Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Gobble Til Ya Wobble

Happy Thanksgiving (...a week ago!) We had a wonderful Turkey day. I definitely Gobbled Til I Wobbled with all the yumminess that I ate!
 Thanksgiving day, we went to my parents house. My little Turkeys loved snuggling with their favorite guy "Chief Buddy".
 Here I am with my own turkey. I love what a good sport Jason is. (Thank you Target dollar-spot for providing my family with so much joy in the form of these crazy turkey hats.)
We ate, and when I say ate, I mean feasted!, on turkey, dressing, green bean bundles, lima beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and rolls. Just thinking about all that food makes my mouth water and my stomach hurt all at the same time!

Friday, I had to work (blech! No Black Friday for this girl). We went to see Jason's family after I got off. When we got there, we played a little Wii bowling.  
 Jackson's first time...
 ...and he bowled a strike! We ate dinner (bar-b-que and all the fixins. Yum!)
We played and hung out with Mamaw and Papaw and then left with full bellies and exhausted. It was a great Turkey day and it made me realize I had SO much to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hudson's Birthday- Part 2 (The Party Edition)

Ok, so birthday party planning is my weakness! I take a theme and run with it! If you follow me on pinterest, you know I have been going crazy with the Dr. Seuss ideas. (Can I take this moment to thank the inventors of Pinterest. You helped me greatly while I was planning this party!)
My Mom's cute chalkboard over her stove top.
Dr. Suess hats for all the kids
Where Hudson opened his presents.
I always make a wreath for the boy's birthdays. This is my creation for Hud's party. (I love how it turned out)
When everyone got there, we asked them to write a message to Hudson in his birthday book. Even Jackson wrote a sweet note!
"It's time to party!"
I still can't get over the fact that I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Who gave them permission to grow up?
Once all the kids got there, it was craft time. I found these cute "Seussy" looking wood ornaments at Hobby Lobby. They loved painting "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" ornaments.
These are the finished ornaments. Aren't they adorable? I can't wait to hang the boys on our Christmas tree.
We ate some food... We had "One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish" (colored goldfish), Crack dip, "3 decker sour craut and toad stool sandwiches with arsenic sauce" (ham sandwiches) and grapes and fruit dip.
Had some cupcakes...
...and sang "Happy Birthday" to the birthday boy!
Hudson ate another WHOLE cupcake!
And then we opened presents.
He passed out on the way home. Thats what happens when you party too hard! Happy Birthday sweet Hudson.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Hudson's Birthday-Part 1

Saturday, my sweet little Hudson Boo turned 2. I am still baffled that he is two. I decided to split his birthday up into two seperate posts (there are just WAY too many pictures from his party to put in this one!)
Friday afternoon, we celebrated Hudson's birthday at his school with his cute little friends. I brought cupcakes and had fun hanging out with the birthday boy.
All his friends liked to just lick the icing...but not Hudson. Oh no, he inhaled his cupcake...and then asked for another! His teacher informed me that he is the only one in the class that she can count on the always eat his food. She said that that day, he ate 3 bowls of cereal for breakfast, 2 plates of lunch, and 2 bowls of yogurt for snack (and then a cupcake...geez Louise! I am afraid he will be my teenager that will eat me out of house and home!
Huds and his sweet teacher Ms. Christine.
Saturday morning, Hudson woke up so happy. It was like he knew it was his day!
I made him birthday cinnamon rolls...
...and the 3 of us sang "Happy Birthday" to him. He blew out his candles and made a wish.
We enjoyed the rest of the morning hanging out and getting ready for his birthday party.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Operation Christmas Child 2011

It's that time of year again...Time for Operation Christmas Child. Jackson has been looking forward to this for months. He still remembers buying a present for "his boy" last year and has been so excited to get another boy a present this year. After church yesterday, we headed out to buy our goodies for our little boy.
Hudson was such a big helper...
...And Jackson took finding the perfect present very seriously!
There were a few things that we told him we couldn't get our little boy...
...like this package of roaches (I almost had a panic attack holding a package of fake roaches!)....
...and frozen pancakes.
This morning, we went to my parent's house and we all packed up our boxes.
Jackson was so very excited for his "little boy" and all the neat things he will get.
So many goodies for him. Band-aids, tooth brush and tooth paste, hairbrush and comb, a watch, a football, several cars, lots of candy, a monkey, frisbee, a coloring book and markers.
Between our 2 families we had 4 boxes...2 for girls and 2 for boys.
I was able to pay our postage online and we will be able to track our box and find out what country it goes to. We will be praying for our box and the little boy that will receive it.
We dropped them off at my parent's church.
My boys were SO proud of their packages.

If you would like to get involved in Operation Christmas Child, check out the video below. I promise it will bless your heart!

Monday, November 7, 2011

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week!

Are you ready to hear about my "incredible" week? Well then buckle up, buttercup! In true Haynes family tradition we had another holiday flop. If you remember, last Thanksgiving was spent in the hospital with Hudson due to a siezure. Jackson didn't want to be left out, so he decided that Halloween would work for him as far as going to the hospital.

Saturday, Jackson came down with a little cold. Nothing to be alarmed about-no fever, clear runny nose, and a tiny little cough. By Sunday, his little cold turned into something very serious. Over the last year, anytime Jackson gets sick he always ends up needing breathing treatments. I was prepared that this would be the case. He had 3 treatments Sunday afternoon and seemed to be feeling better. Sunday night he slept with me so I could keep an eye on him. At midnight, I noticed him having a VERY hard time breathing. Jason and I had the hardest time figuring out what to do. Did we go to the ER or wait until the Dr.'s office opens in a few hours. Does anyone else have that problem? We gave him one more breathing treatment which didn't help at all. That made a very easy decision for us...time to go to the ER. We got go Lebonheur at 1:00 am on Monday (Halloween).They took us right back and did a heavy duty breathing treatment (3x the albuterol).
That didn't work (his breathing was SO labored) so they quickly did another one and put in an IV to start fluids. That didn't work either. At this point I am freaking out! After a few hours, his Dr. decided to admit him and do breathing treatments all through the day and night. At this point Jackson was SUPER bummed about not being able to go to his party at church that night. Never fear though, Lebonheur took care of their patients.
They were giving costumes away to all their patients (I mean, how cool is that?). Jackson told us he still wanted to be Thor, so Jason ran home and packed a bag for me and Jackson and got his costume. He even put Hudson in his costume so they could celebrate Halloween together.Here are Thor and Hulk doing a little hospital bed playing.
After lunch, the Halloween festivities started. They did what they call "reverse Trick-or-Treating". All the different areas of the hospital came to the patients rooms and brought them candy.
Incredible Hulk had fun exploring Jackson's room. Hudson even got to "Trick or Treat" with Jackson which he LOVED!
Jackson had fun but he was SO worn out and was still not feeling well. This is one of the few smiles I saw while we were there.
One fun thing that happened is Hudson told Jason he needed to go potty and he went! Yea Hulk!
Jason and Hudson went home and Jackson ordered dinner. He finally fell asleep after almost 24 hours awake-that albuterol will really mess you up. When his food came, he couldn't stay awake. He would fall asleep after every bite of food he took. Poor guy! He got a good nights sleep and woke up the next morning feeling MUCH better.
We took a little walk around the hospital...
...and went to art class where we made this "Thankful wreath". (I love that he said he was thankful for green beans. I wasn't aware that he liked green beans.)
Tuesday night, we were discharged and headed home. These 2 boys were so glad to be reunited. 

Wednesday, we went back to our pediatrician. They decided to put Jackson on an inhaled steroid everyday in attempts to not ever be in the hospital again. I am praying it works.

Thursday, Hudson woke up with the stomach virus. Luckily his didn't last too long. Friday, he was feeling a little better- we decided to lay low at home and Clorox everything! Saturday, we went to a birthday party and came home to have family movie night. In the middle of our movie, Jackson then got the stomach virus. He was sick ALL. NIGHT. LONG! So, there is our week. Oh, I forgot to say that during this whole week of "fun", I have had an upper respiratory infection. I am exhausted and really looking forward to going back to work tomorrow after an unexpected week off. I am ready for life to be back to normal! Praying that this week is uneventful.