Gratitude in 2011

Gratitude in 2011

Over the past couple weeks, my mom shared a big secret with me.  So, I thought I’d share it with the internet.  Seems only right. She told me that for the past three years, she has had the same, secret New Year’s resolution.  Three years ago, she decided that she wanted her New Years resolution to be to do a routine act of kindness.  But she wasn’t going to tell anyone about it.  She figured if she told people, she’d get praise for the act and that would defeat the…

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Bean’s Christmas Presents, Part Three

Bean’s Christmas Presents, Part Three

My sister rocked Christmas this year. One of the most surprising hits was this adorable hand-crafted coin bank she gave Bean. She found it in a boutique in Hilton Head and I just adore it. You put the coin in the chimney-thingy and it goes down that zigzag part and then dumps out into the coin bank at the bottom. Bean loves it. And I think it looks cute in his little bedroom, too. We use it as a doorstop. But the best gift Ginny and John Michael gave Bean…

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Bean’s Christmas Presents, Part Two

Bean’s Christmas Presents, Part Two

I’m continuing today reviewing Bean’s Christmas presents. I think it’s safe to say that Bean’s favorite Christmas present this year were these incredibly large Buzz and Woody stuffed dolls from Nana and Granddad. My mom said she found these on a clearance rack at Walmart and picked them up as just a little something extra for him. Little did we know that in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bean would be on a HUGE Toy Story kick. So, when he opened these giant things, it was like Buzz and…

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Christmas Week, Part Three

Christmas Week, Part Three

After a week of preparing and waiting, Christmas morning finally came. Bean’s little eyeballs lit up when he saw what Santa had left him and thanks to his visit earlier in the week from the Big Guy himself, Bean even seemed to understand where the gifts had come from. After playing for a while with his Santa toys… …and checking out his new big boy bed… Bean was ready to tear into some wrapping paper. Fortunately, Nana and Granddad bought every toy available under the sun, so he had hours…

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Santa Came to Town

Santa Came to Town

Last year I did a series of posts on what Bean got for Christmas and I also did one on what he got for his birthday. They were a big hit, so I thought I’d do it again this year. The point of these posts is not to show off what we’ve giving, but to give others ideas of toys for their kids. I love to see what other kids are playing with because it gives me great ideas for Bean and I hope you guys get some good ideas…

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Christmas Week, Part Two

Christmas Week, Part Two

Thursday night after the ladies of the family had pampered ourselves silly and the boys had destroyed each other on the golf course, there was a mysterious knock at the door… And who should appear from the Big Man himself! My Dad slipped out at some point and didn’t tell anyone about his surprise visit. It was awesome! Since we had been so sick in the weeks leading up to Christmas, we hadn’t had a chance to take Bean to see Santa this year and I was pretty bummed about…

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Santa Stole My Bed!

Santa Stole My Bed!

This year was Bean’s second Christmas and oh, what a difference a year makes!  It was absolutely magical to see Christmas through his eyes.  I know that sounds corny, but there’s just no other way to describe it.  Everything was better because he was here and this year was better than last because he was able to be a part of Christmas and to even understand what was going on a little bit. My favorite part of Christmas this year was giving gifts to Bean.  We don’t buy too many…

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Christmas Week, Part One

Christmas Week, Part One

Well, Christmas has come and gone in the Brown household and it was the best one yet.  We spent Monday through Thursday at my parent’s house and then on Friday we headed down to our house so that Bean could have Christmas morning there.  My sister and her husband, John Michael, came down from Virginia and that might have been the best part of the whole week.  Since moving back to Florida, we’ve had our whole family together more often, but it makes us all miss my sister even more…

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That’s What Christmas is All About

That’s What Christmas is All About

  “‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall…

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Cooling a Fever in the Middle of the Night

Cooling a Fever in the Middle of the Night

(First, I am not a doctor.  I am not trained in the medical profession at all, except for that one summer in college when I worked as a receptionist in Chris’ uncle’s surgical office.  But all I learned then about the medical profession was not to double-book appointments.  Any time your child is running a fever, please consult your pediatrician.  Then your mom.  Then your best friend.  Then your best friend’s mom.  Then Google.  Basically, talk to someone in real life.  These are just tips to use in addition to…

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