Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Home again, home again, Jessie Ann

My mom used to sing me this silly made up song whenever we would pull into our driveway after a long trip. I've tried singing it to my kids as well, but it just doesn't flow with Jaina Catherine and Jayce Carrington. I think their middle names are too long!

Anyway, I feel like I am home again. I'm almost 30 (will be on Friday!) and I've lived in 3 different states for almost 10 years a piece. Not quite how to count years 18-22 when I was in college. Technically I was living in SC, but I was also still a Georgia Resident and considered Tucker my home.

Its nice to be here. Georgia is a beautiful state and being here brings back lots of good memories. I am hoping to catch up with some friends while I am here!

See you all soon, Have a GREAT Thanksgiving with your families and I'll see you (with pictures!) on Monday :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The importance of Breastfeeding. Why Breast is always best...

I got this video from a mom on my AP internet group. I know the info is preaching to the choir since the majority of my friends are pro-nursing, however, I am sharing anyway because I never get tired of seeing pictures of nursing babies :)

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Skip day

As most of you guys know, my kids both had a huge bout with viruses these past two weeks.

There was one day, however, that Jaina felt pretty good. This was in between her croup virus and her strep/bronchitis episode. I *could* have sent her to school that day, but she would have had to take a spelling test that she wasn't prepared for in the least (not after having a high fever and horrible coughing spells at night all week long!)

So, we made it a "skip day" instead. Except I didn't tell her it was a skip day. I told her she needed "just one more day to recover" and that was good enough for her.

After dropping Jayce off at school (this was between croup and before Fifth's Disease) we went to Walmart and got a brand new My Little Pony that her daddy had promised to buy her the day before but didn't follow through on. Her name is Star Song and she was only $5 and came with a DVD, so it was a good deal.

Then we went to the Post office for stamps and to the bank to deposit money. Its SO nice to run errands without Jayce. Jaina actually helps as opposed to hindering, like her little brother does.

Jaina's pick next was to go to Waffle House for breakfast. She LOVES Waffle House, but we hardly ever go. Ah, Waffle House. Its a southern institution. Not to be confused with Huddle House, that is entirely different. Waffle house and I have some great memories from high school, college, and following bands around. So, it is kinda weird to be taking my 6 year old there at 9:00 AM when I used to go at 3 AM after a late night concert!

Anyway, Jaina's eyes were bigger than her stomach. She ordered a waffle, hash browns (plain and not scattered) and an order of bacon. I had my usual... hash browns scattered, covered, and chunked. And then I ate the rest of her food.

After breakfast, we went to the newly renovated library in town and checked out the new building.

We had a great day :)



Monday, November 17, 2008

Red Shirts

Okay, here's the story...

On Friday morning at 6:30 AM, I went into Jayce's closet and randomly picked his red Cookie Monster T-shirt. Then I found some clean jeans of his on my floor and got him dressed. Then I went back into my room and threw on some clothes. The bra I had picked out showed through my first shirt, so I traded it for my thicker red shirt. While I was dressing, Jaina was getting dressed, too. She has ONE pair of jeans that she approves of and hardly ever wears them. When she came out of her bedroom, she was wearing a red shirt and jeans, too. I promise you, we did not plan this!

But because we were all so cute and color coordinated, Jaina asked if we could take pictures that morning after we picked up Jayce from school (Jaina was spending the day at home due to recovering from strep).

We have this huge window in the back of our house next to our kitchen table. It brings in the most awesome light into our house. And its super easy to move the table out of the way to give us more room. For first pictures I took, I tried to create a backdrop using some chairs and a blanket. You'll see below that it didn't work out very well.

Jayce loves the timer on our canon powershot, which sometimes works to our advantage, sometimes not. This was one of those times where he wanted to press the shutter button and watch the flash go off in front of his eyes, so he did NOT want to stay on his spot on the stool. I kept telling him to "SIT DOWN!" and he would obey, only to jump up two seconds later flapping his hands excitedly. These are the best pics I could get.

The Three of Us:





Then I nixed the blanket and bribed the kids to sit in the barstools next to each other. This way, Jayce couldn't escape. Now, why I left the messy clutter and the yellow handled broom stay in the background, I do not know. I wish I could photoshop it outta there!

I am always on a quest to find the "perfect" picture of my two children together. Smiling, looking at the camera. It almost never happens. Jaina loves to give "posed" smiles and Jayce doesn't stay in one place for very long. Combine it with the fact that I want good lighting and a decent backdrop, I am usually a glutton for punishment. Oh well. I just keep taking pictures and hope that one will turn out okay one day!


Aww... kisses. They do love each other.

Then, Jayce reached over and smacked Jaina on the head, totally unprovoked.


Then Jaina retaliated. I stood there with my camera and took pictures, like any good mom :)








Jaina is always willing to pose for me. But will she give me a genuine smile? Sometimes :)






Its a little harder to get good pictures of Jayce, but boy do I love trying :) And love the rewards of when I catch cute expressions on his face!









So, that's the story of all these pictures :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Just a Couple of Turkeys











My turkeys felt a little better the other afternoon and decided to paint. Jayce used to make one mark on the paper with the brush and then need a whole new piece of paper. But school has taught him that you need to actually make something on your paper before moving on. They also helped him get over his fear of having paint on his hands.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Monsters

I just love to see what a kid left alone with only art supplies and an imagination will come up with :)





And speaking of Monsters...

I think we have a book eating monster in our house. One that has an appetite for Jayce's board books. It ate not one, but TWO copies ofGoodnight Gorilla. It also must have eaten our copy of I Love you, Stinkyface because it's nowhere to be found. If the next book to go missing is Merry Christmas, Stinkyface I'll know that some book eating conspiracy is definitely going on around us!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

More Chimney Rock

I think we ended up traveling up to Chimney Rock almost every weekend in October to see the changing leaves. These are the pictures from the small camera that Brian and Jaina shot themselves.

The other little girl in these pictures is Jaina's friend Ravyn. The day after I was released from the hospital, Brian took Jaina, Ravyn, and Jayce up to Chimney Rock to give me the day by myself.