Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thankful for November

November has been so fun so far. Jackson loves being busy with anything. We tried "chocolate pudding art" the other day and he enjoyed it.
 I let him "paint" on a paper plate as well as the tray from his highchair. He wasn't quite sure what to do at first. It was cute though. :)
 I posted this on Instagram the other day and  just had to share it with y'all. I went to our local neighborhood market and saw this hilarious cardboard display of Ree Drummond. I honestly had to do a double know, just to make sure she wasn't making a surprise appearance. HAHA!
 We were excited to take Jackson to Toyland again this year. It was pretty chilly out, so we bundled him up with his hat and pullover. :)
 He enjoyed looking at all the new toys out this year.
 Russell loved showing Jackson the Mega Bloks toys.
 Me with my sweet boy.
 Last Saturday, I helped host a baby shower for my precious, sweet friend, Hannah.
Elizabeth, Rhyanne, Mandy, Hannah, Adrienne, me, Lisa, and Carolyn. Love these girls lots!
 We cannot wait to meet "sweet baby Phillip" soon!
 I made the punch. It was quite fun to make!
 Jackson even got to try a cupcake from the baby shower. He definitely approved of the taste. Delicious!
Here is our big boy in his fire truck pajamas. He was so excited that the Hogs WON on Saturday! WOO PIG SOOIE!!
We are getting closer to Thanksgiving, everyone! Who's excited? I am more excited to see family! Have a blessed day, y'all!
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you a the one who is over all things. 1 Chronicles 29:11 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Daniel Tiger Halloween

Hope y'all had a safe and fun Halloween this year! We had lots of fun. It was not hard deciding on a costume for Jackson this year. He has adored the character, Daniel Tiger, for months now. He loves the music they sing on the show, and claps his sweet little hands every time the show is on.
Here is our little "Daniel Tiger" at Daddy's work. They always love for kids to come and show off their costumes every year. Special thanks to Aimee, who made the ears and also to Maureen, who made his tiger tail. :) 
So cute!
He loved sharing his candy at Daddy's office as well. Too funny.
Here is Jackson checking out his loot. 
Friday night, we lit the jack-o-lantern that Russell and I carved for sweet J. It was so cute watching his reaction to the light inside the pumpkin.
Playing around and laughing. It's what we do best!
I love this one of my boys!
Sweet boy
Russell worked so hard for the past three weeks to build Jackson a "trolley" to fit over the wagon we have. I enjoyed painting some of the pieces, but he did most of the work. Here is our Daniel Tiger in his trolley. Ding, Ding! 
Our family with the trolley at Fall Fest. 
It was so good to see our friends, Kelsey and Abbey there too!
Fun activity to try! 
We also went to Laynette and Rusty's house to trick-or-treat and to visit for a few minutes. Laynette goes all out for Halloween, so it was fun to drop by.
Our little tiger was getting sleepy. :)
We still made time to stop by Starbucks and get a "frappula" for Halloween. Did you know they only make these Frappuccino's one day a year? 
How I love my little pumpkin. It is so bittersweet to look at these pictures. Time truly flies.
Last night, when I was putting Jackson to bed, I held him and sang, "Great is thy faithfulness," "I love you, Lord," and more. Jackson rocked back and forth and clapped his hands and gave me the biggest smile. It was the perfect reminder that no matter what you are going through, good or bad, God is faithful!! It brought tears to my eyes. Cherish every moment with your babies, kids, teens and adult children! :) It's worth it for sure!
If you honor your father and mother, things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:3

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October Fun

The month of October was so busy, but fun. I tried a few new things and projects with Jackson as well last month.
 We painted this pumpkin, what I call a "ghost pumpkin" with Jackson's little hands. You can see it did not turn out perfect, but that's okay. It was fun and Jackson got to try his hand at painting. :)
 I also made chicken pot pie soup with puff pastry croutons. I just cut out shapes and baked the pastry for a few minutes. And voila! You have croutons!
 I took our sweet boy to the doctor a couple of weeks ago for his 18 month check-up. He is healthy and growing for sure. Anytime we go anywhere, Jackson is so happy and friendly to everyone. People love that and can't help but smile when he greets them. :)
 Russell and I went on a date last Friday and we had lots of fun. Pei Wei opened in our area recently, so we were anxious to try it. It was very good. We also went to mini golf and acted like teenagers again. HA! Target was also a priority for our date night. :)
 Jackson "helped" me bake cookies the other day for friends. He was so proud to help me.
 He also had to taste the dough. Yummy! Oh, and the picture is totally not centered. I have a toddler who is always running. What can I say?
 Ta-da! Halloween cookies!
 My nephew, Logan, turned 16 on Thursday. I absolutely positively cannot believe it!!! We love him so much.
 Halloween is just fun for us. Papa Murphy's makes a special "jack-o-lantern pizza" every Halloween, so we had to get one.
It's a must to watch Hocus Pocus every year. Traditions, traditions. :)
So that's a couple of weeks in a nutshell. I will post more about Halloween in a day or two. Jackson looked adorable in his costume! Stay tuned!
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. Psalm 95:1-2

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jackson's 1st Haircut

Hello to you! It is officially November.... Crazy!!!  I am recapping a tad, so here it goes!
Russell and I took Jackson to get his very first haircut a few weeks ago on October 16th.
Here is the before picture.
I LOVED my sweet Jackson's curls so much, but it was time to cut them. We were happy to have our sweet friend, Laynette cut his hair.
 The first snip!
 Jackson was such a big boy. He sat in the chair like a little man and let Laynette trim his little blonde locks. AWW!
 He enjoyed looking in the mirror and holding a comb and a hair clip. :)
 My sweet boy!
 "Mrs. Laynette, what are you doing? That tickles my ears!" :)
 All finished!
 I think he enjoyed his first haircut!
 Especially if he got a sucker.
 Love them!
The after picture! My sweet boy is so handsome!
I hope y'all are having a wonderful day!
My eye are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Psalm 25:15

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I miss blogging!

Hey y'all! It's me again....after another few weeks and no blog post. I sincerely have missed blogging. I take 99.9 percent of our family's daily updates on my phone. I am old school, and I prefer blogging on the laptop instead of my iPhone. Ever since the recent update with my iPhone, I have had problems uploading pictures to the Dell laptop. I just felt like I needed to share the crazy reason why I have been out of the blogging world lately. Russell is helping me figure the problem out. :) Hopefully it will be resolved soon.

Jackson is growing and growing. He will be 18 months old in one week. No joke. It's real, y'all. Hope you are all doing awesome! Love you all so much! Thanks for not giving up on me and the updates. We have a little blog catch up to do soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mer's Like Totally Awesome 80's Surprise Birthday Party

So on August 30, I turned 30!!!
It has been a great few weeks in my thirties thus far and looking forward to more fun and adventures for sure! I was looking forward to by birthday weekend because anytime spent with Russell and Jackson is time well spent. Our plans were to maybe go eat somewhere, family time, and go to church. I was very surprised on August 29th, when Russell and friends helped throw an 80's surprise birthday party for me!
Here's how it went down:
Russell told me earlier that week that one of my best friends, Mandy, was coming to babysit Jackson so we could go on a date night. First I thought that was extremely sweet of her, and I just went along with Russell's plan. "I'm just here to babysit," Mandy said. :) We had a date with just the two of us at Abuelo's Mexican restaurant. It was SOO good!!

I walked in our front door, and I was so surprised to see balloons, 80's decorations, and Mandy's daughter, Eden right by the door. :) When I walked around the corner, there were my amazing friends! OH my word, it was so fun to see them and such a surprise!
I got such a huge kick out of the cake! It's a cassette tape with an 80's mix. 
I thought this was "totally cool!"
Then, minutes later, my sister, Kelly, and my nephew and niece walked in the door!! OH MY WORD!!!! I was brought to tears for sure. I cannot say enough how much I love them.
Oh, how I sometimes wish Logan and Lauren could be little again, like Jackson. ;) 
Me and my boys! Love love love.
My whole heart! 
Helping me blow out the candles. Precious moments.
Mandy actually decorated and everything while we were on the date. So sneaky and sweet. :)
A fun and totally 80's group pic!
Mandy, Kelly and me
Meredith, Kelsey, and Kari with her sweet girl, Rylie
Lauren even fixed her hair the 80's style. 
Chad and Logan chatting
*Disclaimer: The big white box is actually a cheap babyproof from the fireplace. EEK!
Carolyn, Etta and me! 
Russell and I are so beyond blessed by Mandy, Chad, and their kids. They mean the world to us!
More decorations
So funny! Mandy attached pictures to VHS tapes!
This pic makes me wanna sing, "I think we're alone now" by Tiffany! Too funny!
Family picture!
It truly was a wonderful night with family and friends. I love them so very much!
I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will trust in your good name in the presence of your faithful people Psalm 52:9