Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Life Lately

Between our trip to Utah (more to come on that later), Talmage's illnesses, and computer difficulties, things have been a little crazy around here and we are in need of some catch-up time! So, without further ado, here is a brief summary of life at the Brady household lately.
Talmage loves to help me cook! Here he is a bit before Christmas doing just that. The challenge I have been encountering these days is getting him to stay sitting on the counter--he always stands up and tries to walk around...

Here he is asking me very nicely to please open his bristle blocks bag.
One of the gifts we gave Talmage for Christmas was a little toy version of our vacuum (I got it at Goodwill for $3! It even makes vacuum noises when you push the button!).
Talmage just loves it. He loves pretty much anything he can push around, actually. I guess it makes him feel like he is in control.
Talmage was quite sick there for a while, and between his vomiting and picky eating, he was losing weight (he's in the 4th percentile!) and his ribs were poking through! I decided that nutritious or not, this boy needed some fat and calories, so I bought him a large chocolate milkshake from Sonic. He sat on the couch and drank almost the entire thing!! Imagine how you would feel if you had a shake that spanned from your waist to your shoulders!
He loves anything he can put in slots or holes. Favorite toys lately include his shape sorters (he's gotten to be quite good at them!), pens (he can take the lid off and put it back on), MegaBloks, and this variation of Mr. Potato Head Sam's professor gave us. It is Bert on one side and Ernie on the other:

plus it has a bunch of goofy face parts. It is not at all the kind of toy I would normally get for Talmage, and what do you know, he is obsessed with it.
I love the way he purses his lips when he is concentrating. He loves putting the little pieces in the holes!
Sam gave me this beautiful swing for Christmas! We're just waiting to hear whether or not we'll be allowed to hang it above our balcony or whether he needs to build a frame so we can have it in the backyard.

Standing on anything raised above ground level is another recent obsession of Talmage's. He loves to climb up onto things!
We didn't really celebrate our 2nd anniversary on the 27th of December since we were in Utah/coming home on that day (although being there was a great celebration!), but we had a fun date that Saturday! Sam called my mom and found out where the house is located that we lived in when I was 5-8 years old and then he surprised me and took me there! My sisters and I would climb one of the large trees in the front yard almost every day in the school year and do our homework up there. Ah, the memories that came rushing back when I saw this place brought quite the sense of nostalgia!
Side notes to parents and siblings: See the grass in the front yard?? The front door has been painted bright red! The back of the house has been painted peach. The alleyway still looks the same, and the cul-de-sac tree we would play in is alive and well. I forgot that even though it is a 2-story house it looks like a 1-story house from the outside and it took me a few seconds to recognize it. :)
Then we found my old elementary school (the good ol' Nottingham Knights!) and played with Talmage on the playground.
That night we went out to dinner and then saw the new Narnia movie! Talmage gave us tickets for Christmas. :)
We're loving life! It's hard to believe we have been married for 2 years, and yet when I think about the time before Sam it seems like a different lifetime. Our happiest moments come when we are together--I'm so glad it's for eternity!!!


  1. Yay! Thanks for the post. I love that the little vacuum is even a dirt devil and red like yours. Beautiful swing! Also, why does your fridge look orange/rust-colored on one side? And finally, I'm glad you added the side notes about our old house because I totally didn't recognize it. I thought, "It seems smaller than I remember, and the front yard looks weird (must be the grass)." Plus I think the trees are taller, or at least they've been pruned so the bottom branches are higher. Anyway, I'm glad you're well. The head toy looks super fun and creepy at the same time.

  2. We are just striking out with our craigslist purchases. The fridge door started rusting a couple months ago and I have tried just about every cleaner you can think of to get rid of it! It looks awful!

    Just kidding.

    It's just the reflection of the beige travertine tile floors. :) And I know what you mean about the house. I had this vision of a tall blue house in my head--I guess I was just remembering it from the back side.

  3. I want to see the alley way! And how did you see the back of the house? Is the fence gone or did you just look over it?

    The picture is an odd angle because the tree covers the door. So when I saw it I was like, what the...where's the door? Is that the back of the house? It took me a while to remember what it looked like.

    The grass looks pathetic, but better than the sand. Did you take any other pictures of the neighborhood?

    Also, I have been looking at online free storage. You might want to check out http://www.adrive.com/--they have 50 gigs of free storage (I think). Check it out and let me know.

  4. We could just see over the fence--just the top part of the house. I was sad about the tree covering the door when I looked at the picture. The red door looks so cheery! This was the only picture I took...actually, the guy that lives in the house now was loading stuff into his car when we drove through the alley, and I felt awkward taking pictures of people's houses...

    Thanks for the link! I'll have to take a look at it!

  5. I'm so glad I read these comments. All my life I've envisioned the Texas house as being blue... I was quite shocked to see that it's really brick. So thank you for clarifying that the back of the house was blue.

  6. I am so happy that you finally blogged! You have such a romantic husband in Sam. Mark would have never thought to do something like that for me. Also, so happy that you fould a vacuum cleaner for Talmage. I know he liked Jakob's when he played over here.

  7. Hi Talmage!

    I'm glad you like big Sonic shakes because now we'll have a place to go cruisin' together next time we get together.

    Grandpa Brady


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