Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Little Lady Gaga Scare...

As much as I blame your mom for a lot of things that happen to you, this one is on me. But, one of the most fun things that a parent can do to his/her children is...scare them. You know, it gets the blood pumping and the heart rate up.

And, it is as funny as can be. Oh man, you guys jumped so high.

I love you guys. Sorry for the scare.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Splash Park Fun...

Boston & Braxton,
This week, Mommy took you guys to the Splash Park for the first time. You guys absolutely loved it. You were giggling the entire time. Your mommy is a pretty amazing person. She was brave enough to wrangle both of you at the Splash Park. She is crazy, but we love her.

On Saturday, we went back to the Splash Park and had some more fun. I love watching you guys play in the water with big smiles on your faces.

justindalebarrow's Splash Park Fun album on Photobucket

At the end of the day, Braxton, you got stung by a bee. You showed off your super quick reflexes and caught the bee in your hand. He stung you. But, you were a tough little guy and in the words of Papi, "just rubbed some dirt on it".

I love you guys!

Thanks for a super fun weekend.



Friday, May 17, 2013

Puppy Play Time...

You guys love to play with your puppies. And, as much as they don't want to admit it, they love you guys too.
Sometimes, you guys cannot wait until they come inside.
Here is a montage of some of your most fun moments that we have caught on camera.

Love you guys.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Eyebrows from Mom...

I apologize in advance for this one. This was your mom's doing. I failed you. I didn't do enough to stop her.
Without further adieu, here it is...
You aren't even safe at bathtime.
But, do not worry guys, you will be avenged.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

11 Months of Joyful Chaos...

Boston and Braxton,
As I sit here, there are so many words that come to my mind. However, none of them seem to do justice for the feelings that truly reside in my heart. As tears fill my eyes and blur my vision, I stare at a blank screen and a blinking cursor. I have written and deleted words over and over again. One day, I hope I can truly share the feelings of my heart with you. But, for now, hopefully these will suffice.
 With the click of a button, I am watching a slide show of you two and my heart is suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude, happiness and love. As I think of the past eleven months of my life, I am in awe of what has transpired. I have felt scared, overwhelmed and inadequate. I have cried. I have laughed. I have felt more love than I ever thought was possible. The incredible range and rush of emotions has been truly an experience that I cannot describe with words.
11 months ago, I laid in bed unable to sleep. I was tossing and turning due to a jumble of emotions; fear, excitement, anticipation and thankfulness. As we drove to the hospital, I pondered my readiness to become a father. And, while I have been blessed with great examples of wonderful fathers in my life, I felt far from adequate to start the journey of being yours. I wished I was better prepared. But, regardless of my readiness, I knew that I would work as hard as I could to be the best father I could be.
As I stood in the hallway while your momma was receiving her epidural, my knees grew weak...mostly because I am terrified of needles and I hate hospitals, but also because I was unsure of how the next few minutes would play out. Would every one be healthy? Would there be 20 fingers and 20 toes? Would you be white? Ok, that last one was a joke. But, in that moment, a million thoughts bounced around my mind.
When the time came to enter the room, I was scared for your momma. I was excited for her. I was in awe of her. I was inspired by her. In the time that I have known her, she has done and endured so many amazing and incredibly difficult things. But, even with her resume of awesomeness, nothing could compare to the journey of the last 38 weeks that was about to come to it's pinnacle. And, the thought of watching her hold the two of you in her arms melted my heart.
After each of you were born, the nurses held each of you near her and she cried. As I looked at the smile on her face, I knew that heaven existed on Earth. The miracle of life had just happened right in front of me, and I was truly amazed by the experience.
Fast forward 11 months...

As I sit here writing this, I watch you guys zooming around all over the place. My life has changed dramatically. In many ways, I cannot imagine what my life used to be like. As much as I thought I would, I don't miss the late nights, the hours of XBox or the random hang out with the guys. I thought that the changes would be hard, but they weren't. I go to bed earlier now, so that I won't miss you as much when you are asleep. Rather than XBox, I spend my evenings playing cars, giving piggybacks, watching BabyFirst TV and chasing you handsome devils around. Rather than hanging out with the guys, I get to spend my weekends playing at the Splash Park, going on walks and crawling around the living room floor with you guys. And, I wouldn't change it for the world. It is the dad life and it is truly remarkable.
In 11 months, I have watched you guys grow from little wrinkly aliens that couldn't hold up their heads to little dudes that sit up on their own to handsome devils that crawleed all over the place to silly jokesters that stand up, walk ocassionally, climb on everything and talk constantly. I have seen you guys develop into amazing fellas that are incredibly smart and super happy. I am excited for what the future holds because the ride thus far has been one of undeniable and constant joy.
With every step, every smile and every giggle another ounce of love that I didn't think could exist courses through my body. Just when I think my heart has reached it's capacity, when my gauge is on full, when I am overwhelmed by the amount of love I am those moments, just like the Grinch, my heart grows 3 sizes those days. It is truly incredible the amount of love that can reside within a human heart. And, every ounce of it is for you two and your amazing mother.
justindalebarrow's Just for Fun album on Photobucket

Boston, as I look into your eyes and see that mischievous smile form on your face, I cannot help but wonder what you will be like. You already have so much personality. You love to joke and giggle. You love to play and you never stop moving. You chase around the puppies and love eating Mandarin Oranges. You have recently become more of a daddy's boy which I absolutely love. You make me laugh every single day. You are my boy and I love you.

Braxton, your eyes twinkle as you smile at everyone you can. You are already such a loving and snugly boy. You love to talk and you never stop babbling. You like to play with any cord you can find. You like to play Peek-a-boo, PattyCake and So Big. You love eating pizza and watermelon. You like to push your brother in his car and you love your mommy more than I can even imagine. You make me say "awe" every single say. You are my boy and I love you.

You two love to play together. You find joy in each other and it warms my heart. Every morning when you guys wake up, you will spend the next half hour babbling back and forth. And, while I am sure you are plotting against, I love every minute of it.

In a month, you guys will be a whole year old. And, if every year can be like the last, it is going to an amazing life. So, as I hit my knees, I thank God for each of you and your mom. He has blessed me with so much that I don't deserve. But, I will accept the blessings I don't deserve, especially when they come in packages as awesome, beautiful and as truly inspiring as the two of you and your mother.

I love you guys and mommy too. Let the joyful chaos continue.


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A Little Walky for Bossy

Tonight, with Nana and I watching, you walked. You took six steps from Nana to me. Unfortunately, we couldn't get you to do it again. You would take two or three steps and drop on your booty. But, today...just a few days short of 11 months old, you walked. It was awesome to see. Pretty cool buddy!
I love you.
PS: This is the best video we got...only a couple steps.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Time for Bed...

When it is time for bed, you know right where to go. It is pretty awesome.
I love you buddy.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Art Time...

Your mommy has always been extremely active in your development. She works tirelessly with you guys. She has pushed your guys to sit, roll, and crawl. She has pushed your eye/hand coordination, your pincher skills, and so much more.
For quite a while, she has been doing sensory time with you guys. During this time, you guys will play with water, cool whip paint or countless other things. It is pretty fun to watch you guys as both of you love each and every minute of it.
Art time is definitely a time you guys love. Whether it is on the iPad, with crayons, or paint (cool whip style), the art you make is pretty cool. And, the majority of the time it finds its way onto the refrigerator.  

Brax, you sometimes end up a little messy but that's alright. Bossy and I just have to keep you from eating it. 
You guys are so blessed to have a loving mother who is so eager to give you a head start in life. I am amazed by how active you are, how smart you are and how quickly you are developing. Keep up the hard work.
I love you guys.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Summer Swim...

Brax & Bos,
Summer has arrived. We finally broke down and started running the A/C in the house. Saturday afternoon walks have been cancelled or moved to the early morning hours. But, with all this heat, you guys get to spend a lot more time in the swimming pool.
This week, you guys began having pool parties with all your friends at Aunt Jo's pool. In your new Lightning McQueen floaties, you guys are comfy and styling.
Brax, you love to lounge while your brother soaks up the sun.
I am ready for a summer in the pool with you guys.
Love you both.