Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wordy Wednesday

Like me, I believe that Jackson is an extroverted introvert. Meaning, he enjoys being around other people and can be quite outgoing, but doesn't derive his energy from those interactions and is equally happy playing on his own. It takes him a few minutes in a new setting to warm up and he really needs some down time to recharge after he has been "on" for a while.

Yesterday when I picked him up from school, I was asking him how his day went, what he learned, etc on the drive home. He happily answered my questions for a couple of minutes and then said "Mommy, don't talk to me anymore." I asked him why I couldn't talk to him anymore and he replied "I needs new batteries".

I completely understand, buddy. We drove the rest of the way home in peaceful silence.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Slow Down Sunday

How cute are these two? I love that Jackson is teaching Andrew the big, open-mouthed smile. It's my favorite.

It was nearly 80 degrees yesterday so we enjoyed some outside time in the back yard.

Jackson is BUSY. He narrarates everything. On this day, he was playing out an elaborate story in which he was decorating his tree house for his birthday party (and singing happy birthday to himself) until the party was stormed by a scary dragon (daddy). I love this funny, imaginitive boy!
Andrew wants in on the action so much, but is content to just observe...for now.

One Year Later...

It was on this day one year ago that we found out that sweet Andrew was going to be joining our family! 

I had actually started testing daily with the dollar store cheapos a couple of days earlier, even though I knew it was too early for them to be positive. I woke up early, around 6:30, on the morning of the 28th, even though it was a Saturday, because I was too excited to sleep anymore. I just knew this one would be positive. I was right! The faintest little pink line showed up! I left the test on the counter and somehow went back to bed and slept until Jackson got up an hour or so later. (People who know me well will be surprised at this point that I didn't tell Justin right away!) I got up with Jackson and made breakfast. When Justin (finally!) got up, Jackson and I followed him into the bathroom to see his reaction. I think he said something to the effect of "why did you leave this on the counter?" to which I responded that maybe he should actually look at it. =) He wasn't surprised, but I think he was about as excited as his first-thing-in-the-morning-grumpiness would allow.

Because we found out so early (literally on the first possible day that we could have known), the next few weeks would drag by as we waited to share the big news.

This is what Jackson looked like when we first told him he was going to be a big brother:

But once it sunk in, he was excited too!

(We didn't actually take pictures when we told Jackson. He was 19 months old--he couldn't have cared less! But it is pretty crazy to see what a baby he was and how much HE has grown over the last year too!)

What a year it's been! We are so happy to be a family of 4 and Andrew is the perfect addition to our crazy family.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Look "hooos" two!

We went to a fun and super cute "Night Owl" themed birthday party for a very special almost-2-year-old on Saturday night. I can't believe sweet Jillian is about to be 2!
Jackson and Jilly, of course, had a fun time playing together!

Andrew watched the big kids play longingly. Don't worry, you'll be playing with them in no time, buddy!

The kiddos had a great time playing, we ate yummy breakfast foods and sang to the precious birthday girl.

Happy Birthday Jillian! It's been so much fun watching you grow and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays with you!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Movie Night and Cake (Batter)!

We had our family movie night on Friday night. Justin and I wanted to try some cake batter waffles but Jackson requested cookies, so we just split the cake mix in half and did both! Both turned out great, so here are the recipes.

Cake Batter Waffles

1. Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs.
2. Pour into hot waffle maker. Cook 3-5 minutes or until steaming stops.
3. Serve waffles with your choice of toppings such as ice cream, fruit, etc.

Cake Batter Cookies:

1 box of cake mix (we used chocolate but you could use any kind. I think funfetti would be great!)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips (I didn't have any so I used some M&Ms instead)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, butter and eggs until smooth and well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
These are the pre-baked cookies. I was too busy eating the finished product to take a picture!

Our grown-up dessert was great, but honestly, I liked Jackson's cookies more! They were kind of a cross between a cookie and a brownie. Yum. Jackson liked them too!

We watched Stuart Little and Jackson LOVED it. He thinks slapstick comedy is hilarious and so he especially enjoyed the scenes where the cats are chasing Stuart and they run into each other, crash into the river, etc. He laughed so loud!

These are such fun and easy family nights, and snuggling with all my boys for a little while can't be beat!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ailing Andrew

Not surprisingly, since the boys went back to school at the beginning of the month, we made it about a week before Jackson came home with a runny nose and cough. And then I got it and then finally poor Andrew succombed to the germies. He was running a little fever last Friday night but it came and went pretty quickly. The cough and runny nose persisted throughout this week though and then on Thursday, the fever came back and he got sent home early from school.

Once we got home on Thursday afternoon, we snuggled in for a nap and he woke up feeling some better.
He wasn't feeling like himself later in the evening though, so I was glad we had a doctors appointment scheduled for this morning. Doctor Sullivan checked him out this morning and decided that it's just a virus with no sign of infection anywhere. It's likely a new virus than the one he originally had and that's what is causing the new round of fever. She prescribed him with rest, plenty of fluids and lots of snuggles.
So that's exactly what we did!
He dozed off and on throughout the morning, often opening just one eye to make sure I was still there. =)

He seemed to be feeling good enough to play for a little while, so we took a break from napping and he "helped" me with the laundry.

Daddy took the afternoon shift, and got to enjoy his sleepy snuggles while I went to work. I hate that he's sick but we certainly don't mind spending half the day loving on our baby!

 He's snoozing mostly peacefully now, so hopefully he will wake up feeling better in the morning.

Absolutely jealous of those lashes!
 We're ready for our happy, smiley boy to come back. Say a prayer, please!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Soak it in

Don't you just love when a day off from work coincides with a beautiful day outside...especially in the middle of the winter? It's as if God is insisting that you go outside, relax and enjoy this gift. So that's exactly what we did Monday.

We had a few errands to run in the morning, grabbed some pizza for lunch and then headed to the park (a new park that none of us had ever been to for a change of pace).

Jackson never gets tired of swinging!

...or climbing!

The park was busy and Andrew enjoyed the people watching with Daddy!
As it turned out, the long sleeves and pants I dressed Andrew in that morning was a bit too warm by mid-day. But no worries, we just ditched the pants and let his legs hang out in all their chubby, dimpled glory.

*Pinch, pinch!*
Too soon it was time for nap and then we spent the rest of the evening making dinner, doing laundry and getting ready for the week ahead. I soaked up as many snuggles and giggles as I could though.

During bathtime, we noticed that sweet Andrew has reached another milestone: having enough hair to spike!
Tiny fauxhawk. <3
I love my job, but I miss my boys so much during the week. Thank goodness for 3 day weekends to make it slightly more bearable!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Busy Long Weekend

If only every weekend could be three days long!
Grammy and Pop came to visit to help us cross some things off of our to-do list as we get ready to list the house for sale. Justin and Dad stayed very busy and got so much done, and Mom and I stayed busy keeping the boys out of the house as much as possible.
Jackson made sure that Pop had a little bit of fun too though!

Andrew was excited to see his Grammy and Pop too!
On Saturday, mom and I took Jackson to the Children's Museum.
Doing a little shopping.

Jilly and her mommy joined us too!
After running from exhibit to exhibit, the pair took a little break to catch up on some reading.

Andrew thought the Children's Museum was a nice place for a nap.
Our out-of-the-house fun continued after nap time with a trip to the park.
Swingin with Grammy.

He's getting to be such a good climber!

We did let Pop take a little break that night to celebrate his birthday!

Happy Birthday dear Pop, happy birthday to you!
Jackson is quite good at blowing out candles!
Pop and his boys
On Sunday, mom and I drove to Austin to pick up my Grandma from the airport, and Marc, Alison, and Breelie met us for lunch!

Since Grandma became a great Grandma, she is sometimes called Grandma Grandma. Jackson takes this a step further and has been calling her Grandma Grandma Grandma! Love it!

Thanks Dad for all of your help with the house and thanks Mom for helping me entertain the boys!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Boys

I may be outnumbered, but I sure am blessed!
My boys have the best daddy!

And this little one is just pure joy...

And this little one amazes us every day with the funny things he says and does and always keeps us on our toes!
Of course you need to wear your winter hat to the dinner table!
"I working mommy! I need my supsenders on!"

These two brothers are going to be the best of friends.

"You like the ball machine, Andrew?"

"Here, you can hold the orange ball."

"Does it taste good Andrew?"
 What more could I possibly want?

I'm a blessed lady, indeed!