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

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!!