October 22, 2007

This could be my favorite picture of Jack yet! He is precious!!!!!

Nana got some good time with her little Jack man. :)

My parents and sister came to see us this past weekend. Well, they came to see Jack really, but that's OK, we know who the star is now! :) We had a great time hanging out and playing and taking tons of pictures of course. Saturday night some friends of ours had a Halloween party that Brian, Jack, and I went to, so we got to dress up! Brian and I were the Marshall and Deputy and Jack was our horse. :) I thought it was cute! (I'll post some pictures later, the site won't let me upload them right now.) Jack was ADORABLE! The party was really fun--tons of kids running around in cute costumes and lots of yummy food! After the party we dropped Jack off at our house and let Nana and Elizabeth have some time with him, and we went to "The Spooky Trail"--an annual tradition that our friends Scott and Paige put on--bascially a scary hayride for the kids. It was pretty funny to me, but some of the kids really freaked out, which was a little hard for me as a 1st time mom. But in all it was good. Sunday we hung out some more and took more pictures. The weather was AWESOME so we spent some time outside with Jack. It was a fun weekend, we really enjoyed having Nana, Papa, and Aunt Besa here!

October 16, 2007

Almost 7 months old Already!?!?!?!?!

Hanging out with Mommy.
Jack LOVES to get under the coffee table and play! We say he's fixing things like his daddy. Check out his hammer next to him. He's a Chisholm alright!
This picture is from Jack's first ever football game. He really did love it though he looks a little skeptical here.

I am a slacker and have not posted about Jack's 6 month checkup yet,which was last Wednesday. Oops! He and I went without Daddy for the first time, and I was a little nervous, but Jack was great and everything went fine. I was convinced that he had an ear infection because he had been really fussy and was pulling on his ears some. But Dr. Malak said he didn't, that everything looks great and that he is perfect! Praise GOD! Jack weighs 16.5 pounds and is 27 inches long I think, which puts him in the 75th percentile. He's a big boy! I'm so glad and thankful that he's doing so well. I love this age! He is sooooo much fun! He has started bouncing some in his excersaucer and in his jumper, he cracks us up! And he's getting more and more vocal. He's our precious little baby man!!!!!

October 14, 2007

Rison in the Fall

Every year our town has a festival called Rison in the Fall. Main street is blocked off and there are booths, crafts, bands and, most importantly, a barbeque competition. This year Brian joined a BBQ team and his parents came up for it. There are 3 categories: chicken, ribs, and cooker's choice. Brian made some sensational grilled shrimp for the cooker's choice. He worked all week perfecting the sauce and skewered the shrimp with pineapple and then marinaded and basted them with it. We all thought it was delicious, and so did the judges, because he won FIRST PLACE in the cooker's choice!!!!! We were so excited, and I am so proud of him! The team also won 1st and 2nd place in the chicken category! We had a great time spending time with his parents, playing with Jack, and barbequeing!

Brian with the first place plaque for chicken.

The Rose Hill Barbeqe Team: Brian, 1st place for Cooker's Choice; Jimmy Bowlin, 1st place for Chicken; and Rickey Fore, 2nd place for Chicken.

Brian hard at work on his AWARD-WINNING "Cajun-grilled pineapple shrimp"

Father and Son. The BBQ legacy will be passed along.

Main Street during Rison in the Fall. There were lots of people there. I think there were more than last year. Or maybe we just know some people now. The booths and crafts were great. I got a really pretty Christmas wreath and Brian got a fillet knife.

October 3, 2007

Three Chisholms Update

We're doing really good! Staying busy with football games, church, friends, work, and play. We're learing more and more about our new little town, like how serious they take highschool football, (I heard a story from a friend about how his senior year the team wasn't very good and they players got death threats! WHAT???), How everybody knows everything, (Brian's friend Jax is staying here and one of our friends stopped by the house to see him the other night. He knew it was Jax's truck b/c it was parked in a different spot than where Brian usually parks. WOW!), and of course how great the people are, (We were given some home-made Muscadine jelly as a thank you for feeding our friends' cat, invited to go to the pumpkin patch with a group of families, and invited to a big halloween party all in the last couple days.) All kidding aside, we love our town, and all of the people, despite their football fervor.
Jack is doing soooo great! He is growing like crazy! Sometimes I look at him and it looks like his little chubby rolls have multiplied and he's gotten twice as big in about 5 minutes! He is rolling all over the place. He now rolls across the living room and into the kitchen if we don't catch him in time. He especially loves to roll under the coffee table and play. He's eating really well, he loves every kind of food we give him!
A couple weeks ago we had a rough time--he would not sleep unless we were holding him! Try as I might to explain it away, the bottom line is that he is spoiled! So we had to resort to the horrid cry it out method! AHHHHHH! The first night he cried for 45 minutes before suddenly falling asleep, leaving us frazzled, guilt-striken, and scared to go back to sleep at 2 a.m. The second night I think he was getting revenge--he cried for an hour and a half!!!!!! We tried everything to get him to stop, and finally just had to let him cry. Then suddenly he was asleep. That night I was contemplating just holding him while he sleeps until he leaves for college. It was horrible! But since then he has been great! It's a whole new world when you get a good night's sleep consistently! He still cries some, but not much, and I feel a little better because I can tell myself that he's not THAT spoiled anymore! (suuuuuuure!)
Brian is working really hard. The plant is just about at full operation and he has 5 or 6 guys working for him now. It gets stressful sometimes, but he likes it and he's doing a great job!
I have been keeping busy decorating and rearraging Jack's room. It is so fun! I have about a gazillion ideas for his room and about oh, zero for the rest of the house. Why is that? You'd think that the baby-centered thoughts could pause for long enough to let some other topics in, but no! But really, I'm doing great and having a blast with Jack every day! He is so much fun at this age! Yes, I have accepted the fact that I am a full-blown, overprotective, reading child rearing books, fantasizing about mini-vans, doesn't notice the huge baby food stain on her pants, does the lick-your-finger-and-wipe-the-kid's-face-thing, can't talk about anything but her child, card carrying MOMMY! AND I LIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

New Pictures Finally

My two men relaxing on the bed watching TV. How sweet are they?

Look at this big boy holding his own bottle!!!!!! He is getting so big! I really think he grows more and more every second.

Friday night we went to a Rison Wildcats football game. It is THE PLACE to be on Friday nights in Rison! We had a great time. A big group of our friends tailgate before the game and then sit behind the end zone--this week they cooked a hog and last week they fried fish. It is a BIG deal! Brian says it's "Friday Night Lights" and "Varsity Blues" combined--and it is!

This was Jack's second football game, and he loved it! He lasted until about half-time and then we go home. We live right down the road from the field, we can hear the band playing, see the lights, and even hear the cheers sometimes from our house.

Jack and Mommy watching the game. Mommy mostly chats with the other Moms. :)

It was a big deal this game because all of the kids got to line up and bust through the banner in front of the players and then run across the field with them. Jack watched in awe. I know he was thinking, "One day I'll be out there too!"

I decided to dress Jack in this cute outfit for church Sunday and could not resist putting the matching bonnet on him too! I was crying I laughed so hard! Brian laughed too, but made sure that I took that thing off his boy ASAP. hahahahaha. Jack is going to hate this picture when he's older! :)

He looks much better without the bonnet. So precious!