Monday, January 09, 2012


This year we had Christmas with the whole Graham Family. We were able to get everyone together this year. As you can see, this family never stops growing. It was a few days of lots of activities, fun, laughter, maybe a few tears, but mostly some great memories. We love our family!

Addie, Brynn, and I were able to attend our FIRST Toffoli Christmas Card Party this year. We have been missing out! We had so much fun sending a few people some special Christmas cards, walking to the mailbox, and singing a Christmas carol or two. Such a fun tradition!

We had such a wonderful Christmas this year. Here is just a long glimpse of what kept us busy. Christmas with the Grahams consisted of...

Sugar cookie decorating (and eating)

Santa hats and someone's 1st Christmas

One puzzle that was near to impossible, but we finally finished it

Christmas Eve at the Merkleys

Tampoline fun

The Twelve Days of Christmas (of course!)

New monogrammed towels for each of the grandkids...thank you Auntie Robin!

Matching Christmas pajamas for all the Graham grandkids

Feeding Santa's reindeer

A new musical table for Brynn

Dress up clothes and a Rapunzel doll for Addie

June and Addie (the buddies) both got Rapunzel dresses and wigs for Christmas...can we say twinners

The three girls all grown up

A new Christmas dress

Some special Mommy time

But the best part of Christmas was having Daddy home for the weekend! We love you!

The Girlies

Life with two girls is so much fun! Fingernail painting, makeup, dress up, hairdos, dolls, barbies, and drama! What else! Our sweet little Brynn is now 9 months. She a little crawling machine. I'm just starting to realize how much this is going to change my life...I can't keep my eyes off of her for one second. She has two little teeth on the bottom and still has a thing about sticking her tongue out. She is quite the cuddler which I absolutely LOVE, but it also means that I have to lay down with my 9 month old for her to go to sleep. Sometimes, it can get a little tricky being the only parent and trying to lay down with Brynn while having Addie going to sleep in the same room at the same time and asking me to lay down with her instead. Brynn has been such a wonderful baby. I am SO incredibly lucky that she is such an easy going, happy girl. She loves to give hugs, and kisses, and bug her sister. You better believe that Brynn already knows how to bug/tease her older sister. So funny! She is now quite the talker saying Dada, Mama, and Baba. Those baby babbles are my favorite. But her trademark is her wave...just like a beauty queen would do it...just a turn at the wrist. We make her do it all the time. She's a cutie alright. Addie is my stubborn, lovable, kissable, and crazy 2 year old. She constantly makes us laugh, but she also knows just how to push all of my buttons. She LOVES princesses, and dresses up as Princess Addie every single day. Her hair is slowing coming in (finally) and her curls seem to match her personality perfectly. What would we do without our Addie Girl...maybe relax? We love that she keeps us on our toes!

Brynn's 8 Month Photo. It's about time! It's the best one I had...really?

Brynn's 9 Month Photo. I love that she is not wearing sleeves in the beginning of January. Thank goodness we live in California again! Love this face.

Our Addie Girl. This is her princess smile.

Our girls. Addie loves to play in the backyard, but she always wants someone to play with her. Lately, she has been asking me to bring Brynn out to ride on the bus while she rides in her car. Brynn loves it too. I just had to shoot a picture.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


Need I say more? I'm in love.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


This year we headed over to Huntington Beach for some Halloween fun! We were lucky enough to meet up with Tinkerbell and Peter Pan! This was the first Halloween in which Addie really understood what was going on...she LOVED trick-or-treating. She is still asking to go trick-or-treating again. It was so cute to watch Addie with her cousins ring the doorbells multiple times, say "trick-or-treat," and yell "happy halloween" as they ran to the next house. I was shocked at how much candy they got and how much stamina they had for such young kiddos. What kids will do for candy! (If only that worked for potty training!) Addie was Sleeping "Booty" and Brynn was a duck. Addie is currently obsessed with princess everything and pink is her favorite color, so it was a no brainer that she was going to be a pink princess. What a fun night!

The night before Halloween we carved our pumpkins. I think the Grahams (us) take their pumpkin carving a little too seriously. Everyone else was done with their pumpkins long before we finished ours....

Any guesses on whose pumpkin is whose?

Our sweet little zebra...7 months exactly.

Charlie, June, and Addie all ready for some candy.

Trick or treating in action.

The buddies...Daddy and Addie. It's no secret, they are each others favorites. ;)

Checking out the stash!

Our sweet little duck and her squeaky friend Sophie. She slept through the entire night of trick-or-treating.

The clan on Halloween. My sister Kaelin came along as the Little Mermaid.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

All Tongue

Yes, I know. I have TOTALLY been slacking on blogging this summer. I think between having 2 kids, having Dave gone, and just being really busy...the blog has taken a back seat. But, we're back (for now)! So, I decided to post something that will be really quick and hope that it jumpstarts my inner blogger.
A few weeks ago, we started our Brynn Leigh on some rice cereal. She was a total crack-up. For some reason, she thought she was supposed to lick the cereal off the spoon. This girl has always been kind of obsessed with her tongue, so it wasn't too surprising that she was trying to eat the ceral with her tongue. As far as the cereal goes, I still don't think she's completely sold on the idea. We'll see how baby food goes!

All set to go! Our happy girl!

This girl is obviously all tongue!

Tongue shot in action.

All done and still our happy girl. What a cutie!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Special Day

Sunday was a triple whammy for us...Brynn's baby blessing, Riley's homecoming, and Father's Day! It was such a wonderful and special day. My brother, Riley, got home from his mission to the Philippines on Thursday. We are so thrilled to have him home. Addie was born just before he left on his mission, so he had never even met our Addie girl. My brother returned home to a whole new family...I have TWO kids, my brother is now married, and my sister is all grown up (driving and dating, oh my). We decided to wait to bless Brynn until my brother had his homecoming so he could be there.
David gave Brynn a beautiful blessing, and it made me so grateful for all the wonderful, worthy priesthood holders in my life especially my husband. Sunday really reiterated to me how much my Heavenly Father has blessed me. I could not be more grateful for my little family and our new addition of Brynn, for the safe return and amazing experiences that my brother had on his mission, for a loving and patient husband, for a wonderful dad, for an amazing father in-law who taught his children so much, and for a Heavenly Father who always knows what is best. Sunday was so special to me. Surrounded by all our family and friends, I truly feel like I got a little glimpse of heaven.

The two people of the day-my brother Riley and Brynn. Don't they look cute?

Our family of four. This is the best picture we got all day. Sad, I know.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

One Month

Our sweet Brynn is already a month old. It amazes me how it feels like she has been a part of our family forever. Brynn is such a content, cuddle bug. She rarely ever cries and loves to cuddle up with everyone. We can't seem to get enough of her growing chubby cheeks and thighs. While she did look like a dark haired version of Addie after she was born, she has definitely started to develop her own look over the past month. We still don't know what to do with all her hair (although it is already thinning), so she usually ends up with a nice mohawk. Addie adores her little sister, and often stops what she is doing to give "baby diss (kiss)." We love our baby Brynn. While life with two kids can be crazy, we are trying to enjoy every moment.


For Easter this year, we headed up to Grandma Sue's house for some famiy fun. We had lots of fun playing in Grandma's front yard, patiently waiting for a turn on the new swing, and having Allison push us in the car. What a nice and fast big cousin! We loved spending time with the family. The kids had so much fun playing together. Addie and June were best buds. I think one of the cutest things was when June was reading to Addie before bedtime. Addie kept getting up to jump on the bed, and June had to tell her to sit precious! We went on a fun Easter egg hunt and had a very special Easter bunny come visit! As you can see, Addie and June were NOT fans of the Easter bunny. However, the Easter bunny still brought them some goodies on Easter morning. With a little shopping, marble game, and reconnecting with both our families, it was a perfect weekend.

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