Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zoo Day

We went to the Hogle Zoo earlier this month. Last summer we took Claire but she wasn't interested in the animals. She was however, more interested in other kids and rocks. Well this time was... well... very similar. She really enjoyed the walk around the zoo and swinging on bars, but she would barely glance at the animals before wanting to move on to whatever was next that she could climb on.  

The polar bear was new this year and it was actually pretty cool. It swam right up to the window and started doing flips in the water right next to us.

We ended the day with the traditional monkey comparison pictures. So funny. :) It was a warm day so afterwards we stopped by Sonic and got slushies. I think that was Claire's favorite part. It was a fun day. :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

merry birthday to me

it has taken me a little bit to get this blog posted, but i definitely need to get it up and express my gratitude. i am so thankful for such a wonderful wife and precious little girl who every year help me forget that i am getting old and replace those thoughts with priceless memories. :)

this year my beautiful wife got up nice and early and made me a delicious breakfast. after that, i got to go on a treasure hunt! amber gave me a birthday card that began me on the trail to other clues that would be put together to make a map that would lead me to my birthday presents. the clues were so clever and well done. my wife is so creative. :) i did okay at solving the clues, but i quickly learned that i am a horrible searcher. i would usually go to the right place to find the clue, but i almost always couldn't find the next clue. amber had to, on more than one occasion, prompt me to look again. well after i finally found all the clues i put the map together and eventually found my presents hidden outside on the deck. it was a really fun hunt. :)

this is my dora the explorer "i did it!" dance. :) 

later that afternoon, grandma watched claire so that amber could take me out to a movie. after the movie, we picked up claire and went to brick oven pizza for dinner. then that evening we had cake and ice cream. it was such a fun day. i really am so lucky to have such wonderful girls in my life. i sure do love them.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

millie's blessing

it seems like it has been forever since my family has been all together. i'm glad babies can keep us in touch. thankfully my brother kyle and his wife courtney provided us with another reason for all the brysons to get together. on april 17th, my niece millie was born, which meant we would all be gathering for the little angel's baby blessing. and this time, everyone was there with the exception of one brother-in-law. that meant my parents, all 7 of us siblings, 4 spouses, 13 and a half grandkids (14 in late august), 1 grandma, 3 of my aunts and their spouses, and 7 cousins, for a grand total of 40 of us. fun.

we headed up to ogden on friday evening and met up with everyone for dinner. claire was a little shy seeing everyone, but after we got a little dessert in her, she had fun putting on a show. she enjoyed swinging on this handrail outside the restaurant.

 we checked in to our hotel later that night. we were a little worried about her sleeping in the hotel, but she did pretty good. better than we expected at least. she definitely got to stay up a lot later than she normally does. i think she'll be a night owl like her daddy. :)

 the next day began with the guys going off to play some football at a local park. after that, everyone gathered at the orem aquatics center for some swimming and lunch. if you didn't know, you should - claire loves the water! she particularly loved the slides. after tiring daddy and mommy out, she enlisted the assistance of some cousins, aunts, and uncles to go around with her.

after some swimming, we went over to the pavilion for some lunch, cake, and some presents as we celebrated my nephew austin's, my mom's, and my birthdays. little millie seemed to sleep through most of it (or pretended to at least so she didn't have to put up with all the cheek pinching), but we did get a picture with her eyes open. and as much as i love our little claire, she has some scary water-shriveled feet. :)

we went out for dinner, and then headed to the church to play some before bed. the next day we all gathered in church for the blessing, then met together at courtney's parents house for lunch. we socialized and played games for the rest of the day. on monday, we drove down to salt lake to go to the new mall. claire loved the fountains and got a little wet playing in them. :) we then bid the elliotts goodbye as they headed back to colorado. the rest of us made our way down to provo for dinner before we were forced to say goodbye to the texas crew.

it was a wonderful weekend that went by way too quickly, as wonderful weekends tend to do. claire got to know a bunch of her extended family a little bit more. it's so much fun seeing her play with her cousins. i'm glad she will always know she has such a wonderful (and hugely extensive) support system of loving family members. we truly are blessed.