Ok, ok, enough promo stuff.... let's get back to the memories!
In early September 2011, Joy and I had an impromptu photo shoot. I had to take full advantage while she was in the mood - her photogenic moods come so few and far between! And, she's 2 - you know that means, she's super-independent and has a mind of her own! We were on the same wave-length this particular afternoon, thank goodness, because I had a large canvas print on my mind, to come out of this photo shoot! We had tons of fun with a rainbow tutu, and a matching rainbow lollypop! We also got tons of pictures, too. Here are a few of my favs
Here's Joy chillaxin' with Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Baby Josh, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie, and Kaylie..... Yep, every.single.doll that she owns is named "Kaylie"... well, except for one, and 'his" name is Baby Josh. Go figure.
In September and October (2011), Jax had lots of fun playing for the little "Packers" in a pee-wee flag football league. This was his very first experience with organized football. Let me just say those games were just as cute and funny as the famed first t-ball stories that so many mothers and fathers love to tell. These kids were so cute, yet tough! Through the season, they did learn A LOT about the game of football, and I must admit, I did too! Football is hard in my opinion! There's a lot of tiny rules that you don't know about from a glance. Jax enjoyed the practices and games with his old buddies John and Samuel, and he made some new friends on the
team as well. And, again, seeing him in that little
bitty uniform... TOO CUTE!
Joy and Amelia continued Gymnastics in the Fall. Every Monday at gymnastics, they greeted and hugged each other, as if they hadn't seen each other for months, when actually, they had been apart only about ten minutes - during the drive from Co-Lin daycare to the gym. They are so funny. Here, they're smearing on a little bit of lipstick because, you know, every girl needs fresh lipstick for her grand entrance to the gym!
In September, Josh got to go on a hunting trip to Wyoming with two of his buddies -- antelope hunting! It was the first time he had ever been that far "north" and also the first hunting extravaganza out-of-state. While he was gone, Jax and Joy and I planned a few things to keep us entertained, and keep us from missing Daddy too much. We had "movie night' complete with pj's, popcorn, and plenty of snuggling with Mama in DADDY's recliner! We watched Bambi II and had a great time just being at home.
We also convinced cousins Eliza and Evan and their mom Melissa to accompany us on a day trip to the Audobon Zoo in New Orleans! I had been wanting to go to the Audobon Zoo for quite some time, but due to Josh's apparant phobia of New Orleans, I had come to the realization that the trip would probably never come to fruition if I was waiting on him. Sooooo... while the cat's away, the mice will play, right ladies?!!! After nearly ten years of marriage, I am learning this. He was in Wyoming for a week, so I saw that as the perfect opportunity to do something that I wanted to do, without having to torture him! Ah, see? - it wasn't sneaky at all ... it was all for your best interest, Josh! The weather was perfect, and the zoo was great. We had no trouble with the drive - the kids were great -- it was a good day.
|here's the four of them, doing the Forest Gump thing|
|Jax and Eliza and a very gracious goat|
|the goat looks like it's smiling to me|
|the elephants were particularly playful|
|We thought, for a brief moment, that Joy had given (dropped) her prized "Bay" to the gators and flamingos... but alas, Bay was riding in the stroller. Shucks. Guess we will have to find another way to get rid of that thing!|
|Jax was astonished to find a " 'coon" in the zoo! He immediately began to make sounds like a racoon does when fighting! "Hello, the rednecks have arrived at the zoo, y'all !!"|
|look at the monkeys!|
My fall photo session with the kids was not so great. (October 2011) I usually get some fabulous pictures of my kids in the fall, but this year, notsomuch. It seems that Joy is not the willing model that Jax always was at the same age, so it is always a shock to me when she is not cooperative. When she IS cooperative and into the picture thing, it is usually very short-lived... so I have to have all of my ducks in a row and be ready to shoot when she is in the mood. This is very different from Jax at age 2. However, Jax at age 5 is a different story - he is now getting into the "i'm too cool for pictures" and the "not more pictures, mom" phase. Grrr. I hate this stage. His beautiful, photogenic smile has mostly been replaced by a fake smile and a roll of the eyes when I prompt him with the "cheese" cue. Soooo.... I have a couple "fall" pictures to share, but none are fabulous. Nevertheless, they do accurately mark my kids' personalities in the here and now.... Here's hoping that this phase (for both of them) is over soon - I want my camera hams back!
|this is what he really felt like regarding the situation|
Jax's Kindergarten class took their very first field trip to Mitchell Farms, to the pumpkin patch! I was estatic to get to tag along. The kids were so cute in their class t-shirts, and they were genuinely interested in the farm operations, and definitely thrilled with their chosen pumpkins to take home for Halloween and the upcoming season of Fall festivities.
|Jax and his friend (girlfriend-??) Autumn|
|we could NEVER get all 50 kindergarteners in one place, and looking at the camera! here's our best effort, ha|
|so many colors, shapes, and sizes... such a hard choice!!|
|Jax and his buddy Marshall in a cotton field|
|most of the kids had seen much of the equipment before, but the cotton was a first even for me! I've heard my parents talk about cotton farming as younsters but I don't recall ever seeing a cotton field myself|
|the sunflower fields at Mitchell Farms were amazing|
|the Mitchells must be very creative folks! I was impressed with the creative repurposing of various farm equipment!|
|No sandboxes can be found at Mitchell Farms! Instead, corn boxes! Fun!|
|a cow-milking similation; the kids loved the hands-on activities|
|rubber ducky racing with manual water pumps!|
|a very CUTE scarecrow at Mitchell Farms!|
I sorta arranged a fun trip back to my alma mater for the Homecoming football game, including friends who also graduated from the great Southern Miss. We ordered our tickets early and got great seats! It also happened to be the weekend of my birthday, so I got princess treatment from Josh. He wasn't too interested in going to the game, tailgating, or even making the trek to Hattiesburg, but he went along with whatever I wanted since it was my birthday also. He surprised me with his willingness to give up bow season, his weekend off, and all the things that he'd rather be doing, but I know he had a great time just like I did. It was a good weekend all around.
|that's me, with my lil eagles|
|future Southern Miss Eagles, Brandon, Mallory, and Jax|
|cannot wait to see Joy cheer for Southern Miss! To the Top!|
|Jax and his ole buddy Bryce met up for a little tailgating|
|Josh with our little eagle cheerleader|
|tailgating is never complete without a little football for the aspiring Eagles too!|
|...and a cute little sis cheerleader to cheer on the boys!|
|We couldn't have left Bay out of this family intro to USM culture; Joy made sure we didn't|
|Duane and Amy Burt, and Brandon and Layla|
|Chris and Kelli Beech, and Blaise|
|Brad and Amber Martin with Mallory|
|my Eagle family: me, Joy, Jax, and Josh|
|Jax loved the boom-boom stix... the people sitting in front of us, not so much !|
|Daddy makes a great stunt partner!|
|somehow, Josh always gets to be the favorite with the kids;|
|Layla and Joy at the Calvary Trunk-or-Treat!|
|They loved the hammock even more than the sunflowers and wagon|