Friday, May 29, 2009

Memorial Day, Yard Sales, etc.

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend, I know we did. Jacob had a 3 day weekend and we definitely took advantage of his time off. On Saturday, we spent a majority of the day at my mom's house planting a vegetable garden. We don't have a great spot in our yard to plant a garden, so my mom let us plant in her garden. I'm so excited to teach Luke where his fruits and vegetables come from this summer. Laura, Travis and the girls also came up camping for the weekend. Luke and Miya had a blast playing with each other! On Sunday, we took Jacob's truck to a mud run. It's a very Michigan thing to do, so don't laugh! A mud run is when a bunch of big trucks get together and take turns driving through swampy areas and big mud puddles. It sounds very silly, but it is actually pretty fun. Luke LOVES watching Daddys truck get all dirty and drive through the water! On Monday we went to some friends house for dinner.

This week it hit me...I LOVE yard sales! I finally have the rocking chair that I've been wanting since I was pregnant with Luke. I found it at a yard sale for $20! I've also gotten some really great steals on clothes for Emma. I think I may becoming addicted to them! I figure I'd have to spend the money on clothes for the kids anyway, and this way I can buy much more for the same money. That's what I tell Jacob anyway! :)

Luke had a great week this week. He took a nap for me 3 days! His behavior has been slowly improving too. He always has been a joy, but he's gotten so fun over the last couple of weeks. His vocabulary is improving every day, and he's speaking 4+ word sentences now. His new favorite song is a popular Sunday School song called "Who's the King of the Jungle?". It's so fun to see him starting to understand the concept of Jesus. If we forget to pray before a meal, Luke sure reminds us! :)

Emma is doing great this week too. Her eye coordination seems to be slowly improving and she is starting to focus on faces that are closer to her now. We are still having her eyes screened on Monday morning anyway, just to be safe. It's amazing to me and I am so thankful how much that they eye doctors can pick up on at such an early stage of life! I'll let you all know how it goes. She is also starting to talk and communicate with us more and more. I'm trying to attach a small video clip of her talking, hopefully it will post correctly. She is still mesmerized by the camera, so she tends to freeze when she sees the blinking light. But, I did get a few seconds of her talking and smiling. I hope you enjoy. She's changing so fast these days, and seems to be growing out of her clothes by the minute!

Jacob's work is slowing down after this week, for which we're all thankful for. My mom just got a new camper that she's offered to let us use this summer, we're so thankful. It's great how God just sees a need and finds a way to meet it. Jacob and I have been talking for a while about buying a small used camper to start taking small family vacations with, but we just didn't have the extra money for one this summer. We're thankful my mom was so generous in letting us borrow this one for the summer! We already have a couple of camping plans with friends this summer. :)

Here are some video/pictures of the kids from the week.

Emma talking
Luke spent time playing in my canning pot this week.

It didn't take him long to try and go swimming!

Emma is really starting to like her floor gyms!

This is Jacob's truck before and after the mud run!

Monday, May 18, 2009


Yesterday I mentioned that you needed to open an account with Google in order to view my blog. After researching a little more, it turns out that you do not need to create an account because I will leave my page public. This way everyone can check in on our family without having to create yet another account that you will rarely use. Don't we all have enough of them already?!
Anyway, in just about an hour from now, Jacob's gracious mother has offered to take Luke for the afternoon. She lives near Jacob's work, so he'll just pick Luke up on his way home from work. I love my dear boy, but he's driven me just a little bit crazy over the past week! He has decided that naps are entirely voluntary, and he never 'volunteers' to take one. I'll put him in his room for over an hour, and he'll just play, sing, and jump on the bed. I suppose it does give me some quiet time, but within an hour of getting out of his room, it's very apparent that a nap would have improved his mood and made the rest of our day go much more smoothly!
Luke has been testing the boundaries that are set for him. My day is filled with asking him to "Please stop driving Tonka trucks over your sister's head." Needless to say, I'm looking forward to a quiet afternoon with just Emma. Who knows, I may even end up with a clean bathroom! :)

On the left is a typical 'Luke' face before he gets disciplined.....on the right is the face he shows me after he's been in trouble.

Emma had her 2 month appointment last Tuesday. She's a very healthy 11 pounds! The doctor said that she's doing great! The only thing we're keeping an eye on are her eyes. She seems to have a difficult time focusing on things that are closer that 18 inches from her face. We're praying that she is just developing slower in this area, and that she will grow out of it. Either way, we feel so blessed that God has trusted us with two of His amazing children!

Jacob's work is full swing into the busy season. He has been working long hours and most Saturdays. Needless to say, we're all looking forward to Memorial Day weekend very much!

Here are some more recent pictures of our family for you to enjoy.

My beautiful Emma at 2 weeks. It's hard to believe that she'll be 10 weeks on Wednesday! More pics of her to come.

The Bradley's


Sunday, May 17, 2009


As many of you know, I have a profile on Facebook that is available for you to view pictures of our family. However, I came to realize that it was hard to keep people up to date on our family, and you also need to have a Facebook profile yourself in order to view my page. So, my new attempt to keep in touch with you all is this....a blog. My hope is that this will be an easier way for me to keep you all posted on what our family is up to, and you will also be able to view pictures and videos that I post.

To view the blog, I think all you have to do is create an account on Google. Then, someone may have to fill me in on this, but there should be a link on the top of this page where you can choose to follow my blog. When you follow the blog, I believe that you will be sent an email whenever it is updated. I would love feedback from everyone as I get into the swing of things to see if this is something that is worth continuing.

I have a 2 year old who is boycotting bedtime, so I'll have to write more later.