Brenna’s Christmas Program – 2012

We had a blast at Brenna’s Christmas program at daycare this year. I took video!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

So just a quick reminder

While I catch up with posts, remember that over to the left there’s a link to our Flickr account, where photos show up much faster than posts do. So if you want a preview of the photos I’ll be using in posts later, hop over there!

 

Talk to you soon!

xoxo,

-TMBP

Halloween 2012

Ahh.. Halloween. Probably my favorite time of year honestly. Dressing up, playing pretend, acting like a kid, getting candy! Pretty awesome stuff. While (in my world) Greek Fest is the herald of the Fall season, Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years.

Last year Parker was born mere days before Halloween and didn’t really “participate” at all, what with all the crying and eating and pooping and sleeping that goes on after being delivered into the world. But this year… HAH! This year was different. Parker was one and she could walk and do all sorts of things!

Brenna told us starting around late July that she would be dressing up as a ladybug for Halloween, and Parker would be a butterfly. We thought that was adorable and promptly forgot about it because as a 2 year-old this was definitely going to change… except it didn’t. Every few weeks we would be reminded,

“Fo Halloween, I’m gunna be a wadybug! And Pawkah is gonna be a butterfwy!”

(or some version of kid-speak, but that’s pretty close). So when the Halloween store opened, that was our goal. Finding a ladybug costume for Brenna was super easy. Finding the butterfly costume proved near impossible. We went through pages of costumes with Brenna looking for a replacement for Parker and she decided she could wear a bat costume instead.

BOO! I'm a bat!

BOO! I’m a bat!

Brenna got to wear her costume to daycare for their Halloween event, and we dressed them both up for Boo at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo. On the big day we took them both to Nannie and Papa’s to trick or treat in their neighborhood.

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

Brenna was significantly less shy this year than last year, and she even walked up to the “scary house.” (A house that really does Halloween up – witches, cauldrons, music, fog, a graveyard, etc…). She was a little scared afterward, but I picked her up, told her it was cool and funny and she agreed and gave me a high five. A little reassurance goes a long way.

Parker is still a little young to really “trick or treat” so she mostly came along for the ride in the wagon, but she had an absolute blast. She’s so happy and social! She was laughing and waving and grabbing at Brenna’s wings all night, when she wasn’t fiddling with the bat hood on her head that kept falling down.

Love!

Love you…

... Now gimme your wings!

… Now gimme your wings!

It was a great night for the kids, and a great night for Daddy to spend with them, since I love Halloween so much. I hope they grow up with the same love for this silly costumed celebration that I have.

A pirate, a ladybug and a bat

A pirate, a ladybug and a bat

OH!

Plus we totally went to the pumpkin patch! If you missed it, it’s in this previous post about Fall

Ok! See ya next time.

xoxo,

-TMBP

Parker’s 1st birthday

At the end of October we celebrated Parker’s 1st birthday. The 27th actually fell on a Saturday, so we had our party then. Meg and I rarely have this many people over because it gets crowded quickly, but hey – we’re family! We’re ok with that!

Our friends Debra and Alex made it over for about an hour at the start before they had to leave for family matters. It was great to see them. We got to hang out a few weeks later and play some board games and catch up. We hope to do that again once their baby is born and things settle down (lol, settle down…).

Meg, Parks, Debra & Alex

Meg, Parks, Debra & Alex

We had a nice crowd of family as well: Nannie & Papa, Moonie & Fad, Tracey, Hayden, Courtney, Bo, Jennifer, Brooks & Adelyn, and of course Meg, Brenna, Parker and me.

This was really Parker’s first “gift opening” since she was all of 2 months old last Christmas. She got into it pretty quickly and enjoyed playing peek-a-boo with her gifts.

For me?

For me?

Smiles!

Smiles!

Bo was very kind to think of Brenna and brought her a little gift as well. She was very happy and gave him a big thank you.

Brenna hugs are good hugs

Brenna hugs are good hugs

We had pizza, drank a beer or two (or three…), watch Marcus Lattimore injure his leg again (in what I suspect is his last game for the Gamecocks), and then we had cake! Parker wasn’t sure what to make of it at first, but she eventually sort of got it. And by “got it” I mean smeared it all over her body, more or less completely missing her mouth, and later breaking out in a rash from the dye. But that faded quickly and caused no discomfort. She was still happy, smiley Parks.

Not sure if want.....

Not sure if want…..

WAIT! I LOVE IT!

WAIT! I LOVE IT!

It was a very fun day, and we all settled in for a nap afterward.

Parker continues to grow so fast over these last two months since then that it’s almost like looking at a different baby going back through these photos. She’s much sturdier on her feet, she’s given to fits of laughter and playfulness, running away with shoes and socks, or just this morning giggling as she ran away when I tried to put her coat on her.

There are many more updates to come in the next week or so, as I try and catch everyone up on the last two months before we close out the year. Stay tuned!

Love you all!

xoxo,
–TMBP