Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

We have been SO super busy with the house lately that we haven't been out much. We are blessing the baby on Sunday, so we've been working until @ 2am every morning to get ready for it. We were invited to Andrew and Julie's house for New Year's, but weren't sure we should go since we still had so much left to do. We ended up going and I'm SO glad we did. It was nice to actually get dressed and get out of the house for a night. It was just us and the Allmans for most of the night. Ryand and Trianna came and visited towards the end of the evening. Here is a picture of Jada and Brynlee. They are 2 1/2 months apart.
 These 3 play very well together. All of our toys are boxed up, so our kids were in heaven playing with all of Crew's toys. We barely had to do anything with them all night they just kept playing and playing.
 We bought Cougar jams a while ago, and finally remembered to bring the ones we bought for Crew. The kids were so cute in them.
 I'm not sure what Andrew told them to do, but they were really cute with their arms all in the air.
We put Brooklyn to bed there, and she did surprisingly well. Brayden was being really good so we let him stay up. We probably should've put him to bed since we didn't leave until 2. Overall we had a very enjoyable evening. Brayden finally fell asleep about 2 minutes before we got home. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas

This year our holiday season was pretty chaotic. Since we closed on our house the day before Thanksgiving, we have been tearing the house apart. Our first major project was the tile in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. So our washer and dryer have been in our family room. Then we pulled up all the carpet 3 days before Christmas. We didn't finish the tile unitl the week after Christmas, so we could only walk very carefully on it Christmas morning. I did manage, however, to empty everything out of our family room on Christmas Eve and try and create a positive atmosphere. I couldn't find all our stockings, our tree had been knocked over 3 times while moving it from room to room since I put it up, and overall our chaos had been overpowering the holiday season. We didn't spend much money this year since we were way busy and all our money is going into the house. But luckily the kids still loved every minute of it and don't know the difference. Here's the best I could do to get ready:

 The kids at the top of the stairs waiting anxiously:
 I love their faces as they see all the presents Santa brought:
 Brayden's big gift this year was a Leapfrog Leapster with a bunch of games. He really loves it and takes it in the car everywhere. Both kids got digital cameras, and Brooklyn got a bunch of random stuff. After we finished up we hurried and got ready to go have Christmas breakfast with Josh's mom's side of the family. Breakfast was fantastic as always. Here's Rachael holding Brynlee. She is the BEST babysitter ever. I'm so glad my kids love her so much:
 Brooklyn and Brayden helped hand out all the presents. We all got random stuff from Josh's grandma's house. She has SO much stuff, that it's good to help her get some of it cleaned out.
 Here are all the great grandkids:
 All the grandkids and their spouses:
 I love this picture of Grammy with Brynlee. Josh's grandma had a stroke a few months ago and is still recovering. This is the first time she was actually able to hold Brynlee.
 After breakfast we headed back home so the kids could take a good nap. My parents came and visited us when the kids woke up. We celebrated Christmas with my family the next day, but it was fun to see my parents. We then headed back over to the Ericson's to enjoy the rest of the evening with Josh's family. Here's our little family:
 Brynlee is still the sweetest, most peaceful baby. Love her!
 Brooklyn's big gift was this big dollhouse and all the accessories you can think of. It's the one that Kay grew up playing with. Brooklyn loves it and plays with it all the time.
Overall, we had a really good Christmas. It's been hard to teach the kids the real meaning of Christmas and focus on that while we've been in such chaos this month. Hopefully next year we will be able to do all our traditions again and have a much better holiday season. However, it is all worth it as we are close to having our house ready to move into. I'm very grateful for our house and all the help people have given us.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

For Christmas Eve every year we have dinner and a pinata at Josh's grandparent's house. This year we invited the 2nd cousins over for the pinata so there were more little kids. Brayden was first up and he loved every minute of it.

 Waiting for the candy:
 Getting way too much candy:
 So proud of their full bags:
 All the 2nd or 3rd cousins. I'm not really sure how we are all related, but we are! (Josh's grandma's sister married Josh's grandpa's brother and they live next door to each other. So everyone is related twice. It gets complicated.)
 It's a tradition for the little kids to wear their Sunday Christmas outfits:
 We attempted to do the nativity story, but it didn't go so well. Brayden was the only one that would put his costume on. Brooklyn put on half of the angel costume. Now Brayden walks around our house with towels on his head calling himself Joseph. It's really cute.
 All tuckered out:
 After we got home the doorbell rang. The kids were excited to find a special present on the doorstep:
 Pj's!!! They loved their new Tinkerbell and How to Train Your Dragon pajamas.
 Brayden helped me get cookies, popcorn, and carrots out for Santa. Such a fun age!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Laundry Basket

So what do you do when the bouncer is upstairs and you don't want to go get it? Improvise. All you need is a pillow and a laundry basket. Surprisingly Brynlee loves it because she'll hang out in it for quite some time.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

First Snowman

There are many reasons why we haven't played in the snow yet this year. #1 - I had a baby. It is really hard to want to go outside in the freezing temperatures right after you have a baby. #2 - All of our snow stuff is buried in the garage. #3 - I don't like being cold. Fortunately for the kids, I found our snow stuff, Brynlee was sleeping, and I had to snowblow the driveway all on the same day. The kids loved playing in the snow. It was fun to watch them chase each other around and climb the hills from the snowplow.

 After I finished snowblowing we decided to build a snowman. The snow was perfect packing snow so it didn't take very long. As you can see the kids got distracted eating all the raisins.
 My little snow buddies:

Monday, December 20, 2010

Brewer Extended Family Christmas Party

The Monday before Christmas every year we have a FHE at my Grandparent's house. We always start with a talent show, then have dessert. We have been doing this for as long as I can remember. Here are Brooklyn, Paige, and Brayden:

 Surprisingly, Brayden actually participated in the talent show! He first started talking randomly about his Spiderman book he was holding.
 Then he finally sang the entire Cougar fight song. Here he is doing the "Go Cougars!"
 I always play the piano. This year I played a Joseph Smith Medley that I arranged and dedicated it to my grandparents for their years of service in Kirtland, Ohio (4 missions.)
 Every year it gets harder and harder as there are more and more great grandkids to try and entertain. Luckily I came prepared this year with a bag of quiet activities that our kids and Paige were able to do when they got bored.
 Little Miss Brynlee getting so big!
 After we got home the kids jumped back in the boxes they had been playing with all day.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Santa

We missed our ward Christmas party this year, so I was determined to find a Santa for the kids to go see. A few people recommended RC Willey and so we took them last Saturday to see him. THANK YOU to those who recommended going there. He was a great Santa, and there was no line. Before I was even ready with the camera Brayden jumped on his lap and started telling him he wanted a "sharp sword with a case." Hmmm...I guess he thinks that since his mom won't let him play with sharp swords that maybe Santa will bring him one. We'll see...

 Brooklyn, however, was not a fan. She started screaming before she even got close. This was the best we could do:
 And little Brynlee slept through it all, opening her eyes just long enough for a picture:

Friday, December 17, 2010

2 Months!!!

I can't believe that 2 months have already flown by. Brynlee is still such a good, calm baby. We love her sweet spirit in our home. She is sleeping great, although her "night" sleep begins around 1:30-3am. Then she'll sleep until the afternoon (with feedings along the way), she'll be up for a bit in the afternoon, take a nap, then she's up all evening starting @ 7pm. It's a very strange schedule, and nothing I do can change it. She's pretty stubborn and won't fall asleep or wake up unless it's her idea. Atleast she's happy when she's awake! I have to admit it's pretty nice, though. With her asleep for most of the day I've been able to spend a lot of time working on the house. And since we've been SO busy with the house we haven't taken many pictures, but here are a few pics I took of her at 2 months: