I could go on and on but this post is long enough.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

It's not Rocket Science!

But, if it is, my little bro can help! That's right, he's a real life rocket scientist...well, actually aerospace engineer. He graduated from UT Texas in Dec. and finally got a job. He's headed out west to Las Cruces, New Mexico to work for some company that's contracted through NASA. I tend to think it's a cover up and he's working for the Government at Area 51. I'm really gonna miss him seeing as how I was pregnant/had a new baby the whole time he's been home. Haven't gotten to see him too much and now he's moving again.

Last night we went to one of our fave spots, Fuji, for a "See Ya Later" dinner. YUMMY!

My dad is so weird. He purposefully yawned as big as he could when I took this shot. And you wonder where I get it from.

Logan and Uncle Vinny at their Super Mario Meeting.

Who doesn't love to see the volcano.

Just being us.

We'll Miss You!

And the clan.


Brynn Finally rolled over 2 days ago! Man, I thought this child was gonna be stationary forever! She was so excited about her new skill she decided to practice it at night as well. I went in at 3 AM to feed her and she had completely busted out of her swaddle, had rolled out of her sleep positioner and was on her tummy in the corner of her crib. Crazy kid! We're working on getting rid of the swaddle and I'm thinking the positioner may be pointless now as well.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Then and Now

Look how big our baby's gotten! In just a short 5 months! No telling how much she weighs now. Can't wait for the 6 month check up...well except for the shots.

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