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.