Monday, February 13, 2012

Life's Simple Pleasures

A few of the day-to-day images from the Brady household for you to enjoy...

Talmage has been more of a shower person since the time he was about 8 months old. So to make things easier, I usually just stand Wesley up in there with him and wash them both.

Talmage makes trains out of everything! I discovered this book train one day.

Talmage's dramatic cowlicks in the front and back of his hair are very stubborn--his hair usually just looks messy.

We've tried some new styles...

...but I have issues making it look decent.

Don't be deceived by his smile...he is not a fan of haircuts! He was bribed with an orange roll this time around. :)

This little man won't stay on his tummy for long--he almost always rolls over within a minute or so of being put down.

Lovin' my baby boy! I'm smitten...times three. :)

Here is Talmage's attempt at swaddling Wesley.

 Talmage wanted to wear my slippers one morning.

He clearly thought it was hilarious.

Sam has been getting up at 4 am lately so that he can still work long days in his lab but get home by 7 pm and see the boys before they go to bed most days. We're so grateful for his sacrifice! It has made for many more moments like these:

We love having Daddy at home.

Every Monday I make homemade pizza for dinner. Some fun topping combinations we've had recently:
-sweet potatoes, kale, red onions, mozzarella
-parmesan alfredo sauce, spinach, broccoli, mozzarella cheese
-chicken, feta cheese, spinach, carmelized onions or sundried tomatoes
-black bean puree, tomatoes, corn, Mexican cheese, jalapenos, onions, cilantro
Yum! Here's Talmage helping me make the dough.

We struggle to get out the door to go anywhere, because Talmage immediately starts begging to bring countless toys. He insists that he's "sharing" with Wesley and piles them in his carseat all around him. You can't tell that well in this picture, but there was a grand total of 19 toys in with him. I had run upstairs to grab something and came back down to this!

All tuckered out before Church

Talmage loves watching home videos, including the ones we haven't put on DVD yet. He just sits and stares at the tiny screen on the camera.

Talmage still simply cannot leave Wesley alone. He is always grabbing him! Although sometimes it is exasperating (like when he goes up to Wesley's cradle and loudly declares, "Wesley's sleeping...Wesley's awake!" Hmm...go figure!) it is really sweet to see how much he loves him. We're still working on eliminating the "tough love," but he is doing better.

Loves his highchair! And today he gobbled up rice cereal (almost a cup and a half!) and some applesauce! Pictures to come later. :)


  1. Oh man, Wesley's smile - Love, love, love!

    And do you have a favorite pizza dough recipe? Do share! I'm definitely going to have to try some of those topping ideas...

  2. What a fun pizza tradition! Looks like you are getting some good vegetables into your Talmage digging the vegetable pizza business?

  3. Jocilyn-

    I use an adaptation of the dough in this recipe (which I am waiting to try...):

    I don't use semolina flour--just all-purpose for all of it. I also increase the water a little bit and add in quite a bit more olive oil. I'm not sure how much, because I Just add it until it's a good texture, but we love how it turns out!

    They also have a whole wheat crust recipe on their site that looks really good, but I have yet to make it. That is currently my favorite cooking blog!

    Here are some of the other pizza recipes I mentioned:

    I love the Mexican pizza dipped in a little sour cream! It's almost like a taco, but in pizza form. Yum!

    Breanne-Talmage struggles a little with pizza night, because he just likes to pick the stuff off he likes and leave the rest. But stories still usually coax him to eat it! But today I was making sweet potato fries and before I put them in the oven Talmage grabbed a raw sweet potato stick with olive oil and spices on it and munched it down and then asked for more! Weird, huh...veggies seem to be growing on him. No pun intended. :)

  4. We made the sweet potato kale pizza last night. LOVED the flavor! Only one problem, I totally burned the crust and the tips of the kale were a bit crispy. How do you cook yours?


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