Sunday, November 7, 2010

Firsts and Lasts

This was a week of firsts at the Bruno home. Emily lost her first tooth and today Grant took his first steps and got his first haircut. I LOVE watching my children take their first steps. It is probably one of my favorite things as a mother. With Grants first steps came a twinge of sadness. We plan on Grant being our last child which means today was the last time I get to watch my child take their first steps. Hard to believe he is growing up so fast! Everyone gathered around for the big moment. Grant was thrilled to have such an attentive audience.

We trimmed the bangs. Once I couldn't resist clipping them back I knew we absolutely had to cut it. Will someone help me know when I need to cut the rest of his hair?
And here is Emily playing at her first recital. She was thrilled to finally have her turn and she did great!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Emily Lost a Tooth!

Emily lost her first tooth today at school. She was so excited. Here is a note she sent to Heather with all the details.

Dear Heather,
I lost a tooth! I wanted it to come out at school. I wiggled my tooth at school and I pulled on it and it came out! Then I told my teacher, and she said we can sing a tooth song and I got a tooth sticker. And I went to the office and I got a envelope to put my tooth in. And then when I got home I put the envelope under my pillow so the tooth fairy will get it and I would get a dollar.
I love you!

Everything Pumpkin

This was our wet trip to the pumpkin patch. Don't be fooled by Holly's smile. She cried almost the entire time we were in the corn maze. She HATED the mud.
Grant didn't love it much either.

But everyone was happy once we got our caramel apples and corn on the cob.

Holly's preschool took a much sunnier, happier trip to a different pumpkin patch.

And all the girls had a fun Witches-Night-Out at our friends house. October is such a happy month!


Dorothy and the Witch

The Cast of Harry Potter complete with a dementor and Rita Skeeter

Holly and her froggy friend

And the puppy dog. I let him play with candy thinking he wouldn't bite through the wrapper. Who knew he could do so much with just a few teeth.

Once he had tasted the goodness he was beside himself when it was taken away. Just one more month and then I'll let him enjoy his sugar. For now I'm trying to keep him as pure as I can!

Even if it means a few tears.
Rick borrowed the Harry Potter costume once the kids were done so we could go to our party. He wasn't the only Harry Potter there and it was quickly decided that he was the Harry Potter from the epilogue. That's what you get if you have a head full of gray hairs!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Holly and Grant

I am posting adorable pictures of my two babies in an attempt to start blogging again. We'll see how long it takes until the next post. The goal is soon!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Abbie!

I realize I'm a bit late on this post but wanted to make sure I got all these cute pictures on my blog. Abbie had Happy Birthday sung to her over and over for her big day.
It started with an early call from Africa. One of the best parts of having Heather in Africa is that we get a school of adorable African children to sing Happy Birthday to us. What a perfect way to start a birthday.

We sang again for her ebelskiver breakfast.
And then again at lunch where I spoiled her with a donut and a Happy Birthday from all of her classmates.
And then again with all of her friends at home.
It's hard for me to believe that this little Abbie
has turned into this beautiful girl who is almost taller than me! Rick even took her to her first rock concert on her birthday.
I am constantly amazed by her many talents and passions. Every parent teacher conference I have ever been to I am told that Abbie is the most perfect, ideal student. Her friends love her and she loves them in return. One of them recently told me that Abbie laughs at everything. I love that about her. I look forward to seeing what amazing things she has yet to do. I'm a lucky mom!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Sign

I have to admit, I was a bit sick to my stomach when I drove up and saw a sign in my front yard. I realize I asked for it and that deep down it's what I want. However, there is so very much that I love about my home that would make me so sad to leave behind. If my kids didn't keep getting bigger I think I could stay here forever.

The market is worse than it's been in years which is both good and bad for us. As opposed to a year ago, it now will cost us less to buy a new home then to add on. And for the most part we are happy about that. We will get more for our money. The bad part is selling our home will be much harder than it would have been a year ago. I am at peace knowing that things will work out just as they should. I just wish I knew where we will end up!!!

So, if you want a home that has been filled with years of happiness, it's up for sale. It has been host to many visitors, many parties, many dinners, many, many children (can't even imagine how many kids have been in and out of this house!), lots of music, laughter and tears. I guess I'm a bit attached. Maybe it won't be the end of the world if when the sign comes down we are still the owners!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Making it to the Top of Utah

I have been waiting for almost 15 years for the chance to hike Kings Peak, the highest mountain in Utah. I've hiked many other Utah mountains but the highest one was still on my list of things to do. When I heard that Heather, who is home from Africa for the month, was hiking it this summer I booked a ticket to Utah and joined her and some friends to make the climb. So glad I did!

Scott nursing Chloe.

I can't think of a better spot to have lunch. Beautiful!

Kings Peak is the triangular shaped peak right in the middle.
The mosquitoes were unreal. We covered every inch of our bodies so they couldn't find a spot to suck our blood. Chloe hid out in the tent. I was dealing with an intense headache at the time. My body was trying to cope with a change of elevation from under 500 ft. where I live to over 10,000 ft where we camped.
Halfway up the mountain.
And finally after hours of climbing on rocks we made it to the highest point in Utah! So fun to be there with my sister. And this picture is way cooler than if we were just sitting on a fence.

Looking down from the top.

This was our crazy descent. We decided to take the short cut and I can no longer walk because of it. I don't think I've ever been this sore. Not even after marathons! I'm in the middle looking down.
And this is looking up.
Everyone was happy and maybe a bit crazy when we finally made it down.

This makes me happy.
Our finally destination was Denny's after two days of hiking 28 miles and gaining almost 5,000 ft. We enjoyed our all-you-can-eat pancakes at 11:30 at night. Denny's pancakes never tasted so good!
Thanks to Rick who took over at home, to Mike and Stacie who gave me a comfy bed to sleep in and lots of yummy food to eat the next day, to Mark and Mikelann for letting me use their awesome backpacking gear, to Chloe and Scott for lots of laughs and great conversation, and to Heather for helping me achieve things that I've always wanted to do.