Happy Birthday Braden!

I’m sitting here going through pictures of Braden’s first few days home and it is so hard for me to believe that it was two years ago.. that my baby is TWO! How did that happen?! When did he go from my squishy, snuggly little newborn into this crazy kid running circles around me squealing at the top of his lungs? Time goes by so incredibly fast, and it seems that with little ones around, it really flies.

Watching Braden grow into this little person has been the most rewarding and amazing thing I have ever done. I love to just sit and watch him, especially when he doesn’t realize that I am watching. I love watching him him chase Buddy and Sammy around the house squealing. I love snuggling up on the couch with him to watch “Momas” or “Memo”. I love how he hugs himself SO tight to tell us he loves us. I love when he climbs into our bed, pats the pillow next to him and says “Mommy – nigh, nigh!”. I especially love when he gives me sweet little kisses on my forehead for no reason at all. I love the little boy that he is and I can’t wait to see who he will become :)

Okay enough for the sappiness, on to the pictures, which I know is what you really want to see! I can’t bring myself to make Braden go to school on his birthday, so like last year, I took the day off to hang out with him. We invited a few of his little friends over and pulled out his baby pool for them to splash around in. It’s the same four boys that we got together with last year.

Aiden, Christopher, Jack & Braden

Jack, Christopher, Braden & Aiden

We thought it was hard to get a picture of four 1-year-old’s last year, but I can honestly say I think it is even harder to get a picture of four 2-year-olds! We tried to get them all standing, this is one of the many attempts.

Maybe we’ll have better luck next year when they are all 3 :) Anyway, back to our day, the boys had a blast splashing around in the pool.

And then we took a break for a snack, where Aiden ate his body weight in blueberries..

And Jack devoured a juice box..

And Braden tried to cool off with some ice..

And then decided that drinking from the hose was way cooler than a juice box..

Then they all played on B’s swingset for a bit..

After that, the moms decided it was probably a good idea to do lunch and head home, since it was getting close to nap time. Seriously, how cute are they?!

Braden was sad to see his friends go..

After he got up from his nap, Daddy came home from work and Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner. We had birthday cupcakes, which B was definitely a fan of.

B spent some more time splashing around in his pool (hey, it was an easy way to get the icing cleaned up!) and of course I made him pose for a family birthday picture.

Finally, it was bathtime and bedtime.

And Adam and I.. yeah, we got a glimpse of those “Terrible Two’s” that you hear so much about! I have a feeling its going to be a great year though!

Happy 2nd Birthday to my sweet baby boy! Mommy and Daddy love you SO much and we are so blessed to have such an amazing, kind and loving little boy. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year!

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

We got up and hung out at the house, then headed to Adam’s favorite BBQ place for lunch, Mojo’s. There is a really cute ice cream shop next to it that caters to kids, and B made it known that he NEEDED ice cream after lunch!

We went to my parents house for dinner – my dad and Adam cooked (poor guys, had to cook on Father’s Day!). In our defense though, they wanted a low country boil, and that’s totally man territory :)

After we finished, we realized that B had a HORRIBLE diaper rash, the worst I’ve ever seen. We wanted to let it air out a bit, but he also had diarrhea, which really doesn’t agree with my parent’s cream colored rugs.. so my mom got out some old hand towels and made a loose fitting “diaper” for B.. how cute is that?

And this one just kills me.. poor Snickers!

Choo Choo! Braden is TWO!

Choo Choo! Braden is (almost) two!

As you know, if you’ve spent any amount of time with him, B absolutely LOVES trains, so when I started thinking about a theme for his party, a train theme was a given. I’m not a huge fan of character things in general, so I tried to get away with just doing a train theme, but as soon as B saw the Thomas cake in the Publix cake book, it was all over.. so I just ran with it.

Adam got on board with the party planning and suggested renting a train, since B freaks when he sees the one at the mall, so he handled that. The kids weren’t too sure about it at first.. Braden screamed throughout the entire first ride, but they warmed up to it for the last half hour or so and I think they all enjoyed it, so yay!

The kids also enjoyed running around on the playground.. but the most fun thing of all was the bucket of ice for the drinks. Who knew?! :)

And then, it was time for cake! Yummy cake with blue icing that B dug right into!

After it was all over and B took a nap, we headed over to my parents house to grill out and cool off in the pool. B is SUCH a little water baby, he loves being in the pool and thanks to daddy recently learned to jump off of the side.. thankfully, for my sanity, he doesn’t mind wearing the life jacket!

Happy Birthday Chase!

Okay seriously, how adorable is this?! Braden’s friend Chase turned 3 today and her parents threw her birthday party at a little stable. Their were horsie rides, ponies to feed, a playground a hay ride.. seriously, coolest kid party I’ve ever been to!

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