Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lose It Girl Challenge

The last few weeks I have forgotten to post my weight loss.So this week, I made it a point to do this post.

Exercise: This week I ran 3 times and 2 days I did Jillian 30 Day Shred. I still enjoy running and feel really good afterwards, but I am sure everyone at the park thinks I am dying. Like I said in the previous post, I have 6.5 months to become a runner for my first half-marathon. Sounds like a long time, but it really isn't! I'm just taking it one day at a time.

So, what everyone wants to much did I lose? I have lost 14.8 lbs. That is right at 7.5%. I am pretty proud of that. I'm not done with this journey yet. I'm just beginning. (Wow, that sounded SO cheesy!) See ya next week...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just a Couple Things All Thrown Into 1 Post

I am so far behind on blogging so I decided to throw everything into one post and hopefully that will get me up to date.
1. We went to the Redbirds game on Sunday. To say we had fun would be an understatement. Jackson enjoyed the game (and the cotton candy). Hudson was just happy to be skipping his naptime!
After the game, we got to run the bases. Jackson made me run with him the first time. The second time around, he went all by himself. He attempted to go around a third time but we stopped him.
We may have a baseball player on our hands.

2. I have been attempting to be a runner lately. (I even went yesterday to get a couple "running outfits" in an effort to make me feel more legit!) I am sure the people that see me out running, feel the need to make sure I am not dying. Ha! I better get my toosh in gear though, cause I am signed up for...
Yes, I will be participating in the St. Jude half-marathon in December. That's 6.5 months to magically become a runner. I hope that I make it across the finish line in less that 5 or 6 hours!

3. Jackson has been killing me lately with the things he says. Stay on the lookout for a Jackson-ism post in the very near future.

That's it. Just a few things that I wanted to throw out there but didn't think needed a post of it's own. I am now caught up.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Can I Have One, Please?

One of our family friends, Betsy, has some new little ones at her house. A few weeks ago, they came home and found a dog in their backyard. The gate was locked so they are not sure how she got there. They took her to the vet and found out that she was pregnant. Monday, Honey had her babies. She invited us over to come see them. Jackson was so excited, he couldn't wait.
Since today was cooler, they set up a tent for the puppies and Honey. (Honey is one lucky puppy to have found her way to that backyard!)
Jackson was so very gentle. I think he was as smitten with them as I was. He talked about them the whole way home.
This is the one that I am DYING to have. Check out that face. Isn't that too much!
Can I PLEASE have her? I have been so good. I promise to take care of it and feed it. I will take it on walks and clean up after it. Please Jason. (If you would like to help me on my quest to add a new member to the Haynes family, feel free to leave me a comment. I will pass it along to Jason.) For the next few weeks, this will be my talk Jason into having a puppy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

5 Years!

Jason and I have been married for 5 years! I seems like just yesterday we were married and have been through so much! Apartment living, buying our first home, having Jackson, all Jackson's health issues (surgery, stomach scopes), Surprise...Hudson's on the way, a "high risk" pregnancy, raising 2 crazy kiddos...etc.
My blog friend Emily did a fun post for her Anniversary, so of course I had to steal borrow her idea. So take a look at our wedding day from A to Z.

Attending- Since we got married on Mother's Day weekend (and alot of my friends were graduating from college) we had a smaller wedding. We had probably around 100 to 125 people who came. It was so sweet though, it was all our family and close friends.

Bridesmaids- I had 5 bridesmaids. I chose all family since I am so close with my cousins and my sister-in-law. My sister was my Maid of Honor.
Catering- I decided not to get a caterer in an attempt to save my parents some money. We made all the food except for the cake. It was SOOOO yummy but such a hassle. Needless to say, my sister's wedding was catered. My Mom was not about to make all that food all over again.

Dress- I loved my dress. I got it at Low's in Brinkley, Arkansas. I wanted something pretty simple, I am not a glitz and glam girl. The bodice had a lace overlay and some bead work and the skirt part just had an organza layer. My favorite part was the sash with that broach and my jewelry.
Engagement-We got engaged on October 7, 2005. A 7 month engagement can make things pretty frantic but we somehow got everything done.

Flowers- My flowers were one of my favorite parts of my wedding. I told my florist that I wanted my bouquet to look like spring. We decided to have pink peonies, green hydrangea, green berries, and pink ivory, and cream roses.

Groomsmen- Jason had 5 groomsmen and 2 ushers. His groomsmen were his brothers, cousins and friends. His ushers were a friend of his and my cousin.
Honeymoon- We went on a cruise...SO FUN! You can read all about it HERE.

Invitations- My Aunt made our invitations. We bought invitation kits at Michael's. I loved the wording on them.
Justice of the Peace- No way. I wanted the real deal!

Keepsake- We had our wedding party and family sign our engagement picture at our rehearsal dinner. It is now hanging in our hallway.

Ladies Night-I had a lingerie shower with my bridesmaids and my close friends.

Music- During the ceremony, we had a string trio playing hymns. My old youth minister and his wife sang a song that they wrote during the unity candle. It was so sweet.

Newlyweds- (I'm not really sure what this question is asking, so I'm going to skip it!)

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: Old= A penny that my grandmother gave me with my birth year on it. I wore it in my shoe. New= all my jewelry. Borrowed= a handkerchief that I carried. Blue=my University of Memphis garter.

Photography- We used Zanone Photography. We really liked them and I feel like they captured exactly what I wanted. (Feel free to click the link and see all our wedding photos.)

Question popping- Jason and I took a day off work to hang out together. We went to the Pink Palace Crafts Fair and then we went downtown to go shopping. We went to the top of the Peabody and he asked me while we were up there. It was low key and perfect!

Reception- We had our reception in our fellowship hall after the wedding. It was pretty layed back and quick. We didn't want to stay too long.

Shoes- I went for comfort over fashion cause lets face one really sees your shoes. Jason is just barely taller than me so I wore ballet slippers so I wouldn't tower over him.
Trash the Dress?- I hate to say that I "think" my dress is at my parent's house. (not really sure) It is not preserved but might be in the bag that it came in. I'm not sure.

Unique- Our wedding was pretty traditional. Our cake was a little different. The wedding cake was 5 tiers. Each layer was different and SO YUMMY!!! Jason didn't have a chocolate grooms cake. He decided to have pecan pie since it is his favorite!

Vows- Super traditional. "Will you?" "I will." Yadda, Yadda.

Wedding Woes- If there were any, I don't know about them. As far as I'm concerned, our wedding went off without a hitch.

X-rated- No wardrobe malfunctions for me! Praise the Lord.

Young Kids- We had a flower girl and then we each had a ring bearer. We actually let them hold our rings. They did a great job and our rings were safe.

Zzzz- After the wedding, we had to drive to Little Rock so we could catch a plane early the next morning. We were exhausted. We tore into the picnic basket that my Mom packed us...we ate like we hadn't eaten in year.

So there you have it. Our wedding from A to Z. I have had so much fun reminiscing our wedding.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Live In The Now

I ran across this essay on a blog and I wanted to share it. (I have to admit that as I read it, tears were streaming down my face.) I'll be the first to admit that I have felt like the biggest failure of a mother at times in the journey of motherhood but after reading this I felt better, almost free. I looked at Jackson and Hudson today and realized how quick they are growing up. So much of my day is spent at work and the rest of it is trying to cram in a small amount of quality time before dinner, baths, and bed. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...I will definitely begin enjoying the small things and trust myself more.

All my babies are gone now. I say this not in sorrow but in disbelief. I take great satisfaction in what I have today: three almost-adults, two taller than I am, one closing in fast. Three people who read the same books I do and have learned not to be afraid of disagreeing with me in their opinion of them, who sometimes tell vulgar jokes that make me laugh until I choke and cry, who need razor blades and shower gel and privacy, who want to keep their doors closed more than I like. Who, miraculously, go to the bathroom, zip up their jackets and move food from plate to mouth all by themselves. Like the trick soap I bought for the bathroom with a rubber ducky at its center, the baby is buried deep within each, barely discernible except through the unreliable haze of the past.
Everything in all the books I once poured over is finished for me now. Penelope Leach., T. Berry Brazelton., Dr. Spock. The ones on sibling rivalry and sleeping through the night and early-childhood education, have all grown obsolete. Along with Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are, they are battered, spotted, well used. But I suspect that if you flipped the pages dust would rise like memories. What those books taught me, finally, and what the women on the playground taught me, and the well-meaning relations --what they taught me, was that they couldn't really teach me very much at all.

Raising children is presented at first as a true-false test, then becomes multiple choice, until finally, far along, you realize that it is an endless essay. No one knows anything. One child responds well to positive reinforcement, another can be managed only with a stern voice and a timeout. One child is toilet trained at 3, his sibling at 2.

When my first child was born, parents were told to put baby to bed on his belly so that he would not choke on his own spit-up. By the time my last arrived, babies were put down on their backs because of research on sudden infant death syndrome. To a new parent this ever-shifting certainty is terrifying, and then soothing. Eventually you must learn to trust yourself. Eventually the research will follow. I remember 15 years ago poring over one of Dr. Brazelton's wonderful books on child development, in which he describes three different sorts of infants: average, quiet, and active. I was looking for a sub-quiet codicil for an 18-month old who did not walk. Was there some thing wrong with his fat little legs? Was there something wrong with his tiny little mind? Was he developmentally delayed, physically challenged? Was I insane? Last year he went to China . Next year he goes to college. He can talk just fine. He can walk, too.

Every part of raising children is humbling, too. Believe me, mistakes were made. They have all been enshrined in the, 'Remember-When- Mom-Did Hall of Fame.' The outbursts, the temper tantrums, the bad language, mine, not theirs. The times the baby fell off the bed. The times I arrived late for preschool pick up. The nightmare sleepover. The horrible summer camp. The day when the youngest came barreling out of the classroom with a 98 on her geography test, and I responded, 'What did you get wrong?'. (She insisted I include that.) The time I ordered food at the McDonald's drive-through speaker and then drove away without picking it up from the window. (They all insisted I include that.) I did not allow them to watch the Simpsons for the first two seasons. What was I thinking?

But the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three of them, sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4 and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get onto the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.

Even today I'm not sure what worked and what didn't, what was me and what was simply life. When they were very small, I suppose I thought someday they would become who they were because of what I'd done. Now I suspect they simply grew into their true selves because they demanded in a thousand ways that I back off and let them be. The books said to be relaxed and I was often tense, matter-of-fact and I was sometimes over the top. And look how it all turned out. I wound up with the three people I like best in the world, who have done more than anyone to excavate my essential humanity. That's what the books never told me. I was bound and determined to learn from the experts. It just took me a while to figure out who the experts were.

Anna Marie Quindlen (born July 8, 1953) is an American author, journalist, and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day! I know I did....It was busy but it was so much fun.
Saturday, we went to Brownsville to celebrate with Jason's family. This is Mamaw (Jason's Mom) posing with all her grandsons.
Jackson and his cousin Reed played outside the entire afternoon. They really enjoyed rolling in the grass. Just looking at this picture makes me all itchy.
Jackson and Reed...
...Hudson did not want anything to do with taking pictures.

Sunday morning, I was feeling terrible so we slept in. When I woke up, Jason and the boys brought me presents. They gave me the sweetest card and a gift card for a massage (do those boys know me or what?) and then Jason went and got us some breakfast. That afternoon, we went to my parent's house to see my family. The boys played outside for a long time and then we decided to go fishing.
Jackson got a fishing pole for Easter and he has been DYING to go fishing. He got his bread in hand ready to go. (This was an inpromtu fishing trip so we used dough balls...We had to use what we had.)
Jason, Jackson and my Dad had fun fishing...
...while my Mom
...and I corraled Hudson. He was not happy that he didn't get to get near the water like Jackson. (Several tantrums were thrown...I am seeing terrible 2's in the very near future!)
After fishing 5 minutes, Jackson caught his very first fish. He was SO excited but he didn't want to get anywhere near that fish.
He was hesitant when my Dad took it off the hook. He took off running.  After the excitement of catching his fish, he totally lost interest in fishing. (I am just glad he made it 5 minutes before he was done.)
Jackson played on the playground...
...And Huds did a little swinging with Mimi.
I am so thankful to have some amazing Mothers in my life. Women that are great examples of how to be a Godly Mother. I am also blessed with 2 incredible boys that gave me the name Mommy and a wonderfully supportive husband. My cup was overflowing all weekend long.