Today is my Dad’s 60th birthday! We have been so blessed to have him in our lives, and we hope that he has the best birthday ever!
Happy 60th Birthday Dad!!! We love you!!!
That’s it for today. I hope y’all have a great weekend!
Ten years ago today I married my best friend, and I thank God everyday for Jeremy and our kids and what they mean to me. They truly complete my life, and I’m a better person because of them.
Happy Anniversary Jeremy! I love you with all my heart!!!
At the very last minute I decided to take Jackson to Primed last night. He had been complaining of a sore throat for a few days, especially when he swallowed, and I didn’t want to let it get out of hand. He hadn’t been acting like himself all afternoon, complaining that he felt like he was going to throw up, then trying to go to the bathroom, and then saying he was all better when absolutely nothing had changed.
We were at church when I decided to take him on in because he still was complaining. When Jackson caught wind that he was heading to the doctor he was miraculously healed and became particularly clever:
“I was wrong, Mama, my throat decided that it’s all better now.”
And then on the way to the doctor: “Please, Mama, I promise that I was just making it up. I’m not sick!”
And then in the waiting room: “I really don’t need to see the doctor. You can just check me out of the waiting room.”
And then 30 seconds later: “I don’t want a shot. Please don’t let them give me a shot. I’m not sick anymore.”
And then 15 seconds later: “I’ll buy you a Hello Kitty cell phone if you just let me get out of here.”
And then in the exam room: “How about this for an idea; we just leave here and pretend we didn’t ever come.”
And then with the nurse: “I’m not sick and I’m really ready to go home.”
And with the doctor: “I can’t get a shot because its past my bedtime.”
Luckily for my creative kiddo, the strep test was negative and he just has a red throat and slightly red ear canal. He’s being treated with amoxicillin just in case, but no real cause for concern.
Too bad I won’t be getting that Hello Kitty cell phone.
Jackson was part of his children’s choir Christmas special last Sunday night. I was really nervous about this because Jackson has had some problems with stage fright in the past. Imagine my shock (and fear) when I found out that Jackson had been cast as the role of Joseph for the manger scene. He had been doing well in practice for the most part, but when it came time for the dress rehearsal last Saturday he decided that he wasn’t going to do it anymore. It took me promising that he could go to Dollar Tree and spend $5 on whatever he wanted to get him through the practice. I made an even more expensive deal to get him through the Sunday performance. He had to sing the songs, smile and do the part of Joseph and he would get an additional $10 to spend at Dollar Tree. I know it’s bad to start bribing him on stuff, but it was money well spent when he cooperated as well as he did on stage. I did get a little nervous when it was time for the kids to come down the aisle for the manger scene. For a second there I couldn’t see Jackson and I was afraid that Mary (Jackson’s friend Gracie) was going to be unescorted on her trip to Bethlehem! But Jackson did great! He sang, smiled and did such a wonderful job. I was so proud of him for doing something outside his comfort zone, and he was proud of himself for doing such a good job. I wish I had gotten some better pictures, but Jackson had some major red eye going on. Enjoy the pics!
Our sweet Anderson turns 6 months old today. I’m somewhat in shock that it’s already been six months since he was born. I remember when Jackson was a baby I was so overjoyed every time he reached another milestone. I would clap and cheer him on when he began to roll over, crawl and then walk. Now with Anderson I wish I could just freeze time. It’s not that I don’t want him to reach those milestones; it’s just that I know that with every milestone that he passes, he is getting further and further from this sweet stage in babyhood. Already he’s become a “hip baby” that gets toted around on my hip instead of being cradled in my arms. Soon he’ll be walking and time will go even faster. More than likely he’s going to be our last little baby, and I want to enjoy every second that I have with him, even if it means that he’s going to be spoiled rotten in the mean time! We could not have asked for a better baby; at 6 months old Anderson is on a perfect little schedule, so much so that you can set a clock by him. Granted, most mornings we’re still up with him at 4 a.m. but I know that this too shall pass. Anderson doesn’t cry or fuss, and he absolutely adores Jackson. Jeremy and I have been so blessed, and I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring us.
I’m sorry I’ve been so inattentive lately. Life has been crazy busy lately, and while it’s not an excuse, the combination of work, home, 2 kids, 1 husband and church has really done me in lately. Blogging hasn’t even been much of a thought lately, but I promise to do better!
So a few days ago I opened up another round of Ask Amy Anything and here are my Q and A’s.
“If you were stranded on a desert island and could ONLY take one person with you (it doesn't have to be a family member, so don't panic), who would it be and why? I have my own ideas about this answer and want to see if I'm right!” I’m not sure how I’m supposed to answer this without offending someone, so I'll just take the safe route and say that I would probably take Jeremy with me. Seeing as how he is my husband, he would probably be pretty peeved if I picked anyone else.
“What one Christmas tradition do you remember from your childhood that you want to make a tradition with your own children?” I remember taking long car rides on Christmas Eve looking at the Christmas lights, and then when we got home we got to open 1 present. It was always torture trying to decide which gift to open because you didn’t want to pick something like socks when you knew there were toys under the tree also. I’ve incorporated the Christmas lights and Christmas gift tradition into what we do with Jackson, and now Anderson gets to join the fun!
“What is your favorite snack/meal/goodie that you only eat during the Christmas season?” Peppermint almond bark and fudge. I love both of them, and only get them at Christmas.
“What are you getting me for Christmas? (just trying to sneak it in there HAHA!)” I thought we weren’t exchanging gifts. Hmm. In that case, how about the gift of knowing that you have the coolest best friend ever!
“What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author?” I absolutely adore anything by Mary Kay Andrews. She is a southern writer and all of her books are set in the south. She’s funny, charming and we would get along just swimmingly.
“When do you put up your Christmas tree?” We buy a real Christmas tree, so I have to balance when I want to put the tree up, and when I know that if I get the tree too soon that I’m going to end up cleaning up millions of pine needles by the time Christmas rolls around. As it is, I plan on putting up our tree sometime this week.
“What time do you go to bed at night and get up in the mornings?” In a perfect world I would go to bed between 10 and 10:30 and get up about 5:45 during the week. However, I don’t live in a perfect world and I usually end up going to bed around 11 and because of some ill timed insomnia issues of mine, I wake up around 4 in the morning. Its miserable being up that early, but I have a problem that when my eyes my brain kicks into overdrive and I can’t go back to sleep. By 10 or so in the morning I’m just about give out. If I want to sleep all night I have to take Tylenol PM.
“What's the weirdest gift you've ever gotten?” I got a very girly, frillyish angel for a wedding gift. It was from a distant aunt, and it was one of those gifts that you appreciate the thought, but also think, “We’re in the world am I going to put this thing?” It ended up going on the back of a bookcase!
That’s it for today. I hope y’all have a great week!
Because it’s been awhile…
And I have a killer headache…
And it has rained for 2 straight days…
And because I’m trying to finish shopping the cyber Monday deals…
I’m opening today up to another round of “Ask Amy Anything” which basically just means that y’all ask me a question in the comment section and I’ll do my best to give y’all a good answer!
See how uncomplicated that is? So now, y’all get busy asking me question to make me feel better. Have a great day!
So I’m having surgery today. What? That isn’t how you want to spend your Thanksgiving holiday? Seriously though, it’s going to be nothing. I’m having a small cyst removed from my right kneecap. This surgery was scheduled for a year ago and then I found out that Anderson was on his way, so no go on the surgery. I had almost opted to forget about the procedure, and then right at Halloween my knee really started giving me trouble. I made a visit with my orthopedic who agreed to swap my cyst for a small scar in what should be a very short outpatient procedure. I will have to take it easy for a few days, but I’m not expecting that it’s going to be very bad.
I’m checking into the surgical center at 11:00 today which wouldn’t be a big deal if I wasn’t already starving and I know surgery won’t begin until right around 1:00. As usual, I was instructed to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight except for a sip or two of clear fluids around 5:00 a.m. for my blood pressure medication. So right now I’m starving and it’s only 8 in the morning!
So my Thanksgiving is going to be spent with my feet propped up and a remote control in my hand. Now that I think about it, it sounds like a pretty good idea to me. Maybe I’ll even get to watch the parade this year!
I’ll catch up with y’all again soon. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
Monday morning I received an email from babycenter.com that a nationally produced TV show was looking for kids named Anderson to do a segment about. Babycenter knew about our Anderson based on our profile that send me emails about development for both of the boys. All I had to do was email this producer and tell him when our Anderson was born, give some basic contact info like phone and email address and what region of the country we were in. I knew since it came from babycenter.com and had already been confirmed by a secondary email, it was a legit request, so I fired off a quick email on my blackberry and didn’t think anything else about it.
About an hour later I received a call from a producer of Anderson Cooper 360 and she told me that they were looking to do a piece about babies named Anderson. She asked how old our Anderson was and I answered a few more questions and then she said, “We are specifically looking for babies named after Anderson Cooper. Does that apply to you?” I had to answer honestly and say that no, he was not named after Anderson Cooper. I didn’t tell her this, but I’m not even a fan of Anderson Cooper.
After I begrudgingly told the truth that we just loved the name Anderson, knowing all the while that I was blowing my chance of getting a paid vacation to New York to appear on TV, I also shared with her that one of our Anderson’s nicknames is Anderson Pooper. She loved it! She then offered us tickets for the show if we are ever in New York.
So there was my shot at being on a national tv show and I had to blow it by being honest. I’m such a goody two shoes. But seriously, there is no way I could have gone on tv and claimed that I named my kid after Anderson Cooper. My plane would have probably gone down if I had told that lie!
And really, it’s totally their loss at not meeting the cutest Anderson Pooper in the world!!!
Jackson is learning tons of “popcorn” words in his kindergarten class. Popcorn words are words that will pop up frequently as he starts to read. He is super interested in spelling words lately, and we’re always spelling things together, especially when we are in the car.
The other day we were doing our spelling game when Jackson walked into the kitchen and announced that he had figured out how to spell another word.
Jackson: “Mama, I can spell ‘dog’ now!”
Me: “Wow! How do you spell ‘dog’?”
I guess Jackson has heard me say one too many times that Macy is B-A-D. I’m fairly certain that my days of spelling words because Jackson is in the room and I don’t want him to know what I’m talking about are numbered.
Too B-A-D for me.
I’ve been having chronic headaches again lately. And by “chronic” I mean that I’ve had a headache for 4 weeks straight now. The headaches are part of the reason I’ve been so sporadic with my blogging. It has been awhile since I saw my neurologist (since before I was pregnant with Anderson), and I’m out of the loop on headache medications now. I used to take Maxalt and that medicine was a gift from God except for the $20 per pill price tag. I often had to choose whether or not a headache was Maxalt worthy before I would pop a pill because I didn’t want to waste expensive medicine on something that Tylenol or Excedrin would help. I don’t have any Maxalt right now, so I’m out of luck in that department.
I couldn’t get an appointment with my neurologist until December, so until then I’m just living on a combination of Excedrin, Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I’m completely aware that I’m giving myself rebound headaches, I just don’t know what to do without taking the Tylenol because the pain is so bad.
So, if you suffer from headaches what do you do? Are there any new migraine medications out on the market that might be worth mentioning to my doctor? Because y’all, it feels like an eternity to December, and trying to function with constant pain is getting old. I’m open to any suggestions you have.
Y’all have a great day!
Saturday night we were enjoying dinner out with my sister Kellyn, her husband Jason, and their little boy Luke. We had decided to go to Logan’s Steakhouse since they have delicious rolls and unlimited peanuts to munch on before your food comes out.
Jackson isn’t much for peanuts, but he was being so nice to crack the peanuts for me while I was busy being occupied with Anderson. Jackson had cracked 5 or so peanuts for me (which I had devoured) when I glanced over to Jackson just as he was cracking open another peanut for me.
Unbeknownst to be, my sweet 5 year old was taking the peanuts, dropping them on the filthy peanut covered floor, stomping on them with his dirty cowboy boots, picking them back up off the floor, dusting them off and then handing them to me.
Good times, I tell ya. Good times!
Married: 9 years, 11 months
Pregnant: 78 weeks
3 years of diaper/pullup changing
1 funeral director education (For the hubs)
1 public school
1 happy family.
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I shared with you 22 things that I have never done a week ago. At 31 years old, here are 22 things that I have done (in no particular order).
1. Gotten a tattoo.
2. Flown from Alabama to Colorado and back by myself.
3. Spent a combined grand total of 10 hours in labor with my sweet boys.
4. Loved my husband and kids more than life itself.
5. Been a lifeguard.
6. Taught abstinence education and STD prevention to junior high and high school kids.
7. Finished college in exactly 4 years.
8. Performed in front of 100,000 people.
9. Rappelled down a mountain.
10. Gone white water rafting 6 times.
11. Seen Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman more times than I can count.
12. Ridden in an ambulance once.
13. Been to Puerto Rico twice, Mexico twice, and the Bahamas once.
14. Seen New Kids On The Block 3 times in concert. It would have been 4 times but they cancelled the last show when I had tickets in 2008.
15. Met my husband on the internet.
16. Had my tonsils removed as an adult. It was torture, but totally worth it in the end.
17. Made dear friends all over the country from blogging, and consider their friendship as real to me as people I know in real life.
18. Made a chocolate cake and chocolate icing from scratch.
19. Been a follower of Jesus since I was ten.
20. Gotten stuck on a roller coaster over water at Six Flags.
21. Only had 1 cavity in my life.
22. Drank an entire 2 liter of Mountain Dew in one sitting. I was literally shaking uncontrollably after I got done.
That’s it! Anything surprise you? What have you done? I hope y’all have a great day!
I’m 31 years old and I’ve never:
1. Watched more than 30 minutes of any Star Wars movie.
2. Eaten a Whopper from Burger King.
3. Eaten sushi.
4. Vacationed completely alone.
5. Been to New York or Washington D.C., although both are a dream for me.
7. Gone into labor without being induced or given birth without an epidural.
8. Slept past 10:00 in the morning.
9. Seen the Pacific Ocean.
1. Been to a professional football or baseball game.
11. Seen Sixteen Candles, Footloose, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or The Godfather.
12. Been in a helicopter.
13. Seen a Broadway play or musical.
14. Gotten into a physical fight.
15. Voted for a Democrat.
16. Met a celebrity, unless you count Steven Seagal, and I don’t!
17. Been in a hot air balloon, gone bungee jumping, water skiing, snow skiing, surfing, scuba diving, parasailing or skydiving.
18. Broken a bone.
19. Gotten a speeding ticket.
20. Changed a tire.
21. Played bunko.
22. Had anything published.
That’s it for me. Y’all have a great day!
Last night I went to my friend Kasey’s art studio for one of her painting classes and made what I think is my favorite painting ever which says a lot considering I have done well over 10 pictures at her studio! I had such a good time, and I was so proud of the end result. The picture looks so great hanging in my living room and I can’t help but stare at it every time I walk into the room. The feathers have a little bit of glitter on them which gave them the perfect finishing touch. I absolutely love the painting, and I just had to come and shake my tail feathers to show y’all what I did. Whatcha think?
We went to the Pumpkin Patch weekend before last and had such a good time. The weather was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day. Jackson had a blast playing on the inflatables and riding the pony and the train. Anderson was a doll as usual and spent most of the day in the carrier where he enjoyed the scenery. We picked out 2 huge pumpkins that I will carve later this month. Enjoy the pics!
I'm taking a few days off from my blog. I ask that you pray for an unspoken prayer need, and I'll be back in a few days with new pictures of the boys.
"Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven." Psalm 107:28-30
Anything y’all need to confess?
It's been a rough week around here with Jeremy's stomach bug (he's all better now, thank goodness!), and I've already had two really long travel days, and I have another 320 mile day ahead of me today.
So today I'm calling in tired to the blog. I don't think I could come up with something blog worthy if I tried. I'll catch up with y'all tomorrow!
Having a big brother was bound to catch up to Anderson sooner or later.
The other day I was laying in bed with Anderson and Jackson got onto the bed and started talking silly to him. Jeremy walked through the bedroom around that time and sat down beside us and enjoyed watching Jackson play with Anderson. I was taking it all in, enjoying a sweet little moment of us spending time together in bed as a family of four, when Jackson asked to hold Anderson. Jackson was standing square in the middle of our bed, right between Jeremy and I, and we made sure he was holding Anderson right and we passed him over.
Looking back I realize the “standing” part was where the problem started!
Jackson had the biggest smile on his face and then he said the words that will forever be etched in my memory: “Anderson is going to love this!” With those words he proceeded to drop Anderson on his bottom right in the middle of our bed. It was one of those moments when as a parent you are completely aware that something bad is about to happen, but there is no way to stop it.
I’m not quite sure what Jackson was expecting to happen; whether he thought Anderson would bounce and have a great time in the process, or what.
So after Jackson said his infamous words, Jeremy and I watched Anderson fall from Jackson’s arms in slow motion, no more than a foot down, onto the middle of our bed. We were both in shock, and I think as soon as it happened Jackson realized the seriousness of what he just did and started getting upset. To our credit, neither Jeremy nor I freaked out, and Anderson was fine, not even aware that anything happened!
We checked Anderson out, and then Jackson and I had a good little talk about why dropping your brother is not a good idea, and I made sure to stress to him about how dangerous it could have been if he had hit his head on the hard floor. I told him that we had never dropped him as a baby, and that we need to be really careful with Anderson because he’s just a little baby.
After we hugged and he apologized to Anderson, I left him with these parting words, “Next time you think of something that you think Anderson will love, run it by me first!” Both Anderson and I will appreciate that in the future!
I’ve been up since 4:00 this morning…
I got ready for work…
Jeremy got ready for work…
The boys got ready for school…
I took the boys to their schools…
I went to work…
Jeremy went to work…
Jeremy came home from work with a really nice stomach virus…
I worked all day…
I came home to pack my car for work tomorrow, clean the house, wash clothes, put clothes away and Lysol everything Jeremy has touched today…
I picked up the kids from school…
I filled the car up because I have to drive 300 miles tomorrow to do a presentation three hours away…
I went to Wal-Mart to get Gatorade and soup for Jeremy….
My Mom watched the boys so I could have a belated birthday dinner with Miranda…
I got the kids back home, Lysoled some more and Mom and Dad helped cover one child while I bathed the other child…
I read, “Make Way For Ducklings” to Jackson and put him to bed…
I moved the bassinet to the living room so Anderson and I can camp out…
I laid down on the couch and propped my feet up for a few minutes…
And now I’m waiting until 10:00 to try to feed Anderson one more time so maybe he will sleep through the night…
It’s been a very long day. Jeremy is still sick, and I feel emotionally and physically drained right now. Can someone please pass the toothpicks so I can prop my eyelids open? Wish me luck tonight, and pray that Jeremy gets to feeling better soon, and that the rest of us don’t get it. I’ll catch up with y’all again soon.
That's it for today. Do y'all have anything you need to confess?
We got our pictures from our amazing photographer, Lydia Wolfe, today and I am thrilled with the pictures. She did such a good job, and I’m absolutely loving the black and white shots. The pics of the boys together didn’t work out great, but it definitely wasn’t Lydia’s fault for lack of trying. Somebody, ahem Jackson, didn’t want to be particularly cooperative after Anderson pooted on him! Oh well. I have plenty of other shots to work with, and I just spent way too much time on Shutterfly ordering pictures. Thanks Lydia! Y’all enjoy the pictures!
Y'all have a great day!