Go Team!

November 17, 2009

Jackson has been blessed with a Grandpa and Daddy that love taking him to sporting events. He’s been to numerous Purdue basketball and football games, and this year he has made it to quite a few professional games. He’s seen The Chicago White Sox, The Indianapolis Indians, The Indianapolis Colts, and just recently The Indiana Pacers! (Is it obvious that we live in the Midwest?) Anyway, I am just thrilled that he gets to go do all this fun stuff. Here are some pictures from a few of the games.

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Go Purdue!


Go Colts!


Boomer!

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Look

November 1, 2009

Today was pretty productive. John was a lovely man and took the boys out so I could get some work done. He also took a ton of really great pictures of me and a friend modeling my slings. If you get a chance, check out my newly renovated Etsy shop. I got all of my slings up and have added a few miscellaneous items.

Tales of how Halloween went for Jackson, I mean The Green Lantern, are to come.

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October 19, 2009

Archer Everson Fry is 8 months old. In my mind he should still be somewhere around the ballpark of 3 months, but reality is telling me differently. I know, every month it’s the same old, ‘I just can’t believe how old my beautiful baby boy is’. But, seriously, I cannot believe this child of mine is past the halfway mark and on the fast road to being one year old. Crazy!

I’m holding each of these quickly passing months with baby Archer close, because I know how fast babies turn into 4 year olds going to preschool. I also think this will be the last of the children we have, so I’m enjoying every last drop of cuddling, slobbery kisses, first claps, and toothless grins.

And while I am trying to savor these precious times with my boys as they are little, I still have to stop and remind myself to do so. It’s so easy to get caught up in getting the kitchen clean or getting the clothes folded and put away. And, I don’t stop there. I’ve got at least one project going at all times. I’m either sewing something for a customer or knitting a scarf for Jackson. It’s usually hard to get me to just relax and sit on the couch. This is a good thing and a bad thing. I’m efficient at getting things done and taking care of the house, but sometimes I get too wrapped up in it and forget about what is really important. Hanging out with my kids is number one. And the time flies so fast, that I really have no room to let myself get so distracted from my babies. This is not to say I should let the house go or put my own interests aside; I just need to be more mindful (which I have been lately) of how I am spending my time.

My Dad is the one who sparked this thought. We were sitting around the table for dinner at his house, as we try to do every couple of weeks. As we were all sitting there talking, being full, and watching Archer crawl around the kitchen, my Dad pointed out that this is what life is about. This is what we need to spend our time doing: enjoying the people we love.

And so, that is what I’ve kept in the front of my mind, lately. As the weeks go by, and months pass, I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life. I am most thankful for a happy and healthy family.

Spinach

September 29, 2009

Would you believe this is what Jackson ate for dinner tonight? Well, you should! And, there were no complaints! He even enjoyed the spinach so much that he requested more. I am thrilled!

The Best Day Ever

September 18, 2009

This morning Jackson started up his beautiful and LOUD singing voice while I was making breakfast. He was singing a song that has one line repeated over and over to infinity. He picked it up from a Spongebob episode. The wonderful line of this song is, “It’s the best day e-e-eve-e-e-er!”. So I asked Jackson what he would do on his “best day ever”. His response:

“I would go to Happy Hollow Park. I would go grocery shopping. I would feed Archer a bottle. And, I would give Archer high fives.”

Jack & Arch

September 17, 2009

Here are some recent pictures. Enjoy!

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

September 16, 2009

There has been an awful lot of change and growing up going on at our house, lately. Jackson is now 4 (!) and starting pre-school soon. Despite our decision to start looking for a place as school is starting, we were still lucky enough to find a good pre-school program with one spot available. Once again, I must do ALL things at the last minute.

AND, we now have a 7 month old that is sitting up, crawling, and standing with support. So far I’ve had a hard time taking my eyes off this beautiful baby, and now I have many more reasons why I shouldn’t avert my eyes from him. I really don’t like the sound of Archer hitting the floor, SILENCE, and then an enormous cry. So, I’m always on my toes ready for the catch. Needless to say, I’m much busier.

Another (exciting for me, maybe not for you) milestone that we have reached is breastfeeding for 7 months. I really wasn’t sure how nursing would go with Archer after having a very short and frustrating time with Jackson. I also was not sure how much I would want to breastfeed. It’s quite the responsibility. It turns out I love breastfeeding and it has made so many things much easier. Archer is tired and fussy, he nurses and calms down. Archer gets hurt, he nurses and calms down. Archer is upset that we are going on yet another car ride, he nurses and calms down. It’s amazing how truly handy breastfeeding is!

And by the way, no, Archer is not like your average baby that will fall asleep in the car. He despises the car at certain times of the day. He dislikes it so much that he will cry and cry and cry AND CRY until the situation is compromised by him not riding in that horrible car seat. So, we take many breaks on long trips, and try to avoid car rides of the late evening.

In summary, life is moving quickly and we are having a fabulous time.

Dear Jackson

September 14, 2009

4 years ago I was given the gift of a happy and healthy baby boy. He introduced me to motherhood and a new kind of love that I am grateful to now know. He gave my life a direction and a solid purpose. He gave John and me a family.

Jackson is an overflowing blessing. From the moment we found he would be joining us, he has brought nothing but wonderful things with him. He has brought an abundance of joy to us. I’m not sure where I would be without him.

Thank you, Jackson for being you. Thank you for all the love you give to everyone you meet. Thank you!

Happy Birthday, my beautiful boy.

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Shhhhh!

September 9, 2009

Archer skipped ALL of his naps today! It’s okay, though, because he went to bed much earlier than usual. This is a first for him to stay in bed from an early hour. I was actually able to put a big dent in an order for some baby leg warmers. One and a half down, two and a half to go!

Also, Jackson knows when to use “mouse” and “mice”. He is so smart! Lately, we have been encouraging his story telling. He has a little box that he pulls out to stand on for his “showtime”. He’ll sings songs, talk about fighting super heroes, and now, he tells stories. I love it.

I got ahead of myself with this commitment to post every day. Maybe daily is a bit excessive; weekly posting of my boys is a more attainable goal. I barely have time to get a shower in on some days, so the idea that I will have time to sit down to write is a long shot.

Case in point: I am now finishing this post 4 hours after I started due to a certain napping baby that awoke to a pillow beside him instead of his Mama. He really does not like that. And after taking care of Archer, one thing leads to another, dinner is served, the kitchen is clean, Archer happened to fall asleep with Daddy, Jackson is watching TV, and I get a quiet moment with my neglected laptop.

So, from our busy day I got a couple cute pictures.

Hot Rod

Hot Rod


Cutsie Tootsie

Cutsie Tootsie