Brandon’s Christmas Program

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Brandon did so good in his Christmas program today! We could hear him over all the other kids. He started to lose interest toward the end, but over all he was very into it. I was waiting for him to smack the kid next to him (you’ll see why), but luckily he was too preoccupied with his own finger. Lexi loved watching the kids sing and was very good.

Side note: I did dress Brandon better than this, but apparantly he got hot and took off his cute sweater and his teachers forgot to put it back on. He is actually wearing the same shirt that he wore in last year’s program, that’s why it looks too small!

Lexi playing

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I am officially addicted to videoing Lexi! Oh, well! I need to get some video of Brandon too but he always want to run from me…I just have to wait out the phase. Anyway, here is a video of Lexi playing with the cookie cutters. I accidentally taught her how to take her bows and hats off of her head in the process but it was worth it.

At least she’s pretty…

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Lexi worked on drinking out of her cup for about 10 minutes before she finally gave up. It was really funny watching how her mind worked trying to figure it out. I tried to pick it up and give it to her (I didn’t just sit and laugh at her frustration) but she wouldn’t let me. She has a death grip and is very stubborn. She got Brandon’s spoon out of his yogurt today and was licking the yougurt off and I had to pry it out of her hand. Luckily, Brandon was busy on the playground or he probably would have freaked out. He is not into sharing with Lexi yet.

Lexi on the move!

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Lexi finally started to crawl last night…I say finally b/c cousin Mia has been crawling for ages now and I have been (not so) patiently waiting for Lexi to catch up. She turned seven months old last week and is thriving, of course! Here is a video of the big event…sorry it is a little long, but if you have kids you understand, and if you don’t have kids, you probably would have thought this was boring no matter how long it lasted!

Pictures and video

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I went crazy on youtube and added a lot of videos, so if you want to check them out. Here is the url for one of them and then I think you can get to the rest of them from there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFmBpI7R6Gs

One of the videos is sideways, so if anyone would like to teach me how to rotate a video it would be greatly appreciated, but you aren’t allowed to make fun of me, since I humbly asked for help.

I also added pictures to my shutterfly site. http://joeandibrandonandlexi.shutterfly.com/

Btw, check out my beauty blog at www.nwamotherlode.com

Happy 4th Birthday, Brandon!

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Brandon turned 4 years old today and I think, surely, someone has made a mistake. Just yesterday he was a baby that made me carry him everywhere and today he is a big boy starting his second year of pre-school and choosing to play with Daddy over me…it’s craziness!

We had his birthday party yesterday and it was a huge hit. His cousin Drew came in all the way from Dallas (Gigi came with him, of course) and while the boys played over the weekend Gigi and I nearly killed ourselves planning Super Hero Training camp for his party. When the kids got here, everyone recieved their uniform ( a mask and cape with their initial) and then we had to test their super-skills. First, they had to find all of the radioactive spiders that got lose in the house to test their spidey sense. Then we went out back for an obstacle course: test agility on the balance beam, then scale the tall tower and go down the slide, then climb through the bat cave, leap over tall buildings, run fast as lightening, swing through the swing, climb a rope ladder and finally, slide through the wall to the finish. After each child completed the obstacle course, some did it several times, we practiced catching bad guys with our webs by shooting silly string at ballons hanging from a string. It was a lot of fun and everyone passed! We had pizza and opened presents before serving a GIANT Spiderman cake that Brandon had requested. Every kid left with a Spiderman kite (so they could fly, of course) and a certificate of completion for finishing Super Hero training. It came out really well and was well worth the many,many, many hours spent planning.

Brandon’s real birthday is today and he also went back to school today, so we took cupcakes and got to go to Chick fil a afterwards. We also had a mini-celebration tonight where we lit a candle on the bottom half of the cake that was left (it was seriously a huge cake) and sang happy birthday again. School went well and we are just praying that we don’t have any problems like last year. He starts speech again on Thursday and I think Miss Dee will be happy to see him and impressed by how well he is doing. In the last couple of weeks he has started recognizing his letters and trying to read (early concept stuff, but still). I am excited to see how much he will grow and change this year as he gets older, but if he still wants to curl up in my lap every once in a while, that’s okay too.

Yes, it was me!

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If you happened to be driving down Crossover today and thought you saw a crazy lady picking up papers on the side of the road and thought “Hey, that kinda looked like Andi,” you were right (but I am not doing court ordered community service, if that’s what you thought)! I left the house this morning to pick Brandon up from Nana Camp and didn’t get far before I saw papers flying off the back of my car. I pulled over as soon as I could and called Joe to find out if he had, by any chance, left his work notebook on the back of my car. Of course, he had and it was apparently filled with important papers. So, I had to walk down through the thick weeds in my cute, bejeweled flip-flops picking up papers and dashing into the road between cars for some of them. By the time Joe got there I had everything (special thanks to the good samaritan that grabbed the notebook) and I had started to see the funny in the whole situation.

Anyway, I mentioned that I was getting B. from Nana Camp. He just spent 5 days with Nana and Papa, and Uncle Brien, Aunt Kristie, Hattie Anne, Towle, and Baby Doke in Hot Springs where they were all crammed into the condo. He had a lot of fun, especially with his best buddy Towle and came back saying everything was “awesome”. I think he was defintiely ready to come home though, because when we got here he said “I love you , mommy and I love this house.” It was pretty cute.