Monday, January 31, 2011

Gotta get Out

I was loving the weathermen this weekend. When they gave us this forecast...
...we did what every other Memphian did-go to the zoo.

While we were getting ready, we put Hudson in his crib so he couldn't be destructive wouldn't get into anything. I came out of our room and saw this.
Jackson had climbed into Hudson's bed to keep him company. They thought it was HILARIOUS. They were jumping, and yelling and then they would have the biggest belly laughs. They have such a sweet friendship that is budding. I love it!
We were so happy to get outside although we were a bit overdressed. (I was longing for some capri pants and flip flops as the afternoon went on.) We got to see all our favorite animals.
We saw the bears, and monkeys, elephants and snakes (gross) but Jackson's favorite animal this time was...
 ...this giant turtle. 
He thought that it was so funny that he was eating a big bowl of salad. He also couldn't get over how slow he ate. I had to remind him that turtles are slow animals.
Leaving the zoo has become Jackson's favorite part of going to the zoo. They have a hand stamp machine next to the exit. He LOVES to get a "tattoo", he even makes Jason and me get one. We didn't even get to Poplar when I saw this...
...That's what I call a productive Saturday: hanging out as a family and wearing our boys out! It gave me a taste of spring and I am SO ready for it now!

It's Official!

Well, my life has changed again. Hudson is a walker! He spent this whole weekend all over the place. I attempted to get some video to document.
(*The quality of the video is terrible. I was using our old point and shoot camera.) I love in this one, how once Jackson realizes I'm videoing that he starts making faces and then we totally miss Hudson walking.
(*And in this one, you have to turn your head. Sorry. I wasn't thinking while I was videoing) Hudson was so proud of himself and so are we!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Day in the Life

Monday on my day off, I decided to carry around the camera and document everything that we did. (Now beware, this is not ultra exciting! Since I use this blog as my way to document, I wanted to have this to look back on in a year and see what my kids were doing.)
We started off the morning with cereal and a movie. What movie you ask? A Christmas movie of course. "Captain Christmas" (aka Jackson) wouldn't have it any other way. I put my foot down when he requested The Grinch since we have watched it at least 472 times this year. So we watched one of my favorite movies...
While Jackson watched his movie, Hudson and I practiced walking.
Now, I know that he is 15 months old and is still not walking. He is SO close though! Just in the last week, he has taken off across the room and only stopped when he realized what he was doing.

Then I did a little work and packed up clothes that don't fit Hudson and got out Jackson's old 18 month clothes. Then it was laundry time-which I think I did 10 loads. (I did not take pictures of that. Laundry= not fun!) Next it was project time, we played with Jackson's new easel that he got for Christmas (Thank you Nanny and Gaga.. He LOVES it!) He played school and then we painted. 
He LOVES writing his letters. His pictures consisted of lots of Js and Hs for Jackson Haynes.
Jackson is totally the fashionista. He loves to pick out his own clothes. Today, he chose a red sweatshirt, white wind pants...
...and his John Deere camo boots!

Next was lunchtime and then...
...and Jackson took naps. (Mommy did too!)

When we woke up, this is what Hudson looked like...
Seriously every night from 4 to 7, he is so fussy! We have come to the conclusion that he is EXHAUSTED. We ate dinner, took baths and then it was bedtime for some really sleepy boys. So there you have it. That's what a normal day in our house looks like. I know it's not exciting, but these boys make it very fun.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Every night when we get home from school, Jackson and I do "homework" for 5 minutes. Nothing really big, basically just practicing tracing letters and cutting pictures out of magazines (practicing using scissors).

Tonight, he totally blew my mind. He told me that he did not want to trace his letters. He wanted me to write his name and then he would copy it. Behold, this is what we got....

I am SO proud of him. I think this is pretty good for a 3 and a half year old! Yea Jackson!

Pump, Pump, Pump It Up...

Monday we had a little MLK day off fun. I took the boys to Pump-It-Up (with everyone else in Memphis) and took advantage of their morning playtime.
We went with my Mom, my sister, and my sister's sister-in-law Laura (that was a mouthful) and her son Briggs.
 I had never been to Pump-It-Up before so I had no clue what to expect. It was SO fun. When I was a little girl, there was a place in town called Fun Plex that we used to play at. It reminded me alot of that.
Jackson had a blast sliding down the BIG slide on his back...
...and on his stomach.
 Even Hudson got to go down the slide...
 ...however we almost took out a few kids in the process. (Man, that face is killing me!)
We will be returning to Pump-It-Up again real soon to play...just not on a day where everyone is out of school. (And for kicks, I threw this last picture in. Go ahead and click on it to enlarge it. It really makes me laugh-I have NO idea what both of my kids are doing!)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"I Live in a Van Down By the River..."

My FAVE actor has ALWAYS been Chris Farley. I love him! (When he passed away in 1997, I had 25 people call me and make sure I was ok. That was back in the day before cell phones and texting-so they were calling my parent's house phone. So funny!) I can quote any SNL skit or movie that he was in. However, I wasn't expecting one of my sons to resemble him.
Lately, Hudson's hair has been having a striking resemblance to Mr. Farley! Do you see it?
How bout this one? Can you say "Fat guy in a little coat?"

Yesterday, it was time for a cut! I got out the clippers with a 7.5 guard and went to town. (I may or may not have cried while I cut his hair.)
And here he is today...SO handsome. He no longer looks like a baby to me!
 Helping Mommy brush his pretty hair.
 Watch out ladies....He's a heartbreaker!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Winter Gala

Thursday night, Jason and I attended a show with amazing dramatics and show songs to end all songs. We did not go to the Orpheum however, we went to Jackson's daycare winter show. =) (Ok, so it really wasn't a show it was more of an open house...but I was a proud Mama that night.)
Jackson was very excited to show us his room and introduce us to his friends.
 He was  also excited that Mimi and Buddy came.
Jackson's class made their own "costumes". They were snowmen.
Then it was time to sing their song. Jackson did not sing a note, he did wave and clap when the song was over. =) (Are you loving the little boy in front of Jackson? So funny.)
We went back to the room for the kids to take pictures... (Jackson LOVES to pose for pictures!)
...and to look at some of their artwork!
He love his teachers. Ms. Jesse...
...and Ms. Stella
Yea for Jackson and his first performance!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Come Out, Come Out Whoever You Are

So, I just found out that today is National Delurking Day. What does this mean you ask? What it means is that if you read this blog, leave me a comment. Let me know who you are! It's a coming out of sorts. Come on guys...I love comments (and new blog friends) and would love to see who actually reads this blog.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Blizzard" of 2011

This weekend started off pretty crummy. I have been sick for 2 weeks. Saturday morning, I had had enough. I went to the minor med and found out I had a sinus infection and an upper respiratory infection. I got some medicine and by Sunday morning I was feeling like a new woman. I knew there was a chance of snow and I also knew there was NO food in the house so we went to the grocery store like every other person in Memphis. Seriously, it was 9:30 am and it was crazy!  
When we got home, Jackson and I decided to make snowman cookies. We were hoping if we made these cookies, we could eat them on a snow day. (At this point I was still skeptical that we were actually going to have snow. I mean, the week before the temps were in the 50's and the weathermen here in Memphis have been known to get our hopes up before.)
Everytime I walked by the kitchen I saw this. Jackson said he was just smelling them. (I knew better, I found little fingerprints in the icing.) After dinner, we were watching Super-man, eating cookies, and would you believe it actually started snowing? The weathermen were right.
Monday morning we woke up to 3 inches of snow in our front yard! I am off every Monday from work and I was so thankful that I didn't have to get out in it and I could enjoy the day with the boys!
As soon as the boys got up, the front door was opened so they could look out. We ate breakfast and then watched "Elf" (I am still trying to convince Jackson that it is no longer Christmas time-he doesn't believe me. We still watch Elf and The Grinch with Jim Carrey at least 3 times a week). After our movie, we decided that it was time to bundle up and go outside.

Getting the boys dressed is a workout-I'm telling ya, I was sweaty and hot when I got done with them.
 Hudson was NOT amused with what he had to wear!
My sweet snow angels tigers
 Jackson had a BLAST in the snow. He was jumping...
 ...and throwing snowballs. He said that he was Buddy the Elf (of course from the movie Elf) when he was throwing snowballs.
Hudson did NOT have a blast in the snow. He just sat there like Randy from a Christmas Story ("He lay there like a slug. It was his only defense" Ha!) After about 20 minutes, we headed back inside for lunch and naps.
 Once we were inside, Hudson was happy again!
We stripped down in the kitchen and put everything out to dry. We knew that Jason would be home soon from work and we wanted everything to be ready to go back out.
 Round 2 of snow fun included a snowball fight with Daddy...
 ...and a little family time.
 Shawn and Darris came over and played with the boys too. They built the world's smallest snowman.
And the second time around Hudson was still not sure about it. I love the snow but I am so glad we only have to deal with it a few times year.