Bergman's Bruisers

A Look Into My Life Of Raising Three Rough
And Tumbly Boys

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Disney Dad 101

How exactly does a Disney Dad earn his title?  Whenever a Mom says "No"  to an idea the Disney Dad immediately says "YES!"  As in, "YES! Of course you can have a huge, sticky lollipop in a car seat that is ridiculously difficult to clean!" And the Disney Dad seals his title by laughing along with the brothers when the child pretends to wash his face with the lollipop all while Mom is yelling, "Noooo, stop the madness!"

Monday, June 30, 2014

Where's Waldo, I mean, Gavin

I spy with my little eye a little boy who likes to climb oh! so very high!

"Come, Boy, come and
climb up my trunk and swing from my
branches and eat apples and play in my
shade and be happy." - See more at:
"Come, boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat my apples and play in my shade and be happy."
The Giving Tree
"Come, Boy, come and
climb up my trunk and swing from my
branches and eat apples and play in my
shade and be happy." - See more at:
"Come, Boy, come and
climb up my trunk and swing from my
branches and eat apples and play in my
shade and be happy." - See more at:

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Bruiser Turns Three

 This boy.

What is your name: Cannon Bergman
How old are you: Five! (While holding up three fingers)
What is your favorite food: broccoli and chicken
Who is your best friend: Gavin
What is your favorite thing to do: play outside
What do you want to be when you grow up: I want to play
What do you do really well: jumping
What makes you laugh: farting
What is your favorite color: red
What is your favorite book: Baby Angel
What are you afraid of: ghosts 
Where do you like to go: trampoline park

Cannon adds more laughter and drama to our family than I could ever have imagined. He has given my parenting skills a run for their money, often leaving me stumped with what to do next.  Our mantra for Cannon is to 'break his will without breaking his spirit.' His spirit and feistiness are what we love, what is God-given and perfectly designed.  Steve says his favorite is the not quite a baby, not quite a boy attitude.  I love the daily dose of  "did you hear what he just said?!" 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Poultry Days Versailles, Ohio

We made it home to Ohio this year for our first family trip to Poultry Days.  I haven't been to Poultry Days in over twenty years.  Like most things in small towns, little has changed; it was exactly how I remembered it--lots of rides, food, and family.  We all had a great time and hope that it isn't another twenty years before we make it back again.

Cannon was bummed he wasn't big enough to ride all the rides. 

But, he turned it around when Aunt Dixie rode along with him on the kid-approved rides.

The kids loved the traditional carnival games and rides. 
 I, however, could live without hauling around all the prizes.  The earned prizes may or may not have found their way into trashcans when the kids weren't looking.

Love this face!  I can never get enough of that happy smile.

This is a pretty cute smile, too!

 1, 2, 3, Go!!

The kids experienced their first parade!  I don't think they initially thought much of it, but when they were told candy would be thrown into the street they immediately perked up.

Me and Mom.

Aunt Pat, Aunt Peg, Little C, and me enjoying the parade.

My Goddaughter, McKinzie, and cutie cousin Gabriel. 
I love his festive Poultry Days hat!

It was an added bonus to see family  passing through the parade! 
 This is my great-Uncle Jim.

Last time we  stayed at Zac's house it was very cold and we weren't able to enjoy the upper deck.  But, noooot this time!  We enjoyed the view, our fire pit, and even some s'mores.

Our youngest of the first cousin generation, Noah, looking handsome and so much like his older brothers. 

It's terrible that it was a poultry festival and I don't have a single picture of anyone eating the famous chicken.  I do have a picture of Gavin eating this delicious hamburger.

I love any opportunities my kids have to spend time with our extended family.  They are incredibly blessed to have four great-grandparents to know and love.  Harrison and Gavin have asked over and over if we can go back to that party with our family.  I hope we are able to make it back to Versailles next June for that chicken party!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

 Mother's Day 2012

 Mother's Day 2013

Mother's Day 2014

No, this picture was not posed.  Gavin truly decided at the exact moment the camera snapped to yell the most ear-pitching scream just inches from my ear. The photo that I chose not to include was the following shot of me palming Gavin's head with my hand as I pushed him away from my now-ringing ear.  Steve laughed saying my hand looked more like a T-rex claw!  I guess the picture really captures the tone of our house.  It's rarely quiet and things rarely go as I have planned. 

This picture was different than the previous two because, in addition to the three in my lap, I had a fourth little one growing in my tummy.  A child I honestly didn't know was in our future.  Steve and I always thought we would have three children, for us, that was the perfect number.  Somewhere in there Steve, with his 'bigger is always better' outlook, thought a fourth is what was needed to complete our family.  I, however, wasn't so convinced.  My lap and my heart were full with our Bruisers and I couldn't see where a fourth would fit.  (Steve pointed out that if I shift Cannon over just a bit there's plenty of room for another.)

That's the funny thing about life.  I think we often are disillusioned with the control we think we have.  The decisions we think are ours to make and not make.  I think God gets a kick out of people like me who try and mold this life into how I think it should look or be.  God must have seen some space in my lap because a fourth child is exactly what's been given to us.  We are all looking forward to adding another Bruiser to our amazing family.  He will most certainly fit right in!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Gavin Turns 6!

We celebrated Gavin's birthday with an arcade party this year.  
What boy doesn't love endless video games?!

Video games!

Video games!

And more video games!

 While Pinterest is mostly my creative and crafty friend it is also sometimes my biggest enemy.  Case-in-point here when Gavin perused through birthday cake options and decided he had to have this "supercoolamazingcan'tlivewithoutit snake cake!"  It wasn't too hard as much as it was incredibly time consuming. Thank goodness I was able to recruit the help of G-Jo to apply a bazillion fondant circles! Next year it'll be a Costco cake!

The cake was a hit!

 He loved this gumball jar present with twenty dollars buried inside!

What is your name: Gavin Paul
How old are you: 6
What is your favorite thing to do: shoot bee-bee guns
What do you want to be when you grow up: Army man
What is your favorite food:  Chocolate cake
What do you do really well: exercising
Who do you like to spend time with: Uncle Alex and Cannon
 What makes you laugh: When Cannon dances
What is the best time of day: whenever we get to go places
What is your favorite book: Punisher
What do you like to learn about: Superheros
What are you afraid of: snakes
What do you like to do with your family: play games
Where do you like to go: Chuck E Cheeses
If you had one wish what would it be: to have a pet snake

Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Basketball Is My Favorite Sport

I understand the importance of sports.  Really I do.  However, not all sports are created equal.  And, by that, I mean, not all sports are equally enjoyable for me, as a parent, to endure.  If I'm being completely honest here I've never been known for my love of sports.  So, for me, a sport obtains a score based on the time of year, how much exposure to extreme temperatures, how much equipment I have to keep up with, and how long practice and games are.  Some examples of my scores so far?

  • only equipment is a swimming suit and goggles
  • a life long sport that you can do for life and it can save a life
  • Practices A LOT!
  • Swim meets go on ALL DAY!
  • It's super, super hot

  • Highly active sport giving your child a lot of activity
  • A great first sport because most young kids can kick a ball and run
  • The cleats, shin guards, and socks are annoying to keep up with.  More than once my boys have worn their Dad's black dress socks because I couldn't find the right pair.
  • Usually this is a winter sport and it's cold outside
  • A high energy sport that is fun to watch
  • Learns great hand/eye cordination
  • LOTS of equipment
  • A winter sport which means it's COLD!!
  • Being in Texas this sport tends to have some intense parents

We had our first experience with this lovely sport this year.   I am in love!

Here are my Top 10 Reasons I love this kid sport

All they need to play are some shoes.  Easy-peasy.

Lots of goals are made so the cheering is endless making the hour pass quickly!

My boys love this sport!  They never complained about practices or games.  This makes staying up to watch them play after working all night a lot easier when I see their smiling faces.

I love the fast-pace-back-and-forth. 

I like how the kids are praised not only for making goals but also assists.  It really cemented the 'team player' attitude we should all have. 

Not only is it completely indoors, saving me from the elements, but the building also had Wifi making for a very happy toddler.

I love the aggressiveness my boys showed while playing basketball.  Sure, there was a blatant foul here and there, but they wanted that ball and they went after it.

Did I mention the perk of being protected from the rain, cold, wind, and dirt?!  My little guy could relax and roll around without coming home covered in mud and dirt. 

When your kid is the shortest, but still manages to get the ball and shoot goals, it makes your heart swell with pride.

This isn't unique to basketball, but I love how sports teaches you to share the light and take turns.  Sometimes it's a big bummer to have to swap out with a teammate, but it's a good life-lesson to learn.

So long basketball!  We will see you again this winter!