Bramell, Party of Five: September 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009


This was last week during the Razorback game vs. GA. Lee was out with the boys, I was watching the game in the living room and Becca was lounging in Fergie's bed watching Monsters, Inc. for the 3rd time in a row!!

Let's compare!

I looked back and found the photo we took with Slugger in 2008 to compare to this year's. Not much difference, really. Except that Becca let me stand a little closer to him last year. She is obviously not thrilled about him at all. Well, that and in the new picture, you can't tell that she is so scared that she's shaking.

Along with Slugger, Strike and the Razorback, add to the list of "big costumed characters that scare Becca": Chuck E. Cheese. No pictures, but a big fit on Saturday when she saw him. Poor kid.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Branson Family Getaway

So last week, I took Becca and we met Grammy, Nanny and Aunt Pam for a few days in Branson. The weather was mostly terrible, but we had a nice time anyway. I must disclose up front that I am a poor excuse for a mother because I went off without my camera. I just didn't even think about it!! Of course, I missed some great photo opps, but maybe someone else will share their pics and I can post them here.

I could have titled this post "What I Learned about My Child," but here's the short list:

  • She definitely takes after her mother in one area: she got CAR SICK!! We had to pull over twice on the way to Branson to clean her up. The first time was only about 30 miles from home! Poor girl said "vomit" for the whole time we were gone!
  • I think I gave birth to a mermaid or a fish or something. She loves, loves, loves the swimming pool. We went to the indoor pool a couple of times at the condo. Becca amazed her grandmas with her skills. That girl is not afraid of the water, jumps off the side of the pool and will go under water and never even fuss. She is almost swimming (with floaties), so I think we'll be taking lessons pretty soon.
  • The girl does NOT like to go to bed when we're away from home. It took an average of 2 hours to get her down every night. I think she just wanted to play with Nanny...

We also visited the Branson Landing to look at the pretty fountains. That's Becca's new thing; she loves to "touch it, mama" when she sees a fountain. She did it in Kansas City, at church, and at Branson.

We took a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway, which was pretty cool. We rode about an hour out into the mountains. Becca enjoyed watching people and getting attention from everyone. I thought it was cool, but probably much better later in the fall when the leaves are turning.

Other than some shopping at the outlet mall, that's about all we did. Let's just say that we will have the best-dressed child at daycare this winter!! So excited about all her new clothes!! I stayed in with Becca while the others went to a show one night.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Kansas City fun

Wow, posting from work is much faster than at home!! Here are some more photos of our trip to Kansas City for Labor Day weekend.

This, people, is my brother-in-law Jonathan. I have a story to tell about him. Let's just say that we're lucky that we didn't have to bail him out of the KC jail. That baseball he's holding came from Torii Hunter (Royals were playing the Angels). We were all standing on the deck out behind center field so we could holler at Torii, who is also from Arkansas. Lee took his glove and had a plan to get Torii to throw him a ball for days before we went. Seriously. So, we're standing out there--Jonathan with the glove on, mind you--and Torii throws the ball right to Jonathan after warm-ups. The ball tips the glove and falls down behind the center field fence. You can probably guess the rest of this story. Jonathan spends the last half of the inning plotting to get the ball back. As soon as the last out of the game happened, there he went over the fence! He was so fast I almost didn't see him! And, apparently, neither did the security guard standing in right field! Way to go, Jonathan! And you made the blog : )

This is the carousel in the kiddie park at the Royals stadium. This is something new to the park this year; they have added a whole area just for the kids--a playground, mini golf, and mini baseball diamond, too. Of course, Becca thought it was all wonderful!

Here we are in our outfield seats (also part of the new additions). I'm sure there's more to tell, but I gotta get going now....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Testing One Two, Testing...

WWI Memorial--Kansas City, MO

Union Station--Kansas City, MO
Ok. Obviously our "high speed" internet isn't that fast. We have had the durndest time getting the blog to put in pics, but I put these two in and it worked in less than 10 secs (I'm at the office). I just came back in and edited. It's like back from the future or something...

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