Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28, 2009: Two Years Old

Bronson is two years old today and we think he decided to be "terrible" for the fun of it. Honestly, we think that he might be teething or something because he spent the entire day being incredibly cranky for Kyle and Ann. I had to work, which really sucked. It was hard to not be with my little birthday boy for the day. His only request for his birthday was that I bring him frenchfries and cheese. When I pulled the frenchfries out of the bag and didn't immediatley produce the cheeseburger he demanded to know where it was. He is getting great at telling us no. He has also became quite the talker the past couple of weeks and his favorite phrase is, "what's this." We think that it is absolutely adorable each time his little cheeks puff out when he asks us something. He loves his family and finds it really funny to make nicknames up for each member. He has recently been calling Grandpa Kerfoot just plain Cookie because he remembers that he gives him cookies. It really has melted his heart. We were blessed by a special visit this year for Christmas and have gotten to spend an entire week with Grandpa Kerfoot. It has been extremely special for our entire family.

Bronson loved Christmas this year! He really got into the presents, but more importantly we took the time to tell him the story of Christmas. We took him out last week to see the live nativity in Dallas and he was enthralled by the live baby Jesus. It was super cute. He also loves the song Silent Night and can now sing most of the words along with anyone who wishes to sing with him. This age is so magical and Kyle and I wanted to do as much as possible to create wonderful Christmas memories with him.

Some of Bronson's quick facts are:

-Weight somewhere near 26 pounds
-No idea how tall he is (He wears 18 months and almost 2 t's)
-Loves cheese
-Loves and hates the vacuum
-Loves to mop and dust
-Loves to color
-Loves horses which he calls sheshoes
-Loves his family
-Has a vocabulary of well over 50-100 words
-Favorite activity, sports and dancing

2009: Pictures in Review

It is amazing to think that our little man is two years old today. It seems like only yesterday that I was being reunited with my little preemie and the nurses were handing him to me in my hospital bed admist the activity of the NICU. Bronson's birth has blessed me in so many ways. I can't even imagine my life without him in it. He holds a very special part of my heart. I thought that in addition to his monthly stats that I would provide a quick journey of the year with a few photos. The captions are at the bottom of the pictures.

December 28, 2009: Bronson turns 1!!!

January 2009: Olivia and Bronson being pulled on the blanket

Watching for daddy to get home, starting to pull himself up and walk around walls...
January 2009

Still not walking on his own, February 2009

First time riding in carseat facing forward: Febuary 26, 2009

March 2009: First Ride on the Merry Go Round in Salem

Bronson walks for the 1st time on March 22, 2009

1st Trip to the Beach with Ya-Ya and Papa (April 2009)

Easter 2009: Sick with the flu

Pictures with Olivia in front yard for Easter: April 2009

March for Babies: April 2009

Had overnighter with Yaya and Papa while Mommy and Daddy went to Sunriver: May 2009

Mommy and Daddy (Weekend Away): May 2009

1st Corvette Ride: June 2009

So excited for the 1st Vette Ride

1st Bike: June 2009

Playing on the beach: July 2009

At Summerfest with Miss Jenn: July 2009

Playing in the river with Daddy: August 2009

Olivia and Bronson: September 2009

Daddy and Bronson headed to coast alone: September 2009

Carving Pumpkins with family: October 2009

Fall Pic taken by Mommy: November 2009

Christmas 2009

December 26, 2009: 2nd Birthday Party

December 28, 2009 with Papa Cookie eating his requested meal of McDonald's

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Feeling a little tired...

These last couple of weeks have been a stir of emotions. Our family just returned from Redmond this past weekend to celebrate the life of Kyle's Grandma Kerfoot. She went to be our Lord on December 8th. We pray daily for Grandpa Kerfoot to find peace admist his sadness. They were married three months shy of 66 years. Kyle and I both didn't realize until the funeral that they started dating in high school too. It is a true testament that if you build your marriage on a strong foundation it doesn't matter how young when you start out. I fall more in love with my husband on a daily basis.

Listening to the stories of Grandma's life reminded me to model the behavior that she exhibited daily. Love others more than yourself and Love the Lord. She was such a true testimony of faith. She will be so missed, yet I know that I will see her again. I treasure the thought that she is now spending time with loved ones and cuddling on our two baby angels.

Kyle and I finally got the chance to decorate the tree last night. I guess I should clarify that Kyle and Bronson decorated the tree. I came down with the terrible sickness that Bronson has and went to the ER for this past weekend, so I spent the evening capturing the memories on the video camera. Kyle and I relished that our little boy knew exactly how to decorate a tree and after some prompting starting spreading out the ornaments. Our tree is so special this year because of the little hands that helped to decorate it. It is shy quite a few of our special ornaments, but all the more special because we want Bronson to enjoy the tree without worrying about ornaments being broken. We put the ornaments that allow us to remember Lindsay and Jackson in areas of the house that Bronson can't touch. For some reason he has found a huge liking to a Christmas framed picture of us on our wedding day. He keeps running up to it and pullling it down to kiss it. I think it is pretty cute.

Bronson is no longer going to daycare. There were quite a few of issues and after a quick discussion all parties decided it wasn't the best fit for him. We are now in the process of looking for someone that wants to spend three days a week with our son. I am going to handle this situation with tons of prayer. It was such an emotional day for me when I realized that my son was unhappy with the place he spent such a great deal of time at. We spent the day together today and when I asked him if he loved hanging out with mommy he said a very positive yes. We are working hard on making some lifestyle adjustments so that someday in the future I am able to stay home with our family. Part of these adjustments include a lot of cooking even when I am tired. I actually love to cook when I have the time and I think that Kyle is getting used to having different types of food prepared for him.

As we enter the week before Christmas I am reminded that the reason for this season is the birth of Jesus. Please remember to thank Him for the family, faith, and friends that you have. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2009

23 months a little late...

In only 20 days my baby boy will be 2 years old. Kyle and I just asked ourselves this evening where our baby had went? It was another rough day at daycare. I have almost come to the conclusion that Bronson is just a little more attached than some. I don't know if he will ever get used to being left under someone else's care for the entire day. I am having major mommy guilt. I keep telling myself that sometime in the near future things will get better and I might be able to stay at home. None of us can go without insurance so there is no choice but to get out there and log 40 hours a week. I know that I am a good mommy; I just struggle when I know that he just wants to cuddle up and be loved on. We spent this afternoon snuggled up together and enjoyed taking the time to read The Polar Express before bed. I don't want to jinx it but he is now sleeping soundly in his own bed. Kyle and I are trying to lay down a little more rules in regards to his sleeping routine.

Bronson is growing like crazy and officially weighs 26 pounds. I don't know how tall he is now, but he is almost able to wear size 2T so that gives you a little clue. I think that he seems to take after his Grandpa Bill and looks to have his build. He is such a sweet boy and I love every minute that I get to spend with him. We have been having a lot going on lately with some family issues. Kyle's Grandma Kerfoot, one of the sweetest women I have ever known, is really struggling and between Ann, Bill, and Kyle there have been lots of trips made over the pass. It is never easy to deal with end of life issues. I am praying for lots of peace. I am also comforted in knowing that Grandma Kerfoot is one of the strongest Christian women that I know and will be with the Lord soon. Please pray for our family as we deal in this sensitive time.

On to the Highlights:
-Bronson is talking all the time. Some of it we don't understand, but we love the fact that he tries to say everyone's names now and can say all of his friends names.
-He is obsessed with the song "Muffin Man" by pronounces it manman. It is super cute, but annoying to listen to all at the same time.
-He still loves the vacuum, but now has a pet name for it too and calls it the Abyer. We think he might be trying to call it the spider because daddy sucked one of them up in it.
-He loves stuffed animals and can name pretty much all of the major animals.
-He has began to potty train and is very interested in wearing pull ups.
-He has the clean gene and loves to mop, sweep, and dust our entire house. You have to keep the wipes put away or he will use all of them to "help" mommy.
-He has so many teeth that I can't count. I think he has somewhere between 12 and 14.
-He still doesn't eat much, but loves num nums.