Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Some mornings

Most mornings, I get up alone in the darkness of my room, get ready for work, and then I go and kiss Tony goodbye and tell him to have a good day.  Then I go to the other side of my bed where Jax has scooted into my spot and kiss his little face and tell him I love him.  Sometimes he manages to say I love you too but most of the time he is fast asleep and then snuggles up to daddy.

But, some mornings I get the privilege of Jax waking up when I do for work. He will snuggle up to my head in bed when the alarm goes off and says you gotta go to work mommy?  And I say yes. Sometimes he doesn't want me to go and others he is okay with it. When I drag myself out of bed, he follows me and watches me get ready and we have a little chat.  When it is finally time for me to go, I go give Tony a kiss and tell him to have a good day like I always do and Jax walks me to the door.  On these days we get to give each other a big hug/lovin, and a big kiss and I tell him to be a good boy and have a fun day and then he watches out the window as I leave. 

I like those days best.  Makes me sad I have to leave him, but happy I got that little bit of alone time with him.  I got to do it with him today.  So today is a good far. :-)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Christmas 2013



Thursday, January 9, 2014

There really is a Santa Claus.

This was the first year Jax really "got" the whole Santa thing.  The night before Christmas, we set up a plate of cookies and carrots and some egg nog for Santa and his reindeer and put it by the tree.  Jax was so excited to think Santa was coming that night.  He didn't go to bed until 11pm or so.  When we woke up, Jax watched one of his shows and then we made our way to the living room to see if Santa had come.

When we get out there, the plate had only a little bit of cookie left and the carrots are half gone and scattered around the table and the egg nog was half gone.  Jax said Santa was here! He ate my cookie! But didn't make that big of a deal about it.  Then he just continued to look at the presents that Santa brought him.  After a bit, he was looking on the ground and saw something that to him looked like "poop, reindeer poop". (It was actually a lovely hair ball from Joy the cat, but we just went along with it.) He yelled, that's reindeer poop daddy!  Santa let his reindeer poop on our floor!  We all laughed and then he saw another piece of "poop". Look! There is some more reindeer poop!  I said, well next year we are gonna have to tell Santa to clean up after his reindeer, aren't we.

Then he said, Santa really did come.

I just think it's funny that the "poop" is what made him truly believe.  Some people have hoof prints on their roof or driveway, we have reindeer poop in our living room. :-)

Cousin Cookie/Gingerbread house decorating party

Last year, since we no longer exchange gifts with everybody (too many kids), we wanted all the little cousins to get together during the holidays, so we did a party at Jessi's house and it turned out really fun for the big and little kids.  So this year, we did it again at our house.
We set out all the decorations, candy, icing, etc. and let them go at it.  This year we decorated gingerbread houses and cookies.  Some of the older kids were very creative and artistic.  But they all did a great job.

If they needed help, the mama's were right there to help.

Three generations of decorators.
The grandmas.
Showing off all their houses and cookies.

He's so proud of his little house.

All the cousins with their mama's.
Hopefully this can become a new tradition every year for a while.  I think we all had a lot of fun.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Toy Parade

The past few years we have gone to the toy parade in Daytona by Tony's parent's house. They have a Santa Claus, airplanes, lots of different decorated floats and food.  This year we had our newest addition to the family there, Lexi.  Jax had a blast and got to meet a live Toy Soldier and said hi to Santa.  We all got to play with Lexi as we watched everything go by.  It was a fun day.

Jax's first trip to Disney

The date was December 1, 2013.  We had decided that it would be best to take Jax to Disney for the Merry Christmas Parade thingy that they do since it is less crowded and he would get to ride most of the rides and see all the characters.  We stayed overnight at the contemporary so we could just come back and crash after our long night.
We got to the hotel around 4:30pm but somehow even with the Magic Kingdom being only one monorail ride away, we didn't get there until around 6pm.  We had to take the monorail over there and Jax loved it.  When we got there, the end of the daily parade was happening.  Jax was interested but didn't want any of the characters anywhere near him.  He was so excited to see all the Christmas lights and decorations though.  We got to see his favorite characters, Chip and Dale right away.
Once the parade ended, we took a bunch of pictures and went on to get our free cookies.  We each got 2.  We went to the Monsters Inc show and then we went on our first ride, the People Mover.  Jax thought it was so cool that we were so high up and he could sit all by himself.  We even went through Space (Space Mountain). :-) While we were on the People Mover, we showed him all the other rides and stuff we could do that night.
Our next ride was the Race Cars.  I let Tony and Jax go by themselves.  I didn't feel like getting crashed from behind again.  Tony let Jax steer and he pushed the gas.  Jax's little face just beamed, he was so excited.  He could barely see over the wheel but he drove that car.
Next up was the Teacups, a favorite of mine.  On our way there, we see a dance party was happening in one of the restaurants with Goofy and Pluto, so we decided to go in.  Jax was in a daze, just watching them dance.  He still didn't want to go anywhere near them, and he made us hold him the whole time.  But he was shaking his booty in our arms and on Tony's shoulders.
Once we left, we made it to the Teacups.  We spun around pretty fast and Jax tried to keep up on the wheel but we finally told heim to just sit back and get dizzy.  He did and he loved it.
Then we ate dinner.  Jax had a glass of whole milk with his dinner.  This will be important later.
Our next stop was Dumbo, another favorite of mine.  We all got to sit in one seat together.  They have redone Dumbo to be more smooth and less jerky when you go up and down.  I like it better the other way.  We still had a good time.  Jax liked flying.  Then we made it to It's a Small World and Jax was just fascinated by this ride. Our last ride was the Pirate's of the Caribbean.
After this we got some more cookies and made our way to get a spot for the parade.  On the way there, Jax complained that his tummy hurt and he didn't feel good.  Tony held him and we made our way through the crowd, as we are walking down the beginning of the parade route, jax once again complained about his tummy.  Tony told him he would probably through up in a few minutes.  Well, it took about 5 seconds and Jax puked all over Tony and Main street.  We tried to move out of the parade route but Jax puked again and then a 3rd time.  Finally, all these Disney people come over and start cleaning up the mess and I just said sorry to puke and run but I gotta clean them up.  So, we got everybody cleaned up and Jax said his belly felt much better.  Below is a picture of Jax after he got sick and feels better. :-)
So we watched the parade and then made our way to the front of the park where they had one more dance number for us to watch.  It was really cute and we got to see all the characters one more time.  It was almost midnight so we headed back to our hotel and went to bed. 
 The next day Jax made us ride the monorail one more time around the whole park.  It was a really neat experience for all of us to be there at Christmas time and for Jax's first time.