Friday, April 9, 2010

Birthday Boy!

This little boy had a birthday yesterday!

P.S. He looks naked in this picture, but he is not! He does have a diaper on! Haha :)

This last year has been filled with so much more happiness and joy than we ever thought possible because of having little Brigden in our home and lives. He is such a sweet little boy. I love seeing the new things that he learns every day. He is ALWAYS on the go and has SO much energy. I love this about him because it is so much fun to play and explore with him...and it makes for great naps...well, sometimes :). His zeal for life is contagious. It helps me to be more motivated to get up and going and seeing new things. He loves people and will walk up to anyone wanting to play with them. He gives the best kisses and hugs. He claps at things that are exciting to him like the timer going off on the microwave or oven or when there is fun music on the radio. I love how the smallest things are so exciting. He has started putting his hands over his eyes whenever he does something funny and we are laughing at him. When there is something that interests him and that he wants to learn more about, he does this little whispered "ooooooo" sound with his lips all puckered out. He loves putting the lids back on anything that is missing it's lid- boxes big and small, water bottles, plastic containers, you name it. It is fun to see his brain work and figure things out. I love his independence. It helps him to learn new things and catch on quickly. He says "mama" and "dada," "ba" for "ball," and "nana" for "banana." He loves to point and is constantly observing. Anytime that I say, "where's Daddy?" he goes into our front room and looks out the window. He loves when Daddy comes home. And so does Mommy! Brigden gives Daddy the biggest hug when he walks in the door.
As you can probably tell, I could go on and on about this little boy. But I'll leave it at this...
I am grateful for Brigden and what he has taught me about being a mom. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done, but has taught me the most, along with being a wife.
NOW, on to the celebration! As you can tell, Brigden had a great time! We had a little party with just me, Casey, and Brigden. (I had extra batter, that's why there are so many cupcakes-no, we didn't eat them all ourselves!) I knew that Brig would not even hesitate to dig into the cake- and he didn't disappoint! My parents and sisters and Casey's parents are coming up from AZ in 2 weeks for my graduation so we are going to do a little combined graduation/birthday party---I think we will stick with a cupcake for Brigden at that party!

Here are some other pictures from the day...Brigden got a big ball and a tent with the gift card from Grammy and Umpa (Thanks!) And he LOVES them. The tent is his own little hideaway. He also got his first birthday card and from great-Grandma and Grandpa Charlton! Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

We love this little guy and are so excited for all that is in store for him!

A little project...

While Brigden and I were in St. George a few weeks ago visiting my Grandma Ames, we had fun at the thrift store! I found (for super cheap) a really neat vintage frame and this:
What a find! Now, knowing that I would not put this up in my house as is, this is what I did to it today:

I love it! I love finding old things and turning them into something new! Something about creating gives you such a good feeling...
I have tons of ideas of what to use this new board for, but I would love to hear your ideas because I'm having a hard time deciding!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fools...

Simply stated, I LOVE April Fool's Day. I love the {harmless} fun of it all. I have never been that great at thinking of jokes to play, but for some reason, today I was on fire! I just thought that I would share one of them, which was my favorite...
This is what Casey found underneath the windshield wiper on his truck when he came out of work today--

Little did he know, I was a couple hundred feet away in my car recording him finding it! It was so funny to watch his reaction and then to hear him explain what he was thinking later. In the video, you can see him looking all around his truck to see what he would even be ticketed for. He says that he was so ticked. And then, on the video, you see him take out the paper that was inside of it and he just shakes his head because he realized that I had got him yet again. He threw the "ticket" into his truck and went to get into his truck and that's when I drove up. He just kept shaking his head and we laughed and laughed. We both got a big kick out of it!
I didn't really know if he would think it was real because of the joke I had played on him early that morning, but I guess it was legitimate enough! It was made to look almost exactly like the parking tickets that the BYU parking enforcement gives out, so it was quite believeable!
Haha, I already have some great ideas for next year's jokes! Casey, you better watch out!