Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sincerely Fro Me to You - WAR EAGLE


In preparation for tomorrow's escape to the Plains and our season opener Saturday, I thought I would take a look at a few AU pics from the past. Here's a few things that I look forward to seeing:



Tiger Walk and Tommy Tuberville


The way people paint and decorate their cars, van, RVs, and everything else :)


How's this for team spirit!?!?!


We always have fun down there!


This was Jackson at his first trip to AU last year - think he sit this still tomorrow and pose for a picture??? Yeah, me either, lol. It's going to be so much fun - hope everyone else enjoys opening weekend as much as we will.

And I couldn't resist posting this picture - if you follow AU football, you know that TT went overseas to the Middle East to visit the soldiers over the summer with a group of other coaches. What a great thing to do! I love this picture and just thought I'd share :)


WAR EAGLE!!!

Head on over to We Are THAT Family for more fro action :)



Monday, August 25, 2008

Our Weekend in a Nutshell


This is what Jackson spends most of his time doing these days - playing! Even though he's had a runny nose for several days, he hasn't slowed down much :)


This picture explains why we had to take the glass out of the coffee table - if not, Jackson would've busted his head through it..or busted it with a toy. He's made the table his own little jungle gym!



Cuddling up with his Auburn blanket when he is tired - it's so cute.


Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Wes' induction ceremony into Gamma Beta Phi, an honor society that he has been asked to join! You have to have at least a 3.75 GPA to be invited - way to go!!! It was a nice ceremony that included several teachers from the school and the assistant national director of the society was the keynote speaker. Afterwards, Jackson got to spend a little time with Nonnie and Pops before they had to go back to Anniston. We were so glad the weather cleared up, at least for a brief time, yesterday afternoon, although the garden and the grass has benefited from all this rain :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sincerely Fro Me to You - Happy Anniversary


This Sunday Wes and I celebrate our 6th anniversary, so I thought we'd take a stroll down memory lane and look at these pics of us in our earlier days :) It's hard to believe that we're already here - time moves so much faster than it did when we were little (and it seemed like forever for something to get here!). It seems like just the other day we were strolling down that aisle! We look only a little different here - Wes' hair was longer and mine was blonder, and we were both a little smaller, lol. It's been a great 6 years, and here's to many, many more :)

Here's a picture of Wes' cake (and us cutting it).

Right before we headed out to the limo to leave - the reception was so much fun!!!

So here's a look back at us. For more blasts from the past, head on over to We Are THAT Family!

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Moment of Calm



I took about 5 pictures of Jackson in a row this afternoon, and this one was the only one where he sat still long enough for me to get a somewhat decent picture. I know it needs some editing, but I'm too tired tonight to lighten it. He's starting to be more adventurous with his "walking." He will let go of the coffee table and "run" towards either us or the chair, taking 3-5 steps along the way! Hope everyone has a great week :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

8 is Great!

pic from www.telegraph.co.uk
Wow - it's about all you can say about Michael Phelps! Eight Gold medals!
We've been at the beach for the past few days, so I haven't been posting (no internet at the condo --aghhh!!!), but we've been watching the Olympics every night ;) Those athletes are amazing. I'll have some pics from the beach soon, but if you can believe it, none of them are on my camera, so I have to wait until I get a cd made from Wes' mom! Just know that we had a great time and Jackson still loves to crawl into the ocean :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Double Take


This is a picture of my brother, probably around 15-18 months old or so, many many moons ago.


Here's Jackson about a week ago...scary isn't it, lol! They definitely favor :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Blueberries - A Summertime Treat


We don't buy fresh blueberries very often, but I decided to get some and make some blueberry pancakes this weekend. Nothing really special, but just a little treat. They were so yummy!




Jackson really liked the blueberries, too :) I quartered them and let him try some. He gobbled them up - but I'm not sure there's anything he wouldn't put in his mouth these days, lol. Otherwise we have had a very relaxed weekend, watching lots of the Olympics and playing with J. We put out some new toys for Jackson to play with, and he now is very attached to a giraffe whose legs click when he moves them - and can those legs move - this must be the most limber giraffe every! I'm counting down the three days that I have to work this week and then we're off to the beach for a long weekend!!! I can't wait :D

Friday, August 8, 2008

Happy Friday!

Yea! It's Friday! This has been a long week and at work and I'm so glad that the weekend is here. I've hardly gotten to see Jackson or Wes all week, so I was glad I was home by 1230 today :) I love my job, but the nights that I don't get home until 6 or 7, I hardly (or don't) get to see J - except on the video monitor and that doesn't count. And since I leave well before he gets up, that means some days I don't get to see him at all, which I hate! Ok, enough complaining. We had a very relaxed afternoon playing with Jackson and a quick trip to the grocery store. J's just got so much personality these days and he's a blast to get to spend time with (even if I'm a little biased). He's into everything and we even took up the rug so that he could walk his toys around without being hindered. Before we did this, he would walk his toys up to the rug and just look at you and whine until he got some help lifting the toy on the rug, lol. Here's a few pictures from our afternoon.


What are you looking at? Doesn't everyone crawl under their highchair and play?


He was starting to get sleepy here. All that playing takes a lot out of a child!


Our sweet little one...I'm glad we'll have lots of time together this weekend so I can see lots of this sweet face and get lots of hugs and kisses!!!

As a side note, is anyone else watching the Olympics? All I can say so far of the opening ceremony is WOW!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What in the World?


Jackson's new pasttime involves crawling/semiwalking around with his toys animals hanging out of his mouth by their tail...too funny not to share :)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Mama Monday - Baby Food

Today's Mama Monday is all about baby food. As most of y'all know, I make all of Jackson's baby food, and I've posted on it before, so bear with me, but this will be more detailed. The reason that I started doing this (and tons of people as why!) is simply because I thought it would be best for Jackson. I saw a few websites that encouraged it, and I thought fresh food sounded like what I wanted to do for our son. Yes, it takes more time that heating up food from a jar, but it's what we've decided to do, and we've stuck with it, which is good because he doesn't like some of the jar foods that we've fed him on vacation.

I try to cook Jackson's food when I'm cooking our supper, or sometimes on a Sunday afternoon, I'll stock up on several items. The great thing about making his food is that it can be stored in the freezer, so you can stock up for a while. I know a lot of people think that making baby food is hard, or that they don't have time for it, but I promise, it's really quick and easy. I also get questions about the cost - is it less expensive that buying jar baby food. I think in the long run it probably is, but it depends on the food that you buy. I look for fresh fruits and veggies when they are on sale. If you buy things on sale, and some things in bulk frozen, I think you save money.

Starting out - Like Erin, there's a book and a website that I really like. Feed Me I'm Yours is a book that was handed down to me from my mom. While a couple of things in it (from this version at least) are outdate (ex - DO NOT sweeten baby food with honey for a child under one - they can get botulism), it's a great starter. As for websites, http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ is my favorite. I still go there from time to time and see what stuff it has. The thing that I found most useful was the sample foods that you can introduce to a child and at what age. It also has some recipes for food.

After you decide when you want to introduce solid foods to your child (we waited until 6 months), start with easy things to make - squash and sweet potatoes are easy, and also palatable to your child when first starting food. We introduced yellow/orange veggies, then green veggies, then fruit, and finally meat/beans to Jackson.

Get cooking! Most things I buy fresh and steam: carrots, squash, zucchini, apples, pears, peaches, etc. Some foods are easy to roast: sweet potatoes, butternut or acorn squash. Some things I buy frozen: green beans, peas, broccoli - this is becuase it is much easier to blend these in the food processor or blender if they are frozen. Bananas can simply be mashed when you feed those to your child. Meats: I boil/steam chicken to keep moisture in it. I cook ham for us and just chop it for Jackson. The only think I haven't made for Jackson is his cereal - and that can be done, I just haven't tackled it...maybe with the next one....

Basically, just think how you would cook your food, and cook it the same way for your child.

Next, making the actual baby food. In the very beginning, everything will be to be pureed or mashed. I found it was easiest to just put everything in the blender or food processor and puree away. If I steamed things, I reserved the steam water to make the food the consistency I needed it. Some things, like squash and zucchini, don't need water. Some, like sweet potatoes, need a good bit to get the consistency young babies need. As your child grows, you can start to blend more and puree less. At 8-9 months is when we started mashing more things or just coarsely chopping in the blender. At this time, we also started letting Jackson pick up and eat some foods by himself. Carrots, apples, and pears are easy to cook or steam until soft enough to be eaten by baby, but hard enough to not get smushed when picked up.

After you make the food, it needs to be stored. We usually keep a couple of spoonfuls in a storage container in the fridge, but most of it gets put into ice cube trays and in the freezer. After the food has hardened, you can pop it out of the containers and store it in freezer bags. The great thing about this is that each ice cube is a serving size. Baby food keeps in the freezer for a couple of months, so you see how easy it can be to stock up one afternoon on a couple of foods (as long as you have enough ice cube trays).

Thawing baby food: After you decided what your little one will be eating for supper, place the frozen ice cubes on a plate and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds on 50% power. Check and then rezap for 10 seconds at 50% until the food is room temp (not hot!).

Travelling with homemade baby food...it's not as hard as you think, I promise. If you're going out to dinner, pack your baby's food in a plastic, portable container. If you have several hours, the food can simply be taken from the freezer into the container, and it will thaw on its own. If you have less time, just defrost the food either early in the day and keep it in the fridge or defrost until it's cool or just room temp (not hot) and throw it in the diaper bag - it will be ready when you sit down to eat. If you're going out of town for a couple of days to a week, you have a few options. If the destination is not too far away (think less than 3 hrs) you can safely pack your frozen baby food in the bottom of a cooler and it stays frozen. Much longer than 3 hrs and you run into half frozen baby food when you arrive at your vacation spot (been there, done that). Not that big a deal, just put it in the fridge and it completely thaws and you just scoop it out. The only bad thing is 1) it's messier and 2) whatever you don't use in the next few days, you have to throw out. If you're going to a place where there is a kitchen and you'll be there for a week or so (like the beach), just pack some easy to make baby food and make it when you get there - apples, bananas, squash, sweet potatoes are all super easy and don't take much time.

It is very easy, fun, and rewarding to make your own baby food! There's a few pics on this post from earlier (for some reason blogger won't upload my photos from today!?!?). For more info on Mama Monday and Baby Food, head on over to Princess Pigbear!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

10 Months

Jackson is 10 months today! He's still "cruising" around and he'll walk around the room with us, holding our hands. He's still quick as ever when crawling, and he's still much more interested in crawling than walking right now because he is so fast at it. He started bear crawling about 3 weeks ago, and does it all the time now -- except when I get out the video camera. But, when we were at the beach a couple of weeks ago, I caught him on tape, so here's a glimpse into what our little one is doing these days :)




video

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thomas' Birthday Party

Today we spent time celebrating Thomas' 6th birthday! It was held at a party place where there are ball pits, moon jumps, and other fun things for kids to play with. Jackson had a great time, and it was great to see everyone :) Before the party pics, there's a few from this morning. It was so nice to not have to go to work today, so we just hung out around the house with the little man. We have a couple of gates up to keep him contained, and he loves to stand at the gate and look at the other side. Here he is watching me make him breakfast.



Busy as always, J walks around with this toy. It's funny because on the hardwood floor, the toy sometimes gets away from him and he's really running to keep up with it.


Jackson and Wes - at first Jackson wasn't sure what to think of this...


But with a little help, he got the idea!


In the ball pit


Taking a break


Looking up at me - I love this look!!!


The boys sitting down to eat


And finally, the birthday boy being silly as always :-p


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THOMAS!!!