Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Day at the Park...

Last Saturday my sister Liz, who is a senior at a nearby college, came to stay with us. We decided to take advantage of the glorious weather and had a picnic (my 3rd one that week...I'm sort of addicted to picnics). All pictures, except the one she is in of course, are taken by Liz! Here are some of the highlights:
 This is Ace. He was a 9 week old Bulldog puppy we met. I wanted to steal him.

 This is Ace meeting Chase. Liz and I thought they looked a lot alike. I'm not sure why now. 

Jackson was terrified of Ace. He's barely in the shot of the first photo because he was running so fast screaming at the top of his lungs "DON'T LET HIM GET ME!!" Seriously, have you ever seen anything as terrifying as that puppy? Please note Jackson's expression in the second photo as he hides by the tree. And no, Jackson has never had a bad experience with a dog so I am absolutely allowed to make fun of him. 

During the picnic, Chase decided that he preferred to eat dirt rather than avocados. I was unaware of this fact until later viewing the pics. Thanks for stopping him, Liz. Or not.
 Liz got some gorgeous spring shots of this Star Magnolia (I only know the name because she is a Horticulture major and knows the name of every plant, tree and flower on the planet). 
Pretty Auntie Liz and baby Chase. 
Alan pushing a very happy Jackson...
Aaand Jackson pushing a very happy Daddy. 
The End. 
 P.S. I'll post about the Flat Belly Diet next post. It's going great! =) 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Getting to Know ME!

1. What year did you graduate high school?
I graduated from high school in 1999...and college in 2006. And no, I'm not a doctor. =)

2. What part of your body do you neglect the most?
My poor abs. I can't even remember the last time I did a crunch. We'll just blame it on those babies I keep having.

This is me exactly two years ago after Jackson but before Chase and during a running phase. That was probably the last of my ab baring days. RIP bikini.

3. Beach house or Lake house?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the beach and my husband and I always said we wanted a beach house. Then one summer we were vacationing at Emerald Isle and boogie boarding when a BIG shark fin popped up RIGHT in front of us. I'm talking, could reach out and touch it close!! We both went running out of the water (Alan left me behind but he was gracious enough to yell at me "SHARK!") and then we decided on the way home we wanted a lake house instead. Since it's been four or five years since that happened, we have now revised our wish list to be a beach house with a pool. Final answer.
I can't prove it, but I'm pretty sure this is what the rest of the shark looked like.

4. Mac or PC?
I heart my Mac. I also heart my husband's PC. I'm writing this on a PC because my Mac's cord broke. Again. For the third time.

5. Did you wear braces?
Heck, yes I did. Those were a GLORIOUS three years.

And yes, I did use colored rubber bands like seen above. I tended to go with red and blue because those were my school colors. GO IRONS JUNIOR HIGH COUGARS! Yeah, I was awesome.

6. If you could be one person for a or deceased..who would you be?
I'm assuming I shouldn't say I'd be me because that would sound lame but I really wouldn't want to be anyone other than me. If I HAD to be someone else, I'd want to be my husband for a day so I could figure out what the heck is going on in his head. Um, I wrote a really nice blog about him a few entries ago so I'm allowed to say this. =)

7. How many times have you moved in your life?
TOO MANY! Grass Valley, California to Arlington, Texas to Lubbock, Texas to Northern Virginia to Southern Virginia to North Carolina to Southern Virgina. Phew. And that isn't including all the moves our first years of marriage to different places in Southern, 10+

8. Would you rather cook or clean?
No. Oh, I have to do one or the other? Sigh. Cook, I guess. I wish I liked cooking but I just don't. Sometimes when I'm having a dance party in my kitchen and the boys are napping and I'm making something kind of easy, I don't hate it. The rest of the time, I pretty much hate it. Especially since the result is usually my three year old wrinkling up his nose and saying "I don't like it." He is immediately chastised and then the rest of us dig in and silently think "I don't like it."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patty's Day...

HAPPY St. Patrick's Day!
I like to think I have a wee bit of Irish in me! My mom's Maiden name was Murphy so that should qualify me, right? She claims to be 100% Italian (she's not- at all) but with our green eyes she really should be embracing her wee bonnie lass Irish roots. I've been using the terms wee and bonnie and lass and lad excessively today. I'm allowed since I'm Irish.

While I was helping Jackson pick out his clothes today, I was explaining to him that we were all going to wear green! He wanted to wear blue. So I explained to him that the Leprechauns would pinch him if didn't wear green. He wanted a long explanation of what a Leprechaun is. I told him they are sneaky, little guys that make mischief and hide pots of gold and pinch people who don't wear green. Close enough, right?
Well, after dressing Chase and Jackson in green, we started to head downstairs. Jackson realized I wasn't yet wearing green and burst into tears as he looked frantically around for a Leprechaun. Hmm. I think he had something like this in mind:
I quickly revised what a Leprechaun was. They are friendly, funny, little guys who don't pinch you unless you leave the house with out wearing green. And their pinches don't hurt. Despite this, he spent the whole morning being a little skittish and frequently checking outside for a Leprechaun. We left for the mall and an argument ensued in the car on whether or not my green scarf would suffice as a green thing since Jackson (who was now an expert on St. Patrick's Day protocol) said you actually have to wear a green SHIRT. Here he is rolling his eyes at me. I have NO idea where he picked up this trait. Certainly not from ME.

We had our (new) traditional Chickfila lunch and Jackson nodded approvingly at all the employees wearing their green hats and at all the green flowers and decorations. Every now and then someone would come in not wearing green and Jackson would shake his head and say (loudly) "The Leprechauns are going to pinch them."
We played at the play area where Jackson made a new friend. The friend's father was a (very nice) pastor of one of the large, local churches and he handed me this pamphlet (I must have looked unsaved today):

Chase proceeded to eat it. Chase also rocked a faux hawk today and received a lot of compliments.

Then we rode the hippo train and Jackson took a (blurry) picture of us right as a group of teenagers walked by snickering. Whatever, teens. You should be in school getting your education. Yeah...take that.

And then to finish our St. Patrick's Day festivities, Jackson rode the train with the...Easter

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Top 10 reasons why my husband rocks...

I use this blog mostly to document what's going on with the boys since it started as a way for out of town family to read and see updates, but I'd like to start using it to do some writing just for fun. My husband hasn't gotten a lot of "blog love" and I'd like to change that. Here is my Top 10 list for Alan.
From Mom and Dad's and Beach 2009

10. His love for all egg-shaped chocolate. Alan can pass up candy any time of the year UNLESS it's a Cadbury creme egg or a Reeses egg. As soon as they enter the stores (usually January), I know that Alan cannot enter the grocery store with out returning with one of these suckers. Don't ask me why, but I find this particular weakness of his endearing.
From Feb/March

9. His passion for his job.
Alan spent the first five years of our marriage on Young Life staff and it was amazing to see what he did. He cared so much about the high school kids, leaders, and committee that he worked with and went far above and beyond what was required of him. He is currently in his third year of teaching high school English and he once again is giving it his all. We've ran into his students and they are quick to inform me that "Mr.Janney was my favorite teacher EVER!" He leaves his classroom open at lunch to students who come and play Backgammon or Chess or just hang out to have a "safe place" to eat lunch. He tutors students when he doesn't have to and is helping out with the baseball team. He truly exemplifies Collosians 3:23 to me "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
From Mom and Dad's and Beach 2009

8. His movie star good looks. Ever heard of a certain movie star named Jimmy Kimmel? Okay, so he's actually a comedian/late show host, but close enough. Alan STRONGLY resembles Jimmy. He also gets Jack Black and Shane West. By the way, I think Jack Black was sort of adorable in "The Holiday" but Alan's way cuter than him. All in all, he's a hottie.
From Feb/March

7. Wonderful sense of humor. Alan is very funny. You might not realize it if you're just meeting him because he's not the kind of person who tries to draw attention to himself, but if you get to know him, he's very funny. His humor doesn't always translate, though. Like when he attended a celebration dinner with me at the end of a bible study that was put on by a bunch of older Baptist women and said something along the lines of, "I really appreciate what you ladies did for Sarah. She doesn't cuss or get drunk nearly as much as she used to." Lovely.
From Mom and Dad's and Beach 2009

6. Love of Literature and Writing. Alan is a reader. He is usually reading 2 or 3 books at a time. He challenges me to read beyond by favorite genre (the very intellectually stimulating Chick Lit) and read non-fiction, classics, and spiritual books. He's also an amazing writer. It's effortless for him and I am confident that he will be a published author some day.
From Feb/March

5. His Family. When we got married, I gained a really great set of in-laws. They are wonderful people and we get to spend a lot of time with them and go on awesome vacations together! I also love the way he loves and respects his parents and his little sister. It's a wonderful trait.
From Mom and Dad's and Beach 2009

4. His love for my family. Alan truly loves my parents and my three sisters. He encourages them to visit often and for as long as possible and gets really excited when they do visit. His New Year's resolution last year was "What would Teresa do?" (my mom).
From sept/oct

3. Amazing Father. When we were in college, Alan told me he wasn't sure whether or not he wanted kids so I immediately crossed him off my 'potential husband' list. He ended up coming around but I still wasn't sure what he'd be like as a dad. When Jackson was born, Alan amazed me. He is a truly incredible dad. It came so naturally to him. He is loving, kind, firm, thoughtful, affectionate, and playful. He delights in his children and that delights me to no end.
From Mom and Dad's and Beach 2009

2. Awesome husband. When Alan asked my Dad if he could marry me, my Dad said "Do you know what you're getting yourself into?" Thanks, Dad. However, it was a legitimate question. I was only 21 when we got married and I had a LOT of growing up to do. The stories from our first couple years of marriage are epic. There may or may not have been an incident where I threw a phone book at his head. We are coming up on eight years of marriage and I love him so much more now then I did then. He is so loving and thoughtful to me. He is forgiving and encouraging. He is constantly reading books on marriage and trying to improve himself. I feel so blessed that I am married to such a good man.
From Feb/March
1. His Faith. Alan loves Jesus. I love that he lives his faith out quietly but with integrity. He doesn't need to wear Christian shirts (for which I am grateful since I think they are atrocious-sorry!) or write out his prayers for the world to see on Facebook. He lives his faith out in all the ways that are listed above and I find it to be genuine and real. I recently read this great quote by Donald Miller, "I’ve also found that the more I trust in Christ’s redemption to be sufficient, the less overtly religious I am." I think that is very true of Alan.
From Feb/March

I really could make a much longer list of reasons that I think Alan rocks, but I'll stick to 10. =) If you are reading this and are a married blogger I'd love to hear your top 10 list. If you are a single blogger I'd love to hear your top 10 list you look for in a boyfriend/husband...or top 10 list of things to avoid. ;-)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

9 months...

Oh, Chase. You have been pretty much a perfect baby. You are snuggly, sweet, easy-going, a good sleeper (in general), a passionate is a better word, eater. You smile and laugh frequently. You have been such a wonderful addition to our family for the last 9 months.
From Feb/March

You love to flirt with people by pretending to be shy and hiding you head and then craning your neck around to give them a big smile. You are a huge hit with the senior citizen crowd on Senior discount Tuesdays at Kroger. It makes for long shopping trips since they usually insist on holding a conversation solely with you...and you don't talk.

You are silly and you are a little clumsy. Well, you are actually a LOT clumsy. You face plant at least once a day while crawling and now that you are pulling up unto things, you constantly have some type of bump or bruise on you. You always recover quickly and then usually do the same thing that you just got hurt doing.
From Feb/March

You ADORE your brother. You follow him around. You try to eat his food (and succeed sometimes- you took a big bite out of Jackson's blueberry muffin the other day much to his horror). You play with his toys (he's less than thrilled that you chew on all of his cars, but I think it's endearing). You two hold hands in the car on road trips and laugh together as Jackson plays peek-a-boo with you.
From Feb/March

From Feb/March

You are becoming quite the mover. If you see something you want, you get there FAST! For a long time you were content sitting in one spot playing with toys but now you are constantly finding new things to look at and explore. You love pulling all the DVDs out of the entertainment center and chewing on them.
From Feb/March

And you have a laugh that could melt any heart (sorry, it's sideways):

My favorite three little boys...

Hi blogging world. Well, spring is almost here which means I'm going to come out of my (self-diagnosed) seasonal depression and start blogging again. =) This winter has been EPIC! So cold, so snowy, and SOOOOOOOOOO long. But it's been good, too. Lots of fun moments with my hilarious three year old and my snuggly 9 month old and my wonderful, wonderful husband.
My most recent trip home the weekend before last ended with a visit on the way home to see my sister, Anne and my precious nephew, Luke! He's coming up on 15 months old and cute beyond words. The boys are so funny together. Chase just watches everything. Luke sort of cares about the other two but is more into trying out his new running skills. Jackson just wants to tell both boys what to do.

Here are the three boys on a ladybug. This picture is for their Gigi. She is such a normal lady...until she sees a ladybug. She may or may not believe that Grandma (who is in heaven) communicates to her through ladybugs. ;-)
From Feb/March

They totally adore one another. Sometimes a little too much. Like when Jackson's little friend he met on the playground came and gently put an arm around Chase. Jackson came charging at him with his hands on his hips and with a FIERCE expression said, "HEY! That's MINE!" Yes, he referred to his younger brother as "mine." Lovely.
From Feb/March

Chase is trying to hold Luke back. These two are about 5 months apart and will end out being in the same grade at school which is hard to believe. Sometimes Chase likes to remind Luke of that when Luke is acting too grown up for his taste.
From Feb/March

Pictures really can't do justice to Luke's amazing personality. He is so funny and adorable!
From Feb/March

Oh, just two cousins talking about life.
From Feb/March

I promise to make more of an effort to be a regular blogger again. So no more lectures, people. My Dad even offered at one point to update my blog on my behalf. That would have been interesting. ;-)