Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Happenings

Christmas time is my favorite time of year and we have been making the most of it here in Denver. Here are some pictures of what we have been up to this Holiday season.

 Brooklyn "helped" decorate the tree

 My chocolate chip cookies finally turned out. New ovens are always tricky.
 We can't keep her away from the ornaments, I hear them bouncing off the tree all day long.
 She clearly has her mothers taste. I couldn't get her out of Pottery Barn and I wasn't about to buy her the $150 sheep.
 She does this new thing where she takes the stickers of EVERYTHING. She was going through the clearance isle and Sports Authority taking all the red stickers off. Whoops.
 The Cherry Creek Santa display is gorgeous.

 Patiently waiting for Santa.
 90 minutes and $30 later, we saw santa. They didn't allow me to take any on my phone. Kind of annoying considered I paid the money! For the record, she hated Santa with a passion.

Presents are wrapped and we are ready for Christmas!

Thanksgiving 2012

It's almost Christmas and I'm just getting around to blogging about Thanksgiving. Proof that I have an 18 month old that keeps me plenty busy. And the fact that blogger told me I couldn't upload any more photos...but now it's letting me? Not sure why, but I'll take it. Trying to figure out Flickr was becoming very time consuming. Thanksgiving was a blast this year. Brooklyn and I turkey trotted with Papa (B didn't do much trotting, but did a lot of sleeping), ate lots of good food (thanks to Lindsey for helping me make the rolls), went to the Nuggets game, and went to the lighting of Downtown Littleton...kinda. We got there at 5, exactly when the banner said Santa would be coming, only to find out Santa wasn't coming until 6:30 and we had to leave to get to the Nuggets game. It was still such a fun atmosphere and we will definitely be going next year. We also did some black friday shopping that involved J. Crew at 11 p.m., and it was worth it.

We have so much to be thankful for in our lives and Thanksgiving is always a great reminder of that. I am especially thankful for my little family and can't imagine a life without them. After hearing of the events in Connecticut my heart is broken and aches for those family. Those were chosen children and teachers that are wrapped in the arms of their Heavenly Father and I'm pretty sure there isn't a safer place to be. This world can be scary and sometimes I just don't understand why things happen, but I am so grateful that families are forever. I am going to hold mine a little tighter. All my thoughts and prayers are with those families.

Downtown Littleton is one of our most favorite places, especially this time of year.

House Update

Our house in finally making some serious progress. And it is oh so nice to see. For a little while there, I thought we had a bought an expensive piece of dirt but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We are having dry wall done this week and then after that it's cabinets, floors, and counter tops, oh my! I never thought I would be so excited to see electrical work done. Progress is progress in my book, even if it's the boring stuff. Here is what it now looks like...

Only 8 - 10 more weeks and this place will finally be "home" for us. Not that we are counting down the days or anything...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Brooklyn @ 16 Months

It is crazy how fast life flies by when you have a little one. I always thought people were crazy when they said their child's age in months, until I had one of my own. I want to hold on to her little-ness for as long as possible! And every month seems like some huge milestone that needs to be recognized, ha!

Brooklyn is active, to put it lightly. I mean the girl doesn't stop ALL DAY LONG. And I'm not exaggerating, not even a little bit. She will bring me a book, be done in 30 seconds, point to the snack she wants, then go change the channel, then go jump on the bed, then grab her toy, climb on her chair, pull all her stuffed animals out, raid the bathroom, and try to jump in the empty tub. And she will have only been awake for 20 minutes. It's seriously insane. Trev and I often look at each other and think how on earth is she still going? She is still a fabulous sleeper, and we thank our lucky stars for that every night.

-she is talking up a storm. She is probably so sick of me asking her what every animal says. "Mom I said neigh 30 seconds ago, lay off."
-climbs on everything. There isn't a chair too high for this little girl to scale. Her father's daughter? I say yes.
-loves the Lion King. I mean she could be running all over the place and as soon as she hears it, she is like a deer in the headlights. She will giggle to herself during the whole movie. I wonder if she really understands what is going on.
-Tupperware, and more Tupperware. all day long. She frequently wears every bowl in the house as a hat and walks around laughing at herself.
-loves dogs. She isn't afraid of anything, which worries me a little too much.
-she can now "pound" and gives everyone a "boom". It's a serious sign of endearment from her.
-She says "no" way too often and way too well. And the odd thing is she knows when to say it, we can't trick her.
-hates all vegetables. She would rather starve then eat a pea. Luckily, she could eat strawberries all day long.
-loves the park. LOVES. She is always so excited to go and goes down any slide, without hesitation.
-she knows when she has something she shouldn't because I'll catch her in the act and she will quickly throw it across the room and look at me like she doesn't have anything. Teenage years are going to be so much fun.
-loves anything that makes noise. she often says "whoaaaaaa" when something excites her.
-she has serious stranger danger, which I am thankful for these days.
-she insists of flipping every light switch in the house, every time we pass one.
-she loves to cuddle before bed and right when she wakes up.
-has an obsession with the dishwasher. I can't do dishes while she is awake or the entire kitchen is a disaster.
-loves to put her shoes on, and loves to take them off as soon as we get in the car. socks, too. It's not annoying at all.
-she loves stuffed animals and loves giving them "loves". She is one sweet girl.

She is our everything and we could not love her more. Every day brings on a new adventure and seeing that little mind of hers at work is such a incredible thing to see as a parent. It's funny how you are so excited to put them to bed but so excited to get them up in the morning. She has us wrapped around that tiny little finger of hers.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I think I had about 15 different ideas for what Brooklyn was going to be for Halloween. I finally decided to maker her Snoopy, Trevor would be Charlie Brown, and I would be Lucy. I had a beanie made to look like Snoopy and then put together the rest. Brooklyn has the talent for pulling anything and everything off of her head. So, the odds of her keeping the beanie on were slim to none. Lucky for us, the allure of candy at every door distracted her and she kept it on, for the most part. She had a BLAST. I really didn't know what she was going to think of the whole thing, but she caught on pretty quickly. After she got candy she would say thank you and then say "Ba Bye". It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen. We stopped by both Grandparents houses, and then to the annual Halloween Party at Julie's, which was fabulous as usual. This little girl just keeps getting more and more fun and we can't get enough of her.

 Liza was the cutest Tinkerbell around
 These 3 girls have way too much fun together. Liza made sure they each got candy at every door.
 Brooklyn with her "papa"
 And this describes these girls perfectly. 

Julie's fabulous party