Thursday, July 26, 2012

5th Birthday Party...An Olympic Event

I had been racking my brain for a while about what kind of party I would throw for Jackson. If you have been reading this blog for long, you know I go crazy for a theme. Jackson got very into the Olympic trials and cheering for Michael Phelps, so Olympics was perfect. I had to get my creative juices flowing since you can't just go out and buy Olympic party supplies at Party City. (Thankfully, lots of 4th of July stuff was on sale and Target's dollar spot came through again!)
I love the way my Mom's entryway turned out (We have birthday parties at their house because it is so much bigger than ours). It is so patriotic and FUN! I am also loving the Olympic torch that she found.
I drew this for the Chalkboard door.
The birthday boy LOVED the theme and all the decorations. He was ready for his friends and family to come party with him.
Loving the sunglasses and the t-shirts. (Thanks Target!)
Once the kids arrived, my Mom and I (the Olympic officials) were in charge of a few games.
We played "Olympic Ring" toss...
...and had a relay race.
I saw competitive-ness come out of some of these kids...mostly the boys!
It was time for cake and ice cream...
...and presents.
My favorite part of kid parties is opening presents. They all start out sitting and the more presents you open, the closer they are, to the point where they are opening presents themselves. It's hilarious!
After presents, it was time for some water events. First up, was shot put (or water balloons).
In true Haynes fashion, you can't have a holiday or party without something going wrong. We had weeks of drought in Memphis with 100 + temps. We decided to order an inflatable water slide for the kids to play on. Well, wouldn't you know that the 7 days leading up to the party were full of rain. The company called the morning of, while it was pouring down rain, and we decided to cancel the rental. During the party, we didn't have any rain, so we had to go to our back up plan...a slip-in-slide for our "100 meter swim". The kids didn't care, they had a blast racing each other and sliding around.
We did a little archery (water shooters)....
...and just had FUN!
I love these girls. I'm so thankful our kids our growing up together!
The kids all received gold medals for doing a great job during our Olympic games...
...and my friend Anna made these adorable Olympic cookies for their party favors. I added the gold medal tags to finish them off. His party was truly perfect...he still talks about it almost every day. Now, to plan Hudson's party in November! =)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jackson's 5th Birthday Happenings

Jackson's 5th birthday was on Friday, July 6th. Since his birthday party was scheduled for the next weekend, we had some fun things planned for him. Friday, we took cupcakes to his friends at school. He put much thought into what kind of cupcakes he gave his friends. (Every time we are at the grocery, he looks at the cupcakes and thinks about what he will bring them. Seriously, he has done this for months.) He decided on Batman cupcakes with different icing. He even chose some with pink icing so the girls would be happy.
 Mommy and the birthday boy.
 Daddy was off work, so he got to come to the birthday party too. Jackson was SO excited to see his Daddy.
When we got home, he got to open his presents. He got a Beyblade starter kit from Mommy and Daddy, and a Beyblade from Hudson...
...and a Gibson's Donuts shirt from Mrs. Betsy. (This shirt is so cool and if you wear it to Gibson's, you get a free donut!)
Friday evening, he got to choose where he wanted to eat for dinner. He wanted Red Robin. We invited his Mimi and Buddy and Shawn and Darris. (I just love this picture!)
 They sang "Happy Birthday" and Jackson was mortified!
 He did like that they gave him a birthday ice cream sundae!
He also had left-over cupcakes from school. Boy, they needed their faces washed after eating blue and green cupcakes!
We have had a tradition for the last few years that the birthday kid gets "birthday cinnamon rolls" for their special breakfast. This year, we went a different route. We ordered a Texas donut from Gibson's Donuts. Oh. My. Word...we definitely have a new birthday breakfast tradition! (Jason, remember I will be 30 this year. Don't you think this would be perfect for me too?)
Jackson thought that the whole donut was for him! He was gracious and shared his yummy goodness. We went swimming that afternoon to burn all the sugar we had consumed from the last few meals. I would bet money that Jackson say he had a wonderful 5th birthday weekend.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thanks A Lot Dolly Parton

I have been holding it together pretty well lately. I was able to get through Kindergarten shots with no problem...
 I made it through the 5th birthday with minimal tears...
...But this, this tiny little book was like a punch in the gut. Not only is it about Kindergarten, it is also the last of the Imagination Library books that will come addressed to Jackson Haynes. My boys get so excited when they would get a new book in the mail and now my oldest is too old for them. Thanks Dolly for the reminder that my baby is growing up WAY too fast.

Friday, July 6, 2012


My sweet little Jackson,
How are you five? I remember the day you were born so vividly. I remember holding you in the crook of one arm and thinking about the future. At that time five seemed like an eternity away...and here we are today! Oh, how I wish I could just push pause, live in the now for a little bit, and take in everything so I don't forget! I want to remember your sweet voice. I want to remember how your little hand fits perfectly in mine. I want to remember the way you smell after a bath when you want to snuggle in my lap. I want to remember your laugh, your innocence...everything!
This year, I have seen you change so much. You have changed schools and met new friends. You have started writing well and actually started reading. I have seen your confidence soar. I am amazed daily at all the things you have learned.

You have found a new love for sports. You loved t-ball and are VERY excited for soccer in the fall. You love to flex your muscles and are always on the lookout for ways to make them bigger.
You told me yesterday that you wanted to be a "veteriditologist" (aka. veterinarian) so you could help sick dogs like Pete. You have also told me you wanted to be a car mechanic like Daddy, a life guard, or a pediatrician. You still have a few years to figure this out. =)
You are stubborn and hard-headed but also sweet and cautious. You are a little slow to make friends, but you are a loyal friend! You and Hudson are becoming extremely close. You have such a sweet friendship. You are quiet around strangers yet talk ALL THE TIME around your close buddies and your family.
The most important thing I am noticing about you is that you have a growing love for Jesus. You ask questions about Jesus and the Bible all the time. You love to read your "Jesus Story Book Bible" or your daily devotional book for boys before bed. You are able to learn scripture easily and you can recite it when asked. You love to go to church and enjoy being very involved. Your prayers, oh Jackson, your prayers are amazing! I have learned so much about child-like faith through you, Jackson! 
I love being your Mommy, Jax! You are precious, caring, stubborn, loving, rough, hilarious, kind-hearted, strong-willed, adorable, determined, and goofy. Your excitement for life is contagious! Your twinkle in your eyes and big smile brighten up everyone of my days!
Jackson, I love seeing the young man (can I say that at 5?) that you are becoming. You are my sweet little blessing. I can't wait to see what the Lord does in your life. You are going to do BIG things little boy!
I love you with all my heart! To the moon and back.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fishing Time

We started our 4th of July holiday Saturday with the Bartlett Fishing Rodeo. Jackson has looked forward to fishing since last year and Hudson was VERY excited to be able to participate this year.
The morning started (way too) early at 6:00 am. In true Haynes fashion we were a few (or 30) minutes late. On the first cast in the water, we caught a nice size catfish. At this point, we had already caught more than we did last year, so we were calling it a success.
We fished and fished. Fishing was slowly losing the boys attention until something BIG happened. A nibble (or a huge chomp!). Jackson tried to reel it in but he was getting no where fast. With Jason's help, he caught a ginormous catfish!
My Dad and Jason had to wrestle it to the ground to get the hook out of it's mouth.
This is what Jackson caught last year...A piece or metal or concrete attached to a rope....
...And this is what we caught this year. The big fish weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz and the stringer was 13 lbs 6 oz. I would say today was much better!
Hudson was happy because he won a prize. His name was drawn and he got to take home a brand new cricket holder thingy.
And Jackson won a trophy for the Overall biggest fish of the day! He is so proud of his trophy. Such a fun way to kick-off our holiday!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rookie Year Complete

Last night, we had Jackson's baseball party. It's a little bittersweet that the season is over. We made some great friends playing this year and Jackson had a blast, but it is ridiculously hot so I'm glad we aren't playing anymore.
I love looking at what a great player Jackson has come in just a few weeks. 
At the beginning of the season, he put his glove on the wrong hand. He would bat, hit the ball, and then go grab his glove to retrieve his ball instead of running the bases. (I know I have already posted this video on the blog...but it seriously makes my day every time I see it!)
He ended the year by knowing exactly which base to run to...and knowing home plate was the most important!
He started the year by hitting the ball off the tee...
...and ended the year by being pitched to and actually getting lots of hits. 

Last night, we celebrated with all his teammates. We ate and played and just had a good time being together.
 Jackson has made some sweet friends and we have really enjoyed getting to know their parents.
He is already excited about next year. Here's to my future Hall of Famer. =)