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Big City Travelers!

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The summer traveling has begun. We started in May with a trip to Atlanta to see some very special friends. Then last week our family spent time in Houston and the big state of Texas. We have several more trips planned for this summer so I hope you will come back and see what fantastic pictures I sure we will get over the next 6 weeks.

Atlanta

We love meeting up with some of our great friends from Charlotte (The Hurst’s). In February the plan to meet in May was set up and we waited anxiously for the time to arrive. What we absolutely love about getting together is there are no expectations we basically just hang out and eat! This time we also played some board games which is a new obsession in the Breeden house and one that will get its own post. Atlanta is a fantastic city with great food and great parks. It was truly a refreashing time of fellowship with friends. 

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This is the best picture we were able to get from the three crazies! This picture was take after we played in this amazing park. It was also extremely hot so the children are exhausted and sweaty. You can just look at this picture and tell that it is nap-time!

 

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This is one of my favorite pictures of the weekend. Miles spent most of the weekend attached to my back and he loved it. It was hot but he was happy.

 

Houston

PCA General Assembly was in Houston, TX this year and we decided to take the entire family. So while Gavin attended meetings the kids and I would go to this lovely park (Discovery Green) right next to the hotel and play all morning. I was pleasantly suprised how wonderful Houston seems to be. There were great restaurants and the park that we walked to every morning was fantastic. So here is how the morning would go: we would get up and Gavin would go to his meetings. I would strap Miles to me in the Ergo, put Addie Pearl into the stroller and we would walk to a terrific little coffee shop called Ben’s Beans. (We all know that mamas don’t survive the day unless they get a little coffee into their bloodstream) We would then head to the park and we would play on the playground and the last day we played at the splash pad. We would walk to this little mall grab some sandwiches, head back to the hotel, eat, nap, and eat dinner with Gavin. It was definitely fun (at times stressful, kids are stressful) and we loved the city.

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This was taken on top of our hotel. Addie Pearl loved the big buildings but I am pretty sure she like the park more.

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We spent our last morning at this great splash pad at Discovery Green. At first AP would barely get her feet wet but within 20 minutes she was running through the place having the time of her life. We had to go back to the splash pad after nap because she loved it so much. Miles wasn’t a fan but he loved watching the other kids and eating snacks constantly.

 

Although, both trips were great it is always good to come home and get rested up for the next big adventure!!

Christmas Celebrations

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Christmas was an absolute blast this year. We celebrated Jesus’s birth, worshiped at a wonderful Christmas Eve service, visited family, attended Christmas parties, sang Christmas songs, saw Christmas lights, watched Christmas shows, made sugar cookies, drank hot chocolate, opened presents, and ate a ton of food. Christmas is full of traditions and although it might seem really busy (because it most definitely is) it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year.  There is so much hope and love in every moment.

There is so much I want to post about our Christmas and there are so many great pictures to share. Let us start with the stars of this blog, Addie Pearl and Miles.

Addie Pearl

This is the first Christmas that Addie Pearl really enjoyed. She now understands the joy of getting presents (I would say the joy of getting and giving but her 2 year old brain is really focused on the getting) and it’s really hard to explain that it’s over. There are no more presents and she cannot eat as many peanut M&M’s as she wants. It’s very hard for a 2 year old to understand this. It’s hard for me as a 30 year old to understand why I can’t constantly eat peanut M&M’s, too! AP truly enjoyed Christmas and everyday since it has been over she tells me that we need a new tree and a new Christmas. It is great to see her be able to think back to something that has happened and remember enough to want it to happen again.

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If you know anything about Addie Pearl you know she loves Curious George!!

Now she can draw to her hearts content!

Now she can draw to her heart’s content!

She also got a princess castle which she absolutely loves. She demanded everyone join her in her castle to play. Notice I used the word demanded instead of asked. Everyone spent some time in this castle with Addie Pearl. This is one of my favorites of her and Josh!

She also got a princess castle which she absolutely loves. She demanded everyone join her in her castle to play. Notice I used the word demanded instead of asked (our sweet first born can be a bit bossy). Everyone spent some time in the castle with Addie Pearl. This is one of my favorites of she and cousin Josh!

This was taken during our sugar cookie spree (which I will write an entire post on that later)! I love this picture of her sweet smile in her santa hat! She loved wearing this hat!

This was taken when we baked sugar cookies (which I will write an entire post on later)! I love this picture of her sweet smile in her Santa hat! She loved wearing this hat! Also notice the little bit of cookie crumbs around her mouth. She was sneaking bites every time she got a chance.

Miles

Miles was overwhelmed, tired, and growing a tooth this Christmas. Pretty much what you can expect from a 7 month old. All he wanted for Christmas was that dang tooth. And after a week of pain it has now arrived! My sweet boy has his first tooth! There were moments of greatness with Miles which you will see in the pictures. I’m not going to repost the picture I put up the other day but if you have not seen it you should look at my last post. Miles received some great gifts that he has been enjoying already. By that I mean if I give him one of the toys he will immediately put it in his mouth to chew on. The only other exciting thing Miles did this week was get up on his hands and knees, which means crawling is going to happen soon. Two mobile babies!! Yikes!!

Ok I said I was not going to post it again. I lied it is just too great!

Ok, I said I wasn’t going to post it again. I lied! It is just too great!

This is also a great one of him hamming it up for the cameras and the paparazzi taking his picture. I also want to add that every Breeden baby (including Gavin and Jessica) have worn this little outfit for their first Christmas. However, since it is 100% polyester we had to put it on and take it off quickly before his skin went completely red!

This is also a great one of Miles hamming it up for the cameras and the paparazzi taking his picture. Every Breeden baby (including Gavin and Jessica) have worn this little outfit for their first Christmas. However, since it is 100% polyester we had to put it on and take it off quickly before his skin turned completely red!

I like how interested he looks in the toys but I promise you he just want the paper or box to eat!

It looks like he’s interested in the toys but I promise you he just wanted to eat the paper and box!

This last one is a little dark but I love how happy he looks. He has the sweetest smile!

This last one is a little dark but I love how happy he looks. He has the sweetest smile!

Mommy and Daddy!!!

Gavin and I had a great Christmas as well. He gave me a diamond necklace and I gave him a leather messenger bag. There were also other little things like some books and a wallet that came with a warning saying it might contain carcinogens (whoops!!). It was great because we got to spend time with our kids, have some relaxing time together, and we also got some time to enjoy things that we love. The last couple of pictures just show how happy we are to have our little family and how the Lord has truly blessed us. I need to store up these memories and pictures in my mind so that on the hard days (and there will always be hard days) I will remember the Lord’s blessings to us.

My sweet boys first Christmas! What a great addition he has been to our little family.

My sweet boy’s first Christmas! What a great addition he has been to our little family this year.

Yes I am in the princess castle. To tell you the truth I have been in the princess castle every day since we brought it home!

Yes, I am in the princess castle. I have been in the princess castle every day since we brought it home!

We made Addie Pearl open her gift last! It would seem kinda mean other than she "helped" open every present. That is Gavin's new bow-tie which looks fantastic!

We made Addie Pearl open her gifts last! It might sound kinda mean but she “helped” open everyone else’s presents. That is Gavin’s new bow-tie which looks fantastic!

Gavin in the princess castle. I told you everyone had an opportunity!

Gavin and Addie Pearl in the princess castle. (I told you everyone had an opportunity!)

Christmas Eve blanket fort! Pretty awesome!!

Christmas Eve family blanket fort! Pretty awesome!

Our Christmas card photo this year!

Our Christmas card photo this year!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!!!

Beautiful Little Girl

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 As I was putting together our Christmas calendar this year I came across this beautiful picture. Looking at it makes me realize that my baby girl is growing up too quickly.

Addie Pearl loves to “help” me cook whenever I am in the kitchen. She sits on the counter and plays with everything she can get her hands on. Some days it drives me absolutely insane but I try to remember that one day she would probably rather be in her room than in the kitchen with me. So I am going to enjoy it as long as I can.

I’m just thankful for this beautiful girl and pray that one day the Lord will make her as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

We had a baby… 7 Months Ago!

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We’re back after a long break from blogging! And what has kept us away for so long? What has been taking nearly every spare moment for the last seven months? Our precious son, Miles. Just look at him! Miles is the sweetest, most cuddly baby that you can imagine. He has the biggest dimples you have ever seen and I promise you that he will melt your heart. He does not like to be alone and wants to always be with the family. He would prefer to fall asleep on your chest than anywhere else. And he absolutely loves his big sister more than anything. Addie Pearl can make him giggle more than anyone else.

He also is a tough boy. He has been fighting eczema since July and it has been rough (literally). He gets it all over his body and it itches pretty bad. Yet even at his worst Miles smiles right through it! I believe it has been harder on Mama than anyone else. You mama’s out there know that some of the hardest times are when you want to give your child relief from something and you aren’t able to.

As great as this little man has been I am in no way saying that it has been easy. Having children are a blessing from God but he is definitely using our two kids to sanctify us, teaching us to be patient and loving. Hard lessons to learn, but much needed. I will have to say that no matter how hard it is to love and take care of children 24/7 it has still been fantastic.

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This is one of my favorite pictures from the hospital. This is one of the first times I really got to hold him. There is nothing like holding that small little baby after it has spent 9 months terrorizing your body!

I am going to leave you with a recent picture that we are absolutely in love with right now! This boy loves to get his hands into everything. He also loves sweet potatoes. Miles is a playful little boy and he is going to be a handful.

Don’t let him steal your heart!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We had a fantastic Valentine’s Day here in the Breeden home. We all got a little something we wanted and had a wonderful meal that was brought to us by a sweet lady from church. I got a book called “The Quiet” (I can’t wait to read this it is a book about the power of introverts in a world that will not stop talking), Gavin got two Thelonious Monk CD’s (if anyone knows Gavin he has a wide range in musical taste but he has been loving his Jazz the last couple of months), and Addie Pearl got a book called “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”(we will be reading over and over and over and over and over again). There was also lots of candy, a bottled coke and a giant balloon.

However, the best part of valentine’s day for Addie Pearl was getting to spend some time outside in the gorgeous weather. I am posting some pictures of our sweet girl which will be a Valentine’s Gift for the grandparents!

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Breakfast with Addie Pearl

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Gavin took some fantastic photos today of Addie Pearl while we were eating breakfast. I hope you enjoy the lovely pictures of this precious girl.

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Where is the breakfast?

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The only thing she likes more than greek yogurt is pop-tarts. However, we try to limit her pop-tart intake!

Sometimes mamma has a hard time not making a mess. A little mess on the mouth is much easier to clean than the disaster she can make when feeding herself. We must stay clean before going to daycare.

Sometimes mamma has a hard time not making a mess. A little mess on the mouth is much easier to clean than the disaster she can make when feeding herself. We must stay clean before going to daycare.

Breakfast is the best!!

Breakfast is the best!!

It is always a blessing to get up and spend some time with my girl before going to work.

It is always a blessing to get up and spend some time with my girl before going to work.

This is a very sweet picture. She is such a girlie girl and I love it.

This is a very sweet picture. She is such a girlie girl and I love it.