Friday, March 31, 2006

Special Day. . .

Today is what would have been my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. My sweet granddad had to go through his first anniversary without the love of his life today. It was hard on my heart---I can't imagine how hard it must have been on his. I can't WAIT to see the 2 of them together again in heaven. Come quickly, Lord!!

Some of us from church went to the Botanical Gardens today to take pictures of our kids. It was HOT outside---none of us were prepared for that. For some reason I thought I could do an outfit change with Jack and Hayley and take pictures of them. It didn't quite flow as smoothly as I pictured it. I did an outfit change for Jack and left his clothes on the bench at the gardens! Sweet Chesley called on her way home to tell me she grabbed them for me. I had a stranger come ask me if she could watch Hayley for me. Apparantly I wasn't doing a very good job in her opinion. : ) As crazy as it was, it was fun to be with friends and be crazy together. 3 of us had older ones who were wanting very badly to jump in the pond and get wet. : ) The other 4 girls have kids that are still stationary and not running around just yet. Not much longer and they'll be off! I need to download the pictures---I'll work on that sometime this weekend and put some on my blog.

Jack is now almost 10 weeks old. Hard to believe how fast it is going with round 2. He is still only getting up once a night for the most part and on occaision will go all night. He is such a little chunk! Hayley was tall and skinny (and still is) so to see chunky legs and a thick mid-section is so new and so fun! Hayley's latest sweet story is that she came up to Jack while I was feeding him the other day, put her head down on his head and said, "I hud doo." (I love you) It's the first time she said I love you to anyone on her own without us saying it first. Totally melted my heart. I also love it when she'll go, "Hey buddy!" (I say that all the time.) And when he cries she'll run over to him and say, "In cye Gack! Papy, papy??" (Don't cry Jack! Paci, paci?) As exhausting as this is with both of them sooo young right now, it's soooo worth it. What blessings these precious children are to me!

This is Garrett Walton in his cute little Easter outfit! The 2 pictures above are of Jack Pinson and Hayley taking a break from trying to get INTO the water and probably scheming how to get away from their mommies so that they could get into the water. (the mommies won!) And the picture at the top is of John Critz and Hayley looking down at Jack and a bunch of plastic eggs. They are so cute!

In this picture, Hayley had been with me in my room and I realized all of the sudden she wasn't there and I panicked because Jack was on the couch where she could get to him. (He isn't rolling yet---I know I shouldn't leave him there.) Anyway, I ran into the living room and this is what I saw! She had climbed up on the couch and was just patting his head watching the Wiggles on tv. So SWEET!!

Handsome boy! Like father, like son!

A picture with mama and her babies! It's funny how few of these there end up being. : )

Monday, March 06, 2006

I LOVE my kids!!!

Could they be any cuter?? What precious gifts we have been blessed with. Jack's eyes crack me up in this picture. This was on one of the cold days we had in February. We loaded up one morning to go to Starbucks so mama could get a cup of decaf! Oh how I look forward to being able to get regular loaded cups of coffee from Starbucks again!

I took Hayley and Jack to Austin last Thursday to see my parents and sister, my granddad, my aunt and uncle from Alaska and 2 of my cousins! It was so much fun getting to see everyone. My dad got to hold Jack for the first time and see him for the first time since he got a glimpse of him in the hospital the day he was born! I'll have to post a couple of those pictures later---so sweet. The trip down was quite comical. As I hopped on 35 and started thinking about the reality of what I was doing I kind of panicked! I had to stop in Waco and feed both of them and myself (ha) and that was CRAZY!! I am not a fan of breast feeding in public places (other people don't bother me---I'm just not 100% comfortable about it myself) so I decided Luby's might be the perfect place to eat lunch. I got in okay, got Hayley in a high chair and got help getting the food to the far corner table by the windows hoping Hayley could be distracted by the birds outside and that I could feed Jack discreetly. By the time we finished, Jack had blown out a diaper (severely) and they both had macaroni and cheese in their hair. Hayley had apple juice soaking her shirt as well as a diaper that needed changing. I wanted to cry, but I couldn't help but laugh! The scene in the bathroom was great---my stuff was EVERYWHERE!! I'm trying to change Jack's clothes and diaper PRAYING he wouldn't pee on me (or anyone else in there), it was seriously 100 degrees in that place too. I was sweating like a dog occasionally grabbing Hayley away from all of the unsanitary things she was continually reaching for and trying to help a lady with an oxygen tank get in the door in the midst of the chaos. Needless to say, I was happy to get them back in the car and get to my parents' house! I was very thankful for the portable DVD player and Baby Einstein in the car. Jack didn't make a peep in the car the whole way---Hayley is another story. Tra flew down on Saturday and we all drove back home together on Sunday. The scene in Whataburger Sunday was a whole different story. Very calm, cool and collected. OH how we LOVE dada!! He is the greatest!! (for more reasons than the fact he is another set of hands!)

So I survived the first road trip with 2 kids. That's a milestone. Jack is now only waking up once at night to eat. Last night was his first night in his big boy bed (his crib) in his OWN room upstairs! He did great! He went to bed at 11:30, woke up at 2:30 and ate, I put him down and laid down on his floor for a second (ha) to make sure he went back to sleep and I woke up around 4:30 on his floor. I went and got in my own bed and went to get him a little before 7:00! He is the best baby! He is starting to smile as of a week and a half ago. We are all loving him more and more as the days go by. He is 6 weeks old today! Time is flying by just as I knew it would. We can't wait until our next visit to Nana's and Big D's house!!