Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ho Ho Ho!

And I'm finally back! I think part of the reason I have such a hard time keeping up with blogging (other than taking care of Brendan all day and trying to work when he's napping ;)) is that it takes SOOOO long to upload pictures onto blogger! I can only do 3 at a time or it malfunctions and doesn't work and it takes me about an hour from start to finish, which is a pretty long time for a little blog post. If anyone has any tips about getting pictures to upload faster (other than having to go through the whole process of making them smaller on my computer before I upload them), I would really appreciate it.

This was a few days before we left for Red River. I just thought he looked precious and I hardly ever am able to get close up pictures.

This is blurry, but I wanted to show him "sharing" with Shiner. He spends a lot of the day trying to give his toys to Shiner or picking up Shiner's toys or bones and waving them around until Shiner comes and gets them. It's very cute. Shiner is currently staying in Waco with my Dad and Nancy because we didn't want to go through the hassle of driving 10 hours to RR with him and they were nice enough to say they would keep him until this coming weekend when we are going to visit them. Thanks, Nancy and Dad!

He loves to look out the window and "talk" about what he sees outside.

Mommy, THIS is a bear! He has started pointing in the past couple weeks. He points at things and makes a noise that sounds like "that?"

When we got to Red River, Peepaw was rocking him in the recliner. He thought it was pretty scary (is this a hilarious face, or what?!)

Luckily, Peepaw stopped and either CiCi or Daddy was making him laugh :)

It snowed the night we got there about 5 inches. This was Brendan's attire to go out to lunch the next day. He tried to pull the hat off at first but then left it alone. He did NOT like the gloves. Notice he even has some little ski boots!

He thought it was the greatest thing ever when CiCi would play patty-cake with him (she does it a different way than we do). Isn't this the sweetest picture with him looking at her?

Daddy and Brendan on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve bath in Nanny's tub. He was a happy boy!

Family picture before bedtime on Christmas Eve. It was really warm in the house with the fire going, so that's why we all have red cheeks! And Brendan's were a little wind burned from when we went out for lunch.

We made some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for Santa. The note is from me, telling Santa Brendan has been a very good boy and is excited about his first Christmas and to tell Mrs. Clause and the reindeer "hello."

Santa ate all the cookies and drank the milk! He left a note back telling Brendan he had been a very good boy and to enjoy his Christmas and remember that Santa is always watching :)

Brendan's loot from Santa. He got the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn House, an alligator xylophone and his stocking had two sets of Fisher Price Little People.

Christmas morning, checking out his new toy! Notice his long john pajamas. They say "Brendan's First Christmas." He LOVES the house and plays with it constantly.

Let's open this gift! (sorry for the lighting)

Daddy helping Brendan open all his gifts.

This is fun!

He got a Fisher Price Little People Farm, which he really likes.

And a cat keyboard that makes tons of different sounds. He also really likes it (I don't think there is any toy he got that he doesn't like!)

CiCi showing him how to put the shapes into his shape sorter. He's actually gotten pretty good at it and knows where some of the shapes go but still has a hard time getting them through into the bucket.

Playing with his new house with Papa.
What, Mommy? I'm trying to play here!

Picture of the scenery. This was on Sunday, so a lot of the snow had melted.

Close up family picture.

Brendan with his ladies :

Handsome boy

One thing I'm not sure Brendan mentioned in his last post (I've got a picture, but it's on my phone so I will post it later) is that he had his first Oreo the other day :) He is definitely Mommy's boy and LOVED it. Today, I gave him a few mini Oreos after his afternoon snack and when he had about four of them I told him that was enough and put the box of them away. Whenever I put them away, he started crying! I think I might have a sugar addict on my hands!

And, most exciting of all, Brendan started walking a little bit!! I know I posted before he had taken three steps one day, but he hadn't really done anything since then. Right when we got to Red River, he took 6 steps to go over to CiCi! The rest of the weekend there, he would take a few steps here and there and even stood up, took a step, stopped, and took another step (verses just getting going and taking steps until he fell). Today he walked back and forth between Tim and I several times. I know this is a WHOLE new ballgame when we start dealing with walking, but I'm really excited!

I hope all of you and your families had a very wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year! My baby boy turns ONE in ONE week! I can't believe it!


YaYa said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas! The pics are great and as usual, Brendan is just precious. I just love seeing the little ones get their first presents! Take care and hugs to Brendan!!!

Bobbi Janay said...

On the picture front, I gave up on blogger. I pay the money once a year for flickr pro and love it. It gives you HTML code so you can place them in the post.

Sara said...

YEA! So glad you are back. I missed your blog. I am jealous of your Christmas vacation. It looks wonderful.

Ashley said...

I have started uploading pictures to Picasa then using that option to put them on my blog. Mine stopped uploading them from my computer. It is an extra step, but it's pretty fast to pull them from Picasa.

Natalie said...

Adorable pictures! Brendan is looking more & more like a little boy! Crazy how fast they grow up!

I also use Picasa to upload my pics to (do the text on them their too). I seem to have better luck uploading through there; not sure if its truly faster.