Thursday, December 23, 2010

The ones i love....

MELT my heart!
We recently had BrotherBeans 1 year photos and a few family photos taken by the very talented, trusted, loved, and great friend GreyGillFish. Below are some of my favorites from the session, although it was VERY hard to pick my favorites because so many of them are amazing!

This last one is by far my favorite! and truly brings out the BrotherBean personality!

Enjoy the new photos of my loves, and MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Much love,
The Krout Sprouts

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

cutie pie comparisson

Last night was a pizza kind of night!
We call it "guys night" around our house...which simply means to BooderBean that he gets to sit on the couch with daddy and TV trays and watch a cartoon while they eat.
As BrotherBean and i were sitting at the table eating i realized HEY-this is his first time to have pizza! And then i remembered i had snapped a photo of BooderBeans first pizza experience so i snapped one of Brother as well.  When i went to find the photo from the past i realized that the photos were taken when both boys were exactly the same age--like down to only a few days apart!

BooderBean--1 year and 12 days old (October 2007)

BrotherBean--1 year and 8 days old (December 2010)

It amazes me to look back at the photos and compare my two cuties!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

BrotherBean is ONE

How was BrotherBeans birthday you ask? Well, the word "different" comes to mind.
The poor kiddo was sick on his birthday, throwing up stomach flew a few days before and still not quite himself when the actual big day of turning ONE came. So, even though we had the cakes made, decorations and party favors bought, house cleaned and ready for company...we had to cancel my baby boys first birthday party. AND just as i started taking photos my camera battery decided to die so i had to revert to the cell phone camera...NOT what i had envisioned for so many months, but at least i got some photos.
ok WOW, that was a little dramatic right???
While it was sad to reschedule his birthday party we still made and awesome day for him of hanging around the house with just us four! It was a fun stay at home day doing all fun things that he liked to do, in fact, BooderBean and i didn't change our of our pajamas all day!

Here are a few photos from the fun stay at home lazy birthday day for our big ONE year old man!

Since we had quarantined him to the BRAT diet he didn't get to enjoy cake or any goodies on his big day, instead he got to blow out his candles in a pancake!

He wasn't too excited about the act of opening up gifts...this may be the only photo of him actually holding a gift. he would rather crawl around and wrestle on us and let big brother open the gifts.

And MilitaryMan won, the evening ended with BrotherBean getting his first haircut by daddy!


 After...still cute as a bug!
Happy FIRST birthday to my little man!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flashback Foto Friday!!

This FLASHBACK of photos is of BooderBean on his 1st birthday! This is probably my most favorite photo of him that day, i know it's not the "perfect" photo that all moms aim for on their child's first birthday, but MAN it's one that has me cracking up every time i look at it!
He was a tad upset by the flame and the fact that he got icing on his hands and was dirty!

Now, that boy wouldnt' care one bit if he got dirty, and he has been asking since July when we get to do fireworks again, so flames are no problem.

This Sunday we will celebrate BrotherBeans 1st birthday and i secretly hope to get a photo like this of him :)

I'll be posting on Monday!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Christmas Date

BooderBean and Mommy had a fun crafty Christmas day last weekend!  The two of us got out all the fun family ornaments and went to work decorating HIS tree that goes in his room.  We discussed each and every homemade ornament and talked about all the memories of each bought ornament that I have collected or received over the years.  He was so proud to put his tree up in his room.

That evening just him and I headed to the Mrs. Claus Wonder Express!  It was a fun evening of Christmas songs, crafts, skits, stories and snacks.  He had so much getting to meet Mrs. Clause and the elves! 

And at one point he even said "I like it when it's just you and me" about melt your mommas heart!!! We'll be having more dates more often!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

cowboy cuties this one cute four year old or what?!?!?
BooderBean loves to wear jeans and boots...that's pretty much what he asks to wear every day when we are picking out his clothes the night before,
i have to pretty much force him to wear comfy clothes sometimes! 

TRIPLE WOWEE...aren't these the most handsome men ever????

Friday, November 12, 2010

11 month Bean

This precious little baby boy is 11 months old today.
Do you know what that means???? He will be ONE in a month from today. and WOW am i not believing that one at all! He had a pretty rough couple of months when he was younger and some pretty scary times in the hospital but he is such a fighter we just knew he would pull through! He is the most smiley little boy you have ever met! Here are a few points about BrotherBean at 11 months:
  • He eats anything and everything you put in front of him
  • He lights up when his big brother walks in the room
  • He loves the refrigerator, and can come out of no where crawling 90 to nothing when he hears the door open up
  • He loves to roll around in clean, warm laundry
  • He smiles ALL the time
  • He loves to clap, "clack" with his tongue, pull socks off his feet, throw his head back and laugh, mimic you and imitate what you do
  • He can say "mama" "dada" and "bubbas"
  • He loves to stand and bounce and walk along furniture a bit
  • He loves to get near the dogs food and water bowls...and he knows i hate it, so with a sheepish grin he does it anyway
  • He goes to bed smiling and wakes up smiling

Happy 11 month birthday BrotherBean!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Fun

What is Fall without a roll in the leaves?
It's so amazing and wonderful to me how these two boys of mine absolutely love each other! When BrotherBean walks in the room BooderBean literally lights up and screams with excitement. I hope they go on the rest of their lives taking care of each other, looking out for each other, and loving each other!

Monday, November 1, 2010

My Sweets and their Treats

We had a weekend FULL of festivities!  We started the weekend with Mexican dinner and mango margaritas to celebrate my early 30th birthday and my brothers early 24th birthday!  The evening was so fun and full of family! My folks surprised my brother and sister and i with tickets to the Transiberian Orchestra concert in December!!!!! Something I've been wanting to do for years, so talk about surprise!!!

The rest of the weekend included the following fun activities which I'll post about throughout the week:  early morning play-doh fun just BooderBean and I, baking for a cake walk, Fall Carnival at the boys school, potato sack races, playing in the leaves, trick-or-treating multiple times, building a fort, reading Halloween books in bed, shopping and major meltdowns, more trick-or-treating!

Halloween Night 2010:
Trick-or-Treating to Ponca City family:

BrotherBean and Aunt Sandy with a Halloween card:

Trick-or-Treating to Glencoe family

 Mommy and her boys hitting up the last houses:

Last photo of the night in their costumes-looking oh so tired!

In PJ's and loaded in the truck, ready to head home after a night of fun!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween

More photos will be taken this weekend but I had to post a quick one of the first time the boys were in their costumes!  MilitaryMan and I sewed and stitched and glued and cut until the weeeee hours of the night the night before they had to be worn for their first trick or treating event.  Didn't try the costumes on them until it was time to go-and said a quick prayer that all worked out well! We have 4 more Halloween events this weekend where they will get to dress up needless to say the costumes will get some miles in!

Happy Halloween from my brave Fireman and his little Dalmatian brother :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


BooderBean celebrated his 4th birthday this month and I have been so behind on my blogging that i completely forgot to post photos!
His party was SO MUCH fun for him and his friends, this was our first friends party and I think it went well.  I didn't get nearly as many photos as i had wanted (doesn't it always end up that way?) but i did have so much fun watching my boy and his buddies play! Maybe next year I'll be hiring our photographer friend, GreyGillFish, to come play and take party photos!

Apparently he loved the icing! and then insisted i take a photo so he could see his face :)

Even BrotherBean had a blast in the toddler area of the Gym

Time for cupcakes and ice-cream! These are his school friends and cousins with him.

Two of his school friends helping him open gifts.

Time to line up for cake! Here he was waiting for his BFF Addyson to come get in line-he even made the whole party wait for cake so she could get in line with them :)

I made his cake (as i do every year), and the theme was camouflage...this was a VERY last minute decision by BooderBean-as he changed his mind daily as to what he wanted the theme to be, finally he decided on camo and I did the cake design idea the night before, didnt' turn out nearly as cute as i wanted but hey--it was eaten right :)

I can't believe how big my little man is! Four years have gone by so fast.  He's gone from my little tiny baby--ok not really, he was born weighing in at 9lbs 8oz--to my big smart, strong, talented, happy, helpful, thoughtful, sensitive, considerate, creative, hilarious, snugly, big man!  I love this boy to pieces and every morning when he wakes up and runs in asking "is it morning yet? can i get up?" I thank God he is mine!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Catchin Up!

I was a NURSING NINJA...or so i dubbed myself :) 
I successfully nursed my two boys until both of them were 10 months old. While my goal both times was 12 months, I didn't quite make it.  Both boys decided they were just done with our little mommy baby time at 10 months so that is that.  I had a really hard time, emotionally, with BooderBean when he quit.  Yet with BrotherBean i am doing much better than i thought.  I am ready to get my body back to my own, and I'm really ready to wear clothing that doesnt' have to have a snap or clasp or easy access for a little one! so Victoria Secret...get ready, this momma is ready to shop again!

The photos that are making me smile so much lately are the ones where they just aren't "perfect".  i used to think we had to all be looking "perfect" to get a good photo...but after time, I am learning that the photos i love the best are the ones where we are caught  just really living in the moment!
These recent photos of my boys are just those kind...the "in the moment" photos!

on BooderBeans birthday we flooded the living room with balloons....the boys loved to dive into them together and this photo is a perfect reflection of the love BooderBean has for his brother, he loves to squeeze on this boy!
We took BooderBean to the Orr Family Farm for his birthday and had a blast! This photo is my boys and I jumping on the giant pillow! It's this photo that i love so much, just my boys and I having fun and not posing one bit.
BooderBean concentrated so hard on his cupcake creations while BrotherBean watched on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

School Lunches

BooderBean had a great birthday week last week! On Friday I surprised him at his school and had lunch with him and his little friends. It was so neat to see him in action in his classroom and see him following the routine along with everyone else.  I arrived early enough to see music time and see how all those little creative minds work! I love this age!  After lunch i stayed for a bit to play with him on the playground before their nap time, sure wish i could have stayed for nap time!  I didn't get very many photos since those little kiddos move so fast! but here are a few!

That evening we had  family game night, which i think we'll continue on every Friday night.  He is getting to be such a grown up boy!  Played by the rules, was a stickler on making sure daddy followed the rules too, he had to be the one to set the games up and tear them down, we of course had to have cups of juice while we played-in case we got thirsty and didn't want to have to get up, he told me!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sweet Snacks

MilitaryMan and I let BooderBean stay up past his bedtime the other night so he could help make his fun birthday cupcakes to take to his school friends for today's birthday celebration at school.  MilitaryMan thought it would be fun to get the blender out and make some yummy smoothies to sip on while we baked!  I put BrotherBean to bed early so we could get started on our baking fun. BooderBean loves to help out in the kitchen so the evening was a blast.  Long story-short:  we ended up baking 2 1/2 dozen cup cakes that evening from scratch and then weren't able to bring them to school so he gets to serve his friends store bought pie and store bought sherbet today instead.  And i now have a mound of homemade vanilla cupcakes at my house if anyone wants to come grab a snack!
The smoothies turned out yummy-perfect peach smoothies!
Enjoy the fun photos from the night.  We'll be taking him for some birthday fun tomorrow for his 4th birthday, check next week for photos!

The blender is LOUD daddy!

Daddy and BooderBean making peach smoothies!

mmmm perfect peach smoothie!
making sure mommy put all the ingredients in!

licking up the leftovers he said

 finished product