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Little man

It has been QUITE some time since I’ve posted about Braden, my nephew.  I don’t have many new photos, but I hope these bring a smile to your face.  P.S. Braden’s favorite word is “blah”, go figure.

What could be cuter than baby boots?

Watching Veggie Tales with the one and only Larry the Cucumber!

Pinch-able cheeks, yes?


Posted by on April 21, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley


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Naps and cellphones

Braden does not often say much while we babysit him other than “baby talk”.  But, while him and I were playing with some hot wheels cars, I kept saying, “beep beep”, and finally he caught on. So, now when he plays with cars he says, “beep beep”!

The bottom picture is Braden talking on his cellphone.  Braden’s Grandpa Botton had an old cellphone and let him have it.  We’re talking…wire pulls out, bulky, old phone.  It’s super cute because Braden will just sit there and pretend like he’s talking with someone.

(Braden is my nephew)


Posted by on March 17, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley


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Tea for two

The top images are from a month or so ago, when Braden was in the nursery during church.  Jackie(one of my sister’s) and I had nursery duty and I snapped a few photos of Braden’s curiosity towards the tea set.  The bottom picture is from a few week’s ago when our new fridge was delivered.  Braden jumped right in and insisted on “helping”.  Hope you enjoyed your weekly Braden dose 🙂

(Braden is my nephew)


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The alligator

Yesterday, Brad and Lindsey (Braden’s parents) had to go to a rheumy appt. for Brad, therefore resulting in a Braden day on Tuesday!  I had so much fun with him.  We played with Tonka trunks, watched Sesame Street, he chased me around the basement for a good 10 minutes & then later on he decided to set up a jungle in front of the tv.  I’ve added another “you used to do this” to my list, that I am determined to tell him when he’s older.  As he was carefully extracting all of the animals from the basket, he found an alligator toy.  Background story behind the alligator- a few weeks ago Jackie and I showed Braden how to “feed” the animals by placing small cereals into the alligator’s mouth, which resulted in the cereal piece falling into the alligator’s hollow stomach.  In order to get it out, we were smacking the alligator against the ground and thought it would be funny to add spitting sound effects.  Well, yesterday, when Braden found that alligator, he began shaking the alligator… against my head.  I guess it’s partially my fault, but needless to say, the alligator in return needed to be hidden.  Win some, lose some.


Posted by on February 22, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley


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Snapped this photo a few weeks ago.  Braden fell asleep on me, so I laid him down and tucked him in.  Precious.  Tomorrow, (Thursday) is considered Braden day because we get to babysit him until after dinner.  I took some fun videos of Braden but was not able to upload them onto my blog.  Any ideas on how to do that?

(Braden is my nephew)

I keep telling myself that once he’s older-like 16, that I’m gonna remind him of all the silly things he did or cried about.  Like when he cried because he insisted on “fake brushing” his teeth but we wouldn’t allow him to run around the house with a toothbrush.  Or when he would throw his head back and stretch after a big meal.  How he’s always dancing to any music he hears.  Or when he watched the same Sesame Street dance video tape four times in one day.  Yeah, I’ll remind him alright… 🙂


Posted by on February 15, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley


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Anticipation at its finest

The past three days in a nutshell.

Talk about a hectic, unpredictable past couple of days…on Sunday, Brad was moved into ICU, because during the night his heart went “haywire” and the squad was called in to move him into a different room.  My parents left for Cleveland Sunday morning and have been there ever since.  Everyone, especially Brad and his wife Lindsey are wearing down more and more each day mentally.  It’s incredibly difficult not to allow fear plague your mind as you wait for the results, or answers.  We just want to KNOW what is happening to him.  Also, on Sunday my left knee decided to act up, and was swollen and stiff.  I certainly can not wait until my medication kicks in, though I was told it will take months.  On the plus side, the numerous amount of supporters have been phenomenal throughout all of this.  My boyfriend Matt, and my friend Brandon stopped over Sunday afternoon and were a huge comfort as it helped take my mind off of worrying.  After they left, Jackie and I visited with my aunt, grandma, and cousins.  We played some games and guitar hero.  It was just what we needed, especially me.

Monday was another disappointing day.  The test that Brad was supposed to have done for his heart got pushed back for the third time, due to low blood pressure,  and was rescheduled for Tuesday at 3:00.  Again, I was blessed with friends who were caring and were there for me as I needed to cry and express my concerns for Brad.  It’s amazing how your life seems to stop when someone you care for is hurting.  When they hurt, you hurt.

Tuesday(today) has been a much better day!  Brad FINALLY had the heart test, and the vegetation/spot they found on his heart is no longer there(thank you God)!!  Brad is still in ICU for the night so that the Dr.’s can keep a watch on his heart rate and blood pressure.  I was told that Brad wasn’t allowed to eat before the test, but afterwards he had such a big appetite that he requested a Big Mac & fries(okay, not the healthiest choice when you are in ICU).  But nonetheless, I was glad to hear his appetite is slowly coming back.

Jackie and I have been babysitting Braden each day from about 1:30-7.  He needs attention, and a lot of it.  He’s constantly running around the house and giggling.  Each day we have a mini dance party because Braden loves dancing.  As soon as he hears music with a good beat, his little knees start to bob and then he does a little hop skip dance.  It’s priceless and melts my heart every time, it never gets old.

I have not had any major side effects from my medications thus far.  I had a small stomach ache the first two nights, but ever since I have been doing fine.  Another annoyance I am experiencing though, is a sharp pain in my right pointer finger.  Coincidentally it’s the most important finger I need to type with.  That is why I have chosen to keep this blog rather short, as I usually get carried away with words.

Updates soon-I hope!  Until next time, have faith & keep smiling.

Philippians 4:6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” (NLT)


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Meet Braden

Braden is my 18 month old nephew.  He inspires me to stay active as it is not an easy chore chasing around a little one!  Braden is the son of my brother Brad and his beautiful wife Lindsey.  Brad is currently battling Lupus and is at the Cleveland Clinic, prayers are appreciated!

Braden’s Likes: Cheese Puffs, Barney, dancing, giggling, giving high fives, croutons, giving kisses and mac & cheese.

Braden’s Dislikes: Peppers, when you don’t get up and dance when he points at you, when you put away the crayons as he’s coloring, saying goodbye.

Stud muffin

Swinging, Smiling

About once a week I will be posting a picture or video of Braden simply because if he brings a smile to my face, I have a feeling he can brighten your day too!


Posted by on January 19, 2012 in The Adventures of Braden Bradley


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