Friday, March 12, 2010

Breezy is 2!!!!

Today my sweet little girl is 2 years old. We are so blessed to have her in our family. This little one turned our life upside down and then back up again with what she has been through. What can I say about this little girl...well, it's going to be a long get comfortable!

She has been pure sugar and spice! She is the sweetest little girl who will give hugs and kisses so openly yet will be a firey personality the next second and turn into a little rascal. Take, for instance, the first few pictures. She found a piece of chalk and wrote all over my chairs and dinner table. When I asked her who did this, this is the face I got. She seems to be saying "Who me?" 

Then, this morning, I came into the kitchen to find this: 

Yes, she does push her own chair over to the fridge and helps herself. She is definitely a girl who knows what she wants! Ooopps! Busted! 

Her favorite things right now are her baby dolls and her blanket. She has to sleep with her blankie, "bankie" as she says it, nuzzled next to her face and also has to have at least 2 babies with her in her bed. I think we have accumulated 20+ babies all over our house, probably more if I actually counted.

When she gets up in the morning, she’ll always want her babies & blanket to come downstairs with her. She’ll say “babies”  in a high voice. We already know she’ll be a great mommy. She carries her babies all over the house, puts them to bed, covers them with blankets, takes them for walks in her stroller. She’s even protective over them. If one of her brothers is caught playing with her babies, she immediately screams in a high pitched voice and says “noooo!” It’s too funny that this all just comes so naturally to her. I love these personality traits! 

She loves school buses.  Caleb rides the short bus to school and it comes to pick him up each morning at our house.  Everytime she gets the chance to see the bus up close, she seriously screams with delight and runs as fast as her legs will carry her to the bus. She’s even beaten Caleb to the bus a few times. She knows its something that Caleb enjoys so she gets excited with him.

She loves to point out birds when we are driving in the car. When she sees one, she will squeal and say “Beeee” over and over. She is developing more speech lately and tries to mimick the words we say. She calls horses “neighs” and cows “moos.” She definitely has been saying a lot more words these days and her doctors have told me that she’s making great progress with her developmental milestones.

She loves to count the steps when we go up or down the stairs. Well, she thinks she’s counting. I’ll say “one” and she’ll say “two,” I’ll say three, she’ll say “two” and so on. She thinks every other number is “two” or maybe that’s just her favorite number, who knows?

She’s definitely a little rascal. She climbs on anything she can find…dressers, tables, counters, the rooftops of playhouses (yes, the roof!) She tries to keep up with her big brothers and can easily put them in their place. She rules the roost at times. She has a very fiery personality.

I love her laugh. It is infectious. She is a sweetheart. She is extremely strong willed (as we all have seen with her defeat of cancer! Yea!) She’s determined when she wants something. I know that may sound silly to say about her when she’s only 2 years old, but I can see it even now. She has big plans, this one.

She is very cautious of strangers and it might just be the age but she can give people the “stink eye” if they look at her the wrong way. There was one time we were in Wal-Mart and an older man came up and complimented me on how cute she was. Breezy got embarrassed and gave him the stink eye look…he then said “watch out for that one!”

Breezy has a special bond with Caleb. They get along so well. Of course there are times they fight over toys & such but they really do play well together. They laugh with each other and wrestle and play little games that only they know about. As a mom, I love seeing this about my kids. I’ve always known Bree and Caleb had a special bond with one another.  Don’t get me wrong, Gunner and Bree also have a special bond but it’s more of a “I tease you because I love you” bond. They play well together also and Gunner is such a good big brother to Bree. He helps her when she needs some special attention and I’ve even caught him kissing her owies. Gunner has a very compassionate heart. He’s a good boy. And it shows when he loves on his baby sister.

We celebrated Bree's birthday a little early this year. We had a fun family party with lunch, cake, presents and our balloon wishes. Here's a few pictures from her party:

The cake! Isn't it super cute? Compliments of Sam's Club!

Blowing out her candles

(These next few pictures were taken after the party, but made sense to put them here so here you go!) Bree really enjoyed her cake. After everyone left she went back in for more. So we took her shirt off and let her go to town. 

She didn't want to use the fork...obviously!

My purple faced princess!

Opening presents. The "awe" expression over a Barbie! She's such a girly girl!

Bree received this Belle dress from her GaGa & PaPa Smith. She was in love with it at first sight! She was moving around too fast for me so this was the best picture I got!  

Grandpa Cook and Justin getting the balloons ready for their trip to heaven! I love Justin's smile!

Sending wishes for Bree up to Heaven!

Last year we started the whole "balloon wishes" tradition for her first birthday and I remember how badly I wished for Breezy to have a healthy life. I'm sure everyone that attended her party was wishing the same thing. Fast forward a year ahead and our wishes came true. She is SO healthy now. There is not a day that goes by that we don't drop to our knees and thank Heavenly Father for making her healthy again. 

Here's a cute video of Breezy (filmed later that day) letting her own balloon go. She's so stinkin cute! 

Happy 2nd Birthday sweet girl. We LOVE LOVE LOVE you!   


Dawny P said...

Oh see Kari, she is just precious. Happy 2nd birthday to beautiful Bree all the way from the UK. You have 3 gorgeous children and you must be so proud xxx

Annie and Clayton Evans said...

I can't believe she is two! we are getting ready to celebrate Wyatts birthday too and these kids are getting big too fast!! Your family is so adorable I am so glad everyone is doing well!!

Kelly said...

HAPPY B DAY BREEZY!! SO happy she had such a great day!! Love you all!!

brownymama said...

Happy Birthday, Bree! I really wish we could have been there. She is a rascal. Takes after her cousins. (; Love you and wish we could join you tomorrow too!!

Whitny said...

She is amazing. I love your family

Aimee's Family Journal said...

What a happy day for you guys! I am so glad. Healthy is the best present you can get! It is evidence of how humbled you have been by this blessing of Bree being made well. You are amazing.

Nuestra Familia said...

Bree is a doll. I love her beautiful face right next to her cake and all the frosting, funny girl. I bet she will want to dress as Belle everyday. Happy 2nd Birthday Breezy!!

Melissa said...

I am so happy for you and your family that you are able to celebrate your sweet baby turning 2! Our babies are actually the same age and when I was reading your journey last year I just yearned so much for all to be well. My kids still and I pray for Little Bree.

Thanks for still allowing us strangers to follow your story. It's been absolutely beautiful!

Steph said...

I love that picture of her in the fridge! That is hilarious! I'm so glad Brielle hasn't learned to open the fridge yet. Aren't 2 year-olds fun? Some of the time anyway. ;) She is so cute. We're so glad and grateful that she's cancer free and doing so well!

Andréa Morrow said...

she seems a lot like our little Hailey girl :) I loved reading about her little personality and the pictures are priceless! Aren't you bummed about the change w/ the docs? how often does she need to visit them? Our transplant Dr. Graham from Tucson will be coming and he's we are excited about that!

Melissa Bosen said...

Happy Birthday to Bree! Man, time flies!
I saw Justin at the Easter Pageant the other night. He was talking with someone and Mike was anxious to get out of the I didn't get to stop and say hello.
But we miss you guys!

Anonymous said...

So happy for you and your family!! What a doll :) Thank Heaven for miracles!!! <3