Saturday, April 16, 2011

Burton Cotton Gin Festival

This morning Brazos and I took Grandma Neumann to the Burton Cotton Gin Festival Parade.  I was very excited because my Girl Scout troop was asked to march in the front of the parade carrying the flags - United States, Texas, and Burton Girl Scouts.  I was also excited to see my former students march in the Burton Junior High Band.

We arrived early to make sure we had good seats so we could see everything, but I had forgotten...we were in Burton, a town of about 400 people, so you could see from where ever you choose to sit.  We waited about forty-five minutes for the parade to start, but it was well worth the wait.  After a few good words from the county commissioner, Joy Fuchs, and the mayor, the parade was ready to begin.

My nephew Cody sat next to us at the parade and I knew the parade was starting after he ran into the street and shouted, "I see the flashing lights of the firetrucks!  The parade is coming!"

The parade had begun!  A John Deere tractor led the route with my Girl Scouts right behind!  They did an awesome job carring those flags high.  I was a proud Girl Scout leader.  Following behind were boy scouts, the Burton High School Band, antique cars, hot rods, the PT Cruiser club, and THE BURTON JUNIOR HIGH BAND!  They, too, made me proud!  I absolutely love the sixth graders.  I have spent three years of my short teaching career with these kiddos.  I was blessed to begin my teaching career as their second grade teacher.  Two years later I moved up to fourth grade with them, and when given the chance, I choose to move up to fifth grade with them, too.  They all hold a special place in my heart and watching them march in the band, I felt like a proud mommy to all of them.  The parade ended with the elementary school kids riding their bicycles down the street. 

Where's the parade?

Brazos and Grandma watching the parade.

Cody saying the American pledge

Here comes the parade!  Those are my Girl Scouts!

Elena carrying the troop flag

County Commissioner Joy Fuchs

PT Cruiser Club

Cody watching the parade

Mr. Robinson's Hot Rod

Burton Junior High Band!

It was a great parade to kick-off the Burton Cotton Gin Festival!

P.S.  Brazos had a super cute hat, but he wouldn't keep it on.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Girl Scout Camp

Did you really bring me to Girl Scout camp?
Boy, today was a busy day!

Brazos and I started the day out at Happy Hollow, which is a local Girl Scout camping grounds.  The Brenham Service Unit was hosting a campout for all the Girl Scouts in Washington County.  No one in our troop is certified for overnight camping, so we just spent the day at Camp Rocks.

The camp day began with the flag ceremony.  All the girls had to walk to the flag pole in silence in two single file lines.  We then formed a circle around the flag poles as we watched four girls post the American flag and the Texan flag.  The posting of the flags was followed by the pledges.  Now it was time to start camp!  But that's when Brazos and I had to leave...

We hopped into the car and drove an hour and twenty minutes to Weimar to help host a baby shower for my college friend, Shelley.  Her aunt from Katy did most of the planning and she did a fabulous job.  When guests entered the facilities they were greeted by two photos - one of Shelley as a baby and one of Wade as a baby.  The cupcake tower was filled with pink and blue iced cupcakes each one adorning a baby item.  (Pink and blue because Shelley and Wade have decided to
not find out the gender of the baby!)  Surrounding the cupcake tower
were more cupcakes decorated to look like rattles.  They were very creative!  Another hostess had made a wreath out of diapers which was awesome, too! 

We played two games - "Guess What's in the Diaper" and "Finish that Lullaby".  Shelley was blessed with so many gifts to prepare for her soon arrival.  A few of the special items were the dresser given to her by the hostesses and a croched blanket that was made by her grandmother who passed away a few years ago.  Oh, and my flower pot of goodies that I made was a big hit, too! 

I'm surprised I can recall that many details of the shower, because I was constantly chasing a little boy who wanted to walk back and forth, and open and close every door, and push every button on the sound system, and grab at the cupcakes which were at the perfect height to reach.  When the presents were finished being opened, I was pooped and ready to go.  We gave Shelley a hug good-bye and it was on the road again back to Brenham.

When I arrived home Matt was working outside cutting wood.  I had told him that my Girl Scout troop wanted me to come back to camp if I could, but that I didn't want to lug Brazos around camp with me.  I was
hoping he would have said he would rather keep working than stay inside with Brazos, but he surprised me and came inside.  I was so tired, but I was off to camp again.

I was glad that I went back to camp, because I had a lot of fun with my two junior girls - Elena and Julianne.  We did some line dancing, hiking around the camp, and made a necklace at the arts and craft pavillion.  Our troop painted a rock and then found a place to put the rock at the camp grounds.  The rock will forever represent our troop and that special day at Camp Rocks.

Finally, I went home, but only after going to Phillipsburg to pick-up dinner!  Sleep time.

12 Month Check-Up

Today Brazos went for his twelve month check-up at the clinic.  He's actually thirteen months old, but at twelve months he was sick and they wanted him to come back when he was well. 

All morning started with a happy little boy waking up at eight o'clock.  He ate his oatmeal, drank his milk, got dressed, and was ready to start the day.  He played hard around the house and followed Rhett Butler (his Nana's dog whom we're babysitting) everywhere he went.  Poor Rhett was running wild trying to hide from the hard, yet thoughtful, pats from Brazos.  At noon Brazos ate his lunch like usual, but he wasn't ready for his nap afterwards.  I tried several times to get him to take a nap, but he just wasn't ready to rest.

At 1:30 I gave Brazos a bath so he wouldn't be sweaty for his doctor's visit.  We then loaded ourselves into the car and off we went to the clinic.  He fell asleep on the drive over, and I was hoping he would stay asleep during his doctor's visit.  His last visit was not pleasant and I was afraid he was going to remember and have a repeat of before.  I had been praying that his visit would go well, and I thought to myself that maybe God is answering my prayers by having Brazos sleep during the visit.  Well, of course, he woke up as soon as I spoke to the receptionist at the front counter.

We walked to Waiting Room B and suprisingly he sat on my lap the entire time.  It could have been because he was too shy to play with the other little girl in the room.  As soon as she was called into her room, Brazos hopped off my lap and began to explore the waiting room.  He would walk out the door and peak his head around the corner.  Every now and then he would be brave enough to walk down the hallway until I grabbed his hand and led him back to the waiting room.  It was our best experience yet in the waiting far.

The nurse called "Brazos" and we went to the weighing station.  They measured his height (30 1/4 inches; 50th percentile) and weighed him (22.5 pounds; 45th percentile).  I was a bit a shocked because I thought he was tall for his age, but apparently he's right on track.  The nurse then went to take his temperature by putting the thermometer into his ear and he let out his first cry.  All of a sudden I think the memories of the previous visit came rushing back to him.  He didn't want her to touch him at all!  She took us back into the waiting room until a room was available to see the doctor.

A few minutes later another nurse came to get us.  Brazos held my hand as we walked down the hallway and then he realized who we were following.  It was the nurse that had to hold him down during the previous visit!  He stopped in his tracks and tried to get me to turn the other way.  I had to pick him up to get him into the room.  She walked out and said, "Dr. Hussmann will be with your shortly."  Brazos was fine once she left and he remained calm waiting for the doctor.

When Dr. Hussmann came in, Brazos sat on my lap and just watched the doctor intensly.  Dr. Hussmann even commented on how well behaved Brazos was.  We talked about all the achievements Brazos has made such as walking, feeding himself, and saying words.  Then Dr. Hussmann put his stethoscope into his ears and leaned forward to listen to Brazos' heartbeat.  I'm sure it was pounding tremendously hard and fast, because Brazos let out a scream and cry!  Dr. Hussmann was shocked and asked what could the problem be, and I reminded him of the previous visit of having to get his ears cleaned and nurses having to hold Brazos down.  He finished his other check points quickly so Brazos would calm down.

After Dr. Hussmann left, Brazos began to fall asleep on my lap as we waited for the next nurse.  As soon as she walked in, Brazos lefted his head to look at her and BAM....he let out a scream and a cry!  He remembered her all too well.  I held him tightly as she gave him two shots, one in his arm and one in his leg.  She then gave him a blue balloon and everything was better...for now.

We were then told to go to the lab to get Brazos' blood drawn to test for anemia and lead (don't worry...all kids have to do this test).  Melinda was our nurse for the blood drawing.  She sat us in the chair and talked so sweetly to Brazos.  I was shocked that she was able to grab his hand without him pulling away.  He must of liked her soothing voice.  He watched and listened quietly, then BAM...she pricked his finger and he let out another scream and cry.  She had to keep squeezing his finger to get more blood out and he kept crying, but suprisingly he wasn't pulling away from her.  She finished quickly and said, "Don't tell your grandma that I did that to you."  (Melinda has known our family for a long time.  She used to be my brother's hair dresser when he was a kid.)

Our visit was over and we walked to the car.  As I drove home Brazos was sound alseep.  He slept for about two hours and woke up in a great attitude.  The rest of the day was great and you would have never known he went to the doctor except for those Snoopy band-aids on his arm and leg.  We don't have to go back until he's eighteen months old.  Yay!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Yesterday was my and Brazos last day to go to MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers).  MOPS has been a great blessing to us.  Brazos has been able to play with other kids his age and he's also learned a few new things from watching the other kids.  Back in September he learned to hold his own bottle.  Sometime in October he decided to take his first scoot across the floor, and I'm sure seeing others scoot, crawl, and walk around him gave him encouragement.  I too have made many new friends, especially with the moms in my group the "Davinci Divas."  When I went to our first MOPS meeting, I was shocked at how many mommies had just moved to Brenham.  I guess being from Brenham, I'm used to everyone leaving Brenham, not coming to Brenham.  But Brenham has been blessed with a multitude of new, great families.  Many of us have children the same age, so I know our friendships will only continue to grow as we watch our children grow together and attend school together.  I can't help but wonder Which of these kids will be Brazos best friend?  Which child will be over playing at my house during those long summer days?  Only time will tell, and September will come soon and we can continue to make new friends when MOPS begins again.

When I picked Brazos up from his MOPS room, he was sound asleep.  I was a bit disappointed, because I love when I walk into the room and he sees me.  Usually I get a big grin and he crawls over to me and throws his arms up to be picked up.  The Moppettes (the ladies who babysit) said that they think he's getting sick.  They said that when the picked him up to change his diaper, he just laid his head on their shoulder and fell asleep as if he had no energy.  I'm not sure if he's sick or not, but we'll be going to the doctor for our one year check up today, so I guess we'll find out.  (I'll let you know how that goes...shots!!!  And I don't know he'll remember his last visit or not.)

We stayed home the rest of the day and Brazos found lots to do.  He cracks me up when he finds things to carry around the house.  While I was cleaning my room, he found one of my purses and threw it over his shoulder.  He walked straight to the front door as if he was ready to go shopping.  I guess he really does observe Mommy's actions.  Thankfully my purse was empty, because he usually pulls everything out of it and even chews on a few items.

Once the purse was no longer fun, he found his daddy's cap.  He doesn't like to keep caps on, so I was surprised to see him put it on his head.  I was laughing to myself when he started walking around with the cap.  The cap was falling forward and covering his eyes but he kept marching on...right into the couch!  At least it was the couch and not a wall or door.  I wish I had a video of his little stumble, but I knew I couldn't grab the camera fast enough and still have time to just enjoy the moment.

Later, Matt took Brazos outside to help pull weeds in the garden.  He also gave Brazos a tractor ride while I went to stack some firewood (I didn't get to far, because it was almost seven o'clock and I had to be inside to watch Vampire Diaries...bad addiction to tv).  Our calves were following me as I was walking in the pasture back to the house.  Their names are T-Bone, Cherry, and Pistachio.  Oh also, Brazos got his knees scraped for the first time.  He was walking across the rocky driveway and stumbled.  He's definitely a big boy now!

Overall, it was a great Thursday! Let's see what Friday brings...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Prairie Lea Cemetery

I want to take great pictures.  I think my pictures are usually good, but I want them to look great.  Many of my friends can take great pictures.  When I look at their pictures it seems as if I am really there.  Like the person could jump right off the page.  I know it's best to use the manual mode on your camera and I've read the tips people have written.  Just last night I read tips on this website

So today I decided to give manual mode a try again.  (I tried it once before after I took a mini lesson from photographer Scott Hill.)  I really enjoy reading Texas historical markers (Matt and I used to stop and read the historical markers when we were dating in high school...nerds) and that's where I started my picture taking.  I'm thinking that maybe I'll visit as many historical markers as I can and practice taking pictures at them. 

Brazos and I were driving by Prairie Lea Cemetery on our way home from eating lunch with my mom.  This cemetery has a beautiful enterance and I noticed that it had a historical marker.  We pulled over and started taking some pictures.  We didn't get too many for two reasons (1) my sidekick, Brazos was not being very patient with me and (2) manual mode drives me crazy!  I don't get it!!!  Anyways, here's a few of the pictures I took.  They're okay, but they're not great.  I guess I'll just have to keep trying.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Baby Bouquet

This weekend I will be going to Weimar to celebrate the coming of a new baby.  One of my best friends from college is having her first child!  I was asked to be a hostess for the baby shower, which is fine and dandy, but I still wanted an excuse to go out and buy new baby items.  (I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to shopping.)

While I was searching for ideas for another baby shower I'm hosting in May, I came across a super cute gift idea.  It was a bouquet filled with baby items!  Of course on the website it cost boocoodles, so I decided I'd give it a try and make one myself.  I must say it turned out fantabulous!  It is filled with all the same kinds of toys Brazos loved as an infant.  It also has two onsies that are as gender neutral as I could find.  After buying all the goodies I just couldn't wait to make it.

I tried to take pictures of it in several different parts of the house, but none of the pictures do it justice.  In person it looks much cuter, but here's what it looks like.

MD's Baptism

Saturday I met my cousin's beautiful baby boy for the first time!  He is absolutely precious.  Our family was honored to be invited to witness him receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.