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 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!

We have a biter: Part 2

I was so anxious when I pulled up to Jackson's school yesterday afternoon. When I got to his classroom, I asked how his day was. I was told that he bit, not one...but TWO kids yesterday. He was also bitten by another kid (the boy he bit on Monday).

Hmm..What do I do? I literally wanted to throw up when his teacher told me that my precious child was acting up. I'm not stupid. I know Jackson is going to misbehave, but how do I fix this problem? Ugh...I know that Jackson is not the first biter in this center, and I am certain that he won't be the last.

That being said, I still feel almost like a pariah. Like everyone is staring at me thinking, "There's the Biter's Mom." Here is what is going through my mind:
  1. What is going on different in the morning that he is biting with his morning teacher and not his afternoon teacher?
  2. What is happening when he is biting? Is he randomly walking up to the other kids and just chomping down for now reason, or is another child trying to steal his toys?
  3. Please, oh please, don't kick him out of school. I really like this center, and I really don't want to have to find somewhere else for him to go.
  4. How can I make him stop? He was so good last night, and as stupid as it sounds, I almost wish that he would have tried to bite one of us last night, just so we could reinforce that biting is a big No-No.

The school has instructions to call me immediately if he bites today. Great. This was my brilliant idea. So now I am going to sit here on pins and needles all day waiting for the phone to ring and then what??? It's not like I can have them put Jackson on the phone and me fuss at him that way. At least I can find out the situation as soon as it happens and I won't have to dread walking into his classroom only to find out that he has chomped his way through the day.

This parenting thing is so much harder than it looks from the outside....

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Attention K-Mart shoppers...we have a Biter!

When I picked Jackson up from school yesterday, I was informed by his teacher that Jackson had bitten a little boy in his class, not once, but TWICE yesterday morning. These bites were hard enough that there was still a mark on the little boys hand when I picked Jackson up at 5:00. Whoops. what do we do. I know that Jackson has bitten me in the past, and our usual reaction is just a very firm "NO" and sometimes he gets put in his crib for an age-appropriate timeout. He seems to think that being told "no" is funny, and he just breaks out laughing. This is not cute behavior, although when he smiles, it is sooo hard to not start laughing. I know, I know. Laughing at him just encourages him, so I generally have to bite my lip to not start. If I even crack a smile, it's over. Does this make him a miniature juvenile delinquent?

After my little talk with the teacher (she confirmed that he gets a strong "No" and timeout), he actually bit me last night, and it HURT. I am desperately needing parental advice....please leave comments about suggestions that could work. I really don't want Jackson having a file started on him at 15 months that could influence whether or not he gets into Harvard or Yale...

Jackson Wade: Biter


A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got sick and the doctor said she might not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. "When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll." The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness."Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling all those dolls."

A Prayer.......Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience for his moods; Because Lord, if I pray for Strength, I'll beat him to death, because I don't know how to crochet.

Legal Disclaimer: I have an amazing husband and this joke doesn't apply to him. I just thought it was funny!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Monday!

Hey everyone. I hope ya’ll had a wonderful weekend. Mine was decent, and I will give a short recap of all new things in our world.

1. Got news that our fabulous youth minister, Russell, and his so sweet wife Lyndsey, and adorable baby, Claire, have accepted a position in Guntersville, AL. We are really going to miss them. They have been such a wonderful blessing to our church, and I know that God has big things in store for them, but we just hate to see them go.
2. I made homemade macaroni-and-cheese again this weekend. It was so seriously yummy and easy to make. If you want the recipe, just ask. I am in a super generous mood.
3. Jackson had a minor reaction to eggs this weekend. Nothing serious, but I am holding off giving him eggs again until we see the pediatrician next week.
4. Jackson is now giving the sweetest kisses ever. Big open mouth slobbery kisses that just melt my heart.
5. I looked into having the dog whisperer, Cesar Milan, come work his magic on Macy. She has been so seriously bad this weekend. Unfortunately, in the midst of Jackson’s egg rash and me trying to find some Benadryl, Macy decided to help herself to the bacon I had left over on the counter. She got the beating of her life. After some research, I sadly discovered that Cesar only works his miracles in Los Angeles, San Fran, and Seattle. Anyone have any ideas of how to establish Jeremy and myself as the pack leaders in our house? Cesar would be so disappointed in us.
6. We have a pot luck at work tomorrow during lunch. I am going to make broccoli cornbread. I am already in heaven just thinking about it. Simply divine!!! Again, if you want the recipe, just let me know.
7. For right now (knock on wood), we are all doing pretty good. We seem to have passed our crud through the internet to Miranda. Here's hoping you feel better soon!

I guess that is about it. I forgot my camera today, but I have some super cute pictures of Jackson that I took last night. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Little man

Not feeling so good...

Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of stuff this week. We are still stuck in sick land. Just when I had to open my big mouth and say that Jackson and I were doing fine, Jackson had to go and get a fever virus. He has had it since Tuesday night, and his fever, at the highest, hit 103 last night. Poor kid! All that being said, I think he is feeling a lot better today, and we are going to keep our fingers crossed that we will be done with this by tomorrow. My Mom has been taking good care of him, so I know he is in good hands, but it is just no fun having a sick child. You could just look at him and tell that he was sick. Normally, he is into everything, all the time...Not now. He just wants to be held and cuddle (which is fine with me). I love my cuddle time with little man. So keep our family in your prayers. Maybe we will ALL be better soon. Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Did you know???

Jeremy, as reported yesterday, has had a very sore throat for a few days now. He had been on an antibiotic since his cabbage cutting incident almost 2 weeks ago. When he went to go get his stitches removed, he had the nice nurse do a throat swab to see if he had strep throat. It was negative. That was Saturday. The nurse assured him that his antibiotic, Keflex, would cover him if he had been exposed to my strep.

Well, did you know that Keflex can make a positive strep test show up as negative. Jeremy's Dad and I convinced Jeremy to go to Pri-Med last night because he was still so sick. After waiting almost 4 hours...diagnosis...Strep Throat. Shocker there!!! The doctor knew that the test turned out negative, but he said that there was no doubt, based on looking at Jeremy's throat that he had strep. Jeremy just knew that I was going to have a big "I told you so" when he got home. I did...but I tried not to make him feel too bad.

So, consider yourself warned...Keflex=false negative for strep test.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Lots of pics!

Jackson and I cleaning the pumpkins

Our pumpkins: From left my owl (which didn't photograph well, Jeremy's cat/moon, Jason's witch, and Kellyn's ghost

Our little Superman (Isn't he so cute!!!)

Look at the cape!

Jackson and Macy just chilling in the backyard.

Jackson playing outside!

Just another Manic Monday (ohh ohhh)

Hey everyone. It is so nice to be back among the living. Jackson and I are doing great. Jeremy…not so good. He has a really sore throat (no strep), and a bad cough. Hopefully he will be back to his normal self in a few days. We had a super busy weekend once again. I went back to the Dr. on Friday afternoon and he gave me a steroid shot (those things are miracles)!!! I was feeling better in a few hours. Then, when I got home, sitting in our mailbox was our end-of-the year Christmas check from my work. All I can say is WHOO-HOO. Merry Christmas to us!!!

On Saturday, Jackson and I cleaned up the living room and kitchen and I did a major reorganization of Jackson’s toys. I bagged 1 full garbage bag FULL of toys that he no longer plays with. Staying organized with Hurricane Jackson around is no easy feat. He can destroy a room in no time, but so far, we have done really good at keeping things where they need to go. Saturday afternoon Jackson and I went to Miss Gracie’s 2nd Birthday party and had a really good time. Gracie is so stinking cute! Then, it was over to my parent’s house to have chili. It was so yummy!

Yesterday, Jason, Kellyn, my Dad, Jackson, and I all went to Frazer Memorial to be part of their All Saints Day. They displayed photos of Frazer members that had died during the previous year, and our Aunt Frances’s picture was shown. It was really nice.

New things from Jackson:
1. Giving kisses on command. He is going to be such a ladies man. Sigh. I am so not ready for that!
2. Saying “cold”. It really comes out like “kooh” but you can tell what he means. He loves our “kooh” ice cream.
3. Reading. He LOVES his books. He is perfectly content picking up his books and sitting there looking at all the pictures.

I will post some pictures of Jackson as Superman from Halloween, along with our yearly pumpkin pics. Have a great day!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Happy Halloween (Only 2 days late)

Hey everyone. Sorry for the delay in posting. The Wade house has been infected with the crud, and it is only beginning to let up. Let's start at the beginning of the week. Jackson woke up with a terrible cough/cold thing, so I took off Monday afternoon and took him to the doctor. Basically, nothing could be done except let the stuff run it's course. Okay. I can do that. Then, when I picked Jackson up from school on Tuesday, I noticed his eyes had just a dab of yuckiness in the corners. Nothing too major, so we didn't worry about it. Wednesday morning, Jackson's eyes were so crusty that he couldn't open them up. Diagnosis: Pink Eye. Okay, so I took off on Wednesday with the intention that Jeremy would take Thursday off because Jackson had to be on the antibiotics for a full 24 hours before he could go back to school. About noon, Jackson and I laid down to take a nap, when I woke up, I seriously couldn't move. Every muscle and bone in my body were aching so bad, and I was so cold that I couldn't quit shivering. I called Jeremy and told him that I thought I had the flu, and that he needed to come home. When I made it to primed, no flu, but a nice case of strep throat. So that put me and Jackson out of commission until today. I got a nice shot of antibiotics right in my butt, which my nurse assured me would make me feel drastically better soon. Wrong...I woke up yesterday feeling 100% worse. I seriously thought that I was going to die. Not only was my throat killing me, but my sinus's were so stopped up that Jeremy said that when I tried to breathe through my nose, it made a noise very similar to the sound the pterodactyl's made on Jurassic Park. It got to be a running joke that whenever I tried to breathe through my nose, Jeremy would freeze and look up like he was trying to spot the killer birds. Maybe that would be funny if I didn't feel like crap.

So that brings me to today. I still feel like crap, but I am at work, trying to stick it out like a big girl. Jackson is at school. I guess that's about it. Have a good weekend!

P.S. I forgot my camera today so I will post pictures of Jackson as SuperMan later on.
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