My friend Ashley did this last year, and I thought it was such a good idea. She picked a WORD for the year, something all encompassing to work on and work towards. I have thought long and hard about my word, and I have chosen- BELIEVE. These are the things I am going to work on believing-
Believe that there is a plan for me, greater than I can understand, and better than I could plan for myself, and act accordingly-be grateful.
Believe that it is MY choice to be happy- and continue to BE HAPPY.
Believe in myself and my goals- they are worth the work and I am capable of achieving them.
Believe that people mean well- Look for the good, Give the benefit of the doubt, and don’t second guess.
Have a happy 2009, you better BELIEVE that I will!!!!
AWESOME: Jaxon has a really sweet pair of blue/green/white argyle socks.
NOT AWESOME: I wore them for a whole day in Vegas thinking they were mine, until the end of the day when I noticed that the heel kept slipping down a little and realized they were in fact, not my socks.
Dave always teases me that he cannot tell the difference between mine and Jaxon's socks once they are folded...I guess he's more right than I would like to admit!
Jaxon: "Please Mommy!? I"ll focus, I promise! I'll be a good listener too!
Have I really told Jaxon to "focus"??...so many times that he is no repeating it back to me? YIKES!
Christmas Eve we went to the Rogers family dinner and program, and it was really cool. Jaxon got to be a wise man, and he was so darling. He walked right up to Mary, handed her the gift, and stood staring at her for the rest of the program (which is better than the other two wise men who got in a wrestling match over a pacifier!) It brought tears to my eyes, to see Jaxon so big and involved.
After we got home and got Jaxon to bed, we did our tradition (second year makes it a tradition) of watching ELF while putting together toys. Jaxon's tool bench was a HUGE hit! Since it was from Santa it wasn't wrapped. Christmas morning he refused to dump out his stocking or open any presents because he was too enthralled with his bench. After he mellowed out he opened his presents from Gr. and Gr. Rogers- a hard hat, goggles, a chainsaw, and a jackhammer! Jaxon is in heaven, and just runs from one toy to the other, as far as Jaxon is concerned, it was a "Man's Man" Christmas. We had a great lunch with Dave's two younger sisters, Mel and kim, and their spouses and children. Then we lounged, ate, napped, ate, and ate. After Jaxon's nap we went to Dave's older sisters house to see their family- (5 daughters!) Jaxon was in TOY HEAVEN! They had gotten a Wii and guitar hero, and boy was it fun! We are continuing to lounge, eat, and play my BIL's Wii and are having a fantastic time! It won't be so fun to go back to real life, but I guess that is what makes vacations/ holidays so fun and special!
Oh yes, and Jaxon only lasted one day with the PNP turned over on him. He crawled out from under this morning (he is stronger than we gave his credit for) and tried to use it to crawl up on the washer again. The straps (by straps, I mean Ductape) holding the PNP up snapped and the whole thing crashed...so we heard him and ran in. Uncle Andy and Dave rigged up a new device- a large comforter over the top of the pack and play, strapped on with several rachet straps that go ALL the way around the pack and play...we put Jaxon in, put the blanket over the top, and then strapped them all in place! In Jaxon's defense, I don't think he's TRYING to be naughty by getting out, it's just that every time we present him with a new challenge, he accepts it, and RISES to the occasion magnificiantly!!
So, we have resorted to the last resort--we have turned the p-n-p over on him so he is truly in a cage. We put the mattress on the floor and rigged the top part over him...in our defense, Jaxon thought it was hilarious, and a real treat to sleep like that! And also in our defense, Jaxon has been C-R-A-N-K-Y while we have been here because he has NOT (obviously) been sleeping well, and right now, we are currently at 3 and a half hours of CAGE NAP!!!! YEESSSSSSS!!!!! Caroling last night was a success, and Jaxon loved it, even though he just stood quietly holding Papa's hand. This morning we froze to death and walked a little more than a mile to the temple to get some of Jaxon's energy out. We walked all around the LV temple (soooo beautiful, by the way) and then the mile home. When we got back Jaxon was shaking and his teeth were chattering, but he was TIRED....again I say....YEEEESSSSSS!!! Tonight we are off to the Extended Rogers Family dinner and program where Jaxon will be one of several wise men...uh....we'll see how that goes!
Dave: Jaxon, do you want to go see baby Jesus?
Jaxon: Umm,...Well...King Harrod gonna be there???
(Jaxon is enthralled and disturbed by the Living Scriptures and Harrod wanting to kill ALL the baby boys!)
We are absolutely LOVING our time here in Vegas! It is so relaxing to be with loved ones, and not at your own house where you have so many responsibilities!
We got in Sunday evening and had a delicious "Christmas dinner" with several of Dave's siblings and their families. It was a crazy, chaotic time, and it was wonderful! We decided that everyday we would do at least one family/Christmas activity, so Monday after everything settled down a little, I took Kim and Dustin's (Dave's sis and husband) family pics at the temple. (The LV temple has some GREAT photo spots!) and then we went to the BELLAGIO to see the water show! Jaxon was ENTHRALLED!!! It was so neat to see it with him! The first set we saw He watched from Dad's arms, and then we went in and saw the gardens- gorgeous! The second water show he got to enjoy from the vantage point of Grandpa's shoulders, you never saw a happier kid. Jaxon has a special place in his heart for his Papa's, and they love it! Today (Tuesday) we are going to decorate Gingerbread houses with cousins, and then decorate Sugar cookies. Tonight we are going to go caroling (I'm excited because Ive never been!) and delivering those sugar cookies! Wed. is a huge family Christmas Eve. dinner with all of Dave's cousins/aunts/uncles in the area. I am loving LOVING LOVING this holiday!
There's a sign up at the desk where you pay for pictures that says you aren't allowed to take your own pictures...uh...WHAT? I was about to make a stink when I asked about it, but the girl said, "Yeah, that's what the 'new management' says, but they're not here, and we couldn't care less!...You don't even have to buy any pictures!" So I didn't. They let Jaxon have 3 or 4 minutes with Santa and nobody hurried us along, it was great!
Jaxon and Santa discussing his tool set...
You have to agree with me, this guy is a little (read: LOT) dodgy looking...
Jaxon feeling to see if Santa's beard is real- it is...
Santa feeling to see if Jaxon's beard is real...not appreciated!
(Seriously, those eyes! Are you dying???)
I told you there were more coming! I love these photos of Jaxon! Every single one is SOOOO him...from his eyebrow scowl, to his devilish grin, and everything in between! Thanks again Ashley, LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!! This is what Christmas is all about--pure unadulterated happiness, all over a CANDY CANE!!! (We visited the mall today...Santa pictures to come!)
Who are you chunky child? And what did you do with skinny little Jaxon?
I thought this was very cute. This is Dave's present from Jaxon, and I let Jaxon sign his own name! (Is it ghetto to write directly on the present without a tag? Oh well...)
And one last tidbit- this is when Jaxon got into my lip STAIN (yes that's right, not lipstick, LIP-STAIN!) It was heck to get off, but pretty cute on! And bonus- not a speck on his white shirt!
As I was running down the stairs as fast as I could, Oakley ran right past them (laughing hysterically), with some substance flying after him...kind-of like confetti. Not a second later Jaxon comes running behind him (also laughing hysterically), holding a Super size Tub of dry Oatmeal, throwing large handfuls at Oakley as fast as he can get his hand in and out of the tub. I yelled, "STOP!!!!" and everyone skidded to a hault. I told Jaxon to go immediately to sit in time out, (which he did with no protest...not normal) and I followed a large trail of outmeal back to the kitchen. I had just opened the tub that morning, so only enough for mine and Jaxon's breakfast had been missing. There was an obscenely huge pile in the kitchen, and the rest was in a trail to the stairway. Jaxon politely showed me that the tub was empty anyways, and thus said he wouldn't do it anymore. At that point, it was either laugh or cry, so I turned away so he wouldn't see me chuckle, because to be honest, It actually looked like a lot of fun to use a whole tub of outmeal as confetti... bright side? At least it wasn't applesauce!
Rachel was very cute and such a good friend about it- both suportive and cautionary all at the same time. She wasn't totally convinced that I really wanted what I was saying I wanted, so she said she would cut them halfway there, and if I was shocked or disappointed, we could still fix them to be sweep to the side. I saw the half way, loved it, and was very excited to do something totally different, so I told her to snip away and start cutting the jags! She was grinning the whole time, and I'm hoping it was because she liked that I was stepping way out of my box...not that she thought I looked rather silly!
I know bangs are not THAT big of deal, but they are helping to usher in this new period in my life...plus, I will turn 30 in less than a month, so this is my fairwell to the 20's and sending them out in style!