Thursday, December 20, 2007

Thursday Ramblings...

Last night our church had the Lamb Family come and play during our church service. Let me just say that they were a blessing. I have never been so amazed at what 4 talented violinist were able to do. They play a violin better than I can play a CD. They have even been featured on some major radio and news shows, and now have 4 CD's out. Even Jeremy couldn't stop talking about them on the way home, and that says alot!! They did a rendition of "Overthe Rainbow" that brought tears to my eyes. It was so beautiful, and they were AMAZING!!!If you ever get the opportunity to see them in person, do not pass it up.

In ear news...Jackson went to the ENT yesterday to check on his ears. To our shock, they are fine. He did note that the right ear is draining a little, but it is doing just fine, and the left ear is "perfect." I am so relieved that this cough/cold hasn't kicked off a major ear infection.

Jeremy and I have decided that we are going to go see the Trans Siberian Orchestra on New Years Eve in B'ham. The show starts at 9:30 and will probably go through the New Years. How cool is that!! Kellyn and Jason are going to take care of Jackson, and we are so appreciative of the two of them. They are wonderful for how much they help with Jackson, and we love them so much!!! I can't wait to see the show, and we are so excited. I will definitely tell you all about it next year!

My blog posting will probably be few and far between through the rest of the year. I am lucky enough to have today be my last day of work for the rest of the year. I will try to catch up with ya'll soon. If I don't see you before then, Have a Merry CHRISTmas, and Happy New Years!!!

Wade family Christmas card

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Thanks Heather!!!

Super big thanks to Heather for designing my new blog banner. I love it!! It is so cute, and I am mucho appreciative. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...

Britney's Lil' Sis

In blog worthy news, it has come out that 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears, little sister of Britney, and star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101, has gone and gotten herself knocked up. Apparently the father-to-be is her “long-time boyfriend.” Now I may be crazy, but since when can any relationship be classified as a long-time relationship when you are under the age of 18? Jamie and her man Casey, have been dating since she was 13 ½ (does the half year really make that big of a difference??) and Casey is now 19 years old. Now in most states, if you have a “relationship” with someone under the age of 18, that is called statutory rape. What makes celebrity relationships any different? It seems like the norm in Hollywood is that everyone can have "relationships" with anyone, and no-one ever gets married. That just seems so against everything that I believe. Is it truly normal now to have children without being married? Maybe so, but I am so grateful to have a husband and a child. It makes life so much easier. Now don't get me wrong, I truly feel sorry for Jamie. Having a child is hard work, especially when you are only 16 years old, and I can only hope that she is ready for the challenges ahead of her.
Where has her mother been while she has been in this relationship? Oh wait, her mother has been busy writing a parenting book. Now it all makes sense. Lynn Spears wanted to share all her parenting tips with everyone about how she has successfully raised two girls in show business. I don’t know about you, but I was waiting on pins and needles for Mama Spears to tell me the best way to cash in on Jackson. Seriously, kids are expensive these days.

Some of you may remember that I so graciously offered Britney some help during what may be deemed as her darkest days. Sadly Britney never took me up on my offer. Now, I humbly extend that offer to her little sister Jamie. Britney can still be included in the package deal. I know that it can be tough being a big sister; after all, you do have your little sister looking up to you for everything, and following your lead in life. I mean, who else is going to teach you to color coordinate your thong panties with your sequin bra top. That my friends is the true meaning of sisterhood!!! I can only hope that I have taught Kellyn as much as Britney has taught Jamie. Then, and only then, would I be truly proud of my skills as a big sister.

My next official Job Title: Common Sense Consultant for the Spears family. I think it could work, and I only charge a nominal fee…

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

So much to say...

After much anticipation on our part, the crib tent finally arrived (2 days earlier than expected!!!) I thought that I could handle putting it up all by myself, and surprise Jeremy when he got home with my ingenuity. Let’s just say, that didn’t happen. I believe that I was at the point where I was equating putting this tent together with labor and childbirth. I honestly think I actually worked harder last night trying to put that stupid tent together than I did when Jackson was born.

All that to say, it was nowhere near finished when Jeremy got home. After a few minutes, we got it done, and put on his crib. Jackson had the best time playing with the box it came in, and I couldn’t help but smile at him and tell him that he had no idea how much fun I was going to have once we got that tent up.

If any other parents out there have the aquarium that goes on the side of the crib, you know how much fun it is to put that thing on, or take it off. It’s about as fun as a root canal with no anesthesia. Well, guess what..the tent won’t work right if the aquarium is inside the crib, so we had to take it off. Let’s just say that whoever designed that little contraption should be lined up and shot. They decided to put the batteries inside the little section that screws on, which is fine, but then you also have to attach it to the crib from inside the battery section. How stupid is that!!! This involves putting yourself into positions that could only be mastered by yoga experts, and that I have no desire to find myself in anytime soon.

Finally…we got it all done. Other than a zipper that is slightly louder than one might like when you are trying to check on a sleeping child, it seems great so far. Jackson was asleep when we put him in the crib last night, and he slept, well, like a baby all night long. Then, at 5:00 this morning, he woke up and must have been panicked by his tent. He was WAILING. We got him in bed with us, and then later this morning, we put him back in the crib, and got him laughing. I don’t want him being scared by the tent, or needing therapy in 20 years because of his fears that he is being trapped. I am sure that I will have plenty of tent reports in the near future.

In other news, Jackson is having to go back to the ENT tomorrow to have his ears checked out. As you may know, Jackson got tubes put in back in April. His left tube has not fallen out of his ear, but it is not working, and the right one is fine. Because of that, his right ear is draining like a faucet right now from his cough/cold, and the left one is not doing anything. I would be big bucks that he has another ear infection, and if so, I will be jumping to get that tube put back in his ear. I will NOT go through another winter like we did last year. Simply not gonna happen...

I have posted several new pics are of Jackson's few favorite thing to do while I am getting changed after work. Look closely....Where's Jackson???? Have a great Tuesday!!!


Monday, December 17, 2007

Haiku Anyone???

First things first…Baby, it’s cold outside!!! After weeks of sub-tropical weather, it has finally gotten cold outside. Who believes in all that global warming garbage anyways??? Not me, and I would gather that there are quite a few global warming skeptics in the Midwest and northeast region of the U.S right now. Anways….guess what. I had a totally normal and fun weekend, and I will gladly share a few highlights with my loyal readership.

But first I have to share something that I found totally exciting. Many of you know that I am an admitted blog-stalker. I read the sites of people that I have no idea who they are, but yet, I feel that I have known them forever. Most of my blog-stalking comes from links from Heather’s page, but occasionally, I stumble onto blogs that I just get hooked on. Something along the lines of 7 degrees of blogging. Rocks In My Dryer was that way. Shannon is her name, and she has an amazing site, and it is hugely visited. Anyways, all that to say, I got a mention on her page the other day. She has tons of fun contests, and mostly you just have to enter a comment to be registered for the contest. Last week, she had one where you had to write a haiku (you know the 3 lined poems with 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and then 5 syllables) about the snowfall. I entered a haiku, and she named mine as one of the Honorable Mentions. This was out of over 300 poems!!! I was so excited.

Here is my (almost) Award Winning Haiku:
No white snow for us.
Too hot in Alabama.
Eighty in Dixie.

I know you are so proud of me. If ever you need a haiku written, you now know where to turn. I will be signing autographs later for a nominal fee.
In other news, here is our weekend in a nutshell.

Friday: Jeremy and I went to have dinner with my former boss and her family. They made to die for chili, one of Paula Deen’s salads, and then we had key lime pie for dessert. We had a wonderful time, and may I just say that Jennifer is one of my favorite people in the whole world. She is fantastic!!!

Saturday: We got up and headed down to Greenville, AL for Christmas with my Mom’s side of the family. It was a Mexican extravaganza, and the food was so good. On that side of the family we never do “normal” Christmas food like turkey and dressing. We have had seafood, Italian, sandwiches, and now Mexican food, and it is always so good.

Saturday night: Jeremy and I went out to dinner at Logan’s for our 6th anniversary. The food was great, and boy do I have a wonderful husband. I am so lucky.

Sunday: Normal church and then Jackson and I took an amazing nap together after lunch. After Jackson woke up, he tried his hardest to give Macy a kiss. She was all for it, and every time I stopped him from kissing the dog, he would just crack up laughing. It was so cute. Jackson was in a terrific mood all day, and we had a blast spending the day together. He is so much fun, and even though he has fought through a bad cold all weekend, he has been a trooper.

Sunday night: Apparently while I was at church Sunday night, my dear, sweet husband, thought it would be okay to give Jackson some of his sweet tea. Then, when it was time for bed, my dear sweet child was literally pinging off the sides of the crib. Jeremy tried convincing me that he had only given Jackson a few sips, but I beg to differ. Somewhere in our dishwasher is the rememts of a sippy cup filled with tea. I just haven’t found it yet.

I guess that’ s it for today. In the words of that famous little porker, “Th-th-th-that's all folks!"

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday Ramblings

Hey everyone. I hope you are having a great day. I don't have much to say today other than ramblings, so here goes!
  • Jackson is 16 months old today! He is growing like a weed, and is learning new things almost daily. It has been so much fun to see the changes he has made. He's great!
  • Jackson must have had a nightmare last night because he woke up at 1:30, and it was after 2:30 before I got back in bed. I spent most of that time laying on the floor of his room saying, "SSHHHHH, SSSHHHHHH" while trying to get him back to sleep. Every time he dozed off, as soon as I would get up, his eyes would fly open and we would start the whole process again. Needless to say, I am dragging today.
  • Jeremy turned the alarm clock off sometime during the night, so when I woke up at 6:10 my first thought was, "Oh Crap." That is 30 minutes later than I normally get up. That my friends, will start your day out on the wrong foot.
  • Jeremy and I are having dinner tonight with my former boss, Jennifer. I am so excited about seeing her again. She is wonderful!
  • Tomorrow is Jeremy and my 6 year anniversary. We don't have big plans other than going to the Ox Yoke restaurant for steaks tomorrow night. It has been a great 6 years, and I look forward to about 70 more years with him.

I guess that's it. Have a great weekend, and try to finish all that Christmas shopping you have been putting off!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Our solution (at least we hope it is)

After much debate and many creative solutions offered, we have decided to purchase the Tots In Mind Cozy Crib Tent to try and contain little man for a few more months. Actually, I decided to buy it, and Jeremy graciously agreed. I know that I don't want Jackson in a toddler bed or a twin bed yet, and I am just a nervous wreck when I think about him climbing in and out of his bed. So, I had to find something to help us. We actually were watching Dateline last night and it was featuring the McCaughey septuplets and showing them over the last 10 years. It had tons of highlights from when they were toddlers and Jeremy and I spotted the crib tent over many of the beds and I just had to do some research and find out what it was. Thanks to GOOGLE, I now know. It looks weird, but parents that have tried it sing it's praises. I know....I did research! It should arrive by next Wednesday and believe me, you will hear about it whether it is good or bad.

Bite-Gate Update: I know you have all been on the edge of your seat wanting to know whether we got Jackson to quit biting. Answer: Sort of. He had stopped biting and then they promoted Kaitlynn to his class at school, and guess what her favorite thing to do is? You got it…Biting! She has left 3 bruises on his arms from her little canines. Jeremy’s main concern was that she had her rabies shot. After all, we can’t have Jackson getting sick! Now, Jackson has reverted back to biting occasionally, and I can’t really blame him. Kaitlynn is chewing him to pieces. He has to defend himself somehow!

I gotta run. Tonight is the last night of Dave Ramsey, and in his honor, I am going to skip class and go Christmas shopping! Have a good Thursday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

His new trick!!

Last night we had a wonderful time at my office work party. The food, decorations, company; everything was perfect. Then I called home and my perfect evening came to a screeching halt.

Me: We’re on our way home. How did Jackson do?
Dad: Let me tell you what your son did.
Me: What did he do? Was it bad?
Dad: I’ll just wait until you get here to tell you.

Let me just say, that is the worst thing in the world to hear. My mind literally started turning with possibilities of what Jackson had done. With an adventurous son like Jackson, you never can tell what he is going to do.

My parents watched Jackson while we were at the party. Everyone had fun. Jackson had played, probably cut up a little bit, and had a wonderful time. They gave him his bath, and after his bath, they were in his room, he pointed to his crib and acted like he wanted to get into it. They put him in, and this is what he did:


This little monkey has figured out how to climb out of his crib!!! At 16 months!!! I was so counting on at least 2-3 more months before I had to worry about this. Of course Mom and Dad stopped him before he was able to complete his mission. His new trick however is causing me a great deal of heartburn. I CANNOT put my 16 month old so into a bed where he has can come and go as he chooses. He would be into everything. I would officially never sleep again. I would be completely gray by the time I am 30. Life as I know it would be over…Sigh. Parenting really should come with a manual.

This is how he slept last night. This way, we figured, if he climbed over and fell, at least it would be cushioned. Perhaps our reasoning is a little skewed, but we are definitely open to suggestions . My first thought was of Macy’s enormous dog crate, but I don’t think DHR would take too kindly to that. Any other ideas?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lots of Pics!

I have posted some of pictures from this past weekend. I hope you enjoy!

The cute grad, Mrs. Kellyn Moore Gibson

Dad, Kellyn, Jason, and Mom


Jason, Kellyn, me, and Jeremy

Me and Kellyn

The future grad of the family

Jackson playing before graduation

Doesn't he look like a little man

As promised: Kasheesh and friends!!!

Praise Baby!

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I'm gonna get a Praise Baby bib for posting this! How cool is that....I seriously love free stuff!!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Happy Graduation!

Hey everyone. I hope ya’ll had a wonderful weekend. I have so many things to share from this past weekend that I have decided to break things down into categories for your reading pleasure. This will be a little long, but oh well. Here goes!

Graduation Stuff!!
  • My incredibly smart sister, Kellyn, won the Dean’s Award in her school for her incredible 4.0 grade point average in graduate school. We are so proud of her!!! If anyone out there in blog world is looking to hire a new Occupational Therapist…give me a call. I can hook you up with the smartest graduate the University of South Alabama can offer you.
  • Kellyn’s totally average big sister made a fool out of herself before the ceremony began. Picture this….Jackson decided to wait until we were at the ceremony to fill his diaper with the worst possible graduation gift ever. Since Jeremy claimed that the men’s bathroom didn’t have a diaper changing station (totally not true by the way), I took Jackson into the women’s bathroom to fix him up. When I finished, I realized there was no way that I could put Jackson down, and wash/dry my hands with him running around the oh, so sanitary bathroom. My solution: take Jackson back to Jeremy, and then I went back into the bathroom to wash my hands. Sounds good right?? Only I didn’t walk into the women’s restroom. You read that right. I walked right into the men’s restroom. My first thought was, “That’s weird…why would there be urinals in the girl’s bathroom?” My second thought…”Why are there men in the girl’s bathroom.” After about 2.5 seconds, I realized my mistake and quickly said, “Whoops…I’m in the wrong bathroom. “ I think the men were in shock. At least no one was visiting the urinals during my little visit. I was mortified enough as it was. Jeremy was pretty embarrassed by it also.
  • Kellyn’s graduation was at 2:00 in the afternoon. In typical Moore fashion, we arrived at 1:00 to scope out the best seats. This was after arriving on campus at (I’m not kidding) 11:00 for pictures in front of the jaguar on campus. My Mom is world famous for her photo taking, and much to her credit, we always have tons of great pictures to choose from. Pictures sessions were always easier pre-Jackson…He tends to be a handful. We found the perfect seats right by the stairs, and on the end of the aisle so we could make a quick exit with Jackson if needed. So imagine my pleasure when at 1:55 I look around and I am literally surrounds by Indians (as in from India, not Native Americans). They have completely covered my planned exit route, and are just standing there. Not looking for seats, not taking a quick picture, they have planted themselves in my exit route, and I was not happy about it. Oh well.. I figured that I could weed my way through the crowd if needed. Imagine the next surprise I found. These people around us talked the ENTIRE graduation ceremony. It started at 2:01 when the guy directly behind me got his first cell phone call of the service. This was immediately followed by calls 2 through 97. Picture this…he answers his phone (in whatever language that was..) and proceeds to look down over the balcony where he is standing and he starts talking to someone BELOW us. ARGGGHHHH. I was beyond frustrated. Then the girls start talking/laughing/answering phone calls/giggling/generally annoying me. Now I tend to be a nice person. I try so hard when stuff gets on my nerves to make myself behave. However, when you are at a graduation ceremony, the least you could do is be respectful of those around you. I don’t care what culture you are from…it is RUDE to be disruptive and obnoxious. At first I tried my dirty look over the shoulder when they started talking. It is 97% effective for dealing with rude people. They were completely oblivious to it. Is that a culture thing? Next I tried sighing loudly…still nothing from my Hindu brothers/sisters. Finally, I pulled my last trick out of my bag. When Mr. Kasheesh answered his phone for the 80th time, I turned around and asked him to leave. I believe my words were, “Do you mind? Can you take your phone call out there?” and then I kindly pointed the exit out to him in case he couldn’t read the English it was written in. Did I go too far? I don’t really care. That kind of thing really gets on my nerves. They were disbanded for a few minutes when the policeman asked them to find seats because the people sitting behind them couldn’t see. It didn’t last for long. After a few minutes the whole Indian Consulate was back, and now, one gentleman was kind enough to take Jeremy’s seat (he was out with Jackson). It wouldn’t have been so bad had he not had the worst B.O. I have ever smelled. My Mom and I finally gave up trying. Clearly…it was a lost battle. I will post pictures later of our new friends. We discretely got their picture. The entire thing was priceless….

Hotel Stuff!!!

I promised stories from Jackson’s first stay in a hotel, and usual, Jackson did deliver.

  • We had just checked into the hotel, and Jackson and I had gone on up to our room while Jeremy was getting the luggage out of the car. I had put that little bar in the door so it wouldn’t shut all the way, and then I walked over to the window to open the curtains. I then heard, “Boom, Boom” and then silence. I turned around and looked, and Jackson was gone. I ran to the door, looked out, and there was my little monkey running down the hall laughing his head off. I know..I know..I will definitely win Mother of the Year Award for almost losing my child within 5 minutes of checking into the hotel. That my dear friends, takes talent.
  • Jackson was kind enough to wake up at 5:00 on Saturday morning. Is this some kind of sick trick that kids learn to inflict punishment on their parents. Seriously. Saturday morning. At 5:00. We were basically offering him everything from a cold hard cash to a new Mustang on his birthday for him just to go back to sleep.
  • We finally got him to take a nap at 8:00 in the morning before we were going to check out. We had no more put him down in his playpen when housekeeping came knocking. I thought I was going to come unglued. He did stay asleep though, and then he was running full tilt until 7:00 on our way home.

Random Stuff

Some random stuff that I though might be of interest to you.

  • After graduation, we ate at Wintzell’s Oyster House which according to the menu, has a location in Hattiesburg, MS. For anyone who hasn’t tried it, I must recommend this seafood restaurant. The have all these great signs posted all over the restaurant that are just hilarious to read. The whole place is two crab claws up!
  • We are going to the Montgomery Zoo tonight to see their Christmas lights. I am planning to take full advantage for our outdoor adventure while it is still 80 degrees outside.
  • Congrats to the Prattville Lions for winning their 2nd 6A Football Championship in a row. They beat Hoover last year (from the MTV show Two-A-Days), and shutout Spain Park this year. They are currently ranked #2 in the nation. We are so proud of our lions!!!

I guess that’s all for now. I will post pictures from graduation as soon as I remember to bring my camera. Have a great Monday!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Random Ramblings...

I tried Pom Wonderful yesterday. I have eyed it in the grocery store for a long time, but at $3.99 per 16 oz. bottle, I wouldn’t have dared try it. The bottle is super cute and curvy, and some homemade pepper sauce will look so cute in it next summer. But yet that curvy bottle beckoned me from the shelf when it went on sale for $2.99. I know…I know….it’s only 1 dollar off, and that still amounts to almost .20 an ounce, but I only get to live once, so I was bound and determined to try some pomegranate juice.

Their website description is “Just imagine: a tempting, jewel-like, ruby red fruit that explodes with rich, sweet flavor. When you think about it, pomegranates and cherries belong together. Both are a rich source of antioxidants. A cheery, cherry thought.”

Verdict: It’s Okay. I wouldn’t define it as cheery, not for $3.99 a bottle. I could do just as well drinking some Welch’s grape juice, or even apple juice for that matter. Just my humble opinion.

In other news, yesterday was our Dave Ramsey class. That means two things for us…Dave is going to tell us how to not live once again, and we are going to have to do the mad dash dance out of the house in order to make it to class by 6:00. So I got home last night and was putting the mail down on the counter when I heard this weird sound. “Thunk..Thwock…Thunk…Thunk.” I look around and realize that Jackson is nowhere to be seen. Then I spotted him. Enjoy the pictures.


We are heading down to Mobile in a few hours for my sister’s graduation from the University of South Alabama. She has finished her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, and we are oh, so proud of her. She has finished both her undergrad and graduate degrees with a 4.0 average. That my dear friends, is impressive…and something that I was nowhere near accomplishing!!! At her graduation from college, I was 6 months pregnant with Jackson. I am sure that I will have some interesting things to post about Jackson’s first graduation ceremony to sit through, and also his first hotel stay. Stay tuned…I’m sure it will be exciting!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Prattville's Finest

I have a story to tell today. It has a lot of rabbit trails, and I am going to have to chase them all, so forgive me ahead of time.

We went out to eat with my Mom last night for her B’day. After eating, we headed over to K-Mart to check out their outdoor Christmas lights. You see, yesterday, Jeremy was going to set up the Christmas tree, and I was going to decorate it last night. We had a great pre-lit artificial tree that was up at our wedding, and I guess the life expectancy for the tree had reached its limit. When Jeremy got the tree out of the attic, he found that there were several frayed wires, so, the tree has to go.

*Now I have to find a real tree that I like just as much.

There wasn’t anything we liked at K-Mart, so we headed over to Lowe’s. Now let me give you a little picture of our Lowe’s. It is located at this great cut through road that takes you from one busy side of Prattville, to the other busy side, while bypassing a lot of traffic. Super convenient. We found just what we were looking for, and as we were headed home, just as we pulled out onto that road, I commented to Jeremy that he needed to slow down because of the construction they are doing in the area.

We got home at 7:00 only to find out the strand of lights was about 10 feet too short. I told Jeremy just to leave the lights up, but turned off, and wait until tonight, and after our Christmas party, we could run back to Lowes and buy another strand. But oh no….We can’t do that. These have to go up tonight!

So Jeremy decides to head back to Lowe’s at 7:30 last night. I made him take Jackson with him, because Jackson would have had a meltdown had his Daddy left him. So there I was, the house to myself, with my bathtub calling my name.

*No sooner did I get in the tub, when the phone rang. Ugh. Oh well.
Meanwhile, Jeremy got home and said, “Well. Something just happened to me that has never happened before.” Without batting an eye, I said, “You got pulled over didn’t you?”

Jeremy said that he was on that infamous cut through road when one of Prattville’s finest got him. The same road I warned him about his speed on! He said he passed two motorcycle officers, and immediately one of their lights came on. Here is their conversation:
Officer: “Where you going so fast?”

Jeremy: (Picture him opening his door because the windows won’t roll down anymore) “Lowe’s for Christmas lights. We didn’t buy enough.”

Officer: “Did your wife send you back?” (Why would he assume that?)

Jeremy: “Yes.” (Not technically true, since I told him that we could wait until tonight…but I digress.)

Officer: “I need to see your license and proof of insurance.”

Jeremy: “Okay. Hold on…It’s in here somewhere” (picture Jeremy opening his glove compartment and pulling everything out because he couldn’t find the current card). He finally found a somewhat recent card and the officer glanced at it, and told him to slow down through there.

End of story: Jeremy did not get a ticket, only a warning, but the price he had to pay was me laughing my head off at him, and a HUGE “I told you so” from me when he got home. Jackson apparently was great during their adventure. Jeremy said that he didn’t make a peep, just looked at the lights.

Strand of Christmas lights: $11.95
Another strand of lights because it just couldn’t wait: $11.95
Being proved right by someone in uniform: Priceless!!

We got "Elfed"

The Wade family has been "elfed."
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Check out Jackson's face....Too cute!!!

Monday, December 03, 2007

An oh so busy weekend!

Jackson and me before the parade. Isn't he a cutie!

Jackson right after falling asleep!
Jackson laying down in the float
Hey everyone. First things first…I want to wish my Mom, aka, Nana, a Happy B’day. She turns 35 this year! Happy Birthday Mom!!! I love you!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend like I did. Mine was so busy! I will give a quick recap of what we did.

Saturday morning: Jackson and I just hung out at the house and did laundry. It was so exciting that I will spare you further details.

Saturday afternoon: Jackson stayed at my parent’s house while I went to go help decorate our church’s Christmas float. We did a nativity scene and attached tons of Christmas lights to the back of a trailer. All the lights were connected to this box that makes them blink in time to the music that was playing. It was pretty cool.

Saturday night: Jackson and I rode in the parade. We had a good time, and little man was so tuckered out by the whole thing that he fell asleep halfway through the route. He was so cute. He sat on my lap the entire time, and after a little while, I looked down at him, and his head was bobbing up and down, and he was out like a light! After we rode by my parents and they took some pictures, I just laid him down behind me and he slept the rest of the ride. Too funny!
Sunday: Normal church, and then we had a “International Taste of Missions” last night. That is simply a fellowship where each of the mission classes picks a country, and you are supposed to feature facts about that country and prepare a food so everyone can try it. My 6th grade girls picked Italy, so I prepared a big pot of meatballs, and by prepared I mean that I opened up a bag of frozen meatballs, dumped them in my Crockpot, and added a huge jar of Ragu. They were really good, and all 80 of my meatballs were gone by the time the thing was over.
That was our weekend in a nutshell. This week is looking just as busy as the weekend was. We will have a B’day dinner with my Mom tonight, we have my work Christmas party tomorrow night, church Wednesday, Dave Ramsey Thursday, and Jeremy’s sister will be coming to stay with us that night, and then we head to Mobile Friday at lunch to go down for my little sister’s graduation from graduate school. I am so proud of her! She graduated from high school in 2002, and here she is at the end of 2007 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Way to go Kellyn!!!

Have a great week, and enjoy the pictures from the parade!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Just another Thursday!

Sorry about the lack of posting this week. It has been a really boring, slow week. It is so hard coming back to work after a long holiday weekend, and I have just been dragging my way through migraine after migraine due to the weather changes.

Nothing big to report: Jackson has learned a few new words lately. He now calls Macy either da dag or mah. She doesn’t really respond to either, so I guess she hasn’t figured out her name yet. Everything is cooolllddd to him now. It is so funny. If we go outside and the wind is blowing, he starts saying “Cooollllllldddd.” Likewise, he is trying to say hot if something is warm to him. He is just a mess.

We went to Ruby Tuesday last night for supper and he could have won the best baby award. Had it not been for the mess on the floor, I really think they should have given him a Super Baby plaque. He was wonderful.

I guess that’s about it for now. I have Dave Ramsey class tonight. Whoo-hooo (note the sarcasm). This 13 week class is killing me. It is about 12 ½ weeks too long. Have a good night!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Jackson got a haircut!

Jackson got his first haircut this past week in Mississippi. His Papaw took him and let me tell you...the little man did so good!! He is soo cute, and I really think he grew up about 2 years with those sweet curls coming off. I miss the curls, but he is still so cute.

P.S. I kept several locks of the curls, and his Nana and Gigi each have some also.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey everyone. I am posting from Mississippi today. We are here visiting Jeremy's family, and boy is Jackson having a great time! He has been a mess, and has definitely been the star of the show. I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We have so much to be thankful for....we are truly blessed.

1. Great families
2. Education
3. Good health
4. Home (even the bills)
5. Great church
6. Good jobs

The list could go on and on. Compared to so many people in the world, we really don't have the right to complain about anything. I hope that you have a wonderful time today with family and friends, and that you don't stuff yourself into turkey oblivion later!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

100th blog and 100 things about the Wade's

In honor of my 100th blog post, I have wasted alot of time to come up with a list of 100 things about the Wade's. It took forever, so I hope you enjoy it.

100 things about the Wade’s
1. Jeremy is from Hattiesburg, MS, but also lived in Gadsden, AL.
2. I was born and raised in sweet home Alabama.
3. We have the best son ever, Jackson.
4. Jackson was born in Montgomery, AL just like his Mama.
5. Jackson arrived after we had been married for almost 5 years.
6. We have been married for 7 years now.
7. We were engaged longer than we had dated before we got engaged. (He proposed on our 15
month anniversary, and we were engaged for 16 months.)
8. We met on the internet.
9. In 1999. Before it was the trendy thing to do.
10. Our anniversary is December 15, 2001.
11. We have a dog named Macy. She is B-A-D.
12. We are both born-again Christians (and Southern Baptists).
13. We both teach mission classes at church on Wednesday nights.
14. We are both conservative Republicans.
15. We both voted for George W. Bush twice, and would do it again. I heart him.
16. I graduated from Auburn University.
17. I was a “flag” in the Auburn University Marching Band for 2 years in college.
18. Jeremy graduated from Jacksonville State and Jefferson State.
19. Jackson doesn’t know it yet, but he is going to Auburn.
20. I am a HUGE Auburn fan.
21. Jeremy is a Tennessee fan.
22. As long as Jackson doesn’t like Alabama, he can support both TN and Auburn.
23. Jeremy is the first born in his family.
24. So am I.
25. Jeremy comes from a family with 3 kids.
26. I come from a family with 2 kids.
27. Jeremy wants 3 kids.
28. I want 2 kids.
29. We’re having 2 kids. Eventually.
30. We want to be finished having children by the time I am 30.
31. I am 28 right now, so that works out perfectly for my little game plan.
32. Jeremy is a year older than me. That mean's he will turn 30 before me. Haha.
33. Jackson is 2 1/2 years old.
34. Macy is 6 years old.
35. I was scared when I found out I was having a boy, because I know nothing about boys.
36. We would love to have another boy!!!
37. My parents, Tom and Soyna, have been married for 35 years.
38. Jeremy’s parents, Buddy and Janet, have been married for 30 years.
39. Jeremy’s sister and I had the same first, middle, and last name until she got married.
40. I named my sister, Kellyn, when I was a kid, after the lady on Mousercise on Disney.
41. Jeremy’s family loves names that start with “J”. They have James, Josephine, Janet, Jeremy, Jackson, Joanne, Jamie, Jody, Jimmy, Jesse, Jake, Jill, and Julie.
42 Jeremy’s dad goes by “Buddy” and I have an Uncle Buddy.
43. Jeremy’s brother is named Ben, and that was my grandfather’s name (and my Dad’s middle name.
44. I have a weird thing about numbers. Only certain numbers are okay with me. All even numbers are fine, and odds are okay as long as they are in 5's...For instance. 2, 6, 14, are all okay. 5, 15, 25 are okay, 3, 11, 23 are not. It makes perfect sense in my head.
45. Jeremy loves to play golf, and is really good at it.
46. Jeremy was on the golf team in high school.
47. I love to swim, and am really good at it.
48. Jackson is going to play golf and swim. If he wants to.
49. We hope he does!
50. I took ballet for 16 years. If we ever have a little girl, I would LOVE for her to take ballet.
51. Jeremy doesn’t dance.
52. Jackson dances like a white boy.
53. We live somewhere smack dab in the middle of AL.
54. We would love to move to a bigger house, but not far from where we live.
55. We both work full-time.
56. Jeremy is a funeral director.
57. I am a “Ministry Assistant" at the AL Baptist Convention.
58. I’m really a secretary.
59. I wish I could be a stay-at-home Mom. Sometimes.
60. We both love Rick and Bubba and listen to them every morning.
61. We went to church with Rick in B’ham. I was distracted every Sunday to the point that
we had to quit visiting that church.
62. Jeremy has broken 3 bones, including his elbow doing Bible Drill as a kid.
63. I have never broken a bone (knock on wood.)
64. I will probably break my neck today just for saying that.
65. Jeremy loves war movies, movies like Rocky and Top Gun.
66. I like romantic comedies and Disney. I love Dirty Dancing, and have it memorized.
67. We own A LOT of DVD’s.
68. Jackson pushes our collection of DVD’s off our shelf literally 5 times a day.
69. I have contemplated writing a book.
70. I have been too lazy to actually start writing a book.
71. Hopefully that will change soon.
72. My favorite thing to do is read.
73. I have actually read the entire Left Behind series, all 16 books, in 2 weeks.
74. The most I have ever read is over 900 pages in 2 days.
75. Jeremy and I have totally different tastes in books.
76. He likes Clive Cussler a lot.
77. My current favorite author is Mary Kay Andrews.
78. Jeremy’s favorite food is his Mom’s Crock-pot Beans.
79. My favorite food is teriyaki chicken and steak at Sho-gun.
80. Jackson’s favorite food has yet to be determined.
81. It’s probably going to be spaghetti.
82. I hate mustard and pickles.
83. Jeremy hates watermelon.
84. How weird are we?
85. We seriously have 4 spices in our house: Salt, pepper, Lawry’s seasoning, and garlic salt.
86. If a recipe calls for fresh herbs or garlic you can bet it won’t be served in our house.
87. I won’t even look at the recipe.
88. Jeremy has been to Spain, the Canary Islands, and Mexico
89. I have been to Puerto Rico twice, and Mexico.
90. We drink way too much sweet tea.
91. Jackson thinks his apple juice is our sweet tea.
92. Is it bad to trick your child like that?
93. I am running out of things to say.
94. Jeremy’s favorite color is red.
95. My favorite color is blue.
96. Navy blue to be exact. With a touch of burnt orange on the side!
97. Jackson looks great in red and blue.
98. Jeremy has green eyes.
99. I have brown eyes.
100. How in the world did Jackson end up with blue eyes?
101. I can’t believe that I finally finished this list!!!
If you actually read our entire list, I am impressed. I hope it entertained you, but if not, oh well. I tried. Have a great day!

New pics and randomness

In case you don't know, the intersection next to my office is a nightmare to navigate. We are right next to a hospital, so all day long we hear ambulances racing by, and at least 2 times a week, someone has a car accident right outside my window. Pretty sad, huh. We are also in a pretty shady part of town, so our building has a private parking lot behind it with a gate around it.

Yesterday when I left to go to my car, I noticed that a car was blocking my car into the space. I then realized that their was a police officer beside it talking to some people. My first thought was that my car had been hit (it hadn't). I then saw that the lady blocking me in was just a witness to the accident, and was just standing around waiting for the police to say that she could leave.

Here comes the randomness.

As I walked up to my car, Ms. Witness asked me if she was blocking my car in. I told her that she was, and as I got closer, I realized that Ms. Witness only had one arm, was standing there smoking a cigarette. Is that weird to anyone else besides me? I cant help but wonder:
1. How did she light it?
2. If you only have one arm, and are smoking as you drive down the road, what do you do when your cell phone rings?
We are getting Jackson's hair cut for the first time next week. His great-grandfather, Papaw, is going to take him. I am really going to miss his sweet curls, but it is definitely time for a haircut.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Are you ready?

Great video with a wonderful message. Turn your volume up!

Bite-Gate continues...

Well, I didn’t receive any phone calls at work yesterday. Yeah!!!! Little man actually made it through school without biting anyone. I was so stinking relieved. Then he bit Jeremy on the nose when they got home. Oh well. I can deal with his biting a lot better at home than I could if he were biting at school. He is going to be at school for only half the day today, so hopefully, we can make it through the day without any incidents.

Hold the presses….I just got a phone call. Ugh. He just bit Colleen over a toy, and his morning teacher was right there beside him, so thankfully, she was able to stop him before he left a mark.

With Miranda’s recommendation, we did order the book, “Teeth are Not for Biting” from amazon.com. I put a rush order on it, and it will be at our house tomorrow. Jackson loves books, so hopefully, he can grasp the concept of this book. We’ll see. I have absolutely nothing to lose from trying it (except the $8.00) that the book costs, and at this point, I will try anything.
If you have anymore words of wisdom, please share. I need all the help I can get, and I will try just about anything. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

15 months old!!!






In the midst of Bite-gate 2007, I forgot to mention that Jackson is 15 months old today. Whoo-hooo. Here is a list of some of the words that he has learned:
  • Mamma
  • Dadda
  • Mimi
  • Nana
  • No
  • Car
  • Truck
  • Moon
  • Baby
  • Book
  • Dat (I will explain this in a second)
  • Da (as in dog)

In case you were wondering, "dat" refers to his pacifier. Let me explain. We are trying to get Jackson to give up the pacifier. It is not going very well. Sometimes, when I can tell that Jackson really doesn't need his paci right then, I say, "Jackson, give the that (refering to the paci). You don't need that" and he willingly hands his paci over. My Mom figured out the other day that Jackson had started calling his paci "dat" as in "that" from hearing us say it all the time. So now, if we tell Jackson to go get "that", he always comes back with his paci. Isn't that too cute!

Jackson goes back to the doctor for his checkup on Monday. I think he is due for some vaccinations, but I am not sure. I will update later. Have a great Wednesday!

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