Saturday, December 27, 2008

The FIRST Slumber Party

Our friends from church participated in their annual holiday excursion to a Christmas show in Indianapolis. We got the pleasure and present of having our first slumber party with River because his parents were not going to be home until around 11:15pm, so we saw no need to awake a potentially sleeping babe at that time of the night. Here's some photos from our night.

We also attended the Jeff bball game, where our picture was also taken by a fellow blogger's son. He's quite the photographer like Nathan.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Long Awaited Directions for Paper Bag Photo Album...

So, I purchased a sample because I had seen them before and wanted to make a cute little album for myself. Now I'm in the sharing, giving mode and posting the directions for completing said adorable album. :)

Start with a simple paper bag typically used for lunch.

Then cut along the fold that creates the bottom of the bag. (In this picture I folded the "bottom" under so that you could see the fold to cut along.)

Next cut along the diagonals that hold the flap you have cut to the rest of the bag. I have already cut the diagonals because I couldn't get a good camera angle on the way to cut it. So this is the skeleton of the album.

Thus you have an album that stands like this:

Now you just need to cover the bag with beautiful scrapbook paper in these sizes:

1. First pattern paper 3" x 5" (A) and 5" x 8.5" (B)

2. Second pattern paper 5.5" x 5" (C) and 11" x 5" (D)

(A) goes on the flap created when the bottom of the bag was cut off.

(B) goes on the back side of the flap continuing on the inside of the album.

(C) goes on the inside of the album on the far right side.

(D) goes along the entire outside of the album.

You will also need two 6" inch strands of thin ribbon to tie the album together when finished.

Here's the sample album that I purchased:

You may also add 3 "pages" of cardstock for extra pictures or stories, these should be 5.5" x 5" and fit nicely in the opening of the bag.

Happy Scrapping! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dedicating the boys to Jesus

On Nov. 9th, 2008 we made the decision as parents to confirm before God and our church family that we intend to raise our boys to be Disciples of Jesus Christ. I was so excited for that moment in our family because now Nathan continues the experience with little prayers at random times of the day. This little "game" he plays reminds me to be like a child in my faith and just believe that God has a plan for my life and will keep me safe as I try to do with my boys. Here are some pictures from the Dedication Ceremony.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Long week makes Momma TIRED!

This past week was my first week back in my classroom after having someone else begin the school year with my students and the following eleven weeks. I realized how much I had really missed being in the classroom and working with students with disabilities. I have a new found respect and perspective in working with parents now that I am a mother myself. Though I may not have a child with special needs as their's do, I still feel a connection to the families with which I interact through my career choice.

Today we participated in the Baby Dedication Service at our church by proclaiming our desire to raise our boys to accept Jesus as their Savior. There were also new believers being baptized during the service. Nathan asked why they were in the water and I told him that they decided to have Jesus in their hearts forever. I wasn't sure what his response to this explanation would be or if he would even accept it as truth in his toddler mind. But to my surprise he brought out the biggest smile that I have seen on him. There is much truth in a "childlike faith" because Nathan didn't say "how come?" like he does for every other explanation that I give him now.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My current thoughts of the day...

In order to remedy the problem with the Shift key on the laptop, I was forced to surrender our laptop to the Geek Squad for repairs. There wasn't a fix that the store could find, so they had to "ship it off". Thus leaving us without our high speed convenience in the living room. Now that it has returned I realize how much we rely on this gateway at our fingertips. The keyboard is brand-new with it's shiny white letters and characters and the clicks of the keys are more prominent than the last one.

So the now all consuming thought is the impending return to work and the 'real world' tomorrow/Monday Nov. 3rd. This coming week will bring many transitions for our little family of four now. The boys will be well loved at the Marga's house during the school day while Zach and I work, but we can all ride in one car now because tennis season is officially finished for this year. The completion of this season brings more time for Zach to be at home with the little boys and me. I am also concerned with the future of our country in the next week with the election being completed.

I'm exhausted just thinking about the numerous things I could be doing rather than adding a blog entry, so I'm going to try to rest...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

little blessings from God

my boys are so precious to me especially now in the light of a friend coping with the inevitable passing of her little bundle of joy. rather than divulging the particulars of the situation, please just lift justin, kristen, and kara up in prayer to God because He knows their circumstances and what they need better than i could even explain. i wish that kristen is able to feel all the joys of motherhood while kara is still with her here on earth. my hope for my friends is that as mothers we remember how fragile life is and that our children are gifts from God for us to enjoy and glorify Him in their lives. so squeeze your babies and tell them you love them every chance you get.

on the note of loving your child, i am so infatuated with nathan learning to use the potty and wear real underwear. i have said for months that he knows the concept because we began 'training' him by entertaining his curiousity since he has turned two. it took a common cold virus to make me want to be homebound for an entire day and we have taken steps closer each day to not using diapers any longer. i'm realizing as i help nathan learn this important skill that my focus on teaching is just as influential in him learning as his own interest. if i'm lazy about getting him to the potty every so often, then he will be lazy and wet his undies. i was lucky to dodge the big mess when he had his first bm at marga's house, but i'm hoping that i can convince nathan to get that in the potty soon. so we are at day 3 of thomas underwear and still doing a small load of 3t undies each day, but i'm pretty sure by the time i am headed back to work nathan will have this down. is now only 2.5 weeks away, on that note this thought bubble is popping.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

weekend of fun was had by all

on friday morning we left lafayette packed and ready to go to the zoo in indianapolis. we caravaned with the teefey's putting the two yr olds in their car with the daddys and the dvd player while dana and i drove the babies on the fifty minute trip to see the animals. the drive down was wonderful because we were able to chat without constant interruption. then we realized that we weren't exactly sure which street to turn down to get to the zoo. i thought it was washington, but that street is one way so i ended up turning into oncoming traffic while talking to zach about which street to turn on while a metro police officer just watched in his patrol car at the stop light. thankfully he wasn't interested in pulling me over after he saw the shock on my face that i was headed the wrong direction as i hung up on zach. finally at 11am on friday, we found the zoo, parked, and loaded up the stroller. we put both babies in the double stroller thanks to dana's genius idea to use the baby wrap to secure cameron. we made it all over the zoo in one day and enjoyed some awesome pf chang's before heading further south to new albany. we stayed with my dad and step-mom at their house in floyd knobs for the weekend because they have more than enough room and a pack'n'play, which meant one less thing to pack for us.

on saturday morning we met the duke's at harvest homecoming and began our journey through the booths in downtown. i headed straight for the redman's club chicken and dumplings and then topped it off with pumpkin ice cream. nathan had fun making a bookmark at the kids' day event in the big tent by the riverfront and getting temporary tattoos at a church booth. i think he ended up getting four in total. because of the extraordinary heat we left hh earlier than i hoped and went to the duke's to chill, literally. brent ordered some garlic parmesean breadsticks and they were so good. after realizing we were almost out of diapers for nathan, we left duke's to get a package of diapers at walmart. then we returned to hh for a visit with my sister at the tribune booth. during this trip i tried the corn from the boy scout troop, but it was not quite as i hoped, a little undercooked. once nathan got his final two tattoos of the day we went back to my dad's house for dinner that he was making.

sunday morning brought a horrible reaction and full body misery with the onset of a cold virus. nathan went to huber's with papaw and grandma carla to ride a horse, pet goats and llamas, walk the corn maze and rope maze, and purchase pumpkins for both boys. after a nap, i felt much better and was able to sit up to eat lunch. my dad gave us some wonderful news from my brother, but i'm not sure i can share it just yet. the margas took nathan for the evening and brought him back home with them today, so i was able to get cameron's 2 month pictures taken and hang some new draperies that i purchased at 75 percent off the original price.

now that the benadryl is kicking in again my eyes are finally droopy, so i think i'll head to bed now.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

exciting weekend upcoming...

so i've had a fabulous week thus far because i have had significant opportunities to shop with and without children. i've hit the jackpot on long sleeved name brand clothing for both boys at 3t and 3-6 months. the big boy gets new big boy shirts for around 6 dollars, which pushes my typical limit of 5 dollars because it's ridiculous that children's clothes could cost so much. but as size increases so does the price tag unfortunately. cameron will not have to only wear his brother's hand me down clothing because the wonderful price fairies at tjmaxx plopped about eight 3-6 month long sleeved carter's shirts for, sit down for this one, TWO DOLLARS, each. i also scored so super cute blue and pink, sound awful but looks adorable, converse chuck taylors. nursing my youngest son will be much easier after snagging some clearance nursing tops with convenient flaps at motherhood maternity. kohl's disappointed me with a beautiful sweater that magically generated a hole in the knit section after only my initial washing. but don't doubt that i will return it to receive a new sweater in it's place. with the culmination of this fantastic shopping week, i am stoked to be attending another home town festival in new albany, HARVEST HOMECOMING. woohoo. it wouldn't be fall without HH's warm days and cold nights. i love walking the aisles of booths, smelling the different foods, seeing friends from high school that i hadn't seen since last HH, and eating some great chicken and dumplings from the redman's club. the caramel apples from my sister's class reunion booth are another highlight of my trip. pumpkin ice cream, lemon shake ups, zuccini bread, corn on the cob, potato pancakes from the german corner, and mini donuts are just some of the other flavors that we sample as we walk the streets of downtown new albany this lovely second weekend of october each year.

oh and now that zach doesn't have to teach tomorrow either due to a small fire at the high school, we can possibly take the boys to the indy zoo on the way to new albany in the morning. so we are just the happy family of four right now.

Friday, October 3, 2008

early morning wake up calls...

so i love my boys to death and would do anything to keep them safe, protected, the whole motherly instinct of protection yada yada...but i would love to just have some time in the morning that i get to wake up on my own accord. i really despise a foot jab to the ribs at 5.30am or a grunting cry for a pacifier at 4.45am. these times are most important to understanding my great disgruntlement with mornings because they occur in hours when the sun is just beginning to light up the far regions of lafayette, in thus there is dim light glowing in the window, which is not the main source of igniting the thought train in my brain right now but that source is another blog entry in itself that will fester up soon enough. alas i end up watching the clock, digital mind you, change numbers until the hours reads 6 or 7 when i am finally to frustrated with my inability to return to slumber that i must pick up my 600 page reading material to find out more about edward, bella, jacob and the rest of the cast of the twilight series. i have enjoyed reading the books or thinking positive thoughts when i choose during the waking hours of the day, but i would much prefer that i get to use the dark hours as intended for sleeping. one might say i have made my bed and now must lie in it because nathan aka rib jabber did co-sleep with us in his infant years, but i protest because he has his own big boy toddler bed in his own dark room that he uses. the problem here is that he is not shooed back to his bed in the wee hours. but i have a firm grip on his behavior when my brain is coherent so i have let the times at night slip. the other young brennan boy in the household really does not have an excuse for his wake up calls other than he's just so stinking cute that i allow him to bother me lovingly. so mostly i'm venting because i can, but also because i'm tired, tigger and pooh are not lulling nathan to sleep, and i'm almost positive cameron will wake soon to dine. happy sleeping...

Monday, September 29, 2008

one month pictures are done

yesterday i trapsed off to the photo studio in walmart because i figured that our trusty studio at the local jcpenney would be busy on a weekend and i really needed to get photos done before cameron turned two months. cameron fell asleep on the way to the studio and snoozed quietly as the photo lady, whose nametag read 'stfni', tried to please a family of four with simple passport photos. the father was very intent on having perfectly posed children and well-kept hair/clothes in the photos, of which he needed four each. so the patient stfni took numerous photos attempting to eliminate shadows and capture the daughter without her bangs in her face. luckily i had planned ahead and arrived early to our 4 o'clock appointment time, so when it came our turn it wasn't too long past our designated time. while she prepared the studio area, i dressed cameron in his orange shirt and blue shorts as to bring out the respective colors in both his hair and eyes. he was content in changing clothes, but disaster ensued once i posed him on the photo table. cameron did not agree that it was a good time for his photo session and cried even through numerous position changes. the ever patient stfni suggested a reschedule for a better time, but i declined knowing that i would not get one month photos completed if i didn't get them snapped that day. so i inquired about a hiatus in our session while we 'walked the store' aka mommy shopped a bit to distract cameron. again cameron did not agree with my intentions, so i thought that he might be more content with a snack in his belly. we proceeded to the dressing rooms and after signifcant gulping and burping by cameron he was a much happier boy. when the session concluded we reviewed the portraits and the ridiculously expensive collections only to opt for the 4.99 package of thirty photos that drew us into the walmart photo studio the previous day. on or before october 8th our photos will be ready for pickup and we'll share our beautiful boy's one month photos with friends and family.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Finally joining the blogging community...

so my friends blog and i enjoy reading the information they share on their own blogs, thus i feel the need to join the bandwagon and share my own ideas and thoughts. i have even said to myself in the past couple weeks, 'that story would make a great blog entry'. so here i am...

first, the shift keys on the laptop computer have been working very inconsistently, thus i have resorted to not using them at all. sorry if it is bothersome to others that enjoy appropriate capitalization, but with such a sporadic work schedule for the shift key i have terminated its use in my typing. one would think that a simple black key on a keyboard would not be so bothersome, however, it's decision to not follow my directives when i need to shift to another character is not acceptable.

secondly, i am elated to have another four weeks at home with my boys thanks to the generosity of my obgyn doctor in writing me a note to be released from work until november 3rd. i know that both boys will be in great care with the grandmas when i do return to work, but i love that i will get to spend more time at home with them while they are little. this also increases my time to participate in wild wednesdays with my fellow young mothers and friends.

i could continue this post into twenty more points, but exhaustion from early morning garage sale fun is setting in and i still need to get cameron to the photographer for his one month picture before he turns two months. ;0 that's a smiley without a shift key