Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today...Braelyn is 2!!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet, precious Baby Braelyn!!! 

We cannot remember what life was even like before you came along, yet the past two years have flown by at a frightening speed.

I hope all your wishes come true, whatever wishes that 2-year-olds may have.  I know today will be a super fun day with your whole family!!! 

You are our little princess and we have big hopes and dreams for you.  You brighten everyone's day with your beautiful smile and contagious giggle!  We love it when you sing and dance and count everything in sight. 

We love you so much, Honey!!!!!  Happy 2nd Birthday, Baby Braelyn!!!!!

(Pictures to follow of the birthday girl's big day!!!)

Random photos that I think are super cute...sometimes the candid shots are the best!!!  Many more photos will be posted over the next couple of days!!!

Have a great day...I know we will!!! =)

Jaime "Peanut's Mom"

Friday, February 24, 2012

ABCs and 123s

Happy Friday!

Another milestone to discuss.  For the past few weeks now, Braelyn is saying her ABCs AND counting from 1-10 and backwards from 10-1!!!  She could count and sing all day!

She also wore her first 'big girl' bandaid the other day.  I put a Tangled (Rapunzel) band-aid on a little owie that she had on her knuckle.  She was so excited and kept it on all day!!! 

What a precious little girl.  Love her so much!!!  Only 2 months until her 2nd Birthday!!!  Wowzas!!!

Have a great weekend!
Jaime "Peanut's Mom"

Thursday, February 9, 2012

UH OH!!!

Good Morning!

Just documenting another cute fact about our Lil' Peanut.  UH OH is her favorite saying right now.  She says UH OH to about everything.  If I'm holding her and Daddy tries to take her, she says, "UH OH!"  If she falls down, "UH OH!"  If I try to change her diaper, she says, "UH OH!"  It's so cute and I just love it.

She almost has her entire alphabet down pat and can count to 10!!!  My brilliant little "Beep"!!! 

In other news, her brother was 1 of 14 students in his class of 150-something kids to get on the HIGH HONOR ROLL!!! 


Have a great day!
Jaime "Peanut's Mom"

Monday, January 23, 2012

21 Months!!!

Hi All!

I'm going to keep this short and sweet, but figured I'd post something while I had a free minute.  Yes, a minute is all.  I've been VERY busy!

So, Peanut turns 21 months on Wednesday!!!

What's happening...

Whenever she's hungry, she tells me, "EAT!"  She could eat all day if I let her.  For such a tiny thing, she sure can put the food away!  She continues to eat extremely healthy.  In the coming weeks, I will share a sample of her diet, for the parents of toddlers out there that might be reading this.  Her current favorite breakfast is a banana and whole wheat toast or an egg, whole wheat toast and pears.  She will NOT drink milk or juice.  The only thing she wants is WATER.  ('Wa-Wa' in Braelyn language.)  I suppose this will have to be addressed with her pediatrician.  I want to make sure she is getting all the nutrients that she needs right now. 

She is singing and talking a lot more and making A LOT of sense now!  We laugh all the time, she's just so darn cute!!! 

Major Mama's girl...but what's new there?

Favorite things right now are blocks of any kind, her new kitchen, her new Disney Princess table and chair set, teaset and books of all kind.  She could look at books ALL DAY.  I love it!  She continues to show a lot of musicality by singing, dancing and playing on the piano.  I will get this girl into piano lessons, if she wants them when she is older!  I always wanted lessons, but my parents could not afford them.

I have a new high definition camcorder that I'm learning how to use.  In the meantime, please be sure to check out our YouTube Channel, BringingUpPeanut.  You can also find it by copying this link to watch Braelyn's Mickey Mouse "Hot Dog" Dance. 

Enjoy and Stay Warm!

Jaime "Peanut's Mama"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!

Hi Everyone!
We are just a few days from Christmas.  Our family is so excited!  The house is decorated, the tree is up, cookies are made, gifts purchased, menu planned and spirits are brighter as we prepare for 2012.  Just like previous years, this one flew by so fast it makes my head spin.  I do believe it goes even faster when you have children.

I have taken some time to reflect on 2011 and I am ready to move full speed ahead into 2012!  This year was good, but I just know next year will be even better. 

My Braelyn continues to grow into a beautiful little girl.  Her personality shines and she is a true blessing to our family.  We can't imagine what we ever did without her!  She makes us laugh and smile constantly with her new words and laughter.  She is talking more and more every day!  She sings, dances and recites lines from her favorite shows and books.  She is a very smart little cookie!  Yesterday was her first day without a single ba-ba...yep, we finally weaned her.  I know, I know...she is almost 20 months.  Her brother gave up the bottle cold turkey the day after his first birthday.  This is why I stress, all children are different.  Braelyn was much more emotionally attached.  She is doing WONDERFULLY without a ba-ba and she hasn't taken a pacifier since she was about 3 months old, so this is a huge accomplishment!  I'm so proud of her!  She has her good friend Banks (her blanket) to get her through the difficult times...and Mama, Dada and Brother, of course.  I just need to figure out how to get her to drink more milk.  She does not like milk in her sippy cup, only water.  She is not a fan of juice.  She does eat her share of mozzarella, so that does help with calcium, etc.  On that note, she continues to be a perfect, non-fussy little eater.  She loves her green beans and most all other vegetables!  She loves spending her days with Mama.  I thank God every day that I do not have to bring her to daycare and that I get to work through my own home and take care of her.  We have so much fun!  We will continue to read, dance and sing.  This little girl is going places!!!

Speaking of going places, so is her brother!  He is the other source of my bursting pride.  My pre-teen Dylan is so helpful around the house and with his sister.  He has a super funny personality and is an Honor Roll Student in 7th Grade!  He is doing extremely well in school and even takes an advanced math class.  He is so smart and I just know he'll be super successful in whatever he does.  I swear, he keeps getting taller and skinnier every day!  We have to do official measurements, but I am pretty sure that he is as tall as me, if not taller (if I have my heels off...).  Dylan also plays the trombone and we have his holiday concert tonight.  I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of the Dylan and his bandmates.  They're already so talented!  He continues to learn to play the drums too.  He received a very cool drumset for his birthday in September. 

I have been very blessed in the kid department.  My son and daughter bring me so much joy and I am so fortunate to have them!!!

I can't forget to mention the other 'kid'...

Chris is also doing very well.  He continues to work long hours in both his Chamber of Commerce position and as a Senior Chief in the U.S. Navy Reserves.  He has had an accident-ridden year, however.  He slipped in his Koi Pond late this summer/early fall and really did a number on his back.  Just Saturday, he fell down the stairs and cracked two ribs!  Poor guy!  I think his New Year's Resolution is to be much more cautious in the coming year/years. 

We did some updates to our home this year.  We were forced to because of hail damage, but we did get a new roof, new siding and a few new windows.  Our house looks so much newer!  Next on our agenda is to put laminate flooring in our living/family room and do some painting in a few rooms.  If we can just keep Chris accident free and pain free, we hope to accomplish these items before Spring. 

New Year's Resolutions?  Hmm...haven't really thought about that one.  I feel fit/trim, but maybe need to get on a stricter exercise regime.  I am getting older, y'all...

Otherwise, I strive to enjoy each and every day and count my blessings for the wonderful people in my life.  I hope the same for each and every one of you that read this blog.

From our family to yours, Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Dylan, Chris, Braelyn and Jaime

Monday, December 12, 2011

Watch and See, She is the Dancing Queen!!!

My Braelyn loves to dance.  Here are some of her famous moves...

The Mickey Mouse 'Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog' Dance:

I am setting up a YouTube Channel right now.  Stay tuned for details and more dancing from our Little Superstar!!! 

Have a great week!

Jaime "Peanut's Mom"

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy 18 Months, First Movie in a Theater and First Time Trick-or-Treating!!!

Happy November!

The past couple weeks brought more firsts and milestones.  We celebrated Braelyn's 18 Month "Birthday" on October 25th.  As a 1 1/2-year-old, she got a birthday cake and gift to open!  She loved them both!  Insert the overly used phrase:  "I cannot believe where the last year and a half went!"  Well, I can't.  Braelyn has grown and changed so much from the tiny 7 pound, 2 ounce little newborn we were blessed with on April 25, 2010.  She is so beautiful, intelligent, funny, tall and thin!  She is in the 92nd percentile for her height, but is very slender.  She loves her mixed vegetables, turkey, mozzarella, anything with pasta and vanilla sandwich cookies.  She will eat almost anything you put in front of her.  I am so, so thankful that she is not a picky eater.  (I got lucky with both kids...although, I would like to take some credit for healthy eating habits.)  She loves Team Umizoomi, Bubble Guppies, Dora and recently was introduced to BLUE'S CLUES!!!  That is her current favorite show.  She will talk into anything that resembles a cell phone and is already proving to be quite the girly girl, carrying around her purse, sitting at her vanity and playing with her Disney Princess Beauty Set, complete with hairdryer, curling iron, brush, lipstick and perfume.  She is my little princess, my wild child and my little sidekick.  Like her mama, she is NOT afraid to voice her opinion, especially when she isn't happy about something.  Ha!  Imagine that?


On Monday, October 31st, Braelyn went trick-or-treating for the first time!  She got lots of candy and had fun walking around with Mama, Dada and Dylan.  Here are a couple pictures of our pretty witch:

Last Sunday, October 30th, we went to see our very first movie in the theater with Braelyn, "Puss in Boots", a movie from the Shrek Empire.  How was it, you ask?  Ummmmm...I don't really know.  You see, I was busy keeping our little princess happy.  She got the hang of that movie theater business really quick.  We were delicately breaking off the tiniest of pieces of popcorn fluff and giving it to her, when next thing we knew, she was digging in the popcorn bucket like a champ...eating popcorn by the fistfuls...hard, crunchy, choking hazards and all.  (Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know, she has TEETH now!)  She had her sippy cup too, but was much more interested in Mama's big glass of ice water with the straw.  All in all she did VERY well.  She sat through (almost) the whole movie!  She got a little fussy towards the end, so Mama took her out into the lobby to run around for the last 15-20 minutes.  This was where she had the most fun.  I did not remember our camera, so only had my cell phone to take photos.  Please bear with the terrible quality, but still some very precious photos:
Looks like we'll be seeing Happy Feet Two in the very near future...

Happy Friday!!!

Jaime "Peanut's Mom"