Thursday, September 30, 2010


I signed Brady and Emily up for gymnastics and we started classes on Monday, September 13th and they both LOVED it!!! Brady is in his first class that I am not participating with him and I'm happy to say he's doing awesome!! Emily's class was a different story is advertised as "walkers to 3", but OMG half of the things she couldn't do or didn't have the dexterity or whatever to do and by the end of that first class I was sweating up a storm!!! LOL. As luck (?) would have it, I was scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn ACL on September 16th so I asked if I could "defer" her to the next session because I hadn't realized just how much I'd have to help her do everything and by the time the next session starts she'll be 18months+ so that should help too. They were very nice about it and said it would be no problem!!! So for now, Brady's the only one having fun, but come November Emily and I will be back doing front roll overs and climbing things too!!

this is called a "Spiderman Walk"

they hang on this bar and then drop into a pit of foam

they get to slide into the foam too!

they are supposed to cross this bar by doing a hand over hand movement

walking across the parallel bars

the balance beam

his dismount!! :-)

FIrst Day of School!

Brady started pre-school on Tuesday September 14th. I can't tell you how excited he was to go!! He had been talking about school all summer and kept asking when he would get go so when this day FINALLY arrived he was as happy as could be!! He is going two days a week (but that's only because all the 3 day a week programs were full) for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

I think these pictures say all that needs to be said about how happy he was!!! :-)

a self-portrait of mommy and Brady

Daddy, Emily and Brady

this was the best we could get of the 4 of us!!! LOL

Brady's school had a policy that we could not walk them into their classrooms on the first day, so we had to just drop him off. I was a little concerned about this, but he did really well. When we got close to the drop of spot I turned around and it looked like he was about to cry, but he quickly said, "my eyes are just watering"!!! He pulled it together in an instant and then it was time for him to get out of the car and he never looked back, not once!!!
walking up to meet his teacher

After we dropped Brady off, we were invited to the church hall to wait and get a report on how Brady was doing (all parents had this invitation). The school director literally went up to each and every parent there to let us know how our kids we doing. She told us Brady was "fine, fine, fine" so we decided to head out!!! I knew he'd be fine but it was good to hear that, that's for sure!!

Brady waiting for me in the p/u line

he's spotted me!

after I picked Brady up, I took him to Starbucks for a little treat! He chose an apple fritter and apple juice!!!
All in all, the first day of school went very, very well!!!! :-) We are very proud of our little boy!!!

Meet the Teachers!

On Thursday September 9th I took Brady to his new pre-school to meet his teachers. He was excited to go but once we got there he was a bit shy. He was most interested in the play kitchen in the classroom, which didn't really surprise me! In addition to meeting his teachers and seeing his classroom he also got to decorate the bag that he is to take to school each day!

checking out all that the kitchen has to offer!

Decorating his bag with one of his teachers, Ms. Starbird

After his bag was all decorated we went and checked out his playground!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Meadowlark Gardens

The other weekend we went to Meadowlark Gardens which is a botanical garden about 30 minutes from our house and it's truly a hidden gem!!! It was a BEAUTIFUL day outside to begin with, but being in a place that was so pretty and quiet, we couldn't help but enjoy ourselves. We probably only saw 1/4 of the place so I know we'll be going back. They have a really cute children's garden area with kidsize furniture and things to play on too! It's also a great place to take pictues, so I apologize for the amount I posted, but we actually got quite a few good ones so it was hard to choose!!

my little "poser"

Emily loves being in the backpack carrier!!!

part of the children's garden

the tea garden in the children's area (those are giant tea cups and a tea pot)

Brady performing, as always!!

Brady was counting to 10 while playing hide and seek

now he's off to find the hider!

Soccer Tots!!!

Here are a few pictures of Brady at Soccer Tots this past session. He really does love it and I think he's getting pretty good at it too!! However, just to change it up a bit, we have taken a break from soccer for now and are trying gymnastics, which he also loves!! (pictures will come later)

working on dribbling down the field

the "fox" is running away from the "farmer" who's chasing him!

Mommy and Emily

dribbling the ball down the "river" on his way to scoring a goal!

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I love these pictures because they so clearly show how much they love each other!!

Yo Gabba Gabba!

On August 28th we took the kids to see Yo Gabba Gabba and they had SO much fun! I have to say, having 5th row seats was definitely cool! Before seeing this live, I would say Emily liked YGG, but now after seeing them live, OMG, she gets SO SO excited whenever it comes on tv. We took the baby bjorn to the live show thinking we'd need some way to keep Emily contained, but she was 100% mesmerized and barely moved the entire show!! It was so cute watching both of the kids in total amazement. After the show, Brady said, "I didn't realize what you meant when you said we were going to see them live" and I replied, "did you think we were just going to watch them on a giant tv?" Brady answered, "yes"!! LOL The looks on their faces was definitely worth the price tag of the 5th row seats!!! :-)

DJ Lance Rock

the whole gang...Muno, Toodie, Foofa, Plex and Brobee

total amazement!

I'm not sure who's having more fun here!!

It was HOT!!!

Brady loved when the balloons fell from the rafters