Thursday, August 25, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Once we were back inside Brody had a few more little things from us to open and with each present he would ask Trevor while he was opening it, "Dad what's in dare?" in the most excited voice! It was so fun watching him be so happy and excited.
We wrapped the evening up with big pieces of tractor birthday cake and lots of love all around. Brody is one lucky little boy to have so many people love him so much, and we are so lucky that we have him to love.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
For 1,068 days we have loved you. For 156 weeks we have cared for you. For 3 years we have constantly talked about how blessed we are to have you a part of our lives. In just days you will be celebrating your 3rd birthday. THREE! I really CANNOT believe it.
So much has changed in these 3 years. Your dad and I will definitely admit to our lives revolving around you (and now your brother too). We can't even really remember what life was like before you.
Each day you are learning and growing SO MUCH! I have such a hard time of letting go of my baby and giving in to the little boy you are becoming. Every day you amaze me with the amount of things you seem to just soak in. Just months ago if I asked you a question you would have probably answered with a yes or no. Now you will say something like, "No, that wouldn't work." You also say things that you really shouldn't. Recently you went to the burn pit with your dad to drop off some grass clippings and you got the idea in your head that you wanted to walk home. When your dad said no and put you in the truck you threw such a fit and told him as you were driving down the road, "Stop this damn fing (thing), pick-up truck!" When your dad told me this later I didn't believe him at all, but when I asked you, you totally owned up to it! You told me "I cry wike (like) a baby and I say stop this damn fing, pick-up truck!" I told you that wasn't something nice to say, but it was SO hard not to laugh. I was even kinda impressed that you used damn correctly. Okay-but seriously--no more swearing dude!
Even though you are my big boy now, you still are as loving and sweet as ever. You can't let Ryder go to bed without making sure you give him "wuvs and kiss" and making sure we do too! When you get hurt the best medicine for anything is still a kiss from Mom or Dad.
Your memory has also grown and grown. I am so surprised by not only how much you can remember, but that you can remember things from months ago.
You love to play with trains, tractors, dirt, Ryder, Daddy, and your blocks. You also love to watch movies and quote things all the time from them.
Brody you have so much rhythm and really like to dance to music. You like to music and know the words to songs, but you really aren't much of a singing kid. If I ask you to sing you'll throw a fit, but if I sing something like A,B,C's or the itsy bitsy spider, I'll pause and you'll fill in the next words, but absolutely will not sing the whole thing with me. Kinda funny....
No matter how many other siblings you may have, you will always be our first baby. You are the one that turned Trevor and Taytum into Daddy and Mommy. You were the one that began us on the journey of fulfilling the greatest rolls we will ever probably have in this lifetime. You are our sweet, fun, handsome, and lovey-dovey boy! We love you more than we could ever even express. Happy 3rd Birthday Brody Jay Waite.
Monday, August 01, 2011
The Wallow Fire came to our part of Arizona and destroyed. We have gone on a couple drives to see all the damage. Some areas, despite being severely burned, still have some green. I couldn't believe all the destruction that was done, but the optimistic part of me was really surprised that it was still pretty in many places.
Even though the fire is gone, the problems are not over. We are right in the middle of monsoon season so the new worry is flooding and mudslides.
Besides people sandbagging areas or putting up barricades of hay bales, there are now big helicopters that are loaded everyday all day with straw to drop over the mountain sides. The hope is that this will help prevent the ground from eroding when the the rain is heavy.
Because Trevor drives all over this area with his job, he has been able to watch the helicopters at work. Each day he has come home saying how much he wants to take Brody to Alpine so he can see.
Brody is, after all, ALL BOY! He loves to see 'hockers' so we went on one of Trevor's days off. Brody was totally into it! Well really, all of us were. Ryder made noises and his head went back and forth between the 2 helicopters not sure of which one to watch.
The first place we stopped was along the highway and they carried the straw right over our heads. We told Brody to wave to the helicopter and as it flew over us, the pilot could see us and he stuck his hand out and waved back! On his next trip over us he did it again!
The second place we went was right up to where they were hooking up the huge bags of straw to the helicopters. With the helicopters making the air blow around us, their were bits of straw everywhere. It clung to our clothes, made our hair look like we had dandruff, and got everywhere inside the car because of one slightly cracked window.
As we left and began our journey home, we were able to see the helicopters dump the straw fairly up close. It was just a neat site to see, and although the trip was made for the sake of Brody, we all really had a good time.