Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Girly Girl

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not really a “girly” girl. Don’t get me wrong, I like to look pretty. However, I’ve never really worn makeup or done much with my hair. I blame my momma. She never really did either of the aforementioned tasks either. (On a daily basis anyway) My being allergic to mascara doesn’t help matters. Have you ever seen someone with full makeup on and no mascara? It’s a bit strange.
I think that is why I am so shocked at this prissy little princess the Lord has blessed me with. Grammy gave her a set of makeup brushes to pretend with and she spends her afternoons applying imaginary blush and eye shadow to her precious face.  Even though she still takes them out of her hair, Anna Kate has begun “demanding” that she have a bow in her hair. Personally, I think that it is because she has been watching “Your Baby Can Read” and one of the new words she is learning is bow. Never the less, she likes a bow in her hair, makeup on her face,  and now this:

That’s right folks, she wants her fingernails painted. I came home from work week before last to see little chick’s fingernails this beautiful shade of pink. Grammy had painted them while waiting for Aunt Katie to pick her up and take her to her grandparents’ house for the day. Anna Kate was SO proud of them. If someone asked her to show them her fingernails, she sweetly held out one finger to display the cutest little painted fingernail known to man. The first couple of days she would look at her hands and it was almost like it startled her to see something on them.
I guess I’m going to have to learn how to do more “girly” things so that I can share them with this sweet little gal!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Catch Up (Not to be confused with Ketchup)

I guess it’s time to play a little catch up! I was the recipient of an amazing gift; AN ENTIRE WEEK OFF! It was wonderful.  I got many things completed that I had been “meaning to get to”. Although I didn’t get to everything, I was pretty proud of myself for what I did get done. There was lots of laundry, cleaning, hanging out in pajamas with Anna Kate. We cooked and sewed. LOTS OF BOOK READING. It was fantastical. We tried to get as much playing outside in as we could before the cold snap hit. I think that if Anna Kate could live outside (and it was warm year round) and be naked she would be one happy baby. I don’t know if all babies like to be naked, but this little chick loves it! Too bad it isn’t politically correct to traipse around in her diaper wardrobe.  

Apparently this is the new face we are making. I don't know where it came from.
Thanksgiving went really well. We had an amazing time with family. Anna Kate enjoyed being the center of attention. Who would have ever guessed? Anna Kate went to spend the night with Kyle’s momma, aka Grammy, and his grandparents on Wednesday night. It’s a tradition that Grammy goes and spends the night with her parents to prepare the food for the holiday meal. I used that time wisely. I finished an outfit for AK, just in time for Thanksgiving. She could have cared less. It made me feel good that she looked cute though.
AK in her sweet "Turkey Fan" shirt and Minky Dot Ruffle Pants

Friday was a day of filled with bittersweet emotions. The Auburn Tigers pulled out the Iron Bowl win. This fact did not sit well in the Jackson household! I kept my mouth shut in fear of losing my life. (Just kidding) War Eagle! Sadly though, the Lineville Aggies did not survive to play another week. They fell short to the Reeltown Rebels in an exciting and heartbreaking 28-21 loss. The Aggies played with heart and never gave up. I am so proud of you boys!
 Anna Kate chomping down on delicious ribs during the Iron Bowl
Saturday was spent hanging out with Anna Kate, lunch with the family, my Momma hanging out with Anna Kate while I sewed, and going to have Thanksgiving with my dad and sisters. We had a blast, but I was wiped out by the end of the night. My sister, Casey, came to spend the night with Anna Kate and me Saturday night.  On Sunday we went to Sunday school and church. Grammy, Katie (Kyle’s sister), D.J. (her fiancé), and I were on the list to keep the nursery. I adore keeping the nursery. You can’t beat a room full of sweet babies and kids. 
We have recently discovered Anna Kate’s love of Barney. You know that giant purple dino guy. Pray that we all keep our sanity. It’s already hanging by a thread seeing as how we have been watching the SAME DVD for the past week. She also has a favorite part of the show that she wants to see over and over. Help me! I just have to remember, this too shall pass.
Hope that all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving and lots to be thankful for!  

Monday, November 22, 2010

Busy Weekend

    Friday night my whole family was excited to be able to watch the Lineville Aggies win round 3 of the playoffs. I was so proud of the way that the boys handled themselves. They played with heart and pulled off the win. Next battle…Reeltown. GO AGGIES!

    On Saturday, my momma, Anna Kate and I went to LaGrange to see my Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Jim. I had asked my momma earlier in the week if Aunt Ruthie had a serger and if she would be willing to part with it. (As you may or may not know I have been attempting to teach myself to sew).  She had one and said that I could come and get it.  I was ecstatic! Momma and I decided that we would go Saturday, as Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Jim were going out of town.
   It’s funny how things that you come in contact with can trigger a memory. We got to Aunt Ruthie’s house and I was immediately taken back. My sister and I used to spend a lot of time at Aunt Ruthie’s house when we were very young. I got out of the car in front of the familiar old house. I walked toward the house and was hit with the scent of mint. Aunt Ruthie has had mint planted on either side of her front doorsteps for as long as I can remember. There was a basket of golf balls sitting on the porch. When Uncle Jim wasn’t watching golf in the back room, he would let Casey and me “putt” in the back/side yard with him. Our putts were not really putts. They were more like 30 yard drives. I had forgotten all of this until Saturday. It’s nice to remember special moments like that. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Jim. (I also enjoyed them getting to spend some time with Anna Kate.)
   Sunday was a busy day as well. We just couldn’t get going; meaning that everything that I tried to get ready, Anna Kate undid it. Therefore, we were a tad bit late to church. We did make it in time to see baby Connor Lamb being dedicated at church. I’m so glad that we got to witness that blessed event. After church we went to Kyle’s parent’s house (Grammy and Pops) for Sunday dinner. Grammy and Kyle’s grandmother, Nana, helped me with Anna Kate while I finished up some work on a couple of gifts for the baby shower that we helped hostess that afternoon.

We went to the baby shower for Leigh and Matthew Allen and baby Blakely. The shower went really well I think. We got to spend time with some of our favorite friends. (I’m going to do a separate post on the gifts that we gave which will be included in a “crafts post”.) I am so excited that we are all getting together so frequently. Our children will be friends just like us!
   After we left the shower we went to Lineville and hung out with my parents. Momma watched Anna Kate while Casey, Jesse, and I went to the movies to see “Due Date”. All in all it was a very productive and fun weekend.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Football Fridays! GO AGGIES!!

 Well it’s that time again folks! It’s time for the Lineville Aggies to take the field in Round 3 of the AHSAA 2A State Playoffs. Tonight Lineville will be taking on the Sulligent Blue Devils.
This should be a good game. (That’s what I hear anyway. I don’t know much about Sulligent.) It’s amazing that Lineville is doing so well this season. This group of boys has shown out this season. It has truly been a blessing watching them transform into a group of young men. A group of young men that possess many positive characteristics including: class, integrity, determination, strength, endurance, and HEART.
I am so proud to say that my brothers are among this group of young men. This includes not only my brother by blood, Jesse Giddens; but my brothers by heart. I have watched my brothers play ball together since they were wee little tikes. I can honestly say that I love them like they are my own. I am not completely sure what I will do when I don't have one of their games to go and watch. It seems like that's what my life has been ever since Jesse was able to throw a ball.

Anna Kate fell in love with Jesse from the moment that she met him. It didn’t take her long to fall for the others as well. Football Fridays are Anna Kate’s favorite!   

    Anna Kate says, "GO AGGIES!"

Below are a few shots from throughout the 2010 Football Season.

                                                                        Senior Night


Anna Kate LOVES Dranmama and Drandaddy! She thought that she was so special when she got to go out onto the field during the game.
So if you have some free time and you need something cool to do, come on out to the home of the Aggies. I’ll be there cheering for the home team. (I will also be trying to control Casey. She gets a little rowdy!)


Thursday, November 18, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?!?

I was on my way home from work yesterday. I was thinking about the MANY things that I needed to do when I got home. (None of which got done due to supper plans made without my knowledge…) I look up as I’m driving through my small town and what do I see? CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!                                                 
 (Yes, I was hanging out of my car window)

Now, I like the Christmas season just as much as the next person; the lights, the smells, the time with family and friends celebrating the birth of God’s Son. However, what happened to Thanksgiving? Have we forgotten it?
It’s gotten so bad that you walk into some stores in July and see Christmas décor and trimmings already displayed and stocked. Like I said, I love Christmas; but does preparation for this joyous season overshadow the significance of Thanksgiving?
Just something I was pondering.
In light of this realization, I would like to take back Thanksgiving. Therefore, I am going to let you in on a few nuggets of happiness that I am thankful for:
I’m thankful for…my smokin’ hot husband. (He says he’s not going to read this, maybe if I flatter him he will!)

I’m thankful for my sweet baby girl. She definitely keeps me on my toes, but I love her to pieces.
I’m thankful for the wonderful group of women that I call my friends. Some I have know my whole life, some not as long. No matter how long we’ve been friends I want you to know how much I love and admire you all.
I’m thankful for my family. They’re a crazy group, but they are MY crazy group.
I’m thankful for my job (Although sometimes I just want to stay home with Anna Kate ALL THE TIME).
I’m thankful for my church family.
I’m thankful that I live in the United States of America. So many times I take for granted how blessed I am to live in a nation that I do not have to live in fear, that I do not want for the necessities of life, that I and my daughter have the opportunity to go to school and participate in society unlike many foreign countries.
I’m thankful for the men and women serving in all of our branches of the armed forces and those who have given their lives doing so.
Last but not least, I’m thankful for my relationship with God. There are hardly words to describe the peace I have knowing that I am not alone. I do not have to get through good/bad times by myself; that I have a constant friend and rock to lean on.
What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Well I swore I never would...

Elena this is for you! Hey y'all. I never thought that I would have enough to say to start a blog, but here goes. I live in a small town in Alabama with an amazing husband, Kyle and our first born little chick, Anna Kate. We were blessed with Anna Kate 17 glorious months ago and our lives haven't been the same.

People can try to tell you that your life is going to change drastically and that you had better prepare yourself for it. Let me tell you, no amount of advice or preparation will prepare you for  the wonder of parenthood. It's amazing and terrifying at the same time. I don't think that I've had a full  night of sleep in over two years! I can thank pregnancy potty trips for that! I get tired and cranky. Sometimes I have to really stop and think, "LaRae, what are you complaining about? You have a beautiful, healthy, smart baby girl. QUIT COMPLAINING!" (That last part was thrown in by my charming husband, haha). I cannot wait to share with you tiny glimpses into the life of my Small Town Chick!

This blog is going to be a new adventure. Let's hope I do a decent job of keeping up with it.