Monday, February 21, 2011

Brayden's 15 Months Old!

Today I took Brayden to his 15 month wellness appointment. Glad to have all the health issues and concerns with his growth behinds us, I was anxious to see how tall he had gotten and how much weight he had gained. It's been a long 3 months and while we've been trying to monitor his height growth at home the last couple months, he's fidgety and I knew I'd get the best measurement today.
Here are his stats:
Height: 31 inches {yup! that's a 3 1/4 inch growth from his 12 mo appointment)
Weight: 22.6lbs

Brayden's in the 50th percentile for height, 10th percentile for weight and his head is measuring in the 75th percentile.

It's been so much fun watching Brayden grow and change over the last few months. We have to keep a close eye on him because now that Katelyn's fully potty trained {yup she even wakes up dry} we often find him here:

Brayden's favorite person besides his Mama is his sister Katelyn. He adores her and follows her everywhere. They love to play in the pretend play kitchen, build castles with their Little People legos, and run around outside. I'll have to upload the video soon, but Brayden can climb up our little toddler play set outside and slide down the slide all by himself.

Brayden loves to help out around the house. When Mommy vacuums the house, he follows along with his little vacuum to help. This picture was taken yesterday with my phone. He was helping Daddy sweep outside.

Brayden is finally sleeping through the night. It began on New Year's Eve and I'm happy to report that I'm not walking around like a zombie anymore. Buddy loves to talk and jabbers on in a language we have yet to understand, but every once in a while we catch a word we recognize {mama, dada, this, that, baba}.

We are finally done with bottles and soft tip sippy cups. I have quite the distain for those soft tip sippys. They love to leak everywhere.

Brayden understands what it means to come to the table to eat, get dressed and put on his shoes to go bye bye, take out his paci to talk, find his sister, and come get his juice or milk. This is encouraging to know that he understands even though he can't fully communicate it yet. The pediatrician was very reassuring today that boys tend to develop their large motor skills younger and they usually get their language a little later. This is not always the case, however, it did make me feel better.

Brayden's next appointment is when he turns 18 months. I'm so excited to see the growth that happens between now and then.

Love, Kyle, Alissa, Katelyn & Brayden

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


This has become part of our bedtime routine around.

The kids love it...

and Daddy loves it...

That is... till Daddy get's hurt!

Then it's time to relax, enjoy some milk and head to bed.... so Mommy and Daddy can relax.

Fun in the Sun...

We've been having some really great weather out here in So Cal. Notice I said been, as in, it's all over and the forecast is rain for the next 4 days. AHHHHH!! Did I mention we have 8 leaks in our roof so rain is not our best friend?! But, back to the great weather we've been having. This weekend Kyle and I decided it would be fun to hook up the sprinkler in the back yard and let the kids run in the water. Even Daddy got in on the fun. Bradyen, as usual, didn't enjoy running in the water. He just wanted to run around the yard. 

Look at that cute tushie!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Paxton Project

A few years ago Kyle and I were privileged to meet the Miller family. They had moved to California to help plan a church in Long Beach. A church plant based out of a church in Orlando, FL. After being out here for almost a year, they felt the Lord calling back to Orlando, FL, and back to YWAM (Youth With A Mission). Over the years we have remained friends with them. Recently, Rachel mentioned on Facebook that she had started a blog, The Paxton Project, so people could walk with them through the journey they are about to embark on... adopting a second child from Korea. Costs are quite a bit higher than they were when they adopted Tysen.... the total comes to $30,000. After reading through her blog, I felt God calling me to help and before I knew it I had emailed her and all my small business contacts talking about doing a raffle that could help raise money towards the adoption.


was born! So far we have 28 amazing vendors participating and ALL the proceeds will go to the Miller family.

Here are the details if you want to be involved:
The raffle is going to take place on my Rags to Stitches Boutique blog

Dates: February 28 - March 4, 2011

Time: All week long

How to participate: there will be a suggested $5 donation per entry to win the prizes available. More details will be on the blog before the event starts.
If you want to participate by donating money to the couple, you can do so by clicking HERE and it will take you to my Rags to Stitches blog where you can click on the "Donate Now" button in the top hand side of my side bar.

I hope you will check out the Miller's story and join in The Paxton Project.

I hope you will help too!

Love, Alissa