Monday, December 29, 2008

Jackson's First Christmas

Oh, where to begin...

We are in Tennessee right now, having Christmas with my side of the family. We were in Virginia last week with Jamin's. There is so much to blog about. I guess I will start with our Christmas at home before our trip.

It was Jackson's first Christmas! We were so excited! We wanted everything to be so fun for him. But you know how it goes. They don't care about the toys as much as the paper, ribbons, and I guess the coffee table in our case. :)

Jamin bought me a beautiful set of (real) pearls. It was a necklace, bracelet, and earrings. They are so beautiful! He also got me a gorgeous red coat. I've wanted one forever!

We had a wonderful family Christmas at home, and thank God for our sweet son. I didn't include a picture of our three stockings together. They will be four next Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Jackson's First Haircut

Jackson was born with a lot of hair. It's been long in the back since he was born, and over his ears for months now. It's just a few weeks until his first birthday, so we decided to cut it.




Friday, December 5, 2008

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I finally got around to some decorating! I love Christmas decorating, but haven't felt great the last few days. Jackson was a little scared of the tree at first. He doesn't like to touch things that are prickly or weird. But he got used to it and likes to take the ornaments off now!

We got our tree about 1/2 mile up the road from our house at a place called Sugar Tree Farms. That's where we got our tree last year. It's a cut-it-yourself farm, so neat! We got an 8-footer this year! It's not the most gorgeous tree ever, but we still don't have a ton of ornaments.

I love having a fireplace!

I couldn't post without a few "busy Jackson" pictures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Worth a Thousand Words

Mom & Dad's Visit

Mom and Dad came up, oh... about three weeks ago, I guess. I've not been keeping up lately. Mom already blogged about it. But I'm just getting around to it. They came Thursday around lunch time and left Saturday around lunch time. Friday, we went out for a while, to the park and to an Amish store. The store was loaded with all kinds of swings, play equipment and gazebos outside. They had brought Daniel (my three-year-old nephew), so he and Jackson had fun playing outside for a long time. Here are a few pictures from that special Friday:

Dad put Jackson down the twisty-slide. It made me kind of nervous, but he couldn't fall off. He looks funny in this picture, ready to go down, but he LOVED it!

Friday, night, we got Daniel singing all kinds of songs. So, Saturday he did it for the camera. He was so adorable!!

Daniel is so much fun! I hardly ever get to see him, so I treasured those few days playing with him!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Happy November

I hope everyone is having a great November. It's almost time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't believe it's this time of year already! It has gone by so fast. Jackson is precious! He is into everything! He loves to climb, open, throw, spill, and scream. He's your typical boy, and yes he is spoiled. But you have to practice being a parent, right? We'll get it all figured out.

I haven't uploaded pictures in a while, so I can't post any (obviously). But I'll fill everyone in on what's been going on. Basically, the same things are happening around here. Jamin has been working and I have been homemaking.

More specifically, I have been scrapbooking a lot lately! Sometimes the mood just hits and there I go for days. I really want some new stuff for Christmas (hint, hint*). I've also been playing Christmas music and burning yummy-smelling candles and oils.

Oh yeah, and I've been on a diet, er, lifestyle change. I've lost 11 pounds the last 6 weeks! My goal is to lose 13 more. I'm fitting into clothes that I haven't worn since I got married. Yea! Yesterday, some ladies in the church and I went shopping in Washington Courthouse. The greatest thrift store in the country is there. I got some new clothes, all size 10s or Mediums! Yea! Then we went to Goodwill and I got a dress and two beautiful suits (on an AR friend loan). All Size 10s! I guess I am kind of glad for this accomplishment! I don't guess! I'm proud of it! Anyway, I just wanted to share that. Sorry to the few men who read my blog. I know this bores you. :)

I guess that's all for now. I just wanted to update so I wouldn't lose my "million-reader" status. :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Precious Family Times

Monday was a wonderful day! Jamin had the day off, and we went out and enjoyed ourselves. We couldn't go too far or spend too much. But just being together is the most fun.

We went to Maysville, KY. It's not a big town, but larger than West Union. We started out with lunch at Pizza Hut. It was SO good, and they had Cinnamon bread on the buffet. Yummy. After that, we hit a few stores. I was disappointed because I couldn't really find anything. I got Jackson a few things, a cute little toy and some clothes. I did find a really cute sweater for myself at Goodwill.

Then we went downtown by the river. There were so many cute shops around. We stopped at a little grocery store that had hand-dipped ice cream. I got one scoop of chocolate and one of mint chocolate chip. It was so good. Then we found a little scrapbook store. I was drooling at all the stuff I wanted. I'm really in the scrapbook mood right now. But after about 20 minutes of browsing, I bought a few papers and some ribbon for some pictures I'm having developed right now. I guess these parts of our day were really for me. Jamin doesn't scrapbook. :)

Then we went down to the river. It was so beautiful! The weather was perfect. I wasn't hot in long sleeves and Jamin wasn't cold in short sleeves. That's my kind of day. We just had a sweet time, taking pictures with the water, the bridge, the sun, and the three of us.

Jamin is my sweetheart forever and always.

"Mommy, you look funny upside down."

Two of a kind. A lady in our church always calls Jackson "Jamin." Then she says, "Why do I always say that?" They do look alike, but not that much.

Jackson was happy to be down. He had been in his stroller, a shopping cart, or carried all day. The water made me nervous, though. (Deep, dark water makes me feel claustrophobic.) I wouldn't even let go of his hand 6 feet away from the railing.

There were several tug boats and barges in the water.

No doubt Jackson will grow up loving all the same things as his Daddy.

Ahh, sweet memories...

Jackson only napped for about 20 minutes or so while we were in JCPenney, and maybe a few more minutes in the car. So he went down for a nap around 7 that evening. I tried to wake him up after about an hour. But he was so, so grumpy. After wrestling him for about 20 minutes I put him back to bed. He woke up around 5am to nurse, and wanted to stay awake and talk. :) He went to sleep before too long though, and got up at his normal time. I felt just as tired as he did.

I love sweet, simple days like that. The best memories are the most simple.