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!).
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.
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.
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!!!