Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Haynes!

4 Christmases! Yea, it was a hilarious movie...but it is also the number of family get-togethers that we went to. Family from Nashville, my Mom's side, Jason's family, and then my Dad's side. Just typing that makes me exhausted.

Christmas Eve, we went to my parents house. Everyone was feeling pretty crummy, so mom made soup and salad. After dinner, we all opened presents. Jackson was so fun this year. He has really figured out the whole ripping into the paper concept! Jackson got a really cool and really big ride on airplane. What is so neat about the plane is that it is a remote control, which means that Jason gets to control where Jackson goes.

*Jackson got a new John Deere wagon.

*Playing with Mommy

*how many mechanics does it take to put together a children's toy?...Apparently 3
*He loves his new remote control ride on toy...and so does Daddy
*getting ready to go home with all his new toys. Can you say spoiled?
Christmas morning Santa came. We opened presents from Santa then Jackson and Jason played with everything while I cooked breakfast. Santa was so good to Jackson. He got a potty (which Jackson surprisingly LOVES), a basketball goal, toddler crayons, U of M shirt and baseball hat, camo fleece pullover and pants, an Elmo guitar but I think his favorite thing was in his stocking...Dum Dum suckers.
*His new Elmo guitar

*Practicing his dunking skills!
*Jackson's Christmas breakfast of Dum Dums. Just kidding!
Christmas evening, we went to Brownsville to see Jason's parents. We ate dinner there and yet again opened more presents. (I'm beginning to think we are spoiled!) Jackson got to play with his cousin Reed who is only 5 months younger than he is. All he wanted to do was hug him. I have a feeling that they will be the best of friends when they get older.
*Attempting to take a family picture

The weekend after Christmas, we went back to my parents house and spent time with my Dad's side. I think this was my favorite meal we ate...everyone brought an appetizer and we just pigged out on junk food (onion souffle, sausage dip, chicken wing dip, chicken nuggets, meatballs, finger sandwiches, and bar-b-q nachos...that's my kind of food!) We all had fun being together and of course opening more presents. There was a terrible storm that night, so we all hung out there until it was over.
*Jackson loves his cousin, Anna Jayne

*Jon Duke and William playing with the guns that we got them. (Sorry Tori and Dana for the really annoying guns.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I Love Christmas

When you ask me what my favorite Christmas movie is, I have a hard time answering you. I have so many favorites: A Christmas Story, White Christmas, It's A Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and anything on Lifetime/Hallmark channel. But, Jason and I both LOVE Christmas Vacation. I see a little bit of myself in Clark Griswold. I want to have the perfect "Christmas" experience yet it never quite turns out the way I planned (isn't that what makes things fun?) As a "new" family, I have really enjoyed making our own traditions. Here are a few things that we love to do at Christmas time.

1.Elf on the Shelf- My mom gave this to us last year for Christmas. On Thanksgiving Day, we read the book to Jackson. (The story in a nutshell...Santa sends a elf to you around Thanksgiving. The elf watches you during the day and then at night, he goes back to the North Pole and reports to Santa what went on during the day. The kids can "plead their case" to the elf but they can never touch the elf, his magic will go away. Everyday, he appears in a new spot to "watch". On Christmas Eve, kids say goodye to their elf and when Santa comes that night, he takes the little elf with him.)

This year, Jackson didn't really get into it. He refered to the elf as "Bubby", however he refers to everyone as Bubby so we will really name him next year. I think this will be a really fun thing for our family to do.

2. Paint-A-Piece- I love Paint-A-Piece (for those not in Memphis, Paint-A-Piece is a cute little art studio. You choose the ceramic piece you want, paint it, then they fire it and glaze it for you) I am not artistic/creative at all...yet somehow when I come out of there I feel like Martha Stewart!

Jason and I had a fun day with Jackson. We took him right after Thanksgiving so that we could display whatever he painted the whole Christmas season. We decided to paint a plate for Santa's cookies. I think this is one of my favorite things that I own. I love that his sweet little handprint is on it. I think we will try to do this with all our kids. That way on Christmas Eve, they will all have their own plate with a "peace offering" (cookies) for Santa.

3. Christmas Village- I am so excited about this "new" tradition. When I was a little girl, my Grandmother would put this village up at her house every year. My sister and I would look forward to seeing her village every year. We would look at it for hours and make up stories about all the little people in the town. Well, this year she gave me her village. So far, Jackson hasn't really noticed it...Whew! I can't wait to see the joy that it brings all my kids.
I hope everyone enjoyed a look at what our family does during the Holidays. We have more traditions but these are some of our favorites. I can't wait to see what else our little family makes traditions in the years to come.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We had such a busy weekend. We got to eat 3 different times (my moms side of the family, my dads side of the family and the Jason's family) and we definately gained some weight! The weather was beautiful on Thanksgiving day, so we were able to go outside and play. Jackson loves to be outside. He played so hard and worked up a HUGE appitite. Shawn's boyfriend asked me if Jackson always eats that much and I told him to stick around, we all eat that much...haha. Below are some pictures of what I am thankful for:

*Our little family of 3. (Thats my parents house in the background....just kidding)

*My sweet parents*Jackson and "Buddy" having some "boy" time.
*Jackson stuffed...about to take his Thanksgiving nap like the rest of the family.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Voting...Thinking About It Makes Me Want a Nap!

Ok, so in my last post, I eluded to my voting I will share, but be warned this is not for the faint of heart. =)

So last week, I went to early vote knowing that I would be unable to on November 4th. I picked Jackson up from "school" and we took off to a church near our house. When we walked in, I was in shock to find out the wait was over an hour and a half. (Apparently I thought this would be a quick thing...not sure what I was thinking!)I figured I would just stay in line until Jackson started to make his presence known and then we would politely excuse ourselves. Well, one hour went by and he was a total angel. I could practically see the halo forming as we waited. (Did I mention that I didn't have a diaper bag, no sippy cup, no toys, no diapers...nothing. I was alternating giving him my keys, my cell phone and a pamphlet from a politician that I met in the parking lot to keep him occupied. I know, I know, I was very unprepared) Everyone around us was commenting on how good he was being, and then I did something stupid...I jinxed it! I said and I quote "I have a feeling that as we walk in the voting room he will have had enough." AND HE DID! As I handed the voting lady my drivers license he started wailing. And then I did something else stupid...I got him out of his stroller. They hand me the voting card and I got to my little computer. I put the card in and this is when the poo really hits the fan. I was hit and scratched, screamed at, my hair was pulled out of my ponytail, and he blew his nose on me (...yes you read that right he blew his nasty nose on me). I looked like I went 3 rounds with a really burly man. I was so embarrassed, I could feel all the eyes just staring at me. I voted for the people who I knew and then I was out of there. As we left, Several people commented on how good he did while we were in line. I made some crack like "well, he threw a tantrum because he thought I was going to vote for the wrong person." I have never been so glad to run out of a building in my life.

The moral of this story- Don't vote with a 15 month old!!!...but be sure to vote!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween 2008

I know, I know, I am SO late posting about Halloween. I say "Better late that never." Right?

So, Halloween this year was WAY more fun with a 15 month old that it was last year with a 3 month old. The week before Halloween, we went to Zoo Boo. We had so much fun getting to look at some animals that they had out (spiders, snakes, etc.) and trick-or-treating at all the booths. I know that Jackson will have alot more fun next year when he is a little older. We were in the costume contest. No, we did not win. The kids that won had some very creative homemade costumes. I am already begining to think of ideas for next years costume...can you say competitive?

Halloween, we just went to the carnival at our church. The highlight of the night was the puppet show. Jackson LOVED it. They sang a song using dog puppets. Well, as soon as Jackson saw them, he immediately starting barking. So funny.

I posted a few of our favorite pictures from Halloween below. Enjoy!

*Waiting in line to be in the costume contest. We were #53 out of 54!
*Some guy at the costume contest talking to my dinosaur.

*If you look close, you can see how brave Jason and I were. We were holding tarantulas. (My favorite part of these pictures has got to be the look on the little girls face in my picture. She looks so scared...priceless!)

*Daddy and his dinosaur

Monday, October 13, 2008

15 Month Stats and More...

Well, Jackson is getting very close to 16 months, but I need to update and get his 15 month stats up.

Weight: 24.3 lbs (50th percentile)
Height: 31.5 inches (65th percentile)
Head Circumference: 47 cm (60th percentile)

He has learned so much. He is still not a very big talker (but neither is his daddy). He can say mama, dada, bye-bye, hi, ou-thide (outside), ah gone (all gone), onge (orange), and uh-oh. He can repeat pretty much anything you say, but these are the words we hear daily.

When you ask what a dog, cow, sheep and cat say, 90% of the time he will answer with the right sound (that is when he feels like cooperating and doing his "tricks'. Sometimes, he will just look at you like you are crazy.)

He knows that shoes go on your feet. He can point to his hair and ears. If you hand him a hairbrush, he will brush his hair and if he sees a toothbrush, he will open his mouth and say "Ahh." He loves to play outside, I think that he really could play outside all day long and not get bored. He can climb a whole flight of stairs on his own. He can run really fast. He LOVES to dance and sing. He loves to color and use sidewalk chalk. And, last but not least, he LOVES to be naked!!!

He does not like: Beans, eggs (they make him gag), wearing clothes, having his diaper changed, being helped (very independent), being picked up when he is outside, wearing anything that is on his head/face (hats, sunglasses...), sitting still or being in one spot for too long, and voting (more on this later).

Now for pictures of one of Jackson's FAVORITE things...going to the park down the street from our house:
*He loves to swing.
*Peek-a-boo, I see you!
*Going down the slide...
*and back up again.
*My 2 favorite guys
*I sure do love this kid!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

First Day of School

Well, Tuesday marked a BIG milestone for our family...Jackson is officially a school-boy! You heard me right, Jackson is in "school". He is going to Covenant United Methodist Church to their Mother's Day Out on Tuesdays and Fridays. We are so excited about what the program offers. Every time they come to "school", they go to music class (the teacher is amazing!), have circle time, do a craft, play outside or in the gym, story time, nap, free play and snack time. (that's a pretty full day for 5 hours!)

Tuesday, we got up and began to pack his bag for the day. Man, I'm not used to having to label everything. I made his lunch (grilled cheese, cut-up grapes, and yogurt melts) and got him dressed, and out the door we went!
I was making it ok that day, until we got in the car...I'm telling you, why is it when you are on the verge of tears are all the songs on the radio are sad and/or emotional ones? So as the radio played, I cried my eyes out! I realized that morning how big my little boy was getting. In one week, he has gone from his baby seat and staying with my mom all day to being in his big boy seat facing-forward and going to "school". (I think it was too much for this over-emotional mom to take in one week)
When I dropped him off, he went straight to his teacher and when I walked off, I looked back and he just waved and said in his sweet voice "bye, bye" (again with the waterworks) His teachers said that he was so sweet, and got along with all the kids in his class. His craft that he did was a BEAUTIFUL finger painted orange triangle (orange is the color of the month and triangle is the shape) which now hangs proudly on my refrigerator! He hardly ate any of his lunch, I'm sure there was too much excitement for him to take in that he forgot to eat. Nap time wasn't that wonderful, he couldn't quite understand why everyone was sleeping on mats on the floor. Oh well, with time he will get it. Come on, you can't master everything on your first day. =)
I can't wait to see what this year holds. I know that my sweet boy will learn so much and of course I will be blogging about all of it!

*His bag that was filled to the brim with everything that he would need.

*Getting ready for his big day!
*Headed to school. (No I am not taking this picture while driving, we are in the driveway. Don't call Child Protective Services on me!)

*Jackson's sweet teachers Mrs. Missy and Mrs. Melissa.

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Big Boy haircut

It has been such a long time since my last post. Jason and I took "vacation" this month (I will post more about that later) so things have been a little busy around our house.

This weekend we took Jackson to get his first "Big Boy" haircut! Now, I have given Jackson some trims here and there, but nothing that I would consider a full-flegged haircut. We went to Fun Cuts, what a cool place. They have kid sized computers, a play area, and an indoor play ground. I was very impressed with that. When they called him back there, they let him watch Blues Clues on the tv by the chair that he was in.


About to start the haircut. As you can tell, Jackson is not too sure
about what that guy is doing.

Looking very pitiful! He sat pretty still considering how young he is, but this
was the face that he gave us through the whole haircut.

Finally a smile. He was very glad to be done with the haircut...and happy to have a treat.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Fun with Green Beans!

Yesterday was quite an adventure to say the least. I decided that I would let Jackson start "feeding" himself with a spoon. Now I know that he was not going to get it the first time, but I thought "What the heck, lets see what he can do". Well as you can see from the pics below, he has so much fun!

1. As you can tell, Jackson is not quite sure why I gave him his spoon. It took him a bit to be confident enough to try to use it. 2. By now, he had altogether ditched the spoon and was enjoying the squishy greenbeans between his fingers.
3. As time went on, he figured out that the spoon goes in your mouth. What he didn't understand is that food goes on the spoon and into your mouth, not all over your body.
4. Wow, what a mess! I can honestly say, I think Jackson really enjoyed himself!
5. BATH TIME! (a much needed bath I must say) Notice the greenbeans on the side of the tub! GROSS!
We will continue to practice to get this perfected! Anyone have suggestions to help me out?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What a helper

I just wanted to share some cute pictures that I have taken the last couple days. Jackson has become such a "helper" around the house. Saturday, he helped Jason wash my car.

"Here Dad, I will wash the tire for you"

Jackson loves to put his hand in any kind of running water.I was glad that I was able to
capture the shear joy that running water brings him.
Yesterday was my day off, which meant doing some things around the house. I was in the middle of loading the dishwasher when I walked away and to grab the phone. When I turned around this is what I saw:
He was trying to help so bad. He even grabbed a dirty spoon that I had just put away and brought it to me. He was so proud of himself for taking the spoon out of the dishwasher and walking to me to hand it off. (I was sad I didn't have my camera with me then.)
As soon as I took the first picture, he climbed down.
I'm pretty sure he knew that he was doing something
that he wasn't supposed to be doing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

1st year stats

Well, last week I took Jackson to the Dr. for his one year check up and I decided that I will start posting his stats.
Weight: 22 lbs (50th percentile)
Height: 29.5 inches (25th percentile)
Head circumference: 47 cm (75th percentile)

What this tells me is that my son is perfect (if you don't believe me, ask Dr. Bubba).
I also thought that I would post the things that Jackson has learned to do in a year. It amazes me how much babies learn in 12 months.
This year, Jackson has:
*Learned to sit, crawl and walk.

*Drink from a sippy cup all by himself.

*Grown 6 teeth this year =)

*Had surgery.
*Learned to say mama, dada

*Learned that when asked what the puppy says, he should respond with... "Ah ah" (arf arf)
(this also goes for "what does the lamp say?" Ah ah. "What does the kitty say?" Ah ah. or "What does the rug say?" Ah ah. We are still perfecting this "trick")

*Learned that growling is a great way to get someone's attention (like the lady at the grocery store or the man sitting behind us at a restaurant)

*Learned to use a straw.

*Learned how to eat real food. (He would much rather have table food than baby food...wouldn't you? His favorite foods are: grilled cheese sandwiches, cheerios, and pancakes. Carbs, carbs and more CARBS...a man after his Mommy's heart!)

*Learned how the open cabinets and get Tupperware or pots and pans.

*Learned to make people laugh.

*Learned to melt Mommy's heart.

I can't say it enough. I can't believe how the year has flown. And I know that the next 6 months will hold even more changes for our family! I can't wait to see the person this little boy becomes! What an amazing gift God has given me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First year...DONE!

Ahhh...where has the time gone. When I was pregnant, time seemed to stand still. The moment Jackson was born, life was in fast forward. (I wish I had a remote control and I could just push pause, just for a bit and take it all in.)
Sunday, July 6th was Jackson's 1st birthday. We had a family birthday party that day and it was, what themed! We had around 30 people come to my parents new house to help us celebrate Jackson's 1st year. *This is what everone say when they walked in. I'm telling you, my mom is Martha Stewart.
She made that cute wreath the day of the party, So crafty!

We ate so much yummy food (a diet is definately necessary after this weekend!) and then it was time to open presents. He got so many wonderful things (thank you everyone). Our project for this weekend will be to put the baby toys away to make room for his big boy toys.

Next, it was time for cake. His cake was precious....a cow. (the lady that made his cake even made a smash cake for Jackson with cow spots on cute!) Jackson really surprised me with the way he ate his cake. I honestly thought that he would just dive right in and get icing all over him. He was quite the opposite. He ate little bites and made sure that everything landed in his mouth. He even licked his fingers!

*Jackson says "Mom, I don't care about "Happy Birthday" or blowing out the candle,

*Eating his cake...He ate the WHOLE thing!

*Playing with the tractor that Jason and I gave him.

We had such a fun day. I can't wait to see all the changes that will happen in this next year.