Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Jaxy's 3!

In June we celebrated Jaxon's third birthday. If you ask him though, he will tell you, "I am not three!!! I am five!"

I think he wants to be big like Sydney. Jaxy is such a sweet little guy. He loves to cuddle and give hugs. He is quick to comfort you when sad, and has an unnatural obssession with Band-aids. We go through a box a week if they are not well hidden.

Jaxy loves to wrestle and play any kind of ball - he likes the ideas of baseball and golf, but still is a little small :). Donnie takes Jaxy to play mini-golf quite a bit, and he tries really hard to hold his club just right.

Jaxon is a carbaholic. He loves waffles, muffins, cereals, etc., and will only eat cantaloupe from the fruit department. Vegetables are gross (I tried to give him carrots once and he asked, "Do you think I'm a rabbit?! I can't eat this."), but corndogs and chicken are delicious.

Jaxy has a sweet, little voice which he doesn't use a lot. He is shy and quiet, but once he warms up to you (which takes a while) he will chat your ear off. He loves the "Toy Story" franchise, and "Cars" also. He likes to have collections - rocks, coins, leaves, invisible trophies...

Jaxy likes to climb, jump, and, when he thinks I'm not looking, dance. He loves The Aquabats, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

He says lots of silly things, but my favorite is when you ask if he needs to go potty, or if he is ready for bed, etc. he responds, "No thanks; I'm fine."

We love Jaxon so much, and are very glad he is a part of our family!

A few weeks before Jaxy's birthday, my mom became ill, and had to undergo a craniotomy. She spent the next 30 days in the ICU, followed by a month and a half in an inpatient rehab facility. Due to these unforseen events, we didn't have a big party for Jaxy.

On his birthday, we ate at Chick-fil-A, saw "Cars 2," and ate a yummy ice cream cake. We invited some family friends to join us, so it was like a mini party. Jaxon had a great time, and after cake, we stopped by the hospital to visit a little with family. We didn't want the kids to see my mom, so we visited with my dad (who never left the hospital), and my sister Jana and her fam.

Jana helped Jaxon and Sydney put on gloves and masks, so they were happy.

Random photos...

Just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean we haven't been busy over the last few months!

We haven't had a lot of play time, but we managed to catch a half dozen Braves' games (Jaxy asks every morning if we can go see the Braves), and spend some Saturdays at Stone Mountain Park 9the kids love, love, love it here :))

The other pictures are random ones I found on Donnie's phone...

Do you think it was this bad for Dorothy?

So the South was rocked by a series of tornadoes at the end of April. There was monumental damage across the Southern States, and many people lost their lives. In Georgia, the northern part of the state and then around the center were the hardest parts hit.

Volunteers from all over spent weeks helping people clean and sort, in hopes that they could one day rebuild. Donnie served with a group from our church who traveled to Alabama to help in some of the hardest hit areas there. They worked just outside of Birmingham over Mother's Day weekend (that's why Donnie was not around to take photos :), and why he didn't have a he was a little busy)

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day this year we decided to take some photos of the kids and make little photo displays. Donnie is the photographer in the family, but he was out of town (more on that in the next post), so it was up to me :)

I asked the kids to put on nice clothes so we could go to the front yard and take a few pictures for their grandmothers...they came out in costume. So I dressed them myself. Freedom of expression is overrated, right?

Pre K graduation!

Sydney finished her first year of school in May. It was only Pre-K, but it was a lot like regualar school. She met at the local elementary school, attended 5 days a week, and she followed the same hours the other kids followed (7:55 - 2:25).

She had three teachers, and Sydney loved them all. She only had 19 kids in her class, 14 boys and 5 girls :). Two of the other girls live down the street from us, so they became pretty good friends.

At the end of the school year, Sydney invited the girls over for an "End of Pre-K Party." Then she told me about it :) We had snacks, made little purses and necklaces, and played pin the tail on the donkey - remember, she planned the party :)

She had a great time, and is now excited for Kindergarten!