Saturday, July 23, 2011

Brayden's 1st Trip to the Zoo!

Today we took Brayden to the zoo and had an absolute blast! It was one of the rare weekend days that Tyler was off so we wanted to do something fun as a family. He got off this morning so we let him rest for a little while and then headed to the zoo about lunch time. We were a little concerned about Brayden wanting to walk instead of ride, but he was perfectly content sitting on his daddy's shoulders and never once tried to get down.

We got there just in time for the last sea lion show of the day so we headed there first. The plan was to stand close to the exit in case he got restless and started fussing, but they now require everyone to be seated so we headed to the nose bleed section. He was so enamored with the sea lions jumping out of the water, he never tried to get down. Then, we started walking around and looking at the animals. First Brayden would tell his daddy what he saw:

Then he would make sure I saw it:
Then he would wave at the animal and tell it "Hey!":

He also got to ride the train. The only problem we had on the train was him trying to touch the 3 year old child in front of him and calling him "baby". He also made his car sounds the entire time.

Lastly, we went to the Alabama Barn which is a petting zoo for all the Alabama animals. He got to pet a goat!
It was such a fun day! I knew he would be pretty good, because he's usually very happy and content as long as he's outside. Even though it was really hot, it was so fun and entertaining to spend the day watching our sweet boy be so happy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July weekend! Tyler had to work Friday, Saturday, and Monday so Sunday was our play day. Tyler's "big brother" Todd has a lake house, well his family has a lake house, on Lake Mitchell. We were invited to come and spend the day Sunday and we loved it. Once again, we had the Brayden wants to get down and swim issue so we didn't spend much time in the water. However, he loved the boat ride!

He also loved when everyone got off the boat and he got to "drive" it.

After swimming, a boat ride, and a nap, it was time to start grilling dinner. Brayden really enjoyed climbing up and down the steps on the deck.

He LOVES steps! I think it's because we don't have any at our house so it was a new thing. All he wanted to do was go up and down, up and down, up and down. Luckily, Todd's sweet sister was there and she helped share the load. We took Brayden to see the fireworks on the lake Sunday night, but he passed out on the way so he missed them! While I was sitting on the boat on this beautiful river with my precious son in my lap asleep and my wonderful husband sitting beside me watching fireworks, I was reminded again how blessed I am. Blessed to have a wonderful God who loves me more than I love my son, which is hard to imagine. Blessed to have a precious family who is my world. Blessed to have fabulous parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended family. Blessed to have born in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. I love my country and hope to never take it for granted!

The rest of the weekend, Brayden and I mainly just hung out by ourselves. My parents are working on their house so Brayden can't really go over there. It makes for some great family time when Tyler's off, but when he's working, it gets a little boring.

On a separate note, Brayden is finally walking!! I've always thought he was like the cutest thing ever, but oh my gosh, he is so adorable when he walks! Hopefully I can get a video on here soon!

Liberty Day!

Every year, our community has a street festival complete with a parade and fireworks at the end of the day. I've always loved it and was very excited to take Brayden this year. He went last year, but was only 2 months old so he didn't enjoy it that much. :) Our little family went down early in the morning to look at the booths. My main mistake was taking Tyler with us because it was just too hot to stop and look at anything. We did get to check out the tractors and animals before we had to make a beeline for the A/C.

We went to get some lunch and were planning to go back to the parade, but Brayden conked out! First, he chilled out and watched a little tv.

That night we went to the fireworks. After Brayden crawled around the entire football field and tried to drink people's drinks and get into their bags, the fireworks finally started!

I wasn't sure how Brayden would react to them, but he loved them! He alternated between saying "Ooo" and "Uh-oh" and he would just say those over and over. Occasionally, you would see his little finger go up and point at them. It was such a great day!

Blog Overload

Since I am so far behind on blogging, I'm about to do a blog overload! I'm going to do several different posts. This one will be a "June" post.

So, Tyler and I, along with Brayden, went to the galleria one Saturday and I thought Brayden would love to ride the carousel. Boy, was I wrong!! The entire time he clutched Tyler's neck like he would never let go. I didn't get very many good pictures because it was moving and I was far away, but here are the ones I got.

We also got to go to Megan's Mimi's pool and swim. Unfortunately, swimming in a big pool is alot more work than fun. Because Brayden is used to having free roam in his baby pool, he couldn't understand why I wanted to hold him or put him in a float the entire time. He enjoyed the float for a little while and then he was ready to get out and swim.

Swimming wore him out!

On Father's Day, he finally got dedicated! I don't have the pictures of it, but we didn't get very many good ones because we were so far away and facing away from the audience. We spent the day as a family of 3 and had a really good day. Brayden is very lucky to have such a great daddy and I know one day they will be the best of friends.

Here is our attempt at taking a family picture - haha!