Thursday, October 22, 2009

Holden is 17 months!!!



It is so hard to believe that our baby boy is already 17 months old!! He is such a blessing, and jack and I are enjoying every stage of his life!! He has been on the go and has kept me very, very busy and entertained(that's the main reason I haven't blogged a lot!!!) since he turned a year old in May, and even more so since he began walking at 14 months. It warms my heart to see him experience things for the first time. I get mad at myself sometimes for not writing EVERYTHING down, but I find myself wanting to just enjoy the moment. I am jotting notes on the back of his pictures, though, so that when I put them in an album, I will remember . Here are some things he is doing/enjoying now....
  • Walking/running all over the place!!
  • Playing outside(the rain was making him very, very mad!!)
  • Playing with his friends and going to Mother's Morning out--O.K. I have to admit that I was really sad when I started sending him in August....He has been with me pretty much everyday since he was born. However, when I met his sweet teacher, I knew it would be a good thing. He LOVES it!! Plus, its only two mornings a week for a few hours
  • Mimics what you do...washing hands, eating, putting on make up(jack hates this one), brushing hair, cooking, brushing teeth, etc...it's soooooo cute!!
  • LOVES cars, trucks, trains
  • Puts his tiny hands up to his chin to say the blessing when he gets in his highchair...he giggles when you say Amen!
  • LOVES to dance....cutest thing ever!!!
  • Talking up a storm, although you must speak Holden talk to understand most of it. You can recognize daddy, mommy, bye, mmm, dog, hey, oh, wow, go, brother...when he sees wilson(the dog) he says, "Heeey bruder"(hey brother)....sooo sweet
  • Snuggles before bed and when he gets up on the morning
  • Makes the funniest faces!!!
  • climbs on everything
  • laughs at things and at himself and makes US laugh constantly!!
  • LOVES fruit and cheese...he did like veggies but he has started turning his nose up at them. I keep trying though.
  • LOVES The Backyardigans and Imagination Movers
  • Has precious blond curls!! (and no, i am not ready to cut them!!)
  • Understands what you are saying to him and can follow directions(as long as they are short and if he wants to!!)
  • Plays so well independently and with others( especially for a 17 month old)
  • Very social!!!
  • Knows how to work those big, blue eyes!!!
  • Has learned how to really turn on the waterworks and show a little temper.......if you were to walk by our house at times, you might think he was in pain or being tortured but i can assure you he is not!!!
  • THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO US!!!!!!! What a joy he is!!! I'm sure I am leaving out a ton of things because he does something new every day! We love this little boy so very much!!! I am posting several pictures. Enjoy!


First Day of Mother's Morning Out


Earning his keep...ha!ha! He loves the swifter wet jet and broom


Multitasking


GQ pose


Align Center
Feel asleep swinging....he loves his swing


At the mexican restaurant for daddy's birthday


Modeling his camo shirt that mommy monogrammed


"Go Dawgs"

"Laid back, watching my show, posing for the camera....hard work being this cute!"


Daddy teaching him how to blow a duck call

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Monday, October 19, 2009

HAPPY 30th JACK!!!

Jack turned the big 3-0 on September 14. For his big birthday, his parents, my parents, and I gave him a trip to see his favorite band, PHISH, in California at the end of October. It's what he wanted because it's part of the band's reunion tour. To celebrate his actual birthday, we had two mini celebrations. The first was with his parents and some of our sweet friends during the tailgate at the JSU/MSU game. We had a lot of fun hanging out, celebrating, and watching the DAWGS get a W!! Here are some pics from the weekend......
Friday night- wedding party for Jeff & Stevanie King





Jack and I decided to invite some fellow state fans(and of course our Auburn Tiger friends, The Bookers) over to watch the Auburn/State game the Saturday before his birthday. Then, I decided to turn it into a surprise birthday party for Jack. Let me just say that it is nearly impossible to surprise my sweet hubby. I encouraged him to go play golf that morning and when he left, Holden and I were running around like crazy trying to get things ready and hidden. I went with a tailgate theme since we were already having people over to watch the game, which really turned out great! I sent Jack on an errand and while he was gone, we all added the bday decorations which included a "run through" type sign outside accompanied by 30 maroon and white balloons!(thanks brad and maren for picking those up for me!) He was surprised, and even though State lost, we had a great time!! Holden really enjoyed walking around and suckering everyone into giving him a bite of cake! He knows how to work those baby blues of his.:) He didn't last the whole night....by about 7:45, he was ready for bed.


HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY
to a wonderful husband, friend, son, and exceptional Daddy!!!! We love you!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Sad Day

Today, my sweet daddy would have been 57 years old....its been almost two years since he passed and it still hurts the same. Lately, I have really been struggling with missing him and second guessing myself over his care and if I could have done anything else to help him(although I know I shouldn't). People tell me that it gets better with time...you never quit missing them, but that you get to a point where you don't bust into tears when something makes you think of them.......I know that will come with time. I decided to re-post what I wrote last year because I feel the same today. This is just my way of dealing with things....................

I contemplated blogging about this because it is a rather personal thing, and I try to only blog about Holden and other happy things. However, I thought this could be a good way for me to release what I am feeling and be able to deal with it a little easier. "My therapy" I guess you could say. He went on to Heaven on November 26 of last year, and it has been hard to deal with at times and this occasion is one of those hard times. My daddy was a wonderful daddy and friend! I have the best memories of him! He was a very involved daddy and always made time to do things with me. I was a daddy's girl....his hugs could make the worst hurts somehow feel better. November 2007 was a tough month and watching my big, strong daddy become so frail was one of the hardest things. We had some good visits over that month. I kick myself a lot with "if i had only" or "i should have done..." Losing him was the toughest thing I have ever experienced. The thought of never seeing him again takes my breath and hurts like nothing has ever hurt before. But, I know that it is a part of life. I think the hardest thing for me is knowing Holden will never know his pops! Daddy was so excited about becoming pops...he would tell anyone in the hospital that I was pregnant, although I was barely showing. He talked about what all he wanted to do with his grand baby and he would be loving every minute with Holden now. I do see my daddy each time I look at my precious little boy because Holden has his eyes, just like me. I know daddy watches over us and that it is a little selfish of me to want him here on Earth, but I am only human. Sometimes a girl needs her daddy, even when she is all grown up. But, I do know that he is in a much better place, where he no longer hurts and can play all the golf he wants and watch all the football he wants, and I bet he is talking the ear off of anyone who will sit still long enough. I have peace in knowing that I will see him again one day. Anyways, I could go on and on but I don't want to get bogged down. I love and miss him very much!!
Our last Christmas together....2006

Friday, September 25, 2009

GO DAWGS!!!

Running some plays to get ready for the game


Pep talk and game face on


O.k. mommy and daddy--ready to go watch the Dawgs!


We are headed to Starkville today to gear up for tomorrow's game against LSU! It will be a tough battle, but I feel like we have a shot at a win. He has a precious bubble and jonjon that he wears to the game, but this is his pre-game attire! I have a limited amount of time that his daddy will let me dress him in bubbles and jonjons. He looks soooo grown up in this jersey!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Back from my blogging break.....And Happy Belated Birthday Jack!!


Wow! The past 4 months have flown by!!! We have been busy with our day to day lives and blogging has been put on the back burner until now.....some disgruntled fans(aka grandparents) have started talking about how much they wished I would update the blog, so I plan on doing so over the next few days. To be honest, each time I have started to update it, I have felt so overwhelmed with how much I haven't posted about our sweet Holden that I decide not to blog. So, I am not going to go back and try to replay everything that has happened since May....I will just blog about some things. Holden is 16 months already!!! Where did my tiny baby go??? He has had some fun adventures this summer that I look forward to sharing with you!!

HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY JACK!!!

I have other pics of my two boys but I love this one!! They are watching Holden's favorite show, The Imagination Movers, together. I am blessed to have a husband who works very hard every day so that I can be a stay at home mommy and wife. Holden LOVES his daddy and gets so excited each day when he hears the garage door open and it melts my heart to see that Jack is just as excited to see Holden when he comes in!
Thanks, Jack, for loving us!!! We love you so very much!!!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy Birthday part 3 (Grandparents' gifts)

We are very fortunate to have grandparents who are able to do super nice things for Holden and us, especially since they live 3 hours away. The grandmothers jump at the chance to come keep Holden when I have something I need to do minus the little one or when Jack and I have something to do or just to visit. The grandfathers jump at the chance, too! Again, they are all so generous and Holden's birthday was no exception! It was like Christmas in May! Jack's parents gave Holden a fabulous swing set which was more than a "some assembly required" project. It took 3 full days to construct but was well worth the time!! My mom and step dad sent Holden a box of goodies, ranging from a riding firetruck to pajamas to musical instruments to a piano in memory of my daddy and they brought him a sand and picnic table when they came! Both grandparents also helped make the party a big success! Thanks Meme and Bossy and Grammy and Gram!! We love y'all!!

Watching Meme, Bossy, and Daddy build the swing set


Holden is making sure they stay on task!


"Remember to hydrate guys!!"

"I'm getting a swing set!!!"
(Thanks Mimsy and Pop Bailey for my hot set of wheels!)


Holden and Daddy testing it out

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First time to swing on his new swing set

Opening his mail from Grammy and Gram

Checking out his piano...my pops would be proud!


Taking his new fire truck for a spin

Checking out the gifts Great Aunt Char & Great Uncle Jimmy sent....he loves boxes!

Happy Birthday part 2(The invitation)

My sweet and incredibly talented friend, Jenny Holloway, designed Holden's invitation. I wanted it to be very special and something that our family could keep. I told her what I was thinking about and she created the most precious invitation for Holden. She is super creative and very economical! Thanks Jenny for helping my our baby boy's birthday so special!!!

Front
Back

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Holden! Part 1

Well, it is hard to believe that my baby boy turned 1 on May 8! It didn't seem like a year had passed already! Being his mommy has been the most incredible, most challenging, and most rewarding thing I have ever done. He is so precious and is a daily reminder of God's love for us! I thought I would post some then and now shots and pics of what we did on his actual birthday.
May 8, 2008- 10 hours into the process...only 9 more before he arrvived!
Jack looks great! I had gained 60+ pounds by this point and the fluid they were giving me just added more. Oh well, it was sooooo worth it!


William Holden Walters
Proud Papa showing him off!

I finally got to hold him two hours later....the most remarkable moment of my life! I had waited so long to hold my baby boy! What a blessing!!



May 8, 2009- First birthday
Holden's birthday fell on a Friday so we had a family day. Daddy took off of work and we spent the day together. Grammy was also in town early to help get ready for the party on Saturday. We enjoyed the day and let Holden have a practice round with the cake. He didn't like the cake that much but we had fun with it!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Happy 5th Anniversary Jack!


June 5, 2004
I have to take a moment and give a shout-out to my hubby! Today is our 5th anniversary! It is hard to believe that 5 years have passed! I knew that I would marry Jack before we even went on our first date..we talked for about 3 weeks before our first date and we talked about everything. He was the first person I felt like I could be myself with! I didn't have to be perfect all the time and he made me laugh.....both of which are still true today! Jack is my best friend and I feel very blessed to have him in my life! A lot has happened in 5 years-completed med school, had our first child, moved three times, & started a residency program! I can't wait to see what the future holds for us! So, Happy Anniversary to my handsome, sweet, loving, smart, funny, & amazing husband!(great daddy too!) I loved you 5 years ago, but that love doesn't hold a candle to how I feel about you today! I love you!!
Honeymoon in Jamaica-2004

2nd Anniversary Trip to San Francisco-2006

Our life now-2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PRAYER REQUEST

Our sweet baby will have surgery Friday morning to repair a hydrocele/hernia that he has had since birth. We had hoped it would correct itself so that he wouldn't need surgery. The thought of my baby undergoing anesthesia and surgery makes me a little nauseous. I have faith that the Lord will have his hand on the procedure and on sweet, precious Holden. However, the mommy in me can't help but worry!! Jack will get to be with him right before and during surgery and I get to go back as soon as he gets to recovery! Please pray for the doctors, nurses, Holden, and our family! Thanks so much guys! I promise to post an update about the surgery and post pics from the big, first birthday party!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

11 months-April 8

O.K. so I have been out of the loop! Time is flying by way too quickly! Before I could post pics from my baby's first birthday, I had to go back and post picks from his time spent as an 11 month old!
Wake-up sleepy head

Meme was cooking and I was sewing so Holden got to play in a large bowl of water! He had a blast and was soaking wet!!

Holden visiting with Sara Chesley and sitting on Bossy's motorcycle in his leather jacket.

SUPER BULLDOG WEEKEND 2009-

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Easter continued

WOW!! Easter was so special this year! I have always been emotional around this time of year because of the heartbreaking, yet miraculous story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ. However, this year it really hit home because I am a mother now. I can only imagine the hurt that Mary and our Lord must have felt watching what their precious son had to endure. What a gracious Heavenly Father we have!
Jack's schedule kept us in Jackson this year, but we really had a great day!! Our day started with early service. Holden did so well and charmed the ladies in the nursery and all the women at the Piccadilly at lunch. On our way home, we stopped at the lake near our house and had a photo shoot. When we got home, Holden received two big Easter baskets full of goodies thanks to both sets of grandparents and a little help from Jack and me! He was more interested in the grass but it was so fun!!! When Holden got up from his nap, we all dyed Easter eggs. Holden REALLY wanted to drink the dye!! We did an egg for each of us, Wilson, both sets of grandparents, and one in memory of pops(my daddy). Holden and I also made Easter egg and bunny shaped brownies. It was a great day!! Jack and I are so thankful for our sweet little boy and feel so very blessed!!
(double click collages to make them bigger!)



PHOTO SHOOT(windy)

BASKET TIME