Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sing me a song

Braeden's teachers have been teaching them a lot of songs lately. One of them is more like a cheer. For his day care. It's adorable. And he gets a lot of pleasure performing it for us.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


So I didn't manage to get a picture of Braeden in his medal but I did want to tell you about the conversation he and Mat had over dinner last night.

Braeden started asking Mat questions about planets. It started with Mars and Mat explaining that it would take months to get there. Braeden knows Mars is a red planet, thanks to a Backyardigans episode. That episode has a great song, Boinga, that Alicia Keys sings. I'm not at all ashamed to admit it makes me want to dance right along with Uniqua, Pablo, and Austin!

(The video quality isn't great but I wanted you to see the dancing!)

After they got done talking about Mars, Braeden asked about other planets. Mat went through the list...amazingly, he still remembers the order of the planets, something we learned in elementary school. And he also knows that somewhere along the line scientists changed the pronunciation of Uranus to stop people from cracking so many jokes. No more Pluto and now it's Ur-a-nus...this just feels weird to me.

So as Mat's rattling off the list of planets, Braeden brings up the purple planet. Mat seemed confused, so Braeden explained that Dora and Boots visited the purple planet in an episode of Dora the Explorer. :)

Mat took it all in stride and explained that he didn't know about the purple planet but that Neptune was blue. And then he explained to Braeden how it got its name. He asked Bray what else he knew that was called Neptune. Braeden immediately named the Neptune statue in Virginia Beach. And he also remembered there's a King Neptune in Spongebob. He and Mat talked about how Neptune is the king of the sea. And Mat asked him what color is the ocean. Braeden replied blue, and he realized that's why the blue planet was named Neptune.

I had the greatest time listening to the two of them talk about planets, both real and imagined. I love that Mat never talks down to Braeden and is always interested in teaching him something real.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Braeden got an adorable medal at school the other day for being the first kid in his class to know his address and his phone number. We already knew he was a smarty-pants and now we have proof!

I'll try to post a picture later.

Friday, September 11, 2009

All the goings on

Braeden went to a birthday party for one of his friends at a park in downtown Burlington. The park has a bunch of Braeden-sized rides and a train that goes through a tunnel and over bridges.

Here's Braeden with his friend, Zander, on the cars.

Braeden loved the cars! And once he figured out how to work the horn, he honked his way through the entire ride.

He liked the boats but definitely not as much as the cars!

The carousel was the last thing we did before the party ended. He wasn't quite sure he wanted to ride on it at first, but when everyone else went he decided to go too. But he was sure he didn't want to ride one of the horses that went up and down!

He had so much fun that we took him back the next weekend when Mat's parents were in town. I love the little kid birthday parties and hate them all at the same time. This was, hands-down, one of the best. The food was simple (Chick-fil-A nuggets, grapes, those puffy, crunchy cheese balls, and juice boxes) plus a cake. The kids got to go on the rides for about an hour and a half before we met up in the gazebo for food, cake, and presents. The presents weren't out of hand, and most of the family saved their presents for a more private setting. I decided to make the little girl a backpack. I had fun shopping for girly fabric and finding just the right design for her backpack.

If I did it again (and I'm pretty sure I will), I'll make a lined backpack instead of unlined and find something better to use for the straps. But this one got the job done. And pretty cutely too!

Braeden and I also went to Will's second birthday at the Science Center. Gage had an ear infection and some kind of skin thing. The doctor thought it might be a case of hand, foot and mouth. Not serious but it is contagious. And the poor kid was pretty pathetic--temperature, not eating well, itching. So Mat and Gage stayed home. Braeden had a great time at the party petting the animals (who knew chinchillas were so soft??!!), using the animal tracks stamps, eating the most beautiful multi-colored cupcakes, and celebrating Will! For Will, I wanted to give him something very, very special so I knit him a vest.

I actually knit one for Gage earlier in the summer and kept it off the blog because I knew right away that I wanted to do one for Will. And I really wanted to surprise Emily with it.

For Gage's, I had bought this brown wool cotton yarn in November with no idea what to do with it. I found the vest pattern this spring and realized I had the perfect yarn already. How often does that happen? Since Gagey's turned out so well, I knew I would knit one for Will. And then I took a big chance and asked Braeden if he wanted one. Not suprisingly he said yes. In red. The big question is, will he wear it? Stay tuned.

For Will and Braeden's vests, I got to buy a brand of yarn I'd been dying to try. Their vests are made from organic cotton. Will's is a beautiful shade of green called basil which I thought would go perfectly with his big brown eyes and white blond hair.

What else? Braeden had a case of fifth disease. We noticed it Sunday evening, but it really looked like he had wind burn or maybe a little sun burn from the pool that afternoon. When Mat took him into day care the next morning, they said it looked like fifth. Then they told him some of the other kids in his room had it. I was pissed that they wouldn't tell the parents that or put up a note on the day care door to explain it to parents. It bugs me that they told Mat about the other kids after they noticed it in Braeden. Fortunately fifth is a mild rash that never progressed past the barely noticeable stage. Braeden liked to tell people he had the disease. He was pretty proud of himself.

I absolutely adore this picture of Braeden! He was watching Mat use the pressure washer on our back deck. He wanted to help but he wasn't sure he wanted to get too close to the spray. I just love that face!!

Braeden and I went to Southern Season a few weekends ago. I needed to pick up a few things for a package and we needed a few things from Trader Joe's (just down the street). Braeden and I had brunch at the Weathervane, the restaurant at Southern Season. He had chocolate chip pancakes and milk I had a breakfast quesadilla and a mocha. Weathervane is kind of fancy and kind of not. It was fun taking him someplace like that. We usually just eat at our local, favorite Mexican place (in a strip mall). I like that he and I can go out together somewhere nice (with cloth napkins) and eat together. We sat up at the bar on tall stools. He loved it!

Check out Gagey's blog because I updated that one too!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

So much to say

I know it's been a long time since I posted when Mat complains about it. I've got no excuse. I guess we've just been living our lives, going about our business, not that there hasn't been a lot of cuteness that I ought to be chronicling. It just hasn't made it from life to the blog, I guess.

He loves playing under the sewing cabinet. Where's Gage?

Let me try to do a quick recap of the last month...

Gage is (finally) starting to say a few things. He loves trucks and calls them guck. He also points to ducks but again, guck. He's been saying cat for a while. Or dat and pointing at the cat. He's been waving forever but he just started saying bye bye when he does it. So cute! He says shoes which comes out more like sues. This weekend we got him saying cracker, more like cra-cka really, and cookie. When we see a dog, he'll say doe. He's been saying ball (baa) for a while now. I think that might be it for now. I'd love to get him saying Braeden or whatever form of that he could get out. I think Braeden would love to tell people Gage can say his name.

I went into the living room the other night to check on the boys. They were watching cartoons, very quietly and peacefully. And this is how I found Gage.

I love his sweet face!

We've got a new-ish bed time routine with Gage. Mat does the bath then it's "go find mommy" time. Gage comes naked to the top of the stairs and Braeden and I go up to see him. Gage waits until he knows we're coming up then he takes off into Braeden's room. Braeden goes after him and pats his belly while saying fat baby. He heads back downstairs to watch more cartoons and I stay upstairs. We get Gage into his PJs and brush his teeth then he and I head into his bedroom to read books. He has several favorites that we have to read. Dear Zoo was a gift from Emily to Braeden way back when and it continues to be a hit in our house. He also loves Goodnight Moon 123, a counting book. It's how he learned that socks go on your feet and mittens go on your hands. He really likes a book about opposites that was a gift from Abi for Braeden. It has flaps that open up to new pictures. She also gave us a board book called Rainbow Fish that Gage adores. After we've read our books, I tell him to get his pacci. He climbs up on Nanny's chair and gets one off the bookcase. I pick him and carry him over so that he can turn off his light. Then it's over to the crib where he picks up his lovey. I pull the pacci out of his mouth so he can give me a kiss then it's into the crib. He is still so good about bed time. He goes right down and never makes a peep.

Mat got a new car that he absolutely loves, a MazdaSpeed 3. It's fast, a little loud, an incredibly bright (and some might say garish) shade of blue, and so much fun to drive! I got a hair cut and have been knitting, knitting, knitting.

And watching tennis. The US Open is my favorite of the Slams. I adore watching night matches under the lights. I love the play on hard courts. And typically, I love watching my favorite American men kick butt. Not this year though. Andy Roddick and James Blake lost on the same day, depressingly enough. My other favorites went out around the same time. I've been forced to pay attention to players I don't normally notice. There's a 17-year-old girl from Georgia who's beating big names (like Maria Sharapova). She's been fun. I rediscovered a guy I've liked in previous tournaments, Juan Martin Del Potro. And the Bryan Brothers playing doubles. They are just so much fun to watch! Apparently me typing that jinxed them...and they're out!

I updated Braeden's blog too, so check it out!