Da Browns

Da Browns

Welcome to the jungle!

Our jungle has a mighty lion king, Jared; his sultry lioness, Tamany; three crazy monkeys, Landon, Tyler, and Ethan; and a beautiful gazelle, Isabel. It also has a beast, Phoebe, our mastiff.

Life in our jungle is much like other jungles: a constant searching for food. It consists of finding the food, killing it, bringing it home, preparing it, eating it, cleaning it up, and trying to share with others what we found.

This blog is to share the highlights of what happens in our jungle during that process.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Fortune Cookie was Right: It is a Boy!

After we found out that we were pregnant with Mambo #5 we were eating at an Asian restaurant. After dinner I opened the wrapper to the fortune cookie and said that the fortune would apply to the new baby.

My side read something plain and generic, but what Jared saw from across the table was the real fortune. It had a Chinese symbol with the English translation: Boy. We got a kick out of it then and now.

Turns out it was right. I kept that little piece of paper on my dresser for months just in case it was a boy so that I could tape it underneath the ultrasound pic revealing the sex of the baby. Where is it now that I want it? Who knows. Dumb.

The boys are thrilled. There were many high-fives given in the house.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Become as a Child

This is what is meant by "become as a child...."

I was taking a nap with Ethan today after church. (post-church naps are sacred).

He woke up for a quick second, sweetly exclaimed, "Mom, I love Jesus so much!"---then went right back to sleep.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mambo Number 5

Or maybe it will be Chanel No. 5. Whichever it is, Mambo or Chanel, we know it is only one and it will make its grand debut in July, 2010.

This will be our third baby in a row with a July birthday. Apparently Jared and I need more planning skills. But, we are happy and grateful, nonetheless.

I am in my 2nd trimester and finally starting to feel a little human. The circles under my eyes are not quite as dark, I don't lay around quite as much, sometimes dinner is ready, I don't have to pull over on the side of the road on the way home from seminary to throw up, and my body is starting to make its own heat (weird side effect, I know).

I will update you on the sex of the little tyke in a month or so.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving--Rock Band style





















We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! Kristopher is here visiting us. It has been two years since we last saw him---too long!












Isabel just LOVES Kristopher! When she comes in the room crying from something the boys did, she goes right past me and Jared and clings to Kristopher's leg. Yesterday we were at the Renaissance festival and she only wanted to be carried, or have her hand held, by him. Then, last night we came home from The Nutcracker. We picked her up from Natalie's house and she came in running. I got down into my usual stoop, ready to pick her up and swing her as we celebrated being reunited---oh no.... She ran right past me and into Kristopher's arms. I was shafted! :)












Thanksgiving was spent with dear friends, the Bigneys and the Paces. And before our dinner, our wonderful friend and next door neighbor, Emily brought over her first-ever pumpkin pie for us. Isabel ran from the other room right into her arms. She is such a delight! We love Emily and Kurt.












This year Thanksgiving was tradition, with a twist. We had four of the most amazing turkeys ever cooked. Two cajun deep-fried, some kind of berry-infused brine turkey, and a jalapeno garlic turkey (courtesy of Jared, of course!). They were all sooooo good!












After stuffing ourselves with all the delicious food, the men-folk "retired to the den" to play Rockband. It was clear from early on that the planned board game was never going to happen, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. We all had a lot of fun singing and playing as 10 children under the age of 10 ran around us. Good times.












The next day we traveled to Plantersville, TX and hour and a half away to join in the festivities of the Renaissance festival. It was like medieval Disneyland. Great fun. The boys got swords and were swordfighting amongst each other all day. Ethan is really into the whole knight, King, Queen thing. He likes for me to "knight him." I knighted him and congratulated him for killing all 'ogres, dragons, creatures, and anything ugly'. He quickly reminded me, "don't forget to say 'bad guys'!" I love my kids so much.












There was food, entertainment, and just an overall feeling of being transferred in time. One funny thing was how many of the "cast" loved Jared's Thundercats t-shirt. They would call out, "Thundercats! Ho!" It was like King Arthur meets Anime.












After a big day at the festival, we spent the evening with some of our other dear friends, John and Shey Moniz. They took us to see The Nutcracker. It was my first time ever seeing it. It was a wonderful evening. Spending time with them is always fun because they have such great stories to tell. They too love Isabel and she adores them.












So, after a day of seeing men in medieval tights all day, and spending the evening at the ballet---I have had my share of men in tights for at least a year---maybe more.












I hope our Christmas in even close to as wonderful as our Thanksgiving.












Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fabulous Fathers


This post is kind of a "count your many blessings", but that was not it's original intent.


Sunday we had dinner with Jared's good friend from Palmyra, Sarah Dahneke Hedengren and family. Her parents, Marilyn and Barton were visiting which was a plus---I love them.


What I came away with was how wonderful the men in our lives are. Jared is on the high council in our new stake so after spending three hours of church with us, he drove an hour away to spend three hours of church with the branch that he is assigned to.


John was gone to an additional meeting when we arrived at their house, helping boys get their eagle scout.


As the dads came home there were the traditional, "yeah! Daddy is here!" shouts of jubilee and hugs and kisses.


Then I was so impressed to watch as John helped with dinner, cleared the table, emptied the dishwasher, played (not watched, but played) with the kids upstairs so that we could all visit.


I saw "Papa" Dahneke help with the kids outside and at dinner.


Then as we left, the kids were screaming to drive home with dad in his car and he, of course, obliged by transferring car seats over for them.


Anyway, I was just overcome with gratitude for good men who work so hard and are dedicated to doing what is right.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Pokemon Mediator: You Think Your Day Was Bad!

Today Tyler came home crying accusing Landon of trading his Marwaok pokemon to another boy at school. Landon denied it was ever Tyler's and quickly the Pokemon war ensued.

Tyler had a perfect memory of every card traded, all there names and the location, time of day, what we had for dinner that night, and what we all were wearing at the time the trade took place.

I quickly realized this was an argument for which I was of no use.

Here is a sample of a much more complicated dispute:

Landon: "No I didn't take Marwaok, Tyler!"

Tyler: "Yes, you did Landon!"

Landon: "I never traded that card with you. Why would I trade Eggcutor for Marwaok when it has a higher hp?"

Tyler: "Yes, you did! You traded Infernape, Stealix, Motham, Galade for Arceus with your friend!"

Landon (thinking): " Okay, well I gave the Marwaok to my friend for the Vespequin, but I don't have it because he stayed home from school today."

Mom: "Landon, when you get your Vespequin, give it to Tyler.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jared ran 10 miles!





















Okay- This is happened two weeks ago. I am slow! But Jared wasn't slow! He ran a 10 mile race and did awesome. He ran faster than his training time.












It was such a fun day for the family. The boys and I ran the 1 mile kid's race before. Landon legitimately beat me. He probably ran a 7:30 mile. He started at the back of the group of 100 or so kids and he finished in the top ten.












There was all-you-can-eat food from several vendors after the race---Ethan was in heaven and still continues to refer back to that "day where we got to eat all we wanted" as a "good day".












I have pictures of the kids in jackets and our fleece BYU blanket---It was a chilly 65 degrees that morning! We are so pathetic!












Speaking of kids who legitimately beat me---The day has come. My kids are both faster and smarter than I am---already! Tyler beat me at chess yesterday. He had me in check within three moves and continued chasing me down until he got me in check-mate. I only had one of his pawns. It was amazing. He was using all these terms like, "I skewered you" and working in combination moves. I had no idea what in the world he was talking about.

Post surgery/grateful kids

Phoebe's stitches

new stove

new water heater

Mom, she loves us

Mom, she loves us
Tyler's pic of Gramie

Mom, she love us

While at dinner with Gramie, I asked where she was. The boys said she was standing in line waiting to get them their pizza from the buffet line. I said, "What!" Tyler looked at me and emphatically announced, "Mom, she loves us!"

My Guitar Heroes

My Guitar Heroes
Jared and Landon practicing

kiddies at the park

bed of mulch

monkey bars backwards

"Hulk" at the park

Belle and Babe

Bella and her "buh"

I Am a Child of God

I Am a Child of God

2008 in review

2008 in review
Landon's baptism

Gramie and Grandpa came to visit

Best buddies

the nappers awoke (after family pics)

Extended Stay (Feb 2008)

Extended Stay (Feb 2008)
I got sick---Gramie stayed

A Bit Too Much Fun With Slime

Houston Rodeo

Houston Rodeo

Easter

Easter

First Easter Dress

Grandma Lowry Came to Visit (April 2008)

Grandma Lowry Came to Visit (April 2008)

#41 Presidential Library

T-Ball

T-Ball
Da Boys

A Love Affair

A Love Affair

Beautiful Belle

Poisonous Snake (copperhead)

Poisonous Snake (copperhead)
Annie Oakley got her snake (with a shovel)

Overnight Campout (May 2008)

Overnight Campout (May 2008)
Lake Livingston

horseback riding at Lake Livingston

HUGE Frog

HUGE Frog

the frog we caught in our neighborhood

Farewell to the Broadbents

Farewell to the Broadbents

Tyler and Jeffrey saying goodbye

Tamany and Sheralie

Jared's B-day

Jared's B-day

Trip to St. Louey

Trip to St. Louey
Jesse James Wax Museum

driving 15 hours with the dog

road trip to with 9 kids under 9

all the cousins

Inside The Arch

Independence, MO

Independence, MO
where Tyler felt the Spirit

Liberty Jail

Liberty Jail

Far West Temple Site

Far West Temple Site

Adam ondi Ahman

Adam ondi Ahman

Ethan's birthday (July 2008)

Ethan's birthday (July 2008)
He was in heaven

Isabel's 1st birthday

Isabel's 1st birthday
hosted by Mr. John and Ms. Shey

princess dress from Grandma Lowry

Mr. John with Belle-Belle

Dinner with Elin (Aug 2008)

Dinner with Elin (Aug 2008)
Fancy French Food

First Day of School

First Day of School
Very Happy Day (for all of us)

Playing at the Pier

Playing at the Pier

Ethan

mom and daughter

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike
retreat to Birmingham with the Oborns

Sharlene and Isabel

Phoebe and Joey (Oborn's dog)

visiting Lana during Ike aftermath

Ragnar (October 2008)

Ragnar (October 2008)
CTRs--Chicks That Run

VICTORY

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008

Disneyworld

Disneyworld
We went to Disneyworld for vacation in December. It was a lot of fun. We were just happy to see the kids got over their fear of people in costumes!

The Princesses

Daddy's Girl

Daddy's Girl
While in Disneyworld, Isabel's wish came true: to have her dad hold her non-stop for an entire week! She is so in love with her dad!

Tyler's birthday in Disneyworld

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008
Gramie and Grandpa

Aunt Sara, too

monkey attack

The Polar Express train ride

Gramie and Belle

potato gun shooting