Tuesday, November 25, 2014

a party for JR

this year, JR's birthday fell on a Saturday so we celebrated him on his actual birthday!
(exactly one month ago, today)
He had the best day of his life, i'm sure
GTs family and my family came in town and made the weekend so special for our favorite 2 year old

GT and I made this little tent for him
i was pretty confident that he'd LOVE it and always want to be in it.
he likes it, but isn't that impressed.
oh well.
but, he does love when his uncle Garrett plays with him

a day well spent with the fam

we had his party at my parents house and kept the guest list to our family. which is quite a crew, even with some being out in California
the decorations consisted of giant animal and tractor balloons.
 they are still decorating our living room...probably Judson's favorite thing.

lots of photos, so let's get started 

GT set up a little hayride that the boys loved and still talk about
(thumbs up)
(in case you ever wonder where the boys get their jowls)

he could not wait to get the tractor and animals off of his cake
didn't care too much about the actual cake, just the toys
and everyone clapping for him

and the presents, of course
with some help from big cousin, Beau

and quite the cheering section

oh man, love this kid
and those goggles

the boys...all of them, young and old, went outside to check out the new rides and tools

and topped off the night with some fun with PaPa

what a wonderful day to celebrate our Judson Rays 2nd birthday!
even though he had a nasty sty in his little eye, he never stopped celebrating
His day was made because he was surrounded by his favorite people
That boy, he sure loves his people
and he loves a party
and tractors and animals

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"If Mama ain't happy..."

then Mama needs to work on her attitude.

can we please just get rid of this saying?
the whole premise of this phrase is that someone besides "mama" is responsible for her happiness.
if that's the case, then mama ain't never gonna be happy for longer than a minute.

i do believe that the tone of a household is set by moms.
we can make or break the mood for the day and have an incredibly strong influence on our children's and our husbands attitude and demeanor.
in that sense, yes, no one is happy if mama ain't happy.

the problem is the circumstances in which this phrase is thrown around.
i typically hear it in situations in which the wife/mama is trying to get something: a new purse, a compliment, her dinner preference, her way.
by throwing this (not so) cute saying out there, the woman often wins and gets her way/meal/jewelry/whatever.
then she is happy.
until she wants her way again.
then she isn't happy until she gets it and the whole family's happiness is riding on this flighty, selfish, emotion-driven mother.
and that sounds exhausting
and unstable
and zero fun. 
zero fun sir.

in the place of this phrase, can we just decide for ourselves to be happy and not rely on a situation to choose it for us.
i know, this is not an original thought or a breakthrough into understanding women (ha! if only), but i think it deserves some thought.
after all, women continue to say it-day in and day out-and expect it to work.
and it does
and we're all tired of trying to make "mama" happy.
or get happy, if we're that mama.

and i'm not even talking about finding true joy.
there's a profound difference in joy and happiness.
that's for another post and conversation.

all i'm saying here is to encourage you-or plead with you- to stop saying
and do something about it, mama.

(pointing finger right back at myself)

that's all. have a lovely evening.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

4 months

You are 4 months old!
and you have come alive!
you have started interacting with us so much more.
you are "talking" all of the time and laugh when something really gets you.
you are incredibly ticklish, so i tickle you alot. 
sorry. but your little laugh is irresistible. 

you have quite a fan club
the president is me, of course.
i'm pretty obsessed with you.
healthy or not, that's how it is.

the vice president chair is shared by your brother...
and your dad
we all love to make you smile and snuggle you

you are very strong 
you like to sit up in your little seat and see the world
you have a sneaky little grin 
that basically melts me

you experienced your first Halloween
we did nothing on the actual day, so it wasn't any different than our normal friday
but, we did attend our church Trunk-or-Treat
you went as a football, because i'm real original like that
but, you slept most of the time
 held by your mother who attended the festival as Garth, one half of the Wayne's World duo.
you will thank me later for embarrassing you at an early age

moving on.

you are average size for height and weight (according to the doctor)
but above average for sweetness (according to me)

your brother gets so excited each time he sees you when you have been separated for any length of time: after naps, in the morning or after his school.
you share his enthusiasm and express it by staring him down.

you still eat roughly every 3 hours during the day
you take 3-4 naps, depending on how often you are woken up early by your darling brother
you can grab things and bring them to your mouth
you are becoming more active and interested in things around you
you put your whole fist in your mouth all of the time
you sleep 11-12 hours a night, but often sleep the last few hours with me (i can't resist)
you've had a little stuffy nose for a week, but you're still so sweet and happy
you can roll stomach to back and can aaaaaalllllmost go back to stomach
you love your parents messy room. (not really, i just said that to make myself feel better)

you are wanting to move! 
you like to pull yourself forward if i lean you back against something

we adore you, little Townes-rooskie!
you are showing us your sweet, sensitive, snuggly personality more and more 
i use the adjective "sweet"often when talking about you, but it describes you best.
i love to watch you wake up to the world
you are a delightful part of our family and we are so thankful that you are ours.
love you, little Rooskie!