Monday, December 31, 2007

Farewell, 2007.

There is just a few moments left of the year 2007. I must say that this year has gone by quicker than any other year of my life. Perhaps it was because it was the first year in a long while that I haven't worked. It could be because I was pregnant from February until November. Maybe its the fact that this year was only 1/23 of my life. Whatever the reason, I find myself wondering where the time has gone. I can't believe that I am a mother of a beautiful baby boy and the wife and a wonderful husband (2 1/2 years!). God has blessed us so much this year. I am reminded of how I don't deserve any of it, and because of that, I am so grateful for it all.

Well, even though it makes me sad to see Dick Clark struggle to do the count down, I'm going to see the ball drop on TV! HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

December 2006
December 2007
Its funny how much changes in one year!!!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Here comes Santa Claus!

Troy, Jackson, and I had a wonderful Christmas this year. Christmas Eve was a wonderful day of fun at Disneyland and we spent Christmas Eve night wrapping presents. Jackson gave Troy and I a wonderful Christmas present by going to sleep at 11 PM, not 2 AM. We woke up Christmas morning and Troy and I exchanged gifts while Jackson cried because he was fighting a nap. Even though he was wailing, and I was trying to rock him to sleep while opening gifts, Troy and I still enjoyed the exchange and Jackson eventually went to sleep. (Does anybody have an idea why babies fight sleep???) Midmorning, Troy's family came over and we ate breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, and biscuits. We then exchanged gifts with Troy's family. After all this, we headed to my Grandma's house in Hemet. We opened gifts and ate a delicious meal consisting of a fresh turkey, stuffing, gravy, Au Gratin potatoes, my grandma's potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, fruit salad, rolls, pies, and flan...mmmm! The family was bummed out because my mom got sick and couldn't come....I'm sure my mom was more disappointed than anyone! But, we had a good time with my aunts, grandmas, dad, sister, and brothers. My grandma told one of my friends that it was the best Christmas she's ever had. This was the first time she had all the family over for the holiday.

David got Jackson a really adorable Santa outfit, so, of course he wore it! So cute!!!

Our Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve mean Jackson sitting in Daddy's lap!
Delivering all those gifts wore Santa out!Our little gift is under the tree!
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Jackson goes to Disneyland!

Troy and I bought Disneyland passes on Christmas Eve and we wanted to share the experience with Jackson. He saw Billy and the Hillbillies in the Saloon in Frontierland and even met
Mrs. Claus face to face! He loved the lights on the big Christmas tree. He even got to see the castle all decorated for Christmas. Jackson tried on a Mickey hat, but he has a bit to grow to fit into it. Troy and I are looking forward to when Jackson understands all this and shows excitement for it all!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Congrats, Joey & Kirsty!

On Friday, I took part in Joey & Kirsty's wedding. It is such a blessing to see these two united together in marriage! Kirsty made such a beautiful bride! May God bless their marriage!!!

I wanted to take more pictures, but I dropped my camera, so it doesn't work anymore! If you want to see more pictures of the wedding, you can see the professional ones taken by Marlin Munoz ...he takes AMAZING photos! We hope to get family photos with him in the Spring.

Daddy's Little Boy

I just wanted to say that I have a wonderful husband who is an amazing father. I love you, Troy!

All Smiles!

Our little Jackson can be so cute! He has started to smile when he is awake (he has been smiling only in his sleep). The other day, I was away from him for the first time almost all day and when I held him after feeding him he looked at me with big eyes and a beaming smile! It was like he was really happy to see me! It melted my heart! Of course, I have yet to catch a smile on camera, and since they come and go so quickly, I doubt I'll get one until I can more consistently make him smile. However, I still have a cute picture to share! :) Enjoy~ I know I do!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmastime is here!

On Friday we went to a Tacky Ski Sweater/Caroling Party hosted by David and Robyn. It was Jackson's first Christmas party, so of course he had to dress up for holidays---in a spiffy little ski sweater! He looks like a little man in it!
We continued our weekend with the Citrus Group Christmas party. We went to San Diego for this party. It was Jackson's longest car trip yet and he did just fine. Although, on the way back, David ended up stopping in a Park n' Ride so I could feed Jackson...he was really hungry and was very verbal about it! That was awkward...feeding in the car. It was awkward mainly because it was so uncomfortable for me and Jackson. I'm sure I'll get better at feeding him in those situations!
At the Citrus Group Party, our Jackson met Kimm's Jackson! It was great to get them together! I also found out that another friend named her son Jackson! I suppose thats just reassurance that Troy and I picked a good name!

Friday, December 7, 2007

1 Month!

Jackson is already 1 month old! I can't believe it! The days have gone by so fast! Perhaps its the lack of sleep that makes the time pass so quickly! Even though our little Jackson doesn't quite know the difference between night and day yet, he is still such a blessing! We love him so much!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Jackson Thomas has arrived!

Last week, on Tuesday November 6th, I went into labor. I had Jackson the next morning at 5:48am. He was 7 lbs 12 oz and 20.25" long. The labor was easier than I had expected! I only pushed for 1 hour and 18 minutes. The twelve hours that I was at the hospital passed by really fast. God really blessed me with an easy delivery!
I may be biased, but I think Jackson is such a beautiful child! I knew I would love him, but I honestly couldn't have imagined just how much I would love him!
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy...also, if you would like to view a video birth announcement that Troy put together, please click here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Oh, Caffeine...why do you plague me???

I had about 8 oz of Dr. Pepper around 6pm last evening. Here it is approaching 12:30am and I feel I could still be awake for hours. I tossed and turned and even kicked Troy out of the bedroom and into the living room (sorry, Troy!) and I still am not sleeping. Caffeine never used to effect me like this...only after I got pregnant did the very, very, very occasional swig of caffeinated soda keep me up until the wee hours of morn! Why did I give into the temptation of the shiny maroon can? It sounded so good as the air bubbles crackled on the ice! Oh, but how I am reminded that it is not worth it! Caffeine is the least for now!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Few of My Favorite Things

On Tuesday of this week, I started getting sick. I'm still sick and starting to get a bit tired of it. It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't pregnant, or as pregnant as I am now (5 days shy of my due date). However, the common virus or cold has hit me hard because of the present circumstances. I hope to be well when I go into labor. I've just been laying around all day and night, which is extremely hard for me to do! Troy's been great and he has done dishes and laundry for me. I'm really thankful for him! He's hung out with me every night that I've been sick except for tonight. He's playing softball with a friend. So, here I am...blogging! I thought I would list a few of my favorite things to comfort me when I am sick...
1. A kiss on the cheek from my husband
2. Progresso's Low Sodium Chicken with Wild Rice Soup
3. Boiling mint water and breathing in the steam
4. Soft Kleenex
5. A good movie rental
6. My kitty snuggling with me
7. A hot Epsom Salt and lavender bath (Lavender scented Epsom Salt is available at Walgreen's)
8. Hall's Spearmint flavored cough drops (they are very hard to find!)
9. Good Earth Tea or Peppermint Tea
10. A solid night's sleep

End of the Spear

Last night, we rented End of the Spear and watched that with Matt and Tiffany. It was a good movie, but, I must say we were a bit disappointed that it didn't explain much about Salvation and the purpose and passion of Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, etc. It made me think that a person who isn't a Christian may wonder why these missionaries were "crazy" enough to approach such a violent tribe of people and not defend themselves. It is an incredible story, though. The missionary's widows went to their husband's killers and taught them the Gospel. Mincaye, the man who killed Nate Saint, is now a Christian and lives to tell people about Christ. Steve Saint, Nate's son and Mincaye are brothers in Christ now. They serve the same God. To see the transformation of a man who only knew the violent, vengeful, sinful ways of his people, to a man who passionately shares the Gospel with others is amazing! Its very encouraging to those of us who share the Gospel with people in our own lives! If you would like to see a clip of Micaye sharing the Gospel with Steve Saint interpreting, click here.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Time is ticking...

Hi Folks! I'm still here and Jackson is still in my womb. These last weeks are going very, very, very slow. I just went to see my midwife this morning and found out that I am not dilated. Although, that doesn't mean much. I could dilate and go into labor fast. So, Jackson could still come before or on my due date. He could also come after. Who knows? Thats what my midwife said..."Who knows?" There is no way to tell. I also had a non-stress test. Swelling, headaches, and higher blood pressure became too much for the midwife's comfort, but after the non-stress test and the blood test to rule out toxemia (again), she told me I need to be putting up my feel a lot more. I was also told not to go anywhere alone and to lay on my left side when I'm not putting my feet up. I admit it...I am one of those people who can hardly stand to lay around and do nothing. But, I suppose I will have to. The midwife told Troy to tie me down. I don't want him to have to do that, so maybe I'll just listen to what she says! :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs - Mercury Warning

We have been encouraged to use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs in our households to save energy. Troy and I have used them in a few of our lights for a few years now. I saw on the news the other day that these bulbs contain mercury, and once broken, the mercury is released from the bulb. The mercury is only about 1/100 of the amount that would be found in an old thermometer, however, caution should be taken if one were to break, and in disposal of the bulbs. The EPA released these guidelines on what to do if one of these bulbs were to break. I thought this info would be handy for those of you who use the bulbs.

What to Do if a Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks

EPA is continually reviewing its clean-up and disposal recommendations for CFLs to ensure that the Agency presents the most up-to-date information for consumers and businesses.

Fluorescent light bulbs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. EPA recommends the following clean-up and disposal guidelines:

  1. Open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.

  2. Carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a sealed plastic bag.

    1. Use disposable rubber gloves, if available (i.e., do not use bare hands). Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes and place them in the plastic bag.

    2. Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces.

  3. Place all cleanup materials in a second sealed plastic bag.

    1. Place the first bag in a second sealed plastic bag and put it in the outdoor trash container or in another outdoor protected area for the next normal trash disposal.
      Note: Some states prohibit such trash disposal and require that broken and unbroken lamps be taken to a local recycling center.

    2. Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.

  4. If a fluorescent bulb breaks on a rug or carpet:

    1. First, remove all materials you can without using a vacuum cleaner, following the steps above. Sticky tape (such as duct tape) can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.

    2. If vacuuming is needed after all visible materials are removed, vacuum the area where the bulb was broken, remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and put the bag or vacuum debris in two sealed plastic bags in the outdoor trash or protected outdoor location for normal disposal.

If you would like to dispose of your CFL bulbs, click here:State Mercury-Containing Bulb (Lamp) Recycling Programs

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Labor and Delivery Tips?

As Troy and I are getting closer and closer to experiencing labor for the first time, we could always use some helpful advice on how best to go about that momentous event. Robyn sent me a link to a blog that had some tips for expectant dads, so that gave me the idea to post this blog. If you have any tips for Troy and I on the big day, please let me know. I know every pregnancy is different, but there are some tips I'm sure can apply to almost every birth. Please do share them!

Monday, October 15, 2007

2nd Baby Shower

Troy and I had our 2nd baby shower on Saturday. This shower was for family and family friends. It turned out wonderful! We got some major items that we needed (Car seat/Stroller, Pack n' Play, Changing Table, Diaper Bag, Snuggly) and some really neat books (Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, The Hungry Caterpillar, Winnie the Pooh, etc. We also scored on some cute clothes and some Target gift cards to purchase what we still need. Again, we were so blessed to have all these things given to us! Having a baby would be an extremely expensive endeavor if it weren't for these gifts!

Here are some of the evening's highlights:

Troy, playing the Diaper Game (its melted chocolate in the diaper)...I wonder if he will have the same look on his face when he comes across the real stuff!
Angie did a wonderful job on the cupcakes!
L-R: Jackson's Great Aunt, Aunt, Mommy, Great-Grandma, & GrandmaJackson's Grandpas!Troy, Me, David, & Robyn (Jackson's Uncle and Aunt)....Robyn, thanks for taking all the pictures!