Thursday, May 28, 2009

Commercial Actress

Brooklyn had her first paying job last week. Some may say it was a commercial acting job or some may see it as a political campaigner. Either way she got paid for her time worked and better yet wasn't cut for the commercial and she's actually in the final ad. Here's the website where you can find the commercial. Brooklyn's been with an agency for over 6 months now just for fun and any money earned goes to her college fund. Gotta start early (she's Harvard bound and I hear IVY league is expensive)!!! This was her 1st job and we didn't even anticipate much work for her at all, in fact I had forgotten she was even with this agency until we got the call last week. We had briefly met Mr. Pederson when they shot the commercial last week at his Office in Phoenix. He was friendly and seemed nice, but unfortunately I can't say much more then that. I guess I should have done more research before I have my daughter start endorsing him! Hehe. Brooklyn did great at the shoot. They literally filmed her for about 5 minutes walking standing and falling. We are thrilled that they thought she was worthy enough to make the cut!


Oh and Today we went to Brooklyn's 1 year check up and she's developing right on track, quicker in some aspects. She's only 19lbs 10oz (25th percentile, no surprise there, apparently Blueberries don't fatten you at all) She's still gotta ride facing backwards! Although I bet she'd hit 20 lbs easily with clothes, shoes and a wet diaper! Oh well, I am ok with her facing backwards since it's supposedly safer anyway. She is also 29 inches long.
(50th percentile, HOLY COW who would have guessed that!? Brett and I combined don't add up to the average adult height!)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Great company PERFECT weather, what a day!










Brooklyn's Birthday was a BLAST! She was greeted in the morning from lots of hugs and kisses from Mommy Daddy Deucer Grandpa and Grandma. We spent the first part of the morning at swim lessons. Brooklyn swam like the fish she was in her past life, until she got water in her face and then not so much!


It was a tad cold (80s) with overcast when we first started our swim and I was a bit worried about the afternoon and how it would play out. When we got home Brooklyn laid down for a quick nap and we all continued to get ready for our big Luau! BIG thanks for my parents for ALL the help with the party and the weekend. I would have been a tired stressed out mess if you 2 weren't there to help out! And big hugs and kisses to the wonderful man that I married for all the work he did that day!!!!

After Brooklyns nap we let her open up a present from her Uncle Jamey, Auntie Rhonda, and Cousins Michael & Marcus.



She was thrilled with the packaging and ribbons it came with! of course she adored the present also!

We let her play her heart away as we still continued to get ready all while making sure our little rascal wasn't getting into trouble. She loved being outside with us and standing on top of the little tike pinic table which was over concrete so it took 1 out of the 4 adults there to always be watching her!


I swear she didn't fall in the picture above she was slowly getting out of the bench, but I had to include it so you can see what type of situations my little monkey gets herself into and why she needs constant supervision!


As promised Brett had the Swing set up and running by the time the party started. It was shy a glider, but still worked to entertain.


By 4 pm we were ready to Hula at the Luau!!!!!!




My WONDERFUL Mom helped cook 1/2 the food that we served, like the fruit salads, pancit and pork skewers and we had the rest of it catered by a local Hawaiian BBQ place. It was all soo yummy and we are still enjoying leftovers and I hope all those that brought some home are also enjoying theirs!


We had all of Brooklyns closest buddies over (well most of them!) and she had a blast!!!










Here's Miss Ellie after she willingly let Jaxon attack her with the sprinkler.


After Jaxon realized that Ellie was not any challenge he attempted to get the adults!



So cute! So as you can see the weather turned out to be PERFECT! It wasn't too hot so we were able to hang out outside under the shade at least and it wasn't too chilly for the kiddos to run around in the sprinklers or kiddie pool!

I believe the Highlight of Brooklyns Birthday for us was watching her dig into her cake.






Deuce even wanted in on part of the action!!!




Brooklyn more then devoured her collasal cupcake made especially for her!






She's even tried eating the plate it sat on....





realizing not as yummy.....


We knew she was about done when she started picking her nose for some left overs.....



So we didn't serve the cake that Brooklyn destroyed and save this one for our guests.




Brooklyn went straight for the tubbie after her cake, but not before Mommy and Daddy can take a few pics of this proud parent moment!





All in all the day was a success! Brooklyn had a wonderful time and she loved sharing her 1st birthday with all her great friends!


Brooklyn was tuckered out after the party she was ready to just fly up to her crib to go to bed!



Thank you everyone who came to the Luau and all those who helped make it a successful 1st birthday!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy First Birthday Sweets!



Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the day that our lives changed completely and only for the better! It's crazy to think it's been a year since Brooklyn officially joined our lives! We did it! We made it through her first year as first time parents! How absolutely wonderful it's been and I would do it all over again....even without an epidural and with less sleep :-) It's worth every 2 am waking moment and tears shed by both mommy and Brooklyn! So I know her big day is actually tomorrow, but I wanted to post today since it's going to be crazy busy here. We have swim lessons and then getting ready for our Luau with all of Brooklyn's closest friends (some of which aren't able to make it, but will be missed!) We had her 1 year old pics done as mentioned before and there are just soo many to choose from so I can't include them all here, but here are a few! We are just sooo happy with them....

























Can you tell I am a proud Mama?! So many great pics! I know that every mom has to say it, but my baby is just sooo cute and she's getting big, at what point is she no longer my baby? When another baby joins our family?! Either way I don't care, she'll always be my baby!!!! Grandma Trini and Grandpa Hojo came in last weds night to celebrate the big day. Grandpa Hojo was in charge of Brooklyn yesterday while my Mom and I had our much needed hair cuts as well as ran some errands. Or should I say Brooklyn was in Charge of Grandpa?! Either way they both survived! Grandpa got Brooklyn's routine down and even managed to effectively change her diaper. The first that he had ever done in his life was earlier when my mom and I were still here to supervise and I wish I had a camera! Brooklyn refused to cooperate and I think she one the first battle! Anyway, Brooklyn finally has warmed up to Grandpa Hojo and they play welled! Except when it came to a battle over watching cartoons or the News/Market channels!


So in Brooklyn's first Year:
-I have traveled to San Diego, Chicago, North Dakota and Bayfield WI.
-I walk without assitance, but would much rather crawl.
-I can wave Bye Bye, but I use my whole arm
-I can say woof woof like a Doggy, but it comes out woo woo
-My favorite things to play with are books
-I love Dora and Kai Lan and dance with excitement with their images or show
-I can say Hi, Dada and Uh-OH perfectly, all other words that I say my mommy can't figure out how to spell
-My favorite foods are fruits and can eat a whole container of Blueberries if I'm allowed and I am not a terribly picky eater.
-I love to share my meals with Deuce
-I sleep from 830 at night to 730 at night and still Bless my Mommy with 2 naps a day
-I don't weigh quite 20 lbs yet, but I'm still rolly polly and most famous for my cheeks
-I have already made my first pay check!
-I clap when I do something good or when I am excited.
-I give kisses to my stuffed animals all the time and sometimes to my mommy and daddy.
-I am still learning how to swim, but enjoy the pool
-I drink out the sippy cup, but prefer the bottle for my Milk.
-I love the slide in my new jungle gym
-I enjoy being outdoors
-I can crawl up and down the stairs with supervision
-I have discovered my nose and how to pick it!
-I only have 4 teeth, but that hasn's stopped me from eating anything and everything
-My hair is long and enjoy wearing bows, just not headbands
-I lost a whole finger nail in a freak accident
-I grew back my whole finger nail
-I love to point
-I say "oose" for Deuce
-I can boogie down and Dance my heart out.
-I have been to my first Cubs game and they won, by alot!
-I jibber jabber when I first wake up to let my Mommy and Daddy know I am awake.
-My 2 favorite sitters are Lily and Amy, otherwise I spend most all my days with my Mommy and nights with my Daddy.
-I love it when my Mommy sings me Old Macdonald and makes all the crazy animal sounds
-I would much rather play inside my toy box then outside
-I love to snack on yogurt melts and eat the whole thing when Grandpa Hojo lets me because I know I can get away with it.
-I am allergic to Grass and Zucchini, so we think......
-I have an olive complexion but have one small "white" birth mark on my left arm to represent my "white side" from my Daddy, otherwise I fool people all the time as to what race I am.
-I go crazy for Dogs!
-I enjoy climbing all over the furniture and if I can't get to it then I will find a way.
--I am the best thing that ever happened to my Mommy and Daddy!