Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brooklyn 20 months

Someone please tell me when exactly did my baby turn in to a toddler? Brooke is 32 1/2 inches long and weighs 30 pounds. She has been in size 2 cloths for a few months but now some size 2 pants are to small!!

At 20 months Brooklyn can repeat anything you ask her to and she uses sentences!!! I love being able to ask her a question and get an answer ( she understands what we say) or ask her to do something simple and she will do it. She is also able to ask us for what she needs or wants.

(where is the elephant)

Another huge milestone is that she is able to sing her alphabet (well A-I) and she is also able to identify some of the letters!

She has also created many new games, most involve jumping on or off furniture, Or playing in moms make up and jewelry. (shes such a girlie girl) Brooklyn has such a huge imagination. Another thing she loves is to color, recently she discovered that her markers work anywhere.

Brooklyn's artwork.

Playing with her "makeup".

cristmas bandit

On the 24 Kathy and Tom (Nana and Papa) came over to celebrate Christmas. Brooklyn was so much fun opening gifts. She would laugh and tear through the present and before she even looked to see what it was, she would be on to the next. After all the gifts were open Tom and Kevin got to work putting up Brooke's playhouse. Brooke however couldn't even wait until it was together to play with it.

This Christmas was a hard but wonderful! After learning that this Christmas would be my Nanny's last Christmas the family decided to spend Christmas eve and day at her house. We had tons of fun spending Christmas eve telling stories, looking at old pictures and eating great food. On Christmas day we woke up bright and early. Brooklyn was showered with nanny got her a gator, she couldn't ( wouldn't) wait for Kevin and Thomas to put it together before she started playing.

Packed up and ready to go home.

Brooke also got a kitchen from my mom, but we had to wait until we got home to set it up. There was not enough room in the car for everything to fit. Since Christmas Brooke has had a blast playing with all her new toys. We had a great Christmas and Brooke made out like a bandit. This year was so much more fun watching Brooke enjoy everything. I'm already looking forward to next year when she will be able to play and enjoy Christmas with her newest cousin Eli!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The C word strikes again!

My grandma (nanny) had been having some pain in her back since my grandpa (Lewis) passed away. So she went to her doctor planning on getting a shot for a disk she had already had problems with in the past. They did their usual MRI to find which disk it was, but found a tumor.

She was then sent to a specialist, who did a biopsy and a full body scan. Her scan came back and showed many more spots on her lungs, adrenal glans, and spine. A few days later her biopsy came back with the news that in our hearts we already knew....LUNG CANCER stage four. The same thing that killed Lewis only months ago.

I'd like to stay positive and say she will beat this, however not only have the doctors said that even if she tries her hardest, she only has six months to live, but Lewis died three months after finding out about his cancer.

This is going to be very hard for me. It was hard to have Lewis and my uncle pass but my nanny is one of the most important people to me and quite possibly the closes person to me. Knowing she is dieing is like having my heart ripped out and stomped on!

Christmas tree 2010

One of our many Christmas family traditions; putting up the Christmas tree, on Thanksgiving night. This year was so much more fun because Brooklyn was able to help decorate the tree. She was so cute putting up an ornament then taking it down and moving it. After all the decorating was done, Kevin turned the lights on, we got tons of ohhhs and ahhhs from Brooke. She loved it and I loved watching Brooklyn having so much fun!

Since our tree was much bigger than last years, We didn't have enough ornaments to fill it, ha ha. I love it anyway!

Another one of our family traditions is getting Brooke her very own ornament every year. last year Kevin and I picked Brooke's ornament but this year she was able to pick her own! It was not exactly what I had pictured, but she was adamant that this was what she wanted and that we would not be leaving the store with any other ornament.

(Brooklyn's ornament 2010)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Giving Thanks

At first I found it hard to be thankful, its been a rough last four months. I'm still grieving over the loss of both my grandpa and uncle. so I didn't think I would make a Thanksgiving post but this morning my daughter gave me a hug and kiss then told me she loved me. It was like a light bulb went off and I realized exactly how important family is...They are the ones you can lean on and who will stand by you no matter what. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family on both mine and Kevin's sides. I get to wake up and know that my daughter will ALWAYS be loved and cared about no matter what situation may come up. I am so grateful for our families who have been their for Kevin and I through such a tough time. I couldn't imagine my life with out ALL of them.

The Zercher Family Thanksgiving 2010

Here is a picture of my side of the family,

unfortunately we were not able to get a picture of Kevin's. hopefully I'll remember next year!