Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Many Faces of Britt

It has to be said - Britt is a card! He is so full of love and sweetness, sometimes I forget how funny he is. Just the other day, he was talking about Brady being an older dad, and how his friends ask him how old his dad is. I said, "Just tell them he's 45, like you tell them I'm 36." Hey! It is a well-known fact that everyone is allowed to lie about their age. Britt knew I was teasing, and he said, "Okay, I'll say he's 45 and he just dyes his hair and mustache grey so he can eat off the senior menu!" We are still laughing about that one. Above, he was posing before Brailey's volleyball practice one evening while they ate their dinner. Above is Nose Picking Britt.
 Sweet Mama's Boy Britt
 Hobo Britt
Cool Britt
Serious Britt
(This one makes me laugh out loud every time I see it!)
Normal Britt
Thinking Britt
Volleyball Brother Britt

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fun Flicks from February 2014

February flew by! Granted, it is always a shortie, but it seems like only yesterday it was the beginning of the month, and now it is the end. Hey, time flies when you're having fun, right? And we've been having loads of good times! The month was not without a bit of drama, however - Britt's school took the fun out of Valentine's Day, and that was tough for me to take, considering it is one of my favorite holidays. It is a long story, which I may share another day. In any case, we were required to make homemade Valentines, which is what you see above and below. Not to brag, but they turned out really CUTE! (Pun intended!) And huge thanks to my friend Bethani for the idea! (You're a CUTIE! Happy Valentine's Day! ♥Britt, with a Cutie inside cellophane.)
Below, my sweet little Valentines. As Valentines go, they are pretty cute themselves, don't you think?
Last Friday, Britt and Brady got to ride in the sunshine! Brailey was at play practice, so she missed out, but the two boys had a great time. The sorrel horse, Alvin, has come so far! His foot is all healed up, and he takes perfect care of Britt, which is priceless, because on Saturday, we went to a WHO Show!
The B's were bit a tired after a busy week, but they are troopers! Both yawning at the same time...
Britt was so excited he and Alvin did well in the Figure 8 and Pole Bending! And that sunshine brought out the happiness in him. It was a gorgeous day! Believe it or not, all three of my B's got a little sunburned during our little lunch break! Now that is a good sign - the sun is getting closer to us! Yay!
After Brady fed Alvin part of his cookie, Texi thought he wanted to try one, too. Brailey improved all her times from the last WHO Show, which is great! Neither B has gotten to ride much this winter, due to our packed schedules full of swimming, volleyball and life in general. Despite this, they both did great! Alvin enjoyed himself more than anyone, it has to be said - he was ready to become Britt's horse. It makes me so happy I could cry...! And you all know Big Mama doesn't cry.
And then there was volleyball. Two of the moms made all these cool hair ribbons for the girls - aren't they awesome?! They looked so cool!
Brailey Shaye doing her line judge duty.
Brailey LOVES her coach, Coach Maren. She is a GREAT COACH, and such a blessing to the girls and, frankly, all of us. She is a senior at NCU (Northwest Christian University). Our team is so lucky to have her!
I had a huge surprise at the tournament. As we were walking into the building, two ladies "cut" in front of us in the line, and I felt drawn to look into the one lady's face, only to hear her say, "Bobbi Jo?! Is that you?!" It was my beloved, precious, forever-friend Zorayda! I have known her for over twenty years, and we are the kind of friends that can pick up right where we left off. She is always in my heart and I love her so much. And her baby, Elise, who is only a couple of months older than Brailey, is playing club volleyball, too. And they are both number twelve! It was so fun and heartwarming to catch up with Zora. She used to play college volleyball for U-Mass, and her daughter is a natural, just like her! We were able to get connected on Facebook and Instagram, so now we can stay in better touch, and hopefully we will be at some of the same tournaments in the future. Zora is one of the most incredibly special people I know - it is an understatement to say it was great to see her and Elise.
And now? The beginning of March? We get ready to do it all again. It's a good life, no doubt about it!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Perfect "10" Birthday

An entire decade old. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? It seems like just yesterday he was BORN, and ten years have come and gone in the blink of an eye, that fast. But what a blink it has been! Britt is such a fun, sweet boy, and he has made our family complete. I always tell him he saved Brailey from daycare and me from working for the meanest woman in the world. I remember when the ultrasound tech told Brady and I "it" was a boy, my heart nearly stopped beating. I had a PANG that ran through my entire system, and I thought, "A BOY?! What am I going to do with a BOY?!" I knew all about girls (or so I thought), but nothing about boys. I was terrified! And look at me now, the proud mother of a Mama's Boy, with the sweetest, most considerate son I could ever dream of. He's a keeper, our Brittster Man! And he had a fabulous birthday, full of fun! He thanked me for making his birthday so special. Oh yah- he's got the Murray Charm, and he knows how to use it!
He started his day opening the packages from Grandma and Papa. Ironically, right as he was opening them, they called! He was thrilled to get the series of Rick Riordin books he has been dying to read. He has to wait until OBOB is over, though...
When he opened this card from Grandma and Papa, it sang, "HAAAAAAAAAAA-LLELUIAH!" church-choir style. And out fell a hundred dollar bill! He was so excited! Then he read that it was to put towards some new cowboy boots, which he needs. That took some of the smile out of his face, but not for long, because there were several other gifts to open, wrapped in comic paper that Grandma had saved special for him. It was great way to start his birthday!
Britt and one of his dearest friends, Nicholas. He's a February birthday boy, too! And they are also on an OBOB team together, The Return of the Book Breathing Dragons. They had battles on Britt's birthday, and they were on fire!
I came to his class just before school let out to share some birthday donuts, which were a great hit! Brady came up with the idea, and it was a good one. Britt got to pick helpers to help hand them out. This helper is Hunter, one of the new friends he has made. Hunter is a fifth grader.
And then as we were leaving the classroom, his friend Alanah and her Grandma, Cathy, surprised him with a ginormous cookie, decorated special for him! He was so touched by this. These two are great buddies, and we've all become good friends through our time spent at the pool.
We decided to skip Swim Practice, and came home for a brief bit of time to open the rest of his presents. While he was opening them, I looked out the window, and look who else was watching? Sadie and Boomer!
Checking out the Lego sets he got... He was dying to open them up and to start building, but we had to go to volleyball practice. However, I let him play on his Kindle the entire practice, AND, we brought cookies to share with the girls, who surprised him by singing happy birthday to him! He was embarrassed at first, but then happy. They started out by snapping and and walked in a big group to him, singing - it was darling!
Finally, we made it home, and had some cake! We called Brady and put him on speaker-phone so he could sing with us. All said and done, he was sang Happy Birthday five different times. Not bad!
One last picture before bedtime. He was a happy boy! We were able to go out to dinner the night before with Brady, and had a great time at Roaring Rapids pizza playing all the games. Today at Swim Practice, he and Alayna get to do the Birthday Swim, which is when the entire team lines up and splashes them with waster using kick boards while they swim their favorite stroke. I'm so glad he shares his birthday month with Alayna! And I'm really, really happy we were able to make his birthday special. Everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday! And if ever there was a special boy, it is my Brittster Man.

April - Here and Gone in the Blink of an Eye

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