Wednesday, January 11, 2017

1 Year Old

Brad walks almost as much as he crawls unless he hears the dishwasher or fridge open. At that point he drops to his knees and makes a dead spirit to the appliance no matter where he is or what he is doing. He loves to mimic us. He grabs our phone and holds it to his ear and says ello, he tries to snap his finger when I snap along with a song, he gives high fives, and my favorite, he does the Home Alone Scream. He dances to any music unless we want him to perform. He has 8 teeth and says Momma, Dadda, uh oh, and ello. The highlight of his day is when he hears the door open and knows daddy is home. It melts my heart every time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Baby!

Oh the difference of a year...

We had no real plans for Brad's birthday.  Jason spent the whole day studying so Brad and I just hung out.  We went on an adventure to Walmart... which was the most Brad has ever acted up in public.  He wouldn't sit in the cart so there I was pushing a completely loaded cart in one hand with Brad in the other while he was trying to grab at everything he could see..... I can see the beauty of Walmart's pickup. :)  Anyway, Brad loves the Tickle Me Elmo at Grandma's house.  And Jason makes a hilarious Elmo impression... so I thought because I had nothing better to do on Saturday I should make Brad a cake!  I had to get a little creative on the orange nose because I couldn't find ANYTHING that would work.... until I stumbled upon orange silly puddy!!!  

Finally when Daddy came home at 6 we partied hard.  

I love love this darling new shirt from Aunt Wendy.  And Brad is a little more used to opening presents since Christmas.  But he still got pretty caught up on the ribbons...

His favorite toy was a Jack in the Box from Grandma Leigh.  Such an awesome toy that I never would have thought to get him!

Our attempt at a family selfie.

And onto the main event......

He was really interested in the cake until we finally let him go at it.................... and then it was like he really looked at me, "Are you sure about this Mom????"

He played with it a little but never really dug into it.  I think he was scared of the red frosting hair.  Jason even bit into the cake trying to show Brad how it was done.... still Brad didn't go for it.  He got a little red frosty on his face.  (I was relieved he didn't get the black frosting all over!  It dyed my hands and I was imaging my baby with black dye spots all over him at church on Sunday. :)

The night ended with a haircut (that accidentally got super short but sure looks super cute) and a bath.

We sure love this little boy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rest of Christmas Break

The day after Christmas Jason's sister and brother's families came to town.  Jason's sister Renee had extra tickets to Knott's Berry Farm so she invited us to come along.  It was the most beautiful sunny California day.  It was really fun to see what another Anaheim amusement park had to offer.  But my favorite part was getting to spend more time with Jason's family.  I love good discussions in long lines.  

Like I said, a pretty picture perfect kinda day.

While we were going on roller coasters.... Brad was spending time with Grandma
and Grandpa.

It was a wonderful trip to Southern California.  It was hard to want to leave... but we got up super early one morning so I could make it back to our annual friends lunch at Pizza Factory in Cedar.  Every year the group is a little different.  Ashley and I are always there but who else shows up is always so fun to see.  It's so true... the saying "The older you get the more you need the people you knew when you were young."  I think this year was hands down my favorite reunion to date.  It was awesome.  
I came home to find this. 

We went with Chad and Maddie, Nick and Jeanine's Fam, and my mom and dad on a hike just north of Snow Canyon.  It was a beautiful sunny day.

And then we spent the evening back at the house watching tv.  Brad has mastered the Parson slouch.

The next day was Jason's birthday.  Now luckily he doesn't read this so I can write pretty freely because Jason's birthday was just another one of those days when I am so impressed with Jason.  He hates hates hates attention.  Well I should say he hates attention for things like his birthday.  So what did we spend his birthday doing?  Moving probably 10,000 pounds *made up number of food storage and art prints in subfreezing temperatures out of my parents main garage to their second garage.  Then Jason bought and built some shelves so my mom's business supplies could be a little more organized.  I wish we had a before and an after picture.  But anyway, the point is... Jason is awesome.  And I am so grateful that he is so caring and most important, that he loves to work.  

After we finished that project that took most of the day, we headed home.  Here is Jason eating his birthday pie as he drove.
And of course, our perfect baby slept the ENTIRE way home.

We had heard there was inversion in northern Utah.... when we got to Utah valley and there wasn't much inversion we thought maybe they were exaggerating..... and then we got to point of the mountain...... yes.... that grey line is straight up pollutiony smog disgustingness.  It was SO BAD in Salt Lake Valley that you could not even see the mountains.  It was awful.  Welcome home, right?

The next day I finally made Jason's birthday cake.  He requested a Red Velvet Cake.  I had never made one... but I think it turned out pretty alright!  Of course I didn't want an entire cake sitting at our house so we took it over to Alina's for the Lindstrom family New Years Eve party.  Loriane and Nils and Brita and Jonathan were there.  Of course Jason didn't want candles... (Or too much frosting)
And Nils being a party animal...

One of my proudest things of the break was teaching Brad how to do the Home Alone scream.

I was kinda surprised how hard it was to take down the Christmas tree this year.  Maybe it's hard every year... it's crazy how a silly plastic tree with a string of lights can hold so much emotional value in my life.  It's hard now to look over in the corner where the tree once was and see a dark space.  This Christmas season was absolutely wonderful.  It was spending so much time with loved ones.  Thoughtful gifts and Christmas treats are always a highlight.  But of course my favorite part was being able to share the joy that Brad brings into our lives with other people that we love.  Seriously, I can't get enough of this kid.  
On New Years Day we were able to go back to our own ward in South Jordan.  I was excited to see my favorite old man playing the organ.  He.  Is.  Awesome.  He plays with such enthusiasm.  He plays loud and fast and always adds little fun additions to each song.  I write about this because I hope I never forget how I felt when we sang the opening song, I Believe in Christ.  As we sang my favorite hymn tears ran down my cheeks as the organ blasted through a true celebration to the gift the Savior gave us.  

My favorite line, "I believe in Christ; so come what may."

Although I probably don't enough about it during the Christmas season, I am so for His life and His gift and the hope and joy it can bring.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 in Review

I remember doing the post of a year in review for 2012.  I remember thinking.... this is it.  This is going to go down in history as the best year of my life.  And in some ways I hope I always do think of the year of 2012 as the best.  

(We'll throw this picture in as a reminder of just how awesome 2012 was.)

Meeting and deciding to marry Jason is the best thing ever.  But this year.... 2016.... really does give 2012 a run for it's money.  I really had no idea that having a baby would be such a game changer.  I really didn't understand that every single stinkin' time you look at your baby you smile, you get this warm gooey fuzzy feeling that brings happiness you can't measure. I know, I know... enjoy it now because "when they become teenagers you will question it all".  

But really 2016.  You will be hard to beat.  

Each year I try and come up with my top 10 favorite pictures of the year... this year is extremely difficult.  Like impossible.  Because baby.  And Europe.  And ther
e are two different type of good pictures.  Actual good artistic photos.... and pictures that are pretty but more important have good memories.  And I am pretty dang biased and am having a hard time separating the two.  So I think this year I am going to have to have multiple lists...... Top 10 Pictures of Brad and Top 10 Pictures of the Year.  Can we be okay with that?  I sure hope so.  Because it's killing me. 

Mom in her happy place.  Finally returning to Rothenburg, Germany after almost 40 years

A sea of blue - Vernazza, Italy

Sienna, Italy

Salt Lake Temple

Duomo, Florence

St. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Varrenna, Lake Como, Italy

Gondola to Murren, Switzerland

Prague, Czech Republic

And now on to the good stuff.............. Brad.

First the honorable mention... well first, when I started this post, I had over 50 images that I had to cut through....... hardest thing I've ever done.  (Joke... kind of)  So here is the best I could do.  

The honorable mention: our first family picture together.  Yes.  Not a single picture of us our whole family together until at least 3 weeks.  And not surprising where the picture is taken.....

On to the main event.











2016 has brought more joy and laughter than I thought possible.  Brad has been the reason for it all. 

But other major highlights include: 

-Traveling to Europe and Western US. 

- My mother-in-law spending a month with us and taking care of Brad. 

- Jason passing the first of two Dental boards. 

- And the most recent and makes me excited... Jason agreed he'd love to have my parents live in a house behind ours someday. #goals 

I am so unbelievably grateful for the last 365 days and the wonderful people I got to share it with. 

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