Monday, October 22, 2012

A birthday for my pumpkin

So we probably went to the coolest apple picking and pumpkin picking farm ever. I would call it a farm festival really. There were hay rides, bouncy houses, mazes, tractor rides, and a small play ground area. The Minor Farm owners were super nice as well. We had a wonderful time. Ty went to run one of the rides to help raise money for some of the services his school provides. So while he worked the rest of us ran around checkin out the awsome rides.

Jazz loves the bikes even though his feet couldn't reach the pedals. Luckily Aunt "Caw-yay" (as Jazz says it) would push him around the track.

He LOVED the train. He played here for hours. He would play hide and seek with Holly for ever if we let him.

Next Holly took Jazz on the tractor cow thingies. Holly looked like she enjoyed it more than Jazz did. At least he acted content? lol He went right back to the train toy right after that lol.

Ooh this was cool. Ty's station was where you would get strapped in to this harness then they would start inflating the top and you would get lifted up. This was Jazz going up in the harness. He thought it was awesome till he looked out the window and saw how far away he was from the ground.

Jazz LOVED the maze as well. He laughed his way through the whole thing,especially when he hit a dead end. then it was hilarious

What a cool pic of the pumpkin spread. Too bad Jazz didn't feel like smiling.

Now is my boys 2nd Birthday! Isn't he getting big!

He has a 'thing' for blowing out candles from a distance.

So for his presents he had to run around his grandparents house and find the balloons. Each balloon was attached to a present. He was more interested in the balloons at first, but after presents were opened we could barely tare him away to find the next one.

Here is our big boy with all his loot! It is amazing how fast these little people grow! I can't believe he is already two! Man do we love this kid! More to come on lil' fella later!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It will never happen...

You know that phrase, "oh, that will never happen to me." Well, it is totally false. Things always happen. The post man skips your house when you are expecting an awesome package. Cars really will splash you when you are walking along the side walk. And, your children really can get sick, really sick. 
Jazz decided to get sick, and I almost didn't notice.  Jazz has Type 1 Diabetes. 
Just a few weeks after lil' fella joined our family Jazz started going through diapers like crazy. He was super thirsty all the time. He couldn't sleep through the night because he would be so thirsty he would need a drink. Then one morning his breathing suddenly started sounding terrible, and he was throwing up all over the place. I took him in to see the doctor, and we ended up leaving the doctors office in an ambulance. After a four night and day stay at the hospital we took our little boy home with a text book of how to take care of him, a sweet little "poke case" with all his needles shots and test strips. He is doing fine now. I thought I would just share a couple of pictures from our four not so great days in the hospital. Here is Jazz taking a nap in the hospital. We had to wrap up his hand with the IV in it because he kept picking at it.

After the first two days in the hospital Jazz felt a lot better. Here he is putting on a puppet show for Ty when Jazz was supposed to be sleeping.

Jazz loved the toy room in the hospital. We drove this car through the hallways. Jazz made friends with the nurses and he would wave and say "Hi" as we drove past. Then he would shout "Bye!" after we had passed them. He was so funny.

 But, Jazz is doing just fine now. He even gained back the weight he lost during his drink the whole ocean phase of thirstyness before he was diagnosed. Now we go through 8 shots a day, count our carb intake super carefully, and enjoy this sweet little munchkin as much as possible. This kid is definately a favorite. And, it is funny, when terrible things happen, you suddenly love the things you have so much more. I love being healthy, and being able to eat anything I want to without having to think about giving myself shots or how I am going to pay for it later. Jazz will never have the luxury of eating anything at any time. But, he is going to be super healthy food wise. He is also the cutest little diabetic boy I have ever met. I am so blessed to have this kiddo in my life. I am not sure what I did to deserve his sweet spirit. He really is one of the best natured children ever. I love him to pieces, and I am so glad that I know what I need to do to take care of him and keep him healthy. Yay for technology! Yay for little boys! Yay for forever families!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


I am really awesome at taking vacations. As you can tell, I took a vacation from blogging for a while. I am really good at taking blogging vacations. Too bad that isn't a job or something or I could make crazy amounts of mulah!
I took a vacation to Cancun back in April, which you still haven't seen or heard about. Oops.
I also took a week vacation from life in May and went to visit my in laws in Maine. I kind of just inconvenienced them with my presence because hey, I had that kind of time. Plus free babysitting whenever I wanted to take a nap. That was great!
Then, the Fourth of July happened a little while ago. And I never posted pictures about it, so I thought I would throw some up here.
(here we are taking a vacation from talking about my vacations)
For the Fourth we went to a friends house and went swimming in their pool. Jazz loves the water. He is a water bug.

We (Ty and I) also made Jazz this awesome Fourth of July shirt, which of course we didn't photograph while he was wearing it. After the pool we just put our camera away and forgot about it. At least we took a few pictures right?

Jazz and I.... ok actually just Jazz likes to take vacations from wearing clothes. His main clothing items he wears on our lazy days is a hat and a diaper. He loves hats. He will smash them onto his head and wear them around for hours. Funny little guy.

Jazz and I also took a vacation from me making us dinner. When I make dinner for just the two of us while Ty is in school, well lets just say dinner lacks in awesomeness. So we went to the mall and went hat shopping and ate at Burger King.
We got Jazz this awesome new hat. He loves it if you couldn't tell.

After the mall and dinner we went outside and walked around. Jazz climbed up on every park bench and jumped off. Cuz that is what little boys do. Here is a super close up of his head.

Then Jazz took a vacation from us for a week. He went to Maine to attend  Camp J. It was more like a resort with a spa to be honest. While there he had grandparents and uncles to wait on him hand and foot. They played with him, fed him and bathed him. He got to play in some form of water every day!
I'm sure in his mind it was the best vacation ever.
Then cuz we missed him so much, Ty and I decided to have this  little fella while Jazz was gone.
Introducing....... Little Fella!

Wow, I chose two almost identical pictures in a row. I am really good at picking out pictures!

And here is lil' fella with his eyes open! Isn't he super cute? He actually looks like Jazz did when he was a new born. They are obviously related. I will have to post some pictures of them together at the same age. It will be fun to see if lil' fella stays looking like Jazz or if he grows into his own kind of person. Who knows!

Lil' Fella doesn't have as much hair as Jazz did when he was born. It is kind of sparse on the top. We will have to see how that grows in as well. This is Ty's favorite baby phase. The sleeping phase.

Fella was slightly jaundiced during our short hospital stay so they put him under the warming lights stuff, and he would stretch our like it was a luxurious tanning bed or something.

Here he is with his little heart monitor in the nursery.

We are all in love with this little guy. Jazz is still getting used to him of course, but the rest of us are just thrilled to have lil' fella join our family!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Obviously I need to take more pictures to better record our lives, but I thought that this one would be fun to share.
For Father's Day Jazz and I picked out some new running shoes for Tys. Not only were Ty's running shoes almost 4 years old, but they looked like they had been serving as a chew toy to the Sandlot's monster dog. And the weekend before he had been doing yard work in them so leaves and sticks and tons of mud were just caked all over these shoes.
So we seized the opportunity to get him some new ones for Father's Day! We were only in the store for about 8 minutes when Jazz decided the shoe section was like torture so to make it more fun we tried on all the running shoes in Ty's size. These were the winning shoes. Jazz even has his shoes on inside of them.

Sorry about the quality. My phone takes awesome pictures lol. And Ty often mentions that Jazz has a  protruding frontalis muscle in his forhead. So I just thought we should show that off as well.

Don't you love how the shoes are bigger than his head and torso? Yup Dad is pretty tall.

Jazz's favorite activity is being outside with Dad. Ty always acts like these are his favorite moments of the day. lol. All I talk about when the day is over and we are just talking is Jazz, and when Ty has time to hang out with him he seems to forget that the majority of his day was spent at school and all he can talk about is Jazz too. It is nice to know that he way prefers his time with Jazz compared to his time at school. Though he does love being able to tell me about the set of dentures he gets to make for himself as one of his assignments lol.
Oh, and I was actually going to mention that Jazz loves bubbles. He prefers to dunk the wand into the bubble mix, but he also really enjoys catching the bubbles like every other toddler I have ever met. This is how Ty entertained him while I was cooking dinner. Jazz likes to hang onto my legs when I am cooking, and gosh is it hard to cook like that. You can't move freely from sink to counter to stove top or anything. So to save us all some frustration they go play while I cook dinner.

Isn't it crazy how fasts kids grow. Last year at this time Jazz was figuring out crawling. He was still chubby but he could get away with no pants on top of a onsie, but these days he is running around, he needs shoes every day, and we actually have conversations! That is one of my favorite things, having conversations with this kid. They generally go like this.
J: More milk mama
Me: What do you say, more milk....
J: Please!!
Me: Yay! Here is your milk.
J: (drinks a few swallows then stuffs his cup under the nearest couch) Where'd it go?
Me: Is your milk hiding?
J: Mi-i-ilk, where are you? (shaking his head from side to side like he is looking around)
Me: Mi-i-ilk, are you under this blanket?
J: (laughs) No! (peeks under a pillow) Unda pillow?
Me: Not there either! Where did it go?
J: (pulls it out from under the couch) Here it is!
We play this game every day. With several objects. His choo-choos, cows, alphabet letters, stars, and cars. All of his sentences are also slurred together so they sound like one longish word. Ty can never decipher what Jazz is trying to say, but since I hear them several times daily I have them down. He also says things like  where are you in a sing song way so you can tell he is looking for something just by the way he sings it. Sometimes though he never tells you what he is looking for so the game gets really long when you find something stuffed somewhere so you think you have it, but really he doesn't want to find that till later.
Jazz also thinks that the squirrels that frequent our bird feeder outside, are called kitties. He chases them around and around our yard yelling "Kitty!" and meowing at them. He just cracks me up.
I love that kid. Playing with him is the best job ever. I am so glad that I can be a stay at home mom, and do babysitting in my own house to help out with our budget. Things couldn't have worked out better for us.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Play Dough Fun

We are still waiting on pictures from Cancun sigh. Someday those will be so awesome. But that is ok. For now, I will just entertain myself with pics from today's fun/funny activities.
Ok, so I actually slightly lied. Some of these pics aren't actually from today. Like this first one down here. but, I just love his face, so he made it into this post. This was a day he was helping me rake the yard. I might have posted this picture before, but you know, it happens sometimes.

And yes, this next one is me. We are big fans of "po-poh" (play-dough) here. It is a favorite activity of a certian short someone who was pretending to feed me some of this blue substance when he realized hey, it sticks! So I gave myself the mustache, and Jazz helped to decorate the rest of my face. Then, believe it or not, he took my picture on my phone! Of course, I got my phone out and got the right app going, but he totally pressed the button while pointing the camera at me. Crazy skills. He took a lot of other pictures too, but most of them are super blurry, and are super close ups of his fingers.

Jazz thought it was more fun to stick the play-dough on me rather than have it on his face. Bummer, because it is his face I would rather stick on here. He kept grabbing my phone so getting a good picture was really super hard!

And this morning, right after breakfast, but before I got him ready for the day he decided this was the best new hat ever. (Do you like how I created a blockade in front of the stereo system? I was babysitting a little boy who just loves the buttons. We have trained Jazz not to touch them, but apparently other people actually keep their stereo's out of reach of small fingers.)

Here he is kind of peeking out from behind the box. Oh, and I cut his hair, can you tell? There is a difference between his non pajama pics, and his pajama pics.

Yup, here it is on his head again. He walked around wearing it for a long time. And he was so proud of himself for keeping it on his head that he wouldn't really watch where he was going. He would bang into stuff all over the place, which would cause it to fall off. He would quickly jam it back onto his head and walk off again. All the while, he would have this satisfied little smile. Super funny.

Oh and of course when I pull out the camera he starts doing something else with the box. Murphy's law I guess.

Often, the holes for the handles were the only way he could see in front of him, and not just his feet.

I realize that as hilarious as this 'box-on-the-head' thing is to me, it might be one of those 'you had to be there' type of moments. Or possibly it is one of those 'he is my flesh and blood and EVERYTHING he does makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside' kind of moments. I don't know for sure. Oh well!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Our regular days...

Boy, it has been a while. And boy! Jazz and I sure have taken a super awesome vacation! I am still waiting on pictures though, so those awesome and super exciting stories are just going to have to hang on till I get some fun photo's to make the stories more interesting.
So in the mean time, I thought I would catch you up on you know our regular days. 
This is from a few months ago, when the weather was still really chilly, and we were (and still are) too cheap to turn up the heat. That is why James and I wear our sweaters and jackets inside the house on a daily basis.  This is also right after a hair cut for him, look at how short his hair was! Since then I have let it grow, and grow a bit more. I love it when he has longer hair on top I have decided. I also look slightly like a monster in this picture, but hey, we both look happy right? lol. My teeth at least look nice. Yay for being married to a future dentist!

Again from a little while ago (hence the still short hair on Jazz). We took him to the park, where Ty was the cool fun parent and took him on top of the playscape. I am not always that cool, so luckily Jazz has a dad who is! lol. He loves playing at parks, running through the grass, eating the grass, trying to feed the grass to us. Oh, and of course sliding down the slides. Those are his absolute favorite park toys. He will tolerate the swing for the first swing back and forth, then he wants to be down, and free. Whenever we go to the park we have to plan to be there for about 2 hours so that Jazz doesn't feel cheated when we put him back in the stroller. When I say 'we' I mostly mean me and Jazz, because poor Ty is still in school, which is super tough right now. But fortunately, Ty tries to spend quality time with Jazz for family home evenings, which has lately been family-go-to-the-park-evenings lol. Which everyone of course, enjoys immensely!

This is more recent. You can tell it is more recent by two things in these pictures. The first is that we have different couches! Yay! We used to have these heavy wooden couches, but Ty didn't love them because they were pretty uncomfortable if you care about your behind. Then some of our friends moved, sadness, but they let us have their couches, yay! These couches are much more comfortable than our other ones. So now Ty spends a lot more time studying, and playing with Jazz in this room than he did before. So they have been super nice!
Anyway, the second reason that these pictures are more recent, is Jazz's hair. Much longer now, and I like it much better long I decided. Not too long, but just longer.
Down below, Jazz got this awesome rockstar Elmo from one of Ty's school's secretaries. Isn't that funny. Ty is one of the only students who is married AND has a little family. So Ty is pretty much famous, and will randomly bring home gifts for Jazz that people who work at the school give him. Crazy, but awesome, Jazz will never know that most all of his toys were given to him by other people. He has so many toys it is ridiculous. You would think we were spoiling him, but we aren't the ones doing it. Weird huh. Anyway, Jazz loves Elmo with a passion. He carries this little guy around like a baby, he pats his back when he carries him, and he carefully sets him down by the eye balls lol. What great handles those things are. Here is Jazz giving Elmo a hug. (can you tell I am 6 months prego?)

Jazz also gives Elmo kisses. He always says "mmmmwha!" when he gives kisses, so you know he isn't just rubbing his nose on your face. It is nice to be able to tell the difference sometimes.

After he gives Elmo kisses, Jazz lets Elmo eat his head. I mean, kiss him back.

Jazz is so funny. I am going to insert a story here that has nothing to do with any of the pictures. Other than the fact that it happened on the Elmo pics day. So Ty had gotten home from school, we had eaten dinner and we were just lounging around on the couches. Ty was sitting on one side, I was laying with my head in his lap, and Jazz was climbing all over the couch. Jazz started climbing too high, so I told him to get down. He obediently jumped down, but landed right smack in my stomach. Man, that hurt like the dickens! We put Jazz to bed, but soon after I realized that I hadn't felt baby 2 move since the giant jump attack. After two hours of waiting for the usually active little fetus to do anything we started getting worried. I called the doctor who told us to come in and get it checked out. So we woke up Jazz, drove to the hospital, and got checked in. We thought it was going to be an ultra sound, but instead they had me dress in a hospital gown and they started hooking me up to all these monitors like they did when Jazz was born. Jazz, who was totally having a blast being up past his bed time, did not like the fact that they were hooking me up to all these machines. I would smile and talk to him but every time one of the nurses stuck a new thing on me Jazz would get all teary eyed and his little bottom lip would start trembling. Ty had to pace the room and block me from view so that Jazz would stop crying every time he looked at me. It was so cute in a sad kind of way. At first the nurses had a really hard time finding the heart beat, but after several super long minutes they got a faint reading on the monitors. They told Ty that they wanted to monitor me for 4 hours so Ty took Jazz home and put him to bed, and I stayed and watched American Idol. I have no idea what to watch on TV since we don't have any channels at our place. Anyway they let us go, baby 2 is doing fine, apparently he just needed some quiet time after getting jumped on. One of the nurses drove me home so Ty wouldn't have to wake Jazz up again. They all thought Jazz was super cute.  Which always makes me feel good to hear. They have no obligation to tell me my little man is cute or anything, so when they gushed about it each time they checked on me I felt super awesome. I love nurses!
Here we are at the last picture. This is from today. Ty had just finished a 5 hour test, of hundreds upon hundreds of different types of drugs. And Ty's favorite unwinding activity after a hard test is to go out and get Chinese food, and watch a show. This weeks favorite show is Cake Boss. Super silly drama, but super awesome cakes! Man, bakers are such artists! lol. Anyway, Jazz had just woken up from his nap, was super grouchy till we came down stairs and he saw the Chinese food. He loves Chinese food. He took my fork and just started digging in. He ate over half of my food! Just kept stuffing it into his little mouth. But look how happy he is eating my lunch. Who could say no to that little chub master?

We love Jazz super lots! We love baby 2 as well, and we hope he is as much fun as his older brother. Kids, are just awesome. I love being a mom! And I love our regular days.