Friday, October 29, 2010


You would know how excited I am for Halloween weekend if you could see me walking the halls of Burton High School in my red and black striped tights, a jeweled spider on my head, and I sparkle in the sunlight!

Brazos is going to be ADORABLE for his first Halloween! I didn't want him to be dressed in some costume from Wal-Mart that every other infant is wearing, so I decided to make his costume myself. While my mom and I ventured to San Antonio with Brazos, we collected two hats for the little guy. He has a black cowboy hat and a coon-skin cap. At first I thought I would dress him as a rodeo clown with the cowboy hat. We had all the clothing for this - blue jeans, longsleeve shirt, material to make suspenders, socks, and shoes. But after his daddy saw him in the coon-skin cap, he insisted that Brazos be David Crockett. So I went to the store to buy some faux-leather material to make a costume. I didn't have confidence in my sewing abilities to make pants the correct way with four pieces of fabric, so I just traced Brazos' pants, cut two identical pieces and sewed them together. I must say that Brazos will be the hippest little guy around in his tight leather pants! For the jacket I had more confidence, but boy-oh-boy are sleeves hard to sew on! Fringe was added to the top and bottom of the jacket to give it the finishing touch. When he tried it on, the sleeves were too long but that could be easily fixed. With the coon-skin cap the outfit is complete! (Well, we did have to buy some brown shoes, but Brazos needed new shoes anyways, because he outgrew his first pair.)

Washington County has so many great events for the kids this holiday! Christ Lutheran Church has the Great Pumpkin Patch. The Brenham Heritage Museum hosted the Boo!Seum on Wednesday night. Burton Elementary is having thier annual Halloween Carnival. The local churches are working together to put on the Fall Festival at the fairgrounds. Harmonie Hall in Shelby is having a Costume dance. Of course we didn't make it to all the events, but they are definitely on the calendar for as Brazos grows to enjoy these activities.

Let the festivities begin!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Past Month

I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with posting. It's been a whole month since the last time I even looked at my blog. Here's what's been happeining in our little piece of the world...

  • Brazos won a luggage set, candleholders, and a 32" flat screen tv at our churches fundraiser! Of course, mommy and daddy claimed the tv right away, but Brazos loves his tv remote.
  • Brazos is now moving all over the house by army crawling. Let the baby proofing begin!
  • Brazos gave me his first kiss! He doesn't pucker his lips. It's more like a big open mouth and occasionally you get licked, but it's still a sweet kiss from my little boy.
  • Brazos got his first kiss from Annalise at MOPS. I captured a picture, but all you can really see is her head infront of his head. She kissed him three times!
  • Brazos has two teeth! He's been enjoying the new foods he can eat with his teeth, such as Baby Mum Mums and Graham Crackers.
  • We helped Brazos' future classmate, Chloe Vavra, celebrate her 1st birthday! It was priceless to see the two of them smiling at each other. I made her an adorable black and pink tutu to go with a pair of black and pink fairy wings.
  • Our cattle guard that Matt has been working so hard on is being installed today. I know he'll be super excited to drive home and see it in the driveway.
  • My birthday was on 10-10-10. On Facebook I had over 80 birthday wishes! Also, Matt purchased the rock for my flower beds and it looks fantabulous (my new favorite word). Hip hip horray...what a day!

That's all I can think of right now. Off to another day at Burton Elementary. Brazos will be spending the day with Grandma Cindy at the Bellville Fair to watch his cousin, Bailee, show her animals.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Junior High Volleyball Game

Today I substituted at Burton Elementary School. The fourth graders were amazingly smart and well behaved! It felt good to teach math and science to the kiddos.

After school, Brazos and I went to Somerville to watch the Burton Junior High girls play volleyball against the Somerville girls. A fourth grader named Sidney sat next to us and played with Brazos. She was on the right and Big Brazos, a sixth grader, was on the left! The girls won their last game, so I bounced Brazos up and down. He gave a huge smile for the girls!

National Back to Church Sunday

Today we invited my husband's brother's family to church for National Back to Church Sunday. My sister-in-law and nephew came! During the children's sermon my nephew ran down the aisle to join the other kids, but when it was time for Sunday school he hid under the table. When the class was over he crawled out and appologized to the teacher and asked her if he could come back. Brazos enjoyed having his aunt and cousin at church today!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fair Parade

This morning Brazos rode with me in the Washington County Fair Parade. Dressed in a little cow outfit, he was adorable! He was a little fussy before the parade, but once the truck started moving he was enjoying it. Near the end of the parade the sun was shining right on him, so he was closing his eyes and everyone thought he was sleeping. When we went home, it was nap time for everyone. This was his third parade in his short six months!

Tonight we went to eat with down-the-line cousins, Cliff, Marissa, Dawson, and Hailey. I hope Brazos becomes great friends with the little ones! Dawson and Hailey were playing with Brazos, so it looks like a good start to a life long friendship.

Friday, September 10, 2010

He's gone from a baby to a little boy!

On Thursday, I substitute taught at Burton Elementary and had an AWESOME day! I was with the sixth grade class, which are the kids that I've taught for the last two years (for some I had three years). I got great hugs from all the kids, even Big Brazos was glad to see me. :)

Brazos stayed with his Great Grandma Neumann for the day. She said he was good for her. Only once did he cry when she yelled at the cat to get off the couch. He was full of smiles when I walked in the door, so I know he enjoyed the day with Grandma.

This afternoon I planted the vegetables in the garden for our fall harvest. Brazos was sitting in his stroller watching me. Then Matt went inside to get some towels to lay on the ground for Brazos to roll around on. Brazos wasn't too fond of the idea and fussed as soon as Matt laid him down. After a few minutes of wimpering, I decided to go pick him up and try something else. When I picked him up I realized he had a reason for fussing. Matt had laid Brazos next to an ant pile! Luckily, Brazos only had three little ant bites. They didn't swell, so at least we now know Brazos isn't allergic to ants.

After planting the garden, I was sitting in the garage with Brazos while Matt was working on a project for my cousin, Bailee. Gazing down at Brazos, I realized that I was no longer holding a little baby, but a true little boy. He had dirt under his fingernails and in-between his toes. His red and white striped onsie was covered in slobber and yellow stains from his food. His nose was runny and he had dried food stuck to his face. When I tried to wipe his nose or face clean, he struggled to get away from the rag. Brazos is officially a little boy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

I have hands!

Brazos' latest discovery is his hands! He's always been able to use them, but now he notices them. One moment he'll be reaching for something and become distracted by his own hand. He spends many moments of the day carefully studying those little fingers. The cutest is when he twist his wrist back and forth or when he makes his fingers wave to himself.