Monday, February 8

not much to report


we haven't been up to anything too exciting around here the past month or so. we've been busy doing the normal day to day routine with soccer a couple times a week, cub scouts, church duties, and of course school and work. owen keeps me very busy these days. he just goes and goes and doesn't stop... just like jack, ellie and charlie did (and pretty much still do). he gets into everything and has figured out how to climb.



we don't have a pantry (curse whoever designed a home without a pantry!!!). owen pulls everything off our shelves, several times a day. sometimes we get lucky and don't have spills. we try to hide all of the glass items, but owen is clever and can find them.


we went to OKC for an overnight trip last month so chris and i could take turns going to the temple. the kids were very much needing a swim, so they were in heaven. charlie told me last week "mommy, my arms need to swim. can we build a pool cause i need to swim? please?". florida kids through and through.


i put together a baby shower for katie smith on the 23rd and it was a great afternoon! they welcomed their 4th girl, Remi Lee Smith, last wednesday the 3rd and she is the most beautiful newborn i've ever seen. I've enjoyed her snuggles.




it's been really windy the past few weeks, so we've tried to make the most of it with the kite charlie got for christmas.


 we've prepped all of our valentine's and are ready for the school parties! we got this fun idea from kersey over at www.andweplay.com  and the kids love it and can't wait to pass them out.

 this week we will celebrate ellie's birthday. i can't believe our baby girl is going to be 8. EIGHT!!! she is over the moon excited for her baptism on the 27th of this month. she and her best friend Dani will be getting baptized at the same time. a few months ago she told me that when she gets baptized, she wanted to wear a long white dress that touched the floor. such a funny girl. we found the perfect dress online and she looks so beautiful!






family photos fall 2015


we had some professional pictures taken last november and i never got around to posting them here. considering i booked the photographer for pictures that very same day, i think they turned out pretty well!

















of all the pictures, these last two are my personal favorites. love these people of mine!



Thursday, January 14

2016, you came too fast!


we had a wonderful christmas and here are some pictures to prove it!

after our annual christmas eve brunch and dodgeball tournament in the morning at our ward building, and last minute errands in the afternoon, the smith's came over for our traditional spaghetti dinner.

(for those of you in florida, i've included this little video that has a peak of the Peczuh's and the Smith's, just for fun :)

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we made dinner on christmas eve and the smiths brought dessert, and then we went to their home christmas day where they made dinner and we brought dessert (creme brûlée and chocolate salted caramel pie). it was a great set up!


the kids did a fun Night Before Christmas sock exchange and a "tree" decorating race, followed by the telling of the nativity by jenna. it was a great night! 



 the kids really didn't want to go to bed on christmas eve... they are getting old enough to realize that the sooner christmas morning comes, the sooner its over! jack was determined to catch santa this year and ask him to take him on a sleigh ride. so once the other kids went to bed, i asked jack to sneak out of bed and help me make some pie for our christmas dessert to pass some time. after that, and whole lot of convincing him that santa would just skip right over our house if jack was still up, he gave in and went to bed.





the kids favorite gifts this year:
owen- rocking horse (we are assuming)
charlie- marble run
ellie- american girl doll "Kit Kittridge" (2nd year asking for her)
jack- pet fish (which he named spike)


everyone enjoys christmas morning sticky buns, even the o man!


as if celebrating christmas and new years in one week isn't enough, we get to celebrate CHARLIE too!
he turned 5 on the 27th!


charlie knew exactly what he wanted for his birthday. he wanted a blaze monster machine cake that was super chocolatey, to go to the new trampoline park with brynn, and a minion fart gun.
so thats what he got.
since his birthday was on sunday, we went to the trampoline park on saturday and then did cake on sunday.


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what an awesome kid charlie is. he makes everyone smile, even though he tends to be on the shy side if we aren't at home. at times he laughs so hard he cries and is always trying to make everyone else laugh too. he's starting to show a little interest in letters and numbers, but we still aren't positive if he's right or left handed because he very rarely picks up a pencil or marker or crayon, cause he just has no interest in writing or drawing, but pretty sure he's right handed. he can build a robot or a vehicle out of legos like no one else and really enjoys creating things... especially if he can create something in the dirt. our family loves this boy and he makes us whole. 

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charlie loves his minion fart gun that aunt rikki sent him so much, that i have had to make a new rule in the house: no fart gun after 6pm. when I'm trying to cook dinner, serve dinner, and get dinner cleaned up and getting the kids ready for scriptures and the whole bedtime routine... its just too much going on and the last thing i need is fart after fart after fart in the background. BUT! he can toot it all he wants the rest of the day :)

new years eve was so great and low key, like the rest of our holiday celebrations. we hung out at the smith's (of course) and played games, watched football, and ate and ate and ate some more. then we had a countdown at 10 because the parents were all too tired to stay up for the real thing! Ha!



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we played googley eyes, pig pile, mexican train, checkers, the scrambled states of america and a couple other games. its so fun now that the kids are getting old enough to play real games on their own, without help from us, so we can all play together.


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2015 was a great year for our little family. while getting ready to celebrate on new years eve, ellie started to cry and said "mama, i don't want it to be a new year cause this one was so good!". we feel so lucky to be blessed with good health, loving family & friends, and most importantly, our Savior Jesus Christ.

2016, we're ready for you!

Monday, December 21

christmas cheer!


it's december 21st and christmas festivities are in full swing at the brower home!

when we got back from our thanksgiving trip to Ohio, we decided to start a new tradition of cutting down our own christmas tree rather than picking one up from lowes. we found a tree farm a little ways away and made a great day of it! it was so fun in fact, that i made a video of the adventure.





we've also been eagerly awaiting each new day so we can open one of our treats from the christmas advent aunt rik sent us from germany. it's true what they say, german chocolate is some of the best!


chris and i went to an ugly christmas sweater party at chris' boss's house on the 4th and had a great time. i mean, wouldn't you if you had a sweater like chris?



here's our version of an "awkward family photo"


chris had actually ordered an entirely different sweater. he showed me a picture of the one he ordered and i almost died. he claims to not have noticed how manly this unicorn was when he ordered it.


 i think it was a miracle that they sent us the wrong sweater cause i really didn't want to have to sew some shorts or a bow or some sort of censor over the unicorn!

we've been out delivering bottles of cheer again this year. 24 bottles so far to be exact. it's still our favorite way to say merry christmas to our friends nearby because its so easy and takes all the stress out of delivering goodies. this year i made tags that said "Merry Christmas Ya'll, Love the Browers". thats right, i spelled y'all wrong. after delivering a few with the typo, my ocd got the best of me and i had to remake them. guess i'm not a true southerner yet.


our elf skippy is back at it this year. he had a fall last year and was in a body cast, but when he showed up this year all he had left was a leg cast. well, i guess the doc cleared him and took the cast off. his first night free he found our fudge to celebrate.


charlie had a preschool christmas concert. he stood right in the middle of the group, towering over most of them, with a very stoic look on his face and his hands in his pockets. he said all his lines, but no smiles or hand actions made an appearance. afterwards he said, "when i got up there, i saw too many people and i got scared." cute little (but big) guy. 
we did catch one little snippet of him when they were first lining up on stage. all the kids were waving to their parents, so we were dancing around in the back to get charlie to loosen up. he finally flashed a quick double peace sign, his signature move. we laughed so hard.

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 chris put the lights on the house the day we got our christmas tree. the next day, both our neighbors put up their lights, which happened to be a little more festive than ours, covering not only their roofline, but bushes as well. after school charlie said, " i don't like our house anymore." after asking him why he told me "because everyone else's houses have more lights". i laughed and mentioned it to chris on the phone because i thought it was funny. well, chris is not one to be out done, so that night he brought home several more boxes of lights and we now have just as many lights as our neighbors, including rainbow lights over the bushes, and charlie is a very happy kid!


the weather has been great so far! the night chris brought home the lights, we were all outside in jeans and short sleeves. well, all of us except charlie. he was in nothin' but undies.

at the ward christmas party with dani.
i think she's getting a little too big for santa's lap... and they know it too!


charlie got to play the coveted roll of "the cow" during the primary nativity reenactment yesterday.


and because its not a post without a little owen update...
this is owen's new trick he picked up while watching me exercise and stretch
:)

he's also had a really bad cold, but has been in pretty good spirits nonetheless.

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only 3 days till christmas eve!!!