Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Let's Jam...Monster Jam!

Jackson and Hudson have been doing so well in school lately so Jason and I thought we would surprise them. We surprised them with what every little boy longs for...no, not tickets to Disney World, something better...tickets to Monster Jam! To say the boys were excited would be an understatement! Everyday Jackson would ask "How many more days til we see the monster trucks?"

We ate dinner there. (HUGE mistake. We split 2 drinks and 2 chicken tender baskets and still paid $31.00. Seriously?! We did manage to talk Jackson out of the $15.00 snocone that he "had to have!") Over dinner, I did a little interview with the boys.
So stinking cute!
The moment they set eyes on the monster trucks it was love at first sight! I have never seen both of their eyes get that big. It was heaven on earth for them.
Waiting "patiently" for the show.
 Huds and Jason
 And out they came... 2 of the drivers were girls. I think I have found what I want to do when I "grow up"!
The best part of the night was watching the boys. I maybe watched 5 minutes of the show because their expressions were priceless. Their excitement was contagious!
Monster Jam was a blast...Get R Done.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Soup"er Sunday

Sunday, we had the greatest time attending Youth Villages Soup Sunday at the Fed Ex Forum. We have a friend that works for Youth Villages who gave us tickets. I also won 2 tickets on the radio so my parents used those. (There I go winning something else!)
No trip to the Fed Ex Forum is complete without playing on the giant balls out front! (My kids also like the giant red balls out front of Target. Anyone else's kids love those?)
This is just a sampling of what I ate. We had soup and appetizers from over 50 restaurants. My stomach was pretty darn full when we left.
After we ate, we headed over to the Kid's Area to let them play and burn off some energy. They were super excited to see Rocky Redbird. We made HUGE steps in the Haynes household that day...no one was terrified of the giant bird! That is big time.
After we ate, we needed to burn some calories so we walked a few blocks over to the Peabody Hotel (or "The Pee Potty" as Jackson likes to call it) to see the ducks swim in the fountain.
The boys LOVE watching the ducks. Jackson was very concerned with a pair of ducks that were "fighting". (...And by "fighting", I mean consummating their little ducky marriage.) I was not ready to have the birds and the bees talk today, so we left the "fighting" ducks and went to the roof to give their Mommy a heart attack to look over the building.
There were only 2 "getting too close to the edge" scares today. It was the most beautiful day and the Peabody rooftop is one of my favorite places in Memphis....That makes me one happy girl!
We came back downstairs and sat in the lobby. Hudson thought this fountain was great. He liked to mimic what the lion was doing. I thought his little face was too cute.
I had some hot chocolate and Mom and Dad bought some Dinstuhl's chocolate in the gift shop that Jackson devoured we all shared. (Alyson, You are right, that hot chocolate is WONDERFUL!!!) I can't wait til the next time I can get my hands on some of that hot chocolate!

We had such a great time at Soup Sunday. I encourage all my Memphis friends to attend next year. You (and your tummy) won't be sorry.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2 Week Catch-Up

We have been SUPER busy the last 2 weeks. Having a new puppy in the house is very close to having a newborn. I am worn out from taking care of him (and my other 3 boys!). Here are some things we have been up to...

Tuesday, Feb 7th: We brought "Sheldon" home. He is somewhat of a toy hoarder. We have found he LOVES tennis balls and has since destroyed the other 2 toys in the picture. We will be going tomorrow to make his name tag and get him some "sturdier" toys.

Wednesday, Feb 8th: "Sheldon" officially changed back to Pete (his name at the animal shelter). For some reason, the boys woke up this morning calling him Pete. Pete was easier for Huds to say, so Pete it is!

Thursday, Feb 9th: Found out today when I was picking Jackson up that we needed to make a Valentine box for his party the next day. We googled "valentine boxes" and found several ideas. Jackson decided he wanted a monster.
He loved how it turned out, he was very proud of it!

Friday, Feb 10th: The boys had their Valentine parties at school.
I had fun getting to meet Hudson's little friends and his teachers. He is LOVING his new school and has already learned alot.
Jackson had fun getting all his goodies. His favorite goody (besides the TON of candy he came home with) are these silly glasses.

Saturday, Feb 11th: Jackson has been dying to see Star Wars. Everytime a commercial comes on, he watches the TV with a blank stare totally in awe of the greatness of Star Wars. (I think I have lost him to the dark side!)
While Hudson took a nap, Jason decided to surprise Jackson with a little "man date" and go to the movies.
Jason said he LOVED it. He may have spilled his $4.00 coke and had to go to the bathroom 2 times, but he a blast with his Daddy.
While the boys were on their "man date", Huds and I had fun hanging out at home and being lazy.

Tuesday, Feb 14th: We spent a very boring romantic night at home. I made one of Jason's favorite things for dinner, chicken fajitas, and then we hung out and watched The Big Bang Theory all night. See I told you it was romantic. We exchanged presents and can I tell you how good Jason did? He didn't get me flowers or chocolates, he got me something better.....
...a brand new U of M car decal and a Bazinga shirt. Does he know me or what? Man, I love that guy!

And last but now least, the boys have discovered the old school Hip Hop CD that Jason has in his truck. Here they are loving some Tone Loc (please ignore the nasty coughing fit about halfway through)...
So, that catches us up to current day Haynes household.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Love Story

I saw this on another blog and thought it was cute. Happy Valentines Day to all my bloggy friends!

1. How long have you & your significant other been together?
We have been together 8 years....December 3rd, 2003 to be exact.

2. How did you meet? {What's your love story?}
We met while I was in hair school. At night, I would work at William-Sonoma. Jason's brother and one of his friends worked there. They thought that we would be perfect together so they told him about me. Jason came up to meet me one night while I was working and they forgot to tell me that Jason and his brother were twins. Everyone that was working that night thought that I was going out with Jeff.

3. If married, how long have you been married?
5 years 9 months

4. If you are married, where did you get married? Big or small wedding?
We got married at our church, Kirby Woods Baptist. It was a small-ish wedding with maybe about 125-150 people.

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another?
I call him "J" but that's it for pet names. We aren't "Honey" and "Baby" kind of people.

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

1. He is a great Daddy. Our boys adore him.

2. He is hard-working. He works super hard to provide for us.

3. We have so much fun together. The couple who laughs together, stay together!

7. Tell us how he proposed?
October 14, 2005- We decided to take a Friday off of work together and do some fun things around town. We went to the Pink Palace Crafts Fair and then went to eat lunch. We drove around looking at houses, dreaming. Dreaming of being a family, owning a home...you know, the American Dream. Ha! Jason got the bright idea to go downtown and walk around. (I was a smidge suspicious since we NEVER go downtown. As he was driving, I may have looked at his pockets to see if he had anything "ring box" shaped in his pocket. When he didn't I lost all hope that it was going to happen. Jason being the smart cookie that he is, took the ring out of the box and just stuck it in his pocket.) We shopped and ate some more and then finished the evening at the top of the Peabody. It was starting to get cold, and I was starting to be a brat. I wanted to head home because I was tired but he kept standing in one spot. I didn't realize that he was waiting for everyone to leave and for us to be the only ones on the roof of the Peabody. He said something sweet, got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I then got down on my knees too, said YES! and may or may not have screamed.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day or strawberries, champagne, & rose petals?
Nope, that's just not our style. He will leave me a sweet note on my steering wheel or get me something small. Neither one of us is real big into Valentines Day.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop in a movie and relax on the couch?
Oh, the way to get my heart is 3 little words...Redbox, Take-out, couch! That really gets me.

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant other one day. If you could do anything or go anywhere?
Go anywhere...ALONE! Even if just for a weekend. I won't be picky. Anywhere, with J and no kids.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing this Valentine's Day.
Taking the dog to the vet, making chicken fajitas, and watching Big Bang Theory. Super romantic, right?

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's Day?
Nope.

13. Give us one piece of advice for keeping a relationship strong & full of love.
Worship together. Spend time together. Have fun!

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you...
Our first picture as a family of 4. This just makes me smile.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Nesting?

We have been cleaning our house like maniacs trying to get ready for our new puppy. Today, I called Jason and joked that I am in nesting mode. This morning, I changed out a light bulb which led to me cleaning out all the light fixtures globes/covers.
Don't all dogs care if there are dead bugs/ dust on the light fixtures?

My next project for today has been to organize our laundry room. (Again, doesn't every dog care if your laundry room is in order?) Last year, we had a major plumbing issue. When we would do laundry, our laundry room would always flood. Our insurance ended up fixing the plumbing problem and also redoing our laundry room. New sheet rock, new cabinets, new paint, redoing all the hardwood floors in the back of our house...New, all new!
 This is what it looked like last year. The bad part of about our neighborhood is that laundry rooms are almost non-existent. We are lucky to actually have a laundry room, but what we have is SO SMALL!!!!
The laundry room was where we put everything that did not have a home. Well today, all that changed! Everything has a home.
 Here is what it looks like today... Nice, tidy, clean!
I wanted to pass this trick along. I have a picture frame/corkboard that I wanted to hang. I hate trying to figure out where to put the nails so it hangs just right. I put a dab of toothpaste where I wanted the nails. I held it up to the wall and when I had it exactly where I wanted it, just tap it on the wall. Put your nails where the toothpaste is, then wipe the toothpaste off the wall and picture frame and hang. Seriously, what usually takes me FOREVER, took me 2 minutes today!
I love it!
This is what my shelves look like now. Neat and organized...
...Even "Pete" has a spot.
We have been keeping all our left-over paint in our laundry room. We had a ton of nearly empty paint cans. I had some baby food jars that I put "samples" in. (Just in case we need to touch up an area). I also wrote down the colors and formulas for every room. I wrote them on labels and put on one piece of paper. This alleviated a ton of space!
I also love that we have Puppy food all ready to go. I am so ready to get this little guy home with us.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Great Day and a +1 for the Haynes!

So far we have had a wonderful weekend! Yesterday morning was one of the boys favorite things to do...the kids workshop at Home Depot! And I love it too because it is totally free. What I don't like about it is after the workshop we always end up walking through Home Depot and buy something we "have to have" (Very smart Home Depot, appeal to the kids and the parents will come and buy things.) Anyway, yesterday the project was a valentine box.
I appreciated that all it took was wood glue. I am not the best with a hammer and a nail and since I am in charge of helping one kid, wood glue makes me happy!
Hudson loves it too. He is finally old enough to really participate.
They worked so hard on their boxes. They turned out to be masterpieces! (Aren't they cute in their little Home Depot aprons?)

When we got done. Jason and I found out we are going to be parents again.
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We adopted a dog! (I had ya there for a second didn't I!...No more kids for right now.) We went to the animal shelter Friday to look but we forgot to check their hours. They were closed. So we went as soon as they opened Saturday. The whole experience of picking an animal from an animal shelter is overwhelming! You walk through and all of them are dying for your attention. I started tearing up at first. I wanted to take all of them home. There were two brothers in a cage that I saw immediately. They stuck with me the whole time and they are the ones we decided to look at. It was so hard to choose between the two. The one we chose was not scared of the boys, would play some but really wanted to be held and cuddled (and it was the one who licked my face...you win!)
Here is our little precious man!
I stole this off the animal shelters face book page.
As of right now, he is nameless. His name at the shelter was Pete. We wanted to name him Sheldon (since I love Big Bang Theory) but I'm not sure he looks like a Sheldon. Jackson thinks he should be named Silly, Nathan, Iron Man, R2D2, Darth Vader or Captain America. (Hmmm, not sure about those either) In the running for us is Barkley, Pete, Sheldon, Tiger, Bandit, Jude, and Ace. (Feel free to help us out with this and add any more suggestions in the comments!)

Of course we had to go buy puppy stuff last night. We let each boy pick out one toy for little "no name".
Jackson chose a rope... (Out of all the toys there and he got him a rope) 
...and Huds got a squirrel with a squeaker. He calls it "puppy lovey". Huds loves his lovey so it is only appropriate for him to get the puppy a lovey.

Today, we are getting our house in order for the puppy to come home. Once he is neutered we will go pick him up. I'm thinking that will be on Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm so ready to have him home with his family!