Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Braden's 1st Birthday Bash!

On Sunday we celebrated Braden's 1st birthday with our family and friends. It was such a wonderful time! The party was at Laura & Kim's community pool, which was quite necessary since it was over 100 degrees. Braden seemed to have a lot of fun and definitely enjoyed the pizza and cake. Thank you for everyone for coming and making it so special!!
Beth, Raquel & Braden

Courtney helped me decorate & set upVictorCathy & JulietteThe B's!! Brad & Braden eating pizzaMommy & BradenStephani, Ryan & JakeGavin & KimBraden loves splashing in the pool!Greg & JulietteTurtle cake made so wonderfully by Kathryn Diaz (309.264.6090)!The candle wouldn't stay lite :(Cake ManLaura & CourtneyBrad & Ellaina chillin by the pool!Scuba EllainaWolfie


Ellaina has become quite a talkative little girl. She says some of the funniest things too. It is true that once your child starts talking you realize the things you say A LOT. For instance... I must say the following statements quite a bit:
*Oh my goodness
*Darn it (which sounds a lot like dam* it and/or donut)
*Careful Ellaina/Braden
*Hey Buddy or Come here Buddy (Buddy=Braden)
*Hop up Ellaina (when she hops up into the car or bed)
*I love you so much ("so much" to anything in the right contents)
*Come on Jinx, Come on Jada (she went upstairs to get something and I heard her saying "Come on Jinx, come on Jada" in this sweet high voice while clapping for them to follow her.)
*Hi Jada baby
*Guys: Hey guys, Bye guys, Hi guys, You guys etc...
*Silly goose
*Oh no

Many more that I can not think of right now, but these are the things she says the most. Which apparently I do too. She is just such a little sweetie and has become a wonderful big sister! I can't believe how grown up she is getting. If anyone has any secrets to slowing this growing thing down, please share :)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Real Cake Boss

Braden got to dig into his very first birthday cake yesterday. It was so funny to watch and photograph. At first he was not interested in the cake and a little annoyed when he got frosting on his toes. Ellaina on the other hand, it was hard keeping her away. As you can see by the first pictures when she is sneaking the cake as Braden is crawling away from it. Once Braden realized what it was and got a taste of the delicious cake, he was all about it. They both had such a great time. Ellaina was feeding Braden the cake...in between her bites. It was such a magical moment!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Braden!

My baby turns ONE today! Wow how fast it has gone by. It feel like just yesterday we were bringing our new baby boy home from the hospital. Braden has just become the most amazing little guy ever. He has such a sweet demeanor about him and loves giving kisses. At one year he is taking quite a few steps around the house, but still prefers to crawl. He is very vocal and is such a happy little guy. I could not have asked for a better little guy. Brad and I have truly been blessed over and over again.

I picked up some balloons today for Braden to play with. I think this might be one of the first times he got to actually play with balloons and he was having a blast. Ellaina was so cute trying to hand them to him and playing with him. Both of our little babies are growing up so quickly...is there a button I can push to slow this train down :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Like Father Like Son...

I guess Brad is no longer the most wasteful when it comes to toilet paper :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Could He Be Any More Cute!?!

I know, I know I'm a little bias...but he is adorable! Here are some of Braden's 1 year portraits.