Thursday, March 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Emma Grace!

In case you didn't know...

I'm ONE!

It's hard to imagine that one year ago today, Jacob and I were at the hospital meeting Emma for the first time. How quickly the time has flown!

We're having a family party for Emma on Saturday afternoon, but here are a few pictures of our celebration today. Enjoy!

The day will be bitter-sweet when she's grown out of her baby cheeks and I won't be able to smooch them all the time!

Cooking up some dinner with my new kitchen set from Mom, Dad, & Luke!

I didn't want to get my new cute shirt messy,

and I frankly didn't know what to think...

but Mom said that I should at least TRY it,

and once I gave it a taste...

I realized how tasty my cake was,

and I tried to eat it all at once!

See how good it looks?

After all the exitement of cooking in my new kitchen, eating cake and ice cream, and playing with Luke, I was ready for a nap!

But it's my birthday, I can cry if I want to....right?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A very belated Merry Christmas!

I know I'm late for a Christmas post, but better late than never right?! We hope you all had a nice holiday season, I can't believe that we're already halfway through January! We've been so busy I know I haven't updated in quite a while. Here's a little photo recap of our Christmas. We celebrated Luke's 3rd birthday last week, and I'll post again soon with more updates.

Christmas at Nana's & Papa Dave's
I love playing Chutes & Ladders with Mommy!

All of the cousins!
(Luke, Emma, Rion, Miya, & Kyleigh)

We were so luck to have Santa Claus come and visit!
Emma wasn't sure what to think about all those whiskers!

Luke got this fun 'bop bag' from Grandma and Grandpa Jewett. He gets so excited about having something he's actually allowed to punch!

A fun new Little People's Noah's Ark set. It's a great addition to the barn set we already have. Thank you Grandma & Grandma Francisco!

Luke got a new Hot Wheels track for Christmas. It's proven to be my favorite Christmas present of the keeps this boy busy for HOURS!

Celebrating Christmas with the Bradley's at Grandma Sue & Grandpa Roger's house. Emma did a great job providing entertainment with her silly personality and glowing smile!

Luke LOVES his new Curious George fruit snacks from Grandma Sue. He's also sporting his new favorite shirt. A monster truck shirt from Grandpa & Grandpa Webster.

Luke loved these new swim trunks from Aunt Melissa that he had to wear them to bed! We had a little trouble figuring out where to put our legs at first....

But we eventually figured it out!
We had to wear them the next day too.

Luke having fun with is new fishing game. Thank you Grandpa Randy & Grandpa Georgie!

Luke sporting his new umbrella hat thanks to Aunt Melissa. (Imagine my excitement when Luke decided he just HAD to wear it out shopping with mom. :) )

Christmas with Papa & Grandma Cindy

I love my new fire truck!

We sincerely hope that your Christmas was as blessed as ours was!
The Bradleys

Friday, December 4, 2009

Here Comes Trouble!

The week after Thanksgiving went along as usual, grocery shopping, work, playing games, playgroup...
Until Sunday afternoon, when my days became MUCH busier....

That's right folks, Emma started crawling. And she's into EVERYTHING! Don't get me wrong, it's so cute to watch her chubby little body waddle across the room on all fours reaching for her favorite object, the remote control. She's able to interact with Luke more (she loves assisting him by knocking down his train track so that he is able to build it over, and over, and over again!), reach her own toys instead of screaming at me to get them when they are out of reach, and follow me when I need to leave the room. But I feel like she's taking this newfound freedom for granted...

Here's what I found her doing Sunday evening, mere hours from our beloved stationary days. I left the room for a few minutes to help Luke in the kitchen, and I returned to the entire cabinet in the entertainment center EMPTIED!

You can tell from the look on this precious face that she's so proud of her accomplishments!

I knew this was quickly approaching, but i still don't think I'm ready for it! The girl has me ready for naptime before she is! And poor Luke has been tripping on her when he walks backwards because she wasn't just behind him a minute ago!

I should be thanking God for strong limbs that are able to move freely....right?


Friday, November 27, 2009

Gobble Gobble!

I am thankful for my wonderful husband who works tirelessly all day, yet comes home to a house full of chaos and dives right into to his night job, daddy. He often goes with so little so that Luke and Emma can have so much.
I am thankful for my two beautiful children, who bring such joy to my days. I'm so blessed to be able to wake up to their smiling faces each morning, and to tuck them into bed most nights. They keep my days exciting and entertaining. I just love watching them grow!
I am thankful for my family, who is always there to support us and provide us encouragement. I am thankful for friends who let me comlain about a long day, but also remind me in the many ways I am blessed.
But mostly, I am thankful for an awesome God, who has given me much to be thankful for. He has provided me with everything. I am thankful to live in a country where men and women fight selflessly so that I may worship Him freely.
Thanksgiving was busy, like all the others. We started our morning by making a turkey with Luke. He recently discovered how to use scissors and is eager to practice any chance he gets. I cut out the body and wings, and he helped me cut out the feathers. He's becoming quite good!
We went to my mom's house for dinner, and spent time with Aunt Melissa, Aunt Laura, Miya and Kyleigh. It was so nice for Luke and Emma to see and play with their cousins.

It is extremely difficult to get two toddlers and two infants to even look in the same direction at the same time, much less get them all to smile!

Luke and Miya are such good buddies!

Emma thoroughly enjoyed herself on her first Thanksgiving. She loved trying the sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and cranberry sauce. And lets not forget the yummy desserts!

Emma was intently eyeballing my piece of dessert...

And so excited when I gave her a taste!

After dinner (and dessert) and Nana's house, we went to Grandma and Grandpa Bradley's for (more) dessert. Luke loved playing with Uncle Jesse's race track and eating Grandma's brownies.
From our family to yours!,

Love, The Bradleys
Jacob, Cassie, Luke & Emma

Monday, November 9, 2009

October Fun!

We had so much fun celebrating Halloween and the harvest season in October. We visited a local pumpkin patch one Saturday afternoon with Nana, Papa Dave & Aunt Melissa. There were so many pumpkins to choose from that Luke could've walked around the field for hours! Finally, we decided on the winners.

My two little pumpkins!

Time for the big weigh in!
The pumpkin patch also pressed their own cider, made hot fresh donuts, and offered hay rides around the property. We enjoyed all the festivities!

Aunt Melissa, Emma, Luke & Jacob on the hayride.

Luke loved watching the elk and buffalo from the wagon!
The following weekend, we took advantage of a chilly quiet afternoon after naptime to carve our pumpkins. Luke had such fun drawing all the different types of mean and silly faces!
Daddy & Luke drawing faces for our jack-o-lanterns.

Luke was so proud of how well his face turned out. He even got to help daddy hold the carving knife!

Daddy's, Mommy's & Luke's jack-o-lanterns.
During the entire month, I worked really hard at getting Luke excited about wearing his hippo costume for Halloween. We looked at pictures of hippos, read books about them, and even crawled around the floor pretending to be hippos. I thought, "Great! This Halloween will be so fun. Luke actually gets the concept of dressing up!"....Then October 30 arrived. We were meeting some other friends at a local nursing home to visit the residents and trick-or-treat. Luke decided that he did NOT want to be a hippo. He wanted "to dress up like Luke. He was okay to wear just his jacket." "Really?" I thought. "I have to force my two year old to get free candy?" Ugh. Thankfully, about halfway through the nursing home, Luke got sick of watching all of his friends fill their bags up with candy and he decided to put his costume on.

Luke and his friend, Isaac the frog, after visiting the nursing home.
(Notice how we got the costume on....not the hood.)

This smiling lady bug did such a great job cheering up the residents at Newaygo Medical Care Facility!

The nursing home was a great practice for the real thing on Saturday. He still took some persuading to get into his hippo gear, but had a blast running from house to house saying "Trick or treat!", and giving a very enthusiastic "THANKS!" when he was done.

After we made the neighborhood rounds, we walked over to our church that was hosting a 'trunk-or-treat'. Typically, people decorate their vehicles and pass out candy from their trunks. This year was pretty cold, so the gym was set up with creative stations. The picture above is Luke fishing for his candy at the 'Fishers of Men' station. We had such a fun Halloween night, and I think Emma liked watching everyone walking around in their costumes.
We hope you all had a very happy Halloween!