Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Big Happenings...

Last weekend we had a busy, fun weekend. Aaron and I went out on Friday night to celebrate his 30th a little early...but before we went out to dinner, he got a little help opening his gift. We are looking forward to celebrating again, this weekend on his actual birthday!

Saturday, we headed to a wedding reception for Jen and Matt. It was a garden reception---it was gorgeous and a great time! Here are some photos from the event:
Super Snazzy Dresser

The bride visiting with Wrigley, another one of our friends baby girl

Dancin' Machine

Although, Brayden enjoyed the reception A LOT, he was unsure of the white puffy dress...

Sunday we headed to the zoo, to soak up the 80 degree weather---finally a BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Brayden's favorite spot...the children's farm...must be the farm boy in him...


Then Sunday evening we headed over to the Ripke's for a BBQ...Brayden helped Eliza in her jumper :)


Last night, Tues, was Brayden's last swimming lesson. This series of swimming lessons started off rough...the first three lessons he screamed through the class...but after those class...the next were great. Here are some pictures of him and Aaron enjoying the pool...this time he cried when he had to get out!




Tonight we headed to Steak and Shake...for a celebratory dinner....Brayden found out he is having a BROTHER!!!!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Happenings...

The last weekend of April/beginning of May, we did a little tour of central Illinois. Our first stop was Champaign. We went to see Lisa (who was in town to run the half marathon with her dad---they did great---and I must give props to Rich for beating his daughter!) While we were there...we enjoyed the pool, went out to eat, and got to see Mary (another one of my friends from college). It was so great to see everyone and catch up! It seems that this will be an annual get together! (Which I am excited about). Here are a few pictures from Champaign...





Then on Sunday we headed to Peoria, for a much overdue visit to see our family that lives there. We had a great time visiting with the family. Brayden was quite busy hunting for eggs with Grandma, getting in the dog cage with their pug, playing with the other kids and adults...and also got VERY close to kissing a rat---GROSS!!!!!!!





The following weekend, Mother's Day weekend, we headed into Palatine for Big Trucks! Brayden had a ball checking out all the big trucks...we had a few melt downs...he did not want to leave the garbage truck or the school bus!!! He beeped the horns and looked like a natural behind the wheel!





On Mother's Day, the boys were very sweet to me. We went out to brunch, at Wildberry---a delicious spot, headed to church and then just enjoyed the beautiful weather outside. I just realized today, that we did not take any pictures really on mother's day...except for these two...We set up Brayden's sand and water table---a huge hit...and this other picture which is how he looks lately outside, because he is obsessed with planes!


These are just two random dinner photos....as you can see, he is NOT a fan of pasta...however yogurt is a different story!!!


Today I am 17 weeks preggo....this one is going by VERY FAST! I am feeling big...but this picture was taken just last week....so me at 16 weeks...and I guess I am not that big yet!!! (YET, being the key word)

Reading...a favorite pastime!

Last night, Brayden went to his first bar party!! Well....it was actually a bar and grill...and there were other kids there....so we are not terrible parents!! But we went to celebrate our friend Brent. He graduated from the Academy...and is now a Chicago Police Officer!!! Congrats!!!! Brayden was quite the ham...and very much enjoyed the party and FOOD!!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Easter Celebrations...

Its been a while since I have blogged...this pregnancy is taking a toll on me...I am just so exhausted and still a little sick...but it is getting better!! With that said...here is our long, lost blog of Easter 2011. It is a long one...we actually had quite the celebrations! This past weekend, we went to Champaign and got a chance to visit with some of my college friends as well as our family in Peoria...those pictures will come soon...hopefully sooner than these did!!

So...here is what we were up to for Easter...
Brayden's Godfather came to visit the weekend before Easter. It was so nice to visit with him...and he helped us dye Easter Eggs...






Before we headed to southern Illinois for Easter...the bunny made a stop here...Brayden enjoyed all his goodies in his basket...


Meeting the bunny at Breakfast...

And no....he does not like the bunny!!!

On Friday, we went to Easter Breakfast with the bunny...and with some of my great friends from home. It was so good to see them and catch up...and celebrate Addison's 1st Birthday a little early...but as you can see from the above photos, Brayden was not a fan of the bunny!!! However, after breakfast, he chased him around...but would only get close enough to touch him for a quick second and then run!

Baby Gym

Walking the beam...I think he must have taken secret lessons from his sitter's gymnast daughters...he was quite good at it!

Hanging out with Great Grandpa, enjoying some of his delicious Easter cookies...


Grandma brought me a huge art bin filled with all sorts of goodies...

Saturday, we headed to Eckert's for some Easter festivities. Here are some pictures from the event...and even with all the rain it was fun and still warmer than Chicago!!!
Icing and eating a cookie with daddy...

Bunny Love...


Looking at the baby chicks...he did not want to hold these!!

Ready to hunt!!!

Once Brayden got the hang out it...he was a professional egg hunter!!! It was so fun watching him hunt for eggs for the first time!



Planting a green bean seed with grandma...we left it with her, in hopes that her green thumb will get it growing for us!

Easter Morning---Family Shot

Shakin' Shakin' Shakin' the Eggs

Who me?!?!!?

We shared with the rest of our family on Easter that Brayden will be a BIG BROTHER in late Oct/early Nov...here he is in his t-shirt and Aunt Colleen's shades...