Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Already Strong Brother & Sister Bond

When we found out in late 2007 that we were going to have a second child... I was thrilled to have 2 as close as 17 months apart primarily because of the bond that I prayed they would have ... I was thinking 5, 10, 25 years down the road. To see the connection that these two have has seriously surpasses my every dream....
Here Addie is not just 24 hours old and Carter was wanting to make sure she had a truck to play with...

The amount of patience that Carter has had with her from day 1 is mind boggling to me. I can't think of one time he gotten frustrated with her...

Maybe it was that we never forced her on him early on and gave him his space that he wanted to be with her so often...

I had thought I was going to ALWAYS have to watch him live a hawk around her to make sure he didn't step on her or anything but found that he was instantly protective and cautious with her...


He has always made sure she was okay and would go over and pat her on the back or tummy if she was upset, without us ever asking him to do so.

Carter is always trying to help with Addie....

Read to her, his favorite books...

Share his very precious balls... now that is true love for a 2 year old...

He loves to interact with her and is always willing to pose for a picture with his baby sister...

He explains how to work her new toys...


At around 7 months of age, Addie started being able to interact more with Carter on her terms... sitting with him during those long days of potty training to keep him company...

Carter is willing to share his bath and when she gets out every night, he says, "More Addie."

He catches her and makes sure she doesn't fall...

He is a "pro" at getting her to laugh at the dinner table every night!
He is just plain loving and kind to her... nothing like we expected from a toddler.... SIMPLY AMAZING and very consistent in his love and behavior towards her.


Carter shares so well with her and understands that if he really wants a toy she has, he has to go and get something else that she would really like to play with and trade her... we have worked on that since she was 3-4 months old...


He was by her side everyday trying to teach her how to crawl staying so calm even when she wasn't...


He taught her how to throw pennies into El Mirasol's fountain and how NOT to put them in her mouth!


He has gotten really good at watching what she does and ensuring she doesn't put crazy stuff in her mouth, and he will tell us if she does...

The patience I see he has with her continuesto amaze me, although he isn't perfect, he is close enough for us. He's trying to understand that he can't get frustrated when she touches or wants what he is already playing with....


I love that fact that two of you won't ever remember life with out each other and I pray the two of you have the strongest bond and friendship two siblings can have as you grow older. Always be there to watch over each other and enjoy life together...



Or lean on each other's shoulder...



Or let each other know, even if it's just with a touch, you will always be there for one another, no matter what...

For support...

And love...

FOREVER...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

1st Annual Brown/Perkins Beach Trip To Port A

We ended our memorial trip with these pictures as we said goodbye to such a fun weekend. We promise we will be back VERY SOON!

Carter couldn't wait to get the beach for the very first time since he was 6 months old...

This was right when we hit the sand for the first time! I love this picture of the shadow of Blake lifting Addie up.

We played in the water a ton! Addie had absolutely NO FEAR of the water at all! She just kept walking and walking in the water.

Addie was always in 20 feet ahead of Ella, already up to her waist in water.

We fed the seagulls...

We played in the sand! Addie would get so mad when the bucket was to heavy to move! But with her mother's determination, she wouldn't give up! Carter just loved scooping up sand and running to the water and throwing it in the waves over and over and over...



We searched for sea shells... the yellow ones were the hot ones!

We boogie boarded a ton... such fun and a workout!

We danced the night away at the Port Royal pool!

In addition to getting to spend a long weekend with our best friends we got to hang out all Saturday afternoon with my dad, step mom - Nancy and sister - Danielle and her girl friends as well the "beach golf cart!" The kids, rather, ALL OF US LOVED it!


In anticipation all month of going to the "beach," Carter was most excited about seeing "CRABS?!?!?!" A sweet lady happened to bring him one and he FREAKED out and jumped in my lap! Meet "Hermie" our adopted crab for the weekend...



We made so many memories and confirmed the beach is the PERFECT spot for our two kids. They just couldn't get enough...

See more adorable pictures at the Perkin's Blog! Thanks Mike, Megan and Ella for making it such a wonderful weekend.

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