he makes me laugh.

have i mentioned...
 how much i love this boy
and the fact that...
he can always make me laugh...
he pleaded to have his daddy
shoot the ball in the goal...with his head in it
he is pretty much...hilarious
and he thought this was great...
these moments are pretty much...


One word: FUN!  We love the carnival so much, and what makes it even funner more fun is being there with great friends that we haven't seen in a long, long time.  When we were on recruiting duty 3.5 years ago we met this awesome family.  Jeremy and Jason worked together...and now he and his family are stationed here in HI with us.  How cool is that?  We walked to the carnival from there condo in Waikiki (after they cooked us a awesome steak dinner) and even caught some fireworks on the way!  Like always we stocked up on tokens and ride coupons and wasted no time before we got started.  Brayden went to the first game and like a pro, won that huge Care Bear for Lainey...she was so excited!  And he was so proud.  We rode rides and played and gobbled up some delicious funnel cakes and cotton candy.  Jeremy and I even got to ride a ride ... could you tell we were excited?!  We even got some free entertainment from the Rebel Souljahz!  We had a blast and can't wait for more good times with those great friends!


walking happy.

Happy is our bunny.  He just had a nice warm bath.  This is the only time that he is actually calm enough to let us wrap him up and take him for a stroll.  Lainey's maternal instincts kick in and she protects him like he's her own.  We walked down to the big tree that Brayden loves to climb and he was happy as a lark.  
And as for Happy, he was just happy to be out of the cage. 



eyes widened.  curiosity commenced.  the possibilities of an ocean full of books.  brayden loves books, he devours them.  begs to be read to, often times the same books over and over again.  he memorizes them.  he cannot read yet.  but can read to you word for word Henry Box Brown.  every. single. word.  that thrills me to know end.
i love to see the excitement in his eyes.  i look forward everyday to snuggling with him on the couch or in his bed with a great book.  i look into his eyes and i see a love for books that i hope will never fade. 
 he recently became very interested in knowing who the author and illustrator are.  
just like me he loves eric  carle books.  we checked out Little Cloud and The Very Hungary Caterpillar.
one of his recent favorites from our own library is The Very Quiet Cricket.  seriously, this is a child after my own heart.  this was my book from when i was a child, i adore it and always have.  at the end of the book when the cricket finally chirps, the book make a cricket sound.  this book is nearing twenty years old, and it still makes that sound.  i think that is so neat, he is experiencing that same feeling that i did when i turned to the last page as a child.  i love having that bond with him, simple as it may be.
he devours books.  and the little sis is following suit.  she pulled many a book off the shelves.  i am sure the librarian was thankful to her for that.  she thought is was delightful and amazingly fun, and that's what really matters, right?  i did stack them neatly back on the cart, if that counts for anything?! 
i love the library,  and so do these littles.  to watch tiny fingers being dragged across hundreds of book spines until the perfect one is found and them watching them cart it back to the table or just cozy up on the floor to flip its well worn pages is so sweet.
brayden is so careful with these prized possessions, he makes sure that lainey doesn't hurt the pages
and when she does turn them incorrectly he is quick straighten them out.  i guess i have stressed enough to
him that we must take care of them or we may not get any more, and he took it to heart.
look at that face!  i could just eat it up.  and squeeze those delicious cheeks.
she was so content to sit in that little chair and look at her board book about Easter eggs.
(please ignore the fact that her book is upside down, she didn't seem to mind=)
 any ideas or suggestions for a must-check-out?
what good books are your children begging you to read these days?
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