Monday, September 24, 2012

York Children's Museum

It had been awhile, but last Saturday we went back to the York Children's Museum to play with Lane, Katy, and another mom from Henderson and her 2 kids.  Brooks has enjoyed it in the past, but normally we go during the weekday that it is open, and there are usually a lot less kids then.  There were not that many this Saturday, but still enough that it took Brooks a while to get brave enough to enjoy himself! When Blake asked him later how it was, Brooks told him that he cried.  When Blake asked him why he cried, he said, "Too many kids".  (I think he takes after me too much sometimes!).  Anyway, here are some pictures of the fun, they are a little fuzzy because they were taken on my iPhone, but you'll get the idea!

Brooks saw Katy trying on some of the dress up clothes, and he wanted to do it too.  This is what finally got him to break out of his shell and start playing!
He wanted to be the horse! He wasn't so sure at first, but then he thought it was funny

Katy was a was so cute!

 Driving a car!
 Keely had fun just watching everyone...I think she wanted to get down and run around too!
 Once I took Brooks to the room where the groceries were, he had so much fun.  The boy loves to go grocery shopping with us, and getting to pick out his own things was fun for him I think!

 It's fuzzy, but he was clapping he was so excited! His cart got full pretty fast
 Pondering his next purchase....

We ended up going to eat at Wendy's then with Cody and Kara and their kids, so Brooks had a pretty fun morning after all!

Thursday, September 20, 2012


The weekend after Labor Day, York had it's 'community days' called Yorkfest.  So you know what that means...yup, another parade! Brooks was soooo excited to go to another one! Grandma and Papa came up for Saturday and went with me and the kids while Blake had to work.  Thank goodness it was much much cooler out for this parade than the previous week in Smith Center! Made it so much more enjoyable! And it was so cute, once we sat down for the parade, Brooks says, 'where's Kansas?' Guess he thought she should be at all the parades with him now!

Brooks and Papa all ready for the parade to start

 Candy!! Brooks kept wanting to just eat everything he picked up instead of watching any of the parade...oh well
 Keely did good during this parade too and just watched from her carseat for most of it
 Brooks was not shy at all to run out and get candy from the street this time.  He was all over that! Luckily we were not around too many other kids either, so he pretty much had free reign of the area we were at.
 Papa, can I have another piece?  I think I probably let him have way too much, but oh well!
 The dogs walking in the parade were probably his favorite!
I didn't get a shot of his bucket full of candy, but he got just as much as he did in Smith Center.  I don't think we even need to go trick or treating and get more! I'm running out of room in my closet to hide it all!
While we were walking back to the car, Brooks tripped on the sidewalk and smacked his head on the cement.  I didn't see it happen, but heard the screams! He actually calmed down pretty quickly and was pretty tough about it all.  Grandma suggested we get a wash rag with an ice cube in it to hold on his bump, and Brooks loved that idea! He wanted it the rest of the day and off and on for the whole week after too!
 You can kinda see the bump/scrape in this picture.  It didn't swell too terrible thanks to the ice, and didn't seem to bother Brooks much.  He's a tough boy...helped that we got to go eat at Wendy's after the parade...He loves to eat out places! (if he'd only try some of my other cooking besides rice, corn, peas, and frozen nuggets, maybe he'd like to eat at home cooking isn't that bad! really!)
 Keely enjoyed grandma and papa time too...and she wants anything and everything she can get her hands on...especially a frosty...someday, Keely, someday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Weekend at Grandma's

Over Labor Day weekend, Blake went hiking with his Dad, brother, and Uncle Kelly near Estes Park, Colorado for Blake's Dad's birthday.  They attempted to climb Long's Peak, but only made it about half way up.  They still had a great time camping and hanging out together for the weekend.  Here's a picture of Blake, Larry, and Kelly before they left to meet Luke up in Colorado.
Instead of staying home by ourselves, Brooks, Keely, and I went along with Blake to Smith Center and just spent the weekend at Grandma's.  Brooks enjoyed helping Grandma in the they are making a chocolate pie.  They also made jello...luckily with no major spills :)

 It was also Old Settlers Day weekend in Smith Center, so Brooks got to go to another parade! He was very excited to get more candy because he remembered the parade from earlier this summer in Henderson. We got to sit with Aftan and Steven and their little girl, Kansas.  Brooks wasn't too sure he liked being around another kid at first, but after the candy started being tossed, he didn't care one bit!

 Handfuls and Handfuls of candy...

 Uh, Brooks you took it all! We had to remind both Kansas and Brooks to share with each other!

 Keely slept through the first half of the parade, but it just got too noisy and she had to join in the fun.
 Look at what all I got, Keely! (way too much candy!)

 Brooks and Kansas checking out their loot
 yes, he even got a comb
 It was a fun weekend even though it was still pretty hot outside.  So glad it's cooled down now! Brooks got to sleep in a big boy bed at Grandmas.  I was a little worried how he'd do in a new place, but he did fine.  Although, the second night we had a first, Brooks fell out of bed! Grandma got to him right away since she heard it being in the room right next to him.  It took me a second to wake up and realize what happened when I heard him cry on the monitor, but by the time I went up to check, Grandma had him calmed down and falling back asleep.  About 30 min later I was up with Keely, and after I got done feeding her and rocking her back to sleep I check Brooks' monitor.  He was still moving a little (this was about an hour after he had fallen out).  I watched him for just a few seconds when I happened to see him drop his little plastic bunny (he found it in his bedroom at Grandmas the first night and latched on to it the whole time we were there and needed it at both nap and funny and cute!)  I was just going to go upstairs and hand it back to him when I saw an arm reach up and give it to him! Grandma had laid down beside the bed to make sure Brooks wasn't scared and could fall back asleep.  So funny that I just happen to be looking at the monitor the moment Grandma handed him the bunny!  Anyway, Brooks slept fine in the bed the rest of the weekend and didn't fall out again!

Keely did pretty well being away from home too, except for the fact that she is stranger weary and had her moments when she didn't want anyone else to really hold her except mommy!  She has also lately started to refuse to nurse sometimes and prefers the bottle...very frustrating for me! Although I'm glad she likes the bottle and am looking forward to the day I quit nursing, my goal is to make it 6 months, so we've got a couple more to go!

Anyway, it was a fun weekend, and Keely did have a good time.  She loved laughing at her cousin Aftan!