Jack is becoming a big boy! We've gotten rid of the high chair. We should have done that a long time ago, but never did. I'm so glad we don't have to look at that anymore...at least for a while! (no that is not an announcement) I love babies and all that that entails, but I never enjoyed my house being taken over by baby items.
BIG NEWS! Jack pooped on the potty yesterday. He's been talking about doing that all week, and then yesterday out of the blue he came and got me and brought me to the toilet. He put all his poo in the potty, jumped off, and flushed the toilet! I can take absolutely no credit for this, and I have no idea how he learned that. Of course I went crazy! Dancing around, singing about poo in the potty, and we called everyone that might care (and some who probably don't). Jack was elated that mommy was so happy with him. Maybe he'll do it again this afternoon!
Clint and I both hate the idea of a little potty seat that we would have to clean out, so we bought this bigger potty seat that we can take off. We'll see how it works!
The magnificent ASH Trojans played the Peabody Warhorses Friday night at Peabody. It's always a great experience to see a basketball game at Peabody, especially when they play a rival. We got to the Emerald Palace an hour early and still had about 150 people in front of us in line to get tickets. Terry came with us and brought two Louisiana College students from Nepal. The two students really had a great time! They want to really get a feel for the culture in the United States. An ASH vs. Peabody game certainly has culture!! Our varsity girls won, but our boys lost.
It's cold tonight in Woodworth! Jack still wanted to play outside, so Clint got him all dressed up for a winter night tricycle ride down the big hill. No true biker would ever go without goggles. Especially goggles from the tool kit Jack got from his girlfriend Mary Audrey Long. It's not the greatest picture, but you get the idea.
Clint really outdid himself this year. Usually we go out to eat for our birthdays, but Clint went all out. He reserved a spot for us at a couple's cooking class in February at the Kitchen Warehouse here in Alexandria. I am SO excited!! He also bought me a pair of Sperrys!! I've been dying for a pair and I couldn't believe he remembered that. I have a great husband (and a great pair of shoes!!)
So, I'm 25 now. My students told me I'm past the "cool" part of life and I'm now just an old wife and mother. I think I'm okay with that.
This weekend was LASC State Convention. It is so strange going to this convention as an adviser...I went every year through junior high and high school as a student. The convention was at Bolton High School this year, so we didn't have to stay in a hotel. We decided it would be fun to stay together at a house so we wouldn't lose that bonding time with each other. I live next door to the student body president, Emily Switzer. The girls stayed at her house and the two boys stayed at our house. Kyle and Bruce were a lot of fun! Jack loved seeing them in the mornings. (I'm not sure that they enjoyed seeing his bright eyes early in the morning, though!
The new house has all hard floors, which I love. Even though I'm constantly sweeping, at least I know the floors are clean. Jack loves to "help" mop. He makes a huge mess, but he really thinks he is being a big helper!
Many family members and friends have commented that Jack seems to have no fear. He believes large dogs are friends to be made and great heights are meant to be climbed. Jack received a "Cars" tricycle for Christmas and the too-big-for-him trike is the highlight of his 22 month life. Our house is at the top of a steep hill. So steep that you have to put on your parking break if you're on the incline of the hill. So steep that I wait for Clint to get home so he can bring the trashcan back up to the house in his truck.
So steep that riding a tricycle down is potentially very harmful. Like blood, swelling, panicking mother, etc.
But, as I said, Jack has no fear. He rides that tricycle down the gravel driveway like he was born to go 30 mph with Lightning McQueen shouting "Get out of my way!" And it scares me to death. Clint and I run beside him so we can catch him if he falls, or we can stop the tricycle if it looks too out of control.
Last Sunday we were getting everything in the car for church and I noticed the back door open. I flew outside screaming for Jack and there he was, perched on the top of the hill, his little behind up in the air, positioned for optimal speed. He was off before I could think about how to stop him. I sprinted after him, screaming like a mad woman the entire time. He, of course, was laughing and flying down the hill with one hand on the handlebars. He didn't get hurt; must have been a miracle.
Jack's tricycle is now chained to the front porch. He sits on it every afternoon and gazes out across the yard, dreaming of his next ride.
This video is one that we took Christmas morning of Jack receiving his tricycle.
We had a wonderful Christmas this year! We spent the 23rd with Clint's family in Dry Creek and had Christmas with Clay, Robin, Noah, Jude, Terry, and Sara. Noah and Jack had so much fun playing together! I was so proud of how well they got along....even with new toys!
Noah and Jack playing a tune...
Clint and I reading books to Noah and Jack that Meme gave them!
Me holding my sweet nephew Jude. He just melts my heart!
On the 24th we had our own little family Christmas. Clint was off and we had a wonderful day with just the three of us. We went to the Christmas Eve service at church and Clint and I stayed up late putting together Jack's toys. Toys ready for a fun boy on Christmas morning!
On Christmas morning, Jack had a great reaction to his toys.
After we played with toys for a while, we went to DeRidder and spent a couple of days with my family. My camera was not working, so I have no pictures!! (I stole the pictures of the Iles' family from Robin....so Jenn or Laura if you have any send them to me!!)
Friday night we had the "Big Iles Christmas" at the Glasers house. Again, no pictures...Britney or Courtney if you have anything, send them my way!)
All in all we had a spectacular Christmas. I already cannot wait until next year when Jack will understand more about Jesus and why we celebrate!
After Christmas was Jennifer and Drew's wedding...another post in itself! I'll save that for another day.