Monday, September 30, 2013

A Few Pictures from Our Trip to AZ

     I forgot how busy life is when I'm in school and working. Whew! So blog posts may be a little less often... Oh well! 

     Anyway, here are a few pictures from our trip to Arizona. None of these are from the actual reception, but I will get those up soon hopefully!

Snuggling with my girl after the reception. She was inconsolable, and only wanted me to snuggle her. Please excuse the creepy red eye I have going on.

The plane ride on the way home. So tired!

Apparently there was lots of tiredness going on...

On the way to Arizona - why is the trip to a vacation so much more fun than the trip home?

My handsome, blurry boys on the way to the wedding. Nathan sure looks like his daddy!

     We were so glad to be able to go to the wedding and to spend some time with family! Luckily our kids have mostly gotten back on their schedules. Thank goodness!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Back to Real Life

     We got back from my brother's wedding last night around 9 pm. It was great to see family, and especially to be present for the marriage. I have lots of pictures to post, but I will get to those later this week. Right now we are trying to help our kids get back on a schedule because they definitely didn't get enough sleep while we were gone!

     Hopefully getting them back on a schedule will curb Ellie's screaming. To be honest, I'm really quite sick of it. Yesterday, on the way home, we stopped at a grocery store to pick up a few things before we really got on the road (this was after a plane ride, so of course Ellie was exhausted) and Ellie screamed for a sucker the entire time. Oh man, that girl tries my patience sometimes. It's a good thing she's cute and that I love her so much!

     More about the wedding later.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

No More "Pacy"

     This little girl has loved her pacifier from day 1. Around the time Nathan was born we decided to limit the "pacy" to bedtime and nap time so that we could eventually wean her off of it. But lately she had been sneaking into her room, snatching it from her bed, and sucking on it until I would notice. For the last few weeks I have been constantly telling her that she can't have it, that she needed to put it back in her bed, etc. I was sick of it. So on Friday night Sam and I sat her down and told her how Evie didn't have a pacy anymore because she was a big girl, and that in the morning she was going to throw her pacy in the garbage so she could be a big girl too. She listened, but had a confused look on her face. She even repeated back to us "My big girl. My put pacy in garbage." But we were a little bit worried, to say the least. She has always been a great sleeper, so we didn't want to mess that up by taking her pacifier away.

     When she woke up the next morning we reminded her about how she was going to be a big girl and throw her pacy in the garbage. She took the pacifier out of her mouth, walked over to the trash can, and put her pacy in. Then she started to cry. We thought she was sad that her pacy was gone, but she was saying "My green pacy!" (which is really purple) To our surprise she ran back to her bed, threw her purple pacifier in the trash, and stopped crying. I was surprised that she did it so willingly.

     Nap time came around, and I was worried again about how it would go. But when she asked for her pacy I just said "Where is your pacy?" and she said, "Garbage. I big girl." And that was that. She went to sleep without a single complaint.

     She also did well that night with a babysitter. Sam and I told the babysitter where it was in case she threw a fit since I didn't want her to have to deal with a tantrum, (don't worry, we had taken it out of the trash and cleaned it! :)) but when bed time came and she asked for the pacy, the babysitter told her it was in the garbage. She cried a little, but the babysitter gave her a book to take to bed instead, and she was fine.

     She asks me occasionally for her pacy, but I just remind her that it is in the garbage, and that is that. I am so impressed with how well she is doing without it. And, frankly, quite surprised!

(Ellie likes to "snuggle" with mom or dad each night before she goes to sleep. Her bed isn't very big, but she insists that we lay next to her. I know it won't be long before she doesn't want us to snuggle anymore, so I'm trying to make the most of it.)

      Sam said to me the other night, "I can't believe I will never see that little girl with a pacy in her mouth again!" She's growing up. Sniff. I can't believe she's not a baby anymore.

     And, honestly, I think I will miss seeing it in her mouth too.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Getting Called Off

     Last Thursday I was called off of work, so we decided to do a few fun things. (It seems like "fun things" have been few and far between lately because I haven't been feeling very awesome. Unless Dad is home - he's the fun one.)

     So after I got home, the kids and I went to the park. Ellie begs and begs 24/7 to go, but of course that's not always possible. But that day we went and stayed for a long time. She really enjoyed herself! She learned to climb up a new part of the play set that she hadn't been able to do on her own before, and she was quite proud. And of course she couldn't get enough of the slide.

Nathan enjoyed hanging out in his carseat. I have to take him in either the carseat or the stroller because if he is left to roam, all I do the entire time we are at the park is pick bark out of his mouth. So we chose the "strapped in" route.

When we got home, we decided to make pancakes. Why not?

It was Nathan's first time trying pancakes, and he LOVED them. He loves being big enough now to eat lots of the same foods that the rest of us eat.

     We all took a nap, then we did some much-needed cleaning/unpacking. I didn't take any pictures of that because, well, that's boring. :)

     I was so grateful that I was able to stay home with my kids that day. I was able to put into perspective what is most important in my life, and to make some fun memories with my kiddos.

     Besides - it turned into fall over the weekend, and our park days will soon have to come to an end.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Boy's First Sucker

     We went to the bank the other day, and the teller gave us a couple of suckers for the kids. Nathan had never had one, so on the way home I figured "why not?" 

     I can't even tell you how happy he was... or how sticky!

     Every time we drive by the bank now, Ellie reminds me of that trip by saying, "Guy give me sucker!"

     I don't think she will ever forget it.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Baby Brubaker #3!

     Yep, we are expecting #3 in April! We are really excited. We are also excited that the first trimester is coming to an end soon - I've been quite sick, and I think my kids and husband are ready to have their normal mom/wife back. And let's be honest, I'm ready to stop running to the toilet after eating the wrong thing, or needing a nap by 9:00 am.

At least my kids are cute while I'm snoozing away!

     I can't even begin to say how amazing Sam has been throughout this pregnancy so far. The lease on the place we were renting ended at the beginning of September, so we moved last week. Sam pretty much single-handedly packed up all of our stuff, cleaned the house, and unloaded everything while I sat on the couch trying not to throw up. We had some help with the big stuff, and we were so grateful! But man, my husband is so wonderful. He's been making dinners, changing poopy diapers, taking care of kids, and never even complaining. 

     We sure are happy to have all of our stuff at the new place. Now to finish unpacking..... And I can't even tell you how nice it is to be eating real, home-cooked food again!

Even though Burger King can be fun every once in awhile!

     And remember my friend Heather? Well guess what? They have some wonderful news:

     I'm so happy for them! The Lord answers prayers. Miracles are real.

     And even though the journeys Heather and I took for our babies may be different, I'm so grateful for our own little miracle growing inside me.


Friday, September 6, 2013

True Love

     Do you know what is true love? True love is my cute husband cleaning this up, first thing in the morning, before I even knew it had happened:

(Do you see the handprints on the mesh? They crack me up. It's like he was saying "get me out of here!")

     Yep, I sure love that man.

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