S: Brett ages 1-4
FC: Our Boy Brett
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
2: What's so funny Brett? You are such a character and love this chair - where's the food Mom? | JULY 2007
3: You love to eat and make a mess while doing it. So fun to take pictures of you! | Watermelon Anyone?
4: You were having so much fun dancing to the music that Nana's keyboard plays. It was so funny to watch you and Jake "jam" to the music. | DANCING MACHINE | Sept '07
5: LOVE THOSE CURLS
6: Jake won this monkey for you at the Sterling Fair. You were so excited to get it and never let "monkey" leave your sight.
7: We just got to Mimi and Gerry's house in Florida and you are chasing the birds. You are so cute with your skinny little legs I had to get a picture. | October 2007
8: Your 2nd Halloween and you are ready for some CANDY!
9: This Halloween you are excited to trick or treat. We made it halfway up the street and you were done. You just wanted to start eating!
10: The many faces of Brett. You are such a ham and love getting a laugh out of us. Here are some pictures showing you at your goofiest. I LOVE the one of you in my headband. The chocolate face was your introduction to Nutella - you liked it but seem to have a hard time eating and staying clean. | November '07 | October '07 | July '07
11: You had the Christmas Party at Josie's today. You were so excited to have something of your own to go to. You LOVED the jingle bell Josie gave you too! | DECEMBER 2007
12: Walk a Mile in My Shoes... | You love to wear my shoes and think it is really funny! | January 2008
13: You are playing hard to get since it is time for PJs and bed. Uncle John is just shaking his head and laughing. | February 2008
14: It is so funny to me how much you LOVE Doggie. Wherever you go, you bring her. We bought Doggie for you for a trip to see Mimi and never thought it would become your "lovey". | Nov '07 | Oct '09 | April '08 | Dec '07 | DOGGIE
15: May 2008 You love playing in this house. You are going through a phase of closing your eyes to smile for pictures...but luckily you are still ADORABLE!
16: Happy Birthday
18: Daddy and I gave you our present before your party. You came downstairs and saw the bouncy house and just kind of paused. You couldn't believe it was for you. You and Jake had so much fun bouncing in it. We were excited to give you a great gift that we know you will use A LOT!
19: You absolutely LOVE M&Ms ("mm's"). Nonno and Kay gave you this bag of them and you were beyond excited. You couldn't wait to open them up!
20: Cut the Cake!
21: Make a Wish! | You picked out this M&M icecream cake and couldn't wait to DIG in!
23: You loved this plasma car from Mimi and Gerry. (so did Uncle John)
24: It was such a nice day we took the party outside. You had fun playing with all your new toys (and so did Papa...)
26: We had a cookout at the O'Toole's today and now we are at the Auburn Fireworks. You fell asleep in the car on the way over and woke up during the show. You weren't too happy with the noise and basically slept on me for the entire show. | July 4th Fireworks
27: You put these PJs on and I had to laugh. I guess you have grown this summer. These certainly don't fit you - but you look so adorable I have to get a picture of you and your "buddha" belly. | September 2008
28: Trick or Treat
29: HALLOWEEN 2008
31: Happy Holidays | Today was the holiday party at Josie's. You were so excited that Jake and I were there and you loved opening your presents. You were genuinely excited to open the clothes from Josie. Very cute! (12/23/08)
32: Time to Celebrate! | We are in Florida visiting Nana for a vacation. Since your birthday is in less than 2 weeks, we had a little celebration during our visit and you got your presents from Nana and Papa. | 3rd
33: You and Jake loved the water guns from Nana's friends. | You LOVE the Leapster from Nana and Papa
34: RACE ON! | 4/28/09 When we got home from Florida, Daddy and I surprised you with your birthday gift early...a big boy race car bed! You were so excited! For a while, the crib stayed in the room but it didn't take long to transition you into your new bed.
35: You went with a full spiderman theme this year. I loved this picture of you last Christmas in the Spidey costume so we used it for your invitations. We ordered your cake from BJs and they did a GREAT job!
36: Today is your "real" birthday. It started with Nonno coming over for breakfast. Daddy, Jake and I gave you our presents. You really loved everything. Then we went to Uncle John and Auntie Cole's for Mother's Day / Auntie Cole's birthday / and your birthday. WOW - 3 years old - what a big boy you are becoming.
38: I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!
40: Time to party and celebrate your 3rd birthday with family and friends. Even with the spiderman theme, we still had to order a couple doggie print balloons. We can't get too far from the dog theme. You had fun playing with Alex and Sidney Rose. All in all, it was a really fun day! | Your own digital camera! YAY!
41: Mimi and Gerry gave you a dog and a dog house - you really loved that.
42: You were so excited to play "pin the tail on the donkey." Mimi tried to take a turn but got dizzy quickly because we spun everyone around based on their age...
45: We gave out these hats as a party favor and I love these pictures. They are so cute and really display the differences in girls and boys. You guys are acting crazy and the girls are acting more helpless and dramatic like they need saving.
46: It is hard for me to believe you are going to preschool. You will go two mornings a week and are very excited to be a "big boy". | 9/16/09 It's your 1st day of preschool and you are very excited. Your breakfast of choice is a bagel and yogurt.
47: I love these pictures of you and Jake. You guys are so close and he is so excited for you to start a new adventure. Look at where you are compared to the door knob. I purposely take pictures here every year so we can see how you grow from one year to the next.
48: Alex got this new car for her birthday and you couldn't wait for a ride in it. So cute seeing you guys "cruising". | JUNE 2009
49: October 2009 You are Star of the Week at school and you get to bring twinkle home with you. You are really excited about being the star this week.
50: 12/18/09 Today was the Holiday program at Village Green. You surprised me and sang many of the songs and seemed to really have fun with it. You loved that Nonno and Nana could come.
51: January 27, 2010 | The morning after your "paci-free" night. You slept all night without your "paci" and not much incident. It took a little more to fall asleep - but not much. In the weeks to come, you would begin having night terrors and we would get no sleep - but the first couple nights were so easy - too easy. I took you shopping to pick out a prize and you picked this lego monster truck and lego car.
52: March 31, 2010 You had your first "real" playdate with a new friend today, Nina Marchetti. You were so excited to have her over and you guys were so cute together. It is great to see you making new friends.
53: Mrs. Lars | BANDANA DAY 4/16/10
57: This is your first year playing t-ball. You played in Clinton because they start younger. You surprised us and really enjoyed it and were a real team player!
58: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
59: You wanted a race car cake and doggie goody bags for your friend party but ultimately decided to go with an all dog theme (sound familiar?). I was originally going to make cupcakes for the party but decided to make a cake cut into a dog bone - you absolutely LOVED it! (5/7/10)
60: The party's here!
61: You had so much fun playing with your friends (Lilly McCarty, Nina Marchetti, Nick Pirro and Alex Rose). To keep with the dog theme, you guys painted bobble head dogs and you were psyched about that. You loved all your presents and playing with your friends.
63: The birthday celebrations continue. Today, your family celebrates you for the wonderful boy you have become. It is hard to believe you are 4 - where has the time gone? | May 9, 2010
65: How awesome is this dog birthday cake?
66: Dad and I gave you this new bike for your birthday. You loved riding it and are proud to be done with your trike..
67: Davis Farmland Field Trip with Village Green Preschool (4/30/10)
68: Sara Patterson | CJ Jones | Mrs. Ormsbee Mrs. Baker
69: "Today is your last day of preschool for the year. You did extremely well adjusting to preschool and we are very proud of you. Let the summer begin!
70: It is hard to believe you wouldn't leave the first step of the pool at the beginning of the summer..!
71: I took a walk with Linnea Stangas today and you drove the Hummer - she thought you were so cute we had to get pictures. | September 2010
72: You and Alex have been friends since you were born. It is so great to see such a great friendship between you both.
73: You and Lilly are really cute together. You have an easy friendship and are so comfortable together. Sometimes you bicker like brother and sister, but mostly you are great together!
74: Look at Jake peering in the window.
75: Sept. 14, 2010 Your first day of afternoon preschool and your new teachers. You are really excited about school. You seem so much older to me already. You went right into the class and said goodbye and that was that. After a few weeks, you started to cry at drop off and struggled for a little bit but we got through it and you had fun!
77: 2010 | You were excited to play fall soccer in Clinton. You scored a really NICE goal your first game! You looked so little out there. | After your first goal, you decided running wasn't "your thing". You still had fun but not sure you knew what was going on half the time.
78: Trick or Treat | Today was the Halloween Parade at preschool. You looked so cute in your Scooby Doo costume. Everyone LOVED it! (10/28/10)
81: You earned your first stripe in Little Samarai today. We are so proud of you - you are doing so well with karate! | December 2010
82: Today is the holiday program at Village Green. You were very tired and yawned quite a bit - but you also had fun singing! | December 16, 2010
83: If I could create anything in the world, What would it be? I would create a room of magical memories. The room would be decorated not with pillows and throws, But with your scent, your giggles. I could go to this room And feel your tiny hand in mine. This place does exist, But it is not a room. It is my heart, filled with your love. As I proudly watch you grow Smarter, stronger, taller every day I know that no matter where you go, No matter how far away, This place of magical memories Is where, together, we can stay.