Monday, August 17, 2015

The Many Faces of Brooke

Photo by Jill
"525,600 minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?
... How about love? Measure in love."
 Lyrics from "Rent," the musical

Brooke is a few "minutes" sort of a year. She's 11 months and counting to September 4, when we'll fully celebrate the 526,600 minutes she's been part of our lives.
Photo by Jill
In all those minutes and moments, I am amazed at the changes that happen from helpless baby to daredevil toddler. Yes, I've lived through the miracles of the first year before - with my own two and with Kinley.

But when we saw her a month ago, she was just contemplating letting go of sturdy furniture and making her way in the world. Now, she is in constant motion.
Photo by Jill
Turn your back, and she's headed for the stairs. If she sees you coming, she climbs even faster. Peekaboo! I see you!
Next she's figuring out how to pull herself into a child-sized rocking chair and then stand in it. (Her Mommy is the one I once pulled off the dining room table after a climbing escapade. What goes around, comes around, I tell Jill.)
Photo by Jill
Her blonde hair is getting long enough that there's a slight curl on the ends.
Her exuberance for life is contagious. She lives life full-throttle. 
(It's probably why she's not the best napper She doesn't want to miss a thing.)
She wants to be in the middle of everything.
She and Kinley are starting to play together - at least sometimes.
Photo by Jill
She will sit still to read (which Grandma loves, of course)!
She loves to eat.
And she loves bath time. (I can get away with this photo right now, I think.)
It was a pleasure to watch Brooke and her sister while Mommy and Daddy went out to celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary.

Time flies when you're having fun!
Tomorrow:  Her sister gets equal time.


  1. Brooke looks like a lot of fun! It's amazing how fast little ones change and learn. Especially when they have older siblings to keep up with. She must look more like her Dad's side of the family?

    I agree with you on Maya Angelou and know she is one of your favorite authors too. Hope your week is going good.

    1. She keeps us on our toes, for sure! She wants to be as big as Kinley. I'm not sure who she looks like. She's a beautiful mix of DNA!