Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kisses in the Morning

Today was the sweetest start to a day that I have ever had. I got Jack out of bed and changed his diaper. We were looking in the closet to see what he would wear today and he leaned in and kissed me! I laughed and hugged him and oooooed and gooooed, so he leaned in and kissed me again!
***Obviously, the picture in this post is courtesy of Amy Jackson Photography***

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Murals, Partying, Road Trips, and other Random Goodness from the Weekend!

I finished this part of the mural on Saturday

Dan and Jack came with me...Jack is such a trooper.
Dan is my hero. He prepped and painted a wall blue for me!

Then we partied at our house with a couple or 15 or so friends....

In honor of a VERY special birthday boy and girl!

Sunday we made a road trip to Rockmart Georgia to meet up with Dan's parents to take back our furry four legged friends. Sam and Lucy were swept away to Alabama whe I was stricken with strep throat while Dan was out of town a few weeks ago. Thanks for coming to my rescue John and Joanne!
Jack is a rock star in grandpa's sunglasses!

And this is LONG overdue! I finally got a picture of Jack with his custom, hand made with love, "football jersey" made by his sweet cousin, Emily, from Hartselle, Alabama.


Whew...I am ready for the weekend!

Thanks, and have a nice day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Birthday Boy...he keeps getting older, but I keep being the oldest:(

Today is a special day. It is the day that my best friend was born. Dan turns 33 today and here's hoping he has a great day! I am so lucky to have him. He is so good to me and Jack. Things have been so crazy for us lately and I am so glad that we are better than ever when it would be so easy to drift apart! It fills me up to see him with our son. He is so good with him and I can see the love in everything he does for him. Thank you Dan for being born and for having me in your life!

Birthday Boy started the day with french toast in bed with his new best buddy, Jack. (Dan had french toast, Jack had a bottle.) We met for a nice lunch at Rafferty's. Dinner's at our house are usually "jackcentric" these days, but hopefully we will relax a little this evening to wind down his day. We are having company Saturday to celebrate. A few burgers, some beers, and some good friends will be a good way to mark the beginning of another year in the life... I love you Dan!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Evolution of a Mural

There is a lot to be said about how much planning goes into a mural before the actual time is put into painting it. When you are working with a client, you can go through MANY sketched before everyone is ready to move forward! Since I have been painting all day, I don't have the power to go into any more detail :) I can, however, show a couple of before and after pictures.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Helmet Day

Today was a big day for the Marsh family. Jack went to get his helmet. It is going to be a part of this family for the next 3-5 months, so it was kind of an important meeting! The fit was good. Little man was a champ as always. The doctor came in and out about 3 times each time taking the helmet back to his "workshop" to grind the foam and cut the edges to make it just right for Jack.
All of the details came out. Instructions on how to clean and maintain the helmet, how to break Jack into it gradually, how to watch for redness in certain spots during his one hour of freedom a day. All very educational. Then the heart wrenching stuff came... ( for me anyway).
He will sweat A LOT at first. It is true. His whole little head is soaked when we take it off. That leads to the saddest part of all for me as the momma....the smell. Of course, with sweat, there will be an odor. It is just part of it, they said. We need to shampoo his hair and also use the shampoo to clean the interior of the helmet each night. There will be stains inside the helmet from his skin pigment. That is normal and I should not try to scrub it way. The smell will be deep in his hair folicles and will not go away until well after we hang the helmet up for good. I can deal with all that ( even though it is tough for me). The hardest part for me is that I now have to give up the little baby Jack smell forever. I am sure that when we are all done with this, he will be a big boy and that precious sweet baby smell will be gone forever....

So that is my sob story. Little Jack however seems to be much more resilient than me! Just look at that picture! We had decided in advance that we would "celebrate" the day with a new swing for Jack. Daddy got it hung just before Blue tuckered out for the night!

What a BIGDAY!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Such a special day

Today was such a BEAUTIFUL day. Spring is definitely on the horizon.
One of the best things of today was that my sister was in town for the Britney Spears concert with her friend Jenny. I had to work, but they came to my office and then we all went to lunch. It was GREAT on so many different levels. The first being , of course, that I love to see my sister any ole time...but the second was that it was a weekday that I was working, but I STILL got to sit down to a meal with her! The third was more just for me because I NEVER eat out for lunch anymore. We went to Marietta Diner. Need I say more? YUM!
When I went to pick Jack up at school, he was outside swinging in the baby swing. So special! It was my first time to pick my child up when he was "on the playground at school".
It was such a beautiful day that I decided to take Jack for a walk in the neighborhood when we got home. The weather was perfect and he LOVED it! ( me, not so much, but I needed it and it was good for us both...have I mentioned that our neighborhood is mountainous?")
By the time we got in, we were both pretty worn out and it was time for Jack to eat. He ate good! He does a great job eating his cereal and fruit. And just so I never forget, because I have a feeling there might be many more moments such as this to come, I will document the later half of this meal. He started getting a little fussy towards the end of the meal and the next thing I knew, he tooted. I mean, not just tooted, but ripped a BIG ONE. Like a big boy! It was so funny. And the funniest part, was right after, he looked at me and laughed. Such a special time!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

You've GOT to be kidding!

That look just deserved a whole post...the picture is priceless! Too bad you can't see his two little teeth!

Monday we take Jack to get his helmet. I am glad to get started, but also just sick about it. I hate to put my sweet baby in a helmet for 23 hours a day for 3-6 months, but at the same time, I feel like I can't deny him a round head!
His little head was so soft from being a month early,that he has developed a bit of a flat spot that needs correcting.