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Happy Birthday Brayden!

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday my sweet, dear, little angel baby Brayden,
Happy Birthday you’re two!

I can’t believe that two years ago today, we worked together, you and I, to bring you into the world for your very 1st breath. Your very 1st moment, your very 1st experience. For the very 1st time we got to see your precious little face and gaze into those beautiful, innocent, big blue eyes. For the 1st time, I felt like our family was now complete.

You have grown so much. You are a toddler! Wow! Just to say that – it’s weird. You’re my little baby snugglebug. You and your brother will always be my babies.

Your words, your thoughts – they amaze me. The way you speak in full sentences and hold conversations – it just blows me away (in such a good way). You are so smart and funny and kind and loving and caring and all the things my little snugglebug should be. You have your favorite songs (Farmer in the Dell and B-I-N-G-O) your favorite books (the Truck Book from the library that unfortunately we had to return but I promise I will check it out again) your favorite lovey (Bunny – I remember when you looked so little and Bunny was so much bigger – now he is this tiny little ruffled, no longer pristine, white bunny that gets flopped around with you) your favorite shows (Thomas the Train and Curious George) and of course your favorite people (Mommy, Daddy and Zackery). I can’t say you’re my favorite (cuz that’s just not true – Zack is my favorite too), but you’re my favorite toddler!!!

Brayden, I love you so, so much. I love the snuggles and hugs and kisses you give. I love your little voice, your soft baby skin and your oh-I-could-grab-them-forever little thighs.
Happy Birthday my dear sweet two-year-old. xoxo

Happy Birthday Zackery!

Happy Birthday Zackery!!! Today you are four years old – I can’t believe it!

It is such a big day for you, not only because it’s your birthday, but also because it is your graduation day from Silly Beans Learning Center. It has been 2-1/2 years since you started there, and I still remember your very first day. I think it was harder on me than anyone else. Dropping you off took forever because I didn’t want to leave you, but you seemed so happy and content. You have learned and grown so much there; making new friends, sharing your toys, cultivating your talents. I am sad this is your last day, but Monday you get to start BIG school – how super exciting!

I am so proud of you for all that you have accomplished. You are becoming more of a wonderful, fun, loving, smart little boy than I could have even imagined. You always have a big smile, and that makes me smile.

It was four years ago today that you came into this world, and it was one of the most blessed days in our lives (tied of course the day your baby brother was born). Happy Birthday to my big snugglebug, Zackery Gendebien Zimmer. I love you! xoxo

Happy Birthday Brayden!

My little baby is one… I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by. I was looking at pictures from when he was born, and reflecting back on exactly what I was doing at this time last year (well, yesterday I was reflecting. Right now I’m sneaking in a quick cup of coffee and squeezing out every little last bit of silence I can while Brayden is still napping), and it is just amazing how big both my boys are getting. Even Zackery looks all grown up – he will be four in September.

We had a birthday party for Brayden on Sunday. It was great. Not too many people, not too few – everyone had a good time. Kids of all ages, happy adults, yummy food and great weather. I couldn’t have asked for a better celebration. I even got to enjoy a glass of wine and indulge in a piece of homemade carrot cake (that is a whole other post on another day… altitude + new recipe = baking disaster).

As the responsible Mother I try to be, I decided to make Brayden his own eggless, sugarless cake. I did the same sort of thing when Zackery turned one, so I figured it was only fair, and I wanted to make sure Brayden wasn’t going to have an allergic reaction to something he had never eaten before. I found a great (easy) recipe for applesauce banana cake. Aside from the long bake time, this cake was a cinch to make and came out perfect (again, nothing like the carrot cake fiasco…). I made a cream cheese, maple syrup icing to go on top – YUM!

When it was time to celebrate the guest of honor, Brayden was lifted up into his decorated high chair, strapped in and secured with the click of his nice clean tray. The elegant plastic birthday bib was tied around his chubby little neck, a custom paper birthday hat placed on his head, and the quickest photo session ever before everything was ripped off in frustration. I lit the candle on his little mini personal cake, we sang “happy birthday” (much to his delight), I helped him blow out the candle, and then we waited. He had a happy face, but just didn’t know what to make of this white, square tower in front of him. With a little coaxing he found his fingers smushing into the icing, and grabbing the whole top layer of the cake, which gracefully landed in a splat on the floor (thank goodness for the plastic floor mat included in the “high chair decorating kit”). Both hands now sliming their way through his hair and over his face, not one single bit ever going into his mouth for a taste… oh well, maybe next year. 🙂

Brayden had a great time opening his presents – all the while fending off the mob of hungry helpers who were impatiently waiting for him to rip off the wrapping paper. Trucks and toy phones, clothes and a new ball… what more does a one-year-old little boy need?

Most of the cleanup was done before bath and bedtime, although there are still clean platters waiting to go back to their home inside the awkward cabinet in the corner of our kitchen island, but for the most part, the house is all put back together. It was a wonderful day, and I still can’t believe it has come and gone. We are blessed to have such precious little boys in our house, and as much as sometimes I miss those first days when I held his tiny little body in my arms all day, I am imagining all the joyous memories we have still yet to create.

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