This week at the Brennan’s This week at the Brennan’s

I almost called this post “Post Vacation Recovery” because that is what this weekend was. I’ve learned a few months ago from all of you lovely people that Vacations aren’t actually vacations; they are family trips. And family trips are a whole other different ball game than vacations (like going away on a trip where you can actually relax.)

We did a lot of laundry this week. Our house is still not in order. We’ve got clean clothes, but I don’t have time to fold them. Story of my life.

I took Eddie to the doctor this week because he was being so so terribly cranky. Turns out that poor boy has a double ear infection!! Poor little guy. But we got him good antibiotics and he’s slowly returning to his old self. (Still having trouble sleeping…’cause that is his thing…but we’re working through it all.)

Blake has also gotten some random bug on Friday. He’s just had a very high fever…and that’s it. No symptoms of anything else. Just a fever of 103. Random, but it made him tired and cranky too. We were grateful for lots of medicine this week!!

Gordie continues to wait for that job offer to come pouring in. He’s got a conditional job offer for his *dream job* and we have faith it will all work out, but dang Gina! We’ve been waiting since September! (But literally though. September.)

It’s GREAT to be Eight! It’s GREAT to be Eight!

My sweet little baby girl isn’t so little anymore!

I’m pulling out some OOOOLLLLDDDD pictures for this blog post so you can see just how incredibly cute this girl was and still is!!

Brooke Elizabeth turned 8 on the 8th of this month while we were at Disney World and had a wonderful day celebrating and giving her a little shopping spree (since we didn’t want to pack toys or any wrapped gifts to take with us to Orlando). Turned out to be *the best* thing for her!

This week at the Brennan’s This week at the Brennan’s

Hi friends!

This week, we were traveling again…this time to sunny Florida to play at Disney World and then go on a Disney Cruise! Tough life, I know.

We learned that Brooke loves roller coasters! I took her on Tower of Terror and she LOVED it. “My butt wasn’t even on the seat, Mom!”

We can live in tight quarters as long as we have a very loud noise machine! We downloaded a white noise app and it worked wonders for us!

Cruises are the bomb dot com. Especially for kids!

This Week at the Brennan’s This Week at the Brennan’s

I’m starting a new series on my blog called “This week at the Brennan’s”. Super original title, I know.

Basically, I want to start journaling so I can remember week to week the highlights of what happened. Of course, I document the fun trips we take and all the delicious recipes I make, but I want to start keeping track of the smaller, not so memorable memories. Feel free to read…or not! I love looking back to see just how big my kids have grown!!

Baby’s First Birthday! Baby’s First Birthday!

We celebrated Eddie’s first birthday this past weekend {on the 28th} and oh my heavens, it was a fun day! I can’t believe Edward is one. I mean, I can; It’s been a hard year; I’m not sure if it’s because he’s the third child or because he just came out not wanting to sleep {ever} or because we moved, or because I work a lot….or a combination of all the above. But man oh man, I’m sort of glad to be moving away from the baby stage and more towards the toddler stage. Of course I’ll miss those small pockets of time when I was cuddling a sleeping teeny tiny baby, or nursing said teeny tiny baby, but, I’m happy to look forward to the next year and see all the milestones he has yet to hit.

Even though you have been my hardest baby, Ed, you always bring a smile to my face with your funny faces, your happy demeanor, your hilarious impressions of daddy’s sounds, your willingness to eat anything and your addiction to me {even if you *still* don’t say ‘mama’ to my face}.

Here are some photos from our day celebrating with our sweet son. Be sure to scroll down to read about his 12 month baby update.

Edward at 11 months Edward at 11 months

Eddie Eddie Eddie!

This little boy is learning and growing so fast! Fun developments and adventurous eating happened these past few weeks! Can’t believe he’s almost ONE!! And please note that the photos with curly hair were taken after I got him up from a long and sweaty nap. That boy takes after his father in more than one way 😉 I LOVE THOSE CURLS!

Merry Christmas from the Brennans! Merry Christmas from the Brennans!
Eddie at 10 months Eddie at 10 months

This little nugget turned 10 months a few weeks ago {I’m a *leetle slow on this update…oops!} so here lies the latest and greatest.

Instant Pancake Mix & Cinnamon Roll Syrup Instant Pancake Mix & Cinnamon Roll Syrup
Giving Thanks This Holiday Season Giving Thanks This Holiday Season
Our Thanksgiving Plans Our Thanksgiving Plans
This Season of Motherhood part II This Season of Motherhood part II
Edward at 9 months Edward at 9 months
Edward at 8 months Edward at 8 months

My sweet sweet boy is already past his 8 month mark!! SO nuts! It’s crazy how time flies.

Anyways, here’s the latest and greatest on Eddie:

Eating

If you remember is Ed’s 7-month update, we were just starting to introduce him to solids. There was a week this past month where Eddie wanted nothing to do with food or his bottle. We were thinking his loss of appetite was teething related. But when no teeth popped through we were stumped! After those 7 days though, his appetite picked right up!

He will have 4 bottles a day, each between 6 and 8 ounces. On top of that, he will also eat 4-8 ounces of pureed fruits, veggies and/or cereal. He really LOVES sweet potato, pear and mango purees. He usually eats breakfast and dinner with us. After he’s done his meal, the rest of us have to eat, so we have to keep him content in his high chair with small bits of whole wheat bread and those baby puffs {easily dissolvable}. He already feels heavier, so I know he’s growing! But, I’m not sure he’s getting longer?! I bought some 9-month onesies {pajamas} and they were a good 4 inches too long on him! Still trying to figure out whether that’s the company’s problem or my problem. Sometimes baby clothes are waaaaay off. So of course having these huge pajamas makes me worry about him NOT growing, but its nice to know that he’s getting chunkier!

Pillsbury Baking Challenge!! Pillsbury Baking Challenge!!
Family Photos! Family Photos!

Hi, friends!

I wanted to pop in and share with you some of our family photos that we just got back YESTERDAY! {I’m pretty excited about them}. We haven’t had family photos taken since Blake was 18 months old, so we were long overdue.

So, after we got *mostly* settled into our new Boise home, I started looking for photographers on Instagram. After searching Jessica’s Instagram account, I knew I found the photographer I wanted! I loved her style and how she captures the beautiful sunsets within several of her photographs. That’s what I asked for specifically and that’s exactly what she gave us.

Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we do!! I am sort of head over heels in love with them all.

All photos were taken by Jessica Demers Photography.

Fun News! Fun News!

TWO THINGS:

{1} Because it’s Friday and because I love ya, I’m giving away 3 $100 Amazon gift cards! Yippee! See widget below to enter.

and {2} Because so many of you love seeing Eddie, Blake and Brooke online, we have started to document our days onto youtube for you all to see! We figured it was much easier than posting family updates to Facebook where only a few of you would see it {because Facebook hates me.} So, for now, we’re going to be doing some daily videos! We’d love for you to follow along!

Have a great weekend 🙂

Edward at 7 Months Edward at 7 Months

Hello from my sometimes red-headed boy! In certain light, Eddie looks like he’s got the strawberry blonde thing going on but in other light he has dirty blonde hair. So weird, but fun!! I’ve never had a red headed little guy before. He’s so dreamy!! I love this kid so so much! Here’s the latest and greatest on my sweet Edward John.

Eating

Eddie is still guzzling bottles! He loves formula and has even been able to hold his own bottles to feed himself. It’s hilarious and cute.

As for pureed foods, he loves rice cereal, mashed banana with a little cinnamon, mango, prunes, sweet potato, sometimes avocado, sometimes butternut squash. I haven’t tried much else, but the more I feed him, the more hungry he seems to become. Typically boy, right? Starving all the live-long day.

We’ll be making some green juice and giving him a taste. When Blake was a baby, he guzzled green juice and loved it so much! So I want to give Ed some in a sippy cup to see how he likes it.
For a fun video of Eddie trying sweet potato, click through here.

Eddie on Solids Eddie on Solids

This love bug is starting in on solids! I roasted some sweet potatoes and after he got used to the new flavor, he was loving life!! So of course I had the camera out and took some fun video to remember him at this stage and age. I tell ya, if he slept better, I’d be popping these adorable blue-eyed babies out like crazy. But, REALITY CHECK: this boy is still waking up 2 times a night. Mama’s engines don’t run on 6 hours of interrupted sleep very well. So, we’re holding steady with 2 kids and 1 baby. Ha!

Anyways, I know you all love seeing this boy grow, so enjoy this fun video 🙂

I’ll have a new recipe for you on Wednesday.

Weight Loss Update Weight Loss Update

Here we go–back at it again!

I didn’t take very many photos of myself this past month and apparently when I did, it was when I was holding a giant cookie. This isn’t indicative of how this past month went with my weight loss progress, but I will say that Swig sugar cookie was well worth the calories.

So! This month was filled with swim lessons for our kids, not a lot of gym time, my husband finishing up some assignments for his Master’s and a 5 day trip to Utah. It had its ups and downs, and we were {and continue to be} so busy, but that’s ok! Here’s how my weight loss has been going:

Edward at 6 months! Edward at 6 months!

So, my Eddie-boy is already 6 months old! Here’s the latest and greatest:

Eating:

At about 5 1/2 months, we started Eddie on a little rice cereal because he was reaching for any and all food we were eating. Of course he loved it! Since he’s turned 6 months officially, we’ve migrated towards other foods like banana, avocado and squash. LOVES banana, but really struggles to like the avocado and squash. I’m going to roast and puree a little sweet potato later this week to see how he likes that as soon as we get back to Idaho.

But the biggest news of all is probably that this social boy has completely weaned himself off his mama’s milk. I was starting to worry about his lightweight status after he only gained 4 ounces from month 4 to month 5 and then I realized he wasn’t nursing enough/not wanting to nurse because he’d rather be looking out at the world that in at my shirt. So I initially started supplementing with formula to make up the difference, but now even if I offer to nurse, he wants nothing to do with me and refuses. Such a rascal! So my milk shop is out of service. Haha!

Happy Birthday Gordon!! Happy Birthday Gordon!!

One year older and wiser too!

Gordon had a birthday this past week so we had a little party to celebrate this sweet husband of mine! We opened presents in the morning at breakfast and then had birthday pie after dinner.

If you watch the birthday video above, you can see just how much our children love their Daddy by the way they look at him. They truly truly love him like crazy. {Eddie was down for a nap when I shot this.} And might I add, he loves them right back just as much.

Anyways, these are a few photos taken from the day. After knowing this man 13 {!!!!} years, I can truly say he gets better and sweeter and kinder and more wonderful year after year. {See last year’s post for more info}

Happy Birthday, Gordon. You make 31 look good. 🙂

Let’s Chat! Let’s Chat!

Oh hey you guys, what’s up?

I’ve wrangled my husband into one of these Let’s Chat videos because…well…it’s always more fun to have someone to talk to 🙂

More details you might want from the video:

His Favorite Home Cooked Meal: Bang Bang Chicken which is a knock off recipe from The Cheesecake Factory.

My Favorite Home Cooked Meal: Steak Skewers {from this marinade post} but honestly, my favorite dinner is always changing because I keep developing more recipes!

His Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

My favorite dessert: Anything LEMON!! This was the last lemony dessert I died over.

Let’s Chat! Let’s Chat!

Is it just me or do I look psycho in that video screen shot above? YIKES.

ANYWAYS! Instead of Beauty Tuesday, I’ve switched things up and have started doing a ‘let’s chat’ video! I’ll still cover some beauty products, but I’ll also be talking about different food products and recent family developments. I mentioned that Eddie loves his new Exersaucer!! I am so in love with this boy!

Hope you all are having a great Tuesday 🙂