Thursday, March 27, 2008

Easter in Cherokee, NC - 2008

We spent Easter weekend with almost all of Blake's family in Cherokee this year! Nana went the extra mile and even bought a bunny: Flopsy II. The kids LOVED it... Braden is still talking about it. Anyway, we had lot's of fun dying eggs and then hunting for them in the park later that day. Lot's of fun cousin bonding!

Bath time... they all 4 actually fit (though they don't look to happy about it)

Aunt Ally and G
The whole crew. Our team is the best! (we had Easter relays and Nana got a little "competitive")
So if the cowboy boots and rodeo were a hit last week in Florida, the motorcycle almost trumps that all together. If it is possible, yes, this little boy has yet another obsession: Papa's motorcyle. He has been talking on the phone to Papa for weeks now in preparation for the big ride! The whole drive down to Cherokee he stared out the window trying to spot motorcylcles. So these are pics of his dreams being realized - Braden the Biker dude!!!! And of course, we still talk about how cool it was EVERY day.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March Florida Trip - 2008

Usually I just post pictures without writing a ton, but I probably should explain a few pictures from this trip!!! First of all, it has been an AMAZING month so far. We started it w/ a visit from Camille. She came for a few days and then helped me drive down to Florida. We were planning on spending a week and then she would drive back with me, stay a few more days and then fly home. Well, that week turned into 10 fun-filled days and even then, it was hard to leave. These first ones are the obligatory jet ski pics, always a highlight for Braden. Some mornings I would just watch him walk down to the lake and jump on the jetski and sit there for 20 mins. Maybe pretending he was riding, maybe waiting for someone? Either way, when he's in the water, he's in heaven.

G-man & baby Button fast asleep

The second night we were there, Tanner had just given himself a haircut. Braden is obsessed w/ hair (that's how he falls asleep: playing w/ his own). So after feeling Uncle Tanners fresh buzz, he readily agreed to getting his own. It went great until that night when it was time for bed. "Don't wan't my haircut" was the cry. And it was definitely a sad cry :( But he got over it pretty quick and I think he looks pretty cute!

Baking bread & cookies w/ Ahma... it doesn't get much better than that!
The happy grandparents

Bath time!!

I don't know if I've posted about Braden's cowboy boots. Long story short: another great obsessions. He received them from Uncle Taylor on his mission and it is rare that he takes them off (sometimes I hide them, like on Sunday mornings). But this particular Sunday morning he was convinced he got to wear them to church!! They are cute... but red doesn't go with everything unfortunately!!

I love my little Gavin's smile. He is seriously the happiest, smiliest, cudliest little guy. I can't resist taking pics of him smiling (which happens a lot, so sorry for so many Gavin pics!)

The boys and Aunt Ash! So happy she could come to FL. We miss her all the over there in TEXAS

Braden LOVES my parent's neighboors... esp. their 2 boys. Every morning he would get up and say "let's go to Rhett and Rye's to play". It's cute that he remembers them every time we go!

Okay - these next few are just too funny to not explain. Since Braden has the cowboy boots and all, we decided that he had to experience a rodeo. My mom found this red cowboy hat and Tiff and Dan let Gavin borrow Benton's. We were decked out and ready to go to the Church Ranch Rodeo (part of our reason for staying - definitely worth it). Bray LOVED all the action and was mesmerized for 3 hours straight (if only he could sit that still for that long at church!!!). It was a smaller rodeo and lot of fun for him!! He even got to ride on a hourse. He still talking about it!!

I just love this one!